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Quality Time With God

By: Online Pastor Dianne Ashton

“Rewarded For Kindness”

Contributor: Rev. Dianne Ashton

November 30, 2021

Proverbs 19:17 says “Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.”

Serving others allows us to experience God's presence in new ways. Encouragement and healing go hand-in-hand. As we encourage others and they find healing, we are rewarded with encouragement and healing from God. When we help (are kind to) those who are in need and we have an observant eye we can see Jesus in their eyes, and we experience His presence with us as we serve and we are rewarded by God with that which is good for our mental health, our emotional well-being and our self-esteem. We are rewarded with taking the focus off ourselves and putting it on the one who really matters and that is God our Father.

Whether we serve out front or behind the scenes does not matter. It should not make a difference in our doing all in the spirit of excellence and to the glory of God. Whether we are called to speak a kind and encouraging word, to be a sympathetic listening ear, to prepare a meal for someone, to be a companion to the lonely, to run errands for the homebound it is still a mighty good thing to be chosen by God for His service.

Serve without reservations and excuses not looking for anything in return, serve from a heart that sincerely cares for others and have the desire to be of service. Serve without complaining or murmuring knowing that there is a great reward that comes from the One who has chosen us for service. Remember that serving will not always be easy but there will be times that He will reward us in this life and He will reward us in the life to come.

Prayer for the Week:

Father God, thank you for trusting us for service in your kingdom. It is an honor and a privilege to be your servants. As we follow where you lead our faith and trust is found in you. We know that without faith it is impossible to please you therefore we put our faith in you for we believe that You are who you say you are and that you are a rewarder of them that diligently seek you. Lord we seek you with our whole heart, in Jesus Christ name. Amen.

“With Every Breath Praise Him”

Contributor: Rev. Dianne Ashton

November 16, 2021

Psalm 150:6  “Let everything that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.”

We, who God has breathed the breath of life into should praise God and it should be at all times. With every breath we take and every move we make we should give praise to God. For God has been abundantly good to us. We have so many reasons to give Him praise, not just for what He has already done for us but, we also have an abundant of reasons to praise Him for what He is doing right now in our lives and for what He will bestow upon us in the future.

Our purpose for coming to know God personally and to come into an intimate relationship with Him must not be motivated by what we can get from God and therefore we do not seek the hand of God but the face of God. Because we seek His face we are blessed with the benefits that come because of who God is. See what He does for us are by products of who He is.

Because He has given us the breath of life we use that breath to praise Him for being our provider, protector, peace, joy, hope and all in all. There should be unlimited praise for a God who is unlimited in His greatness and blessings in our lives. Praise Him for His mighty acts and his wondrous works. Let praise be what we do, Let everything (everyone) that hath breath praise the Lord, Praise ye the Lord.” He alone is worthy of all our praise.​

Prayer for the week:

Father God, forgive us for not praising you as we should. Holy Spirit let thanksgiving fill our hearts and let us praise the God of our salvation with every breath we take. Thank you Lord for all things and as long as we have breath we will praise thee O Lord for you and you alone are worthy of all our praise, in Jesus Christ name. Amen.


Contributor: Rev. Dianne Ashton

November 9, 2021

Titus 3:5 Says “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.”

For there to be any spiritual change there must be regeneration. As converts we must desire, long for, crave and pray for change in our lives. We are not going to get there through some emotional, mystical experience and it will not be through our own righteousness. Spiritual change (growth) requires discipline of constantly putting God’s truth (His Word) in our minds. Therefore we must maintain intimate communion with God, engage in worship, devote ourselves to prayer, be sensitive to God’s presence, putting to death sin, feasting on His Word, continuing to obey and be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Philippians 2:5 says “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.” We must choose to lose our mind so that we can gain the mind of Christ. When our minds agree with God’s mind then His truth and His standards become our truth and standards. More importantly we will understand that God did not just set the standard but He is the standard and He will preserve us and present us blameless at the coming of Christ when we yield to His sanctifying work in spirit, soul (mind) and body.

Spiritual change throughout our life will depend on our hunger and thirst after righteousness. Are we hungry & thirsty? What satisfies our appetite? What quenches our thirst? We must continually seek God’s Kingdom and make a diligent effort to obtain God’s kingdom. We must earnestly desire having the rule and power of God demonstrated in our lives, homes and in God’s house.

Prayer for week:

Heavenly Father thank you for paying the price and setting us free because without you we would be lost and still bound by sin. Lord our desire is to be in that place where we can be free in you forever, knowing that you have covered us in Your precious blood. Help us not to take our freedom for granted, in Jesus Christ name we pray. Amen.