God Has The First & Last Word

God had the First Word in the universe when He spoke it into existence. He will also have the Last Word in EVERYTHING!

If you are in a tough situation (as a follower of Christ), the situation will be finalized when God speaks the Last Word in that situation and resolves it!

“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with Me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

📖 Revelation‬ ‭22:12-13

See you at the altar of prayer where we will hang-out until God speaks the Last Word in our trial.

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Excellence in Our Service Unto God

Defining Excellence:

“the quality of being outstanding or extremely good.”

We serve the King and the Creator of all Space and Time. He designed and created the functioning laws of matter, gravity, magnetism, and light. He designed and created the highly complex and intricately interwoven human body, both male and female. He breathed into us His breath of eternal life, and gave to us the ability and desire to procreate and fill His creation with human beings that are created in both His image (as Creator-God) and in our image (as Procreator-Parents).

When did it become acceptable to serve God with sloppiness of heart or mind? When did it become permissible to give Him offerings or sacrifices that are not from the best that we can offer? When did He say that His grace covers our cheapened valuation of Him as our King, and that we shouldn’t give it any thought or consideration?

Well, it hasn’t become acceptable. We are to give God the very best that our bodies, minds, hearts, and souls can produce. He is our God, our King, our Savior; He is our Heavenly Father, our Heavenly Brother, our Royal Friend.

God spoke to Malachi (within the context of the Old Testament sacrificial system) about the excellence in service, sacrifice, and offerings that a great King has due to Him. This applies to us today just as much as we consider its truth and application in our New Testament context:

“… ‘When you bring injured, lame or diseased animals and offer them as sacrifices, should I accept them from your hands?’ says the Lord.

‘Cursed is the cheat who has an acceptable male in his flock and vows to give it, but then sacrifices a blemished animal to the Lord.

For I am a great king,’ says the Lord Almighty, ‘and My name is to be feared among the nations.’”

‭( Malachi‬ ‭1:13-14‬ )

Let us give to our God and King the best and greatest of all our excellencies in all things. Let’s ask the Lord today to please show us where we have served Him with excellence, and to show us where we are falling short. He is not interested in our legalistic and rules-based fulfillment of excellence; He longs for, and deeply desires, that we would offer Him excellence simply because we recognize Him as our King, and our heart’s desire is to honor Him as our Great King, the King and Creator of all Space and Time.

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God’s Attention Is On You!

The infinite God who created the entire universe (its planets, moons, and stars; its shades of light and colors; and its angels, humans, and creatures) is completely mindful and thoughtful of humans.

It is estimated that the universe has billions of galaxies (like our own galaxy, the Milky Way, which contains our solar system and associated planets). There are more entire galaxies in the universe than there are people on planet earth. We currently have about 7.3 billion human beings on our planet.

For comparison, consider one human being standing in the middle of one galaxy. God, with His infinite capacities, looks at that one galaxy with all of its fascinating beauty of every light beam, of every atom of every star, sun, planet, moon, comet, and… one human being.

When God has an entire galaxy to which He can pay attention, there is only one very small aspect of that galaxy of which He is completely mindful.

YOU!

He is surrounded by galactic beauty, but instead of looking at all of that, His eyes are on… YOU! You are more captivating to the loving attention of almighty God than an entire galaxy!

In ancient days, the Psalmist expressed his own glimpse into–and awareness of–the comparison between a galaxy and a human being, and that God’s delight is to give His complete and infinite attention to human beings. He wrote:

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“Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth! You have set Your glory in the heavens…

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is mankind that You are mindful of them, human beings that You care for them?

You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor.”

‭‭~ Psalm‬ ‭8:1-5‬

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The next time you feel insignificant, and you think your value in the universe has been lost like a grain of sand lost somewhere on the floor of the world’s oceans, know this: God is mindful of you and He cares for you, deeply!

He welcomes the giving of your own attention to Him. His favorite thing to do in ALL of the universe is this: to interact with you.

Let Him hear from you through prayer. He loves to interact with human beings like friends, and He will speak with you in return. Using any method to speak to you, at a time of His choosing and that He thinks is best, He will speak to you. It will be in a manner that you can hear with your heart and believe it really is Him!

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Coffee Creation Day

I celebrate the dawn of every new day with a cup of coffee, thanking the Lord for everything.

However, on Tuesdays I celebrate something extra special: God created the plants and trees on the Third Day of Creation, so that means that Coffee was born on the Tuesday of Creation Week.

“Then God said, ‘Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees… according to their various kinds.’ And it was so. And God saw that it was good.”

( Genesis 1:11-12 )

How do I celebrate Coffee Creation Day on Tuesday’s? With coffee, of course!

“Thank You, Lord for creating the variety of Coffee plants and trees!”

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And It Is Very Good!

A Daily Thought Provoker
from Heart & Path Journal at HeartPathJournal.net
by David J. Hall

The heavens and the earth are so incredibly beautiful!

It would take an eternity to observe and soak-in every scene. Imagine viewing every single location, every minute throughout every day and night, in every season, for a decade. No two snap-shots in time are the same, as unique as a fingerprint.

God has the most incredible, fully dimensional photo album!

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