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Pruned for Better Fruit

Luke 8:15 KJVS

But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it , and bring forth fruit with patience.


My prayer.

Dear Father in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy Kingdom come on earth as it is in Heaven.
Abba Father, please never give up on me. CHANGE MY HEART, MY MIND, MY SOUL. Make the DESIRES OF MY HEART ONLY be that which is pleasing to YOU! Help me not to be distracted by the evil in this wicked world. Help me not to be fearful of anything in this world. Help me to trust YOU in ALL ways. Help me Abba Father to live my life from this day forward, different, better, producing good fruit. Good fruit for all to see. Good fruit that does not glorify me BUT glorifies YOU, the Father of all who believe and who love and who receives your only begotten son Jesus Christ and what He has done for all who will receive Him. Jesus Christ died, shed His blood, took the wrath that He didn’t deserve but it was the wrath which all who sin, every person alive or now dead deserves. Jesus Christ has already won the victory over death that we who believe might have eternal life. This is who our fruit should glorify, the Father. Help me to live my life in such a way that all will know that I love You. Not because I am so great, BUT because Jesus Christ first loved us so that we might be able to love. That is the only way we might possibly be able to love others. Thank You Jesus, I praise Your Holy name and ask all these things in Your most Holy name. Amen

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Power

1 Corinthians 1:18 KJV

For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

We will look at 3 kinds here. (This is my 2 cents worth so, take it as such.)


What is power?

  • Money
  • Knowledge
  • Control

Is power good or bad?

  • I think money can be good or bad. Depends on whose hands it is in and if used to help others or used for bribery, drugs, or anything not of God’s purposes.
  • Knowledge is once again dependent upon where you obtain it, what kind you obtain. Is it the knowledge of God or some type of worldly knowledge?
  • Control of anyone apart from self control is bad. We should never in anyway try to control what another thinks or does as long as they are capable people and not in need due to disabilities but even then you would only help t h em make decisions but not in controlling things. (You know what I am trying to say here.)

Does man desire power?

  • Evil or carnal men desire all the money they can obtain. A godly man would accept money to serve God with by helping those in need and therefore glorifying God.
  • Carnal man may or may not seek knowledge. A godly man seeks the knowledge of God.
  • Carnal man seeks to control others only for evil purposes whether he realizes it or not. I think most of us do this in some form and often unknowingly simply by trying to control a situation that could cause us to be more uncomfortable if we don’t control it. Even that is wrong. Self-control is the only control we should practice.

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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Need Someone to Pray for You? Read to the Last Part…Jesus Prays for Us…

JOHN 17

Prayer for the Son

1These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: 2As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. 3And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 4I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 5And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

Prayer for the Disciples

6I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. 7Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. 8For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. 9I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. 10And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them. 11And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are. 12While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

13And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 15I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. 16They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. 17Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 18As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

Prayer for all Believers

20Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; 21That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

22And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: 23I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me. 24Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

25O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. 26And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

Family

1 John 4:10-11

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.

Are You Reading Today?

Romans 15:4

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

My Father Is…..

John 8:42-47
Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech? even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth God’s words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God.

COMMENTARY 

In verses 31-32 Jesus says, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Jesus is addressing Jews who have believed Him, yet knowing their hearts He clarifies that they need to be set free. His audience is having a difficult time understanding why they need to be set free. Jesus responds that everyone who sins is a slave to sin. He confront them more by saying, “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires.” Satan is in the business of twisting truth into lies and these folks are unable to see Jesus as the truth: the only way to God the Father. Holy Spirit, protect us from being unable to hear the truth. Reveal to us any corrupt allegiance that we have to evil, and let the light of Christ illuminate our hearts.

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God Still Speaks

This morning a friend of mine sent me this headline from the paper.  Notice the advertisement in the light grey just above the headline!  You cannot made this stuff up!

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 See, you cannot say that God does not have a sense of humor!  Getting someone’s attention maybe?  Sin…murder…held without bond!  Repent and accept the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior and He will pardon you!  You will still maybe have to pay a price for what you did here but you can still be forgiven and have eternal life!  The SIN should be held but the man’s soul CAN be free if he chooses to accept the free gift today!  GOD IS GOOD…

 

Anyone Hurting? 

Pray one for another. 

Galatians 6:1

Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

The Mind of God (Pastor Charles Lawson)

TESTIFY! 

Does anyone ever have this battle going on within yourself?  You know, bad days at work, frustration.  Toss in a sprinkle of hot sauce and a whole bagful of the insanity we keep watching daily and I begin to get a little distraught.  I begin to feel great saddness.  Not over leaving this mess of a place but for all those who are so lost and clueless.  Then I get frustrated and mad and have a pity party.  I have thoughts in my head like ‘what kind of Christian are you?  Christians should be happy and joyous!  Maybe you aren’t.’  I ran across these verses and realized that we do get down.   1St Peter 1:2-7 My focusbis on 6 and 7 here.

6..We greatly rejoice  (about verse 5), though now for a SEASON,  IF NEED BE, ye are in HEAVINESS through manifold temptations:  

Of course then it goes on to say that the trial of our faith is…..
Trials are hard, tests are hard.  They are normally stressful and often an internal struggle.   Thank God for the hope that we have in Christ Jesus! Repent for my lousy attitude and pick myself up and get back in the race!  After all, we  are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses , let us lay aside every weight , and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and run the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Hebrews 12:2-2…
Hallelujah and praise the Lord God and Amen!  

Someone feel like they want to TESTIFY?   

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Not sure what is wrong.  Seems a little worse than normal.  When I read the picture I posted I think people who have battled depression might actually be able to look back on a time when they were happy.

I read it and I immediately thought that I don’t remember when that might be.  I remember when I was 11 and sitting on my bed in my room alone and thinking there was something wrong with me and I just wanted to sit in there all alone.  I am 52 and I still feel like that most of the time. 

Happy days?  I have had them.  One here, one there.  Days I have spent crying or simply lonely even though people are around are far more easy to remember.

I am happier left to myself.  Is that ok?  It seems like the world tells you that you must be surrounded by others to really be happy.  Then again, why listen to this world?  I cut myself off from this world because I do not feel apart of this horrible and wicked place.  I don’t see a future for myself.  No family around.  Most people my age are wrapped up in grandchildren.  Mine live far away and don’t even know me with the exception of hoping for $$ from that lady who always sends it at my birthday and at Christmas. 

I know…I know….don’t go quoting scripture.  I won’t go and kill myself.  I have hope in Jesus Christ.  If I had no hope then I certainly would not still be here.  I assure you it would be pointless.  I have hope.  I am currently having a really hard time showing that hope right now.  That distresses me even more because I don’t want to disappoint God.  I know this is not His desire for me.  Yet, this world is sick and it sickens me.  It vexes my soul to the core.  Should I not be full of joy of the Lord? 

Sorry guys.

I really don’t even know what to say.

Pray for me please.

Under Attack! 

This weekend I spent a lot of alone time with my Saviour.   It was time well spent.   

Yesterday I had told a fellow sister in Christ and a blogger that I know I had fallen down as of late regarding spending time in prayer.   Today the following verse came to me via my daily verse on my phone.   The commentary came with it.  Couldn’t be more fitting.   Not to mention that about two weeks ago I used the verse that is noted in the commentary to encourage a brother in Christ.  The day after I had given it to him I continued to know it was also for me and it had been on my mind.  Today it is all combined in one.  

God is so good to me…all the time!

Colossians 4:2
Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

Commentary 

Devotion to prayer applies to our everyday lives and is vital to our relationship with Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Through prayer we share our hearts with God, and He wants to speak to us as well. It is a two way conversation, and a lifeline of our faith. In 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”.

Verse/Commentary courtesy of ‘Verse-A-Day’ android app.

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Head’s UP! Where are You Looking?

We all want to be a winner!   We all want to be the one to catch the ball! 

  • Are you prepared?
  • Are you dressed for the game?
  • Do you know all the rules?
  • Do you have a good coach?
  • Is your team ready?  Practiced up?

Are you and all your team-mates too busy playing around or squabbling over little things to be paying attention to what you should be?  Are you going to find yourself wondering what just happened AND it is only because you have been horsing around instead of WATCHING and LISTENING?

Are you too busy worrying about YOURSELF?  Too busy taking selfies to post on your favorite social media site so that everyone knows how GREAT YOU LOOK or so that everyone knows where you are and what you are doing, after all it IS all about YOU right?

These little ones are setting a pretty good example!  They are dressed!  They are watching!  Sun might be in their eyes but they are doing their best!

Our coaches, or our world leaders, or whoever it might be are figuring it all out for us.  RIGHT?  I mean we have nothing to worry about because our coaches will tell us when we need to worry or watch or be concerned.   Our news on TV will certainly be telling us the truth.  NO WORRIES!  CARRY ON…TAKE YOUR SELFIES….NO NEED TO KNOW THE RULES TO THE GAME…NO NEED!  Our leaders will tell you WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW WHEN YOU NEED TO KNOW IT!

So, you may be asking….WHAT IS YOUR POINT TODAY LADY?  I am not following…..

First point is that in case you have not noticed things are getting crazier by the day!  In the past we may have heard the beats of the war drums.  We may have found ourselves a little nervous or anxious at times. 

This morning I found myself thinking about the saying we all have heard.  “When they are trying to make you watch this ‘big silly thing over here’, then you might want to look a different direction because there is probably something else you need to be paying attention to.  They might be trying to distract you from what your concerns really should be over.

This morning I was trying to see if anyone got blown up during the night while I slept.  Did anything change on the world stage?  Lately every hour something new is happening!  I mean, it is hard to even know which direction to watch.  Who wants to wipe us off the planet?  I began to think about baseball.  I started thinking if you are in the outfield and you are not paying attention or not looking in the right direction when that ball is headed for you then you WILL NOT BE PREPARED!  We have something possible from many directions.  Is the ball going to be thrown at us by the Russians?  By the Iranians?  By the Chinese?  By North Korea?  Then we must ask…who is even on who’s team?  We have watched alliances form between Russia and Turkey.  Russia and China.  Russia and Iran.  Russia and Syria.  Russia and Israel.  There are many more but these seem to be the ones coming to my mind at the moment.  I really did not expect those to be the ones I thought of.  Since they did I have to say how interesting it is that Russia is a common denominator between the few I listed.

So, WHAT direction do we look?  Do we watch for the Russians?  Do we watch Syria?  Do we watch Iran?  Do we watch China?  Do we watch N. Korea?  How about all the evil ones sitting in Afghanistan? 

May I suggest that if you or myself or anyone else is asking this question then it is time to get out the rule book and figure it out and quick!

Yes, the Holy Bible is our only truth!  Our only rulebook!  This book of the word of God is really all we need.

Matthew 10:28 (below)

Mat_10:28  And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

First, this verse tells us to FEAR NOT.  Actually the phrase “fear not” pulled up 62 times in the KJV both old and new testament.

Luk 21:28  And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. 

What things?  When do we stop looking at everything coming at us and LOOK UP?

Luk 21:25  And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; 

Luk 21:26  Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. 

Is it just me or has everything gone haywire in the last few years?  So, we need to not listen to what the news tells us or what the leaders say or what the scientists say.  They all have an excuse for this or that.  Keep your eyes on the only ONE that matters!  Keep looking up!  Don’t let wars and rumors of wars cause you distress.  The world is freaking out.  Nature is freaking out.  The seas are freaking out.  It is enough to cause everyone to come unhinged.  We must repent and cry out to God!  Repent!  Admit we are sinners and in GREAT NEED for our Savior Jesus Christ!  Believe it as a child!  Accept His free gift!  Ask Him to begin to change you, clean you up, wash you up.  Give you new desires in your heart, desires that line up with His desires for us.  Ask Him to help us to love Him more and more every single day!  Seek Him with our whole being!

Jesus Christ is coming for His bride.  I do not know the day nor the hour.  I do know we are in the season.  The question should be….”Will we be ready?”

The Lesson of the Fig Tree

Luk 21:29  And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; 

Luk 21:30  When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. 

Luk 21:31  So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. 

Luk 21:32  Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled. 

Luk 21:33  Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away. 

Watch Yourselves

Luk 21:34  And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 

Luk 21:35  For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 

Luk 21:36  Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.