Who is to blame?

As I was watching the end of a movie, and listened to what some of the people were saying about those who had saved their lives I thought how ungrateful these people were behaving.  Yes, I do know that it was just a movie but as I watched the end after the battle was over and how the heroes of the movie were being turned against by those who they fought to protect. These people that were saved were blaming them for the attack and the damage that was done. Their lives were saved yet they still had to complain and reject the ones who risked their lives to save the lives of these ungrateful people.

This made me think of how people treat God. They blame Him for all the tragedy and destruction that happens in this world. ‘Where was God?’, ‘Why didn’t God do something?’, and the list of things you may hear after an act of violence committed by a person (or group of people), or a natural disaster, and lives are lost and people are injured. Well the first thing I will say is God has done something. He sent His Son to pay the price for the sins of all men. He did this before most of us were even conceived. So He paid the price in advance for a large number of us, meaning that He didn’t wait for us to live righteous and pure lives, or even love Him in return. He loved us first as we are. Jesus proved His love by laying down His life for us while we were still sinners. Think about how Jesus was mocked while being crucified. They hung a sign above His head, ‘THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS.’ Matthew 27:41-43 41Likewise, the chief priests, scribes, and elders mocked Him, saying, 42“He saved others, but He cannot save Himself. He is the King of Israel! Let Him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in Him. 43He trusts in God. Let God deliver Him now if He wants Him. For He said, ‘I am the Son of God.’” Yet still Jesus let Himself be crucified so that we may be saved. All we must do is repent and receive Jesus as Lord and Savior.

The next thing I would like to say is that He gave us free will. We choose what we will do. Yes God gave Moses the Ten Commandments to give to us. The choice is ours if we are to obey those commands.  Since all have sinned that means we have all broken at least a commandment or more. God did not want puppets or robots when He created man. He created man to love, not to control. The first gift is free will. Unfortunately people do not always choose to do what is right and cause harm and even death. The second gift is redemption. Not all choose to receive this gift. He gives us life and saves us, but are we grateful?  For too many we are not. We blame God for all the misery, illness, destruction, violence and death etc… while we choose to do as we please without care of the harm we may do. We cause the problem then blame God.   I know not everyone blames God and there are believers who are grateful and they do not blame God, but we know that even in the darkest and most tragic times He is with us.

Blame comes with judgment, and turns one against another. There is no accountability and it is always someone else’s fault. This strife causes division. This only brings destruction.  Life will not grow with hatred. Ungrateful hearts wither and die.

So what do we do then? Acknowledge our sin and repent. Receive Jesus as Lord and Savior. Forgive as we have been forgiven. Be grateful and give thanks. Love because we ARE loved.

Father, please forgive me for all the harm I have done and for any pain I have caused. Help me to forgive those who have hurt me and love those who have hated me. Thank you for Your love and mercy. May I walk in love and peace. Let there be less of me and more of you, in Jesus name. Amen.

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Let Us Pray

We pray for our needs. We pray for help. We pray for comfort. We pray for healing. We pray for protection. We pray for guidance. We pray for mercy and grace. We pray for forgiveness. We pray in the Spirit.We pray without ceasing. We pray for others, and we are even called to pray for our enemies. We pray in Jesus name. We pray in our homes. We pray quietly alone in our prayer closet. We pray with others. Yet you can’t pray in school, and many places of employment. There are even countries where you can’t pray to Jesus without fear of death, but they still pray.

Daniel prayed three times a day, even when a law was passed saying that no one could pray to anyone but the king or they would be thrown into the lions den. Yet even this did not keep Him from directing His prayers to the One True God, The God of Israel, the God of Abraham.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Daniel+6&version=NIV

Scriptures on prayer
James 5:13 Chapter Parallel Compare  13 Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.
Matthew 5:44 Chapter Parallel Compare 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
Psalm 17:6 Chapter Parallel Compare  6 I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.
Romans 12:12 Chapter Parallel Compare  12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Romans 8:26 Chapter Parallel Compare  26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
1 Thessalonians 5:17  Chapter Parallel Compare  17 pray continually,
James 5:16  Chapter Parallel Compare  16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
Philippians 4:6  Chapter Parallel Compare  6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Luke 18:1  Chapter Parallel Compare  1 Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.

http://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/prayer-bible-verses/

Let us pray together, and for each other. I will pray for you. Will you pray for me? If you have a need for prayer please leave your request in the comments and I and others who read this will pray for you. For we are here to lift each other up in His love, and to encourage each other.

 

HEARTLIGHT VERSE OF THE DAY July 11 2016

Today’s Verse for 07/11/2016

“Therefore I will not keep silent; I will speak out in the anguish of my spirit, I will complain in the bitterness of my soul.” — Job 7:11

Thought

We sometimes think of God as too fragile, too distant, or too brooding to speak with him honestly about our dilemmas. Job wasn’t so shy. He is the great reminder that God prefers us to maintain our relationship with him, even if it is stormy. No matter where you are in your struggles, be honest with God — not disrespectfully, but sincerely. Let him minister to your truest hurts, frustrations, and fears, not just the simple and sanitized ones.

Prayer

Abba Father, thank you for listening to my words and my heart. Thank you for providing the Holy Spirit and my Savior Jesus as intercessors for me before your throne. Thank you for wanting me in your presence even when my heart is full of conflict and pain. Thank you for loving me through my brokenness and strife. Most of all, thank you for your promise of bringing me home to you to share in your glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

The Thoughts and Prayers for Today’s Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to phil@heartlight.org.

Heartlight Praying with Paul 5/22/16

Praying with Paul for 05/22/2016

“Christ’s Love Letter” — 2 Corinthians 2:17-3:3

Dear Father,

Thank you, Father, that I am not just a peddler of your word, but that I am commissioned by you and that I speak in Christ.

Let everyone who comes to a knowledge of your will through what I teach be a living letter of recommendation, written on that person’s heart, to be known and read by everyone.

Let that person be a letter from Christ to the world, delivered by me, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone, but on the tablets of the human heart.

In the name of Jesus I give thanks and make these requests. Amen.

Heartlight Praying with Paul 5/21/2016

Heartlight Praying With Paul 5/19/16

Heartlight Praying with Paul 5/18/16

Praying with Paul for 05/18/2016

“Christ, Our Seal of Approval” — 2 Corinthians 1:20-22

Dear Father,

Thank you, my God, that you utter Yes to me. You establish and affirm my very being through Christ, and not only me but all your elect people.

Thank you for putting your seal of approval on me and giving me your Holy Spirit in my heart as your guarantee.

Thank you for saying Yes to me! Yes in yourself, yes in Christ, yes through the Spirit!

Thank you, Father, thank you. How I love you! How I praise your name on earth in hope that I may someday praise you for ever in heaven.

In the name of Jesus I ask this and utter my Yes! my Amen! according to his will. Yes! Amen!