What About Saturday? Saturday, Apr 20 2019 

What about Saturday?Yesterday, my son asked me, Mom, we always hear about Good Friday and Easter Sunday, but why don’t we ever hear about Saturday?I’ve been thinking on it and I had to ask myself what will I answer when someone asks me that question again in the future. How do we answer this question?Is it a day of “mourning” or is it a day of “hope”? His disciples grieved on Saturday when His tomb was guarded by Roman soldiers. What do we do with the days between “Son-days”?What do we do when we are between a rock and a hard place? What do we do when we are tired and aching from a long day’s labor? Do we rejoice and again I say, do we rejoice evermore? Do we trust in Him even if he seems distant in our trials? Do we trust His promise: “I will never leave you nor forsake you”?Will we continue to marvel as Mary marveled when Gabriel told her she would give birth to a son? Will we be astonished at His teaching as the doctors of the law in the temple when he was 12? Will we be astounded by his understanding and knowledge? Will we say, “Never a man spake like this man!”Will we wonder like Nicodemus, “How can a man be born again?” Will we worship like the shepherds or the three wise men? Will we rejoice in due time like Simeon?Or will we reject Him like the Pharisees, “How has this man become learned having never been educated?”The world is overwhelmed by its’ problems. Everything the world needs can be found in the gospel of Jesus Christ, but the world will not receive nor believe,Do we face the truth? Do we face the facts? He is still influencing the world today, still powerful, still saving, still able to reach through the ages and change men, still speaking, still healing, still moving, still teaching, still preaching, still reviving, still restoring. Can you explain it? How does He do what He does today? How does He know what you need and provide it? His timing is perfect. He teaches of God every day. We hallow His name in our prayers. We worship Him. We emulate Him. He came to seek and save that which was lost. He came that we might have life and that more abundantly. He is the author and finisher of our faith. He has gone to prepare a place for us. “No man can pluck you from my hand,” He said.Will you ask the important questions? Will you answer Him when He calls today?

Delight Yourself in the Lord Wednesday, Apr 10 2019 

Psalm 37:4-6
Delight yourself in the Lord;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light
And your judgment as the noonday.

Come Back to the Lord-Day 6 Tuesday, Mar 27 2018 

The Scripture for today can be found in the book of Psalms chapter 119 verses 41-48:

Vav.

41 May Your lovingkindnesses also come to me, O Lord,
Your salvation according to Your [o]word;
42 So I will have an answer for him who reproaches me,
For I trust in Your word.
43 And do not take the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,
For I [p]wait for Your ordinances.
44 So I will keep Your law continually,
Forever and ever.
45 And I will walk [q]at liberty,
For I seek Your precepts.
46 I will also speak of Your testimonies before kings
And shall not be ashamed.
47 I shall [r]delight in Your commandments,
Which I love.
48 And I shall lift up my hands to Your commandments,
Which I love;
And I will meditate on Your statutes.

We have here in these few verses the entire process of transformation that takes place within the heart and mind of every Christian.

For we know:

Romans 10: 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word [b]of Christ.

Salvation Process

Purpose: the lovingkindnesses of the Lord to come to me.

Reproach: the moment we seek the Lord the enemy begins in earnest.

Trust in the Word: the marvel and wonder of the Scriptural foundation.

Waiting for the work of the Spirit: in God’s timing the seeds of the word sprout.

Keeping the commandments.

Freedom from sin: in Christ

Continual seeking to know Him by the Word of Truth.

Speaking the Word: Verbalizing Scripture creates the train that carries the Scriptures from our minds into the depths of our hearts.

Shamelessness: in Christ.

Delight in the Word: love of God.

Meditation: Prayer is the final seal of conversions. The grace and power of the Almighty works all in all.

God’s Forgiveness Tuesday, Nov 28 2017 

Psalm 32New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Blessedness of Forgiveness and of Trust in God.

A Psalm of David. A [a]Maskil.

32 How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,
Whose sin is covered!
How blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity,
And in whose spirit there is no deceit!

When I kept silent about my sin, my [b]body wasted away
Through my [c]groaning all day long.
For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me;
My [d]vitality was drained away as with the fever heat of summer. [e]Selah.
I acknowledged my sin to You,
And my iniquity I did not hide;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord”;
And You forgave the [f]guilt of my sin. Selah.
Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to You [g]in a time when You may be found;
Surely in a flood of great waters they will not reach him.
You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble;
You surround me with [h]songs of deliverance. Selah.

I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go;
I will counsel you with My eye upon you.
Do not be as the horse or as the mule which have no understanding,
Whose trappings include bit and bridle to hold them in check,
Otherwise they will not come near to you.
10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
But he who trusts in the Lord, lovingkindness shall surround him.
11 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous ones;
And shout for joy, all you who are upright in heart.

Alive in Christ Sunday, Oct 30 2016 

Christ is all, and in all [so believers are equal in Christ, without distinction].

12 So, as God’s own chosen people, who are holy [set apart, sanctified for His purpose] and well-beloved [by God Himself], put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience [which has the power to endure whatever injustice or unpleasantness comes, with good temper]; 13 bearing graciously with one another, and willingly forgiving each other if one has a cause for complaint against another; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so should you forgive. 14 Beyond all these things put on and wrap yourselves in [unselfish] love, which is the perfect bond of unity [for everything is bound together in agreement when each one seeks the best for others]. 15 Let the peace of Christ [the inner calm of one who walks daily with Him] be the controlling factor in your hearts [deciding and settling questions that arise]. To this peace indeed you were called as members in one body [of believers]. And be thankful [to God always]. 16 Let the [spoken] word of Christ have its home within you [dwelling in your heart and mind—permeating every aspect of your being] as you teach [spiritual things] and admonish and train one another with all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 Whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus [and in dependence on Him], giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

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“Blessed [with spiritual security] is the man who believes and trusts in and relies on the Lord
And whose hope and confident expectation is the Lord.

“For he will be [nourished] like a tree planted by the waters,
That spreads out its roots by the river;
And will not fear the heat when it comes;
But its leaves will be green and moist.
And it will not be anxious and concerned in a year of drought
Nor stop bearing fruit.

 

Over, Under, or Through Friday, Aug 26 2016 

Now we all have options when it comes to how we get from place to place, how we accomplish our goals, how we get through this journey called life.

Romans 8:5-9Amplified Bible (AMP)

For those who are living according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh [which gratify the body], but those who are living according to the Spirit, [set their minds on] the things of the Spirit [His will and purpose]. Now the mind of the flesh is death [both now and forever—because it pursues sin]; but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace [the spiritual well-being that comes from walking with God—both now and forever]; the mind of the flesh [with its sinful pursuits] is actively hostile to God. It does not submit itself to God’s law, since it cannot, and those who are in the flesh [living a life that caters to sinful appetites and impulses] cannot please God.

However, you are not [living] in the flesh [controlled by the sinful nature] but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God lives in you [directing and guiding you]. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him [and is not a child of God].

If you are “in the flesh” then often times you are either go “over” or “under” something.

Overbearing: to get your way, you keep harping at everybody; yelling, screaming, throwing a fit. It is your way or the highway as they say.

Overeating: you know you are not suppose to eat that but you eat it anyway.

Overspending: you know you are not suppose to charge all those things but you do it anyway.

Overanalyzing: you know what you should be doing but instead of stepping out in faith, you analyze every aspect of it until the devil has you convinced you shouldn’t do it.

Over-talking: This is not talking over everybody, this is  discussing something so much everybody is getting sick of it, and nobody wants to listen anymore. It’s gossiping, complaining, murmuring, whining. Everybody hates a whiner.

Over-catering: You think you are the only one that can do things right so you do things your children should be doing for themselves. Let them pick up their own toys so they can learn how to do things for themselves.

Oversensitive: You get offended by everything everybody says. The slightest hint of something that doesn’t fit just right and you are in a huff about it. Not everything everybody says is about you. People know they can’t talk to you about their problems because you’ll just blow up at them instead of really listening and trying to help the situation.

Under-obedient: You know what you should do in a certain situation but you don’t do it. That still small voice says, “uh-oh”, and you go right on ahead and do it anyway.

Underwhelming: This is apathy, an “I don’t care” attitude. You just don’t give a hoot.

Underinvesting: The reason you are underinvesting is because you are probably also overspending. God wants us to be good stewards. We have a responsibility to make hard choices right now in order to have a benefit later. That’s called “Wisdom”.

Under-standing: That is not knowing something but rather not standing on your convictions and speaking out when you know that something someone else proposes to do is wrong.  Speaking the truth into the situation. “If we do that, we are going to be causing trouble in the future.”

Under-praying: Instead of going to God with your problems, you get on the phone and tell anybody that will listen your woes. This is just another form of complaining. Most people can’t help you the way God can. You have to learn to trust that God is good, that he wants what is good for you too. “You have not, because you ask not.”

Under-diligent: You see something going on that might cause trouble in the future like a leaky faucet, or a child bully, or not locking your car because you are just going in for a minute. There is a cost that will need to be paid when you are not diligent. Procrastination is an example. You know that there is a battle going on in the spirit world but nobody can see it going on so who will even know if I’m not doing my best.

Under-disciplined. You let yourself and others have their own way rather than being consistent in guiding and directing the steps. You are just too tired to deal with it now. ” Raise up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it.”

Through the Spirit: A much better choice is to walk in the Spirit. The benefits of going through rather than “over” or “under” are enormous. We have the Spirit of Christ “in” us. That is the hope of glory. Trust His discernment-gut instinct. Trust His leading-step out in faith. Trust the fruit you see that comes from His direction, counsel, and comfort.

 

Ability of God Sunday, Aug 21 2016 

Ephesians 3:20-21Amplified Bible (AMP)

20 Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, 21 to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen.

Jude 24-25Amplified Bible (AMP)

24 Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling or falling into sin, and to present you unblemished [blameless and faultless] in the presence of His glory with triumphant joy and unspeakable delight, 25 to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and power, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

If you can’t think of a reason to glorify God, these few verses ought to give you a pretty good idea that we should glorify Him for His ABILITIES.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18Amplified Bible (AMP)

16 Rejoice always and delight in your faith; 17 be unceasing and persistent in prayer; 18 in every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 3:16-18Amplified Bible (AMP)

16 Let the [spoken] word of Christ have its home within you [dwelling in your heart and mind—permeating every aspect of your being] as you teach [spiritual things] and admonish and train one another with all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 Whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus [and in dependence on Him], giving thanks to God the Father through Him.

Keys Wednesday, Mar 2 2016 

There is really nothing we can do about the things we are taken to or from in this life.

Some of the objects we possess or which may possess us have keys which lock out intruders. In some instances the keys are used to protect the innocent from harm as in a gun safe or medicine cabinet.

There is a purpose in our locking out the children for their own good.

As a mother, I find we tend to do that with the “world” in a way with our kids. We want to protect them from the influence of harmful input from the “world.” Be it movies, or the internet, or magazines, or that neighbor kid that is nothing but “trouble”, we just don’t want them exposed so we try to protect them with restrictions, rules of behavior, and curfews.

But sometimes keys get lost and children wander off.

So when our efforts to control fail, we resort to pleading with the Almighty. “Oh, dear God!”

Recently, my two year old grandson said those exact words with all the emotion of a parent searching for a lost child. His little face showed the agony of needing help from something bigger than himself.

It made me think of how we as Christians are here to come along side one another with love and support like when Peter began to sink when he stepped out of the boat and was walking on the water and he cried out, “Jesus, save me!” Jesus reached out for him to lift him up.

If we don’t  find within ourselves the ability or skill or knowledge to do anything else, we can do this one thing for each other. Be someone’s shelter in the storm. Be a friend to hear their cry. Shine your light to light their way.  Give a word of encouragement when your friend is low today.

Call of God Monday, Feb 22 2016 

Lord, be with us as we study your Holy WORD. Open our spiritual eyes and ears that we might hear and know your WORD for us today. That the bread of life that Christ is might become a part of who we are in you, LORD. In Jesus’ name.

Now Uzziah was one of the ancient kings of Judah that we find written about in the second book of Chronicles chapter 26. He began to rein at the age of 16 and he reined 52 years. His dad’s name was Amaziah and his mother’s name was Jecoliah. The name Uzziah means “My Strength is in Yahweh.” Amaziah means “Yah has been Mighty.” Jecoliah means “Yah will Prevail.”

Like his father, Uzziah did what was right in the sight of the LORD. Zechariah taught him to fear the LORD and as long as he sought the Lord, God gave him success. Now Uzziah was a warrior who won many battles with the help of God. He had success in farming, building cities, towers, and the building of vast armies. He provided them with shields, spears, helmets, coast of armor, bows and slingshots. We was well known throughout the land.

But then after he became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He went into the temple and did the job of a priest. THIS WAS NOT HIS CALL.

He became angry when asked to leave. While he was raging, leprosy broke out on his forehead. The priests led him out willingly. King Uzziah had leprosy until he died.

Each of us when we are born are given a gift. If we listen to the LORD, we will be called to use that gift in our journey through life. But if we seek to go our own way there will be dire consequences. We must heed the call of God and that right early, otherwise we will find we hate our job, that it is a burden, unfulfilling, and just plain not “right” for us. In order to be “right” with the LORD we have to follow his call on our lives whatever that might be.

It reminds me of the verse, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and all else will be added unto you.” And too the verse, “Seek the LORD with all your heart and lean not unto you own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.”

Forgiveness of God Wednesday, Feb 17 2016 

Forgiveness is not just something we have, it is something we do.

The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”

22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.[g]

23 “Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold[h] was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt.

26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go.

28 “But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred silver coins.[i] He grabbed him and began to choke him. ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ he demanded.

29 “His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay it back.’

30 “But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were outraged and went and told their master everything that had happened.

32 “Then the master called the servant in. ‘You wicked servant,’ he said, ‘I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?’ 34 In anger his master handed him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.

35 “This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother or sister from your heart.”

Dear Friend, it is my sincere hope that you will forgive me for all of the things I have done or said that hurt you in the past. As in the LORD’S Prayer, “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” May we, as Christian brothers and sisters forgive one another in Jesus’ name.

Romans 13:7-9King James Version (KJV)

Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Forgiveness is a free gift that God gives each of us. But it isn’t something we have and keep and hoard, it is to be re-gifted. It is to be used. Make your forgiveness a verb instead of a noun. Not something you have but something you do.  God Bless you.

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