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James 1:5-6 (need wisdom?)

3 Characteristics of Godly Wisdom.

  1. Practical (overcome trials not having you free from them)

  2. Divine (beyond common sense, common sense does not lead you to joy in the midst of trials)

  3. Christ like (asking for wisdom from God is asking to be Christ like and not self centered or looking for wisdom for revenge )

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Do You Feel Used?

So often it is hard to see the good in things. Especially when we can be feeling abused by those around us. I have been reminded this morning about the verse in James that says to count it all joy … James 1:2-3 (KJV) My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.

2 Corinthians 2:14

Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.


Commentary

It is so gracious of God to choose to use us. He didn’t have to include us in His plans, and He doesn’t have to use us to accomplish His purposes. Out of His great love however, He decided not only to provide for us the opportunity to triumph in Christ through salvation, but to share the gospel message through us. We are blessed to be involved in God’s story. May our lives portray the life of Christ!

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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?   

Father’s Day (in 1992 it was June 21st)

I can remember that day 25 years ago like it was yesterday. My memory of about a 45-minute time span appears in my mind as a video from another perspective. It is like it was filmed by someone who was not even there and I was nothing but an actor. I could see it all as though I was about 15 feet above the unfolding drama.

I have had many things in my life prior to this moment that were very despairing and although they had a great impact on my life, they each almost made my heart or my attitude harden. I used each thing that hurt me deeply to build a wall so that would not happen to me again! What I did not realize was that hardening of one’s heart does not make one stronger. My heart was deceiving me. I would rise up and say…never again.

This day was different. This moment in time felt as though it destroyed me. It felt like someone reached inside of me and turned me inside out!

That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 1Pe 1:7 KJV

Faith? I have to ask myself as I look back on that time. How much faith did I have? At the same time it was perfect timing for God to allow this.

 

Have you heard the saying “be careful what you ask for because you just might get it”?

 

It had only been maybe 4 or 5 weeks or so before, I had been up late and as I turned the channels on TV I stopped on a channel of a man preaching. I felt convicted deeper than in the past. I fell to my knees in front of the couch and prayed so hard. Tears streamed down my face and I said change me, change my life, whatever it takes. I want my life to be yours. I meant it. I had said this before and meant it before but it felt deeper this time.

 

I remember the very next day I went to the mailbox and there was a letter written to me from my husband. (Yes, we were still living together he was just always working.) You can imagine my puzzlement. Why would my husband have mailed me a letter? It was thick and certainly not a one pager. I remember going to my bedroom and sitting on the bed and opening this and began to read it. My husband had been what I now call the CON-MAN. He was an excellent liar! Not something one usually wants to list on a resume’. I always caught him in lies. I would question him several ways so as not to end up thinking I was making more of something than I should be. I would ask it in so many ways that it would be clear and he would only hang himself. So, this was literally a suicide letter. (or was it really?) He was working for an insurance company and he began to tell how he had been embezzling from it, he had been scamming the system.

He also went all the way back to the beginning when we met. He came clean with lies he had told me. Things he made up about his life before he met me. I suppose these things were supposed to make me fall for him more? Those things would not have changed that I fell for him. But, at that moment they changed everything. WOW, I did not even know this man. We had a son together. Yet EVERYTHING that I still had thought was true about him was ALSO A LIE. Who was this man I was married to?

 

I remember crying out to the Lord God, sort of tears and laughter. “What God? I said to change my life but what is this??? What on earth do I do with this?”

 

Shortly after my mother and father in law came to my door. They had also received a letter. His boss had received a letter. (Personally, I think it was one more con because he knew he was about to get busted and so he was going to play on the emotions of those closest to him in order to get the sympathy to get him out of the hot water he had created for himself. You see his boss was also very close friends of his mom and dad and that is how he got the job in the first place. So, a letter to him would make sense. He would only fire him and charges for embezzlement would not happen.)

 

That is not what happened on June 11th. That was a few weeks before. He was supposed to be going to counseling and our marriage was totally over. This was all just a prelude to June 11th.

 

June 11th. It was only myself and my two sons at home in our small apartment that morning. I had a weight lifting bench set up between the kitchen and the living room. The phone rang and my oldest son (from a previous marriage) answered the phone. He was 9 and his little brother was 3. My son told me it was grandma (my mom). I was living in Michigan and my parents lived in Arkansas where I was born and raised. I get on the phone and my mom tells me she has bad news. Your daddy died this morning. WHAT?

 

I dropped the phone to the floor. I fell to the floor and just kept crying and screaming NO…NO…NOOOO. It was loud. Phone still laying in the floor where I dropped it, I was just screaming and ran through the living room and into my bedroom and fell onto the bed and cried and screamed until I got it all out. Then I just stopped. It was not real. I will never see my daddy again? Not him, God, why not mom….not my dad. (mom and I had always had issues…mom and daughter issues). I got up and went back to the phone. She told me she would let me know about arrangements. My two little boys had just sat down on that weight bench. They were sitting there when I ran into the bedroom. I can see them from the memory of that moment. They had to have been scared. They knew something horrible had to have happened. They had never seen me react like that. They were afraid to move, to say a word.

 

What was God doing? I asked Him to take my life a few weeks before and my life seemed to spiral even more out of control.

 

So, what do the scriptures say before this one I put at the beginning of this blog about trials?

 

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1Pe 1:3 KJV

To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 1Pe 1:4 KJV

Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1Pe 1:5 KJV

Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 1Pe 1:6 KJV

We see in verse 6 it says we BECAUSE OF verses 3-5 we will GREATLY REJOICE! BUT…now for a season (or a period of time…long or short), IF NEED BE, we will be in HEAVINESS (in the Greek means, sadness, sorrowfulness, distress, grieve).

 

Heaviness of what? Verse 6 says through manifold temptations. What does that mean?

Manifold – Of uncertain derivation; motley, that is, various in character: – divers, manifold. (Means many different; many different colors; many different things.)

Temptation- From G3985; a putting to proof (by experiment [of good], experience [of evil], solicitation, discipline or provocation); by implication adversity: – temptation,

So, we during this time before Jesus Christ returns for His children we have a big chance of being saddened and distressed by many different temptations or trials.  Temptations are as stated above trial by putting to proof by experiment of good or experience of evil.  Solicitation, discipline or provocation by implication adversity…temptation.

As I said at the beginning of this blog, I had taken bad experiences and built up a wall saying NEVER AGAIN.  Never again will someone hurt me like this.  Never again will I be taken advantage of.  Never again will I love someone to that degree.  Never again will I be walked out on but I will walk out first.  NEVER AGAIN.

After my dad died I began to learn I HAD NO CHOICE BUT TO TRUST AND LEAN ON GOD, JESUS CHRIST AS MY SAVIOUR.  Faith would begin to grow.  My life forever changed that day.  It was a sad day but I would not change it for anything.  I lost my daddy but I was truly beginning to be introduced to my eternal Father in Heaven!

 

Hope?  Have You Looked at What is Happening Around You? 

1 Peter 3:15 
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the HOPE that is in you with meekness and fear: 

How can we have hope. I  know more days than not it is tough to find it and hang onto it throughout the day.  Holding onto it simply for your own sanity without trying to put a smile on your face and convincing others you have hope!  Right? Can anyone relate to what I am saying?

Well, first off we have NO HOPE if we are looking to this messed up world to provide it for us.  This place gets more hopeless by the day!  We first must know God!   We must know His word and seek Him daily.   

Let’s see what the infallible word of God has to say regarding hope.

1 Thessalonians 2:19

For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? 

I find it interesting that in the verse just before 19, the end of verse 18 it says….

But Satan hindered us.

Paul is telling his brothers and sisters that he would have come to them to continue to encourage them and help them but he has been hindered by Satan and that this was temporary and he cannot be with them in presence but HE IS WITH THEM IN HEART.

THEN, he asks for what is our HOPE, or joy, or crown of rejoicing?   THEN he asks, are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming? 

I glean from this that our HOPE is not in our ever changing circumstances of our lives where we may find ourselves or those we love being hindered by Satan for a brief time.  NO, NO, our HOPE is in KNOWING we will be in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming.  

Do you believe He is coming?  If you do then that is certainly our hope.  If you don’t believe it then you need to begin by asking the Lord to help you in your unbelief.  Ask Jesus Christ to show you,  to teach you,  to reveal Himself to you as only He can.  

Let’s see what else the word of God has to say. 

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18

But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have NO HOPE. 

For IF we BELIEVE that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 

For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 

For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 

Wherefore COMFORT one another with these words.

YES…YES, brothers and sisters!   Now that is the HOPE I am talking about!   We cannot expect to have hope in the things we see around us in this world,  but if we keep our minds on the things above we can have hope knowing the Lord God WILL do what He has said He would do!

1 Thessalonians 5:8-11

But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the HOPE  of SALVATION.

For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to OBTAIN SALVATION by our Lord Jesus Christ, 

Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. 

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ENDING WITH THESE WORDS. 

Colossians 3:1-4

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 

When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.



Colossians 3:13

Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

Colossians 3:15-16

And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 

The Soldier 

David Wilkerson | Soldiers for Christ

Facing Evil 

When we are in trials and struggles and pure evil, look triumphantly because we know that no matter what we already have victory through Jesus Christ! 

Psalm 54:6-7
I will sacrifice a freewill offering to you; I will praise your name, Lord, for it is good. You have delivered me from all my troubles, and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.

Commentary /prayer 

Lord Jesus, I am so grateful that You loved me enough to endure the cost of sin. You gave Your life so that I may have eternal life, and You rescued my soul from certain death. Lord rise up, and deliver us from the evil that is within us! Lend us the courage to run to you when tempted in this life. We seek to remain in You Lord Jesus, and we trust in Your mighty grip on us that will never let us go. We praise You! Who else can deliver us!? Who else can perfectly know us!?

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Run, Run, RUN! No Looking Back!

Hebrews 12:1-3
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,  fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

COMMENTARY
Across our 5 translations, this verse refers to Jesus as the pioneer, perfecter, author, finisher, and champion of our faith. Jesus is worth whatever perseverance, whatever challenge, whatever struggle or hardship we must face. Jesus did not allow the difficulty of going to the cross to stop Him from going there for our sake. This picture is to encourage us in our trials and struggles, to be strengthened in Him who is with us and who has provided us help via the Holy Spirit of God. Do not give up! Jesus is with us and He is no stranger to the roads we are on.

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Prayer from My Heart

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Can’t wait to get to Heaven where I am imagining  that we will enjoy the simple sounds and colors and beauty of all of the Lord God’s creation just as HE meant for it to be.  Simple and yet nothing simple about His perfectly created universe.  It will be far better and far more than ANYTHING  that our minds could ever dream.

Praise the Lord God Almighty for He is good and mighty…He is our Creator, He is our Saviour, He is the First and the Last,  He is the Beginning and the End, He is the I AM, He is the Alpha and the Omega!  He is everything we need and if we have Him we are lacking NOTHING!
Thank you Jesus! Thank you Lord for lifting the vail from my eyes so that I might see.  Continue the work You have started in me. You are the Potter and I am the clay so continue daily to mold me and make me who You desire me to be.  I pray You will open my ears so that I might hear the voice of only my good shepherd each and every day of this life and that I might have boldness to follow You and Your leading.  That I would care only about pleasing You.  That what this world and the people of this world think of me would matter not, that those things would be so overshadowed by Your glory that I wouldn’t even think about them and what they think but only what my King desires of me.

May my faith continue to grow, finally lacking nothing.   As Abraham’s faith grew and he believed and yet did not fully have the faith to trust you to take care of everything on his journey in the beginning and yet he continued to grow and he fully trusted You with his son Issac that he LOVED so much and was willing to follow You no matter the cost.  May I one day have that kind of faith.  I won’t kid myself and say that I do because I only hope and pray I have the strength that can only come from You in order that I might be able to stand firm against any and all evil that comes against me.  Not by my strength but by the might and strength that comes from my Creator my God, my King!   In the mighty name of Jesus Christ I pray,  AMEN.

Are You Ready – Do You Know Him?

Hebrews 10:30–31

“For we know him who said, “Vengeance is mine; I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

http://ref.ly/He10.30-31 via the Logos Bible Android app.

Give thanks today as David did!

Psalm 18

For the director of music. Of David the servant of the Lord. He sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said:

1 I love you, Lord, my strength.
2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

#Bible http://mydailybible.org/dv/niv/2014-07-28.htm

Lord Help Me To Be….

Lord, show me, walk with me. Help me so that my actions help your children but more importantly glorify your name. 

Isaiah 42:1-4
“Here is my servant, whom Iuphold, my chosen one in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him, and he will bring justice to the nations. He will not shout or cry out, or raise his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice;  he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his teaching the islands will put their hope.”

COMMENTARY….
It’s all about Jesus. Prophecy after prophecy throughout the Old Testament pointing the One who is to come. Isaiah 53:5-6 (NIV) says, “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” The only way we could be reconciled to God is if God Himself acted and made it possible. His redemptive plan was always salvation through Jesus Christ. Our complete hope is in Him, and He stepped in and bore the wrath of God for our sin. We owe Him everything.

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