Oh Joy of Heart and Mind

It has been an interesting beginning of 2013 to say the least in both the secular and spiritual world. If you are “thinking and acting biblically” and have your “theological hat” on and “spiritual eyes” open, the times and seasons of unrest, ungodliness, “culture of hate and death” abound in every avenue of life. It alone makes us fall on our knees in prayer and dependence upon Christ and what a joy it is to belong to Christ to have His “ear” to our cries.  We live in difficult times and each day brings trials, tribulations, troubles and discouragement but no matter what happens to us in this world of sin and death, we belong to the King of kings and Lord of lords and we celebrate the greatness of our God and His wonderful gift of salvation to us.  Christ keeps us, every moment, every hair on our head is numbered, every, step, act or event has been ordained by Him for His glory and our good.  We can rest in that knowledge with joy of heart and mind.  He, as our Heavenly Father, loves and cares for us with perfect love.  Each day when can say with assurance, “this is the day that the Lord has made and I will rejoice in it.”

In our walk with Christ we seek to put off the world and its woes and submit to God’s providence for us and then rejoice in it.  With that knowledge we can press toward the mark for the high calling in Christ with prayer for introspection and a biblical housecleaning of our own hearts, minds and Christian walk so that we are not “like the world” but rather “like Christ” in our daily life.  Christ has come to give us life and that more abundantly, so can we not give Him our obedience? Pray today that you might seek Him more each minute of each day by reflecting on Christ, the cross, burial and resurrection and what He has done for you today and eternally.  When we do this, all else fades and we see with clear eyes and heart who we are in Christ and how powerful that knowledge is for daily life.

So then my fellow pilgrims, what a glorious gift you have in Jesus so be thankful. The world will continue falling headlong into hell, death and destruction and without regard for life of the unborn, the innocent, those not able to help themselves, for the poor, weak and maimed, but God will preserve His church and His providential care of His universe and people will continue until the clouds open and He appears in all of His glory. He has promised and we believe because of His gift of faith. Be encouraged as you approach His throne of grace to be bold in knowing, loving and speaking of Him. This is the day that the Lord has made and we will, most assuredly, rejoice in it! _TheologyGirl

“Give attention to me, my people, and give ear to me, my nation; for a law will go out from me, and I will set my justice for a light to the peoples. My righteousness draws near, my salvation has gone out, and my arms will judge the peoples; the coastlands hope for me, and for my arm they wait. Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look at the earth beneath; for the heavens vanish like smoke, the earth will wear out like a garment, and they who dwell in it will die in like manner; but my salvation will be forever, and my righteousness will never be dismayed. “Listen to me, you who know righteousness, the people in whose heart is my law; fear not the reproach of man, nor be dismayed at their revilings. For the moth will eat them up like a garment, and the worm will eat them like wool; but my righteousness will be forever, and my salvation to all generations.” Isaiah 51:4-8

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