I want you to show love, not offer sacrifices. I want you to know me more than I want burnt offerings.
Hosea 6:6 NLT
But the Lord is the only true God. He is the living God and the everlasting King! The whole earth trembles at his anger. The nations cannot stand up to his wrath.
Jeremiah 10:10 NLT
Remember their is only one true living God. One True Creator of the universe. And if you INVITE him into your hearts he will love you and call you his child.
‘May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.’
Numbers 6:24-26 NLT
Everyone all over the world is loved by God. Doesnt only apply to Americans. It’s for poor and rich. Educated and Non. Black, Asian, white, Hispanic, etc, etc. No matter who you are or where you live May you find Gods Favor today.
Long ago the Lord said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.
Jeremiah 31:3 NLT
Such a beautiful Verse and a wonderful reminder. Needed to hear this today.
Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.
Ephesians 5:1-2 NLT
Much needed reminder today……….
My husband and I have been finishing up this past season of Madam Secretary. We got behind and had like 13 episodes to watch. I love that show.
Now I now it’s a show & its not an accurate portrayal of how things work in Washington but I feel like it tries to give you a pretty accurate picture. All I know is it takes a lot to keep this world running in an even somewhat smooth order and I could not do it. And it’s got me thinking alot about our country and world.
Today is the 4th of July. And as seems to have become the norm in the last couple of years our country is very divided and there is a lot of craziness going on. Our president is once again focusing on things that probably shouldn’t be a focus and ignoring the things that probably should be a focus. And everyone just seems to be mad at each other an angry at our country.
And look I get it. There is lots of bad stuff going on. However I do have to say that on this day where we celebrate our country, I am glad to be an American.
There are countries in this world where people have no rights. Where there is no freedom of speech that allows you to go on the internet and talk smack about the leader of your country. Where you don’t have the rights to get any job you want or be lazy and not have any job at all because your government controls everything you do. Where the richest people in that country don’t even make what our middle does here in America. Where racism is even more rampant and widespread then what we have going on today.
So yes. We’ve got a lot of crap going on in America and it’s not always so great. And it’s hard to feel love for a country when our main figure Head spreads such a message of hate. We the people have to rise above that. We have to remember we have always been a good country to live in. We have to remember that we have good people in this country. And we need to celebrate the fact that because of our status and our wealth we have the ability to do good for other people.
The verse below is perfect for today. We have a freedom that comes from not being born in the USA but from being Sons and Daughters of Jesus Christ. And that is the freedom that we need to celebrate today that we are not bound to our sin, the we are not bound to the actions of any one person no matter how loud they tweet.
We are free.
And just like the freedom of the United States of America was bought with a price. We as Sons and Daughters of Jesus were bought with the highest price. And we must use that freedom to spread love, joy, kindness, and peace. We need to be our own figureheads and use our freedom to help others.
So today between the fireworks and the food will you spend a little bit of time thinking about your freedom in Jesus? Think about ways you could help other people and who you have the ability to help. It may not be on some grand national scale like helping those poor people stuck at the border. It may just be taking a plate of food to your neighbor who’s a shut-in next door. It may just be practicing a little bit more patience with your child today. You might have the ability to help on some giant scale and if you do that’s amazing!!!! But if you don’t, do not get discouraged. May we use today not as a display Of love for our country but as a display of love for our fellow countrymen and all mankind.
Praise the God who created us and the USA! HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!! 🎆🎇✨
For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.
Galatians 5:13 NLT
A powerful reminder that God cares for the least of us. And so should we.
Father of orphans, champion of widows, is God in his holy house. God makes homes for the homeless, leads prisoners to freedom, but leaves rebels to rot in hell.
Psalm 68:5 MSG
Everything in the world is about to be wrapped up, so take nothing for granted. Stay wide-awake in prayer. Most of all, love each other as if your life depended on it. Love makes up for practically anything. Be quick to give a meal to the hungry, a bed to the homeless—cheerfully. Be generous with the different things God gave you, passing them around so all get in on it: if words, let it be God’s words; if help, let it be God’s hearty help. That way, God’s bright presence will be evident in everything through Jesus, and he’ll get all the credit as the One mighty in everything—encores to the end of time. Oh, yes!
1 Peter 4:8 MSG
If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end.
1 Corinthians 13:4-5 MSG
So don’t be embarrassed to speak up for our Master or for me, his prisoner. Take your share of suffering for the Message along with the rest of us. We can only keep on going, after all, by the power of God, who first saved us and then called us to this holy work. We had nothing to do with it. It was all his idea, a gift prepared for us in Jesus long before we knew anything about it. But we know it now. Since the appearance of our Savior, nothing could be plainer: death defeated, life vindicated in a steady blaze of light, all through the work of Jesus.
2 Timothy 1:9 MSG