His love endures forever.

True love is not a fleeting thing. It is unconditional and does not differentiate based on ethnicity or ancestry. I heard the craziest thing on the radio today. “Intolerance will not be tolerated!” Apparently, it is a policy on a campus somewhere in this nation. How about “Hate will not be tolerated” instead of intolerance. The Bible says ‘love your neighbor as you love yourself.’  Maybe the problem is our idea of love is limited by emotions and feelings, and reciprocation whereas, God simply said love your neighbor…I don’t see any conditions attached to that statement, do you? Our thought processes are so hampered by time and space that we cannot comprehend a love that lasts forever.

 

Advertisements

Only God can change my heart!

Within the context of Scripture; Read the story of how David tried to cover up his sin with Bathsheba.David made this statement after Nathan the prophet revealed to him God’s displeasure at the sin, he had committed. Ps 51


1Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness;  According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.  2Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity And cleanse me from my sin.  3For I know my transgressions,  And my sin is ever before me.  4Against You, You only, I have sinned  And done what is evil in Your sight,    So that You are justified when You speak  And blameless when You judge.  5Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,  And in sin, my mother conceived me.

He acknowledges the fact that since the fall no human being was born perfect. At some point in a person’s life, they experience a conversion and or reconciliation to Christ and the rest of the Godhead. No human being since Adam can claim that they were born without sin. Even if your parents, parents, parents, were born and raised in the church – the fact that one is an offspring of Adam they have sinned. And as Christ said to Nicodemus “You must be born again.”   That is when one’s conversion occurs and one can say “I became a new creation in Christ!”  David continues.

  6Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being, And in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom.  7Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;  Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.   8Make me to hear joy and gladness,  Let the bones which You have broken rejoice.  9Hide Your face from my sins And blot out all my iniquities. Hide Your face from my sins And blot out all my iniquities. 10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. 11 Do not cast me away from Your presence And do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.…  New American Standard Bible

David’s plea to God to create a clean heart in him is as real today for me as it is was for him. You see as a human being I will sin in thought in not in word and or in my actions. I have seen outbursts on social media from person’s who declare purity of spirit, and a continually clean heart. I will say that no human being can make that claim. Not even the most pious of individuals can declare absolute purity of mind, or spirit. We will sin. So, the pattern is we sin – we repent – God applies the blood of Jesus Christ to our lives. We are cleansed.  Transformation of one’s human spirit is not an instant even it is a  lifelong pursuit. And you know what God knows that. So this morning as I was praying, before I say this Scripture for the day, I was telling my Good, Good, Father that revealing my sins to me does me no good because I do not have the human power to clean my heart. I need Him to “create in me a clean heart.” A heart that loves as He loves. A heart that forgives as He forgives. A heart that longs to worship Him because no other being in the universe deserves my worship. I told Him that only He can change my heart and make it more like His. What about you?

Humility=Answers

#WhenIHumbleMySelfBeforeYou #ThenISeeAnsersToMyPrayers! Happy Family Reunion Day!

#humblemyself

His Words and promises are true. So, as we gather together across the world today, unite in prayer and humble ourselves before the Lord! Our humility = answers to our prayers!

Happy Family Reunion Day!

God is with us!

Gallery

As I walk in Him…what happens?

112417

As I walk in Him I grow closer to love Him and learn to love others betters! This leads me to be fully rooted in Him and am thankful regardless of my circumstances!

 

Ten Ways to Build Multi-Ethnic Bridges Between Churches

These principles also apply within congregations or the congregation will not be multi-ethnic for long. If the dominant culture insists that everyone must think as they do then they will become the only ones in the church.
  1. The dominant culture will basically be telling God that He made a mistake when He made people from the other cultures in the manner that He made them and with their own style of thinking, associating, understanding, relating, listening, and worshipping.
  2. We will be making the mistake that Western missionaries made over the centuries and that is why we still have people attempting to reach the indigenous people in foreign countries.
  3. The reality is that the USA is a country filled with indigenous people yet when they enter the halls of western churches we force them to worship as we do without any consideration for their style of worship. No wonder they create their own dominations 😦
SEE SOME PRINCIPLES BELOW WRITTEN BY MIRIAM ADENERY SPECIALISTS ON GLOBALIZATION AND ETHNICITY
  • 1. Welcome. We must welcome people of other cultures who want to join our church, and if they so desire, we must help them create niches where they can worship in familiar ways.
  • 2. Teach. We must teach, over and over, the contrasting biblical truths of unity and creativity.
  • 3. Pray. We must pray with each other regularly across ethnic boundaries.
  • 4. Evangelize. We must work together in culturally-relevant local evangelism.
  • 5. Nurture. We must work together with ethnic churches in our community to nurture the youth while encouraging the youth to maintain pride in their heritage.
  • 6. Repent. We must repent of hegemonic dominance or neglect on one side and of resentment or dependency on the other.
  • 7. Link. We must designate a member to be a “culture broker” who links our congregation with specific churches of other heritage in our community, and who holds the church members accountable for maintaining faithful relationships of depth and substance.
  • 8. Invest. We must invest time and money sacrificially and risk ourselves emotionally in strong partnership and exchange patterns.
  • 9. Build leaders. We must work together in culturally-relevant leadership training and publishing of useful materials.
  • 10. Learn. We must be ready to learn from each other, believing that the word of the Lord may come to us through people very different from ourselves.
Adenery, Miriam. “Is God Colorblind or Colorful: The Gospel, Globalization, and Ethnicity.” In Perspectives on the World Christian Movement: A Reader, by Ralph D. Winter and Steven C. Hawthorne, 415-22. Pasadena: William Carey Library, 1981, WSB Reader.

 

Be thankful no matter what life throws at you.

1thess5

Rejoicing and being thankful is not so easy when

  • one has recently experienced a divorce
  • your baby, your precious one, died suddenly
  • you feel like  you would rather die than have another treatment for your physical challenge
  • you are all alone in a nursing home and you feel as if no one knows that you exist
  • you are on the verge of bankruptcy and may become homeless
  • your child is suffering and there is nothing you can do to help them
  • you are so depressed that there is no tunnel or a light
  • you have lost a loved one to addiction or death
  • you are feeling all alone, and there is nowhere to go

If you are facing anyone these situations it appears to be insane to tell you to “rejoice” and “give thanks.” We experience these events in our lives because we must be able to give God the glory regardless of what we are facing–good times or bad– He still remain our Jehovah Jireh. 

Sometimes I have to think about “what is it that I am supposed to be gaining from this situation?” “How can I bring glory to His name when I am in so much pain I am almost going out of my mind?” “How can I glorify Him when my friend just lost her baby?”

Invariably He reminds me that He reminds me that he has experienced the same thing.

Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. [God is describing what Jesus looked like after he had been beaten by the soldiers of Pilate – because of my sins.] He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. [Again, standing before Pilate for His trial what happened? ]” “Behold your King!”  They cried out, “Away with him, away with him, crucify him!” [“He was despised”] Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.”[“He was rejected.”] Then he handed him over to them to be crucified.”

And it continues

Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, [Can you imagine smiting your own children so that people who hate you can live?] and afflicted. 

Here is why we can count it all joy. God the one who designed every single atom in our bodies, the bodies of the animals, plans and earth thing that exists upon this earth chose to have His son bruised, wounded, chastised, brutalized, and at the final moment – He God could not stand to look at it anymore so He God turned His back on His son and walked away  the pain that He God experienced was great! (See the theological thesis of “The Suffering of Christ on the Cross in the Theology of Jürgen Moltmann.

  1. But he was wounded for our transgressions,
  2. he was bruised for our iniquities:
  3. the chastisement of our peace was upon him;
  4. and with his stripes we are healed.

 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; [even though we rejected Him] and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. 

What happens when we experience oppression? Today we post it all on social media and what should happen to the person who has caused that oppression. What did the man Jesus do?

He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.  He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. DEATH CAME And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.

He suffered so we could be justified? Is it possible that in our suffering He could be glorified and an unbeliever’s doubts erased because they see our example of His patience, His long-suffering, His joy! It is not easy to count it all joy when one is suffering. However, today we have Christian radio to listen to. We can listen and worship in our mind if we have no voice. We can praise Him is our actions by loving someone who needs to know that someone loves them.

We can glorify Him in our praise and joy even when all hell has broken loose in our lives because we know that “No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,  And their righteousness is from Me, ”Says the Lord.” (Isa 54:17 NKJV).

We can thank Him for His promise of perfect peace, healing, and joy  (Colossians 1:20). We can thank Him for his duplicitous blessing of (i) peace with God (Romans 5:1); and (ii) the peace of God (Philippians 4:7). He keeps us in perfect peace through our t is the one: (1) “whose mind is [consistent in our relationship with Him]”; and (2) “those who trust in Him.” Both expressed knowledge of faith and faith lived out gives us the ability to rejoice in the good times and also in the bad times.

Peace within, comes from Him!

peace

Bring thankful for the oneness of the Godhead and the peace and love that flows from it was my rising thought this morning. Though all may be falling apart around me I have always known that my Heavenly Father remains the same. This Thanksgiving be thankful for the peace that flows from His love for us.

The lifter OF my head!

#TheLord

Grace and Peace to you!

Presentation1

I’m so thankful today for your loving kindness Father!

Lord, I thank you for your loving kindness that is better than anything I could possibly experience in life. As learn each day to grow closer to you I appreciate the sweet aroma of your presence and it is better than the air I breathe. It also leads me to love all people thus growing the Kingdom of God.  Teach me each day Father to declare that love to all around people groups around this world.

  1. As I lift my hands in worship of you with my words of love.
  2. As I sing songs of praise.
  3. As I give to your Kingdom work with a joyful spirit; let it all be a demonstration of my thankfulness to you El-Shaddai – Amen

He is my shield-Happy Family Reunion Day

What is the most precious gift that you have ever received?

For me, that was the gift of salvation and forgiveness. The Holy Spirit reminds me daily that it is my duty to give it to others as I navigate life. How do I do that, just by loving people the way God loves me.

Walking the talk is not easy, BUT GOD…

As we learn to love God and grow in Him we learn to love our brothers and sisters better. Compassion, forgiveness, kindness, humility, and love for each other become an easy thing to do!

 

We are victorious because of Jesus!

Gallery

My prayer for all tonight and every night!

This is not just a cute saying it is God’s desire for all of humanity. That is why He sent His one and only Son to open up the heavens so we can experience Him as our Father. One on one conversations with the one who sustains the universe WOW!!!

How did he show us His love and make sure that we would have grace and peace?

Beware of the soothsayers who declare Christ but are really declaring spiritual bondage!

Paul spoke to the times he was living in.  The churches he planted were new and firmly established but the devil didn’t care. In Philippians‬ ‭3:2-14‬ ‭NIV‬‬ Paul wrote about what was happening to the brethren.

“Watch out for those dogs, those evildoers, those mutilators of the flesh. For it is we who are the circumcision, we who serve God by his Spirit, who boast in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh— though I myself have reasons for such confidence. If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless. But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

‭‭Yes, the law is a great thing. But the law itself saves no one from their sins. Read the entire Old Testament and see how many times Israel strayed from the law. It was something to do, not someone to believe in. The vertical relationship that they had with God wavered in the same way that they wavered in keeping the law. Now the same people were coming to the Christian church and insisting that the Blood of Jesus Christ was not enough. His death was not enough. They had to participate in rituals to be truly saved!  God chose Paul to be the Apostle to the Gentiles because none of the other Apostles lived, or were trained in the how to live a life of obedience to The Hebraic Law. Read to rest of the book of Philippians, particularly the third chapter to comprehend the brevity of the situation. We have faith only in our acceptance of Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. Love God completely then we can love the brethren. That comes only through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

What counts, Rituals or Traditions?

Paul stipulated that neither rituals nor traditions count! We have absolute freedom in Christ. We don’t have to celebrate rituals, seasons, holidays, nor the Judicial requirements under the law!

Freedom in Christ
5But by faith, we eagerly await through the Spirit the hope of righteousness. 6For in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value. 

What really matters?

All that matters is faith, [How do we see that we have faith] 

expressed through love. 

7You were running so well. Who has obstructed you from obeying the truth? [The galatians listened to Jewish Christians who insisted that they had to keep the Old Testament covenants and were willing to give up their freedom in Christ contrary to what Paul, a Scholar of Judaic Law, taught them as led by the Holy Spirt.,…Berean Study Bible · Download

Agape love is the only thing that counts. It covers everything. Living in that lifestyle one would never break any of the Ten Commandments. Love to God – shows itself in our love for our fellow man. Even people who hate us!

Every living thing has an expiration date, BUT GOD!

#AllHumansWereBorn #AtSomePointWeWILLFadeIntoTheSunset

#WhentheFadeComesWhatNext?

 

The context surrounding this verse is offered here.

23For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.

Belief in Jesus Christ as one’s Lord and Savior and confession and receipt forgiveness of sin demonstrates faith. After a Christian’s born-again experience there is a reverence and fear of God. When we choose to sin, God visits us with the consequences of that sin. Repentance of sins after the born-again experience reminds the believer of the assurance, that by faith they are saved from condemnation due to the Blood of Jesus Christ. They are reminded that He is no longer hanging on the cross as a dead Savior, but He is with the Father in His glory  Belief in the resurrected and glorified Lord is the Christian’s assurance for His word proclaims...

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.  (Joh 14:3 KJV).

How is that possible when we are such sinful people?  In Romans 7:24-25 (NKJV)Paul cried out…

24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 

Then He answered his own question.

I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.

Paul identified that the flesh has a bent toward sin, but his soul and mind goes through the transformation process. He warns us not to …

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

As transformation continues through the word of God planted in the heart by the Holy Ghost we will…

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Colossians 3:16 –

The stirring up of our minds by the Holy Spirit as we feed on God’s word leads to
[Sanctification] through thy truth: thy word is truth.  John 17:17 

Transformation, justification by faith, and sanctification relieve the mind of a believer because they know that….

24 For, “All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, 25 but the word of the Lord stands forever.” Berean Study Bible · Download till it is fullfilled in the gift to eternal life.

That full realization is not experienced until the Christian receives their glorified body

For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. I Corinthians 15:53 King James Version

So, don’t be concerned that

because when this flesh of our withers away we will receive a glorified body. A body that is incorruptible and lasts forever.

Be strong in the Lord!

It sounds like a clique but for me, it is a way of life. If I begin to falter I call out to Him and He strengthens me. Folks want to hear some kind of new doctrine, a new revelation, a new anything, but the fact that God loves them always has, and always will. His love never changes, and he will never give up on you.

 

 

Happy Sunday-The Cross Is the Solution!!

#THELORD

the Lord

If you are feeling alone and apart from everyone please be mindful you are not either of these things. If you are a child of God you have family all over the world who will be praying for you, your health, and safety this morning. If You are not a child of God listen to this story about His love for you and ask Him to forgive you of your sins.

There are love and hope waiting for you there at the foot of the cross.

Blot out my transgressions!

#ManRemembersOurSins  #GodForgivesAndForgets #DoUntoOthersWhatGodHasDoneForYou

King David had committed egregious sins. Not only did he commit adultery, he also planned and executed the plan to murder Uriah and all of the men under his command to cover up His sin. After Nathan, the prophet apprised him of the condition of his heart at that moment David cried out to God for forgiveness.

Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God
1For the choir director. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity And cleanse me from my sin.…

The downhearted who thinks that their sin is beyond the beyond will think, “There is no way that God can forgive me now!” But, God told David what the consequences of his sins would be BUT more importantly, he forgave him.  Just read the Psalms and you will see that God does not forgive the way that man forgives. He forgives and forgets.

What happens after you die? Eng/Russian

#EternalLife  The Story: English and Russian Versions! If you’re not sure what’s to come after you die, watch this incredible short film!

Find out in this short film: English Version

 

اЕсли вы гадаете, что будет после вашей смерти, посмотрите этот потрясающий короткий фильм. . Russian VERSION

How do we demonstrate the biblical construct of respect for our leaders?

Peter [Remember him? The one who cut the ear off  the Roman soldier] writes,

Submission to Authorities
12Conduct yourselves with such honor among the Gentiles that, though they slander you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us. 13Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to the king as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors as those sent by him to punish evildoers and praise well-doers.… Berean Study Bible ·

The Word continues.

17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor. …. But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. 21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

As a human being, the first thing we do when accused is unleash our “porcupine quills” armed for war and the destruction of the accuser. That is our fleshly response. This was the Lord’s response.

22 “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” 23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds, you have been healed.” 25 For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

So, pray for our leaders no matter what positions of authority that they may be in. Pray that they will live by the following Scripture…

I know that this is a hard request, but if ever our leadership needed prayer it is NOW!

 

Gratitude Day #30 Thankful that the Holy Spirit takes captive my thoughts.

We fight spiritual warfare every single second of our waking hours.  Paul contextualized the immensity of this battle in 2 Cor 10

The weapons of our warfare are not the weapons of the world. Instead, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We tear down arguments, and every presumption set up against the knowledge of God; we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, as soon as your obedience is complete.…Berean Study Bible

Every day I am aware of my thoughts and my thought patterns.  Every single time that something begins to travel across my mind that should not be the there I feel the “stoplight” of the Holy Spirit stopping it and dashing it from “as far as the east is from the west .” I am grateful for the control that the Holy Spirit has over my thoughts and the fact that I still have the will to be obedient to the tug of the Holy Spirit or not. I have found that “obedience to Christ” saves me a lot of heartaches.

If you are not sure if the Holy Spirit lives in you contact us. We will work with you to arrive at that answer.

 

Gratitude Day #29 Thankful that the Lord is my teacher..

I don’t know how many times I have found myself in a situation where I need the Holy Spirit to show me what to do. Until He does I will remain in a “waiting” position.  I had a friend tell me that I give too many chances, and I wait too long before I make a decision.  During those times of waiting, I was waiting on the Lord to teach me how to phrase what has to be said. A direct response to inappropriate behavior can blow people out of the water or it can help them understand that maybe this is just not “their cup of tea” so to speak. The Holy Spirit teaches us how to do that.  His word declares

Israel Promised Deliverance
16“Come near to Me, listen to this: From the first, I have not spoken in secret, From the time it took place, I was there. And now the Lord GOD has sent Me, and His Spirit.” 17Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, Who leads you in the way you should go. 18“If only you had paid attention to My commandments! Then your well-being would have been like a river, And your righteousness like the waves of the sea.… New American Standard Bible (NASB) !sa 48:16-17

Whenever I became frustrated he always reminded me that “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you in the way you should go” (Isa 48 17 NASB). Patience is not a human virtue it is a Fruit of the Spirit. I used to want immediate answers to immediate situations. I am learning day by day to wait – why? Because He leads me in the way that I should go and He has never led me astray. I thank you, Holy Father for teaching me how to listen, read, learn, and wait.  No, I know that I have not mastered this in practice, but your grace keeps me focused and I am thankful for that in Jesus name.  Do you know that no matter what there is always a teaching scenario in one’s life? Something that we can learn and grow from? When frustrations hit you and you are at your wit’s end. ..turn to the word of God…rely on the Holy Spirit to teach you how to wait. How long did Israel have to wait before they could go back to their chosen place? The land that God gave to their Fathers? Wait, my dear friends. It will be worth the teaching lesson that God is giving us.

 

Gratitude Day#28 I am thankful that belief = No Condemnation!

The biblical context of this Scripture is a simple premise “God’s love for mankind.”

For God So Loved
17For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. 18Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19And this is the verdict: The Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness more than light, because their deeds were evil.…Berean Study Bible

Mark 16:16  “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” [Now in the eyes of the world and unbeliever this Scripture may appear to present God as an exclusivist. However, that is an antiphonal statement. The  Scripture says “whoever” the emphasis of choice is given to the person. Not person singular but person multiplied. Every single person who chooses to believe is not condemned. The same threat is repeated throughout the New Testament Scriptures.

  1. John 1:12 “But to all who did receive Him, to those who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God–“
  2. John 1:18 “No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is Himself God and is at the Father’s side, has made Him known.”
  3. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
  4. John 5:24 “Truly, truly, I tell you, whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not come under judgment. Indeed, he has crossed over from death to life.”
  5. Hebrews 3:19 “So we see that it was because of their unbelief that they were unable to enter.”
  6. 1 John 3:23 “And this is His commandment: that we should believe in the name of His Son, Jesus Christ, and we should love one another just as He commanded us.
  7. 1 John 4:9 “This is how God’s love was revealed among us: God sent His one and only Son into the world, o that we might live through Him. “
  8. 1 John 5:10 Whoever believes in the Son of God has this testimony within him; whoever does not believe God has made Him out to be a liar because he has not believed in the testimony God has given about His Son.”

In the final analysis of where one stands with God, the answer will always be “where do I choose to stand?’ I chose to apply faith and belief because that application in my life = no condemnation when I slip and actually sin; when I falter and think sinful thoughts when I am in a situation and instead of addressing it full-force – because that is what was warranted – I choose to walk away.   When God gives us an opportunity to change a situation we should always take it, but human nature wants to say, ” I don’t want to deal with the drama!” That is in effect a sin. I would have refused to follow a direct command of God. So, I am thankful when I am not as obedient to His call on my life that I am not condemned. I am thankful that my belief in Jesus Christ as the only door to God places me in a position of no condemnation because I am “in Christ Jesus!”

 

Gratitude Day # 27 Thankful that He saves the brokenhearted.

Not until I understood the context of this Scripture did I realize that His children will become brokenhearted.

17The righteous cry, and the LORD hears And delivers them out of all their troubles. 18The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit. 19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all (Ps 34:17-19).

As positive as the rising and setting of the sun, I know that I will have times in my life that are troubling. But I do not have to be concerned because the “Lord is close to me and saves me when my spirit is crushed and broken.”  

Take heart dear one we serve a God who breaks every chain. 

Gratitude Day #26 I am thankful for the discipline of my Lord.

Thankfulness for discipline may seem foolish, but it is through that discipline that I grow in His grace. No father allows His children to do as they please without reaping consequences for those actions.  Because of His discipline, I strive to look to Him for redemption, not myself, or any ideology, sociological concept, positivity, or political redemption.The Matthew Henry commentary explains the benefits of discipline.

12:1-11 The persevering obedience of faith in Christ, was the race set before the Hebrews, wherein they must either win the crown of glory, or have everlasting misery for their portion; and it is set before us. By the sin that does so easily beset us, understand that sin to which we are most prone, or to which we are most exposed, from habit, age, or circumstances. This is a most important exhortation; for while a man’s darling sin, be it what it will, remains unsubdued, it will hinder him from running the Christian race, as it takes from him every motive for running, and gives power to every discouragement. When weary and faint in their minds, let them recollect that the holy Jesus suffered, to save them from eternal misery. By stedfastly looking to Jesus, their thoughts would strengthen holy affections, and keep under their carnal desires. Let us then frequently consider him. What are our little trials to his agonies, or even to our deserts? What are they to the sufferings of many others? There is a proneness in believers to grow weary, and to faint under trials and afflictions; this is from the imperfection of grace and the remains of corruption. Christians should not faint under their trials. Though their enemies and persecutors may be instruments to inflict sufferings, yet they are Divine chastisements; their heavenly Father has his hand in all, and his wise end to answer by all. They must not make light of afflictions, and be without feeling under them, for they are the hand and rod of God, and are his rebukes for sin. They must not despond and sink under trials, nor fret and repine, but bear up with faith and patience. God may let others alone in their sins, but he will correct sin in his own children. In this he acts as becomes a father. Our earthly parents sometimes may chasten us, to gratify their passion, rather than to reform our manners. But the Father of our souls never willingly grieves nor afflicts his children. It is always for our profit. Our whole life here is a state of childhood, and imperfect as to spiritual things; therefore we must submit to the discipline of such a state. When we come to a perfect state, we shall be fully reconciled to all God’s chastisement of us now. God’s correction is not condemnation; the chastening may be borne with patience, and greatly promote holiness. Let us then learn to consider the afflictions brought on us by the malice of men, as corrections sent by our wise and gracious Father, for our spiritual good.

He is my good, good, Father and He is perfect in all his ways. He expects me to strive for the mastery.  Do you know this good, good father?

Gratitude Day # 25 Thankful that I am still here and able to fight the good fight.

IMG_2813.jpg

Within the context of this Scripture in I Tim 6:9-21 we see that Paul was encouraging Timothy to avoid contentious conversations, stick to the keeping of the commandments, continue the Christian walk which Paul called “the good fight of faith.”

9But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, [note it does not state the root of all evil] and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.  11 But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance gentleness. [Pursue the fruit of the spirit-take the high road instead of falling into the temptations that were prevalent in the Antioch church.  This was a rich church, and people were equating wealth with holiness.]12Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. [It takes faith to fight “the good fight” live a life that is not filled with contention. Taking the high road means being dead to self and the get even mentality of this world.]13I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who testified the good confession before Pontius Pilate, 14that you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, [Paul reiterates for TImothy what is called out purpose in God was at that time.] 15which He will bring about at the proper time—He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16who alone possesses immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see. To Him be honor and eternal dominion! Amen.   [HERE THE BONE OF CONTENTION IS IDENTIFIED-not that it is a sin to be rich, but it is a sin to fix their eternal hope on their riches.]17Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. 18Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.  20 O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called “knowledge”— 21which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith. Grace be with you. (NASB)

Many times one believes that they stand alone in this world and are so afraid to speak of what God has done for them. YHWH will give us the words to speak, and the kind of life that we live will be a witness to others. There will be times when persons will claim that you are not x, y, or z based on what they believe that you should be, or what they possess, or project to possess. But if one can truthfully state that they have not intentionally acted in a manner that has been harmful to their witness, and has asked the offended party for forgiveness, then they can move on.  Fight the good fight. Stay away from contentions – they rob the soul of the precious joy that God has given us. My team knows that I have a saying “this is the drama free zone.” When one makes a statement like that one is aware that they 12 …..do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm (Eph 6:12-13 ESV.) The enemy will come after you and fights will erupt, but let the fight be for the glory of God and let the end result be because you have taken the high road.  There is a God who loves us and wraps us in His arms. So, we are not alone in this battle. Stand firm my friends and fight that good fight. Share your testimony of how God has worked in your life. Give Him the glory for who you are and where you are in life. Praise Him for deliverance!

 

 

 

What happens after you die?

#EternalLife  Find out in this short film.  The Story: English and Farsi Versions!

#EternalLife  The Story: English and Farsi Versions! If you’re not sure what’s to come after you die, watch this incredible short film!

Find out in this short film: English Version

 

اگر نسبت به حوادث پس از مرگ مطمئن نیستید، این فیلم کوتاه باور نکردنی را مشاهده کنید. FARSI VERSION

Is the resurrection of Jesus important?

#Forgiveness #EternalLife  Find out in this short film.  The Story: English and Farsi Versions!

Find out in this short film: English Version

 

چرا رستاخیز عیسی مسیح حائر اهمیت است؟ علت این امر را در این فیلم کوتاه به دست آورد.  Farsi Version

Gratitude Day #22 I am thankful for the gift of Eternal Life.

I am eternally mindful of the fact that the gift of eternal life was not mine to demand. I am also aware of the price that was paid for that gift. In spite of who I am YHWH still chose to offer that gift to me.

Matthew 25:46: “And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” John spoke of what it takes to receive this gift in  John 3:18: “Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is already condemned because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. He iterates the same sentiment in John 4:36:”Already the reaper draws his wages and gathers a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may rejoice together. John continued the highlight the “Godness” of Jesus and the importance of belief in the following Scriptures

  1. John 6:47 “Truly, truly, I tell you, he who believes has eternal life.
  2. John 6:50 “This is the bread that comes down from heaven so that anyone may eat of it and not die.
  3. John 6:51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And this bread, which I will give for the life of the world, is My flesh.”
  4. John 6:58 This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your fathers, who ate the manna and died, the one who eats this bread will live forever.”
  5. John 12:44 Then Jesus cried out, [ Jesus clarified the distinction of the oneness of the Godhead. One cannot believe in the Father and ignore the son. It is only through the Son that we receive eternal life.]  ‘Whoever believes in Me does not believe in Me alone, but in the One who sent Me.” And again,
  6. John 20:31 But these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name.”  Finally, the difference between a person who has received the gift of eternal life and an individual who has not receive this precious gift. 1 John 3:14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. The one who does not love remains in death.”

Have you received this precious gift yet.  Would you like to know how to receive it? Contact us.

Gratitude Day # 21 I am grateful for this priceless gift…

 

#PricelessGift I am grateful for this priceless gift that made me a Bride of Christ and then gave me the largest family in the world. I am looking forward to the day when we all meet each other!

Within the context of the Scripture, one notices that the gift is received if we believe

15that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal Life. 16For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. Jo 3:15-17…Berean Study Bibl

John 3:18 Explains the importance of belief in this gift. “Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.” John reiterates belief and the consequences of disbelief in John 3:36 “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life. Whoever rejects the Son will not see life. Instead, the wrath of God remains on him.” John also confirms the immensity of God’s love for humanity when he repeated what Christ said  in John 6:40 For it is My Father’s will that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” The thread of belief is proffered many times in the Gospel of John.

In John 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies.” Paul who is also known as Saul expressed the price of the gift in Romans 5:8 “But God proves His love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” [It is Priceless in a human sense because we could not pay the price for eternal life ourselves.] Back to the original reference of Abraham. Paul knew the Hebrew text and its importance to the prophetic event.  In Romans 8:32 Paul stated: “He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, freely give us all things?” Why? Ephesians 2:4  But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy.

I am so grateful for this gift that when I think of it-it bring me to tears. I do not deserve it.

Do you want to receive this priceless gift too. Contact us!

Do you worry about tomorrow?

#There is Hope  This short film gives hope for whatever may come. The Story English and Farsi Versions!

English Version

 

آیا نگران فردا هستید؟ این فیلم کوتاه شما را در برابر هر اتفاقی امیدوار می کند. Farsi Version

Gratitude Day #20 Thankful for Forgiveness

12332527-1508764711399_640x640

I was among the largest people group in the entire world – sinners. Then something amazing happened in my life and I realized that the burden and weight of sin were gone and gone forever. I received for my past sins. I receive forgiveness for my present sins, and all I have to do is ask and I receive forgiveness for my future sins. The Berean Study Bible presents the case in this way.

Righteousness through Faith
22 And this righteousness from God [It is not even a matter of being forgiven anymore now God calls me righteous. Can you imagine that? A person who was born in sin and shaped in iniquity – that is what Ro 3:23 calls all of us – after acceptance of Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior God now calls me righteous you too!] comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe [there is the caveat-it comes only through faith in Jesus Christ as our Messiah.] There is no distinction, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.…Berean Study Bible ·

So, I am thankful for forgiveness. I am even thankful for the concept of forgiveness because when I apply it in my life to the life of others who have wronged me I am free. Have you received this amazing gift? The gift of forgiveness? It is like a cool gentle breeze on a hot sunny day. It feels like the warmth of the hearth on a frosty winter morning. It makes one’s mind as lean and as pristine as a new clean pane of glass. It is breathtaking!  Receive it, and give it. It changes your life!

You Are Not The Only One – a devotional

Book

 

#AvailableAtAmazon It is an Amazon Prime Book JUST CLICK HERE 🙂

Enjoy!

Gratitude Day # 19 Thankful For The Word of God

Thy Word 104 From Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way. Nun. 105Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. 106I have sworn and I will confirm it, That I will keep Your righteous ordinances.… (New American Standard Bible)

Have you every turned off all the lights in your place – forgetting that the night lights are not on in the hallway? It is a scary thing trying to navigate the house in utter darkness.  That my friend is what my life would be like without The Word of God. The Holy Spirit speaks to me through Scripture.  Sometimes it is through worship music. He just melts my defenses and the joy of the Lord just explodes in my soul. Sometimes it is just through revelation as I study His Word. Sometimes conviction of my own state of mind and my personal walk with Him. Sometimes it is an answer to a problem that a friend is having. Sometimes it is just nourishment for my soul. I am so thankful to live in a country where the Word of God is freely available to anyone who wants it. I trust that His word spoke to you this morning in your place of worship.  I am so thankful to be in a congregation where I can worship the Lord with absolute abandonment and not have to be concerned about whether or not someone likes the worship song.  I was so overwhelmed by the presence of the Lord this morning that my eyes started to leak. I am so thankful for His Word that I just don’t know what to say. There does not appear to be a word that can express that thankfulness… Hallelujah praise the name of the Lord!

 

Gratitude Day #18 I am Thankful for those wounds of the Lord!

The Suffering Christ knows what it is to suffer. The Berean Study Bible displays a succinct picture of His suffering on the cross

When they heaped abuse on Him, He did not retaliate; when He suffered, He made no threats, but entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly. He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so thatwe might die to sin and live to righteousness. “By His stripes you are healed.” For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls (I Pet 2:23-25).

Where would I be without His suffering? The Crucified Christ was prophesied centuries before the event occurred

Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted (Isa 53:4).

Other cross-referenced Scriptures about the Suffering Christ and the necessity of the cross.

Old Testament Scriptures that prophesied about the beauty of the cross and the Suffering Christ 

Leviticus 16:10
“But the goat on which the lot for the scapegoat fell shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make atonement upon it, to send it into the wilderness as the scapegoat.

Psalm 69:26
For they have persecuted him whom You Yourself have smitten, And they tell of the pain of those whom You have wounded.

Isaiah 53:10
But the LORD was pleased To crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.

Zechariah 13:7
“Awake, O sword, against My Shepherd, And against the man, My Associate,” Declares the LORD of hosts. “Strike the Shepherd that the sheep may be scattered; And I will turn My hand against the little ones.

New Testament Scripture that records the prophesied event.


John 19:7
“We have a law,” answered the Jews, “and according to that law He must die, because He declared Himself to be the Son of God.”

Romans 4:25
He was delivered over to death for our trespasses and was raised to life for our justification.

1 Peter 2:24
He Himself bore our sins in His body on the tree, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. “By His stripes you are healed.”

His wounds and suffering were not in vain. It was for my healing, my saving, and your healing and your saving. Thank you for the suffering Lord and thank you for the cross.

Our hearts yearn for beauty and perfection.

#HERE IS WHY

 

English Version

آرزوی قلبی ما زیبایی و کمال است. به چرایی این امر در ذیل اشاره می شود : Farsi Version

Gratitude Day #17 Thankful for the Holy Spirit. He binds one’s tongue in the heat of anger!

 

Gentle answer vs harsh words. Who loses?

The New American Standard Bible extends this passage

A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, But the mouth of fools spouts folly. A soothing tongue is a tree of life, But perversion in it crushes the spirit (Pro 15:1,2, & 4).

Words are the most powerful tool in a Christian’s arsenal. Use appropriately they will calm an emotional storm, put out psychological fires, and help a person walk back out of a deep depression. Inversely, used inappropriately they will destroy both the sender and the receiver. Why? If the receiver is a person who likes to tell it to anyone but Jesus, the giver’s name will be ruined. If the receiver is a tender-hearted person they will become so crushed that they will not trust that person or anyone like them again. In this scenario, both parties lose.

If the receiver is a brawler and the giver is a brawler the result is a verbal losing battle. Things will be said that will not be taken back at a later time. So, what does this have to do with being thankful? Wrath and anger are mentioned many times in the Bible. Strong’s, NAS, and the NASB Concordances proffer powerful descriptives for these emotions.

chemah: heat, rage

Original Word: חֵמָה
Part of Speech: Noun Feminine
Transliteration: chemah
Phonetic Spelling: (khay-maw’)
Short Definition: wrath

NAS Exhaustive Concordance

Word Origin
from yacham
Definition
heat, rage
NASB Translation
anger (7), angry (1), burning anger (1), enrages (1), fury (9), heat (2), hot displeasure (1), hot-tempered (3), poison (2), rage (3), venom (5), wrath (86), wrath and raging (1), wrathful (2), wrathful* (1).

The Blood of Jesus is our protection from the wrath of God. But it does not give us an excuse to continue to use our anger to destroy others. It is easier for me to take the high road in heated situations because I have learned over the years that I cannot change a single person – myself included. Only Holy Spirit can do the changing. The Holy Spirit will tell us when to be silent in situations where the person on the other end of the phone is just verbally abusing us. The Holy Spirit will tell us when to be silent when the person in a messenger text has just called us a heathen. The Holy Spirit will tell us when to be careful when a person’s anger is all one sees and hears. The Holy Spirit will tell us how to respond to ALL situations in life. The problem is we don’t listen to The Holy Spirit enough.  We cannot separate who we are as a nationalist from whom we are as a Christian. So, I am thankful that God the Father sent an intercessor to plead my cause when I have not been slow to anger and I have not used a gentle word to answer a person. I have a friend who tells me that I say “I’m sorry too often!” But I know how merciful my Heavenly is toward His child.

Don’t allow the filth of this world to “be prevalent……”

I was doing my daily prayer walk this morning and noticed this caterpillar. Inside that caterpillar is a beautiful butterfly. Transformation is occurring inside that soft squishy body. I thought about us. Our bodies have the Holy Spirit encased in it. As we “accept the Word” of God that is planted inside of us we begin the transformation process. That process will get rid of the “filth and evil” that pervades society. How do we know that we still have filth and evil in our thought processes?

Each time we look at someone who has wronged us what kind of thoughts come to mind? Are they Godly thought or are they something like this “Just look at her/him walking around as if they are something. They are just filthy rags on display.” “Or who do they think they are I can preach/teach/sing/serve as well as them? Or just because they have a degree that doesn’t make them better than me? Or those “filthy Mexicans, Asians, whatever..need to go back to where they came from if they don’t like what we are doing about them. They are stealing our job?” OR “I can’t stand President Trump?” It is not our place to publicly state things like that about our leaders because God placed them there for a reason. If we don’t believe that then we don’t believe in the authority of God. Scripture states that it is HE who appoints (Ro 13:1). I have seen and heard some things come out of our mouths about leaders over the last 4 administration that can only be labeled as “filth.” God is not pleased with us when we’ His children, are hateful to anyone.  We must let the Holy Spirit speak through us and that only happens when we feed on His Word and live by it. Transformation is a process that takes the Holy Spirit and MY willingness to change. The caterpillar does what it is supposed to do be He was created to do just that. Why can’t we do that too? Send us a message if you just want to chat about the transformational process.

 

One day, everything that’s wrong in this world will be set right.

#ThisISHow

English Version

یک روز، کلیه موارد نادرست در این دنیا اصلاح خواهند شد. چگونگی این امر چیست:

Farsi Version

You Are Not the Only One: A Devotional by Joyce Gerald

Book

You Are Not The Only One-A devotional

Enjoy the book!

 

Gratitude Day #16 I am thankful the Yeshua came and saved me..

This gift of eternal life burns within me each day and reminds me that it is available for every single human being on planet earth. Do you want Him to come and save you too? Just contact us.

 

Tonight’s blessing

thelordblessyou

Rest in the arms of Jesus, my dear friends. He loves you!

Gratitude Day #15 Thankful that I had a God fearing Grandmother…

#DoItAsUntoTheLord

My grandmother taught me that when I work, regardless of what the work is I am working for the Lord. I apply that principle in my work ethic inside and outside of the church. It is my opinion that when I lose sight of this Scripture it demonstrates that I have lost my first love for the Lord! When I will work for a boss harder than I will work for The Kingdom of God it says where my first love resides!

 

If you’ve ever wondered why life is so hard, watch this incredible short film.

#GodHasTheAnswer

English Version

اگر تاکنون درباره دشواری بیش از حد زندگی فکر کرده اید، این فیلم کوتاه باور نکردنی را مشاهده کنید.

Farsi Version

Gratitude Day #14 I am thankful that God’s blessings are everlasting.

 

GratitudeDay#14EverlastingBlessings

When I think of the price that was paid for me and the mere fact that all I have to do is “Love the LORD my God and walk in obedience to him.. and keep His commandments” It is not much for Him to ask of me. Because His promise of blessings and increase are not rhetorical statements. No, they do not just apply to the Old Testament (OT) children of Israel. James 1:25 declares the same promises.

But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.

Paul in Phil 4:19  reiterates the same promise of blessings.

And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Not to forget the spiritual blessings that come from obedience to God. Ephesians 1:3  presents a clear picture of that blessing.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ

Finally, I am thankful for the fact that even in my imperfections He continues to bless me with friends who love me, and family who cares about me, and the richness that comes from feeding on His precious word. I am thankful for the gift of eternal life!

Is He serious? Me a Saint!

The Living Stone and a Chosen People

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. …But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us. 

Can you imagine that the sustainer of the universe, “the Holy One” of The Canon of Scripture calls us…

like living stones, … a holy priesthood,  …But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession,”

Am I a saint or am I a sinner?

Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, while we were God’s enemies [sinners], we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life! 11 Not only is this so, but we also boast in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation. Ro 5:9-11 (NIV)

Reconciled to God but reconciled as what? I Pet 1:16 declares “for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” To be “holy” means to be set apart. [Hebrew definition.] Strong’s Concordance renders a Greek definition that presents the same meaning. So God declares that we are “set apart” from the world through the reconciliation that the blood of Jesus Christ offers to us. Christ was the ultimate person who was set apart. When an individual becomes a Christian and a follower of Christ they take upon themselves His identity-“holy/set apart.”  As a follower of Christ, the process of transformation began at the second that we declared Him Lord of our lives. However, we are human being and subject to thinking sinful thoughts and or deeds. Paul offered an explanation of who we are as human beings  “24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind, I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin.” Romans 7:24-25 (NKJV) If the Apostle Paul had challenges living a sinless life so will we. But that does not make us a “sinner.” Strong’s concordance defines a sinner as an “impious, ungodly, wicked” person.

In spite of our humanness and our failings, Paul strongly stated that we are “saints.” If any church deserved to be called anything other than “saints” it would be the Corinthian church-in human terms and judging with human eyes-that is what we would state. But just look at what Paul called them

Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their’s and our’s: 1 Cor 1:2 (KJV)

 

This statement was made before he started to tell them about the divisions and confusion present in the church. This is before he addresses them about the ignominious sin of fornication being practiced, and accepted, by the leaders of the church who refused to follow his directives on how to handle the situation. Furthermore, this is also before he addressed the fact that brethren were suing each other in a court of law. He was appalled at their behavior and reminded them that in this present time

Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? I Cor 6 2-3

Now in this day an age we would declare that any person in any church who committed fornication is a sinner and should be “damned to hell!” Here Paul tells the Corinthian “saints”

20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

We are so ready to label ourselves as sinners – as if that makes us more pious. No, it does not. We were once “sinners” but we are “saved by grace”.  Am I declaring that we are saints and therefore we can continue in sin? In Romans 6 Paul made it quite clear that we cannot live a sinful life and declared that “grace makes us a saint.”

What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.  For he that is dead is freed from sin.

James 2 speaks to our Heavenly Father’s expectations of us

14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.  25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Finally, not only dead people who have done extraordinary things are called ‘saints.” In Romans 10 Paul professed that

if thou ..confessed with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and ..believe[ed] in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

So, because we have done all of the above our good, good, Father calls us “saints” in the same manner in which He called the Corinthians saints.

Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their’s and our’s: 1 Cor 1:2 (KJV)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

]

He blesses us!

#goodgifts
Our most prized possessions are the gifts God has given us. Gifts that He expects us to use to bless His people. Not just the people in the body of Christ. Of course, it should begin there. But we should also us them to bless others! Then they become witnesses of His love ❤️!

Be patient with each other and forgive.

#forgiveness

Pray even for our enemies.

Prayer separates us from the ungodly! It connects us to the Almighty like the umbilical cord of a baby connects it to its mother! Hate for one’s enemy twists that cord and reduces the connection. Stay connected to Him pray even when your enemy hates and abuses you! Pray even when your enemy is determined to unravel you. Pray even when your enemy goads you on or tries to destroy your name!  Let God handle them. Use the judgment that He has given you to know when to act following the laws of the land or when to stand still and let Him deal with the person and situation. Sometimes one has to do both. But if your enemy is a brother in Christ then you have no choice but to pray. It is not possible to state that one loves God when they hate their brother – the Bible calls us a liar. So  pray and keep praying  until God’s answers is revealed in the flesh.

Confess-forgive, live a life of love.

What a stupendous promise from the Lord! The simple act of saying.. “Father forgive my weakness. I sinned against you and I am just incapable of handling this on my own. Please have your Holy Spirit to guide and direct my step, my tongue, my actions, my mental state to prevent me from sinning against you again!” I am reminded of Oliver Twist when he asked … unthinkable question…

Please sir, I want some more

Love is an action verb!

So we sing this song, but we must live it. https://youtu.be/7CobNWUXb1M?t=6s
WHY? Because we shame The Word when we do otherwise!
If we cannot stand to look at each other here on earth, how can we rule with Him in the New Jerusalem? Oh, Revelation defines what type of person will rule will Him in His kingdom.

Agape love is always associated with the love of God and once in a while, it occurs when in a relational sense.  The Greek word agape is not a common phrase in Greek-speaking societies but in the NT, it appears 320 times.
Scriptural references to agape love: To grasp the magnitude of the Scripture Replace the word “love” for agape

  1. 1 John 4:8
  2. Romans 5:5
  3. John 10:17
  4. 2 Peter 1: 7

Paul defined love in 1 Corinthians 13. Note that each definition declares our spiritual state if we do not have love-agape love.

1If I speak in the tonguesa of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,b but do not have love, I gain nothing.4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.13And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (http://biblehub.com/niv/1_corinthians/13.htm)

Why am I harping on love so much? Because it separates us from the ungodly. It defines us as human beings. Because it appears that our “agape” love meter has been smashed to smithereens and we are not aware of it. Where love dwells, division, confusion, and hatred cannot exist. So, pray with me. God help us… forgive us because our LOVE is not demonstrable as Your Love for Us. AMEN!

 

He protests us!

#HeIsOurProtector

In my daily Bible Study I came across this verse and literally the hairs stood up on the back of my neck. Did I truly understand what this Scripture is telling me?

“No weapons formed against [me} shall prosper.” No matter what the enemy has planned against me, not matter who he uses to complete his plan of action against me It will not come about because God – the El Shaddai – will not allow them to do it.

“and you will refute every tongue that accuses you.” We live in a world where folks appear to believe that if they think it they should speak it too. It doesn’t matter if “it” happens to be the truth of not. But God’s word gives me a guarantee – He gives all of us a guarantee – you see this study is not just about me. It is for all of us who are called by the eternal to be His children. His ambassadors here on this ball of clay.  This is not a glib promise by a human being. It is a promise by YHWH.

This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord.  This is our heritage given to us by The Elohim. Psalms 112:3 declares “Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures forever.” We were made righteous when we accepted Christ as our personal Savior.

Our present blessings from our Father.

The  New American Standard Bible states 13“All your sons will be taught of the LORD; And the well-being of your sons will be great. 14“In righteousness you will be established; You will be far from oppression, for you will not fear; And from terror,f or it will not come near you. 15“If anyone fiercely assails you it will not be from Me. Whoever assails you will fall because of you.…” (Isa 54:14). So, my dear brothers and sisters know that you are safe. Wear your armor when you enter into battle. Keep the breastplate of righteousness firmly protecting your spiritual vital organs and trust Him to protect you.

CHORUS: No weapon formed against me shall prosper, it wont work. (repeat)
GOD will do what he said he will do he will stand by his word, he will come through (chorus repeats) no weapon formed against me shall prosper, it wont work.(repeat)
GOD will do what he said he will do, he’s not a man ,that he should lie he will come through say (chorus repeats)
oh, I wont be afraid of the arrows by day from the hand of my enemy. I will stand my ground with the LORD on my side for the snares they have set will not succeed.
CHORUS: No weapon formed against me shall prosper, it wont work. (repeat)

Do not fear

The Great Multitude!!

Everytime that we share the Gospel we are adding to the Great Multitude of people mentioned in this Scripture. Our weekly Family Reunion is our weekly shot in the arm to prepare us for what we should be doing during the week and to encourage us to grow to love God and love people better.

Our Present Sufferings..

Gallery

Come Lord Jesus Come~~~

The bride of Christ awaits the return of her groom. Until that day we are not expected to just sit and wait. We should be sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. What is the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

In Christianity, the Gospel (Greek: εὐαγγέλιον euangélion; Old English: gospel), or the Good News, is the news of the coming of the Kingdom of God (Mark 1:14-15), and of Jesus‘s death on the cross and resurrection to restore people’s relationship with God (Wikipedia).

The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia offers this summary of the gospel message:

The central truth of the gospel is that God has provided a way of salvation for men through the gift of His son to the world. He suffered as a sacrifice for sin, overcame death, and now offers a share in His triumph to all who will accept it. The gospel is good news because it is a gift of God, not something that must be earned by penance or by self-improvement (Jn 3:16Rom 5:8–11II Cor 5:14–19Tit 2:11–14). (1)

The basic premise of the Gospel is contained in  In 1 Corinthians 15:1-8, the  Paul presents the details of the gospel message, namely, the death, burial, resurrection, and appearances of the resurrected Christ.  Paul details four clauses introduced by the word “that” in verses 3-5 below:

15:1 Now I want to make clear for you, brothers and sisters, the gospel that I preached to you,

  1. that you received and on which you stand, 15:2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold firmly to the message I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 15:3 For I passed on to you as of first importance what I also received—
  2. that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, 15:4 and
  3.  that he was buried, and
  4. that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures, 15:5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve…(2)

So we share the simplicity of why Christ came, how he lived, died, rose again, and open the channel of direct communication between God and man while we are looking forward to the day when He returns to reclaim the earth and erase hated, division and strife from our lives.  Unforgiveness is one of the worse sins that we could possibly commit.  As a nation, we are suffering relationally because of this sin. So, the only way to end it is true acceptance of Christ and living a life of love while waiting for HIm to return and clean up the mess we have made of this world! Even so come Lord Jesus come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes

  1. Charles F. Pfeiffer, Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia, (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1975), electronic media
  2. Unless otherwise note, all quotations are from the NET Bible www.bible.org.

Previous Older Entries

You’re Not the Only One

is a ministry of
You’re Not the Only One Ministries and Consulting Services
PO Box 968
Hardeeville SC 29927

Support the ministry!

%d bloggers like this: