A Blank Only God Can Fill

Void


Excerpt from

“The Word For You Today”

Maranatha Bible Church


“The heart is a God-shaped blank, and only God can fill it.” In “Through the Valley of the Kwai: From Death-Camp Despair to Spiritual Triumph,” Ernest Gordon writes about American soldiers who were captured, tortured, and starved by the Japanese in the Malay Peninsula in World War II. As a result they started acting like animals, clawing, fighting, and stealing food. In an effort to turn things around, the group decided to start reading the New Testament. And as Gordon read it to them, they were converted to Christ, and this community of animals was transformed into a community of love. That’s because God lives in Jesus, and Jesus is willing to live in the hearts of those who trust Him. He offers joy, peace, a transformed life, and assurance of eternal life to all those who place their trust in His atoning death. So what are you using to try to fill the void in your life? Material possessions? Mood-altering substances? Sex? Career success? The pursuit of intellectual growth? Excitement? You may as well give it up now–it won’t work! Paul explained it like this to the philosophers in Athens: “God…made the world and everything in it…He…gives life…to everything…He satisfies every need…His purpose was (that we should) seek after God…feel (our) way toward Him and find Him–though He is not far from…us. For in Him we live and move and exist” (Acts 17:24-28). In the words of the time-honored hymn: “Now none but Christ can satisfy; none other Name for me. There’s love, and life, and lasting joy, Lord Jesus, found in Thee.”

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No Worries

Don't Worry


Pray more, worry less.  God takes care of the birds and the beasts, the flowers and all of nature… what makes you think He won’t take care of you?  Worry will not add anything positive to your life!


See what Matthew 6:25-34 has to say.

  • 25“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?  26Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?  27Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?  28And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing,  29yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.  30And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?  31So don’t worry about these things, saying, What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’  32These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.  33Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.  34So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”

 


 

Change your thoughts; Change your life!

Ruth Strait

Vice President, Thread of Hope, Inc.

Exalt His Name

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I will extol the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.
I will glory in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.
Glorify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.

Psalm 34:1-3


ADONAI: LORD

ELOHIM: GOD – CREATOR, MIGHTY, STRONG

EL, ELOAH: GOD – MIGHTY, STRONG, PROMINENT

EL BERITH: GOD OF THE COVENANT

EL ELYON: GOD MOST HIGH

EL GIBHOR: MIGHTY GOD

EL OLAM: EVERLASTING GOD

EL ROI: GOD WHO SEES ALL

EL SHADDAI: GOD ALMIGHTY, GOD THE MIGHTY ONE OF JACOB

EYALUTH:  STRENGTH

ELYASHIB: THE GOD WHO RESTORES

GAOL:  REDEEMER

HASHEM: THE NAME

KADOSH:  HOLY ONE

KANNA:  JEALOUS

MAGEN: SHIELD

MELEKH:  KING

NER TAMID: ETERNAL LIGHT

PALET:  DELIVERER

SHAPPHAT:  JUDGE

TSUR: ROCK

TSEMACH: BRANCH

YHWH / YAHWEH / JEHOVAH: LORD

YAHWEH ELOHIM: THE LORD GOD

YAHWEH-JIREH: THE LORD WILL PROVIDE

YAHWEH M’KADDESH: THE LORD WHO SANCTIFIES, MAKES HOLY

YAHWEH NISSI: THE LORD OUR BANNER

YAHWEH RAPHA: THE LORD WHO HEALS

YAHWEH ROHI: THE LORD OUR SHEPHERD

YAHWEH SABAOTH: THE LORD OF HOSTS

YAHWEH SHALOM: THE LORD OUR PEACE

YAHWEH SHAMMAH: THE LORD IS THERE

YAHWEH TSIDKENU: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS


“With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God.

I will give glory to your name forever.” -Psalm 86:12


POSTED BY

Linda A. Knowles

Executive Director, Thread of Hope, Inc.

Forgive Others

“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.” -Matthew 6:14-15

Jesus was tortured, mocked, and hung on a cross.  You’d think He would hate them because of what they did, but no, instead He said, “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they do.”  He didn’t hate them or spite them.  And so, you must forgive as Jesus did, for the Bible says to strive to be perfect like your Lord Jesus Christ.

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Grace & Glory

Now the Lord is the Spirit,

and where the Spirit of the Lord is,

there is freedom.

And we,

who with unveiled faces all reflect the glory of the Lord,

are being transformed into His image

with intensifying glory,

which comes from the Lord,

who is the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 3:17-19

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A Good Name

Perfume

“A good reputation is more valuable than costly perfume.  And the day you die is better than the day you are born.”  -King Solomon, Ecclesiastes 7:1

The richest and wisest man on this entire earth left us this wise statement, “A good reputation is more valuable than costly perfume…”  That wise man was King Solomon, and the quote is recorded in the book of Ecclesiastes Chapter 7, Verse 1.

It’s not man who gets this privilege of this statement, but God does.

A man or woman judges according to his/her own understanding, most importantly, his/her own walk with their Lord.  If the relationship is a solid one then they’ll see and understand what it means to have “A good name!”

Not everyone will say good about you because they’re not good themselves.

So, then, what does it mean?  God is the only one you should be concerned about having a good name with.  The next statement goes on to say, “And the day you die is better than the day you are born.” Why?  Because it’s at death, we see the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords. Victor, Overcomer, Savior, and Redeemer!

Only He needs to see your good name.  People can’t judge this no matter how wonderful they are.  They cannot read the heart of man; only God can do that.  Live for God.  Live to be holy and righteous before the only One that decides where you’ll spend eternity.  You can choose to have a good name before a holy and righteous God or with man who cannot save you from anything.  Choose to have a good name with Almighty God.

Teresa Allissa Citro
Founder and President, Thread of Hope, Inc.