Affirmation of God: I am expecting God’s answer.

 

Today’s Scripture: James 1:6 NLT Tyndale: But when you ask him, be sure you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.

I know God is answering. I love God and only fear Him. James 1 is so comforting and reassuring. Just ask and expect God to answer.

Knowing God is answering and giving us the wisdom we ask for is a confidence builder. Regardless of the answer we know His answer and our joy is complete. God IS going to complete His perfect works in us.

I know it and expect Him to reveal Himself and His steps to me. God’s generosity is humbling and encouraging. I am encouraged to face all trials with great expectation of God’s glory shining through. I know as promised in James 1:21 that God’s word is being planted in me. My soul is being saved by this implanted word of God and I welcome Him.

LORD, I also expect Your power to make me a doer who acts on Your Word.

Do you expect God to answer your questions?

Today’s Prayer: LORD I praise You and I love You! I am thankful for the word You are planting in my soul. Thank You for removing all doubt. I only fear You and humbly expect and know Your word is being implanted in me. Help me to act on Your word Father God. Make me a doer who is confident and bold in Your promises. Amen

Tom Raines Jr

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Affirmation of God: God will make it plain to me.

Today’s Scripture: Philippians 3:15 NLT: Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you.

Do you believe God will make it plain to you?  Paul is providing powerful instructions to the Philippians, you and me.

We are to make ourselves nothing and put no confidence in human effort and boast only of what Christ Jesus has done for us. We are to discard everything else to become one with Christ. We are to trust Christ to save us. Like Paul, we strive to be all that Christ Jesus saved us for and what He wants us to be. We can say the same thing Paul did: “I am still not all I should be”.  We are to focus all our energy on one thing: “Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead”. We are citizens of heaven and should not think only of life here on earth.

What we don’t agree on we can believe God will make it plain. Do you trust God to make it plain.

Today’s Prayer: Father God, You are all. Help me to grasp my nothingness. Help me to embrace the desires You are giving me and to rely on Your power. I trust in Your eternal will and only look forward to what lies ahead.  Please be plain with me and give me the boldness to act on Your desires and to have peace through faith. Amen.

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Affirmation of God: I have the privilege of trusting in Christ.

Today’s Scripture: Philippians 1:29 NLT: For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him.

Our perspective affects our relationship with Christ and others doesn’t it? When I sense anger and hostility from some regarding God and Christ my heart breaks for them. They are being robbed of joy by their perspective.

How do we approach life or more importantly how do we approach Christ? Coming to Christ with a thankful heart and thinking of others more than ourselves is such a privilege.

Those that approach life only to consume it do not seem very happy and often do not find anything that satisfies them. What a privilege it is to live and suffer for others.

Paul was sharing these words from prison yet he had an eager expection and a hope. He was seeing how those who loved God and even those who did not were being used to proclaim Christ. In that he said we can rejoice.

Where will you enjoy your privileges today?

Today’s Prayer: Thank You God for Jesus and for giving me the privilege of trusting and serving Him. Remind me throughout this day to be thankful and joyous that I have this opportunity to bring everything to You in prayer. Open my eyes to the needs of others today so I may enjoy Your joy. I am rejoicing. Amen.

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Affirmation of God: I pray with joy.

Today’s Scripture: Philippians 1:4 ESV: always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy,

Paul’s heart was revealed in his honest introduction to those in the church at Philippi. What our hearts say is more important than our mouths. We can read between the heartbeats and the lines.

“I thank MY God” in the previous verse Paul reveals a very personal relationship. He was not praying at an unknown God. He was praying to HIS God. “Always and in every prayer” shows Paul spent a lot of time with his God. These were Paul’s prayers with God from his heart and were not mere words.

We can pray with joy too. When I look up and thank my God I feel joy and thanksgiving that He is MY God. The joy starts there. I am so thankful He is my God and the joy is made complete when I am able to pray for others with this joy, grace and peace.

Are your prayers made with joy?

Today’s Prayer: O LORD, my God, I praise You and lift my prayers to You. Thank You for being my God. Thank You for loving me and caring for me. I love Your LORD and my heart is filled with joy and thanksgiving. Lord help me to always and in every prayer remember others in my prayer with joy. Amen

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Affirmation of God: I am searching Christ for all the hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge in Him.

Today’s Scripture: Colossians 2:3 GWT: God has hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge in Christ.

On January 9th, 2008, I heard these words: “Tom, every affirmation you will ever need is found in My Word.”

I had little way of knowing where the Affirmations of God blog would take me as it began on April 7th, 2010. I did not even understand the scope of the words I wrote on my about page: “Treasure seeker of affirmations and promises from the word of God.” Today, July 2nd, 2015 I am encouraged to better understand the meaning of Colossians 2:3; that all the hidden treasures of wisdom and knowledge of God are hidden in Christ.

I MUST keep searching Christ. I am called, driven, broken down to search for these hidden treasures. I MUST do this out of my love of God and my love for you. Colossians 2:2 tells us we are to be encouraged and knit together by strong ties of love. Together, we will come to understand God’s mysterious plan, which is Christ himself.

Are you searching Christ?

Today’s Prayer: Father God, thank You for giving us Jesus and Your Word so we may search for all of Your hidden treasures. Thank You for your treasures of love, joy, hope and peace. You LORD have given us all of Your riches. Help us to search them out. In Your treasures we come to know true prosperity and love. Amen

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Affirmation of God: I MUST continue to follow Jesus.

Today’s Scripture: Colossians 2:6 NLT:  And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him.

Have you ever had just a taste of something and knew you just had to have more? What I have tasted and experienced in Christ Jesus I know I MUST have more and I MUST continue to follow Him!

The mighty power of God is revealed to us in His Word. I have just experienced His might and His mysteries again. This Affirmation of God journey renews me day after day. Seeking the treasures of the wisdom and knowledge of Christ is SOOOO RICH!!

We can NOT mess this up if we will just follow Him. Trust me; I have tried to mess this up. The words of God for the children of God are AMAZING! Colossians 2 and 3 have worked me over this morning.

Something has died in me this morning AND something beautiful has been re- born. Jesus builds us up, just as His Words promise. Will you continue to follow Jesus?

Today’s Prayer: Almighty Father I love You and I am so thankful for Your love for me. Thank You for sending Jesus to us and for providing us with Your Word. I am thankful that Your love encourages each of us to continue to follow Jesus. Please forgive me Lord for when I have followed the evil lurking within me. I am choosing to continue to follow Jesus and to bring You glory. In the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord, Amen

Tom Raines Jr

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Affirmation of God: I live carefully.

Today’s Scripture: Ephesians 5:15 NLT Tyndale: SO BE CAREFUL HOW YOU LIVE, not as fools but as those who are wise.

This Tyndale translation does capitalize these first six words of Ephesians 5:15. This must be important, huh? Have you ever been awakened to realize you haven’t been careful? I have.

Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do, Paul tells us. Acting thoughtlessly is costly.

In verse 19 we are instructed to make music to the Lord in our hearts. Are we? More importantly can others hear and see this music? How about those closest to us? Paul covers marriage, children, and work over the following verses. We are to be careful and full of His love.  We are told to love as Christ loves.

In 6:10 Paul says: “A final word: Be strong with the Lord’s mighty power.” We must be careful to love and live with God’s music and His power.  We will make beautiful music, if we are careful.

Are you living carefully?

Today’s Prayer: Thank You for Your love and Your power. Please forgive me when I do not live carefully and entertain evil. Teach me Lord to love as You do. Thank You for the example of Jesus who teaches me to love and live. Please continue to teach me to make music to You so others may hear. Help me to be careful to nourish and cherish those I love. Amen

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Affirmation of God: I live a life filled with love.

Today’s Scripture: Ephesians 5:2 NLT:  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.

We have a choice of what we will fill our life with today, don’t we?

We can fill ourselves with greed, anxiety, anger, sex, joy, peace, love and so many other things. Paul is instructing us in Ephesians 5 to choose to imitate God. God came to earth in the flesh in the form of Jesus to give us an example.

There are some things we have no place filling our cups with. They may seem harmless. We may actually enjoy them immensely, yet when filled with those things we are taking up space for things more beneficial; like love.

The best and first thing to pour into our cups every day is thankfulness to God. As early as we awake we should begin thanking God. God is love and when we thank Him we begin filling our lives with love and removing other temptations.

Will you fill your life with love today?

Today’s Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank You for being there for all of us. LORD, I am thankful for Your love for me. Thank You for sending Your son to show us how to love. I am thankful for who You are and for Your scriptures provided to guide our ways. Forgive me LORD for filling my life with too many other things. Right now LORD, I am filling my life with Your love. Please fill me up LORD. Amen

Tom Raines Jr

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Affirmation of God: I now have light from the Lord.

Today’s Scripture: Ephesians 5:8 NLT:  For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light!

Now that I have the light from the Lord, will I live there? Darkness is absence of light. We sometimes choose to live in darkness, don’t we?

Paul says do NOT fall for this. Do NOT be fooled by those excusing darkness. We must be obedient to keep the blinds of our hearts open to allow the light of the Lord to shine in. This light that shines in us produces only what is good and right and true.

We must carefully determine what pleases the Lord.  We must take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose them. It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret Paul says. I am ashamed at my ungodliness at times.

I am asking the Lord to shine His light into my darkness, are you? Let your light shine Lord and expose any darkness in me.

Today’s Prayer: Heavenly Father, please shine Your light into me. Please expose all darkness in me. I am confessing and opening up my heart to Your light Lord and I pray to live there, always. Please replace my shame with the hope and promise of Your light. Amen

Tom Raines Jr

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Affirmation of God: I imitate God in everything I do.

Today’s Scripture: Ephesians 5:1 NLT:  Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.

Oh, I wish this were true. I pray to imitate God in everything I do. I affirm to imitate God in everything I do.

To imitate God I must watch His every move. If I look to myself or to others I imitate things not of God. I want to live a life filled with love as Jesus showed love. Because Jesus sacrificed Himself for us He produced a pleasing aroma to God.

We can produce this pleasing aroma too, can’t we? Yet, when our minds and hearts imitate anything else, well, it can just stink to high heavens as we say here in the south. Sexual immorality, impurity or greed has no place for God’s people. Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for us. Instead, Paul instructs us here in Ephesians 5 to focus on thankfulness to God.

We are God’s dear children, who will we imitate? Will we focus our thankfulness towards God today?

Today’s Prayer: Father God, I confess I do not always imitate You. I do LORD desire above all other things to imitate You. Help me to turn my mind, heart and soul to thankfulness to You. Help me to sacrifice myself for others and produce a pleasing aroma to You. I love You LORD and pray to offer the love of Jesus to everyone in everything. Amen

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