Meditate On These Things

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

Philippians 4:8

LORD Jesus, we praise You for You alone are worthy of our praise. Help us to seek You and Your will for our life on a daily basis. Enable us to do what You want us to do, go where You want us to go, and love what You want us to love. In Jesus’ wonderful name we pray. Amen.

Let’s be honest: How many times throughout the day are we truly thinking on things that are noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, full of virtue and praiseworthy?

How many times during the day does our mind go wandering off? It already starts early in the morning, doesn’t it? There are so many distractions coming along our way while we are trying to read the Word. Later on, and throughout the whole day, we get so busy that coming back to what the Bible said in the morning is nearly impossible. Our thoughts dwell on other things. Late at night, while we are already in bed, we are thinking on just a few more things before we are falling asleep.

We will work ourselves through some things, fighting for them and pressing on, won’t we? How come we will not endure but are giving up other things so quickly? I’m especially thinking of things like learning a new skill or going the extra mile to find a better deal on a product we want.

Let’s take a look at verse one of the same chapter in Philippians. Paul tells the Philippians, and us of course, to stand fast in the LORD. Matthew Henry writes about this verse:

So stand fast in the Lord. Being in Christ, they must stand fast in him, be even and steady in their walk with him, and close and constant unto the end. Or, To stand fast in the Lord is to stand fast in his strength and by his grace; not trusting in ourselves, and disclaiming any sufficiency of our own. We must be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might, Eph 6:10.

You see, thinking on things above doesn’t come naturally for us. It’s not like, once we have become Christians, that we are completely transformed. Instead, we need to remind ourselves daily to take one step at a time, to renew our mind every day, and to continually go in the Strength of the Love and Grace of our LORD Jesus Christ.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

 

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Talents

For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them.
And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.

Matthew 25:14-15

LORD Jesus, we praise You for Your amazing Goodness and Mercy that You are showing toward us. We thank You that You have made so many things beautiful and perfect and available for us. Give us wisdom, O LORD we pray, to use the talents which You have given to us for Your glory. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

Originally this blog post was intended to talk about finances only and how to use the money and materials God provided for us. While reading and studying for this post I was lead onto another way. So let’s start by building a solid foundation, and I will do a more detailed blog on finances in the near future.

Reading the two verses I have come up with the following notes:

We are His own.

It’s my life and my body and my time… Is it? We so often forget why we are here and who we belong to, don’t we? All through the Bible God calls us His own. We have been saved by Him, and we are called by His name. He is our King and we are His (maid-) servants.

All goods belong to Him.

Notice what He says in verse 14: “… delivered His goods to them.” Ultimately all things belong to Him. Colossians 1:16 says that:

For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.

We receive a certain amount of talents according to our own ability.

There is absolutely no room to judge others — whether they have been given less whether they have been given more. The LORD gives and the LORD takes away. Blessed be the name of the God most High. It is in His perfect will and time, and for His purpose, that He gives to some one talent while He gives to others more than one talent.

He went on a journey.

If someone leaves only to go on a journey he will come back. The thought that one day He will come back is exciting, but it is also a sobering one. How will we have used our time and talents during our journey here on earth?

What talent/s has He given to you?

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A New Appliance

Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.

Proverbs 3:5-6

LORD Jesus, we praise You for You provide so richly for us each and every day. Forgive us whenever we are discontent. Guide us to do all things as unto You and according to Your perfect will. In Jesus’ precious name we pray. Amen.

Last week I’ve introduced you to slow cooking. If you don’t have one yet, are you ready to buy one? Which one?

I’m usually quite tense while researching a new gadget or appliance for my home or work. So many questions to consider! How about you?

Following is a list with questions you might want to think about before making a purchase.

Do I need a/this new appliance? What should I consider before spending our money on it? Where will I find the perfect one? Is it wise to wait, or should I go ahead and buy one that is within our budget?

Do I need this appliance? It’s hard to wait if we really want to have a particular item, isn’t it? Ouch… So the question is: Do I need this product or is it rather an extra I want to buy?

What are some of the features I should consider before spending our money on this product? Does it have to be this size, color, make, etc., or would another one, perhaps a cheaper model, suit us as well?

Where will I find the perfect one? Hm… often enough I do not find one that ticks all the boxes. There is usually always something I have to comprise.

I guess the hardest question is: Is it wise to wait? Often enough it is better to bring your request before God in prayer. Perhaps He wants you to wait for another deal — an upcoming sale? Or does He have a used one that is in good condition arriving soon at your house? Maybe His plan is to bless you with a more expensive product, but you would have to wait on it a little longer?

Stop. Pray. Wait. Consider His counsel before you buy.

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