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Thank You Jesus!

1 Peter 2:9-10 KJV

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

[10] Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

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Reaching for the Arms of Our Father

Acts 17:26-28

And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.

Commentary

Take an extra moment today and let this sink into your heart. Noah was the man that all nations were made from, a man who found favor in the eyes of God. This verse indicates that God has setup history as a divine outworking of a plan filled with mercy, grace, and opportunity for us to seek Him as our loving Father. My heart leaps each time my children reach for me, something I cannot express in words. God set everything up so that we would have every opportunity to reach for him, just like a little child would reach for a parent. Reach and cry out “Abba!” Daddy!

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Simple

John 6:29 is really pretty simple. Yet we as created people try our hardest to try to make simple things complicated.

I looked up the definition of simple. First it came up with definition as adjectives :

  1. Easy to understand
  2. Not complicated
  3. Free of deceit, sincere
  4. Humble or lowly
  5. A simple way of thinking

As a noun:

  1. Something simple, uncompounded
  2. Person of humble origins

Then I looked at the synonyms. I really liked the clarity they added to what was already easy to understand.

  1. Clean
  2. Homey
  3. Humble
  4. PURE
  5. Absolute
  6. Not difficult
  7. **childlike and innocent
  • A couple of things I noticed as I chose the words that describe the WORD of GOD that is given to us in the Holy Bible, the scriptures.

Psalm 116:6 (KJV)

The Lord preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and He helped me.

Matthew 18:3 (KJV and NIV)- Jesus is speaking

And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

NIV

And he said, Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Romans 8:16

KJV The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.

NIV The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.

A couple of things I take away are:

Humble ourselves before the LORD and ask for Him to help us and teach us and reveal Himself to us in His word. So that we might truly be converted, or changed, and so that we become like or as little children. But wait! Are you saying we should be childish? NO, not childish in our behavior or thinking; but innocent as children, pure as children. Children are always learning and growing. They trust their Father and no one can convince them that their Father is wrong, or that they can’t TRUST Him. They believe His word with everything that is in them!

Praise God! Keep it simple and believe in Jesus Christ, hold onto your faith! Don’t become like teenagers who go out into the world and begin listening to worldly people such as their teachers or so many other unbelievers trying to confuse you. Holding on to the truth of Jesus Christ and be not deceived.

John 6:29

Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.


Commentary

The question is, “Who sent Jesus Christ?” For believers, it’s not really a question…because we know God the Father sent Him.

However for some, it is a question. Some say Jesus is a prophet, some say He was merely a teacher.

The issue on the table is His claim to deity; the claim He made to be God. Being a Christian means you believe that claim, and also believe He took the fullness of God’s wrath on the cross in our place.

Among all the things you could “do for God”, one thing matters most. Believe in Jesus Christ – “who is, who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” (Revelation 1:8)

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Oh ABBA, FATHER!!!!

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I am finding it hard to describe!  One of those special moments in time!  Are you looking?  Are you watching?  Are you listening?  Do you sometimes see in part?  Do you hear in part?  Tonight I felt like a child!  I felt like happy child!  I felt like a little girl and my daddy had given me a gift and I was so happy!  About an hour later my daddy handed me another gift!  WOW…that is so amazing I thought!  I smiled so big!  About an hour later I realized that there was actually ANOTHER gift within!  All three were given to me at the same time but I didn’t see them all at the same time.  As I kept thinking how amazing the first gift was and then realizing that the second part that went with it made it so complete!  I shared it with my friends…”see, look it is from God…it is not a coincidence”!  Then, as I continued to ponder on the whole thing and kept smiling and feeling so happy the third part came flooding into my soul!!!!  I was already convinced, but WOW!  How can ANYONE else doubt it now?  The last part was like the deal was signed, sealed and DELIVERED! 

I immediately hit my knees and cried out….OH THANK YOU ABBA…THANK YOU….

It is that moment you have been so longing for.  You needed your Father to lift your face up and smile and say….I am here…I have been…I have been listening, my sweet sweet daughter. 

Most of the time we know it.  We praise Him.  We thank Him.  Sometimes though you just need that special gift, that special touch!  Not every one will notice it or see it, but you KNOW that you KNOW!  Then these verses came to mind.

Psalm 46:10 (KJV)

10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)

10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Isaiah 43:10 (KJV)

10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

Isaiah 43:12 (KJV)

12 I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, that I am God.

Isaiah 44:6 (KJV)

Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.

Isaiah 45:18  (KJV)

18 For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else.

Isaiah 45:22 (KJV)

22 Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.

Isaiah 46:9 on (KJV)

Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,

So brothers and sisters, keep watch, keep listening and don’t miss the little things our Abba gives us!  All I can say is that I find myself wondering if those might just be some of the most special gifts of all!  It is all in the detail.  The details that can ONLY BE GOD!

Again….oh how I thank you Father!  Thank you for giving me the eyes to see!

Father in Heaven, Help Me

Help Me Be More Like You….I can’t do this on my own.

John 13:34-35
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Commentary

This new commandment speaks the truth in love. Loving one another as Jesus loved us is the gospel, because it communicates that we are His, that He is worthy, and that we are changed because He first loved us. Loving someone begins with selflessness and surrender. We surrender to God because we know we cannot love others like this without His help, without being loved this way by Him. It is selfless because to love others like this, we must set ourselves aside and deny ourselves daily. This is like Jesus laying down His authority and power and choosing to die on a cross so that we may truly live because of that sacrifice. Remember, Jesus said “Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” (Matthew 10:39) We find true life by loving one another as Jesus loves us.

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Father in Heaven, Show Me

John 14:5-7
Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”  Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
COMMENTARY
I can’t blame Thomas for asking this question. How do you get to somewhere, if you don’t have the somewhere? Jesus’ response reveals that directions are not necessary, and that they already have who they need to get to to God’s house. In fact, it’s not just Thomas that will need Jesus to get there: everyone who wants to get to God’s house needs to come to Christ. Jesus is the way because He is God the Son and He alone dealt with our sin. Our hope for heaven rests solely upon Christ. To know Jesus is to also know God the Father.

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What is Truth? Many are Searching and Many are Confused.

I am afraid that no matter what I say here I could have an argument with many. Why? I suppose because so many are lost and confused. That is because of the evil that is in this world. Not all lost people are evil people. Not all unbelieving people are evil people. All lost people are unsaved people.

Some will agree with me and some will say, “saved from what?”
Truth to me may not be truth to another. In that case then just what is truth? Is there even such thing as truth?

Galatians 1:6-8

I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.

John 8:31-33

31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

33 They answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?”

So, I say to seek the Lord with all your heart and soul and He will reveal the truth to you.  The evil one has come to steal and kill and to destroy.  Don’t be fooled by smooth words.  Measure everything by the word of God.  When you hear those who lead this world and say that we are all following the same God and we should all come and worship together I pray that you will really look at and listen to what is being said.  One group may believe Jesus was a man and a prophet but not believe that He is God and that He came and He died for you and me and for our sins so that we might have life.  So that cannot be the same god that I worship and believe in.  We must be on guard.  We must seek truth.  Be careful and be not deceived.

I will end with what I know to be my truth.

John 14:6

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Matthew 7:13-15

13 “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

Surrounded By Water and Sleeping Well…

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Something that most of us have felt here in the good old United States of America.  We have always had a terrific military we could count on to fight for our freedom and to keep us safe.  We were always far enough from all those we deemed as lunatics and we (until we hit a certain age?) usually felt like we could trust our government to do the right thing for us.  Ok, so I felt that way until a few years ago.

So what has changed?  Well besides EVERYTHING…I suppose a better question to ask is why has everything changed?

I know much of it is me who has changed.  I have a different idea of what is good and right than maybe I did when I was younger.  As I have grown closer to the Lord much of my views have changed.  I used to not be any better than the younger generations today at watching the things happening in the world.  I get frustrated with them now.  I think….dear Lord, and they are voting?  Yikes….that is scary when they are voting because of the color of someone’s skin and they want to just be able to say they were a part of it.  Next will be they just want a woman president and want to be a part of that.  I have nothing against either view as long as they are voting because they agree with the issues.  The thing is that most of the youth or a lot of the youth are not any different than I was at that young age.  They are young adults that are clueless and only want to know who might put more money in their pockets.  Thing is that I did not vote then.  Glad I did not.

So, back to my point.

Oh yes….we can sleep soundly at night because we are in America.  We are surrounded by big bodies of water and we have a big military.  We can sit and play video games all day and teach our children to do the same.  We can legalize pot and tell everyone it is no big deal.  Don’t smoke a cigarette though….(really?  think about it…good grief).  Then lets let out thousands of felony drug dealers and say, it is no big deal.  Then lets bring in 100,000’s of refugees, not the Christian ones, but the ones who would love nothing more than come here and have many children and over power us and or simply just kill us from the moment they arrive.  After all, how hard is it to kill a nation that is high on legal pot and while stoned they sit and play video games.

What about the so called Church?  Not saying I am much better, but we all are such push overs.  This group that runs this nation has us so afraid to open our mouths for fear we will be called bigots or that we might offend someone or that we are on a watch list because we believe in one true God!  We believe in Jesus Christ!  Our King of Kings!  Because we believe in the word of God and that it is the TRUTH!  We are against this new “we all should unify, after all we all believe in the same god.”

When will we stand?  When will we say enough is enough?  When will we stop saying it is ok because we don’t want to ruffle any feathers.  What should we do?  I don’t know all the answers, I know if we do not begin to do something we may find ourselves wishing we had of after it is toooooo late.

So, in light of everything how well should we be sleeping at night?  How safe are we really?  I cannot remember a time when we were hated more and respected less in the world than we are right now.

Climb out of bed!  Wash your face!  Let’s pray!  We cannot fix this thing, but maybe God will hear our prayers and give us more time, give our children and family more time to open their eyes before it is too late.

God have mercy on us all….God please watch over us even though we as a nation have told you to leave….many of us want you hear with us.  Guide us Lord God.  Walk with us and teach us your ways and show us the light on the path to you.  Help us not to be frightened by the sounds we hear that are created to distract us and to take our eyes off of the one and only true God that can save us.  Thank you for loving us and for forgiving us.  Thank you for not forsaking us.  Help us to stand firm and to hold on to You and Your word and the hope that lies within our faith in our Savior, our King.  In the name of Jesus Christ I ask these things and I give thanks.

AMEN

Need the One True King.

Are you weighed down?
Are you stressed out?
Are you at your breaking point?
Are you at a loss of how to move forward?

Dear brothers and sisters,  you need to do nothing special.  See a priest or a pope or anything.  ONLY to get on your knees and cru out to Jesus Christ.  He is our mediator to God the Father.  Jesus died on the cross for you and me. It WAS NOT A FAILURE, it was the plan of the Father so that we who believe and who call out to Jesus Christ and seek Him might be saved.  Stop trying to do it yourself and lean on Jesus Christ,  trust in Jesus Christ. 

Matthew 11:28-30

28 “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Thirsty

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Psalm 63:1-4
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.  I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.  Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.
Commentary
David is in the desert, thirsty for the Lord. Here we see worship of God and dependence on God infused in David’s life. Spend some time today meditating on vs. 3 and 4. God’s love is our life, because His love bought our life in Christ! Let praise spill authentically from your heart today in response to our God’s great, unfailing, and relentless love!

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Speak the Truth

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It seems to be the way many are headed today.  What?  Down the wrong path.  Pastors are leading many to eternal damnation and not eternal life.  In the book of Jude we read in verse 4  that many will be in the churches that will try to tear the children of the Lord apart and cause division and lead many in the wrong way. (I PARAPHRASED THAT).  I find it interesting that it says, long ago many were designated for this condemnation.  God warned us about everything.  We have to pull ourselves away from the things of this world and make time for Him and His word so that we are not deceived and we know the truth when we hear it.

We seem to have a huge movement saying there are many ways to get to Heaven.  There is more than one way to God. NO, THERE ISN’T!  

We must be careful and not go with the flow.  We are responsible too. We cannot blame not knowing the truth is the fault of someone else or because of our pastor.   They WILL answer to the Lord themselves for leading the flock the wrong way.   We will also have to stand before the Son of Man and we will have to answer why we didn’t know we were being deceived.   You see,  if we are reading the Bible,  the words of the Lord God, and we are following its instruction and are praying to our Father in heaven and are seeking Him and His righteousness and His divine wisdom.  IF we are doing these things will we not know the truth when we hear it?  Will we not know when we are hearing lies from the pulpit?   Yes, it means you may have to separate yourself from friends and family who are following false doctrine. Sometimes the path to the Lord God feels lonely.  God is with us and you are not alone.  You will find others along the path, it simply seems a path less traveled.  That is because it is. 

REMEMBERthere’s but one way to the Father in heaven and we are each responsible to know when we are on the wrong path.  We each must choose whom it is we will serve.   If you are unsure then cry out to God and ask Him to reveal Himself to you,  to reveal His truth to you.  To open your eyes and ears to see and hear the truth according to Him and not man.  He will not withhold the truth,  or His wisdom from any who seek Him and pray and ask for His guidance.

What Have You Read Lately?

Come

Take refuge from the coming judgement….

ISAIAH 26:20-21

20 Come, my people, enter your chambers,

And shut your doors behind you; 

Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, 

Until the indignation is past. 

21 For behold, the LORD comes out of His place

To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; 

The earth will also disclose her blood, 

And will no more cover her slain.

The Lord’s Love for Israel!

Isaiah 43. (Such a beautiful picture of our Father’s love in spite of the heartbreak we must dish out. )

1 But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.

2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

3 For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.

4 Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life. note

5 Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west;

6 I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth;

7 Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.

8 Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears.

9 Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, It is truth.

10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. note

11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

12 I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God.

13 Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it? note

14 Thus saith the LORD, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and have brought down all their nobles, and the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships. note

15 I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your King.

16 Thus saith the LORD, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters;

17 Which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power; they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow.

18 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.

19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

20 The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.

21 This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.
22 But thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob; but thou hast been weary of me, O Israel.

23 Thou hast not brought me the small cattle of thy burnt offerings; neither hast thou honoured me with thy sacrifices. I have not caused thee to serve with an offering, nor wearied thee with incense.

24 Thou hast bought me no sweet cane with money, neither hast thou filled me with the fat of thy sacrifices: but thou hast made me to serve with thy sins, thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities.

25 I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins.

26 Put me in remembrance: let us plead together: declare thou, that thou mayest be justified.

27 Thy first father hath sinned, and thy teachers have transgressed against me.

28 Therefore I have profaned the princes of the sanctuary, and have given Jacob to the curse, and Israel to reproaches.

Thank You Lord God Almighty ..thank You for loving is.

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