Sharing another timely post by pastor Francis due to time restraints for me. I pray it finds a place in …
Read Matthew 6:1-14 and Psalm 23. Dear Lord Jesus, You have redeemed me from the dominion of death and darkness and brought me into your kingdom of life and light. Your mercy and grace have freed me from the prison of sin. Your lovingkindness has knit my heart to yours. Now I am yours, and you are mine. You are my Lord, my master, and my beloved. You are my loving heavenly Father who loves me with a perfect love. Help me love you! Help me to see your face and hear your voice. Help me stand in your grace and under the fountain of your love. May your love and truth flow over, in, and through my soul. When despair, condemnation, doubt, or fear attempt to swallow me and threaten to bind me in their twisted claws, help me run to your shelter in thanksgiving and praise. I love you, Lord Jesus. In you and in your name I rest. Help me walk forward with my heart set upon you and things above, not on things below. For I have died, and my life is hidden with you. I want to love you. I want to love you with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my mind, and with all my strength. I want your love in me and my love for you to be demonstrated in a longing to serve you and others and through my faithful obedience to you and your Word. May my sole desire be to please you as my Lord and my beloved. May I present myself before you as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to you. Help me, by your grace, to know you and love you so deeply and dearly that you mean far more to me than the things of this world. I want to worship you and you alone. I don’t want to be formed by anything or anyone else other than you. I want to be one with you—my heart knit to yours. Grow your love and truth deep within me. Thank you that your Word tells me if I ask anything in your name and according to your will that you will do it. In your name, Amen.
Much Love Tom
I felt compelled to share these Scriptures this morning. I pray they find there mark. I know they did here in my heart.
Much love Tom
1 Peter 2:4-12 NLT
You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple. He was rejected by people, but he was chosen by God for great honor. And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests. Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God. As the Scriptures say, “I am placing a cornerstone in Jerusalem, chosen for great honor, and anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” Yes, you who trust him recognize the honor God has given him. But for those who reject him, “The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.” And, “He is the stone that makes people stumble, the rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they do not obey God’s word, and so they meet the fate that was planned for them. But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light. “Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.” Dear friends, I warn you as “temporary residents and foreigners” to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls. Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors. Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when he judges the world.
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