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So What’s the Big Deal Anyway?

TRUMP RECOGNIZES JERUSALEM AS ISRAEL’S CAPITAL AND IS MOVING THE EMBASSY!!!

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Prayer For Bright Shining Light

Luke 8:16 (below the prayer)

Help me Abba Father to NOT try to hide my light. Forgive me for doing so many times in the past. I am ashamed of myself for it. I can see that I didn’t want to put it completely out, but am guilty of trying to dim it a little. Why? Abba Father, if I had to say based on my current understanding I would say that it could be compared to as this. Say that I have unbelieving family members coming over to eat at Thanksgiving. I know that they don’t believe and or fear that if my light was shining brightly that they would ridicule me, or try to debate my beliefs. I live in my house and as people enter in I put up a curtain to block a lot of the light. I don’t want to put it completely out, but why do I try to keep the brightness of the light of the Holy Spirit which dwells within me from shining brightly? I feel it within myself! When these family members come I seem to want the light to not be too bright for them. Hence the curtain to take away the brightness. That is wrong! That is stifling the glorious work that You, the King of Glory might be trying to do. By doing this I am trying to please man instead of my Father in Heaven. I am trying to create a place so that those who are saying that they don’t believe won’t be forced to see their own wickedness because of Your glorious light that shines brightly. If I have the curtain up so that they can come in and they might still be comfortable in their sin because the light of Jesus Christ is being hidden a bit so that the filth of their own guilt won’t be exposed. I can’t make anyone choose You Father, nor can I change anyone in my own power. Help me Abba Father to stop trying to dim the glorious light that You have put within me! If those who are walking into the well lit room because of Your light that I DO DESIRE TO SHINE EVER SO BRIGHTLY from me, if they become angry or condescending or begin mocking me , I desire for YOU to help me to respond in all patience and meekness and humble kindness and love. Help me not to lash out or run and hide. If they seem to not want to come back again because Your light shining brightly in the darkness and showing each one his own wickedness within his own heart and flesh, then Lord God help me to accept that they may not come back. If they don’t come back it is not because of me, but instead because Your light shines upon them and causes some to see places in their lives that need the blood of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit causes light to shine brightly and begins to convict the hearts of the sinner. When someone chooses to rebel against the convicting truth they will flee back into the darkness where they might be comfortable going on in the wickedness they have grown to enjoy. Often it is because of selfishness, because we would rather live in deception that this world will provide freely to be able to walk in our own fleshly desires. I pray LORD God that You will help me to stand like a light on a hill shining brightly and stop ME from trying to help others to be comfortable in their sin. I am certainly not doing what You expect and require of those who say they are the children of God. I am not saying I should point out the sin of those around me , no, I have my own filth to constantly be asking and praying for You to wash from my flesh. When I let Your light shine brightly, then I pray it might begin changing the hearts and minds within each who see the light of God. That they might desire to seek You. Not because I am saying things to them to condemn or convict them or trying to convince or convert them but because the Holy Spirit which is the light dwelling in the hearts of those who belong to You Father. If I might not fear my light shining brightly, but instead allowing it to shine brightly knowing that the Holy Spirit might actually be received by others and hearts will begin to be changed. Not because of me but because of thee that lives within me.

I thank You LORD God, I ask for Your help in living and walking in the way You would desire me to, knowing that simply by following Jesus Christ that others might also desire to know You. In the mighty name of Jesus Christ I ask and pray these things. Amen.


Luke 8:16 KJV

No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light.

Do You Doubt? Be Encouraged!

1 Corinthians 15:9-11

For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.

Commentary

Through Paul’s transformation, we see God’s grace displayed. It reminds us that there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus, and that God’s ways are not our ways. No Christian at the time would have thought that Paul could become an apostle. Sure enough, Christ Himself calls him to service, to surrender all and turn on a dime. I’m sure that I will never fully understand the glorious “riches of His grace” (Ephesians 1:7 and Ephesians 2:7) – yet I am comforted by the fact that our God is an ocean of grace that I can never exhaust. His sovereign will accomplishes exactly what it means to. Nothing and no-one can dodge Him or stand beyond His loving reach.

Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.
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Feeling Like You Don’t Belong?

Be thankful! Stick with the word and seek God always and understanding will be given to you. Here, in this scripture we have understanding as to why we might feel like we don’t belong.

1 John 3:1-3 KJV

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

[2] Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

[3] And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

Valley of Weeping

Are you in the valley today? Are you on the mountain top? Are you on your way down from the top of the mountain and feel yourself heading at a high rate of speed into that valley of weeping that we all detest? Maybe you are climbing out of the valley after a season, and you have been strengthened and are hiking back up the mountain and you are feeling strong and happy and healthy! Wherever you are, God is with you!

Psalms 84:11

[11] For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

Psalm 84:1-12 KJV

How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!

[2] My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord : my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.

[3] Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my King, and my God.

[4] Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.

[5] Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them .

[6] Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.

[7] They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.

[8] O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.

[9] Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.

[10] For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

[11] For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

[12] O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.


Commentary taken from my study bible.

84:1, 4 The writer longed to get away from the bustling world to meet God inside his dwelling place, his holy Temple. We can meet God anywhere, at any time. But we know that going into a church building can help us step aside from the busy mainstream of life so we can quietly meditate and pray. We find joy and strength not only in the prayers, music, lessons, and sermons but also in fellowshiping with other believers in a special place.

84:5-7 The pilgrimage to the Temple passed through the barren Valley of Weeping. No specific valley has been identified. The “weeping” may have been a symbolic reference to the times of struggles and tears through which people must pass on their way to meet God. Growing strong in God’s presence is often preceded by a journey through barren places in our lives. The person who loves to spend time with God will see his or her adversity as an opportunity to experience God’s faithfulness even more deeply. If you are walking through your own Valley of Weeping today, be sure your pilgrimage leads toward God, not away from him.

84:11 God does not promise to give us everything we think is good, but he will not withhold what is permanently good. He will give us the means to walk along his paths, but we must do the walking. When we obey him, he will not hold anything back that will help us serve him.

Tired and Can’t Take Another Step?

Stress has a way of taking its toll on all of us. Do you ever wish you were the ever-ready bunny? You know, the one that takes a beating but just keeps on going?

Well, I have to be re-charged! Only my King of Kings and Lord of lords can do that for me. He and He alone gives me strength when I have no strength left. Just as I think I am toast, done, stick a fork in me done, that is when I am at the end of ME and the beginning of Him who created me!

Thank You Jesus for all You provide for me. I am not worthy of the hope that You continually allow me to see, and that strengthens my faith and my spirit and my walk with You! Thank You Jesus for never letting go of me even when I am certain that this just might be the time that You do.

Thank You Jesus for always being faithful to Your word! We are so used to the lies of this world, being told we are nothing, hearing whispers saying we are NOT good enough. BUT, GOD, my Creator, Sustainer, Great Physician, Judge, Saviour, Protector, Mighty One, Fortress, First and the Last, Beginning and the End, Alpha and the Omega! The I AM! You and You alone strengthen me and cause me to soar on the wings of eagles! Your name will I praise forever and ever! Amen!

Philippians 4:13 KJV

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

“The improbable Victory, not by our strength…Run to JESUS! HE is the Finish Line!”