Monday’s Musings #226

Monday's Musings #226 |  What Joy Is Mine

I’ve had a busy week so no post today.

When life gets busy, it is easy to take our eyes off of the Lord. Nevertheless, our eyes should remain on Him at all times. Even those busy days or weeks. Today be encouraged to keep your eyes on the Lord.

I hope you had a full and blessed week. I am looking forward to enjoying a not-so-busy week myself. In addition, I am so grateful to have you here sharing your awesome post. Thank you.

Monday's Musings #226 | What Joy Is Mine

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Monday’s Musings #225 & How To Enjoy God

How To Enjoy God & Monday's Musings #225 | What Joy Is Mine

Our family is in the middle of studying the Westminster Shorter Catechism (WSC). If you’re not familiar with it, the Westminster Shorter Catechism is a form of reformed Christian faith instruction by means of questions and answers written in 1646 and 1647 by the Westminster Assembly to educate followers of Jesus Christ about God as Creator, the original sin and the fallen state of man’s nature, the sacraments of Holy Communion and Baptism, the Ten Commandments and the Lord’s Prayer. It has been a blessing to our family and our faith.

The very first question in the WSC is probably the most popular. “What is the chief end of man?“. The answer is “Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and enjoy Him forever.” Really, the answer given contains two answers in one. The first part addresses living a life that glorifies God. The second part addresses enjoying God forever. I want to share my thoughts on the latter part of the answer.

What does it mean to enjoy God? Enjoy defined is “to take pleasure or satisfaction in the possession or experience of.” When we enjoy something or someone we are completely delighted in it or them. There is a satisfaction we receive. Concerning our Father, enjoying Him is a matter of acknowledging who He is in this world, in our lives and in the life to come.

In this world, we enjoy Him as Creator. Creator of all things. We agree  “For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him.” (Colossians 1:16) All is His and created by Him. Creation reflects who He is and His glory always and forever.

In our lives, we enjoy Him as our Father, who sent a Savior, Jesus Christ, to rescue us. “Yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.” (1 Corinthians 8:6) Because He has redeemed us, we can enjoy Him and all He is to us daily. We can embrace His steadfast love for us with rejoicing and seek His face in everyday doings. God is present in our lives and we ought to take great care in enjoying Him in all things. Our hearts should be like David’s, “O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” (Psalm 63:1) Listen, what are all the enjoyments of the world without the enjoyment of God? “And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.” (Psalm 73:25)

In the life to come, we enjoy Him eternally forever. Not just in this life but in the heavenly realms where He is seated. We remind ourselves, “Whom have I in heaven but you?” (Psalm 73:25) To enjoy Him eternally means we must have conformity with Him in grace first. In other words, we have been adopted into His family through His Son Jesus, who paid our debt of sin on the cross and by His resurrection. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

So, how do we enjoy God? Bringing this to a more applicable way of thinking:

~As we open our eyes to greet the day ahead, we ought to thank God for another day of life and breath, knowing we serve and love an awesome Lord without whom we would not have our being. 

~As we put our feet on the floor to rise and begin our daily tasks, we ought to ask God for strength, wisdom, and joy as we face a new day and all it will hold including any trials that might come upon us. 

~As we eat our first meal, we ought to thank God for daily provisions as we need to survive and thrive.

~As we mother our children, we ought to seek Him for direction and wisdom to raise our children to further His kingdom.

~As we love our husbands, we ought to ask God to show us how to be the helpers He created us to be towards our husbands at all times. 

~As we lay our heads down to rest, we ought to reflect on our day, confessing and asking for forgiveness of sins, being grateful for blessings and daily care, praying over people and situations laid on our heart, and closing our eyes knowing the peace, mercy and love of our Lord is ours for all the days of our lives.

Today, let’s start anew, enjoying our God with a heart that believes without doubt that He is present in our lives through all situations and events, loving us with a steadfast love.

I pray you had a fabulous week. As we embark on a new week, I always look forward to Mondays because you visit and share much encouragement. Thank you.

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Monday’s Musings #224 & When Troubled Times Come Upon Us

When Troubles Times Come Upon Us & Monday's Musings #224 | What Joy Is Mine

With all that has happened recently with the shootings in Baton Rouge and Dallas, it is easy to be angry and even feel vengeful. However, these are not biblical responses to troubled times. Proverbs 37:8 tells us, “Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.” James 1:20 teaches us, “For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” Concerning revenge, Proverbs 24:29 says, “Do not say, ‘I will do to him as he has done to me; I will pay the man back for what he has done.’ 

When troubled times come upon us, we must always consult the Word of God for answers. When we run with our emotions, we will, without fail, speak the wrong words or take the wrong action. By wrong, I mean against what God requires of us. So what does God require of us? “The Lord requires of [us] but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with [our] God. (Micah 6:8, brackets mine) Justly defined is “to do what is morally right.” Mercy defined is “compassion or forgiveness shown toward someone whom it is within one’s power to punish or harm. To walk humbly with God is “to submit our understandings to the truths of God and our will to his precepts and providences being brought into obedience of God.” (Matthew Henry)

J.C. Ryle suggests, “the best remedy in troubled times is faith in Christ’s love and power.” We need to exercise faith in, and lean wholeheartedly on a sovereign Savior who knows all and sees all. During troubled times, we should be asking God to increase our faith in Him and not take matters into our own hands. Remember the promise in Isaiah 26, verse 3, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” Perfect peace for those who stay fixed on a holy and righteous God. “Inward peace, outward peace, peace with God, peace of conscience, peace at all times, under all events.(J.C. Ryle)

Troubles times will come. Trying events will happen. They will stir us up deep in our soul to feel things that we ought not to. Yet, there is hope. Hope to overcome the negative we feel when troubled times happen in our world. That hope is Jesus Christ and He has overcome the world. “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.(John 16:33) 

Today, in light of all that is happening in our world, let’s pray and ask God to give us a perspective that is His perspective, to give us hearts that love like His, to help us seek Jesus and the peace He offers and to remind us that He is all knowing with a purpose in place.

Well, another week is upon us and I am looking forward to what you all will share. Thank you for being here.

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Monday’s Musings #223 & Independence Day

Monday's Musings #223 & Independence Day | What Joy Is Mine

(Quote from John Adams)

There are so many wise words spoken to remind of us our freedom. The freedoms we have in our country and, most importantly, the freedom found in Christ. Here are some 4th of July quotes and scripture to ponder:

~ Those who will not be governed by God, will be ruled by tyrants. William Penn

It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and the Bible. Do not ever let anyone claim to be a true American patriot if they ever attempt to separate religion from politics. George Washington

The reason that Christianity is the best friend of government is because Christianity is the only religion that changes the heart. Thomas Jefferson

Freedom prospers when religion is vibrant and the rule of law under God is acknowledged. Ronald Reagan

Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. (1 Peter 2:16)

And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts. (Psalm 119:45)

Have a safe and fun Independence Day. Now let’s get to sharing!

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4 Powerful Ways To Avoid Covetousness

Covetousness

To covet: To desire or wish for, with eagerness. (1828 Webster’s Dictionary)

Coveting. It happens. Moms look at other moms. Bloggers look at other bloggers. Women look at other women. All desiring something the other has. Maybe better behaved children? Maybe a more popular blog? Maybe a slender figure? Coveting can even take the form of desiring another’s spouse, home, or job.

It is not hard to covet. Our eyes, following our deceitful heart, wander away from what is enough and perfect for us and aspires for what is not. Yet we need to be aware that this is a serious sin akin to idolatry. Desiring something that is another’s is a stumbling block in our faith and relationship with God. Also, when we look outside of what God has deemed is best for us, we dump the joy of contentment.

Covetousness breeds unrest and complaining. It pulls the heart down into the mire of a self-pleasing attitude. It removes us from the will of God. We no longer “Set [our] minds on things that are above.(Colossians 3:2, brackets mine) Instead, we set our heart on things on earth. This is a difficult and trying way to live life because our coveting will never be satisfied. Whatever it is we think we need or want won’t be enough or attainable because it was never meant for us to begin with.

We must be careful to “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.(Colossians 3:5) Jesus warns us toTake care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15) We need to keep a close eye on our jealous heart so covetous temptations don’t take hold of us.

Here are 4 powerful ways to avoid the snare of covetousness:

1. Prayer. Prayer is powerful because our Father is mighty. It is necessary to jump on sin and not let it inundate our lives. God is faithful to hear our prayer and to help us. Remember “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9) 

2. Gratefulness. A grateful heart will not want what it doesn’t have. Andrew Murray teaches, “Thanksgiving will draw our hearts out to God and keep us engaged with Him; it will take our attention from ourselves and give the Spirit room in our hearts.” Gratefulness puts our attention on God so we have no opportunity to look elsewhere and covet. He is more than enough to fill our hearts, mind and soul. Being grateful also helps us appreciate what God has given us here on earth. Giving “thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” produces contentment in all things.  

3. Be content. A content heart won’t desire other than what it has in any given moment. We learn this from Paul, “for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.(Philippians 4:11)  Paul was in bonds and imprisoned but he learns to bring his mind and heart to accept it and make the best of it. If we do the same, seek contentment, covetousness won’t get a foothold in our life. There is rest and sufficiency in being content. The grass is not always greener on the other side.

4. Eternal focus.  Keeping our eyes focused on things above and not on things on earth will put life in perspective. “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.(Matthew 16:19-21) Treasuring our eternal life encourages us to see what is truly important. It isn’t about having more but about looking forward to life in our eternal home. 

Ephesians 5:6 clearly states, “Covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among the saints.” A very clear warning that we must heed. Love your life and the design of it. God is perfect in His will and purpose for each of us. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.(James 1:17) How we are made is done wonderfully and fearfully by the hands of God. Our lot in this life is just what we need to live and thrive. Most importantly, God loves us and we can count on that love daily to fill us to overflowing so our eyes and heart are not wandering, looking for something better.

 

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