God’s Greatness

In general, I have this connection with nature that I cannot really explain. Every time I look up and see the clouds, how every single one is different than the last, and that not one is exactly identical. Then I look at animals and plants and the same goes for them as well. The reason why nothing in nature is EXACTLY identical, is because we have a God who is a creator, not duplicator. He creates things. He is mighty, huge, and wonderful.
 
What got me this morning, was in the book of Job. Recently I know there have been a few people that have been struggling with seeing the bigger picture and that God is really so large, that nothing is too big or too small for Him to take care of. I just want to share this passage with you and I hope that it speaks to you as it has spoken to me. 
Job 12:7-10:
 
7 “Just ask the animals, and they will teach you. Ask the birds of the sky, and they will tell you. 8 Speak to the earth, and it will instruct you. Let the fish in the sea speak to you. 9 For they all know that my disaster has come from the hand of the Lord. 10 For the life of every living thing is in his hand, and the breath of every human being.
 
This passage is so beautiful because we see God’s glory in the simpleness of nature. Not only that, but we see in verse 10, the reaffirmation that God is in control and that He holds all life in His hands. Personally this passage shows me how small I am compared to God and I hope it does the same for you.
 
Let’s pray that we can have more faith in the Lord and his plan. Let’s pray that we can continue to humble ourselves before Him because only He holds all life in his hands and He controls all. as verse 15 in Job says:

15If he holds back the rain, the earth becomes a desert.
If he releases the waters, they flood the earth.
Ironically enough there are crazy storms in America and the midwest right now and I thought this might be a little humorous. But God holds all and we need to be aware of that. God help us to do this.
 
Also today in particular, let’s pray for those families that are suffering from the affects of the storm, that they may be able to get through it without any severe damages and sufferings. Praise God.
 
I hope you have a good day loved one. Praise Him with all you have and remember to stay prayerful and reading the scriptures! God bless you!

Thank you for reading todays post. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or just need someone to talk to, I am willing to listen. Email me at jasondumitru@gmail.com or call me or text me at 847 322 0518. Again, thanks and God bless!

Day 95

His Fruit In Us

I’ve been getting refreshed with many passages recently. Today I feel the need to share Galations 5:22.

“But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law.”

 

With this passage in mind, I want us all to think about what it looks like within each of our lives to live a fruitful life. Let’s think about the ways in which we need to draw nearer to the Lord and his Word. We need to really see these fruits evident in our lives, because if we don’t, we are only fooling ourselves. If we are Christians, we must ask ourselves this, “How is my life any different than that of a non-Christian?” If your answer is “not very” or “not at all”, then I encourage you to pray to God with faith and ask Him what needs to be changed in you and I promise He will take care of you. He will help you and show you.

Thank you for reading todays post. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or just need someone to talk to, I am willing to listen. Email me at jasondumitru@gmail.com or call me or text me at 847 322 0518. Again, thanks and God bless!

Day 94

Living For Christ

We hear that we need to stay pure and obey Christ. We hear that we need to live our lives like Jesus. We hear that we need to die to our old selves. We hear all these things. We hear, but we don’t listen. Why is it that we always hear but don’t listen? Why is it that we always look, but don’t see? We may want to give up everything, all our addictions and all we struggle with, but we don’t. I am saying this because recently I have been really aware of how serious the struggle is for Christians including myself. It is really really serious and we are all affected. It’s not a game and we really need to pay attention to the Word and our lives.

With all of this in mind, I want us to really think. I want us to really look back at ourselves and analyze our motives and our actions and everything in between. The Bible cannot be anymore clear. It says in Philippians 2:13-15

 “13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.14 Do everything without complaining and arguing, 15 so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people.”
 
With this passage in front of us, let’s realize what it says. Let’s realize the intensity and the severity of our lives. Paul teaches us that we need to STAY AWAY FROM SIN. We  need to be pure in all we do so  that people won’t be able to speak about us with blame. We need to live clean, innocent lives as children of God. This means we need to be PURE!
 
Men, we as men fall SO easily into lust and sexual sin. We need to have our guard up very strongly, especially now in 2013 where fashion is very provocative and gets our eyes wandering. We need to stay strong in Jesus so that we don’t fall into a world of drinking and using drugs, so that we won’t fall into a world of impure relationships and actions.
 
 
Girls, you need to love yourselves. You need to realize that your looks aren’t all that matter in life. You are perfect the way you are. You will find a man who loves you as Christ loved the church if you seek Him first. Believe me if you seek God, and get so lost in Christ, you will trip over Him and bump into the man who was also so busy in Him that he tripped and bumped into you. Forgive, forget, don’t get angry, jealous, rude.
 
We need to watch our mouths and actions because we do impact and influence others around us. Whether you believe this statement or not, I have seen this truth, that we do influence those around us. We lead by example, and as corny and cheesy and cliché as that sounds, that is the simple truth.
 
Let’s be the lights and examples Christ wants us to be in this dark world. Let’s glorify Him with our lives. Why not? After all Jesus did give up His life for us. He saved us from the wrath of God.

Thank you for reading todays post. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or just need someone to talk to, I am willing to listen. Email me at jasondumitru@gmail.com or call me or text me at 847 322 0518. Again, thanks and God bless!

Day 93

 

Death and Suffering

Today I was informed about a young man’s death. I want us today to reflect on life, to reflect on living, and to reflect on suffering. For one, we all need to understand that we don’t have tomorrow. We cannot guarantee that we will be here tomorrow, next week, next month, or next year. Death can come at any moment for us or any of our loved ones. With this in mind, I want to encourage you all to stay close to the Lord and really continue to praise Him, because He is the only way in to Heaven.

Now moving in to the suffering part of things. In 2 Corinthians, we read 7:10

“10For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.”

 

In this passage Paul is saying that there is suffering. There is suffering that can benefit us, and that’s the suffering the Lord wants us to experience. He wants us to grow and progress, get closer to salvation through sufferings. Let them bring us up, not down. Let them encourage us to be reverent and know how short our time really is, that it’s only a vapor in the wind, a speck  in the galaxy.

Let’s be encouraged by Ruben’s death. Let’s thank God we still have today. Let’s pray that if we get tomorrow, that we can use it for His glory. I want us to really pray that when struggle and suffering comes, that we can use those experiences to really get closer to God and to salvation as He wants us to! Also keep the Gagea’s family and friends in your  prayers, that they might be comforted by the Word of the Lord and be still praise Him in this time of suffering as I mentioned in yesterday’s post. 

God bless you and may today be used for His glory. Praise be to Him, the one who loves, cares, gives and takes away. He is the only one that can understand our emotions fully, so let’s express them to Him as best as we can. God help us!

Thank you for reading todays post. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or just need someone to talk to, I am willing to listen. Email me at jasondumitru@gmail.com or call me or text me at 847 322 0518. Again, thanks and God bless!

Day 92

What To Do: Times of Dispair

Apologies for the late post. Today God put it on my heart to share Job 11:13-20

“13 If only you would prepare your heart and lift up your hands to him in prayer! 14Get rid of your sins, and leave all iniquity behind you. 15Then your face will brighten with innocence. You will be strong and free of fear. 16You will forget your misery; it will be like water flowing away. 17Your life will be brighter than the noonday. Even darkness will be as bright as morning. 18Having hope will give you courage. You will be protected and will rest in safety. 19You will lie down unafraid, and many will look to you for help. 20But the wicked will be blinded. They will have no escape. Their only hope is death.”
 
With this passage in mind, I want us to think. We all face trials in life. We all face problems that we think we cannot handle or deal with. But let’s compare ourselves to Job. He lost EVERYTHING. His family, wealth, and health. Interesting enough, he also was very very frustrated and didn’t understand why God did what He did. He eventually kept complaining and crying out in dispair.
 
Zophar’s response to Job’s frustration and dispair was perfect and right on. He was basically telling Job “listen brother, if only you would lift your hands in prayer and ask for forgiveness, leave your iniquities behind you, then your life will improve, your happiness will be restored, your fear will be gone, your life will brighten up, you will have courage.” 
 
If only we would pay attention to these words, if only we applied these words to our troubles and miseries. Nobody can live a life without struggle and strife. We will all face trials, temptations, and tribulations at some point, but the point of them, is to test our faith. Through them we are supposed to be built in faith! They are supposed to make us stronger and more courageous. It sounds crazy maybe, that when we are facing the toughest struggle of our life, when we might lose a job, family member, friend, all three, or even something else, that we should praise God and give Him all the glory even in those times. 
 
Zophar tells us that if we do this, God will help us. If we have faith in God, if we repent, if we leave the past behind and focus on Him in the present, He will help us persevere. He will help us overcome! He will renew us.
Let’s pray that we can lift our hands in prayer and give God the glory even in our toughest and hardest times. Let’s pray that when times of struggle come, that we can truly be faithful servants.

Thank you for reading todays post. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or just need someone to talk to, I am willing to listen. Email me at jasondumitru@gmail.com or call me or text me at 847 322 0518. Again, thanks and God bless!

Day 91

All Comes Back To Love

It all comes down to love whether we like it or not. All the times we sin against each other, against God, and do what we want. Romans 13:8-10

“8 Owe nothing to anyone—except for your obligation to love one another. If you love your neighbor, you will fulfill the requirements of God’s law. 9 For the commandments say, “You must not commit adultery. You must not murder. You must not steal. You must not covet.” These—and other such commandments—are summed up in this one commandment: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to others, so love fulfills the requirements of God’s law.”
 
We see A LOT of good stuff in this passage! We see that everything has to do with love, it always comes back to love. We need to pay all our debts to each other, but we cannot finish paying our debt of love to each other. The truth and fact of the matter is, that if we love each other and love God, we will be more inclined to do His will and serve each other than to sin. If we truly love God, we will not sin because we love Him too much to hurt Him. There is a reason that all commandments are summed up in one commandment. Love does no wrong, that’s why!
 
The truth is, that if we truly love God, we will put our pride aside and stop caring about the way we look or dress. If we love God, we will put our selfishness aside and stop fulfilling our selfish desires of lust, jealousy, envy, and so on. If we love God, we will stop caring about our wants and only focus on Him and His wants for our lives. After all is He not the one who created us. After all don’t you think that the one who made you would know who is best for you to marry, what the best school or job is for you, what your life requires to be happy? So why do we fight so often with Him and put ourselves before others and Him? Because we are prideful and sinful humans. That’s why we constantly are in need of repentance and need to beg for forgiveness. That’s why we need to pray to be more humble and pray that we can love more and more each day. Because as I have said in the past; if we are not growing as Christians and lovers of Jesus, than what’s the point?
 
I hope that this devotion spoke to you and really touched something somewhere. I pray that you may open your life to God’s power and might so that He may change you and form you into the human being and creation He wants you to be.
 
Thank you for reading todays post. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or just need someone to talk to, I am willing to listen. Email me at jasondumitru@gmail.com or call me or text me at 847 322 0518. Again, thanks and God bless!

Day 90

Worries

Today I felt really inclined to talk about one of my favorite passages once again. Matthew 6:25-34. 

“25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?27Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

The reason this was put on my heart, is because my life is facing some crazy changes once again. I am barely just about to finish my first semester at WIU and I have been feeling called to come back home. It was hard for me at first to fully comprehend this and grasp that because God called me here to WIU and He confirmed this. I started to worry again about whats going to happen.

I am glad to say that the Bible is good! It opened my eyes to see that regardless of what I fear, I will be taken care of the way God wants. I realized that I was called to WIU for this semester for a reason. God used people and situations to work in my heart and strengthen me as a person and really build up my character. Not only that, but He did use me, a nobody, to work in other people’s lives as well and that’s enough for me, knowing that God used me for His plan.

Now I want to encourage you. I want you to be in prayer about your life  decisions that you might find yourselves worrying about. Worry not, for it is in God’s hands. Don’t let thoughts about God being unfaithful, non-providing, non-listening, and non-caring. Believe that God is working and you will see your life changing and and turning into His direction, into His plan.

God bless you brothers and sisters! Be strong today and pick up your cross once again!

Thank you for reading todays post. If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or just need someone to talk to, I am willing to listen. Email me at jasondumitru@gmail.com or call me or text me at 847 322 0518. Again, thanks and God bless!

Day 89