Beautiful testimony. ..moving from darkness to the light. The true light. Not a light that can be blown out but a light that will shine brightly wherever it goes! Jesus Christ still lives! He is still coming to all to seek Him, to all who cry out to Him, to any who hear Him knocking on their hearts ! He loves you and wants to come in. You have to ask Him, you have to open the door and don’t give up, keep seeking the only One who has the power to save! God bless you all. God is not finished yet!
What does ALL THINGS really mean? Are the two words complicated? Can they mean more than one thing? Can they really mean SOME things? How about a FEW things?
I know this has been a favorite of mine for years. When you read it and hold it and sit with it for awhile. Pray about it. You begin to see the deep things if God.
When things are going well and the way we like then to go it is easy to quote this verse and throw it at others as you mean well but maybe you haven’t really absorbed the flip side of it for yourself. When things really stink, when God isn’t answering the way you desire, when your life seems like it is completely falling apart. When this is happening and you can read this scripture and pray it back to the Lord God. Believe that even though right now while hurting and while you cannot see how anything good can come from this horrible thing that is happening. Read it, believe it and trust the Lord God Almighty with all of it. Ask Him to help you to see that even this thing He can use for good and in the end to bring glory to Himself.
Give Him ALL THE PRAISE! We thank You in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. ..our Lord and Savior. Amen
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
There is POWER in the Names of the Lord God Almighty!
He is the Only answer to all of your needs.
Whatever you need today you will find it with the One True God. BE PREPARED TO PRAISE HIS NAME as you begin to listen.
I AM 365 Names of God
Billy Crone – (Personal Testimony) – Las Vegas 2012 Sunrise Baptist Church
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?
6 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— 7 not that there is another one, but there are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. 8 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.
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.
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
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.
Things are really getting crazy out there and seems darker by the day. Yet….God is still on the throne and He is still working!
INSERTION===(The morning I wrote this I emailed to a group of ladies I work with and we had been doing a bible study at work at lunch one day a week. I thought they would all agree how wonderful this was but instead I saw quite the opposite and it really broke my heart. Again, I guess it just goes to show that you never know who may be sitting next to you in church or wherever and claims to be a believer in Jesus Christ, well lets just say they might be deceiving themselves.) Now, back to my story.
So, this morning while getting ready for work a verse came to my mind. I put 3 of my favorite versions below.
Habakkuk 1:5 (NIV)
“Look at the nations and watch— and be utterly amazed. For I am going to do something in your days that you would not believe, even if you were told.
“Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.
“Look among the nations! Observe! Be astonished! Wonder! Because I am doing something in your days– You would not believe if you were told.
So, while thinking about these I asked the Lord….”hmmmmm , So are You about to do something utterly amazing so that Your name might be glorified for all to see??? “
On my drive into work this morning the radio station I listen to KLRC read this news article. (After hearing it I thought…”How amazing! Thank you Lord for the town that is trying to be a light in the darkness!” John 1:5 (NIV) The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. Matthew 5:16 (NIV) In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:15 (NIV) Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand and it gives light to everyone in the house. I could not help but think back to when I was getting ready for work this morning when the Habakkuk verse came to my mind. I gotta give it to this town for doing this KNOWING they will surely end up getting some grief for it. I will say that after all the police drama these days and how everyone seems to under appreciate them and what they do for us daily with the exception of a few bad apples that I was amazed this town is pulling together and taking a stand! Praise the Lord!!
People Positive Over Bible Verse On Pottsville Police Car By STEPHANIE SHARP | firstname.lastname@example.org Published 09/30 2015 10:19PMUpdated 09/30 2015 11:51PM
POTTSVILLE, Ark. – A small police force in the river valley is getting some new decor. In addition to sirens and lights, you’ll see a bible verse on one of its cruisers. In the small town of just about three thousand, Pottsville Mayor Jerry Williams says you can find a common theme across the community. “[We have] four churches on one block,” Williams said, “We have a religious based community, and that’s shown in what we do around here.” When the police department came to him asking to put a bible verse on the back of a cruiser, he agreed. “I felt like this was a very good thing, and I went ahead and gave my okay for it,” Williams said. The verse is Matthew 5:9, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” “There is a lot of good feedback from it. A lot of people have mentioned that this is a good thing,” Williams said. People who live in Pottsville are glad it’s there. “It shows respect to the people we let take care of us and protect our community,” Brandy Price. Williams and Prince say they believe some people may not agree with it. “They have their own options and they have their right to that,” Prince said. “There is going to be opposition, there is opposition in about everything you do,” Williams said. Williams says, for now, it’s here to stay. “You may not believe like we do, you may not live like our community does, but this is something our community believes in,” Williams said. The verse is only on one vehicle now, but the department hopes to expand. A spokesperson for the ACLU says since the verse comes from the New Testament it is favoring one religion over another and could become a first amendment establishment of religion case. However, it has to be brought forward by a citizen in the community.
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.
The song at the end was posted by “RevelationNow101”.
1 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. 4 They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. 5 There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.
The Time Is Near
6 Then he said to me, “These words are faithful and true.
7 “Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”
8 Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things.
9 Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” 10 And he said to me, “Do not seal the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. 11 He who is unjust, let him be unjust still; he who is filthy, let him be filthy still; he who is righteous, let him be righteous still; he who is holy, let him be holy still.”
Jesus Testifies to the Churches
12 “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.”
14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, hand may enter through the gates into the city. 15 But outside are dogs and sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.
16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.
18 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
I Am Coming Quickly
20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”
Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
I am going to start something new. I believe we need prayer. We need a lot of prayer. The world is full of hurting people. Lonely people. Scared people. People in denile. Frankly we are a people who are in need of a savior. Not a savior but THE SAVIOR! Jesus Christ.
Will any of you join me in prayer? I wonder what God might do when His people call on His name? Each day I post will be for a prayer of a different situation. If you agree with me in prayer with each new post then just click the like button and join me.
Dear Lord God Almighty, we come humbly before you.
Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For His name alone is exalted;
His glory is above earth and heaven.
14-And He has lifted up a horn for His people,
Praise for all His godly ones;
Even for the sons of Israel, a people near to Him.
Praise the Lord!
Lord, we lift up our brothers and sisters all over the world to you. We ask that you would rescue them in their afflictions. We know that NONE of us deserves for You to hear us. Not one of us is good enough to come near your throne. Yet, you are a merciful God. A forgiving God. You don’t want any of your children to parish and only want us to repent and come to you…draw near to you. Hear our cries. Forgive us, not because we deserve it but because You are God and You do that which You choose to do.
Lord, we pray for all those who are being tortured by ISIS. All the women and children being raped over and over and being forced to marry. Free them Lord, hear their cries, see their tears. Wipe them from their eyes. Give them strength to keep their minds on You, keep their focus on the One who can save, the One who gives life in spite of the death that may be staring them in the face. Show Your glory to them! May the hope that we have that ONLY comes from You, may it be restored to all those hurting. May the Holy Spirit fall upon them and lift them high! I pray for their families who may be filled with anxiety would rest in You. Rest in the King of Kings and the Creator of all things. Fill them with the wisdom and knowledge that comes from You. Fill them with the peace that only You can give.
I also pray for those who are part of ISIS. I pray that they would see You and it might fill them with a terror that even they have never seen even doing all that they are. I pray that You might use just one Lord. Use just one to set a captive free. I pray that one by one their lives might be changed because they have seen You…God Almighty…the One True God….the Alpha and Omega…the Beginning and the End…the First and the Last!
I pray Lord that You would begin to move across the nations of the world and that Your mighty Spirit would be felt all around the world. That people who are touched by You, who get a glimpse of who You are would be forever changed! They would be people with changed hearts and a renewing of their minds. They might go forth and serve You as they never dreamed they would or even could. The world might be filled with the testimony of what the Lord God has done for them and in them.
Lord, Your word says that nothing is impossible with You! NOTHING! Forgive us for thinking too small. Help us to have bigger expectations when it comes to what You can do! Help us to become bolder because we have a faith that is strong in the One who was and is able to do ALL things!
We praise Your most Holy Name! We thank You for all these things we have asked. We ask all these things in the name of Your precious son Jesus Christ. We lift up the name of Jesus and we exalt You Lord. Blessed be the name of the Lord. Amen
Is your heart heavy?
Are you guilty of an offense?
Is your heart shattered into piece?
Are you sad and bitter?
Is the world and everything in it against you?
Are you ready? Cry out to the One who can heal all things, yes-even yours and my broken spirit. Not one of us is worthy, but with God all things are possible.
No matter what you have done…come now and seek the Lord and humble yourself before Him and He will hear your cry.
7 Let the wicked forsake his way
And the unrighteous man his thoughts;
And let him return to the Lord,
And He will have compassion on him,
And to our God,
For He will abundantly pardon.
These are the craziest days I have lived in! I have lived in fear before, but today, in this world, it is a NEW sort of fear. Everyday it is something new! This morning on my way to church I found my mind drifting yet again to the trouble of this world and then suddenly the verses below came to mind. Again, I had great peace.
Jesus Calms the Storm
22 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. 23 As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger.
24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. 25 “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”
I heard a teacher once point out that in verse 22 Jesus did not tell the disciples to go it alone. Jesus said, LET’S go over to the other side of the lake. In my mind this is a very important nugget! I think sometimes watching the world news can be frightening but we need to be aware of what is going on. We must always watch so we are not caught off guard. It is important to know that we may just now be seeing things happening but the storm is not surprising The Lord. He knows everything. He never has to say…”WOW, I did not see that coming so I guess I will go to plan B.”
So if you feel yourself feeling anxious because the world is getting out of control just remember that YOU never had control of any of it to begin with! Remember that we never have to go it alone. Have faith in the ONLY ONE we can ever truly count on.
Who is yours?
What is yours?
Think about all the things you enjoy. You just might surprise yourself.
About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way. A silversmith named Demetrius, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in a lot of business for the craftsmen there. He called them together, along with the workers in related trades, and said: “You know, my friends, that we receive a good income from this business. And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that gods made by human hands are no gods at all. There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited; and the goddess herself, who is worshiped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty.”
A riot breaks out in Ephesus. Industry is suffering because a business is largely dependent upon idol worship. The gospel is reaching people, they are turning away from idols that represent other gods, and the human hands making the idols are out business. I’ve heard people say that they cannot live without their smartphone or tablet. These kind of things are tools, but we have the capacity to worship any and all of them. Who is on the throne of your heart? Is it Jesus Christ, or is there a pretender on the throne that makes sure you have everything you want, instead of everything you need? Demetrius feels threatened, like he might lose his way of life. Luke 9:24 says, “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it.” Lose the idols, and lose yourself to Jesus.
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.
“When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the armor in which the man trusted and divides up his plunder. “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.
There is always someone stronger, except when we are talking about the Lord God. No one is stronger or mightier than He. If we place our trust in our own power, we secure ourselves, our family, and our futures in a limited way. However, placing our trust in Christ and seeking to depend fully upon Him and the power of the living God can protect us from anything. In Christ we live under the sovereignty and authority of God trusting in Him for all that we need, and in His perfect timing for all things in our lives. Let your armor be the armor of God, and let your faith be unwavering because Jesus is always enough and He cannot be overcome.
Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.