The face of the Lord is against evildoers, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
My God is merciful. The LORD is the judge of the whole earth and the LORD will do right. I believe that God is fully developed and is good, is loving and is patient. I also believe that God is righteous, and sovereign and just. Hosea 6:6 thankfully shows that God desires to lead with love and mercy. This is overwhelming considering that God is fully within right to exact righteousness and judgment in the life of every human being. The love, grace, and mercy of God hold back the wrath of God. This is all possible because before the foundation of the world the Lamb was slain and because of the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ that was seen by humanity. I literally had to stop and worship God for this revelation and understanding.
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry.
I’m grateful for the Holy Spirit’s conviction of sin in my life. Recently, I committed a sinful act and I was convicted during it and I noticed my own displeasure in the moment. I considered that a great victory. I knew it was the work of grace and righteousness of the LORD Jesus Christ in me. As I normally do once I’ve fallen short and sinned, I asked the LORD to forgive me and I thanked the LORD for the lack of desire to sin that ELOHIM is cultivating within me. I had to acknowledge that ELOHIM desires that I am every whit whole and holy and righteous more than I desire it.
My heavenly Father is such a vigilant parent for my life. When I worked in infant-toddler mental health, I learned about the necessity of a parent to be bigger, wiser, stronger, and kinder as they vigilantly cared for their young child.
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
On 11/23/2019 I took my car to be serviced for free as part of my lease agreement with Toyota. My mileage was over 9,000 and it should have been taken in at 5,000 miles. Taking good care of a vehicle allows for slower value depreciation. When I was with my parents the week before, within a few moments of being in my car with me my father said, “You gotta take your car in to be serviced. I see the maintenance message on your dashboard.” I told him that I would take it to be serviced soon. My father always checks on mine and my sibling’s cars if he’s with us. He is notoriously good at maintaining his and my mother’s vehicles. I remember a few years ago I took my old car in to Discount Tires to have my tires rotated and the technician advised that I needed to get brand new tires. I was upset because I had purchased four tires for about $600 less than 2 years ago and the tires should have lasted closer to 5 years. He advised that since I had not taken my car in for regular maintenance to have the tires rotated that the treads wore down. He showed me the tread measurement and advised against continuing to drive with those tires. I asked him to repeat to me the reasons why I had to purchase new tires. I stood there for a moment taking it all in, accepting responsibility and deciding not to mismanage my resources again with respect to my car's tires. Clearly, I recognize that I need to not mismanage my resources again for my entire car!
Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit.
When it's safe, healthy, and possible, reconciliation is a good thing. Through the eyes of the world this may sound utterly incomprehensible in the context of gross pain and disrespect between parties. And sometimes when I think about it, I find it baffling. It is, however, very much like ELOHIM and very much like the ways of the kingdom. Heavenly Father gave His only begotten Son so that the world can be saved. And before the foundation of the world the Lamb was slain. This proves God’s commitment to reconcile the world back to God. The LORD desires that all citizens of the kingdom of God operate in the ministry of reconciliation.
My process of walking out the ministry of reconciliation has been challenging.
Which of you desires life, and covets many days to enjoy good?
The LORD Jesus said in the book of John that He came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. Humanity was created in the image of God. ELOHIM breathed in the nostrils of humanity which caused us to become living souls in Adam. The psalmist wrote in Psalm 118:17, “I will not die, but live, And tell of the works of the LORD.” It's like Psalm 34:12 is the question and Psalm 118:17 is the answer to how one knows they are truly living. As I reflect upon these verses, I resoundingly say that I do desire to live and I desire to live the abundant life that my Savior offers to me through His birth, blood, death, burial and resurrection with all power.
I am increasingly becoming clear on what life exactly is.
Words of wisdom to live by from our Senior Leader, Bishop Earnest E. Robinson, Sr. and other guest writers.