Saturday, August 14, 2010

The Key To Fulfillment


Good Evening to All!
Before I get involved in my postings, please let me say I am truly sorry for my intermittent posts as of late. For some reason, (I don't know if it is Windows updates, or HughesNet Satellite, but I am having a VERY hard time posting on my blog. Sometimes, it lets me type my posts but won't let me upload pictures to it, and then won't allow me to publish it. I have been trying to post since 8:30 this morning and am Just Now being allowed to carry through. This post I typed last night,(although I did changed the date and time for tonight, so as not to confuse anyone with the date.), but was unable to get any "new" pictures to put on it. I was shocked when it allowed me to get one out of my "picture folder". Anyway, I hope this is a good sign and it will let me continue to post from now on.

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Thus says the Lord of hosts: Consider your ways and set your mind on what has come to you. (Haggai 1:5)

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This scripture was spoken during the time when the Lord was ready for His people to rebuild the temple, but the people had decided that building the temple was not important.

A little preface to this verse is: (3) Then the word of the LORD came by Haggai the prophet, saying (4) "Is it time for you yourselves to dwell in your paneled houses, and this temple to lie in ruins?" (5) Now therefore, thus says the LORD of hosts: "Consider your ways!

(6) You have sown much and bring in little; You eat, but do not have enough; You drink, but you are not filled with drink; You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; And he who earns wages, Earns wages to put into a bag with holes."

Reference: NKJV--Consider your ways: The people were asked to mull over their habits and activities and to ask whether their attitude was sensible before the LORD.

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God has a great big, wonderful, fulfilling life planned for you and me, but if we are stubborn (see Exodus 22:2) or hard-hearted, then we will miss what He has for us. Stubbornness and refusal to hear and obey God's voice keep us set in our ways and unable to make progress. When we find ourselves in this condition, we often fail to stop and ask ourselves what the problem is.

Tonight's verse recounts a time when God's people were dissatisfied and experiencing many problems, so God told them to consider their ways. Many times when people are not fulfilled in life , they look everywhere except within themselves to find the reason. If you are unfulfilled in your life, do as God told the Old Testament people to do and "consider your ways." Ask God to speak to you about "your ways," and pay attention to what He says. I have had to do this many times, and I have had to make changes in my thinking, my motives, or my behavior as a result.

As I considered my ways over time, I found I was stubborn, hard-headed, opinionated, proud, and many other things that kept me from making progress. But, thank God, He has changed me! I pray He keeps on changing me and never stops.

I want everything God wants me to have and nothing He doesn't . I belong to Him and so do you. He wants you to have a happy, blessed, and wonderful life, full of satisfaction and fulfillment. If you aren't living that kind of life, take time to consider your ways; ask God to show you what needs to change, and then do what He tells you to do.

God's Word for You Tonight: Don't be afraid to face truth about yourself, because it sets (makes) you free. John 8:32 KJV--And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.
I like this version because the word because the word "Set" means to put into a particular place or position. To adjust. To "make" means to bring into existence. To cause to be or become
NOT “set us free”, but make us free.

Of course I feel compelled to say I know that this verse is speaking of Jesus and His teachings, as He IS the way, the truth and the light, but it can also make us free in the sense that when we face the truth about ourselves we can correct our mistakes or repent and ask forgiveness. There is not one of us alive who doesn't need to do these two things. Paul, even a devout a Christian and disciple of Christ as he was, said He died daily ( repented and asked forgiveness). Turned away from his old ways. If we face our truth, then we have nothing we feel we have to hide. Not that we can hide the truth anyway. GOD SEES ALL.
Good Night and May God Bless!



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1 comment:

Life's Essentials said...

Hi, I enjoy reading your posts! I also love the looks of your blog! I like that picture of Jesus at the top of your blog. I'm trying to figure out how to snazz up my blog, so I enjoy looking at other peoples blogs. If you have advice on making snazzy blogs, I'd love some tips!
God bless you!

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