15 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.
9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
Romans 8:26-27 ESV
We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature – trees, flowers, grass – grow in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence… We need silence to be able to touch souls. Mother Teresa
Take some time today to just sit still and listen and pray. Let the Holy Spirit intercede for you!
For I am convinced that neither life nor death, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39 NIV
“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered,”The Christ of God.”
Luke 9:20 NIV
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:45
We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you: Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.
Lord Jesus Christ, you stretched out your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of your saving embrace: So clothe us in your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know you to the knowledge and love of you; for the honor of your Name. Amen
One of my past posts said “It’s not luck it’s God’s Favor.” Someone commented - If it’s not luck, but God’s grace, what does that make bad luck? Is that God’s will too?
I’ve been thinking and praying about that for a couple of weeks. Here is the ESV version of the verse I included in my post.
And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. John 1:16 ESV
Luck is defined as the force that seems to operate for good or ill in a person’s life, as in shaping circumstances, events, or opportunities. Another definition says luck is a combination of circumstances, events, etc., operating by chance to bring good or ill to a person.
If you read and/or study the Bible very much, you know that God is not a force that just decides on the flip of a coin if he is going to send bad or good things into a person’s life on any particular day. God has given us guidelines on how to have the best life possible. Accept Jesus as your Savior and use the 10 commandments to guide your life. We are to read God’s word, praise God each day and try to become more like Jesus each day. We will begin to develop the fruit of the Spirit if we do this.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 ESV
What can affect our life and make bad things happen is the free will that we have all been given. There are people who don’t acknowledge Jesus as their Savior. They go through life doing whatever feels right at the time. If they make a bad choice not based on God’s best for them it will affect others -Christian or otherwise. Their behavior can bring bad luck into someone else’s life!
Other things that bring bad luck into people’s lives are weather, man made machines, botched surgeries, and countless other things. We live in a fallen world – It all began in the Garden of Eden. Until Jesus returns, the best choice would be to live as God commanded in the Bible and pray for God’s guidance and protection.
So my conclusion is that bad luck is not God’s will. Bad luck is a part of living in our fallen world.
My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Colossians 2: 2-3 NIV
The apostle Paul is the speaker in the above verses. We(believers) should be lifted up by each other(serve each other) and united in love. We can then know Christ from whom we can gain the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
Read and study the entire chapter 2 of Colossians. Be encouraged. What else will God tell you with these verses? We as believers have everything we need in Christ.