God Is Intentional

God is intentional. His word is truth and throughout the Bible God has made clear what his plans are for us. How we should live and what will happen when we disobey him. God being intentional also reveals that he is an expert in details. Here are some of those times in the Bible when God’s intentions were explicit:

  1. Explaining to Noah how to build the ark – Genesis 6:13-16

  2. That Solomon would build the temple – 1 Kings 5:2-5

  3. How to build the temple – 1Kings 6:1-38

  4. Obeying his commandments – Exodus 20:1-17

  5. The Jericho wall, how many times to march around and sound the trumpets – Joshua 6:1-5

  6. The birth of Jesus – Luke 1:35, Matthew 1:18-23

  7. The plans he has for us – Jeremiah 29-11

These are just some of the extraordinary things that God was specific about in his intentions. God tells the who, when, where, and how things shall come to pass. And this should be our goal to be intentional about living a Christ centered life, allowing the spirit of God to always lead us. Remember his intentions are for us to live in eternity with him. Be intentional in your speech and actions. Be intentional with your worship and praise. Be intentional about your relationship with God. Be intentional about telling others about the goodness of the Lord. Be intentional about helping others. Be intentional in your marriage. Displaying the fruit of the spirit and being holy should forever be intentional. We should be intentional about all things concerning the Lord and reminding ourselves that it is not about us.

Think about Paul, who once persecuted believers and then became very intentional about sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ after his conversion on the road to Damascus. And Jesus was also very intentional, he said he was about his Father’s business in Luke 2:49 and what I know for sure is that Jesus was very intentional in his actions when it came to his Father…it was all about obedience.

God was intentional about our identity, he said we are a chosen generation and a royal priesthood in 1Peter 2:9. You never have to doubt that God loves you and he doesn’t want you to fail. He gave us the word, His word, His son, and His grace. Go out each and every day and live intentionally as one that has been chosen by God.

In All Things Give Thanks

Give Thanks

What comes to mind when you think of Thanksgiving? Is it the delicious spread of food? The day off from work? Is it spending time with family and friends? Maybe it’s all of the above. This is the one day I do believe everyone gives thanks, but I also believe that thanks should be given daily. We have something in our life every day to be thankful for and I can give you one right now – breathing.
We don’t have to wait until the fourth Thursday of November each year to count our blessings and recite our thankfulness at the dinner table, we can let God know every day that we are thankful. Don’t take anything for granted, but be humble and appreciate what the Lord has done and is doing. Even as you ponder on the difficult times – look, you are still standing and it hasn’t taken you out. When things are not looking good still show thankfulness and gratitude. Celebrate thanksgiving continuously and in ALL things give thanks, because God is due this as it reads in Psalm 100:4, Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. Therefore, whatever you may be experiencing thank God for being in it with you. Thank God for giving you strength to endure. Thank God for every assignment with your name on it. Hallelujah!!
We can’t forget to be thankful for relationships either. Being thankful for our relationship with our Heavenly Father, thank you Lord. Thankful for the ability to love unconditionally and to forgive sincerely. Thankful for time spent with love ones. Thankful for having someone who listens, laughs, and cries with you. Thankful for those who have made a difference in your life, whether it was positive or a lesson learned the hard way from others actions, and even in that it goes back to God helping you through it, thank him.
Thankful for humanity, for those who have given their time and resources to not only me and you, but to others too. Paul talks about using our gifts and giving generously to help others and in turn they will praise God, they will be blessed and so will you. This is what it says in 2 Cor 9:7-11, Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: (As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor: his righteousness remaineth for ever. Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness. Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God.
Now think on the simple things like the weather, we love the warm and sunny days, but when it rains, snows and sleets, we get a little sad and bent out of shape because it is lasting too long. But having those days were the weather doesn’t quite meet our standards, helps us appreciate and give thanks for the warmer days that we do love so much. Also, let’s not forget the insects to the wildlife, we may not know what purpose every living creature holds, but God created them, read Genesis 1:20-25 and he said it was good, so give thanks for them too. Give thanks to God for he created us in his image, Genesis 1:27. Thank God for peace and joy! As you can see there are many things to be thankful for, if you would only take the time to relax and think about it for a few minutes.
So, for the day after Thanksgiving when you are eating leftovers remember this is also “another” day that the Lord has made let’s rejoice and be glad in it and give thanks. The Thanksgiving holiday is one day, but being thankful in everything, in actuality should be happening every day. 1 Thes. 5:8 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Be Blessed

Evangelism

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But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. Acts 1:8

For the scripture saith, whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! Romans 10:11-15

As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.

Evangelism, speaking the gospel to everyone, announcing the Good News of salvation. When I think about evangelism Paul comes to mind. Paul went on multiple missionary journeys, evangelizing across different countries, cultures and belief systems and by no means was it easy, but it offers us a closer look at Paul’s heart and the love that he had for God and his people.

Recall Paul’s life https://acalltoholyliving.com/2018/07/29/pauls-ministry/

There are 6 things to point out that Paul encountered that could possibly happen to you when you do the work of evangelism:

  1. Sometimes throughout your evangelism ministry there will be places you should not go. In Acts 16:6-7 Now when they had gone throughout Phrygia and the region of Galatia, and were forbidden of the Holy Ghost to preach the word in Asia, After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not.
  2. When things are not going good still praise God. And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. Acts 16:22-25.
  3. When facing dire situations others can be saved because of your faith. During Paul’s time in prison the jail keeper and his family were saved. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house Acts 16:26-34.
  1. God will have you stay in one place to share the gospel, because God knows his children and when they are not living a life of obedience and righteousness, but of wickedness. Then spake the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision, Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace: For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city. And he continued there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.
  2. There will be people you meet during your times of evangelism who love the Lord, but need a little more knowledge to be effective in evangelizing. Take the time to help those who are seeking God and want to tell other about the goodness of Jesus. And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. Acts 18:24-28 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John. And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly. And when he was disposed to pass into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him: who, when he was come, helped them much which had believed through grace: For he mightily convinced the Jews, and that publickly, shewing by the scriptures that Jesus was Christ
  3. Always have a spiritual partner or two, Paul didn’t go alone to witness he had the help of Barnabas, Silas, Titus, Philip, Acquila, Priscilla, Timothy and Apollos and many others. And there accompanied him into Asia Sopater of Berea; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timotheus; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus Acts 20:4. And Matthew 18:20 says, For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Paul preached, made disciples of others during his journeys, and went back to check on them and encourage them in the faith. He appointed elders, prayed, fasted and tuned them over to God. Paul was willing to sacrifice his life to carry out the words of Jesus Christ. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature Mark 16:15. Paul had a passion for evangelism, preaching a saving message to a dying world. Paul was a great example of the effects of evangelism and there should be an “Evangelism Explosion” in our own lives, sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ!