Monday, September 23, 2013

John 14:21 NKJV
21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.”

In order to keep the Lords commandments we have to know what they are.  If we don't read His Word how will we know?  Get into the Word....Get into God.  He loves us and wants to teach us how to live here on earth so that one day soon we will live with Him in Heaven for all eternity.

Another reason to study the Word, and get closer to the Lord, is so we can be a light to all those around us.  The world is a dark place and getting darker everyday.  The world needs a light....the Light....His name is Jesus.  Shine forth His light today in your part of the world!

until we see JESUS....face to face

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Are You Ready

Jeremiah 25:4-7 NLT

Jeremiah the prophet said to all the people in Judah and Jerusalem, “For the past twenty-three years—from the thirteenth year of the reign of Josiah son of Amon king of Judah, until now—the Lord has been giving me his messages. I have faithfully passed them on to you, but you have not listened.
“Again and again the Lord has sent you his servants, the prophets, but you have not listened or even paid attention. Each time the message was this: ‘Turn from the evil road you are traveling and from the evil things you are doing. Only then will I let you live in this land that the Lord gave to you and your ancestors forever. Do not provoke my anger by worshiping idols you made with your own hands. Then I will not harm you.’
“But you would not listen to me,” says the Lord. “You made me furious by worshiping idols you made with your own hands, bringing on yourselves all the disasters you now suffer.

When I read this passage I was reminded of how many times we have heard a message given to us like this one and yet we still go our own way doing things that we know are not pleasing to GOD.  We follow along with what everyone else is doing....the way of the world....because it's more fun or it's easy.  We worship idols of our own making....material possessions, celebrities, power....just like the people in Jeremiahs day.  Getting mixed up in religion that doesn't follow the true word of GOD....that doesn't believe in JESUS CHRIST as SAVIOR.  When we follow into those types of religions it is no better than worshiping a god made of gold, stone, wood or metal....those gods can't save you from sin (Hell) and they can't heal you of sickness.  Why do we do this?

Sometimes it's because we don't know any better.  It's what we have been taught....what we think is the right way....because satan has blinded us from the truth.  He makes us think that we are going the right way....following down the right we reject the one true GOD.  Satan wants to have your soul!

Today I want to challenge you.  If you are going through anything that has you scared or worried....sickness....fear of death....and you don't know what tomorrow really holds for you....

Call on GOD.  The GOD that created you.  Talk to HIM.  Ask HIM to show you what is true and show you HIS path for your life....and to help you to walk in that path.  If doctors have told you that you might not see next month....or even tomorrow....make sure you are ready to meet the One True GOD!  Find out for yourself and don't rely on what others have told you.  If you are fearful of death....maybe what you have been being taught isn't quite right....maybe it's just a religion not a personal relationship.  If you are wondering today at all....if you have any doubts....

Call out to JESUS and ask HIM to forgive you of your sins and to come into your heart.  Ask JESUS to be The LORD of your life and to take you to live in heaven with HIM when you pass from this life into eternity.  What can it hurt to just be sure....beyond the shadow of any doubt....that you will go to heaven and live with HIM?  Call on JESUS today.

We will all see HIM face to face one day....

Are you ready?!!




Sunday, September 8, 2013

Do You Ever Wonder

Do you ever wonder....doubt....if a choice you made is the right one?  Well, as some choices go, once you make them they can't be undone.  You have to live with that choice and pray that it was a good one.  At times it may seem that maybe it wasn't the right one.  Like....when things come to a standstill or seemingly go backwards.  Then you have a whole new set of issues.  What starts happening in your thought patterns?  Well, because you are human you start thinking about all of the possibilities of everything that you are feeling.  Then what walks through the door of your mind?  Discouragement....fear....and a well known reality of today....stress!  Okay....we all know who loves that environment that you are setting yourself up in....and loves for you to just feed in that place. 

Today, I'm not even going to put his name in this post because he is not the one with the power in our lives. 

We need to keep our thoughts on the Lord.  Put our faith and trust in Him and believe that He has everything under control.

Isaiah 26:3-4 NKJ

You will keep him in perfect peace,
whose mind is stayed on You,
because he trusts in You.

Trust in the Lord forever,
for in Yah, the Lord, is everlasting strength. 

Once you put your faith and trust in the Lord....that's where you have to live. 

HE. Is. Our. Strength!

Keep your mind and heart there.  Don't allow the situation to change you.  Become unshakeable in what you know is true and right.  Wait for Him to do what He does best!....

See you through to the other side of your situation to victory through Him!

Psalm 62:1-2 NLT

I wait quietly before God,
for my victory comes from Him.

He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress where I will never be shaken.

Friday, September 6, 2013

September Blessings

September....feeling so blessed today and for no particular reason.  I was out driving and enjoying the wonderful cooler weather thinking how fall will be here soon.  Fall....pumpkin treats....caramel apple treats....the changing colors....falling of the leaves....cooler weather....all things that the Lord provides for us.  Didn't He do a magnificent job when He created everything?!! 

Another thing September brings into my life is Life Group.  I am thankful for the opportunity to be involved in one.  It's good to be a part of something that is Christ centered.  Not to long ago I wasn't so sure about going but it seems that the Lord knows what's best for us all the time.  He changes us if we are willing to be changed.  That's hard sometimes, but worth it when you just relax and let the Lord do what is best for you.  It seems that He is making me much more aware that doing my own isn't always the best way.  It's good to be able to share with other Christians.  The only reason I feel this way and can go to a Life Group is....

Because of Jesus.  On my own....if He had not changed my life....I would never be able to even walk through the door.  Without Him I can do nothing.  And you know what....He likes it that way.  Not for us to be afraid to do things, but for us to take Him with us wherever we go.  Jesus gives us strength to do things that ....before life with Him....we thought were impossible!

Philippians 4:13 nkj
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Ephesians 6:10 amp
In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].

Jesus loves us all so much and He wants to do life with us all.  He wants to be with us in every situation we face....good or bad.  Do you allow Him to be a part of every part of your life....or do you hold back some?  If you are holding back....let go a little and see what happens.  You might be surprised!


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Cry Of My Heart Today

Psalm 51:10
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.

This Psalm is one of my favorites and I surely don't pray it enough.  This morning, while getting ready for work, it came to my mind.  I think it's a good verse to keep close all day.  As we go about our days many things happen and there are times when things enter into our thoughts and our hearts that shouldn't be there.  My goal to day is to pray this verse when things start turning upside down on me.

This is just a little poem/prayer that the Lord gave to me this morning.  It seems like when I talk with Him on a regular I should....He fills my heart with these types of things.

Father God this is the cry of my heart today
Renew me afresh in your Spirit I pray.
Purify my mind to think in Your ways
Clean up my heart restore me today.

Only in Your presence I long to stay
Forever O Lord keep me I pray.

Have a blessed day with Jesus!

Linking today with Tracy for Winsome Wednesday.

Monday, September 2, 2013

We Will See Clearly

Currently I'm reading a series of fiction books about spiritual warfare.  At the end of the first book one of the main characters looses his sight.  Today I started the second book.  It starts at said characters house and talks of how he is coping without his sight.  It got me to thinking about what it would be like to not be able to see.  How hard it would be going from sighted to sightless!  Then another thought came to mind....

How wonderful it is when you go from being sighted, after you accept Jesus as your Savior!  Lately I think a lot about how things use to be for me and how they are now.  What a contrast.  A verse immediately came to my mind while thinking about all of this.  It's an even bigger contrast.  Something that all of us as Christians have to look forward too....

1 Corinthians 13:12 amp
For now we are looking in a mirror that gives only a dim (blurred) reflection [of reality as in a riddle or enigma], but then [when perfection comes] we shall see in reality and face to face! Now I know in part (imperfectly), but then I shall know and understand fully and clearly, even in the same manner as I have been fully and clearly known and understood [by God].

Before accepting Christ my life was a blur....everything was dim to dark.  After accepting Christ it was as if I had stepped into a new world....literally!  To an extent that's how it is for everyone as Christians now.  Even though we serve doesn't always make sense.  Our understanding of the things of God is really limited.  We don't usually get to see....or understand....the whole picture of things that happen in our lives.  But one day....when Jesus returns....we will see and understand it all!  We won't be seeing just a blurred reflection, we will be seeing and understanding everything....for the first time....clearly!

Oh what a day that will be!!  What a glorious day!!

Think about it....

We will one day see Jesus....face to face!  All of the questions we have about things of this life won't really matter anymore.  We will understand....and see....fully and clearly! 

Scripture Trails

I love days off when I can get up, open my study Bible, and follow the trail of scriptures from one verse to the next.  Sometimes I can go on for a long time and other times it's only a few verses.  But however far the trail leads....that's where the Lord wants to take me on that day.  Isn't it just so cool how He knows just how far to lead us each time?!

This morning I got out my Jesus Calling devotional....thank you Marge for reminding me how good it get me started.  It's funny how I read today's....which was good....but yesterdays was the one for me today.  I've never really been one to adhere to guidelines very well!  Anyway....I followed the many great verses....and ended up with this one....

Galatians 5:25

Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit's leading in every part of our lives.

Wow!  Isn't God good?!  I read this morning about seizing and holding fast....seeking the Lord my  God with everything in God is faithful....loving Him with every breath I have.....committing myself to Him and His commands wholeheartedly....and finally....following Him in every part of my life!  Hmmmm....think He's trying to tell me something?!

So far today has been great and I am greatly blessed.  Here is a list of some of the scriptures that I referred too.  I read them all in the Amplified because sometimes I need a little more clarification for it to fully come alive to me!

Hebrews 10:23
Deuteronomy 4:29
1 Corinthians 1:9 and 10:13
Deuteronomy 6:5 and 6
Matthew 22:37
Mark 12:29-30
Galatians 5:25

Then the last one was on my journal page;

1 Chronicles 16:25 KJV

For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
He also is to be feared above all gods. 

Be blessed today as you find your own way through the Word of our God.