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We Are One

Posted on August 14, 2017 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)
The Messiah has made things up between us so that we’re now together on this, both non-Jewish outsiders and Jewish insiders. He tore down the wall we used to keep each other at a distance. He repealed the law code that had become so clogged with fine print and footnotes that it hindered more than it helped. Then he started over. Instead of continuing with two groups of people separated by centuries of animosity and suspicion, he created a new kind of human being, a fresh start for everybody.

Christ brought us together through his death on the Cross. The Cross got us to embrace, and that was the end of the hostility. Christ came and preached peace to you outsiders and peace to us insiders. He treated us as equals, and so made us equals. Through him we both share the same Spirit and have equal access to the Father.

Ephesians 2:14-18 The Message (MSG)

This anger and hostility are signs of the desperation of the enemy of our souls.  His time is short and he knows it.  Do not be used to mock the victory Christ died to win.  Chaos, confusion and calamity are not of God.  There is no "us" and "them."  We share the same Spirit.  One love and one God.  Jesus already won that battle.  What we are witnessing in our times has been going on since Satan got kicked out of Heaven and got busy messing up this world.  Love is deemed the greatest commandment because only love can conquer hate. And since God is reading minds and hearts, He can't be fooled.

The difference now is that we may be seeing what is revealed in God's Word as being how it is going to end.  Don't get caught up in the madness.  Our part is to love God and love our neighbors.  God will do His part.  He is in complete control!



 

Believe!

Posted on August 10, 2017 at 11:52 AM Comments comments (3)
Jesus answered them, “Do you finally believe? In fact, you’re about to make a run for it—saving your own skins and abandoning me. But I’m not abandoned. The Father is with me. I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”

John 16:32-33 The Message (MSG)

As troubles flow about us in this world, it is often difficult to believe in a God we do not see actively thwarting things that come against us.  Yet this is the very challenge we face in having faith.  Faith that moves mountains and provides peace during the trials we face seems so unrealistic and out of reach.

It is more natural in our humanity to worry, stress, fret and try to figure out a solution to our problems on our own. And more often than not, none of these do anything to resolve our issues. Sometimes, things seem to just work out by themselves or in our estimation, don't work out at all, or so we like to think.

Let me tell you something:  We didn't come into this world by our own device and we will certainly not determine when we will take our last breath. Even those who try to take their own lives need the permission of the Creator of life for that to work.  This alone should give us pause when we start to think we control anything that happens during the time we are allowed to live here. Then we start asking "Why?"

We are promised in God's Word, that by faith in Christ and what He did on that Cross, everything is going to be all right. We are to love Him and love each other.  What else can we do but take Him at His Word? BELIEVE IT!

Thank You, Lord!

Posted on August 9, 2017 at 9:38 AM Comments comments (1)
Speak to one another with the words of psalms, hymns, and sacred songs; sing hymns and psalms to the Lord with praise in your hearts.  In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, always give thanks for everything to God the Father.

Ephesians 5:19-20 Good News Translation (GNT) 

Even as I awaken each morning through the glory of God, I am still amazed at His goodness when He answers my prayers.  We make petitions throughout the day asking our Lord for this or that as we come to know that we can depend on His constant presence and provision.  We ask, in Jesus' name, and hope our request is His will for us.  Even those times we don't feel like we get an answer, we are learning that we can trust that He hears our prayers and will answer them in His way and His timing.

What blows my mind is when I do get an answer! All I can do is thank Him! I have no doubt when He is moving in my life because I can't take credit for anything but believing in and waiting on Him to make things happen for my good and His glory.

Let us give praise to our God, for He is worthy! Thank You, Lord!!!





He's Looking and He's There

Posted on August 8, 2017 at 11:01 AM Comments comments (0)
When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. “Oh, sir, what will we do now?” the young man cried to Elisha.

“Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!”  Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.

2 Kings 6:15-18 New Living Translation (NLT) 

We may not see Him, but He's there.  He is always there. I pray for an open heart along with eyes that see.  I want a heart that trusts in God for the things I cannot see.

We sometimes think we are alone in this world fighting battles we can't possibly win. Yet, the God of all glory reminds us He sees everything because He's always looking.  He is El Roi. It is we who do not see those things God chooses not to reveal to us at times. But rest assured, He sees.  And we are protected from things unseen right along with things we do see.  What a mighty God we serve!





Why I Am Doing This

Posted on August 7, 2017 at 12:32 PM Comments comments (0)
"Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.  And lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” Amen.

Matthew 28:19-20 21st Century King James Version

This is the Great Commission - the last instructions Jesus gave His disciples just before He ascended to sit at the right hand of God to prepare our place in His Kingdom. As He writes His Word on my heart every day, I feel compelled to share this Good News, the Gospel of Christ.  This is our future and hope.  As I fall short in so many ways, the least I can do is share what I am convinced is the truth.  This story has an ending.  And it is Great News!  He is coming back!  I've got to tell somebody!

And this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come.

Matthew 24:14 21st Century King James Version








Who is Jesus Christ?

Posted on August 3, 2017 at 9:57 AM Comments comments (2)
Let's take a look at God's Word inspired through Paul.  One day, EVERYONE will see, know and confess this truth.  In the meantime, if you have any other questions, ask Him.  God can speak to and through you too.

Colossians 1:15-23 New Living Translation (NLT)

Christ Is Supreme

Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation,for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth.  He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world.  Everything was created through him and for him.  He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together.

Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body.  He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything.  For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself.  He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.

This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault.

But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed as God’s servant to proclaim it.

God's Grace

Posted on August 2, 2017 at 12:44 PM Comments comments (3)

Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Hebrews 4:16 New International Version (NIV)

Sometimes it comes so clearly we have to give Him glory. Sometimes we don't even know we have just received it. Yet, we can be confident that it is ours. It is by grace we are able to know God's love.  It is a gift and nothing we have done to deserve.  Take those moments when you see it happen and give Him thanks. Thank Him for those moments when you don't know what happened, but it did and it was good! Our God is awesome and in His omnipotence, omniscience and omnipresence, He is in full control. We must let Him take the wheel on our journey through life. He alone knows our destination, no matter where we think we're going and He is willing to take us to the place He has already decided we should go, if we let Him.  Trust and watch Jesus navigate your trip.


Wait!

Posted on August 1, 2017 at 10:16 AM Comments comments (1)
When you pray remember:

Delayed is not always denied.
Sometimes God's silence in response to our requests does not mean “No.”
It often means: “Not now.”
Wait on His timing and trust in Him.
God is in control and He knows every need. He also knows what we don't need.

I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!
 
Psalm 27:13-14 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Help!

Posted on July 31, 2017 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (1)
I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to slip;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
 
Psalm 121:1-3 (NASB)

It is really quite simple for me.  I need help to live in this world.  Since I did not create the world and, for that matter, did not create myself, I will call upon the One who made everything, in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ.  Jesus has already overcome the world for me.  He never sleeps.  He's watching.  He sees everything. He has shown me His love too many times for me to doubt now. Help me, Lord. 

Have Some Peace With Your Patience

Posted on July 27, 2017 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (5)
Peaceful patience has to be one of the greatest challenges I face in life.  Maintaining a sense of peace while I wait sometimes seems impossible.  Yet, we are called to do just this as we present our petitions to God and wait on what we consider to be His answer to our prayer, while hoping for our desire to be fulfilled.

It is very difficult to "be still" when that minute hand on the clock is turning and the day is passing and whatever you're waiting for is screaming "NOW."  I believe that is why patience is indeed a virtue.  Many things worth having require some effort to achieve; however, sometimes our efforts achieve absolutely nothing of value.  In fact, frustration is what we experience when we feel like something is taking too long or, even worse, doesn't happen at all.

I'm learning to pray for peace along with my patience, since both are fruits of the Spirit.  God provides both and my hope is in Him.  Since I will often have to wait, I have no desire to spend that time stressing out.


We were saved by this hope, but in our moments of impatience let us remember that hope always means waiting for something that we haven’t yet got. But if we hope for something we cannot see, then we must settle down to wait for it in patience.

Romans 8:24-25 (PHILLIPS)