Morning Moments

with Sandra Bivens Smith


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Confessions

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

Confession time. I fall short in this area, I struggle with it a lot. I mean, on a good day I might be able to make supplications for the politicians, but thanksgivings?  That’s really tough.

And, God doesn’t stop there.

But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matthew 5:44)

I don’t do well in that area either.  Sometimes I have a hard time loving the people I love and praying for my friends much less my enemies. (I’m just being honest here).

As I think about what these commands (yes, I said commands) mean and how I can obey them, I’m reminded of Jesus’ dying words and I am ashamed.

And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” And they cast lots to divide his garments. (Luke 23:34)

For they know not what they do.  Those without Christ are blind to the truth, they can only do what is right in their own eyes.  If anyone needs our prayers, it is them.

Will you join me in this prayer?  “Lord, help me to pray for those, who in Your wisdom, You have put in authority over me, so that, as Your word says, we can live in peace.  And help me to love and pray for my enemies, so that You will be glorified.”

Sandra


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Treasures

But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. (2 Corinthians 4:7)

Two cups of coffee on the table in the garden

Let’s not kid ourselves.  There is nothing good in us other than what we receive from the Lord.  We are simply clay pots –

•breakable  •disposable  •replaceable

But, when the Lord fills us up with the treasure of His word, with the joy of our salvation, and the beauty of His love, we become a precious thing.  We become valuable and cherished.

Clay pots that God has filled with treasure.

  • A light in the darkness.
    • The glory of Christ.
      • A worthy vessel of the Holy Spirit.

How lovely is that?

Sandra

 


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Confident

And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. (Philippians 1:6)

Words of grace.  Words of anti-discouragement.  Words that defeat Satan’s lies.

Two cups of coffee on the table in the gardenThoughts of defeat, fear of failure, a sense of unworthiness. These are the the lies that the enemy whispers into your ear. Don’t listen.  When the devil comes at you with his lies, remember-

God is not slack – He fulfills all His promises.

God is persistent – He is not willing that any should perish.

God is good – All His works are good.

God is not a quitter – He is long-suffering in His love for His children.

From the moment you committed your life to Jesus, the Lord began His good work in you.  You can be sure that until the end of your days on this earth, He will continue to do and to perfect all that is in you, for it is all to His glory.

Sandra