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I Pray

I pray that Christ will live in your hearts by faith and that your life will be strong in love and be built on love. And I pray that you and all God’s holy people will have the power to understand the greatness of Christ’s love—how wide and how long and how high and how deep that love is. Christ’s love is greater than anyone can ever know, but I pray that you will be able to know that love. Then you can be filled with the fullness of God.
 
With God’s power working in us, God can do much, much more than anything we can ask or imagine.
 
Ephesians 3:17-20 New Century Version (NCV)

Heavenly Father,

You are the God of Creation.  All power, glory and dominion are Yours. Through Jesus Christ I come to give you thanks for who You are and for all You do to demonstrate Your love.  Thank You for contending with our fears and struggles as we try to live and love as You command.  We cannot not do this without Your help and I pray for your never-failing love to sustain us through these times.  Please heal our land!

Amen.

Sin No More???

They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger.  They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust.
 
When the accusers heard this, they slipped away one by one, beginning with the oldest, until only Jesus was left in the middle of the crowd with the woman.  Then Jesus stood up again and said to the woman, “Where are your accusers? Didn’t even one of them condemn you?”
 
“No, Lord,” she said.

And Jesus said, “Neither do I. Go and sin no more.”
 
John 8:6-11 New Living Translation (NLT)

"Go and sin no more."  That's a pretty tough command, isn't it?  Maybe that's why we try to be so self-righteous.  It may also be why we try to pass judgment on others and hold tight to forgiveness as if we are in charge of who gets a pass.  NOT.  It's not our call.  We are called to bear fruit:  love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Jesus did not only tell her to "Go and sin no more."  He bled and died on a cross to cover her sin and those He knew she would commit in the future.  He would forgive her again and again as she confessed her sin, ask for His help to change, and believe in who He is.  He did this for everyone.  May we all be cleansed by His power!





 

The Battle is the Lord's

For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against persons without bodies—the evil rulers of the unseen world, those mighty satanic beings and great evil princes of darkness who rule this world; and against huge numbers of wicked spirits in the spirit world.

Ephesians 6:12 Living Bible (TLB)

For those who believe in Christ and study God's Word, it should be clear what is happening in the world right now.  But we must remember, and share with those who do not know, that God has promised to use evil for good and be glorified. This is not our fight.  The battle is the Lord's!

If you want to feel better, safe and protected, PRAY!  Pray for peace.  Pray for justice.  Pray for guidance.  Pray for what is right to prevail.  But as you pray, you must have faith and BELIEVE in who He is.  When you do, He will reward your efforts.

Anyone who comes to God must believe that he is real and that he rewards those who truly want to find him.

Hebrews 11:6 New Century Version (NCV)







God is Love

If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God.  And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

1 John 4:15-16 New International Version (NIV)

"She's on my last nerve!"  That's OK.  Love her anyway.
"I can't stand him."  That's all right.  Love him anyway.
"They are horrible people!"  God made them too.  Love them anyway.
"We are so much better than them."  You think so?  Gotta love 'em.

We are each so far from perfection that it is almost funny how we can manage to find so much wrong with anybody else.  Loving imperfection is God's specialty because He is our Creator.  Yet, He made us to be willingly transformed into His likeness, as we were already created in His image.  I am so glad that God is love because as we love, He lives in us and shows us how to love one another.  Sometimes it's not easy.  But He gave His Son, Jesus, so that by believing in Him, none would perish but have eternal life in His coming Kingdom.  Jesus was without sin and was sacrificed for ours.  That wasn't easy either. That was love.

By loving us as we are and giving us the chance to love others in the same way, we are given the opportunity to be like Jesus.  And that's the goal.  Keep trying.



We Are One

The Messiah has made things up between us so that we’re now together on this, both non-Jewish outsiders and Jewish insiders. He tore down the wall we used to keep each other at a distance. He repealed the law code that had become so clogged with fine print and footnotes that it hindered more than it helped. Then he started over. Instead of continuing with two groups of people separated by centuries of animosity and suspicion, he created a new kind of human being, a fresh start for everybody.

Christ brought us together through his death on the Cross. The Cross got us to embrace, and that was the end of the hostility. Christ came and preached peace to you outsiders and peace to us insiders. He treated us as equals, and so made us equals. Through him we both share the same Spirit and have equal access to the Father.

Ephesians 2:14-18 The Message (MSG)

This anger and hostility are signs of the desperation of the enemy of our souls.  His time is short and he knows it.  Do not be used to mock the victory Christ died to win.  Chaos, confusion and calamity are not of God.  There is no "us" and "them."  We share the same Spirit.  One love and one God.  Jesus already won that battle.  What we are witnessing in our times has been going on since Satan got kicked out of Heaven and got busy messing up this world.  Love is deemed the greatest commandment because only love can conquer hate. And since God is reading minds and hearts, He can't be fooled.

The difference now is that we may be seeing what is revealed in God's Word as being how it is going to end.  Don't get caught up in the madness.  Our part is to love God and love our neighbors.  God will do His part.  He is in complete control!



 

I Pray

God has now revealed to us his mysterious will regarding Christ—which is to fulfill his own good plan. And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ—everything in heaven and on earth. Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.

Ephesians 1:9-11 New Living Translation (NLT)

Sovereign Savior,

Almighty God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, I worship You.  All power is Yours as you reveal Your plan for the ages through Your inspired Word of Truth.  I know my Savior Jesus because You chose me to know and you have revealed the mystery by Your grace.  He bled and died for my sin and salvation and I am redeemed to live my life committed to You.  Do I deserve all this?  No.  Yet, it is mine as a gift from Your love.

Thank You, Heavenly Father, for who You are and for loving me enough to take me as I am and transform me into a vessel for Your use.  I am forgiven of sin and blessed daily to grow into all You desire I be.  Help me as I fall short of Your glory, just as You saved me without any effort on my part other than to believe in Your Son.  I do not always understand Your ways but I am now reconciled and open to receive Your Spirit in ways that are eternal.  You now have forever to make me whole and pleasing to You for I am Yours.  Nothing can snatch me from Your hands!

Grant me favor in this land of the living, Lord God, to stand against the evil you allow to exist for now.  Quench every fiery dart hurled my way and help me respond with love.  I am weak and weary from this battle and pray for You to fight for me and help me to endure.  I trust You, Faithful Father, for You have demonstrated Your power and the victory has already been won.  Have Your way!

In Jesus' name I pray.
Amen.

Believe!

Jesus answered them, “Do you finally believe? In fact, you’re about to make a run for it—saving your own skins and abandoning me. But I’m not abandoned. The Father is with me. I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”

John 16:32-33 The Message (MSG)

As troubles flow about us in this world, it is often difficult to believe in a God we do not see actively thwarting things that come against us.  Yet this is the very challenge we face in having faith.  Faith that moves mountains and provides peace during the trials we face seems so unrealistic and out of reach.

It is more natural in our humanity to worry, stress, fret and try to figure out a solution to our problems on our own. And more often than not, none of these do anything to resolve our issues. Sometimes, things seem to just work out by themselves or in our estimation, don't work out at all, or so we like to think.

Let me tell you something:  We didn't come into this world by our own device and we will certainly not determine when we will take our last breath. Even those who try to take their own lives need the permission of the Creator of life for that to work.  This alone should give us pause when we start to think we control anything that happens during the time we are allowed to live here. Then we start asking "Why?"

We are promised in God's Word, that by faith in Christ and what He did on that Cross, everything is going to be all right. We are to love Him and love each other.  What else can we do but take Him at His Word? BELIEVE IT!

Thank You, Lord!

Speak to one another with the words of psalms, hymns, and sacred songs; sing hymns and psalms to the Lord with praise in your hearts.  In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, always give thanks for everything to God the Father.

Ephesians 5:19-20 Good News Translation (GNT) 

Even as I awaken each morning through the glory of God, I am still amazed at His goodness when He answers my prayers.  We make petitions throughout the day asking our Lord for this or that as we come to know that we can depend on His constant presence and provision.  We ask, in Jesus' name, and hope our request is His will for us.  Even those times we don't feel like we get an answer, we are learning that we can trust that He hears our prayers and will answer them in His way and His timing.

What blows my mind is when I do get an answer! All I can do is thank Him! I have no doubt when He is moving in my life because I can't take credit for anything but believing in and waiting on Him to make things happen for my good and His glory.

Let us give praise to our God, for He is worthy! Thank You, Lord!!!





He's Looking and He's There

When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. “Oh, sir, what will we do now?” the young man cried to Elisha.

“Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!”  Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.

2 Kings 6:15-18 New Living Translation (NLT) 

We may not see Him, but He's there.  He is always there. I pray for an open heart along with eyes that see.  I want a heart that trusts in God for the things I cannot see.

We sometimes think we are alone in this world fighting battles we can't possibly win. Yet, the God of all glory reminds us He sees everything because He's always looking.  He is El Roi. It is we who do not see those things God chooses not to reveal to us at times. But rest assured, He sees.  And we are protected from things unseen right along with things we do see.  What a mighty God we serve!





Why I Am Doing This

"Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.  And lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” Amen.

Matthew 28:19-20 21st Century King James Version

This is the Great Commission - the last instructions Jesus gave His disciples just before He ascended to sit at the right hand of God to prepare our place in His Kingdom. As He writes His Word on my heart every day, I feel compelled to share this Good News, the Gospel of Christ.  This is our future and hope.  As I fall short in so many ways, the least I can do is share what I am convinced is the truth.  This story has an ending.  And it is Great News!  He is coming back!  I've got to tell somebody!

And this Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations, and then shall the end come.

Matthew 24:14 21st Century King James Version








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