My Priorities Friday, May 4 2018 

Have you ever wondered how many millions of times The Lord’s Prayer has been prayed? It came upon me just this morning as I was finishing up today’s bible study and prayer time.

Has God ever answered that prayer? I was specifically thinking of that request: “Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.” Oh how I wished in my quiet hour that prayer could be answered.

Then, I had to ask myself, “am I praying with expectation of an answer?” Perhaps, I should be living it out myself. I had to evaluate my priorities. What should be my number one priority in this earthly life? Thinking it through the verse Ephesians 5:5 came to mind: “For this you know with certainty, that no [e]immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.”

And also the greatest commandment in Matthew 22:36-40:

36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the great and [a]foremost commandment. 39 The second is like it, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

And also 1 Peter 1:16 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Christians are called to be saints. Saints are holy.

Some will argue and say, “How can any man be holy?” or “Aren’t you just trying to return everybody to works instead of grace?”

Be careful that you are not being deceived by partial truth. Christianity is a process. It is made up of steps. We are first washed, justified, regenerated, separated, sanctified, made holy, and made perfect.

How do you respond to these scriptures? Are you uncomfortable? Or are you in agreement? How can you test yourself? Look to 1 John 3:3 : And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

 

 

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Fear Not Friday, Apr 20 2018 

A ghostly shadow hovered across the way,

Barely visible without the light of day.

It seemed to have a will all its’ own,

As it stopped among the bushes overgrown.

I kept my eye a fixed upon its’ state;

And awaited, bated breath, for it to fade.

My stare became a glare upon the bog.

I could barely sense it’s shape among the fog.

It must have sensed me staring through the night,

As it dared not move a muscle in my sight.

So solemn, still, foreboding…

I thought I saw it growing!

The ghastly thing gave me such a fright!

I prayed aloud to God in utter fear.

And Jesus reassured me He was near.

 

By

Jessica May Moore

Come Back to the Lord – Day 7 Wednesday, Mar 28 2018 

The scripture for today is Psalms 119:49-56

Zayin.

49 Remember the word to Your servant,
[s]In which You have made me hope.
50 This is my comfort in my affliction,
That Your word has [t]revived me.
51 The arrogant utterly deride me,
Yet I do not turn aside from Your law.
52 I have remembered Your ordinances from [u]of old, O Lord,
And comfort myself.
53 Burning indignation has seized me because of the wicked,
Who forsake Your law.
54 Your statutes are my songs
In the house of my pilgrimage.
55 O Lord, I remember Your name in the night,
And keep Your law.
56 This has become mine,
[v]That I observe Your precepts.

When the world begins closing in, we are taught to ask “WWJD?”, (what would Jesus do?).

He would seek the Lord in prayer. Go to some quiet place and plead our cause.

For we know:

Psalm 27:4-6 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
To behold the [a]beauty of the Lord
And to [b]meditate in His temple.
For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His [c]tabernacle;
In the secret place of His tent He will hide me;
He will lift me up on a rock.
And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me,
And I will offer in His tent sacrifices [d]with shouts of joy;
I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.

My Dreams-Part 3 Saturday, Jan 27 2018 

Today’s verses come from the longest chapter in the entire bible: Psalm 119 verses 104-106:

04 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.

105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

106 I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments.

In the third dream, I found myself walking through a dense thicket. As I was walking pushing aside all of the branches I looked down and I saw that I had a flashlights strapped to the of bottoms my feet. As I looked ahead, I could see into the distance. It was getting darker and darker as I walked along because I was getting deeper and deeper into the woods and because it was dusk.

The meaning of the dream can be found in the verses above and also in Matthew 10:27

27 What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.

I believe that God teaches us in the night i.e. darkness what he wants us to speak, and teach, and preach. I think the dense thicket can represent our initial understanding of the Word. We may not fully understand it until the Holy Spirit brings His light onto our path. My pushing aside all the branches represents not allowing the things of this world to get in my way of seeking out God and the meaning of His Word. Being able to see into the distance as I looked ahead was like a promise that if I continued on this path of study I would eventually understand the deeper things the Holy Spirit would reveal. The latter part of the day could represent the latter years of my life.

John 14:26 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

I have found in my experience that He does teach us about the character of God if we are willing to stay in the Word. It is a process that starts with us seeking after God and ending with God grafting the Word into our hearts.

Hebrews 7:25 25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever lives to make intercession for them.

 

My Cross Tuesday, Jan 23 2018 

The verse to which I would like to draw your attention today is found in the book of Matthew in the 16th Chapter verse 24: 24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Many of you won’t like what I am about to say.

The reason you won’t like it is because we’ve been raised in the “me” generation. I’m not excluding myself here. I’ve always been a bit leery of this “cross” business. The shame of it all. Up on a hill where everybody and his brother could see him bleeding to death in agony. The thought of it is pretty gruesome. I for one always ask, “Why? Why did he have to die like that?”

And now He says to his disciples, which by the way includes you and me if we are Christians, “Take up your cross, and follow me.” Really? I’m playing devil’s advocate here to make a point. What was it that Jesus said just prior to saying what He said in this verse? In the verse just prior to this one it says: 23 But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

Boy isn’t that the crux of it all.

It seems to me that when we try to be a people pleaser the enemy uses that to lead us right into failure. Our motives are all wrong. We do good to be seen of men. We go along with the crowd to be accepted. We deny our faith in public because we don’t want to feel awkward or suffer persecution.

Every single thing we do must be to the glory of God.

No matter how burdensome, painful, unreasonable it may seem at the time. All things work together for good to those who are the called according to His purpose. Remember that some of the things we don’t do bring the greatest glory to God. Don’t answer when you are mocked, harassed, and persecuted. Silence is golden.

No one may ever know about the good God called you to today that you are doing without reward, without acknowledgement, without pay, without personal glory. But God knows and will reward you openly.

Take up your cross and follow Him.

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.

 

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 Holiness Monday, Jan 8 2018 

Today’s scripture can be found in first Peter one verses 15 and 16:  15 but [p]like the Holy One who called you, [q]be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; 16 because it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

Now I am empathetic at the cringes out there of those who feel the title of this blog post is radically offensive. I can just hear the “who do you think you are?” gasps of indignation.

The verse Romans 12:3 comes to mind: For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.

The devil himself will accuse Christians for even thinking that we might be able to “be holy in all your behavior.”

But “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

The whole purpose for Christians is to become more and more like Christ, who is Holy, through the process of sanctification.

The verse 1 Corinthians 1:29-31 also comes to mind: 29 so that no [a]man may boast before God. 30 But [b]by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, [c]and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, 31 so that, just as it is written, “Let him who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

To be sanctified means to be set aside for holy use.

Now the Holy One is the one who uses us for His purposes.

You know that God is a “faithful creator”.  1 Peter 4:19 19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

God even creates the faithfulness in us. It isn’t ours of our own doing. We are His workmanship. It is the gift of God.

And 1 Timothy 1:12 states: 12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;

Paul is telling Timothy that Christ “counted him faithful”.

Now let’s look at some Old Testament clues from Psalm 89: 5 The heavens will praise Your wonders, O Lord; Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones.

There are two words within this verse that I would like to draw your attention: first notice it says, “holy ones”, plural. God has given both faithfulness and holiness and wonders. Second notice it says, “heavens will praise”, plural.

Perhaps I should change the title of this blog post to “My Holiness and Faithfulness” by God’s gift.

 

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.

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