Without God in our lives, we will never experience true joy. Open your heart, ears and eyes to God and He will show you great things. Your heart will be conformed to live for God and not the world. This is promised to those that seek after the Lord. 2Seek and you shall find. The Lord will unfold His mysteries to those willing and ready to open up to Him in prayer. It all starts with a humble heart. Next comes our ears. Listen to the Lord and you will hear the promptings of the Spirit, that you may know the way. 3As you look to God in faith, your eyes will be opened, that you may see. Are you ready to come to the Lord with a humble heart? 4If your heart is willing and ready to follow Jesus, then the heavens are rejoicing. What you once thought was dear to your heart will never match the love of God. 1We were once fools because of our transgressions. We were afflicted because of our iniquities. However, God came and we are now more hopeful than ever because of Christ the Lord. He has heard our cries and found mercy upon our souls. Everyone that calls upon the name of Jesus will He save 1“them out of their distresses.” Repent of your sins and the Lord will forgive you. By the blood of Jesus, you will be cleansed. Praise the Lord for His mercy.
God has 1“sent his word”, the Holy Bible, that we may know what is right and what is wrong. 1The right way is made known and with the Spirit in our lives, it is a delight to walk in the ways of God. God is our healer. Only He is able to deliver us from our destructive lifestyle. 5There is a way to heaven and that is through Jesus. An open heart to God’s counsel will help you follow Him. God is able to break the chains that hold us back. Be found seeking the Lord, and God will be able to speak to your heart. 3Open your ears that you may hear. God will lead and direct you, as you look to Him in faith. This is what the Lord desires of each and every one of us. The Lord desires all people to come to Him in faith. Allow the Lord to use you and you will do amazing things. 2God will place you on His path and lead you in His light. With the Spirit as our guide, our eyes will be opened that we may see. God will lift the veil from our face that we may know His truth. The scriptures will speak to our minds and give us wisdom. Truly, an open heart to God leads to joy everlasting. Come and see what God can do for your lives. Become a witnesses of His gospel message to the world. Live for Jesus and God’s blessings will poor out into your lives. Praise God for His wondrous blessings.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, may our hearts be ever so open to Your will. When we find ourselves in sin, come into our hearts and break the bonds of addiction. We are sorry for our transgressions. Forgive us of our sins. Hear our cries and deliver us from our iniquities. We need You Lord. Cleanse us from all sin. Take us from the clutches of Satan and leads us in the right way. Our hearts are open. We want Your presence in our lives. We want to experience true joy. I love Your counsel. I love it when You speak truth to my mind. Through Your great love, my eyes have been opened. I know that a life in sin can separate me from Your love. I no longer want to be separated. Take me by the hand and cover me with Your armor. Help me to resist temptation and fight for Your cause. My love for You is greater than anything of this world. I want You in my life always. I love You. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
Note: Any Numbered References, found above, are listed below.
1Psalm 107:1-9,15-20 (KJV)
1 O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;
3 And gathered them out of the lands, from the east, and from the west, from the north, and from the south.
4 They wandered in the wilderness in a solitary way; they found no city to dwell in.
5 Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them.
6 Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them out of their distresses.
7 And he led them forth by the right way, that they might go to a city of habitation.
8 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.
15 Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
16 For he hath broken the gates of brass, and cut the bars of iron in sunder.
17 Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted.
18 Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat; and they draw near unto the gates of death.
19 Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses.
20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
2Matthew 7:7-14 (KJV)
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
3Matthew 13:10-16 (KJV)
10 And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
4Luke 15:1-10 (KJV)
1 Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him.
2 And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them.
3 And he spake this parable unto them, saying,
4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.
8 Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?
9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.
10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
5John 14:1-7 (KJV)
1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
7 If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.