Quick to Listen

20171001_150010.jpg

“…Everyone should be quick to listen,

slow to speak

and slow to become angry.

Because human anger does not produce

the righteousness that God desires.”

James 1:19b, 20

So if we want to show that we are Godly people, we need to listen more and talk less!

And we need to get less angry when people do or say something we don’t like.

Heavenly Father, help us to follow You by listening better, and getting angry less, even in tough circumstances (which is not easy). Amen!

Prayer, Commentary, and Image Copyright© 2017, WalkingthroughPsalms

quote from the NIV Bible

 

Advertisements

Rejoice Always

20170503_163852.jpg

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances……”

I Thessalonians 5: 16 – 18a

Ok, so we all know how difficult this is to do! There’s not one of us that hasn’t struggled with rejoicing always. And yet God has given us a recipe of sorts on how to accomplish this – by praying continually!

Alright, so does God want us to forget about doing the laundry or going to our jobs, and pray instead? No, what this means is – as we go about our day we can pray here and there as we run into circumstances that are difficult.

And what exactly is a prayer? It is simply words from our hearts, spoken or silently lifted up. You can even pray with your eyes open! I’m serious! It could be as simple as, “Lord I need some help down here!”

Lord God, please help us to pray continually so that we can walk in an attitude of praising you, and rejoicing always! Amen, and hallelujah!

   

Prayer, Commentary, and Image Copyright© 2017, WalkingthroughPsalms

quote from the NIV Bible

He Wept

20170503_163145

“Jesus wept.”

John 11: 35

This is one of the shortest and yet most profound of all scriptures.

Why was He weeping? He was weeping over the jewel of a city – Jerusalem.

More importantly, He was weeping over people, people that in many cases had rejected God. They simply would not receive what He had to say.

But this was not only a problem of Jerusalem but of all people. Rejecting God is a human problem. Many believe He was weeping and praying about all of us. Why?

Because God always wants the best for us, and we are all, each one, His children.

Lord God please help us to love other people and have compassion for them. Help us to see people the way You do.

And Father we do pray for the victims of Las Vegas, and their families. Please bring healing, restoration, and comfort to all. Amen.

Prayer, Commentary, and Image Copyright© 2017, WalkingthroughPsalms

quote from the NIV Bible

 

Not on Prayer Alone

20170628_154122.jpg

“You must remember not to build on prayer and contemplation alone.

Unless you strive to live the virtues, you will never grow beyond the stature of spiritual dwarves.”

Saint Teresa of Avila.

St. Teresa (not Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta) was always a straight shooter, always telling it like it was, or at least the way she saw it.

Basically she was saying here, that we need to live the life we profess, not just talk about it, or pray about it.

This reminds me so much of the book of James, where we are told to be doers of the word, not listeners only.

It makes no sense to act all religious and pious, and not at least attempting to live the life of faith that we should.

Heavenly Father, thank You that we can pray and talk with You, but help us also to be good examples, living for You! Amen.

    

Prayer, Commentary, and Image Copyright© 2017, WalkingthroughPsalms

 

Whoever Claims to Love God

20170915_164727

“Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar.

For whoever does not love their brother or sister,

whom they have seen, cannot love God,

whom they have not seen.”

I John 4:20

   

Strong words indeed! Yet it is clear that with this illustration God is telling us that loving each other is an essential part of our faith. If we do not love our brother or sister, then we are not following the faith, because we can’t possibly be loving God.

However, I have seen folks debate though, who is actually our brother or sister. Are they only people we know, that go to our church? Or do they have to belong to the same type of church?

I don’t think so, in fact when I read this I think of the Good Samaritan. Do you remember how he helped a man by the side of the road, that had been beaten and robbed? It is true he was called the good neighbor, not a brother, but the spirit of these Scriptures is the same.

And remember we are all descended from Adam and Eve. So, in that sense, we are all related! One things for sure, hate is never an option.

Heavenly Father, please help us to love people, and truly reflect Your love here in the earth, even when the other person is much different than we are. In Christ’s name, amen.

     

Prayer, Commentary, and Image Copyright© 2017, WalkingthroughPsalms

quote from the NIV Bible

God is Light

20160912_144715

“…..God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.”

I John 1: 5b, 6

Have you ever met someone that talked a great deal about faith, and never really lived it? What a mess that can be!

We know that God is perfect and yet we are not. So, some may look at this verse and ones like it, and say that if there is any sin in our hearts at all, we are doomed!

And yet this is more of a warning to all of us, not to lie to ourselves. It does not speak to our occasional mess ups, it does speak though to being phony, or not living out our faith, not living for Him. That really is walking in darkness.

Fortunately there is forgiveness, and we have an advocate with the Father!

Heavenly Father help us to live for You and rely on Your grace working in our lives. Forgive us when we do mess up, and help us to live for You! In Christ’s name, amen.

    

Prayer, Commentary, and Image Copyright© 2017, WalkingthroughPsalms

quote from the NIV Bible

Loving with Actions and in Truth

100_1069

“If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need

but has no pity on them, how can the love of God

be in that person? Dear children, let us not love

with words or speech

but with actions and in truth.”

I John 3: 17, 18

There are times where the things we say, are not nearly as important as what we do. And there are so many needs in our world, in the U.S. and overseas.

Heavenly Father, please help us to know how and when to help people, including with our time and money. We need the wisdom, and the heart to make a positive impact Lord God. Guide us, amen.

    

Prayer, Commentary, and Image Copyright© 2017, WalkingthroughPsalms

quote from the NIV Bible

 

Out of the Same Mouth

20170317_130233

“All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea

are being tamed and have been tamed by man,

but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil,

full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise

our Lord and Father, and with it we curse

men, who have been made in God’s likeness.

Out of the same mouth come praise

and cursing. My brothers,

this should not be.”

 

James 3: 7-10

     

Image Copyright 2017, WalkingthroughPsalms

quote from the NIV Bible

What Good Is It?

20160509_124822

“Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.

If one of you says to him, ‘Go I wish you well; keep warm

and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs,

what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself

if it is not accompanied by action,

is dead.”

 

James 2: 15-17

    

Image Copyright 2017, WalkingthroughPsalms

quote from the NIV Bible