More To The Sermon On The Mount (Pastor Charles Lawson)

What Do You Need Today?

WARNING
WARNING
WARNING
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

“He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands”

Every nation, every kingdom, every state, every city, every town, every home, every mom, every dad, every child, every person.  YES, HE HAS ALL OF US.  He will keep you if you choose to and desire to want Him to guide you. Do you want to follow Him and trust Him in all things? Good times and bad times? You choose because He will not force you or me or anyone to take the refuge He offers.  This life is hard. It is also short.  One day if you choose to follow Him, this life will be but a blurred past and we have a beautiful future that we currently cannot imagine.
The song below is done beautifully.  I hope you listen.

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What is in Our Heart?

Colossians 3:15
15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. #Bible

Dear Father in Heaven,  please help each of us to see anything which needs cleansed from our hearts. Anything that should not be there.  Anything that will keep Your peace from taking complete rule of our hearts. Show each of us exactly what  we need to do in order to have pure hearts and clean hands so that we may be found worthy to escape all these things about to come upon the earth and so that we will be able to stand before the Son of Man.  Show us each day as we look up in anticipation waiting for the return of our Savior, show us anything that might be staining our garments so that we can repent of ANYTHING that would separate us from your holiness.
We thank You,  we praise You. ..in the name of Jesus we pray.

A Sign!

Isaiah 7:14-16
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.  He will be eating curds and honey when he knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right,  for before the boy knows enough to reject the wrong and choose the right, the land of the two kings you dread will be laid waste.

COMMENTARY
Isaiah goes to meet King Ahaz (of Judah), who is cowering in fear because two kings have joined forces to destroy Judah. The Lord tells Ahaz through Isaiah that the two kings will fail against Judah, and tells Ahaz this: “Unless your faith is firm, I cannot make you stand firm”. (Isaiah 7:9b NLT) Ahaz is worried, and the Lord knows it. The Lord again sends a message to Ahaz telling him to request a sign of confirmation from God, as difficult as he wants. Isaiah 7:12 says, “But the king refused. ‘No,’ he said ‘I will not test the Lord like that.'” It is not testing God if He tells you to ask for a sign. Today’s verse is the Lord Himself giving a sign to Ahaz about the things to come. Through this experience, we catch yet another glimpse of the coming promise of Jesus Christ, the Messiah.

Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.
http://www.verse-a-day.com/Apps

God, why?

I feel pretty sure we have all asked this question at some point in our lives. Speaking from my own experience I have certainly cried out to God more than once. I am not talking about questioning of any sorts but I mean the gut wrenching painful questions. I have had things hurt my heart so bad that I really wanted to just die rather than to go on another minute in this life.

Can anyone relate to what I am saying?

I think as we age we have different issues in life of varying degrees of things that are painful to us. Although I have had painful experiences in my own life I know there are many others who have had much more pain in their lives. We have probably all either asked or have been asked the question, “Why would a loving God allow such a thing to happen? ”

I recently had a friend who had a family member who had lost two babies over a few years span. She lost one while pregnant and then lost a baby who was 7 weeks old. As she spoke about the situation we both shook our heads and got tears in our eyes as we thought of our own now grown children. I sat silently and thought about what I would have done. I thought about the pain I could only imagine. I know as a mother losing one child would be more than I believe I could handle, but two? I usually am full of encouraging words to speak to others but that evening I found myself completely empty of words to speak.

God has caused me to reflect on this and I pray He uses me to speak encouragement to someone through this blog.

God loves us!
Isaiah 41:10 (esv) Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous hand.

That really says a lot! If our lives are going great everyday then it is pretty easy to stay content. When we are content do you need anything? Anyone? We are to seek God with all our heart and soul and for me sometimes God has to allow things into my life so that I simply put, get my attention back on Him, where it needs to be.

Psalms 147:3 (esv) He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Pain is not what we look forward to or something we like but when He heals our hearts we can certainly feel His great love. When the pain is behind me, or the first of it, the most intense part, it is then that I can see Him working in my life. See Him molding and reshaping my life. Although painful, there is always a place where the sun begins to shine again.

Psalms 62:8 (esv) Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.

What do you do when the pain is at the greatest and you do not see a way or even desire a way to go on? You go to your private place and you cry and pray and beyond anything else you trust that God has your best in His plan and it will be used to bring glory to Him. Nothing and I mean nothing is in vain.

Romans 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

Need I say anything on this one? Soak in that verse and it’s really deep meaning.

God bless each of you

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Quick Facts on Roman Catholicism

http://www.sounddoctrine.net/Nick/Questions_Roman_Catholicism_pope.htm Have you ever wondered about the pope? I always heard that Catholic faith is wrong and heard things like, “they worship Mary” and so on. I was watching something on the Vatican and it said something about how the pope stood in place for Christ. WHAT? That led me on a search and I found this article. Whatever you believe I hope the Holy Spirit speaks truth into your heart soul and mind. I pray the same for myself.

Tradition

About three years ago I started a new Christmas tradition. My grandchildren are all living in other states because my sons serve in the US Navy. It is hard to share things with your grandchildren that have meaning with 1,300 miles between you.

BACKGROUND
For many years I was a single mother. When I say single I mean the ONLY parent in two boys lives. My dad passed away when I was 27 and my oldest son was 10 and my youngest was 4. My dad was the only good constant male model my oldest ever knew. My mom was still living but she was lost without my dad. She had a horrible childhood and my dad met her when she was 19 and married her within the first month. He was the only person good in her life and so she went off the deep end which left me completely on my own with two boys counting on me.

I should have already been grown up (but always had in the back of my mind my daddy would always toss me a few dollars when I needed it-which he did and without me asking, he simply just knew).

I am simply saying I had my share of hard times and it was usually due to poor choices and not really knowing the Lord. This was about the time I learned to not only lean on a God I did not really know but also got to know Him.

When you do not have anything and no where to turn you have two choices….continue falling and taking my kids no where fast or look up and cling to God, my true Father.

BACK TO NOW
God blessed me and my boys so much through every little bad time even when they felt scary and overwhelming. I want to pass that on now that my oldest is 30 and not 10 I have seen Gods grace and mercy and blessings.

I was never a mom who put her kids on an angel tree or asked for any help. We had what we had. We were budgeted to the last dollar. One gallon of milk had to last all week because there was no more. My kids did not get great presents at Christmas and were excited to open up new socks.

I do give at work for families who are on angel trees and food banks but my personal thing is for families as I was. Nothing wrong with angel trees but I always thought that was for people who were really in need. We had beans and potatoes for food and had a roof over our head and therefore were not in need.

TRADITION
I get Christmas cards, 2 or 3 for me and one for my granddaughter. I put a written note inside the card (obviously I don’t know their need). I pray God gives me the right scripture to put in the card AND put cash in the card. I go out to a Wal-Mart or something on the Friday before Christmas. I chose that day because when I was a struggling mom I might have to take a few dollars from that final paycheck before Christmas to buy that one little thing my child will get or something for your meal to make it feel a little more special than the normal brown beans. My granddaughter takes hers out and finds that special person the Holy Spirit sends her way and I take mine out. This year I was able to put $100.00 in each card. I wrote in the card if they don’t need the money then pass it to someone who does but that the scripture written in the card is a word from God to them. I know no matter if it is the money or God’s word or simply seeing someone do something kind in this selfish mean world that God is meeting their need. I know when God shows me the person to give it to and sometimes it takes a little searching but when I know I know.

In my past that would have been huge if someone walked up to me and simply said Merry Christmas and handed me a card and then walked away. I would have no doubt known the…$ and the verse…God’s word were message from Him and delivered from a stranger with no strings attached! I LOVE IT….it is simply the highlight of my Christmas every year!

God bless you and your family!

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