Melanie’s Musings

A Daily Devotion

Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
I am so thankful that God sent his Son to save me from sin and darkness. Jesus is my protector, comforter, provider and redeemer. He made a difference in this world with his presence and is still making a difference. Jesus said this scripture to Zacchaeus, the tax collector. When Jesus entered Jericho, Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus but he was short and the crowd was large. So he climbed up in a sycamore tree. When Jesus reached the tree he looked up and told him to come down because Jesus was going to stay at his house today. Now Zacchaeus was a sinner because he became wealthy by stealing money from the taxes he collected. So the crowd was muttering thatJesus is going to be a guest of a sinner. At that point, Zacchaeus told Jesus that he would give half of his possessions to the poor and if he had cheated anyone he would repay then four times the amount. Zacchaeus found faith that day and was a changed man. Jesus made an impact on Zacchaeus. We all have hope in Jesus. We can all make an impact in someone’s life. We were all put on this earth to do good and to show the love of Christ to all through our actions. Who are you making an impact on? Show kindness and love to all. Make a difference in this crazy mixed up world.

James 2:17 “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” Faith in motion always being aware of where we can serve is what I think God wants us to do. If we study and learn and go to Church every Sunday but don’t put into action what we have learned, what good is it. When you see something that you can do to put your faith in motion, jump in with both feet, even if you are unsure. God will be with you and help you through. Sometimes we don’t listen to the nudges God gives us. We think oh I can’t do that or we talk ourselves out of doing it. Eventually God gets our attention and when we do jump in, the rewards are endless. You will never know how many lives you can touch with your faith, until you take the leap of faith. God will be by your side to guide you and power you through. Whatever Jesus is calling you to do, jump in with both feet and share God’s love with those around you. You never walk alone.

Matthew 9:4 “But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts?””
Jesus was talking to ”the teachers of the law” when they were mocking him for healing a paralyzed man. They said Jesus was blaspheming because he told the man his sins were forgiven and then told him to get up, take his mat and go home. Jesus knows are thoughts, he knows what is in and on our hearts. He knows what we need before we tell him. He knows when we are struggling with something. We can’t hide our thoughts, our words or our hearts from Him. Because he knows it all. This should be a comfort to us to know that we are never alone. Talk to Jesus because he has the answer. The answer may not be what we want to hear but it is Jesus will and what is best for us. Because he knows us so well he knows what we need. So give your worries to Him and wait for an answer. You will receive it in God’s time. Waiting for an answer is very hard but take comfort in knowing God is with you. Let go and let God!

Hebrews 9:27 “Each person is destined to die once and after that comes judgment.”
This verse makes it pretty clear that we have one chance on judgment day. There are no do overs. We are going to be judged on how we lived our life. We can choose to live our life with God in it and how he told us to live or we can answer for our unbelief on judgment day.
Nothing is hidden from God. He sees all and knows all. We can fool people but never God. Remember he sees straight into our heart. Because he died to take away the sins of the world we are forgiven. We need to repent and ask for forgiveness. But more importantly we need to have a relationship with God. We need to study his word, live by his word and show others the way to God. Those who know Christ are promised eternal life but those who rejected him will receive eternal punishment. What will you choose? It is never too late to get right with God. He is only a prayer away.

Proverbs 15:28 “The heart of the godly thinks carefully before speaking; the mouth of the wicked overflows with evil words.”
Words are so important. They can build a person up but they can cut a person down so fast. Once words come out of our mouths, there is no taking them back. They can’t be erased from someone’s mind and one hundred “I am sorrys” will never be enough to take the hurt away.
The Bible let’s us know that we are not only accountable for what we say, but for how, when and why we say it. If you need words, the right words, to tell someone something, pray and ask God to help you with the right words. The Holy Spirit will provide you with the right way, time and words. Let’s with God’s help build people up with kind words, just the right words at the right time and words spoken out of love. Stop before you speak and ask yourself will these words be pleasing to God? If they aren’t, leave them unspoken. We can change this broken, hurting world one kind word at a time.

James 4:8 “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”
God is above all and we should always revere Him. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t have a personal relationship with Him. We need to continuously study His word and learn more about the wonderful things He can do for us. God is approachable 24/7 and is only a prayer away. We can come to Him freely, any time and in any situation. He hears our cries, our pleas, our prayers and sees into our heart. What is stopping you from having a personal relationship with God? Go to Him and find your peace and comfort. Reach out your hand to Him because He will reach out His nail pierced hand to you. Find peace in God.

Philippians 2:2 “Make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.”
Philippians was written by the Apostle Paul. It is full of information and instruction on living your life for Christ in unity. Paul started many churches and he always wrote to them to encourage them while he was away. The church in Philippi supported Paul’s ministry and sent him financial help. But as any church or group they needed reminded from time to time that we all have the same goal in mind. Unity in Christ. We should all work together without grumbling and with love. We should be humble and never undermine others work. What would Paul write to you today about your ministry in Christ? What do you need to work on? This world would be a better place if we would all be humble and kind putting Christ first in all we do. Have a blessed day and look for the good in it.

Ephesians 2:10 “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
What do we need to do good works for Christ Jesus? God created us and gave us a purpose in our life. All we have to do is follow Jesus. Follow His teachings, study our Bible, pray for guidance, have faith in God, be humble, love the unloveable and be kind. It takes no special training and we don’t have to have expensive years of education and training. All we have to do is follow Jesus.
God gives us all we need. He gives us the gifts and graces to do good works through Him. Some areas we can serve are by encouraging people, we can lead ministries and small groups, we can pray for others, we can share our testimonies about what God has done in our lives, we can listen and love and the list goes on.
The author of my devotion this morning said if you need letters after your name here are a few you can use: COG (child of God), SBG (saved by grace) and FOC (follower of Christ). I love being all three of these but I don’t need to use initials I just need my faith in God. He has served me well all these years. Have a blessed day my friends.

Ephesians 3:20 “He is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to his power that is at work within us.”
God wants us to trust Him. He wants us to believe all things are possible through Him. We all have big dreams. We all have plans and if we work hard for those dreams and plans, things happen. God has big plans for us also. We all need to seek God’s will and live in obedience to him. When we do these things, His power works through us and we can accomplish more than we ever dreamed possible. When we let God into our lives and trust Him, the sky is the limit on what we can do together. Do you have the faith to let Him in your heart and guide you on your faith journey? Pray and ask God in your heart today. Dream big and watch what transpires.

Matthew 19:29 “Everyone who has given up houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or property, for my sake, will receive a hundred times as much in return and will inherit eternal life.”
Hannah gave up her son, that she had prayed for earnestly, to God’s service as promised. She promised God if he would give her a son when he was weaned she would take him to the temple and dedicate him to God’s service. God fulfilled her prayer and she fulfilled her promise.
God blessed Hannah and her husband with more children. Hannah was a faithful servant of God. So let us be as faithful as Hannah. Let us discover the more we relinquish to God, there is more room in our lives for God to fill with blessings. God loves filling his faithful with blessings. So bless God today with love and compassion. Go out and shine your light for God. I promise that you will get way more than you will receive.

1 Chronicles 29:14 “Everything we have has come from you, and we give you only what you first gave us!”
Hannah, Samuel’s mother knew this verse better than anyone. She promised God if he would give her a child she would dedicate her son to fill-time service to God. God gave her a son finally after all her childless years. When he was fully weaned at the age of around three, Hannah took him to the temple and left him with the priest to live their permanently. I am sure Hannah rejoiced at the opportunity to give her son back to the One who had given him to her but her mother’s heart must of broken a little returning home without him.
Aren’t all mother’s a little like Hannah? We all have to give up our children at sometime. We nurture them close for years and then comes time to send them off to college alone, see them take a job far from home or marry the life of their lives and leave home permanently. Mother’s hearts break a little at these big moves. Do you have Hannah’s faith and devotion to God to let go and let God? If we have brought our children up with faith in God and we trust God, then our children will be alright.
I still pray daily for my children and grandchildren. The world we live in today is a whole lot scarier than when I was growing up. We all need God in our lives to help us get through the lies, deception, the immorality and just everyday life. Too many lives do not have or even know God today. Show the world your faith. Show them God’s love. Be blessed to be a blessing and let God’s love shine through you.

Isaiah 60:22 “At the right time, I, the Lord, will make it happen.”
In God’s time, it will happen, not our time. We have to pray and wait. Some prayers are answered quickly and in the way we ask for them and some prayers take longer and are not in the way we asked. But it is what God wants for us. He knows and he loves us.
God’s timing is perfect. Have you ever wondered why you get a phone call or text at the exact time you needed it? What about an unexpected visit from someone you needed? A note or letter comes in the mail at just the right moment. These are God’s way of telling us we are not alone and everything will be all right. They are God moments. So isn’t it better to not worry about the future or jump to conclusions and just trust God with every aspect of our lives? Remember to pray to the one who is perfect and knows what is perfect for us. Be patient and wait on the Lord. He changes lives one pray at a time. Praise the Lord!!

Philippians 4:8 “Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”
This verse is telling us to fill ours minds and hearts with goodness. We are to fill our minds with love. What goes into our thoughts and minds, comes out in our words and actions.
We all know people who are just plain bitter with the world. Usually they have been beaten down by the circumstances in their lives. But I sincerely believe that God can change their circumstances. Everything we go through is a learning experience. We all have the power to change our lives. If something isn’t going right, seek a solution. God knows the problem and He also knows the solution. Ask God to forgive your past and ask him to show you the way. Seek and you will find, forgive and you will be forgiven, trust in God and follow and obey.
The world will beat you down if you let it; so many scams and lies, a corrupt government trying to control and make decisions for us. God is the only one who has our best interest at heart. Rely on him for direction and answers. Let him in your heart and watch all bitterness fade away. Today fill your heart and mind with all that is good and pure and watch how it makes a difference in your life and the lives around you. Spread love and not hate. Shine your light for Jesus.

Jeremiah 29:13 “You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”
We must continuously seek God for all answers. He holds the key. He knows what we need when we need it. Ask for his guidance, his healing and help. So many times in life we try to go it alone. It usually does not turn out well. Many times we have sought God in all the wrong places. That doesn’t turn out well either.
Simply drop what ever you are doing and go to God in prayer. Ask him to guide you. Open your Bible and seek and find. Pray and pray some more. God hears, he rejoices that you have turned to him and he alone will show you the way. Slow down, listen for his answer and go where he leads you. Be patient and find hope in our Lord. It is that simple and the results are always what God has planned for us. Open your heart and receive God’s blessings.

The Struggle

If the Lord says no
and my way says yes,
then my heart should know
whose way is best

Though I try to do
the things that are right,
I find that it’s true,
I struggle and fight

To follow the Lord
and to do His will
is what I live for,
but I struggle still

Why this fight in me?
Why the hurt and pain?
When clearly, I see
the rainbow through rain?

Who can save me from
the sin I carry?
Thank God it is done.
Through Christ, it’s buried.

by Debbie Richardson

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