For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness, godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being useless or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Peter 1:5-8 CSB
People’s offerings are holy and must be treated as such. They belong to the Lord and it is important that they be used the way the Lord intends and not man! Of course, I am saying this for our day and age. PJ and I highly respect the tithes and offerings given to the church on behalf of the Lord as we know what it is to be working in the community, raising families and giving to God, wanting the funds to be used for ministry business. Offerings are to be unblemished. This speaks to me in our day that they must be given with a cheerful heart and not the leftovers. I certainly would not want my God to see my offerings as unacceptable! My God is holy and must be treated holy!
125 No one can be made to trust God. It is our individual choice based on our own hearts. The reward of trust is so very great and is described here as remaining forever like Mount Zion with the Lord surrounding those who do trust Him!
126 I just saw an article this morning how the Israeli economy is one of the best in the world: 1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.
5 Those who sow in tears will reap with shouts of joy. 6 Though one goes along weeping, carrying the bag of seed, he will surely come back with shouts of joy, carrying his sheaves.
WHAT A PROMISE!
127 This is one of the scriptures PJ read at our wedding. Lord, You are the builder of our personal house and our church house. I believe our church house will also be filled with a quiver of sons (and daughters)! Thank You that You are sending us to visit all of our natural quiver on the mainland! I am so grateful Lord, words cannot express!
We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28 CSB
All of this may seem harsh but there is not anything our Lord does without reason. In the position of priest it was emphasized that only those without character flaws and defect could enter into the Presence of God. This should be true for all ministers of the Gospel in terms of the Spirit. A minister's life must be a person who choses to live for God completely. I am just so grateful for the Cross and all the forgiveness, restitution, redemption and benefits it has brought me. My God is so very good!
120 1In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me.
121 2My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
Thank You Lord for being my Protector and Shelter, 24/7!
122 6Pray for the well-being of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure; 7 may there be peace within your walls, security within your fortresses.”
123 Thank You my Lord that You show me favor!
124 8Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.