Receiving the Unshakable

Since we are receiving a kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping Him with holy fear and awe. – (Hebrews 12:28, NLT)

 

We have an unshakable hope in Christ. His presence now and His kingdom yet to come, are reasons for us to give God thanks and worship Him with reverence and awe; for He is faithful and His love never fails. When our hearts offer Him sincere thanks and praise, it is pleasing before Him. Who would not want to please the very One who gives us life, love, hope and help for all of our days? May we begin our day with gratitude and hearts turned to worship Him – for He alone is worthy of all of our thanks and praise.

 

Unshakable hope,Faith for Forever

granted by the King;

given unto us,

let our praises ring.

All of our worship,

and all of our praise;

belong to the Lord,

for all of our days.

What is even more,

our great God is pleased;

when we come to Him,

in awe, thanks released.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that we receive an unshakable kingdom in You. Thank You that when we give You our thanks and praise with reverence and awe, You are pleased. Thank You that Your kingdom is in our hearts now, and grants us hope for all that is yet to come. Forgive us for not giving You all of our thanks and praise, or for not having a healthy reverence and awe toward You. Teach us to recognize the reality of how You are both a loving Father and the mighty God who reigns. Show us how to have a proper perspective, so that we would not hesitate to draw near, yet have reverent hearts full of gratitude. Lead us to love others relentlessly, so that they may come to understand just how valuable they are. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we receive Your unshakable kingdom, and give You all of our thanks and praise. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God, You who have done great things. Who, O God, is like You? – Psalm 71:19

Promises to Pass On

Mark 10:17-31, reveals the story of an exchange between a rich young man and Jesus.  The young man, who had amassed great wealth, came to Jesus and asked what he could do to inherit eternal life.  Jesus, despite how the man had appropriately addressed Him, saw past the list of laws he claimed to have upheld, and recognized the root of pride held in his heart.  “Jesus looked at him and loved him.” – (Mark 10:21a)  In His great love, Jesus told him truthfully, what it would cost for the young man to follow Him.

Jesus does not ask all of us to sell everything we own, nor are we often expected to give it all away.  However, He does ask that we place Him above all else.  He saw that wealth was in the highest position of honor in the young man’s life, so He directly exposed its root.  Our eternal security is not something that we can earn, but rather a gift that is freely given, if only we are willing to believe and receive in faith.  As we trust Him, He directs our heart in the ways we are meant to go, and keeps our path straight.  When we are submitted to our Savior, we will hear what He is asking of us along the way.  We are not promised wealth, nor security, nor a cushy bank account; but we are promised hope, faith, love, and a peace that surpasses all understanding, as we have His Spirit with us to navigate this adventure of a life.

‘Tis not to be earned,Promises to Pass On

this glorious gift;

our treasure to hold,

all praises we lift.

Forever our hope,

is founded in Christ;

not temporal things,

though they can be nice.

For Jesus alone,

is our only Source;

redeeming Savior,

our holy true course.

As we fix our eyes,

our hearts and our minds;

true treasure is found,

the eternal kind.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You look upon us with love, regardless of where we are in the process of moving closer to You.  Thank You that You lovingly show us the way we are meant to go, and that You redirect us when we get off course.  Forgive us for not fully submitting all that we are and all that we have, unto You.  Teach us to trust You completely, as You alone are our true Source.  May we recognize all that we have and all that we are is a gift from You that is meant to be shared.  Help us to hear You well, so that we love as You call us to love.  May many come to know the eternal hope that is held in You alone, as we live in the love You have so generously poured upon us.  Be glorified, our great and mighty God.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

Is anyone happy?  Let him sing songs of praise. – James 5:13

Go in Grace

Dysfunctional dynamics seem to grace the tables of families as they gather together to celebrate the holidays.  There are always quirks and past hurts that flavor relationships, and how individuals interact with one another.  Every family has their “stuff“, be it external or internal – and it impacts the ebb and flow of how we do life together.  When God’s grace is understood, received, and in turn, extended to others, holiday gatherings are a blessing.  However, without grace, tension runs high and eggshell walking wields weariness as its weapon of war.

Today, as many of us go forth and gather, we have a choice – will we extend grace and love all as they are, or will we hold onto past hurts or our own concept of what ought to be?  How would we respond if Jesus, in the flesh, were seated beside us at the table?  If He is in us, He will be present in an equally tangible way.  It is our responsibility to allow His heart to be seen through our attitudes and actions.

May the God of all grace,Go in Grace

hold onto your hand;

may we truly receive,

trust all He has planned.

May we allow Your heart,

to be what is shown;

let our loving kindness,

make Your heart be known.

“May God our Father Himself and our Master Jesus clear the road to you!  And may the Master pour on the love so it fills your lives and splashes over on everyone around you, just as it does from us to you.  May you be infused with strength and purity, filled with confidence in the presence of God our Father when our Master Jesus arrives with all His followers.” – (I Thessalonians 3:12 – The Message)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for family.  Thank You for the blessings and love that You pour out on us.  Thank You that You are the reason we may gather and give thanks.  Forgive us for any attitude toward others that is not one of love and of grace.  Lead us and guide us as we go forth today, so that we are Your ambassadors to our families and friends.  May Your heart be made known, and Your love be clearly shown through all that we say and do.  Please provide places for those without family to gather and be loved, and show us how we too, are to be Your hands and heart to all those around us.  May many come to know the real reason for giving thanks on this day and always.  Be magnified, our Mighty God.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

Our Reason to Rejoice

image by Melissa Ringstaff

image by Melissa Ringstaff

“Rejoice in the Lord always.  I will say it again: Rejoice!” – Philippians 4:4

Paul, who was in prison as he wrote this letter to the believers in Philippi, was not likely surrounded by the comforts that are currently provided at present-day penitentiaries.  However, despite his circumstances, his exhortation to his family in faith, was to REJOICE!

Rejoice, according to dictionary.com, is defined as: to be glad; to take delight.  Another definition further on grants the example: to make joyful; gladden: as a song to rejoice in the heart.  Beautiful in meaning, yet seemingly a strange pairing for a person in prison.  Paul, despite his chains, chose to rejoice and encourage others to do the same.  No, he was not rejoicing because of his current physical standings, rather he was choosing to rejoice in spite of them, because he knew well his Source of strength and provision, and the Provider of the promise held in the hope of heaven.

What is our reason to rejoice this season?

Is it in boxes and bows?  In want or in plenty?  In pain or in peace?  No, regardless of our circumstances, each one of us who knows our Savior who was sent to save us, has reason to rejoice in this season.  Our outpouring of this reason to rejoice, can be contagious to believers and seekers alike.  If we rejoice regardless of our circumstances or surroundings, we are spreading the real reason to rejoice this season.

“For unto us a child is born, to us a Son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders.  And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” – Isaiah 9:6

That which was foretold in Isaiah, came to pass.  Our Wonderful Counselor, our Mighty God, our Everlasting Father, and our Prince of Peace, provides our every reason to rejoice this season.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You sent Your Son so that all who accept Your gift of grace, might come to know You as Christ the King.  Forgive us for allowing our circumstances to get in the way of our rejoicing in this most sacred season.  May each of us really remember our reason to rejoice this season.  Thank You that regardless of our current circumstances, our future glory rests in You.  May our joy be evident in You, and may we allow You to lead us each to love in a way that would guide hearts to Your goodness and grace, so that others too, might truly rejoice in the remarkable reason for this sacred season.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

Mighty is Our God

“Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea – the Lord on high is mighty.” – Psalm 93:4

photo by Jemma Lilley

More powerful than the roaring waters, with greater strength than the crashing waves; God alone, from upon His throne – the majestic power, indeed.

Mighty is defined as having superior power of strength; great in importance; exceptional.

Each of these merely scratch the surface as to who God is, and of what He is able to accomplish in His awesome power.

Our mighty God, Creator of all things, despite His infinite power and strength, longs to hold us close – as our Father and friend.  He who can build up or destroy with but a word, wants to be in relationship with us!

He is a loving Father who is fiercely protective of His children, yet is tender and kind – ready to touch and heal our places of pain.  He longs to lavish us with His love, and He delights in us, His children.

Regardless of our wreckage of the past, He welcomes us in the present, and provides us with a hope and a future as we choose to follow Him.  As we abide in Him, the hope of heaven holds our hearts, and grants us peace in the presence of storms.

Our mighty God is worthy of our hearts, our hands, our hope, our worship and our prayers.  He makes a way, when there seems to be no way.  He is, where we are not.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that though You are mighty and majestic, You are also loving and kind.  Teach us to understand both Your power and Your passion for people.  Lead us to love like You, so that all may come to know You as our mighty Maker and faithful Father.  Hold us close and keep us in the shadow of Your wings, we pray.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present