My Father Monday, Jan 22 2018 

The verse today can be found in the book of Ephesians chapter 2 verse 18: 18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.

Have you ever noticed how gentle the Holy Spirit of God is? I’ve pondered it at length. How sweet, how precious, how loving, how kind.

And have you noticed the power of Jesus Christ? His name moves mountains. What ultimate strength! His concern for our salvation is amazing.

I would like to draw your attention to God the Father. Often times our thoughts of Him are filtered through our relationships with our earthly fathers. As children we look up to him, we try to do what he wants in order to please him. But in order for us to fully understand God’s love for us, we must not confine Him to this measure. Our earthly fathers fall far short of Him.

The Lord Jesus Christ introduces us to the Father. He ushers us into the presence of the Father at the point of salvation. Do not stop there. As He is holding your hand and leading you boldly to the throne of grace, notice how He sees the Father. He sees God as omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient. Yet the word tells us that He thought it not robbery to be equal to God.

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

It is natural to want to be like your father. It is supernatural to want to be like Jesus Christ. That desire that comes to every Christian is the essence of the renewed mind.

We ought not shrink away from this mindset. “LET THIS MIND BE IN YOU.”

In us there is the “seed” of eternal life. What is eternal life? To know God:

As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gave me to do.

We are in Christ and “through Him we have access to the Father” by one Spirit, which is God’s Spirit. So our salvation isn’t something we do, it was done at the cross, finished there. It is something God does in us and through us. He does the work. It is not of ourselves. It is the gift of God. I hope you’ll open yours today so that when you look into the eyes of God you will see there Jesus and the Spirit.

 

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My Prayer Monday, Jan 15 2018 

Today’s verse can be found in Matthew chapter 5 verse 45: That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

All over the world tonight the children of this earth will bow their heads in prayer to the same Almighty God.

Now I lay me down to sleep.
I pray the LORD my soul to keep.
If I should die before I wake.
I pray the Lord my soul to take.
Bless Mommy and Daddy…

And in Spain he’ll hear:

Ahora me acuesto a dormir.
Ruego a Jehová mi alma para que guarde.
Si muero antes de despertarme
Rezo al Señor mi alma para que tome.
Bendiciones mami y papi ..

And in Italy he’ll hear:

Adesso mi sdraio a dormire.
Prego l’Eterno, la mia anima, per mantenere.
Se dovessi morire prima di svegliarmi.
Prego il Signore, la mia anima da prendere.
Benedici mamma e papà …

And in China he’ll hear:

現在我要睡了。
我祈求我的靈魂永存。
如果我在醒來之前死亡。
我祈禱主我的靈魂採取。
保佑媽媽和爸爸…

And in Hebrew he’ll hear:

עכשיו אני שוכב לישון.
אני מתפלל יהוה נשמתי לשמור.
אם אמות לפני שאעיר.
אני מתפלל לאלוהים לקחת את נשמתי.
יברך את אמא ואבא …

And in France he’ll hear:

Maintenant, je m’étends pour dormir.
Je prie le Seigneur que mon âme garde.
Si je devais mourir avant de me réveiller.
Je prie le Seigneur que mon âme prenne.
Bénis maman et papa …

This is still my prayer. Though my mother and father have long since passed and I have replaced it with; Bless my grandchildren. The Spirit of God takes my words and translates them to my Father in heaven. Just like every child….of God.

What an awesome God we serve. May we ever praise His holy Name around the world.

“I pray He’ll be our eyes and watch us where we go. Lead us by His grace and take us to a place where we’ll be safe.”-The Prayer.  In the name above all names, Jesus.

My Testimony Friday, Jan 12 2018 

Today’s verse comes from John chapter one verse 19: 19 This is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent to him priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?”

When I look at the list of followers on this blog I am amazed. Currently, there are 99 of you. I look forward to the day when we can finally surpass 100.

But then it comes to me why are these people “following” me? Do they know me? Do they know where I came from? What my past was?

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

So I am prodded incessantly to give my testimony to you.

Christ had a testimony. We read about it in John chapter 3: 32 What He has seen and heard, of that He testifies; and no one receives His testimony. 33 He who has received His testimony has set his seal to this, that God is true. 34 For He whom God has sent speaks the words of God; [a]for He gives the Spirit without measure.

My prayer in giving you this testimony is that I too would “speak the words of God giving the Spirit without measure.”

We know the Word of God is true.

I was raised in the church as a child from about the age of seven or eight. It was after my mother divorced my dad and she was seeking salvation. She had been raised a catholic but after two divorces; need I say more.

As we went about church hopping, I was indoctrinated into the Mormon church at the age of eight. Their missionaries came right to our front door. Then when I was ten we moved away because my mother had remarried for the third time and he was a non-denominational Christian. So we attended the Christian Church. What grace God blessed me with in this beginning of my faith in Christ. The bible was central to this place. I began my over half century dissection of God’s Holy Bible. Throughout my entire life, God has had His hand on me.

I was not so faithful as He.

Would that I could tell you that my life was full of praise, worship, and prayer. But, alas, I became painfully aware of my need of a Savior. I know now that God has put me in this place at this time because He loves me. God is not done with me. I am a work in progress.

So I share my journey with you. Philippians 3:I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

My Exceeding Riches Sunday, Jan 7 2018 

The verse today comes from the book of Ephesians chapter 2 verse 7:

Ephesians 2:7New American Standard Bible (NASB)

so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

Here Paul is expounding upon the purposes of God in all things. Why does God do what God does? Why does God allow what He allows? Why did he allow the Fall?

We all have questions about God. Some questions are not to be understood in this life and others are good to be determined by us who are serving Christ in the here and now. Do you have any questions?

How do we measure the surpassing riches of His grace? We can’t measure them. It is absolutely impossible to measure what God has done for us through Christ Jesus our LORD. They exceed our capabilities to comprehend.

Why was He so kind? to me? to us? to the world? For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that none should perish. He delivered Him up for us all.

By God’s giving Him up for us, God is vindicated as fully loving, fully kind, fully righteous, fully God.

What a mystery? No wonder there are so many questions. The chief end of salvation was so that we might become His children and we might see the surpassing riches of His grace. Immeasurable!

All blessings are through Jesus Christ. It is so important to understand what God has done and is doing in us and for us who are in Christ. We must see ourselves in the light of God’s ultimate purpose for humanity. And what an honor to be used by Him to shine the light of truth upon Jesus for the benefit of the children of God. We are all here to display God’s glory. What a purpose! What a call!

My Earnest Expectation Saturday, Jan 6 2018 

Today’s verses can be found in the book of Philippians the first chapter verses 19-21.

Philippians 1:19-21New American Standard Bible (NASB)

19 for I know that this will turn out for my [a]deliverance through your [b]prayers and the provision of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 20 according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I will not be put to shame in anything, but that with all boldness, Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.

To Live Is Christ

21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.

It is my earnest expectation that these scriptures will manifest for me in Christ.

My desire is to glorify God in my body in everything that I do. This desire comes from being saved. When you are saved you get this desire in your heart.  That will become your primary desire above all else.

Another desire I have is to pray. Seeking God’s face is like a thirst in my spirit.

A third desire is to be in the WORD. I’m not talking about skimming a few verses every day. I’m talking about a hunger for the meat of the word. I’m in it to chew on it. To meditate on it. To pray about it. “Lord, What are you trying to teach me in these passages?”

I have an overwhelming desire to hear the teachings of the Holy Spirit.

Another desire is to worship. Not just by myself; I want to worship with a big crowd. I want God to be so glorified by our corporate worship that He shows up with bands of angels to sing along.

This is what is meant by being renewed in the spirit of your mind. The Holy Spirit bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God. Even if salvation was the only thing that God ever gave me that would be enough. But that isn’t all there is to it. There’s unmerited favor. This is God’s grace. I could rant on and on about what is included in the package of  gifts given to the believer but suffice it to say that this world can’t contain it all.

Each day is filled with great expectations.

My Journey-“Set out” From Sin. Tuesday, Sep 26 2017 

Now I don’t know a lot about your journey with God but as for me, I see a parallel between the journey of the Israelites through the wilderness and my own journey through my Christian walk.

Based upon Numbers 21:1-5

When Arad (wild ass) was conquered. That was me alright.

They went by Way of Atharim.  (by way of the spies.) This is kind of like peer pressure. Somebody else went first. I just followed like a sheep.

The Israelites utterly destroyed the Canaanites (International Traders). I was a graduate of the school of “everybody is doing it.”

So they called the place Hormah (Devoted to Destruction) I didn’t know it at the time but I was on the wrong path. Not that Christianity was wrong but my approach to it.

Then they “set out” from Mt Hor (mountain) by way of the Red Sea, to go to the land of Edom. (Red) Edom was the land of Esau. Esau means “Doer”. This is the part of the journey where I was determined to climb the mountain of salvation by doing all I could for Christ. I was leader of the youth group, volunteered at the local nursing home, read my bible, said my prayers, you know the drill. Remember red is a very “visible” color. It can be seen from far away. It means STOP look at me.

Based upon Numbers 21:6-9

Right about now in the trip the Israelites get miffed at Moses about the food and water situation and the LORD sent “fiery serpents” among the people and they bit the people, so many people died. It says in the notes of my NIV version: God used venomous snakes to punish the people for their unbelief and complaining.

The people came to Moses (He Who Draws Out)  and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.

As a new Christian when I got into trouble I went right to my pastor for prayer. A pastor draws us out of the world and into the kingdom of God.

The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.” So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.

This is where the symbol for doctors came from.  Doctors are called in when you are physically sick. Pastors are called in when you are spiritually sick. The note in my NIV says When the bronze snake was hung on the pole, the Israelites didn’t know the fuller meaning Jesus Christ would bring to this event. Jesus explained that just as the Israelites were healed of their sickness by looking at the snake on the pole, all believers today can be saved from the sickness of sin by looking to Jesus’ death on the cross.

They traveled to Oboth (Dragons) and camped at Iye-abraim (Ruins of crossing over) in the wilderness which is opposite Moab (of his father), to the east. I don’t know about you but it seemed to me as a new Christian the Devil (Dragon) attacked me even harder whenever I tried to do what I thought was the Christian thing to do. When I tried to change myself I would see my old life (ruins of crossing over) and think about how easy it was before I was saved just like the Israelites thought when they remembered Egypt. They had all the food and water (fun and folly) they wanted there. Going back is not an option but the “opposite Moab” (of his father). I had a new Daddy (ABBA).

From there they “set out” and camped in Wadi Zered (Valley of Luxuriant Growth of Trees) It took 38 years to get from the beginning to Wadi Zered which is also called the valley of Willows. Willows have deep roots. Deep roots imply deep waters. The rivers of living waters are in the hearts of every believer. (Holy Spirit) Remember Jesus said to the woman at the well, “if you would have asked me I would have given you living waters.”

14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.

 

Momentary Lapse Saturday, Sep 16 2017 

Momentary Lapse

 

This phrase is usually used for a mental condition where one is normally quite normal but for some misfire or other in the brain there is a momentary lapse of memory. It’s like reaching for the brass ring on a merry-go-round but being not quite able to reach it. I was nowhere near the proverbial ring when I was a kid but that isn’t the topic of discussion at present.

Having this momentary lapse, I can’t quite remember what it was I was going to tell you at present. I mean it just disappeared into thin air. Though I tried to grasp it here and there it just wasn’t anywhere.

I got the feeling, I might remember what I forgot but then forgot that I couldn’t remember. I’m sure you’ve had times like this. It sometimes helps to go back to where you were when you first had the thought because thoughts tend to linger where they were created. If that doesn’t work you can just resign yourself to the fact that you are getting older and older people forget more.

Now what were we talking about?

Oh yes, I remember, memory. Whose memory was it we were discussing?

And so, goes the day of the proverbial little old lady as she goes from task to task never really finishing anything but always busy. She can’t remember if she had an appointment that day or not or if she did who it would have been with. Was it the doctor or the dentist or the optometrist? Faces start to look strange to her like, “what was that kids name, again?” As she reaches toward him and snaps out, “Boy, boy, come here.” Then when he gets to where she is rocking in her chair she can’t remember why she called him.

To top it all off she is shocked when he says, “I love you, Grandma.”