Biblical Truths of Daily Living

Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. I Timothy 2:4, KJV

God is Still There For Us Even When We Have Unexpected Surprises

Isn’t it great how God is still there for us even when we have unexpected surprises in our lives? My husband and I were hit with one such surprise two days ago when we got our taxes done.

We own a cleaning business, which doesn’t show much of a profit because we have employees and other expenses that bring the income from the business quite low. We also, both, work at a  retail/grocery store and get better than normal wages.

In the past I was able to claim both our daughters for the credit related to having kids, I don’t remember the accurate name for that. This year, 2012, I have a daughter that turned 24 during the latter part of the year so I knew I wouldn’t be able to claim her any longer. I thought, though, that I’d still be able to claim my younger daughter.

I think what threw me off was because law were changed for coverage for insurance plans. Now, children can be covered until they turn 26 whether they live with you or not or whether they are in school full-time or not.  This is not the same rule for the child care credit.

My younger daughter did not attend college for a minimum of five months this year, so we are not able to claim her as a dependent at all even though we pay most of her support.

Therefore, instead of getting the three to four thousand dollars we were counting on to help make it through the rest of the winter, since we do not clean many windows in the winter in Michigan, we are getting just under five hundred dollars.

Part of that is my own fault in another way also. I changed my withholding for the year because I opted for a high-deductible health plan which was more expensive monthly than I anticipated. This year even though I made about the same amount as last year, just a bit more than half of the amount from the year before was held from our federal income tax.

This awful news almost made me depressed. I about wanted to cry on someone’s shoulder. I’d like to say that after talking to my husband, I gathered with God and Jesus Christ to let them commiserate with me; but, to be honest, it took me two days after hearing the news to do that.

I will say that I have been listening to a Christian channel on the radio, and I know that has helped me a lot before and after finding this out.

I have encouraged many people before that no matter how dim your life may seem, God is always there to help you keep from floundering in the muck and mire of this world.

I decided to read the book of Phillippians this morning. I was reminded once again of  the section in Chapter 4 verse 6. In the King James Version it reads: Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

The word careful in this verse is Old English for anxious. We are to be anxious for nothing. When I was reading this, this morning, I prayed for God to help me try to not be anxious for anything. I then thought, wait a minute; God is not asking me to try not to be anxious, but he is basically commanding me not to be anxious. So if he is telling me to be anxious for nothing, then I guess it must be available. He would never ask or expect us to do something that we couldn’t do.

How are we supposed to be anxious for nothing? The neat thing about God is that he doesn’t leave us to figure it all our for ourselves. He tells us how to do it and it’s right in this verse.

Phil 4:6b: but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Again, this seems like an impossibility. But is it? Who is telling us to handle pressure this way? God! Does God lie? No! Well then, I’d say this isn’t an impossibility. Now you might ask, how well do I do with this verse? I’d have to say, that there is always room for improvement. If I had been where I’d like to be with this verse, then I would have been tuned in with God right away.

I’m not saying I went and got drunk or something, I just didn’t drive myself to the word for my answers which is something I’d like to get better at.

I did remember to praise God the next day, but I’ve gotten out of the habit of doing that daily so much so, that I’ve forgotten all the different and various ways I’ve already studied that I can praise God.

I did re-read the last Psalm this morning and was reminded that I can praise him for what he has created, for the beauty that is all around us, for family, for friends, for my job, for financial prosperity-right now, that looks far away, but God says it’s within reach.

I need to put my pedal to the metal, so to speak, and get in gear with God and his word, for with God all things are possible.

Bless you all and thanks for reading.



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How Important is Prayer?

How important does God consider prayer? One way to find out is to study the subject and see what God has put into his word about it.

Colossians 3:17:

And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

Ephesians 5:20:

Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

Have you every tried praying for everything? I’ve worked at praying for many things, I do well with it sometimes, generally, though it seems like I forget more than I remember. God is happy that we do our best to apply His Word in our lives.

If we decided not to try or to quit trying because we knew we would fall short, then we’ll never get to the place were we’ll have those habit patterns built. As we work towards praying for more things, God will teach us more of what we can be praying for.

We can pray for our spouses, or significant others, our children-their safety, their hearts toward God, the decisions they make. We can pray for our travel plans, any traveling we do, working our jobs, our bosses, our co-workers, our pastors, teachers.

In the Old Testament it talks about teaching our children when they get up, throughout the day and when they go to bed.

Deuteronomy 6:6-7:

And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:

And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and     when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down and when thou risest up. (KJV-spelling)

Even though I’m writing about prayer, I believe these verses are still important relating to prayer, because if we’re praying throughout the day, we can incorporate those prayers when we are teaching and working with our children. When we’re working with our children throughout the day, we can show by example all the categories where prayer can be involved.

We also should be praying for those in authority over us, in our governments. We want to lead a quiet and peaceable life and be able to maintain the freedoms our forefathers fought to bring us.

I  Timothy 2:1-4:

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

For this is good and acceptable in the sight of Gd our Saviour;

Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

In Thessalonians, God tells us to pray all the time.

II Thessalonians 5:17, 18, 25:

Pray without ceasing.

In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

Brethren, pray for us.

We are encouraged to pray all the time. Prayer allows God to get involved in our lives and that of our loved ones. God cannot overstep our free will, nor that of our family members, yet he knows their heart. If we’ve been praying for them, it could be that God would be able to plant a seed encouraging them to change direction, change focus in their lives.

If you want to read a great book about prayer and being consistent with praying for others and not giving up, read about George Mueller, Delighted in God. He lived in the 1800’s yet prayed for God to be his sufficiency in his life and for the kids he cared for. It is filled with tidbits of God’s faithfulness and being faithful in prayer.

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Check a paraphrased version of George Mueller’s great book on trusting God. The link is found under comments for this post.


5 Basic Keys to Receive the Promises of God

There are five basic keys to receive the promises of God that most people do not realize. A lot of people pray to God, but many of them do not receive their answers to prayer. They along with those around them wonder why that is, some even think that God is withholding the answer to their prayers to test them or for some other reason.

  1. First on the list a person needs to know what is available.
  2. Then they need to know how to receive the answer which would also be the promise of God.
  3. Then they need to know what to do with it after they have it.
  4. Another important key is that they need to make sure their need and want is parallel.
  5. And finally they need to know and understand that God’s ability equals His willingness.

1. When we pray, we must know what is available. Sometimes we pray for things we have no business praying for and other times we’re praying for things that God has already given to us. When we pray we need to expect to receive whatever it is that we are praying for until we have received it.

In John 10:10 KJV it reads:

The thief cometh not,  but for to steal, and to kill and to destroy: I (Jesus Christ) am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Jesus Christ came that we might have a more than abundant life. Then why is it that Christians are sickly and lacking? If you look in the third book of John all the way in the back of your Bibles, before Revelations you will find a promise relating to this.

III John 2:

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

Ephesians 3;20 says:

Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.

God is able to work exceeding abundantly above all that we could ask or think. Many times we have a problem expecting Him to provide what we’re asking, yet here He promises abundance even above what we ask or think. It’s according to God’s power which is a part of the holy spirit, the gift that He gave- that is in us.

Philippians 4:19:

But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

Whose riches? His riches. God promises to supply all of our need. If all of our need is supplied, then we have no want. God encourages us in Ephesians to abound so that we can give to others. It’s difficult to give to others out of our need, therefore we need to raise our expectations concerning God’s heart for us and our families. The best way to do this is to find promises in the Word of God that you can learn and memorize, so you can be the best for Him.

2. How do we receive the promises of God? We believe that they will come to pass in our lives. The Bible, the Word of God is filled with over 900 promises, these are things that we don’t need to pray for, as they are already ours. Many times we just need to hold out our hands to receive the abundance He has in store for each and ever one of us.

When you have money in the bank that is rightly yours, do you pray before going to the bank to make a deposit? Do you pray that the money will be there and that the teller will give you what you ask for? No, absolutely not! Why is that? Because the money is yours already, you expect to receive whatever you ask the teller for.

All the promises of God are in our spiritual wallets or pockets already. All we have to do is realize this and be ready to utilize what is there when we need it. Check out Hebrews 11:1

Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

An expanded understanding of this verse would be. Believing is the title deed to things prayed for, the evidence they are yours before they are seen.

It would be like ordering a car, paying for it ahead of time and receiving the title deed. Since it’s paid for and you have the title deed, you wouldn’t worry about receiving it, you expect it to be yours and you expect the car dealership to be calling you any day to say that you can pick it up.

Matthew 21: 22 states

And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

In Mark is a similar verse, but it’s stated a bit differently.

Mark 11:24

Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

This believe ye receive them is to believe you have already received the answer to the specific prayer. Whatever you are praying for, if it’s a promise in God’s Word, then it’s a given that it is yours. Believe as if you’ve already received it,and it will surely come to pass.

God is not a man that He should lie. Whatever He has promised He is waiting for you and I to expect to receive the promises from Him, so He can bless us more abundantly.

In the NIV version of the Bible, this verse in Mark 11;24 is plainly stated.

Mark 11:24 NIV

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that yiou have received it, and it will be yours.

So to receive anything from God we must find out what is available and then know how to receive it, which is to believe before we have it. Keep that title deed for the specific promise in your pocket. When you are concerned about the situation, pat your pocket and remind yourself that you have the title deed. It is yours, and God will provide, because His Word is truth.

If need be, you can write on a piece of paper the promise and label it title deed and then carry it with you until you receive it into manifestation, which is receiving it into the senses world.

3. The third key is what to do with it after we have it.

If we are praying for prosperity so we can have enough to not only meet our need but be able to help out others as we are encouraged to do in Ephesians.

Ephesians 4;28

Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.

God doesn’t expect us to give what we need for our own living expenses,  unless of course He tells you to do so, but He promises to supply all our need. When we steward our money, we will have extra so that we can give to those that need it. This could be helping out with someone in particular in our church, helping out food pantry’s or even helping out a specific individual that God may place on our heart.

When we get the prosperity that we’ve been praying for, generally it’s not wise to begin spending it on things that we think we need or want, especially if we have bills that are behind.

If we are ever unsure about how to spend the prosperity that we’ve received from God, then set that money aside and pray that God shows you the best use for the money.

4. The forth key is to keep your needs and wants parallel.

This one can be difficult to learn and walk by. Many of us, would like what we see others have. Those things can become wants, we can easily twist them into needs for various reasons, and it can seem like our need and want is parallel. It may still be good to sit on the idea awhile in prayer before going out and getting the item as soon as the cash is there to get it.

For instance, a couple of years ago I decided to check out juicing. I chose to purchase an inexpensive juicer as I wasn’t sure whether I would make it a lifestyle, even though I was hoping that I would. It was something that I had been thinking of doing for quite some time, but I can’t say that I prayed about it or waited for the green light from God before getting it.

I did use it for the first summer, but soon realized how much of the produce was lost in the juicing process for one cup of juice. I enjoyed drinking the different concoctions I came up with, and I used it fairly faithfully for several months. I was hoping to lose weight doing this and although I knew it had great health benefits, I didn’t lose the weight and felt that I was wasting the bulk of the produce that didn’t end up in the juice.

I do hope to use it again more consistently one day, but I don’t really have the extra funds to supply the amount of produce it takes to juice on a day by day basis. Personally, I think it was a good learning experience, yet I think I could have used the money better elsewhere at the time.

So I have a need to eat better, I wanted a juicer, but I didn’t need a juicer to eat produce. Now the produce is tucked away into a cupboard awaiting the day when I choose to use it again.

5. The fifth and final key is to remember that God’s ability equals His willingness.

Romans 4:21

And being fully persuaded that, what He had promised, He was able also to perform.

The context here is talking about Abraham who is the father, spiritually of all those that believe. When God told Abraham that Sara his wife would conceive in her old age, and knowing that she was barren, Abraham did not believe immediately. It took him several years to get to the place where he staggered not at the promise of God.

Romans 4:21

He (Abraham) staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

Abraham finally got to the place where he believed that what God had promised He, (God) was able to perform. If God was not willing to give us the many promises that are found in His Word, then He would never have placed them there in the first place. Again, God is not a man that He should lie.

Numbers 23:19

God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

God is willing, therefore God is able to do what He has placed in His Word.

The Word of God is the will of God. God is able and willing to do all that He has promised in His Word.


This is the day the Lord hath made

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Psalm 118:24 KJV

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Every day is a new day, where we can start over again praising God and expecting his bounty in our life. All over the word of God, both in the Old Testament and the New Testament, God reminds us of His love and care. He wants to meet our need, Phil 4:19. He is our sufficiency I Corinthians 9:8. He is our sufficiency so we can be sufficient in all things.  III John 2, He wants us to prosper and be in health even as our souls prosper.

The chapter of Matthew is a great chapter to read in it’s entirety sometime, if you haven’t before. In 6:19-21 it says:

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

In these verses treasures stands for our thoughts. Don’t think about all the many things you can have on this earth, whether a better house, a better car, things in general. In the grand scheme of things those things will be a waste of your thinking. Instead think about heavenly things, these things are incorruptible, and thieves can’t steal them away. ‘For where your treasure-thought is- there will your heart be also.’ Our heart here is talking about the innermost part of the mind. It isn’t the organ beating in the center of your chest. This heart is in the center of your mind, it’s what makes you,  you. When you think about something long enough it becomes you.

This is why those that are anxious or worry have problems in other areas eventually. We were not built to carry stress of any kind around. We are supposed to ‘cast it’ to God to handle for us.

Back to Matthew chapter 6, in verse 25-27

Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

Matthew 6:31:

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, what shall we drink? or, wherewithal shall we be clothed? 

(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, andhis righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

God knows where all the fowls of the field are, he knows about all the cattle on the hills, He’s ready willing and able to take care of us.

In Psalms 50:10 it states:

For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills? 

Psalm 50:14:

Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:

And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou slalt glorify me. 

God is a God of growth, increase, beauty, righteousness, plenty, prosperity, health, deliverance, wisdom. We need to give him permission to be involved in our lives. Without that permission, He can do nothing. That’s why it says we need to ask Him. Many wonder, why do we need to ask? If he is an all knowing God, then He knows what we need. When we ask, we are giving our permission for His help.


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Our God is worthy to be praised!

Our God is worthy to be praised!

Have you a heart that’s weary? Have a need in your life – it doesn’t matter how big, or how small or what category it might be in, God is still interested in helping you out.

Often many of us might tell God how best to meet that need of our, but when we do that, we are putting Him in a box, we are limiting Him. The best thing for us to do is not to worry about the future, nor feel guilty about the past. If you find that difficult to accomplish, then try praising God for who He is, and/or thank Him for what you do have now.

In II Samuel 22:4 and Psalms 18:3 KJV it states:

I shall call on the Lord who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

Our God, the Father of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ, is God Almighty, God Elohim and God Jehovah, he is worthy of our praise. In the Old Testament God tells us over and over again that we should praise Him all the time.

Psalm 35:27-28

Let them shout for joy and be glad that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant.

And my tongue shall speak of thy praise and of they righteousness all the day long.

How  you choose to praise God is entirely  up to you, in the last Psalm it speaks totally about praising God in various ways.

Psalm 150:1-6

Praise ye the Lord. Praise God in his sanctuary, praise him in the firmament of his power.

Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.

Praise  him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.

Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.

Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.

Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord. Praise ye the Lord.

Some people praise God for what he has given us; for having his spirit inside us,  and all the other categories of which you and I are blessed. For my life, I praise God for who He is and thank Him for what He has given me. I try to praise Him each morning before I get up and start my day. I’ve been doing this now for almost a year; there are days at a time I might forget, but when I realize that I have forgotten, I do pretty well getting back into the groove.

My husband and I own a business which is seasonal, and work part-time in retail. We ‘get by’ but we have debts and usually have a very difficult time getting through the winter, and then play ‘catch up’ until about June until we try to save for the next winter.

This past year, while practicing this principle of praising God as  much as possible, helped me to not be anxious about financial matters. When I would begin to get concerned about a big bill coming up or that type of thing, I was able to put the need back where it belonged, on God’s shoulders. He has already promised to meet every need. Phil 4:19; II Corinthians 9:8.

James 1:17 states:

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, which whom there is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Any good quality or characteristic we’ve received, we received from God. He can only give what He is. He is Holy Spirit, John 4:4.

These are some of the many things I praise Him for:

He is righteous, sanctified, redemption, deliverance, faithful, fruitful, good, tender, gentle, kind, prosperous, victorious, upright, He has integrity, He is wise, He is able and willing, cleansing, compassion, concerned, helper, seeker, finder, lifter, lover. When necessary He will hide us from our enemies. He is the God of plenty.  He nurtures, comforts, consoles. He is our high tower, our rock, sword, shield, river of living waters, the light, and so much more.

This past year was the best year we had financially in twenty-two years of marriage. God met our needs, we had some left over to take a few trips. We were not bound down by money concerns. This winter we had someone give us a large sum of money out of the blue, without mentioning to them we had a need.

God is worthy to be praised!

Praise God for who He is, thank Him for His many blessings on your life and watch your life turn around. Expect miracles every day.

God Bless you.