According to our government’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) food packages have to list the ingredients, but in a particular order. Here is the rule:
INGREDIENT LISTS 1. The ingredient list on a food label is the listing of each ingredient in descending order of predominance.
Great! So, what does that mean? It means all of the ingredients, in that container of food, has to be listed in order of which ingredient’s total weight is the most to the least. I would put it this way: the predominant ingredient is listed first. I actually looked this information up. (I know. I need a life!)
If someone was to list the ingredients in your life what would be the predominant one? Greed? Lust? Power? I hope not, but looking at how some people, whose lives are lived out in front of us these days, I know it is true their predominant ingredient would not be good.
I strive, to live my life in such a way, so the first ingredient would be God. It’s hard! My flesh’s sinful nature keeps trying to reduce the amount of God in my life. Knowing this, I purpose my life, in a way, that focuses on God as much as possible. I talk to him throughout my day, and read his word. (I enjoy reading “The Message” by Eugene H. Peterson. It’s a modern English Bible translation.) I also spend time with others who believe as I do.
If this is your desire as well, then go for it. Don’t get weary from trying your best. God knows your heart’s desire, and remember this, his grace is sufficient, and new every morning.
Copyright © 2018 Mark Brady, All rights reserved
Check it out:
For a heart set on following Christ: https://redeemedview.wordpress.com/home/
It would be so much easier if you could see God, touch Him, and hear Him audibly. But if all that was possible don’t you think it would cheapen your faith? I mean faith’s value goes through the roof when you chose to believe in who you can’t see, touch, or hear, and yet the things you have been talking to God about, happen.
If you asked God for His will for your life and the next morning you found an email in your inbox from God telling you to do something that you didn’t like you probably would label it as “Spam”. Or, you might be tempted to click on “unsubscribe”. You see God has a way of taking His desires for our lives and developing them in us to the point we start asking Him for the same thing. Thinking it was our idea.
One thing about God’s will is the timing. Maybe you do know His will, but do you know His timing? A good way to discover His timing is by moving. It’s hard to steer a car when it is parked. When you are moving in the direction you think is God’s will He can steer you, but you have to prayerfully watch the road signs. It’s like this, just because someone offers you a job out of the blue, doesn’t mean it is God’s will for you to work there.
Another way to find His will and timing is to talk to mature Christians who have been there and have done that. They can counsel you in the ways of God, and also be praying with you. Remember this verse: Isa 55:9 “For as the sky soars high above earth, so the way I work surpasses the way you work, and the way I think is beyond the way you think.” (MSG) Trusting, believing, and obeying provides you the greatest adventures you will ever have and the most rewarding, and satisfied life.
Copyright © 2017 Mark Brady, All rights reserved
A young boy was asked what God’s name is
by his church school teacher.
The boy replied, “Howard.”
The teacher surprised asked, “Howard?”
“Yes. Our Father who art in heaven “Howard” be thy name…”
You laugh, but be assured one day the young man will know God’s name is not “Howard”.
I was reading Psalms 83 this past week and I came across a portion of scripture (13-18) that seemed very harsh. The one who penned the words wanted such harm and destruction to come to a certain group of people, in such a way, so the only result of these events is they would finally know the name of God.
That portion of scripture got me to thinking, what would it take in some people’s lives before they would know the name of God. Before they would recognize how much He desires for them to know Him. That He longs for their company, and His heart aches to hear their voice speak to Him. That He wants to help them get through this life which at time can be so difficult, because Satan comes to kill, steal and destroy anything and everything that is of God.
If you don’t know God’s name ask Him. He will tell you His name in such a loving way your heart will be expanded like you have never thought possible. You will walk around with this enormous joy, and others who see you may wonder what you have to smile about. I pray they ask, so you can experience what it is like to tell someone God’s name.
I said unto the Lord, “God I love you so much. I will do anything you ask me to. I will go anywhere in your name. God I’ll even go to Iraq if you want me to.” But God said, “I want you to go next door and speak to your neighbor. Maybe you don’t think they care about me, but you don’t know their heart like I do”
I then said, “God I will give everything I have for your Glory!” He replied, “Thanks but I would rather you look around and give to those you see in need. Whether their need is food, clothing, or shelter – give.”
“God I could start a great foundation for you. What do you think of that?” Then God said unto me, “Go visit the sick, and not just for 5 minutes either! Sit with them. Attend to them. Let them know they are not going through this alone. Then when you are done with that go visit someone in prison, or at least sit down and take the time to write them a letter. Let them know that though they are locked up they are not forgotten. Show them there is hope.”
“But God I want to do something great for you” Then God spoke to me this, “If you want to do something great then give what I did; give your heart, give your time, give your life.”
Mat 25:40 Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me–you did it to me.’ (MSG)