We have good news. God has made a promise to us and has entered into an agreement with us through the amazing work of Jesus. Our hearts are good. This is stunning because daily, minute by minute, our enemy lies to us causing to believe it is not true.
We must get this in our core. We have been given a new heart through to gift Jesus has given us. It is true. Do we believe it? Do we act like we believe it?
God has called us to do amazing things but they can’t be done if we live in guilt and shame. God will not seem good. He will seem aloof. God speaks to us in our heart. He can do this because he has given us a new heart, free and clean from guilt.
Do we believe God? Do we know our hearts are good? What would our life look like if we lived that reality every minute of every day?
“Well, tell them this, ‘This is your Message from God, the Master. True, I sent you to the far country and scattered you through other lands. All the same, I’ve provided you a temporary sanctuary in the countries where you’ve gone. I will gather you back from those countries and lands where you’ve been scattered and give you back the land of Israel. You’ll come back and clean house, throw out all the rotten images and obscene idols. I’ll give you a new heart. I’ll put a new spirit in you. I’ll cut out your stone heart and replace it with a red-blooded, firm-muscled heart. Then you’ll obey my statutes and be careful to obey my commands. You’ll be my people! I’ll be your God! (Ezekiel 11:15-17)
Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. (Luke 6:44-45)
The seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop. (Luke 8:15)
God is good and He is in a great mood. This is nothing to take lightly. We know it and are accountable. There is a judgement. We don’t like to think about it but it is true. We can’t turn our back on what we know. And we know His goodness. We can’t insult Him, His Son and His Spirit by pretending we aren’t His children. We are and must live like it.
We know He is love. We must continue on in the new plan and His good news. No turning back. No half hearted efforts.
May I be accountable for showing God’ goodness to everyone I know.
So be it LORD!!!
- Matthew 12:33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, (calvinistview.com)
- Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work.” John 4:34 (deweymoede.wordpress.com)
There is nothing He can’t do. Nothing is impossible with Him. Not a single thing. Nada.
May we all have supernatural courage. Let’s give it up for God!! He is so good. He is so great.
He is God.
- i’m not God. (jamesaarongilmore.com)
- God’s Time (shelleywilliamsblog.com)
- Trusting God in Spite of Your Circumstances by Mark D. Roberts (trinityspeaks.wordpress.com)
We serve an amazing God. We need to celebrate everything He does for us. Celebrate Him doesn’t quite seem to capture it though. Paul suggests we revel in God. In Greek, the word is χαίρω. It means to rejoice or be glad. It is also used as a salutation or greeting.
Paul is emphatic. In the New American Standard Translation we read it like this. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!”
God is in a good mood. Whoo hoo!! I am glad. That is some good news. It is an amazing day in paradise.
I mean, revel in him! ~~Apostle Paul (Philippians 4:4 The Message)
- Philippians: an Introduction (parpools.typepad.com)
- The Story Behind Philippians and Philemon (mgriffinrobert.com)
- “What Have You Been Thinking About Lately?” (Philippians 4:1-9) (haroldcameron.wordpress.com)
- Philippians 1: Introduction to Paul’s Letter to the Philippians (cutpaste.typepad.com)
One of the themes I hear about almost everywhere I turn is about how good God is and what a good mood he is in. The story of the bags of gold that Jesus told is on the same theme. I have heard a lot about using the talents God has given us as the message here. And it is. But part of it, maybe much of it, is about the heart we have for God and how we see Him.
Of the three men in this story, only one starts his conversation with God with an indictment of who God is. His first sentence revealed his heart. He believed at his core that God is a hard, stubborn, and stiff necked. WOW!!!
Now think about all the messages you have heard about God. Which fall in the “God is good” category and which fall into the “God is mean” category. What does God think about that?
Well, my oh my, did God get angry with him? His answer was blistering. Oh my goodness, he ticked Him off big time. This is not the kind of answer I want to get from my Father. I want the “well done” answer. I do not want the “you wicked and lazy” man answer. I want the “he has a heart after God” answer. I want Him to put His arm around me.
May I take what God gives me, have a heart that knows He is good and use what He gives me well.
Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man.” Matthew 25:24
- The 5 Hurdles to Freedom and Forgiveness (davidsbodytemple.wordpress.com)
- Is God Generous? What Do You Think? (countingmyblessings.typepad.com)
- A New Beginning (mypreciouschild2.wordpress.com)
- The Opposite of Fear – Power, Love, and a Sound Mind! (scentofwaterministries.typepad.com)