Shout for JOY! 

“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music;”‭‭Psalm‬ ‭98:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Evil stops at nothing to remove joy from people’s hearts. 

Sometimes it can be extremely difficult to understand or even accept that Jesus is in our midst when evil strikes unexpectedly and with cruel consequences. But he is. He shares in our sufferings. He comes among us, the Holy One of Israel, to “heal the broken-hearted and bind up their wounds”. 

The scripture reminds us today to “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”- Philippians‬ ‭4:4-8‬ ‭ESV‬‬ 

See Friends, there is a God in heaven that knows us intimately and does hear us when we get passionate for Him and declare our praise. We should be the most joyful people in the world because we have the Spirit of the Living God living in us!

People of the world rely on circumstances to dictate their happiness.  The presence of absence of relationships, advancement, or possessions can fuel their joy or steal it away.  But Christians aren’t dictated by our environment.  We can have joy even in tough times, knowing that the God in us is greater than the enemy in the world (1 John 4:4).

Don’t let anyone steal your JOY today! — Flore💕 

 

What do you long for?  How have you found Solomon’s discovery to be true—no earthly pleasure truly satisfies your soul? #blog

A Longing for Eternity

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end (Ecclesiastes 3:11, ESV).
More than three thousand years ago, a king named Solomon chronicled his search for fulfillment. He was the wisest and richest man of all time. If anyone could stroll down every conceivable avenue of potential satisfaction, it was Solomon, king of Israel. Long before the show Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, the book of Ecclesiastes detailed his pursuit of pleasure.

Solomon constructed a palace so opulent it staggered world leaders, accumulated innumerable jewels and possessions, pursued advanced studies, and was with a different woman every night. He explored it all, yet with tears of frustration concluded, “So I hated life, because what is done under the sun was grievous to me, for all is vanity and a striving after wind” (Ecclesiastes 2:17).
He discovered what so many fail to realize: history is a repetitive loop of personal futility, with every imaginable experience on the horizontal plane promising fulfillment it can never truly deliver. Solomon was crushed by the realization that on his own, he could not fashion a happiness or satisfaction that would endure beyond the momentary. In Ecclesiastes 3, he turned his expression of frustration on God who made him, concluding, “He has put eternity into man’s heart” (3:11).
In this passage eternity refers to our deep and abiding awareness of something outside the boundaries of our senses. According to biblical scholar Michael Eaton, “Our consciousness of God is part of our nature, and the suppression of it is part of our sin.” Humans are unique because we hunger for something the experiences of this planet cannot satisfy—a quest for eternity.

The implications of Solomon’s statement are staggering: people are looking for the eternity God created them to long for, but they can’t find it on their own. Like a hungry man locked outside a gourmet restaurant, we know satisfaction is near but can’t get to the food. Like a blind man standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon, we feel the awesomeness close at hand with no capacity to take it in. Searching for eternity does not lead to finding until God Himself intercepts our wandering pursuit.

As Solomon rightly observes, fulfillment must come from a source outside ourselves and beyond this world: “There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God for apart from him who can . . . have enjoyment?” (Ecclesiastes 2:24-25).
What Solomon tried in vain to fill is woven into the fabric of human existance. God designed us so we can’t find fulfillment or lasting enjoyment apart from this eternity. The more we try to satisfy our deepest longing by good and bad horizontal means, the more likely we are to miss God’s vertical invitation to experience Him.

Do you sense that same longing in your soul? Have you known the emptiness of looking for satisfaction in the next raise or relationship or reward? Like Solomon, you have a longing for eternity only God can satisfy. The underlying vacuum in the center of every soul is a manufacturer’s specification from God Himself. He is the One who has placed eternity in our hearts—and only He can fill it.

How have you found Solomon’s discovery to be true—no earthly pleasure truly satisfies your soul?

Even knowing this futility, where are you spending yourself on the pursuit of earthly pleasures?

Lord God, You have set eternity in my heart. Like Solomon, I have tried in vain to fill that deep longing with other things. Forgive me, God. I acknowledge that You, and only You, can truly, deeply satisfy the longings of my soul. Help me learn from Solomon. I will not look for meaning or fulfillment in my accomplishments, relationships, or earthly pleasures. You only will I seek, for You satisfy my soul. Thank You, my Maker, in the name of Your eternal Son, amen.

  

“but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.”—Psalm‬ ‭1:2‬ ‭ESV‬‬ #blog

I just love reading the book of Psalms. There is something about it I can’t get enough of. There is always brand new insights every time I read the first chapter. 
The central point of this psalm is made in verse 2: “But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night.” The person who delights in God’s law so much that he meditates on it day and night is delivered from the ways of the wicked and sinners and scoffers, and is made fruitful and durable and prosperous. That’s the point. Delighting in the law of God is the central issue. 
Now the point of the psalm is to say that when you experience the Word of God like that – as so delightful and so satisfying that it captures your mind and heart day and night and weans you away from the counsel and path and seat of the world -when you experience the Word like that, you are blessed. You are happy.

The Person Who Delights in the Word of God Then, in verse 3, it gives us three illustrations of that happiness. The first one is that the person who delights in the Word of God and meditates on it day and night will be “like a tree firmly planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in its season.” The second one is that the person who delights in the Word of God and meditates on it day and night will be like a tree whose “leaf does not wither.” And the third is that the person who delights in the Word of God and meditates on it day and night “will prosper in all that he does.” 
Did the psalmists ever struggle with this? Yes they did. Take heart. We all do. 

We struggle with Bible reading and memory and meditation because we don’t find pleasure in it. We have other things we want to get to more. TV or breakfast or work or newspaper or computer. Our hearts incline to other things and do not incline to the Word. And so it is not a delight. We must pray for God’s enabling to help us delight in his Word. 

— Flore 💕

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God can turn a “no way” into a highway! We serve a POWERFUL GOD!!! [see Joshua 3] Be encouraged!

Today, I learned from reading the book of Joshua 3 [the Israelites cross the Jordan] that God is strong and POWERFUL and we are trust Him, follow and obey His commands! He is in charge! Nothing to big or too small for him. Thankful I served a POWERFUL GOD! This is simple but we often by past and don’t obey and follow. I am challenging myself today to obey & follow. Join me…“Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.” And Joshua said to the priests, “Take up the ark of the covenant and pass on before the people.” So they took up the ark of the covenant and went before the people. The Lord said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you.”‭‭Joshua‬ ‭3:5-7‬ ‭ESV‬‬
See, It is easy for us to relate to the emotions and thoughts of Israel. So many of us face “personal Jordans” that feel so permanent and powerful that we don’t even try to make it across. Our lives feel stalled, stuck on the wrong side of God’s promises. We read about the abundant life, but can’t make it out of the wilderness. Churches can feel that way too, stalemated by the promise of something great with God, but blocked by all kinds of barriers.

But with God can turn a “no way” into a highway! The great question that loomed over the camp of Israel and over our lives today is, “Will we walk by sight or by faith? Do we really believe God can handle the impossible?” We serve a POWERFUL God! 
 Brothers and sisters, I long to see God do what only God can do! The church in Acts crossed over in impossible situations repeatedly because they took the simple steps that remain for us to this day. A Jordan stretches before us; the challenges are too much for us. We must believe that nothing is too difficult for God. We must focus our souls on Christ and follow Him. We must cast out all sin and set ourselves apart to Him. And we must be ready to move when He does His work, always being mindful that if anything is going to last, it’s from the Lord.

  

Sometimes what we see as a lost isn’t always a lost in the eyes of God. Can you trust Him? 

This sweet lady shared with me at church this past weekend how heart broken she was when she found out that she had to let go of her beautiful home she owned for over 10yrs due to her husband’s recent job lost. They did everything they could to keep their home but in the end they lost it and had to move out. God opened a door for them to move 3 houses down in that same neighborhood temporarily with family so the children could finish the school year. She explained how it was a struggle for her to accept the lost, to let go and find peace within with losing her home and now living with family. The though of driving by the house everyday was heart wrenching but in the end they moved out to only to find out exactly 2 days after they moved out, the house was caught on fire by lighting around 1:30 in the morning. Most likely, everyone would have been home sleeping and who knows where they would have been right now if they didn’t move out In time. She cried out to God about that house. She was angry at God for moving out and now she is so thankful to God for saving her life and her family’s life! I know it’s hard to understand God’s way, how God operates but He is SOVEREIGN, He is Faithful, yes, He is in control and He has our best interest at heart but more importantly He loves us! I could go on and on to tell you about what I shared with her of my own lost…,the point is sometimes what we see as a lost isn’t always a lost in the eyes of God. See ” My thoughts are not your thoughts and My ways are not our ways” Said The Lord in Isaiah 55:8  

 

He is simply trying to protect us and see how far would we trust Him. She has a new/ stronger faith in God and a new walk with God now. She is expecting GREATER and it’s coming! Learning to trust God isn’t easy but We just need to trust Him.
Can you trust HIM?“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV — Flore💕

The secret of true worship is that we “worship in spirit and in truth. Is your heart in it? #TrueWorship 

“The Master said: “These people make a big show of saying the right thing, but their hearts aren’t in it. Because they act like they’re worshiping me but don’t mean it, I’m going to step in and shock them awake, astonish them, stand them on their ears. The wise ones who had it all figured out will be exposed as fools. The smart people who thought they knew everything will turn out to know nothing.”Isaiah 29:13-14 MSG

  
It is possible to repeat words in worship to God without participating in their meaning.

Perhaps you have occasionally found yourself in church singing a hymn, singing every word clearly, even enjoying the song, only to realise that you were not taking note of the words but thinking of something else. This makes you feel rather foolish before God, because you have been singing in worship to him by wrote, without thinking about what you are singing. Imagine if you worshipped like that all the time! How vain that worship would be.

Words uttered by the mouth, however true, do not impress God if the speaker is not taking account of their meaning. Some religions have forms of words that are considered to have power in themselves. But true religion is taking account of what the word of God means, and believing it.
 The secret of true worship is that we “worship in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). Not only must the things we say and feel be true, but they must be the love of our spirits, our heart’s deep desire. Unfortunately many people worship from ulterior motives, and the desires of their hearts are far from God. Lip service? Self glory? Is your heart in it? — Flore​󾬏

I can only imagine….

Message from God:You are not hidden from me. I see every tear, every struggle, every ache and pain, and every dream you have put on the shelf. I am your God. Abide in me little one. Abide in me. It is there you will find joy. People will let you down. People may abuse you. But I have come that you I may have life more abundant. And JOY…even in the midst of circumstances.   
 I know you are thinking “That’s not possible!” but it is. There is joy in what you think is futile. I can bring joy, even to the mundane. Praise me. Worship me. Lavish your love on me. There, you will find your joy and it will carry over into the other areas of your life.

I can only imagine the things my Heavenly Father has planned. I live to please my Heavenly Father. My life goals. So much more to life …….  
 
The scripture reminds us not to worry and trust in God and His Peace will guard our hearts and mind as we live in Him. As we gear towards ushering the new year 2016, let us continue to live in His presence, worry less and pray more. He has our best interest at heart and His plans are perfect. “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” – Phil 4:6–7 NLT

I can only imagine…..

– Flore💕