“For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.” – (I Corinthians 4:20) Talking about faith is good, but only if it can be backed up with action. Speaking the “right” words without reflecting God’s redemption, holds no value. If our words and our actions do not align, neither will hold any weight with those whom we might hope to influence.
In my own life, the people who have best modeled a life of faith, are not always just those who are regular speakers and teachers, but they may also be those who have faithfully and consistently served. Often, it is those who serve on the sidelines and have spoken countless words of encouragement and wisdom, that have found favor as their gentle approach has given them access to even the most guarded of hearts.
Words matter, but they are not truly given weight until they are fueled by faith. Faith is made evident by our actions. When the two align, our life becomes a reflection of our Redeemer. May His light shine through us, before all.
is not about talk;
it is how we live,
how we walk the walk.
For by His power,
words turn to being;
our actions align,
His grace is freeing.
He fuels forgiveness,
grants mercy and grace;
helps us run our race.
We must keep moving,
with trust to pursue;
listen and follow,
what He asks, we do.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that more than just words matter to You. Thank You that our actions and words are meant to align. Thank You that without You, this is an impossible task, but with You, all things are possible. Thank You that You fuel our faith and equip us to live the lives to which we are called. Forgive us for our fears and doubts, and help us to trust completely in You. Thank You that You are faithful, even when our faith is fickle. Teach us how to “Preach the gospel always, and when necessary, use words.” (St. Francis Assisi) Let our very lives speak volumes for You, as we honor You in everything. May many come to know You as their Savior and King as we love like You love us. Be exalted, Lord God. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.
Your righteousness reaches to the skies, O God, You have done great things.
Who, O God, is like You? – Psalm 71:19
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters,
He restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness
for His name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff,
they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
forever. – Psalm 23
WIth Him, I lack nothing.
He provides me place to rest,
and grants refreshment unto my soul.
He leads me and guides me
in the ways in which I am meant to go.
Even when things are frightening,
or death is knocking at my door.
I need not fear, for He is with me.
The Lord is my Protector and Comforter.
He prepares abundant provisions for me,
right in front of my enemies,
and claims me as His own,
pouring out His blessings upon me.
Your goodness and love will remain with me,
every day of my life,
and I hold fast to the promise
of my future forever with You in heaven.
The 23rd Psalm is a source of much comfort to many. It is a reminder of God’s presence, provision, and power. He is good, and is available to pour out His blessings upon those who faithfully seek Him. The Lord is worthy of our trust, and His love is unfailing. There has never been, nor shall ever be a mere man, to whom we can compare His capacity to love us, individually. May this day, afford you the opportunity to take some time to simply soak in the reality of His remarkable redemption, granted by His glorious grace, just for you.
Provider of all;
You grant me rest,
catch me when I fall.
Lead me to peace,
to quiet my soul;
so I may hear,
Your heart that makes whole.
Show me the way,
Help me to trust,
You as Protector;
may my heart see,
all foes bow before.
You prepare much,
foes see that I’m blessed;
You call me Yours,
clothed in righteousness.
Goodness and love,
for my whole life long;
my hope secure,
my Strength and my Song.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You that Your love is unfailing, and that You provide, protect and persist in Your pursuit of our whole heart. Thank You for the bountiful blessings that You pour out upon us, and for the promise we may hold when we give our heart to You. Forgive us for our fearfulness and lack of trust, and help us to seek You in all things. May Your grace and mercy be evident in every area of our lives, and may we extend the same to all whom we encounter. Let Your love be evident in us. Lead those who are looking unto Your loving embrace. Be glorified, our great and mighty King. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.
Let love and faithfulness never leave you; …write them on the tablet of your heart.
- Proverbs 3:3
To say this has been a challenging school year thus far, would be a heinous understatement. Between the loss of a dear friend, new standards, a new grading system, a new evaluation system, and an added subject with standards that are different than when I taught the subject before, I find myself feeling a bit bogged down. I love my students, and enjoy my time with them each day, yet during the time prior to school’s start, and my afternoon spent planning after the day has ended, worry and stress seem to work their way in.
Though I commit each and every day to God, and ask Him to lead and guide me, the lingering stress has still stuck around. Perhaps it is my personal pressure to perform, or the pursuit to please those who keep me employed; but either way, the weight of the worry is not what God has called me to carry. After two separate conversations with two wise women yesterday, I was reminded of what matters most in what I am doing. I am called to teach and love kids, and to help them see their value. Whether I jump through the “appropriate” hoops on any given day does not matter nearly as much, as if each student leaves my classroom feeling better about themselves than they did when they walked in. My priority needs to be to seek Him and His righteousness, and trust Him to add what is needed unto me. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – (Matthew 6:33-34) I do not interpret this to mean that I am not meant to do my very best to plan and align my lessons to the standards, but I am not meant to stress out about it all. Slowing down, breathing, praying, seeking the wisdom of colleagues to collaborate – these are ways to fend off the worry and to trust in His provision of people, time, and space. He has not called me to anything that He is not also willing to equip me to carry out.
in all that we do;
trust He is faithful,
for He’ll see us through.
Allow no worry,
to take place of trust;
all shall be added,
in His righteousness.
He is our Father,
full of love and grace;
who longs to hold us,
in His safe embrace.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You hear our every heart cry, and that no prayer is trivial to You. Thank You that when we seek You, and seek to serve You as You are calling, You answer and equip us to all that is asked. Forgive us for allowing the worries of this world to worm their way into our hearts and minds, and help us to give them back to You, trusting You to hold our hands and hearts as we travel life’s journey with You. Thank You too, for providing people to speak truth in love, and be Your heart and voice made tangible. Help us to seek You with all that we are, and may we in turn, love as You love. Let all whom we encounter, see You in us, and may many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified, our good and faithful Father. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.
each time we pray;
to show the way.
we may possess;
pray to the Lord,
To get answers,
we must first ask;
in Him, the task.
Though He does know,
all that we need;
with humble hearts,
strength to succeed.
For when we call,
He’ll answer us;
reveal new things,
great things He’ll show;
and grace to grow.
“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” – (Jeremiah 33:3)
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You hear our prayers. Thank You that when we call on You, You answer. Thank You that You reveal more of Yourself to us as we ask, and You lead us and guide us in the ways we are meant to go. Forgive us Father, for our impatience in waiting for answers, and for thinking that we know best how things ought to go. Teach us to trust You and Your answers – for You possess all wisdom and know what is best, even when we do not understand. Thank You that You have a plan and a purpose for all of us, and can use ALL things for our ultimate good. Grow our faith God, and may we be quick to call on You. May we walk in obedience to all that You ask, even when the road is rough. May many come to know Your great love, as we choose to faithfully follow You. Amen.
sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Sing to the Lord, all day long,
share of His glorious worth.
Declare His greatness to all,
share of His marvelous deeds;
heed word and answer His call,
the Lord, who meets all our needs.
Great is God, worthy of praise;
Maker of heaven and earth.
Let us worship all our days,
Him who is of matchless worth.
Let us ascribe to the Lord,
glory and strength due His Name;
together, in one accord,
show the world the truth that we claim.
Worship the Lord in splendor,
because of His holiness;
give Him all in surrender,
for He is our righteousness.
(Responding to Psalm 96:1-9)
As I was reading, the song How Great is Our God, by Chris Tomlin, kept going through my head. Click the link to have a listen.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You is not nearly enough to express our gratitude for who You are and what You have done for us and in us. Forgive us for not giving honor that is due Your Name, and teach us to live our lives as an ongoing act of worship unto You. May our life song be sweet as we are surrendered to You, and may many be moved towards You, our Maker, through the melody of our praise. Be glorified, O God, for You are ALL that is good. Amen.
all my inmost being;
yes, praise His holy Name,
He who makes blind seeing.
Praise the Lord, O my soul,
never forget His love;
He forgives and He heals,
gains strength to rise above.
Praise the Lord, O my soul,
who redeems sinful lives;
He crowns us with His love,
our purpose He will drive.
Praise the Lord, O my soul,
He alone satisfies;
granting our desires,
like eagle’s wings, we rise.
Praise the Lord, O my soul,
who works all righteousness;
grants justice where there’s need,
freedom for the oppressed.
God is compassionate,
by His grace, makes us whole;
for He abounds in love,
praise the Lord, O my soul.
(Responding to Psalm 103:1-9)
Dear Heavenly Father, may my whole soul ever praise You. Thank You that You accept our offering, though we deserve it not. Thank You that Your love forgives, heals, and redeems us. Forgive us for attempting to satisfy our souls with anything other than You. Teach us to praise You with all that we are, and may many come to know who You are and how great Your love is for each of us, individually. May many come to know You amazing love. Amen.
and with right motives,
allow ourselves weak.
As we humbly come,
our prayers will be heard;
be bathed in His love,
let our hearts be stirred.
Grieve our shortcomings,
mourn all our mistakes;
for He hears the prayers,
those seeking His face.
Come near to God,
and He’ll come near you;
as we humbly come,
He’ll show what to do.
For He will lift up,
all who humbly seek;
calling us righteous,
to our hearts He’ll speak.
Be not full of pride,
and know that we’re low;
for those who’re humble,
in grace He will grow.
(Responding to James 4:1-10)
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your Spirit who dwells within us, and teaches us how to pray. Help us to humbly seek You with right motives in our hearts. Forgive us for our selfishness and our pride, and teach us how to make Your priorities, ours. Help us to be gracious and humble in heart, so that many may see Your love through our attitude and actions. Let the lost be found in You, and may Your glory be made known before the masses. Thank You for Your goodness and grace. Amen.
we have confidence;
our sins may be washed,
by His innocence.
He opened the way,
tore curtain in two;
became our High Priest,
showed us what to do.
May we all draw near,
with a sincere heart;
assurance in faith,
our sin set apart.
Our hearts now are cleansed,
guilt has been removed;
our bodies are washed,
through Christ, we’re approved.
Let us hold to hope,
we boldly profess;
trusting in Jesus,
Who grants righteousness.
Spur one another,
toward love and good deeds;
looking through His eyes,
to see others needs.
(Responding to Hebrews 10:19-24)
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for granting us access to You through the sacrifice of Your Son. Thank You that as we embrace, by faith, what You have done for us, we are cleansed and all of our guilt is washed away. Teach us to trust in Your goodness, holding onto our hope in You. May our lives profess Your goodness and grace, and may we show others, in love, the hope held in Your embrace. May many come to know You as Savior and Redeemer. Amen.
My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of his saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; (Proverbs 2:1-10 ESV)
It is worth counting the cost of having godly wisdom. God’s Word gives us valuable words of wisdom that can keep us from going in places and speaking of things that can impact us greatly. Ask yourself “Where is my treasure stored up?” I am reminded of King Solomon and all the vast wealth that he had yet the one thing that he wanted the most was wisdom.
That impressed me.
When I came to read about him long ago I really don’t think that it hit me until a few years ago when I was really wanting more of the Lord in my life and seeking for His ways that were holy and righteous. It came to me like a panting deer in search of water. I wanted this wisdom. I needed this wisdom. So with that said I asked the Lord for it. I have been gifted with some great things from the Lord but I wanted this wisdom with all my heart. What a treasure indeed it has been in my life.
Let me share an excerpt from the Bible in regards to King Solomon request for wisdom….
Solomon’s Prayer for Wisdom
3 Solomon made a marriage alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt. He took Pharaoh’s daughter and brought her into the city of David until he had finished building his own house and the house of the Lord and the wall around Jerusalem. 2 The people were sacrificing at the high places, however, because no house had yet been built for the name of the Lord.
3 Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of David his father, only he sacrificed and made offerings at the high places. 4 And the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there,for that was the great high place. Solomon used to offer a thousand burnt offerings on that altar. 5 At Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night, and God said, “Ask what I shall give you.” 6 And Solomon said, “You have shown great and steadfast love to your servant David my father, because he walked before you in faithfulness, in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart toward you. And you have kept for him this great and steadfast love and have given him a son to sit on his throne this day. 7 And now, O Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of David my father, although I am but a little child. I do not know how to go out or come in.8 And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude. 9 Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?”
10 It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. 11 And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right,12 behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you.13 I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that no other king shall compare with you, all your days. 14 And if you will walk in my ways, keeping my statutes and my commandments, as your father David walked, then I will lengthen your days.” (1 Kings 3:1-14)
How does that grab you?
Now we may never mount up to become a king or queen somewhere but who we are in Christ Jesus is just as prestigious. Actually more prestigious in my opinion. In the Bible there were great rulers yet they went down in destruction. Having knowledge is one thing and yet having knowledge and wisdom is another. To have both is rewarding especially when they come from the Lord. Who wouldn’t want that? Acquiring these things are weighty, yes, but they are truly valuable. Indispensable.
The choices we make in life can cost us greatly. The path we take will lead us in a direction of good or evil. This is basic and fundamental information for all whether we are born again believers or not. Integrity is on the line. I choose the way of the Lord and I pray you do as well. We are human and we will make mistakes along the way but if we intently seek the Lord with all our hearts wanting His guidance for all that we say and do than let us go forward in His strength and power trusting that we will receive all that we ask for in His name.
Jesus tells us believers “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV)
Today I hope I have shared a word with you that makes you think. The Lord wants the best for us as His children. Will we choose to do right? Will we choose to make wise choices and use discernment on a daily basis? I pray so. May the Lord bless you this day.
Peace and love in Christ Jesus
“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” (Matt 6:21, Luke 12:34 NLT)
* Dear Readers, I am sharing this post of mine from my new website: livingabundant.us The Lord has spoken to my heart and I can only be obedient. I do pray that you will continue to follow my blog over there. I am still in the beginning phase of this transition so please know that this site will still be left up and active because I am still being fed by your ministries. I love the community I have here. I have been blessed with many new brothers and sisters in Christ and have grown tremendously from insightful writings that you all have shared. I am looking forward to all that He has in store for me in my ministry for the kingdom. God bless you with love in Christ , Terra
To be truly righteous,
it’s apart from the law;
covered by Christ Jesus,
who had no sin, nor flaw.
Righteousness is a gift,
granted to believers;
through faith in Christ alone;
For each of us have sinned,
fallen short of glory;
yet He justifies us,
redemptive grace stories.
God gave His only Son,
lone worthy sacrifice;
He who had known no sin,
the One to justify.
We boast not of our acts,
nor of law adherence;
but boast of His great grace,
and His loving kindness.
(Responding to Romans 3:21-28)
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that to be considered righteous before You, we don’t have to do “enough” or be “enough” to earn it, but rather if we place our trust in You, it is a gift that You grant to each of us as You view us through the veil of Your sinless Son. Forgive us for allowing grace and the law to become muddied, and help us to walk faithfully in the fullness of the grace we have been given, so that we might live and love in a way that is pleasing to You. May our acceptance of Your grace and our willingness to obey, allow Your light and love to reflect clearly through us to those who need to know You. May many come to grasp Your great grace for themselves, as their hearts are filled with faith in You. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
It may be said without qualification that every man is as holy and as full of the Spirit as he wants to be. He may not be as full as he wishes he were, but he is most certainly as full as he wants to be.
Our Lord placed this beyond dispute when He said, “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” Hunger and thirst are physical sensations which, in their acute stages, may become real pain. It has been the experience of countless seekers after God that when their desires became a pain they were suddenly and wonderfully filled. The problem is not to persuade God to fill us, but to want God sufficiently to permit Him to do so. The average Christian is so cold and so contented with His wretched condition that there is no vacuum of desire into which the blessed Spirit can rush in satisfying fullness. Born After Midnight, 8.
Peace with God
through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
Joy in Tribulation
And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, know that tribulation produces perseverance;
and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die.
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Salvation from God’s Wrath
Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be save from wrath through Him.
For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
Contrast of Righteousness and Condemnation
Therefore, just as through on man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—-
(For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law.
But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many.
And the gift is not like that which come through the one who sinned. For the judgement which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses rusulted in justification.
For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)
Therefore, as through one man’s offence judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through on Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.
For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous.
Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more,
so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life thorough Jesus Christ our Lord.
How amazing it is to know that no matter how great our sins, if we accept Jesus into our lives and proclaim him our Savior, that our sins will be washed away and we will appear before God washed clean. By His giving of His blood we have a future, where otherwise we would have been condemned. Not by anything we do other than having faith and be willing to ask for forgiveness and accept God’s grace.
And yet how sad that there are so many who still refuse to see, and are not willing to give up that control. And how sad it is that there are so many that, like Satan himself, wish to control those around them. Whether they do so in ignorance or willful disobedience, it does not matter. The end results are the same, and the loss in forever.
I pray for those that are in leadership positions, whether from the very top to the parent of a child. Please understand that one day you will stand in judgement before God. What you do will be judged by Him, but if you do not accept Him into your life and ask Him for forgiveness, He will not see you. No matter how good you think that you are, no matter how worthy your goals, if they do not include Him, they will be forever forgotten and you will face eternity damned for your lack of action.
When Nebuchadnezzar was restored he said
“And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever:
For His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
And His kingdom is from generation to generation.
All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing;
He does according to His will in the army of heaven
And among the inhabitants of the earth.
No one can restrain His hand or say to Him “What have You done?”
Isaiah 46:8 -13
“Remember this, and show yourselves men;
Recall to mind, O you transgressors.
Remember the former things of old,
For I am God, and there is no other;
Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things that are
not yet done,
Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand,
And I will do all My pleasure,’
Calling a bird of prey from the east,
The man who executes My counsel,
from a far country.
Indeed I have spoken it;
I will also bring it to pass.
I have purposed it;
I will also do it.
“Listen to Me, you stubborn-hearted,
Who are far from righteousness:
I bring My righteousness near, it shall
not be far off;
My salvation shall not linger.
And I will place salvation in Zion,
For Israel My glory.
2 Samuel 22:21-28
“The LORD rewarded me according to
According to the cleanness of my hands
He has recompensed me.
For I have kept the ways of the LORD,
And have not wickedly departed from
For all His judgments were before me;
And as for His statutes, I did not depart
I was also blameless before Him,
And I kept myself from iniquity.
Therefore the LORD has recompensed
me according to my righteousness,
According to my cleanness in His eyes.
“With the merciful You will show
With a blameless man You will show
With the pure You will show Yourself
And with the devious You will show
You will save the humble people;
But Your eyes are on the haughty, that
You may bring them down.
Malachi 3:16- 4:3
Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another,
And the LORD listened and heard them;
So a book of remembrance was written before Him
For those who fear the LORD
And who meditate on His name,
“They shall be Mine,” says the LORD of hosts,
“On the day that I make them My jewels.
And I will spare them
As a man spares his own son who serves him.”
Then you shall again discern
Between the righteous and the wicked,
Between one who serves God
And one who does not serve Him.
“For behold, the day is coming,
Burning like an oven,
And all the proud, yes, all who do
wickedly will be stubble.
And the day which is coming shall burn them up,”
Says the LORD of hosts,
“That will leave them neither root no branch.
But to you who fear My name
With healing in His wings;
And you shall go out
And grow fat like stall-fed calves.
You shall trample the wicked,
For they shall be ashes under the soles
of your feet
On the day that I do this,”
Says the LORD of hosts.