Tuesday, October 27, 2015
"Now, therefore, fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord." Joshua 24:14
I hope that you've begun to grasp how huge and immeasurable your value really is. Christ gave it all on a lonely Cross to redeem you!
Isaiah 43:1-28 - But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called [thee] by thy name; thou [art] mine.
John 10:14-15 - I am the good shepherd, and know my [sheep], and am known of mine.
John 10:3 - To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
Psalms 127:1-24 - (A Song of degrees for Solomon.) Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh [but] in vain.
Jeremiah 1:5 - Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, [and] I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.
Psalms 91:14 - Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.
Isaiah 49:1-26 - Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.
Isaiah 43:2 - When thou passest through the waters, I [will be] with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
Revelation 20:15 - And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
Isaiah 43:1-7 - But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called [thee] by thy name; thou [art] mine.
Exodus 33:17 - And the LORD said unto Moses, I will do this thing also that thou hast spoken: for thou hast found grace in my sight, and I know thee by name.
Matthew 6:4-8 - That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
Monday, October 26, 2015
..is to via prayer and biblical worship.. know the Lord well. That's priority number one. Our first ministry is unto Him--blessing His holy Name.
Then after that it's to figure out where others ..those around us.. actually are on their spiritual journey and righteously do whatever will encourage or help bring them a step closer to knowing the living Word well. #Jesus
"If you don't want God's will, don't ask for it." ~ Oswald Chambers
It's so easy to do... we humans tend to employ prayer as a last resort, but the Lord actually wants us to pray as our first line of defense. We pray when backed into a corner so to speak, when there's nothing else that we can do (no condo--not a bad time for this), but God also wants us to pray before we do anything at all.
Nothing will separate you from Him believer. Remember.. God is way bigger than your past, and greater than all you've done and plan to do. He loves you more in this moment than all the individuals and things you've ever long-term loved.. or will love put together. No, actually far more than that--it's impossible to over exaggerate the greatness of the Lord or His charity youward. God loves you as much as He loves His son Jesus and zip can separate you, believer. Read through Romans
"What do you want Me to do for you?" —Luke 18:41a
"Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do?" —Genesis 18:17
"Be still before the Lord. Wait patiently for Him." Psalm 37:7
When you stop frantically running almost everywhere and away from, but instead to.. and simply stand open before the Lord, He will give you that comforting grace you've been longing for. Praise the Lord. Hear from and obey Him.
"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer." Ps. 19:14. Cuz I know how the words of my mouth could ..so quickly go unacceptable.
God actually rewards those who seek Him out. Are you feelin' sorta empty, lonely, afraid, hurtin' or guilty? Knowing comes before asking.
So sorry if you are. Spend some time worshiping God, and let Him just fill you until your cup overflows if ya will.
"The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot." Psalm 16:5
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Why not we get to em first with the truth in order to love and win them to Christ, before the false teachers etc get to em for their own purposes! "Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil." #Ephesians5/16
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Monday, October 19, 2015
A marriage that actually works, what's it take? It basically takes leaving and cleaving.. leavin' your parents, your own selfish worldly ideas and all other really close relationships in a sense. Your spouse needs to be and remain your second best friend.
Sunday, October 18, 2015
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
"He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. (But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet [given]; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)" ~ Jesus (John 7:38-39)
How cool, how totally refreshing that God's children are bound to biblically pour forth with great JOY, yoke-breaking-anointing and wet rivers of the water of life so to speak.. as they each walk with Christ!!!
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Sunday, October 11, 2015
Said He'd be right there with ya as you go ..day after night, after day, after night after day.. right there with you up to the end of the age. Didn't fib any or exaggerate.
Friday, October 9, 2015
Tuesday, October 6, 2015
So many people today seek happiness ahead of all other things. Can you say that’s you too?
Hey Buckeroo.. guess what! You can be.
Here’s another question for ya: Is God happy?Go check it out.. or look again. See what the Bible actually teaches. It tells us that...
God is indeed happy and He calls us not just to holiness, but also to be happy ..in close connection with His Son as Lord of our lives.Perhaps you’ve head this before.
Yes, God is and He wants you to be happy as well. Happiness is part of the Gospel.Isaiah 52:7 talks about the Gospel--do ya see that “H” word mixed right in there?
“How beautiful upon
And Paul quotes this in Romans
are the feet of him who brings good news,
publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who
publishes salvation, who says to Zion, 'Your God reigns.'”
God wants you spiritually well, growing, maturing, and in close fellowship with Him. He loves you and wants you in fellowship with a happy local church that is balanced and spiritually well ..instead of spiritually sick. He wants you to regularly hear Bible teaching from a born again spiritually mature dude who lives it and pastors with His wisdom.
Too many seek for happiness in sinning, but that’s not a smart option for the wages of sin is death. You don’t need that.
But happiness is based on happenings--on circumstances that we each like! And we all know that earthly circumstances can quickly change, so we shouldn’t base our lives on circumstances (Hint: that’s a half truth). How can we believers rightly say that God wants us to be happy?
Okay, so what is the reality of your life.. of my life in Christ? Romans 8 tells us that nothing at all anywhere can separate us from Christ’s agape Love, and that’s the true circumstance of my life!
“What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:31-39 nlt.Sin is fun for a season--just fleeting pleasures (see Heb 11). So do the masses of pleasure-seeking people of this world’s system have a type of happiness.. that’s totally based upon happenings that they like? So temporary, fleeting, short the pleasure is.
There is a greater happiness that supersedes all positive or negative earthly circumstances.
Sure, go check in your Hebrew and Greek lexicons what the original words are for joy--happiness, merriment, delight, and gladness are all close synonyms.
Christians are indeed supposed to be happy. In fact, we are supposed to radiate joy, peace, and contentment that is so unmistakable and so attractive that others are naturally drawn to us because they want what we have. And yet, in today’s culture, the vast majority of Christians are perceived as angry, judgmental people who don’t seem to derive any joy from life whatsoever. So why aren’t we happy?
Just and merciful Jesus was and still is hurt by people's sin--He will one day judge it. Christians already chose to have their's judged on the cross. #Ucan2ByFaith
When here, Christ grieved and felt pain at times, He was rejected and suffered loss of a whole lot. Christ is called a man of sorrows, but think about it.. He is the happiest person in the whole universe. It's true!
All God's image-bearers experience some happiness. God "satisfies your hearts with food and happiness." Acts 14:17Oswald Chambers who I love to read, once spoke critically about happiness and clearly made it opposed to joy.
We are told to, "Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances." 1 Thess. 5:16-18Just cling to God’s firm promises, and go to Jesus in conversation. Pray over and mediate on His truth as is found in Jeremiah 32:40, 41.
Before any of God’s creatures ever came into being i.e., the angelic or earthly persons in this equation, just ask yourself.. Q. What was God really like? A. He was happy. Still is.
Go study God’ basic persona, personality, desires, and His character.. cuz that’s who He is. Q. How is God now with you? A. Happy. Q. What will God be like in the future post Rapture and post Second Coming and Millennium? A. Happy.. and we can be happy with Him forever! Good News huh!
Paul tells us to rejoice in the Lord always. It’s a choice we each must make. But we have trials, testings, tribulation at times. Does life here have to be flawless? No. Listen, sorrow and real joy can coexist.Unfortunately, many Christians are taught early on that God doesn’t want us to be happy (he wants us to be holy sometimes with or often excluding being happy). There’s a tendency for Christians to minimize the happiness God wants them to enjoy.
In fact, many Christians are laboring under the false notion that God himself is not happy. But nothing could be further from the truth! God is and He does want us to be happy.
Go read through the entire Bible again. We are wired to be happy in our God. The Word of God is filled with verses that prove that our Lord is a happy, joy-filled God who not only loves happy celebrations but also desperately wants all of his children to be happy. An obedient life with Jesus leading is truly a happy life!
Why else would He go to the lengths He did to ensure our eternal happiness in His presence? We know that we will experience unimaginable joy and happiness in Heaven, but that doesn’t mean we can’t also experience joy and happiness here on earth.
“The infinite abyss in our hearts, which might be called a vacuum, can only be filled by the infinite God Himself. We still have a trace of an ancient happiness that was in the hearts of Adam and Eve, a happiness which preceded sin and was ruined by it. But it was not utterly destroyed. Its mark is still upon us, and one day, when redemption is fully realized, God will fan it into flames again, never to be quenched. But even now, while living in the Shadowlands, we have times of burning joy, the foretaste of the eternal joy to come, the lesser streams of the JOY of which God Himself is the Fountainhead.
Pascal said this:
All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end. The cause of some going to war, and of others avoiding it, is the same desire in both, attended with different views. The will never takes the least step but to this object. This is the motive of every action of every man, even of those who hang themselves.” 1
It’s the blessed, joyous, happy Christians that want to go share Christ’s Good News with other people, because they unselfishly don’t want to keep it to themselves. They earnestly seek to live it and share it so that many others can become happy in the Lord as well. If they weren't that way, who down here would want what they have.By faith gain it first in the Lord, and then export it second! Free of charge!
Don't get me wrong. You might currently have fiery trials in this life. You might be in a tough period, or situation with some suffering, but you can front-load back to your present situation ..what your eternity in Jesus really is. Think about Charles Haddon Spurgeon who battled depression but ran back to God’s word for relief. Think the Holy Spirit who is interceding for you. Yes, think about God’s Scriptures, the rejoicing that God points us all to do, and to your future where you'll soon be. Your life is hid with Christ in God.
The Bible says that God "raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus." Eph. 2:6
So be happy in the Lord, again I say be happy in the Lord. Nothing shall separate you from God’s love. Real happiness begins and ends in God.
Scripture makes it abundantly clear that the Lord is the only ultimate source of real happiness. Our problem so often is.. when we start seeking happiness in temporal things, in worldly happenings, in secondary things instead of what’s really primary.. we get disappointed.
Remember that God’s home--Heaven is a very happy place and there is no other place anywhere that even compares. Jesus, God the Father and the Holy Spirit are there. It’s where I want to arrive. Where do you?