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12/13/2017 Under Almighty God's Protection
How amazing is this God of ours! He loves us, His children, so much! Jesus came to save us from an eternity in hell, yes! But He also came to form a relationship with us, to teach us Who His Father is and that we can grow in understanding of Father God and His character. We are blessed beyond belief with a God Who is magnificent Creator, Masterful Protector, all Powerful, and all Loving!
This amazing Lord desires to have relationship with us. Does this reach into your soul and touch you? Great as He is, we humans (seemingly insignificant in the grand scheme of the universe) are precious treasures to this monumental God! Unfortunately, it is difficult for some of us suspicious, untrusting humans to conceive of this - that God Almighty wants to use His loving power to bring goodness into our lives, but it is true.
In the Bible 1 John tells us that we can grow in our understanding of this One true God; we can know Him - truly know Him! We are able to live in fellowship with Him.
1 John 5:20 (AMP)
And we [have seen and] know [positively] that the Son of God has [actually] come to this world and has given us understanding and insight [progressively] to perceive (recognize) and come to know better and more clearly Him Who is true; and we are in Him Who is true—in His Son Jesus Christ (the Messiah).
Another formidable gift of God is our protection. Our Father knows us so well, and He is aware of the enemy’s hold on this world in which we live. He knows without help we could fall victim to the schemes of the evil one. Knowing us and loving us so strongly, He provides protection from temptation and from deliberate harm from evil. He places a shield around us as we journey in this world. He has provided Holy Spirit to indwell us, so He is always within us. And further. . .
1 John 5:18-19
We know [absolutely] that anyone born of God does not [deliberately and knowingly] practice committing sin, but the One Who was begotten of God carefully watches over and protects him [Christ’s divine presence within him preserves him against the evil], and the wicked one does not lay hold (get a grip) on him or touch [him].
19 We know [positively] that we are of God, and the whole world [around us] is under the power of the evil one.
The devil cannot lay hold of us when Christ lives in us. We are scrubbed clean inside and out and Christ, the Light, shields us and fends off the corrupted darkness. Christ also strengthens us through our trials as we obey His commands. Yes, we make mistakes and Holy Spirit convicts us; but it just takes repentance and we are cleansed. Recognizing God's work in us and His Guardianship of us, is a progressive process as we walk our journey aided by the Almighty! Who could ask for more?
We are blessed to be a blessing, and this is our call: as we grow in our understanding, we share the truth with others! Never fear. God lives within us and He will help us always to perform His commands!
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This beautiful prayer was shared by Cassie Merryman. It touches the heart and I wanted to let it be a reminder to us, especially at this time of year, of those great men and women who serve in the armed forces. Let us lift up our brothers and sisters who so valiantly fight and sometimes give their life for our freedom. We appreciate you and we pray for you. May holy God be your sustainer and pour HIs grace upon you daily. May He console your hearts and those of your loved ones, as He keeps you securely in the palm of His hand. May His angels guard and protect you from the evil that abounds.
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12/8/17 Why God Wanted To Be Human
Advent is defined as:
arrival of a notable event~
Our December event is
the arrival of Jesus! It’s a special time of year to focus more on God and His love for us.
Look what He did ~ loved us enough to send His Son Jesus with a human nature. Why? So we could develop a relationship God and man. Yes He loves us so much He wanted us to know Him so we could establish a love relationship together.
There is a story you may have heard of a man who did not believe in Jesus' divinity. He did not believe in Christmas: why would God want to become a man? So he refused to go with his wife to midnight mass one bitter cold snowy Christmas Eve. They lived close enough to the church that he could hear the music. As he listened, he heard a bump on his window. Puzzled he looked out and a bird had flown into it and lay stunned in the snow; also he realized there was a whole flock of birds sitting on branches shivering. He thought of his nice warm barn. So he donned his heavy winter jacket and boots and went out to open the barn doors so the birds could fly in and avoid freezing to death. He tried to shoo them in, no luck. The birds just continued sitting shivering. Then he went in and got some bread crumbs to try and entice them to enter the lighted building. However, the birds didn’t get it, and refused to move. Oh, he thought if only I could be a bird, I could lead them into the warmth. . . Boing! He got it~ why did God send His Son as a human man? Of course, God sent His only Son so mankind would understand what Jesus taught; He would be able to lead them to the Light and the warmth of God's love.
How can we prepare our hearts for this notable event? With all the hustle and bustle of shopping for gifts and decorating the house, and parties can we make time to daily sit quietly in the Presence of the Lord and just have a little chat with Him? Praise Him for His goodness; worship Him in His magnificence! Thank Him for His constant care, much of which we are not even aware. Feel the warmth of His love and speak your love back to Him. If you have a specific need you can bring that up to Him as well. Seek His Word in the Scriptures. Spend time with Him as you would any one beloved in your life.
My Lord, You are a marvelous God! You love us so well! I come to You this morning in total thanksgiving and love for all You have done for us. You gave us life and the way to make it a great life full and complete! You provided Jesus and the Person of Holy Spirit to indwell us and be our constant companion and guide through life in all its smooth and rough places. You opened the door into Your light and warmth so we can choose to be loved and helped throughout our earthly lives with the guarantee of an eternity in love and joy.
Thank You, Almighty Lord God, King of Kings! My friends, the world can be a dark cold place. Let this season be your time to answer "Yes" to the call of Jesus to come into the light.
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12/6/2017 In Pain? Trust God's Love
Amidst the joy of this season, there are some who have painful memories or losses that cause deep sadness at this time. I lift them up no for comfort and healing..
Hearing of the the death of her husband, Sandra collapsed in tears. The love of her life was gone forever, the friend, buddy, love since high school would never again laugh together with her. She'd never again feel the warmth of his strong arms hugging her. Grief ripped at her soul. A scream began deep within and barrelled out of her mouth filling the room with anguish as she crumbled to the floor. . . can there be words to help Sandra, to comfort the ripping away of a chunk of her heart?
Who can help? No earthly words can salve the pain. No person can fill the hole left by this bleeding gouge within. Only God. Only God who loves us all, Who knows everything about us, Who mourns with our hearts in the devastation left by bad news. Only He can bring comfort to her soul, but will she reject Him? Will she blame Him? Or will she trust Him with her pain?
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
Trust God? It's not always easy. Sometimes He is the only One
"to blame", and the anger that comes with grief often demands someone to blame. The enemy puts thoughts in the mind, and God is an obvious scapegoat. After all He could have stopped it; He could have kept Him alive. Why did He not protect her beloved? God is blamed many times for tragedy; some even walk away from God, because He did not do what seemed right to them. In their grief their God is seen as uncaring and they believe they can judge His actions without really knowing Him.
Gaze at a cloudless night sky from a dark place without city lights, and you will see the wonder of God. And if you had scientific knowledge of space, it would astonish you; it’s majesty would establish forever the greatness of the God we serve. Look at the gentleness of our Creator in a tiny newborn baby, in a bunny, in the caress of a Spring breeze upon your face. That is the gentle hand of God expressing His love for you. Yes, majesty and tender love are both part of the character of God.
Our God is all knowing~ past, present, and future. His actions always reflect the best for us. The enemy hates us and tries to destroy us, to shatter our faith and trust in God. We must always focus on the might, the love of God and trust Him in everything. It can be difficult, but it will always come out best for us.
The pall that hung over Sandra lasted awhile, but she did know God and she did come to trust Him and to turn her pain over to Him, and her struggle was eased. The hole left in her being by the absence of her love, slowly began to fill as she allowed God to work in her again.
Father, Son and Holy Spirit: how awesome is our God! He answers all our needs when we let Him. He surrounds us with His love and protection and we can count on Him to always do the best for us, to bring us the best solution to any situation. Our God’s love is so powerful it encompasses us every day in every way. . . when we allow it and accept it. Trust God's love in all things.
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12/1/2017 Eternity Breaks Into Time
Once again I am so aware that time is racing on. It seems this year was barely begun and Thanksgiving is now past. The “holidays” have arrived. Before we turn around Christmas will be tomorrow. Will we make time to prepare our hearts?
Christmas, the celebration of Jesus birth, that magnificent day when God became man, took on human DNA. Who could have guessed that the tiny infant sleeping peacefully in a manger was God Almighty? The angels knew as they came and announced to the shepherds the great news! The shepherds, not rich and powerful men, but men who were dedicated to watching over their sheep; men who slept under the beautiful canopy of stars at night. They were in touch with God just because of their wonder at God’s marvelous creations. They believed the angels.
Have You ever been out somewhere that was devoid of city lights and looked up in awe to see God’s love for us in the vastness of stars in the sky? I have, and I recorded it in the book Cast Up A Highway~
I remember one summer night in Canada by the St. Lawrence River. The exquisite beauty of this night absolutely compelled us to take the boat out onto the river. We drifted in the silent darkness mesmerized by the sparkling canopy above. Awesome! There is no better word to describe the infinite blackness with those endless pinpoints of glittering diamond lights covering the sky. The word, ‘sky’ seems too trivial, as it was more like the infinity of the universe revealing itself. It felt like I was breathing in the awesomeness of God. It entered my being totally filling me head to toe, as we drifted in silent reverential awe.
As we think about these beautiful memories of the Creator’s grand expressions, we don’t want to miss the fact, that He also holds a tender love for us. As we open our eyes in awareness and look around, we can see more of the beauty God created for our enjoyment. Artists put themselves into their work; their creations reflect an aspect of who they are. So it is with our Creator, God. The earth is His creation, and it reflects aspects of Who our God is. . .
One cannot miss His glory on those days when spectacular red-orange sunrises and sunsets explode across the sky; the grandness of His strength is revealed as you gaze upon a rugged snow-covered peak rising thousands of feet above. His mighty power is often exhibited in nature from thundering waterfalls hurling themselves over a cliff, to raging hurricane winds turning a calm ocean into a bubbling froth of heaving waves. These examples show a mere sampling of the enormity of His power.
My friends, has your soul been touched by God? Have you immersed yourself in a touch of the Creator, as seen in these type of examples?
God is a wonderment! We can claim ourselves as His children, if we so choose. I don't just mean name it and claim it; but in truth, if we accept Jesus and His torturous pain and humiliation on the cross in payment for our sin, then our debt is paid in full. We ask Jesus to come into our hearts as King We are reborn~ that is changed into God’s children with His DNA. We are no longer slaves to sin, and we’ll find our life changed like a paradigm shift has occurred; we’ll “get it”!
There is nothing the world offers that can compare to the endowment a Christ follower receives
. Discover why people would choose to die rather than give up the sonship of God, or why a Christ follower loves God so much and would obey His commands always. Eyes are blind to truth and ears are deaf without understanding. How I want to help people see and hear truth; then they will understand and be able to choose Christ as Lord of their lives. There is nothing the world offers that can compare to the endowment a Christ follower receives.
My friends, if you have not yet sought after the Lord, please begin today! Believe me, not wealth, things of the flesh, nor worldly relationships, can compare to the depths of joy that comes when one lives in Christ’s kingdom on earth; and when death arrives, Jesus is on the other side welcoming us to a beautiful eternity. Oh, my friends, do not miss out!
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11/29/2017 Worried About Your World?
Perhaps I am called naive because I trust in the Lord. Life sometimes gets beyond my control and then what am I to do? Rather than become depressed, I know my Lord Jesus and He loves me, so I go to Him; He hears me. The person of the Holy Spirit also loves me as He walks with me and speaks to me leading me to Scriptures, then showing me how they are the answer I seek. Jesus joy returns.
This is an odd time in history. We had four friends die since mid-October. Two were long time friends who after hard fought battles succumbed to cancer. Two others were a shock and surprise as there was no warning. In talking to my sister she told me they also had 4 deaths in the same period, and 2 were under 35 years old. One was shared as she was our second cousin’s daughter and her Mom is devastated. So much sorrow.
The enemy is trying to run roughshod over our world. He has spread the greed and hatred throughout the nations. God is so wonderful to give the United States a good man as our President; he is working hard to return us to the godly country God birthed here in America. Because the devil is directing a campaign against him, we pray:
But no weapon that is formed against you [President Trump] shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgment you shall show to be in the wrong. This [peace, righteousness, security, triumph over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of the Lord [those in whom the ideal Servant of the Lord is reproduced]; this is the righteousness or the vindication which they obtain from Me [this is that which I impart to them as their justification], says the Lord.
And we know President Trump will be protected by Almighty God, and Lord we lift our hearts in confident thanksgiving to You! Across our world the enemy is hurling his weapons against every nation causing poverty, chaos, death, and destruction throughout. We bow our heads to Your Sovereignty and love asking that Your Name and will shall be a blockage to the evil and a covering over every nation of the earth. We ask that Your people be strong knights carrying the Gospel, and the unsaved people shall have ears to hear and eyes to see the truth. Lord, light always overcomes darkness. Let Your light shine all around the globe removing the darkness.
Lord we gather together as seekers of You and Your will. We desire truth to be shown, questions of doubters to be answered, and blessings to be poured out everywhere they are needed. Lord we come to You as little children wanting to climb up in Your lap and feel Your loving arms around us, sitting peacefully contented with Your love surrounding us, perhaps for a brief respite? We ask that the persecuted Christians and other sects that are suffering from hatred will be led to You in trust; that You will mitigate their pain and bring swift justice against the enemy.
We put the world and it’s problems in Your hands asking that Your will be done, Lord. Knowing You are perfect in every way, that You love us all more than we can possibly love, we submit ourselves and our will to You, trusting You completely!
It’s Thanksgiving week. Lotsa preparation going on. . . buy a turkey and all the fixings; see how many of the family will be in town and coming for dinner and celebration, get house cleaned, etc. . . . And while we are doing this are we including special prayers of thanksgiving to God?
Unfortunately it seems the bird has become more important than the provider. Now some call it ‘Turkey Day’ , and the guys especially are looking forward to the game (if they don’t mind the unthankfulness of those players who choose to disrespect our flag and our vets). In truth it use to be about families getting together to celebrate their blessings and thanking God for giving us this marvelous country and all the favors and grace He provides us. It’s a special time to reverence, honor and exalt Him. We no longer seem to have gratitude for the gifting of our Almighty God and those who came and built this nation under God.
Seems God barely gets a passing thought as time whizzes by. I’m hoping those who inhabit our nation will stop time long enough to feel thankful to God and praise and worship Him today! Lately I find myself thanking God for color. We take it so for granted. Yet as I awake in the morning and watch the sky turn orange and gold and eventually blue, I just have to thank God the number one, He created the science that causes that to happen, and number two, He gave us eyes that see colors. He did not have to do this, but He has always loved us so much, He wanted to give us treats like this. Now there are a lot of them, but this week, I’ve really been enjoying color. Of course, I am also thankful for our family. We are blessed. That goes ditto for our friends as well. We have some long time friends who truly bless our lives. And I’m thankful for my on line friends and wishing them many blessings along with a Happy Thanksgiving. I could go on and on, but this blog would be much too long.
Thank You my Lord and my God! Thank You for loving us so much and well!
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11/24/2017 NOAH II
(Noah Blog continued.)
Even though Noah was living in an evil generation, he chose to walk with God. We are living in a generation where good and evil are in a mighty struggle. In our own country and around the world satan has gathered his demon warriors to combat good wherever it is found, and promote evil wherever possible: from the vileness of nuclear war threats of North Korea, to Isis cruelly murdering Christian families including children, to the genocide taking place in the Middle East, to abortion rates climbing around the world and the UN changing its right to life policies to right to death policies, evil is increasing.
Our nation has a high mortality rate of babies being murdered in their mothers’ womb, and a high rate of kidnapping children ages~ babies to teens and unsuspecting women to use in the highly profitable sex trade. We are seeing a disrespect of our flag and our nation by athletes who will pay for their rebellion. We have now seen the rise of evil in antifa violence around the world and here in our country. The devil is attempting to overtake our nation, to drag us down into its evil ways.
My friends, we can no longer sit and think others can take care of us. We must unite and stand together to fight the enemy, satan, as he gathers his forces together. Our first place is on our knees, praying for wisdom and protection and victory for our President and other leaders. Then wherever we have influence, we must speak out first with the Gospel and then with encouragement to be active in this battle.
Our directions are~
1 Timothy 2:1-6 (AMPC)
2 First of all, then, I admonish and urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all men,
2 For kings and all who are in positions of authority or high responsibility, that [outwardly] we may pass a quiet and undisturbed life [and inwardly] a peaceable one in all godliness and reverence and seriousness in every way.
3 For such [praying] is good and right, and [it is] pleasing and acceptable to God our Savior,
We like to think of God as this loving deity who is the perfect Father symbol of kindness. In truth He is that. However, He is also a Father who knows discipline is necessary to raise a child successfully. If a child gets into a rebellion so deeply that he allows satan to take him over, it is difficult to reform him~ unless he can be brought to know Jesus. For Jesus can do all things, except go against man’s will. God will not force His will on anyone, even if it is for their good. We all have the ability to choose, and God will do everything possible to encourage and give chances to His children to make the good choice for their life.
God will not forever tolerate sin to proliferate in His children. In Noah’s day He finally had to destroy the earth and all life except Noah’s family and the animals. He will not do that again, but how long will He put up with our sins? We are living in the last days, and we must set our hearts to vigorously seek God’s face. Our job is also to share the Gospel with all we know to help them come to know the truth~ Jesus alone saves; we must bless those we love by teaching them to know and choose Jesus. Then righteousness will prevail again in our nation and in the world.
But in the end it is up to the individual. We choose our eternal destiny; it’s either heaven or hell. Our loving Father desires us to choose Him and His beautiful way, but our rebellion against Him is our choice to live eternity in torment rather than joy. IT IS OUR CHOICE. We cannot blame God for our own choices.
My friends, from my blog history you will find time after time when Holy Spirit invites you to make the choice of a good life and joyful destiny, or a life of misery and a suffering eternity. It is our choice. Please choose wisely my friends; Admit you sin; ask pardon from God; request that Jesus come into your heart as your Savior King.
I really want to spend eternity with you!
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11/22/17 NOAH #1
My Lord and my God! Good morning! You are the amazing One! The Creator who fashioned all things good. Then You created man, imperfect man, with a will of its own. You offered him a beautiful life, but he betrayed You, his Creator, his Father. He chose to believe satan’s deception. He lost his innocence and paradise for all mankind.
But You had a plan B. As man multiplied the evil brought into his character by satan's deceptions would still be alive. Some managed to follow You and believe what Adam told them about You. Others gave into the vileness that craved their souls. Evil began to proliferate to the point that there was only one man and his family who still sought after You. Hs name was Noah.
These are the records of the generations (family history) of Noah. Noah was a righteous man [one who was just and had right standing with God], blameless in his [evil] generation; Noah walked (lived) [in habitual fellowship] with God.
So, Lord, You chose to try again by destroying the earth and all mankind except Noah’s family (and a pair of each critter on earth) with a flood.
God said to Noah, “I intend to make an end of all that lives, for through men the land is filled with violence; and behold, I am about to destroy them together with the land.
How hard it must have been for Noah facing down all his critics and scoffers as he built the Ark according to God’s instructions, yet he listened not to naysayers. He obeyed God.
[ The Flood ] Then the Lord said to Noah, “Come into the ark, you with all your household, for you [alone] I have seen as righteous (doing what is right) before Me in this generation.
When the deluge came Noah and his family and all the critters set out on the Ark. It rained for 40 days and nights until there was only water and no land left.
Genesis 7:11 In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month, on that same day all the fountains of the great deep [subterranean waters] burst open, and the windows and floodgates of the heavens were opened. 12 It rained on the earth for forty days and forty nights.
Can you imagine what it must have been like for Noah and his family? They had this limited area to live in knowing it was total devastation outside, but they were caged in. Their faith and love for God must have been very strong. And God was taking care of them in every way; He would not abandon them. The Flood Abates
8 And God remembered and thought kindly of Noah and every living thing and all the animals that were with him in the ark; and God made a wind blow over the land, and the waters receded. . . 2 Also the fountains of the deep [subterranean waters] and the windows of the heavens were closed, the [pouring] rain from the sky was restrained, 3 and the waters receded steadily from the earth. At the end of a hundred and fifty days the waters had diminished. 4 On the seventeenth day of the seventh month [five months after the rain began], the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat [in Turkey]. 5 The waters continued to decrease until the tenth month; on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains were seen.
After the earth had dried, God spoke to Noah:
Genesis 8:15-20 (AMP)
15 And God spoke to Noah, saying, 16 “Go out of the ark, you and your wife and your sons and their wives with you. 17 Bring out with you every living thing from all flesh—birds and animals and every crawling thing that crawls on the earth—that they may breed abundantly on the earth, and be fruitful and multiply on the earth.” 18 So Noah went out, and his wife and his sons and their wives with him [after being in the ark one year and ten days]. 19 Every animal, every crawling thing, every bird—and whatever moves on the land—went out by families (types, groupings) from the ark.
20 And Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every [ceremonially] clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar.
Then God made a strong promise, a covenant with man~
12 And God said, “This is the token (visible symbol, memorial) of the [solemn] covenant which I am making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations; 13 I set My rainbow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth.
Then He repeats His promise:
17 And God said to Noah, “This [rainbow] is the sign of the covenant (solemn pledge, binding agreement) which I have established between Me and all living things on the earth.”
Why the story of Noah now?
See Noah II Blog #17 for continuation
Even though sometimes I seem to get fixed on my personal problems, before long I am realizing there are huge concerns beyond my own, that make mine shrink in comparison. Just look at the world's troubles, and then consider our nation and how enemies within seem to be systematically tearing it down. The blood of so many men and women heroes have built the foundation of our country, our lives. Strong Bible believing Christian people, whose writings bless us with their wisdom, sacrificed much that this nation be born. Since then many have died to protect that freedom. However, termites of liberalism have been eating away at our foundations and left us with a weak worn down humanism that is slowly destroying what our founders built. But God. . . But, God was heavily involved in creating our great nation, and He’s not finished with us yet. He brought us a unique president to restore our country. Thank You my Father; You are so good to us. You sent Jesus, Your Son, to pay for our sins. Thus we all can know Him and have His aid in our lives here on earth, and enjoy His blessings of eternity when we die. The Father's greatest goal is to bring more of His children to know His Son, Jesus, so they will not spend eternity in hell.
[We're invited to join with God in this endeavor. Are You willing?]
I found this in a GPAN and wanted to share it with you:
Jesus declared an end to separate man’s religious striving to build a ladder back to God, for God Himself has donned flesh and bone and blood and condescended to fallen men and willingly lain down on a cross.
“It is finished!” we hear Him cry aloud. Then He slowly, reverently, and with victorious humility bows that thorn-pierced head. Yes, of course, He bows now. There is nothing left to do but exhale a prayer ~ “Into Thy hands I commend my spirit.”
But Jesus doesn't end it there. He rose from death to life, and He sent Holy Spirit to be our helper~
Jesus sent Holy Spirit as our helper, mentor and guide.
The Holy Spirit is not just a force or a power. He is the third Person of the Trinity. He is co-equal with the Father because He is the Spirit of the Father. All that the Father is, He is, for He is the essence of the Father. He is co-equal with Jesus, the Son of God, because He is the Spirit of Jesus. There is no attribute of the Father or of Jesus that is not found in the Person of the Holy Spirit. All the love, grace, mercy, kindness, wisdom, knowledge, and power of the God-head is invested in Him. Do you know that Holy Spirit loves you?
My friends, if you have not yet accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do so now. Just repent of your sins, and ask Jesus to come into your heart and be your Lord and King! Life itself becomes so much more rewarding and your eternity is assured!
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I wanted to start with the prayer we pray for President Trump and America. My friends in other countries, pray this with us and over your nation too! Nations of the world, let us join together in prayer!
Father, in the name of Jesus and according to your Word, we pray for those in authority in our nation. We lift up President Donald Trump, his family, his staff, and cabinet members. Let Your Word cling to them, and let them not depart from Your plan. Strengthen them with mighty power by Your Spirit to stand against wickedness, lies, and deception. Guide President Trump’s decisions; let Your light shine upon his path and show him the path of reversal for every evil way. Continually surround him with godly men and women who impart wise counsel to him. Cause the way of the wicked to be set to confusion and come to nothing. Deliver us from the traps and snares the enemy has laid for us, and let the wicked be caught in their own devises and be brought to shame. We take authority over the plots and plans of the enemy against this nation. Let prideful and lying lips be silenced in Jesus’ name. Slanderers will not be established in America. We pray for our congress, our supreme court, our military leaders, and our intelligence agencies. Let the wisdom that is from above reign in this nation and be constantly speaking to our leaders.
We exercise the authority You have given us to tread down all the power of the enemy. We cast down and demolish imaginations and arguments that exalt themselves against the knowledge of God, and we bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. We bind spirits of strife and division, civil wars and tumults, spirits of hostility, lawlessness and blasphemy, and fires from hell that have burned in our cities.
We speak grace and peace over America. We pray and believe for the voice of truth, salvation, revival, and restoration to be proclaimed and heard across our land. Grant unto your servants everywhere that with all boldness we may speak your Word. We pray for a mighty outpouring of your Spirit with signs, wonders, and miracles. We expect the wisdom of this world that is earthly, sensual, and devilish to depart and vanish until Your mighty work in America becomes a beacon of hope for all people everywhere. We expect the voice of rejoicing to be heard in our nation for your goodness, mercy, and prosperity in Jesus’ name, Amen.
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The Book of Psalms in the Bible has some of the most powerful lessons; perhaps it's because Psalms seem to connect more to the emotions and so our hearts and spirits can grab onto the truths and relate to them.
One example is in Psalm 107 where we get a glimpse of God’s great power. Ships tossed about in the plunging waves of a stormy sea can only do their best to stay afloat, and those staggering aboard the ships with fears of death, palpitating hearts, scared faces, holding on for dear life are like us when we go through a tough season in our life.
For He commands and raises up the stormy wind, which lifts up the waves of the sea. 26 [Those aboard] mount up to the heavens, they go down again to the deeps; their courage melts away because of their plight. 27 They reel to and fro and stagger like a drunken man and are at their wits’ end [all their wisdom has come to nothing].
28 Then they cry to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses. 29 He hushes the storm to a calm and to a gentle whisper, so that the waves of the sea are still.
We can find ourselves in the midst of roaring winds of attack falling into watery troughs, or being flung high and thrown crashing down again. Our storms are not usually physical, but they involve our souls. Our emotions ‘feel panicky’, our minds fear the unknown, and our wills are uncertain, in doubt~ unless and until they remember the greatness of our God and cry out to Him in distress. Our loving God is able to hush the storm to a gentle whisper and restore peace to our troubled souls. He's a solid anchor to cling on.
Our God rescues us from our own mistakes, if in repentance we go to Him.
31 Oh, that men would praise [and confess to] the Lord for His goodness and loving-kindness and His wonderful works to the children of men!
Never believe that as born-again believers we will not make mistakes, for we are still humans building our highway to God. Storms will hit and try to knock us over the side, or sometimes attempt to destroy us. Through them we learn and we can grow stronger; we grasp new concepts, new truths through our mistakes, and as we seek our merciful God in repentance, He bring us to safe harbor. Romans 8 promises it: Romans 8:28 (NKJV) And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Our heavenly Father loves us so much, that He has mercy on us and desires for us to step out and grow closer to Him, but He knows we do not always choose wisely, and so He has made a way to help us.
When we trust in our almighty God, and the promises of His Word, our life will continue to find the right tools for building a successful highway from our heart to God’s heart. And joy will pave the road as our relationship with God deepens. We praise our God on high for His goodness and loving-kindness and His wonderful works to the children of men!
Will you allow your trust in God to grow and deepen? It is a rewarding choice!
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DON'T GIVE UP ON ME
LIFE. In His mighty love God created life. He gave life to trees, to all animals great and small, even yucky bugs. He created them to live and reproduce and die at the appointed time.
But mankind He lifted up as superior.
God breathed His life into us making us in His image and likeness.
Genesis 2:7 (NKJV) And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life;and man became a living being.
Genesis 1:27 (AMP) So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him;
The sacredness of life cannot be denied, when we understand what our God did. Each of us is so unique and exceptional. God gave us life in the womb according to His amazing design. And He has a plan and a purpose for each human being.
In times past it seems as though this was understood, but since we began trying to miniaturize God and denigrate His Word, denying His magnificence, His beauty and love have been stealthily stolen from our culture. He has always been our foundation and our nation has grown strong and powerful because of it.
Now in our ignorance and greed we’re sinking more and more into the muck of evil and lust. The enemy is working hard with much apparent success to drag us into its hellish darkness.
However, Our God is light and calls us all to walk in His light, to be saved out of satan’s schemes and deceptions. Jesus died a torturous death of crucifixion to pay our sin debt, to cleanse the muck out/off of us, so we can live a joyful life here and in eternity.
Our life has value.
That baby’s God-given-life in its Mother’s womb has value. To arbitrarily decide it’s only tissue and unworthy of life is travesty. Yes, I’m back to saving infants from a torturous bloody death in a womb. Won’t you help me by speaking out about it? Sign petitions! Look a baby in the eyes and see the awe-inspiring eagerness for life.
This picture of a newborn child struggling for its life is a beautiful example of the preciousness of life as the infant reaches out to hold its mom’s finger asking her not to give up hope.
Champion life! Speak out against the evil harvesting of babies and their body parts by abortionists like Planned Parenthood. Speak out against letting your tax dollars support them.
Choose life! Value life! Esteem life!
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As I sit at the feet of my heavenly Father, Jesus rises and takes my hand. “Mary come walk with Me.” Suddenly we are flying through the universe among the stars and the other beauties of space;
He’s showing me the wonders it contains. The magnificence is overwhelming. Jesus looks at me, smiles and says, “All this was created by Me, yes, by Me, Holy Spirit, and My Father, by Us~We are One. I bring You out here today so you can experience my glory.
"Look and see.” It is breathtaking, and I am in awe.
“Now Mary what is it I cannot do for you when you ask?”
Jesus, so often I seriously underestimate You! You are Savior~ the greatest act of love. You are warrior conquering the enemy, overcoming death. You did these things for us, Your creation, Your kids. This overwhelming love I know, I feel, yet being out in the universe with You, Jesus, seeing the immensity of Your creation, gives me a whole different perspective of Who You are. Wow! Your question for me, “What is it that I cannot do for you?” is true~ there is nothing You cannot do for me!! That realization hit me square in the knowing!
When I come in prayer to You, I come with total knowing that You can do all things. Healing takes just a thought from You. I lift up people to You asking You to heal, to help, to save; all this You can do. Thank You Jesus. You, Father, said You are our Healer, and nothing is impossible for You. You said it in Your Word; Your Word is truth. Any situation, any worry, any concern given to You to handle Jesus, will always come out good. You say:
Psalm 138:8 (AMP)
The Lord will perfect that which concerns me;
In Romans You also promise:
Romans 8:28 (AMP)
We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.
It’s Your guarantee Lord! When I make You a partner in all I do~ business, family, my social life~ all things work together ~ fit into Your plan for good. ALL THINGS~ problems, successes and failures You turn them out for good.
Grand and glorious Jesus, thank You for teaching me this morning!
My friends, what causes you to know or doubt how immense is the loving power of God for you?
SCRAPE OFF THE SCABS!
All praise to You Lion of Judah! My Jesus, You made it all possible. Joy is possible because of You. Thank You. Holy Spirit, You are here and I don’t know all the divine intricacies of how my Godhead works nor do I need to. What is, is, and I’m so glad it is! I live life with You, God, indwelling me; now I just need to bring that truth fully into the core reality of my being. . . grab each moment retrieving it, subjecting it to this truth, living my life completely as Holy Spirit directs. Sounds like a good plan, aye?
Reality check! Life is so busy now that once my quiet time with the Lord ends, time takes over~ sometimes feels like I’m a robot with time as the controller. How to redirect that? OK. Pressure is off for a little while. Lord, I open myself to Your guidance; please help me re-sort my life. . .
Holy Spirit You are getting underneath the surface to the real guts of who I am~ showing me the unpretty thoughts in my soul. Prideful attitudes are leaking out. . . like 'I already know that Scripture, I've been there done that'~ as fellow Bible study mates reveal their hearts. My love had hardened; my empathy shut down; my ears of understanding blocked. Tears come as I realize my love was curled up in a ball somewhere. Oh, yes, Holy Spirit, come and do surgery on my soul. I want to have Your love and understanding flow freely through me always.
Yes, Holy Spirit You are asking permission to make me more vulnerable to You, to burn off the calluses covering the wounds of my life. Every hurtful comment, every painful memory, every rejection, every sore scrape of ‘not good enough’ have scabs or calluses. Why are You asking this? Because these protection elements also block the love of God from going in and healing the wounds.
You are asking for permission to burn these guards off the emotional vulnerability of my soul. You want me to trust You to shield these painful places, to heal them.
Oh God! You want me to open that room of misery and heartache I’ve worked so hard at sealing up~ in Your hands? You want to unseal the door so You can do surgery on my soul. You tell me Your love can heal if I permit You to scrape off the calluses and scabs? You ask me to submit to You and to trust You.
OK, my God, I agree to submit to You, and if You tell me this is the next step, then fearful tho I am, I’ll give my permission to You. It’s scary, but I know if You say it is necessary, and this is the time, then it is. I bow down before You and worship You.
What vulnerable places in you require cleansing and scraping? Are you ready to allow God to heal inner hurts? Are you prepared to forgive?
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JUST A SMALL THING, BUT. . .
It was just a little red light on my dashboard that said “brake”; my brake was not on. So finally I decided to take my car in for a check up. Well, it seems that light comes on when brake fluid is below minimum, so I was happy for the warning! Even so, that was just the beginning of this tale. God tells amazing stories, and this is just a small one.
In order for them to ascertain the problem they had to do a diagnostic costing $140.00. If they fixed the brakes, that charge would just go away and the brakes would be the only cost. So OK got brakes done.
However, It seems the diagnostic revealed a number of problems. This was not a big surprise as I’d been driving my car for 16 years and done just the bare maintenance on it~ oil change etc. Unfortunately the cost for all the work now necessary required greater than my funds available. The brakes were fixed, but another critical element showed up: the timing belt was really bad~ after 165,000 miles. If it goes, the motor would seize up and my car would die. Thank God for that little "brake" light! I had no clue my car was seriously ill.
That was the situation. I made a car appointment for 5 days later. Meanwhile satan attempted to mess with my brain and instill fear every time I needed to drive the car; his specialty is night time! So throughout one night fear circled my mind like a merry-go-round. At prayer the next morning faith filled Scriptures began to download. A song I had heard whose chorus is: “my God is faithful, He never fails, He never runs away” was a continual tape in my head.
Because of the enemy’s persistent attacks, I laid out a fleece (Judges 6:36-40). God responded, so I was assured of His hand protecting my car. From then on I drove thanking God for being my Master Mechanic. This little story is to relate how we can be attacked vigorously and still brushoff the devil’s scheme by standing firm in belief in God, His Word, His love, and His protection. And yes, my car stayed ‘well’; I took it in, and they even had an interest free finance program I could use for part of the bill. God provides. He loves us so much!
God delights in helping us and He does not leave us to go through challenges alone. He is always there for us, and He has an answer. My friends, do not allow the enemy’s roar to frighten you, because our God does not fail us. If you are faithful, the enemy’s roar becomes a “mew”.
1 Peter 5:8-10
Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour. 9 But resist him, be firm in your faith [against his attack—rooted, established, immovable]. . .
10 After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace [who imparts His blessing and favor], who called you to His own eternal glory in Christ, will Himself complete, confirm, strengthen, and establish you [making you what you ought to be].
Just as my Father had the brake light warning appear, the serious event of timing belt/ water pump/valve problems came up, along with 0% finance help available all saved me much trouble... He'll look after you through hard situations too.
That’s the truth, my friends!
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10/25/17 GOD'S WRATH! OUCH!
The book Cast Up A Highway came from a Scripture Holy Spirit laid on my heart after my very special cancer journey. It has helped many people since then to build a close connection with our amazing God. When this Scripture first dropped into my spirit, it was a puzzlement, but as is always true of God, He worked things out for His purposes. The verse was:
Isaiah 62:10-12 (MSG)
Walk out of the gates. Get going!
Get the road ready for the people.
Build the highway. Get at it!
Clear the debris,
hoist high a flag, a signal to all peoples!
Today I look and see the words also reflect 2017's world and God is urging that the time is short and many need to know Him~truly know Him. He’s calling us to begin to speak out more to our friends and family and all with whom we come in contact. Clear the debris of false teachings, political correctness, and the deceptions of sin the enemy has embedded in our culture. Speak truth!
In the Bible in the book of Romans we learn that we have been lazy and much too laid back about our sins. Yeah, there is that nasty four letter word no one likes to talk about.
However, we must! Remember there really is a hell, and it is a terrible place of never ending torment. Picture living in those fires in California forever. Now that is a concept no one wants to discuss. But it is real!
Any who die without accepting the free entrance will go to hell; that 'stamp' on the wrist is a cross~a "get out of hell free stamp" Jesus died on the cross for us; He took our punishment for our sins. Admit it, we are sinners! When we feel true sorrow for our sins, and accept Jesus as Lord of our life, we receive many rewards, and not just entrance into heaven instead of hell when we die. But He will guide our lives to become all that He created us to be~ fulfillment of purpose in every area of life. God’s wrath is real and is brought on by sin. He is GOOD, not as an adjective, but He is goodness itself; no evil can come near Him without burning up~ like paper near a flame. God is also perfect Justice. In perfect justice sin requires punishment.
God is also love, and He knew His precious children would sin, because satan perverted man in the beginning, causing him to have a sin nature; yet the Word says. . .
Romans 3:8 But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. 9 There will be trouble and distress for every human being who does evil:
In His love, God had a plan to redeem His kids (us):
Jesus, God’s Son, volunteered to become human and, as the ‘sacrificial Lamb’, to carry the sin of the world and pay the cost. It was a hefty price full of pain of every kind~ mental anguish, emotional abuse, extreme physical agony, spiritual separation from His Father. But in His love He chose to do it for us, so our sin debt would be cancelled, our soul freed from sin and its hold on us, cleansed.
Because of God’s love, and Jesus' gift, we can get a free pass for life, but we need to recognize and choose to accept it. That pass is Jesus Christ and His gift of redemption. In our repentance and acceptance, the wrath of God is abated and we are cleansed of all sin. The debt was paid by Jesus; we can be recreated from a sin nature to God’s DNA, enabling us to live with Him as He loves and works inside of us; yes! in us! He assists us through every life situation we encounter. Dying becomes a simple passing from earth into the arms of Jesus. Like Paul said . . .
Philippians 1:21-23 (NKJV)
For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 22 But if I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell. 23 For I am hard-pressed between the two, having a desire to depart and be with Christ, which is far better...
Are you ready to take advantage of this marvelous gift? Jesus' sacrifice bought atonement for our sin, so we can be one with our Lord and God. Today I encourage you to search your heart and have sorrow for your sins; express it to God, and ask Jesus to be Lord of your life. Your eternity is then assured and your life reborn.
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10/20/17 How He Loves Us
Cruising along the driveway, trees stand tall showing off their new Autumn attire. Their bright beautiful colors inspire my spirit to burst into praise and thanksgiving to God for creating this gorgeous scene for my eyes to enjoy.
Now science can give you all the reasons why the plants change colors, but never give you the real reason, as I see it. God, the Master Scientist, loves us so much, He delights thrilling our eyes with His beauty. The eyes are the window to the soul.
We all know it isn’t always Autumn or plants that bring our miraculous eyes pleasure. Sometimes it’s watching a tiger running, or an ungainly elephant with her trunk on the baby’s back. For me the majestic mountains in all their changing moods lift my spirits at the end of a long day. God designed so much of His creation to shed His love on all His kids.
Yes, He loves us all so much! Some look at that statement in doubt as they go through a tough time. Other’s pride won’t let them admit that God even exists. They are the ones that make me sad, because they are missing so much in life! A relationship with our magnificent God gives so much joy plus supernatural guidance in living a happy life, and support through difficult seasons.
When we invite Jesus to come into our hearts as Lord of our Life, it’s like going through a paradigm shift; we become new creatures seeing life through “new eyes”. An inner joy takes up residence inside our spirit infecting the soul with ‘positive vision’. Our existence becomes purposeful and exciting,
We break free from the captivity of the enemy’s destructive influence; we are liberated to live with exuberance and vigor. Truth becomes clear causing the falseness of devil lies to stand out. We come to know the purpose for which we were created and the path to develop all God made us to be. Not only knowledge, but He indwells us so the connection is close and viable. He guides and accompanies us on our journey. Life can get very exciting! If you want more help to experience this, I suggest my book Cast Up A Highway. Holy Spirit led in the writing of the book after an unusual breast cancer challenge. It's easy reading. My friends, I encourage you to express your sorrow for your sins, choose today to acknowledge your need for a Savior and invite Jesus Christ to come into your heart and become the Lord of your life.
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10/18/17 A Soul Cries Out
Lord God, ruler of heaven and earth, You are high and lifted far above us. And sometimes we can slip back into that kind of relationship with You ~ so far above us You are unreachable; we call but not from that deep truth-believing spirit at the center of our being, and so we do not reach You. Our words just shout out, then die like fireworks on the 4th of July, dying into the dark ethos of a world of sin and unbelief.
BUT You provided an answer when You sent Jesus to us. Jesus God-man came to teach us Your character and ways and the colossal love in which You, our Father, envelop us.
Oh, let me reach the depths of my spirit and allow the peace and quiet joy of Your presence to fill the wounds left in my soul by harsh encounters of yesterday. As I bide in the stillness and glean a word, a thought, a way, a feeling of Your love, it infuses me with new strength and contentment. Every moment I spend in stillness, listening, always brings communion with You. My heart so hungers for more of You, an ever deepening touch with You, a true union of hearts. I so need Your consolation, word of strength, the assurance of Your love! Without You I am desolate, so when I hear Your whisper calling me to Yourself, I eagerly close out the world to just be with You. Your love is so all encompassing. . . so filling, words cannot fully render meaning to its intensity. But as I am engulfed with Your love and breathe it in, my heart spirals in purest joy! I dance in jubilation!
My friends, if you have not yet developed this relationship with our loving God, i urge you to seek it. There is nothing better in life than to live with a constant connection to Him and His love for you!
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Ever feel spiritually blind? Future looks blank? Call to God and there is no answer? Prayers seem to bounce off the ceiling? I know the feeling. Is your call originating in the head or in the spirit? That was my question to me this morning, and the unanswered call was in my head not my heart.
My despondent emotions were getting in the way.
Is there hope? In desperation I yelled, "Where are You God?"
When I settled down, I realized that if my desire for an answer is serious, I need to get serious. It’s my own advice from Cast Up A Highway. Set aside my will, my emotions, and go straight to my spirit; for the Word tells us: God is spirit and to communicate with Him, it must be spirit to spirit, but we have a tendency to forget that the spirit is where we connect, and It is here that real communication happens.
John 4:24 (AMP)
God is spirit [the Source of life, yet invisible to mankind], and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
Oh, Father, I am so sorry; my stubborn will forgets Who You are. I can't command, demand, even request from my heartless head; the connection is by my spirit, and so to get true help and answers, my spirit humbly comes before Your throne, my God, trusting in Your love for me. Father, help me find the answer to my frustration.
I remember that trusting is a key piece.
Our Creator knows us so well! Our goal is to also know Him well, and because He desires it, He makes it possible. As I slip meekly down into my spirit, I experience Your presence, Lord, and just want to stay here. It is from this place of love, I ask my questions, and faithful Father that You are, my answers come. You are my comfort and my peace.
How I need Your presence, Lord! It brings that quiet joy. Going from glory to glory, as the Bible says, learning more about my God and my relationship with Him every day, creates a flowering of ever deepening love. Seeking You Jesus, my Lord, brings true satisfaction, completeness and desired answers.
Is this your experience too? If you do not have this relationship with God, I pray you will seek His face and discover it. Nothing is better!
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Original Blog from April 2011
John G Lake:
His Life, His Sermons, His Boldness of Faith
I'm sharing from a book about a man of formidable faith! See these few powerful excerpts taken from this book:
1) You see the note that touched the souls of men, the note that rang down through the centuries, and which rings in your heart and mine today. CHRISTIANITY NEVER WAS DESIGNED BY GOD TO MAKE A LOT OF WEAKLINGS. It was designed to bring forth a race of men (and women) who were BOLD and STRONG and PURE and GOOD, BLESSED BY GOD. The greatest and the strongest and the noblest is always the humblest.
2) In one of these class meetings one day, as I sat listening to the testimonies, I observed that there was a kind of weakening trend. People were saying, "I am having such a hard time." "I am feeling the temptations of the world so much." Etc. I was not able at the time to tell people what was the difficulty. I was only a young Christian. But when they got through I observed the old class leader, a gray headed man. He said something like this, "Brethren, the reason we are feeling the temptations so much, the reason there is a lack of sense of victory is because we are too far away from the Son of God. Our souls have descended. They are not in the high place where Christ is. Let our souls ascend, and when they ascend into the realm of the Christ, we will have a a new note, it will be the note of victory."
3)Bless God. Not a limited life, but an unlimited life. The idea of Christ, the idea of God was that every man, through Jesus Christ, through being joined to Him by the Holy Spirit, should be transformed into Christ's perfect image. Glory be to God. Christ within and Christ without. Christ in your spirit, Christ in your soul and Christ in your body. Not only living His life, but performing His works by the grace of God.
That is the gospel of the Son of God. . .
You can see John G Lake’s indomitable spirit reflected in these few passages from the book. Do you desire to have this strong inner core of faith yourself? I’ve discovered that whoever yearns to live a life of victory and have this rugged spirit can do so. It does not come by wishing, but it comes by commitment. It is developed by an insatiable thirst to know God intimately, by a desire to learn about Him and a desire to share with Him in a communion of thoughts and spirit.
Jesus opened the door for our union with Him, for our growing ever stronger, ever closer in our relationship. We can walk through that door whenever we choose to do so. We can live everyday lives full and strong. The highway is before us. (See the book Cast Up A Highway for the architect’s design/plan)
Psalm 28:7 (AMP)
The Lord is my strength and my [impenetrable] shield;
My heart trusts [with unwavering confidence] in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart greatly rejoices,
And with my song I shall thank Him and praise Him.
We have the ability to lead lives lion-strong and complete with joy and victory!! Do you believe it? And what do you think of his comment at the end of the first excerpt. . . “The greatest and the strongest and the noblest is always the humblest.” What does it mean Thanks to YSRMK for great picture!. to you? I’d really like to know h how you see this concept.
A New Life
1 Peter 1:3-5 (MSG)
What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you’ll have it all—life healed and whole.
I like this Scripture! ‘how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus!’ This Father, that is Father God. He raised Jesus from the dead. That resurrection gave us the promise of a new life; it means when we accept His Son Jesus, and His gift, our life is changed; with Him as the Lord of our life were transformed into new creatures. It’s like going through a paradigm shift. I remember that. Seemed like everything was seen in a new light. And it’s never returned to the old. Jesus has a hold on me now for all eternity. His hold is love, pure love, strong and bold. It consumes me; it’s a strong magnet that never releases, just continues to draw me ever closer to His heart, guiding my soul, ever purifying, and sometimes with fire.
Father God sent Holy Spirit to indwell me and keep me on the right path, instructing me, giving me a light to follow in the darkness. Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Holy Trinity, loves me. I am enfolded in His love. It is soft, almost cloud like, without aroma, just filled with contentment and quiet joy.
This is different from His work in me, because sometimes Holy Spirit is a fire and like processing gold, it draws the dross to the top so it can be eliminated. That can be harsh and hard, because purification is not easy on us. However, He is always with me helping me through the hard; nothing can overwhelm me, because His Presence holds me up, and thus I am able to go through the hard successfully, coming out stronger and better. Thank You for loving me Lord! I come to You, Most High Lord God, and lay at Your feet in humble obeisance offering my life to You. May I serve You Lord by always doing Your will. My heart needs You, Lord; it grows a desperate requirement in me to know You more. Life is beautiful when I am close to You, feel You at my side, or joining with indwelling Holy Spirit in the privilege of performing Your work, my God. May my life be ever searching for what is in Your heart. My Three-in-One, I love You. In this world where the enemy is attempting to eradicate Your presence, like David, I need You more than ever.
Psalm 63:1 [ A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah.] You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.
October 6, 2017 New Blog #3 No Greater Joy
A candle burns low in the darkness of His bedroom. Head in hands as he sits at the table, his soul cries out,
“Oh God, where are You tonight?
“My son, I am here. Do not fear; have you not put everything in my hands? Patience, my beloved. Do you not know I am in the waiting?”
Cramped muscles loosen their grip as peace begins to fill him. Holy Spirit whispers a reminder, “Whatever God’s plan is in this hard time, it is for good. Remember the Word?"
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future
Tears run down his swarthy cheeks. God’s goodness is overwhelming. The candle sputters and goes out. He smiles, for the darkness is no longer a threat; he has found his God once again.
This morning I arose in darkness, but dawn has awakened the day. I rather enjoy getting up early when the sun is still sleeping. The night time wraps me in a special place where me and God are alone together. I love being with Him!
Now the sun has taken his place revealing a blue sky. This is significant, because the past week has been mostly rainy, cool, damp, and grey, which was refreshing after a rather hot dry period. But everyone is now ready for sunshine and blue to brighten our days again.
Seems weather often affects people’s moods. Perhaps this is true for me too, as there seems to be a lifting of a burden today. Maybe it’s not the weather so much as it is the reminder from Holy Spirit that God is not surprised by the challenges happening right now in my life. I have given them to Him, and I am waiting~ not exactly patiently, but with the reminder that “God is in the waiting”, my spirit settles down to a new calmness and trust.
How beautiful it is to know my God intimately, and trust Him implicitly. My God is good, faithful, loving and kind. He makes me smile. My friends, if you do not Know our marvelous Lord God; if you have not yet established a personal relationship with Him, I highly recommend that you do so.
There is no higher goal in life, no greater joy!
October 4, 2017 # 2 New Blog: WITH GOD
Lord there is no way I can do anything to live a supernatural life on my own. It is only possible with YOU. You indwell me. When I open myself to You being the boss, the leader the guide, then my journey becomes supernatural, and nothing that You ask of me is impossible.
I know the percolating inside of me is You preparing me to see what You will ask of me next. Life becomes exciting when You share Your will with me. Sometimes Your 'speaking' appears as “hunch’, a feeling, then other times it comes at prayer with Your Words in a Scripture, or sometimes in Your still small voice. No matter how You choose to share it with me, I love Your personal communication!
I recall one blog where You and I were climbing a mountain, and from a ledge we could see the ‘land’. There was a darkness encroaching closer and closer. You asked me if I was willing to go into the darkness carrying Your Word. I felt a fear inside and asked, will You go with me? You answered, “I am always with you.” Am I brave enough to go into the darkness with the Gospel? On my own? “No”. But with God, all things are possible. When I trust God, I know He will take care of me, so “I will do whatever He asks”, I say 'yes' bravely (with just a little trepidation in my soul).
These times are definitely growing darker. Terror attacks around the world are increasing. Violence has recently been attacking our country with those who choose to punish any who do not agree with their philosophy. 59 people were recently murdered and 100s were injured at a concert in Nevada. Yes the world grows darker every day. Abortions murdering millions of babies continue. That number is set to grow as the U.N. Human Rights Committee is rewriting the definition of the "right to life" to mean the "right to kill." And North Korea is firing off ballistic missiles which could carry nuclear warheads. They will start world war III if this keeps up. Their leader seems to have an egotistical bully mentality.
Now look at the natural disasters worldwide: Huge hurricanes, floods, tidal waves, earthquakes, mud slides, raging forest fires. Yes the shadow of evil is moving faster than ever across this land and the world. What can we do? What will we do? As an indiviual what are you willing to do? As for me number one is to pray. Praying with the power of God who indwells me brings supernatural results: Remember how hurricane Harvey was a number 5 until people began to pray? It was a number 1 as it traversed up Florida. Remember, my friends, this is not a time to shrink in fear. God is more powerful than anything the enemy can do. Stand strong in His might!
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October 2, 2017 Sorry my friends that there have no been new blogs posted for ten days. My Vistaprint friends have been unable to fix a technical glitch. This is a temporary resolution. Enjoy
Lessons Learned Through Depth Study.
With the “In Depth” studies, You have led me, Lord, on the path to discovering Your purpose for my existence: to reach the unloved with Your love, Your Words speaking on the page and from my mouth. My heart's desire is to serve You.
I’ve discovered that as I go over these 4 blogs on going deeper with God, they are even more meaningful. They showed me I need to refocus on God’s promises, His Word again to continue my journey. I know it is a continuing saga until I go home to Him.
Do you feel this way too, my friends? We go from glory to glory~ level to level. My heart is focused now on going deeper with my Lord. My current place is feeling shallow. I want more! I must have a closer connection with my Lord, and that will require spending more time with Him I know! It is a choice.
Proverbs 2:1-5 (NIV)
1My son, if you accept my words
and store up my commands within you,
2 turning your ear to wisdom
and applying your heart to understanding—
3 indeed, if you call out for insight
and cry aloud for understanding,
4 and if you look for it as for silver
and search for it as for hidden treasure,
5 then you will understand the fear of the Lord
and find the knowledge of God.
In the Depth series I began to see the truth of this Scripture:
#1 When He calls it may seem impossible; but if He calls, we trust, and He will enable.
#2 Name the treasure I seek. Is it the same as God’s will?
When the journey seems too difficult, believe His Word; His promises are true! Sometimes the pressure can seem too much to bear, severe enough to even challenge my faith. Always go to His Word and His promises to be revitalized.
He will guide me through any storm.
Deut31:8 Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)
The Lord Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”
#3 When growing weary of the struggle, be determined to reach the goal;
be committed to it.
Be passionate about following God’s will! Know my own heart to find His heart.
The enemy will try to bring fear and doubt threatening with its lies and deceptions, but we remember God’s promises in His Word.
Psalm 19:11-14 (MSG)
There’s more: God’s Word warns us of danger
and directs us to hidden treasure.
Otherwise how will we find our way?
Or know when we play the fool?
Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh!
Keep me from stupid sins,
from thinking I can take over your work;
Then I can start this day sun-washed,
scrubbed clean of the grime of sin.
Ps 55:16 (MSG) As for me I will call upon the Lord and He will save me.
#4 Trust in the Holy Spirit to lead me along the path He set out for me. Continually seek Him.
These lessons are basic to living in God’s will and gaining wisdom to know Hs purpose for our life! Trusting Him is paramount! Having purpose gives meaning to every day! Thank You Lord! Put Your Life into us!
Do you know the purpose for which God gave you life? If not, go to Him! He brings strength and joy!