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Are you a walker? 20 Ways to Walk

Are you a walker?  Do you like to walk for exercise or do you make yourself walk because you know it’s good for you?  I do both I guess.  Sometimes I enjoy getting outside and going on a stroll and many times my husband will join me.  That’s a great way to spend some quality time with my spouse.

Are You A Walker?

How about your walk with the Lord?  Is it something you enjoy?  It should be.  I have to admit there are days I don’t feel like spending time with Him and other days that I make myself read His Word more out of duty than love.  During these pandemic days our daily time with the Lord ought to be the primary part of our day.  We should do it as much as possible.  We need to do some strenuous walking with Him so our hearts and minds can be strengthened.  We certainly need that strength during these troublesome times.

Adam and Eve walked with God every morning in the cool of the day.  That is, until they sinned and then they were ashamed and embarrassed and tried to hide from Him.  Praise God He made a way of forgiveness and when our hearts are clean, we can once again enjoy His fellowship.

20 ways to Walk with God

1.  Walk in the Spirit-The next 19 verses tell us how to walk in the Spirit.

Galatians 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

 

2.  Walk not after the flesh-Ah, that rotten flesh which is always getting in the way and always battling with the Spirit.

Romans 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

 

3.  Walk in good works-We belong to the Lord.  We are created to walk in His good works.  It’s His goodness, not ours for we have none of our own.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

 

4.  Walk after His commands- What’s the greatest command?  Love the Lord with all your heart, mind, soul, strength, and the second, love your neighbor as yourself.

2 John 1:6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.

 

5.  Walk by faith – Abraham is a great example of this!  Our church fellowship is doing a whole study on this. We should not rely on our senses and reasoning. When we walk by sight we become anxious and fearful, but walking by faith gives us peace and confidence in the One with whom we are walking.  

2 Corinthians 5:7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

 

6.  Walk circumspectly-Let’s be careful and wise in the way we live.  Search the Scriptures and become wiser.

Ephesians 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,

 

 

7.  Walk worthy-Live in such a manner as to honor God.  And what an honor it is to be called of Him.  Walk worthy of that calling.

1 Thessalonians 2:12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.

 

8.  Walk in wisdom-Do others see that I am a wise person?  Others are watching our lives.  What do they see?  Be cautious in how you conduct yourself.  Do they see Jesus in me?

 

9.  Walk in truth-What a blessed joy to see my own children and grandchildren walking in Truth.  Jesus is THE TRUTH.  Without Him there is no Truth.  Do you know Him?  Are you walking in His Truth?

3 John 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

 

10. Walk in His ways-Step by Step the Lord will direct your path so that you can walk His way.  Trust Him, He will show you the way.

Deuteronomy 8:6 Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him.

 

 

11. Walk in integrity-Do others see you as a person of integrity?

 

12. Walk in the light of His countenance

Psalm 89:15 Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of thy countenance.

 

13. Walk uprightly-What a joy when our hearts are right with the Lord and we walk in the light of His presence.  May He bless us by causing His face to shine upon us. God can surely “give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6)

Psalm 84:11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

 

14. Walk in the way of the good men-God orders the steps of a good man.  None of us are good except through the righteousness of Jesus who gave His life for us.

Proverbs 2:20 That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, and keep the paths of the righteous.

 

15. Walk as Children of light-Have you come to the LIGHT?  Then walk as children of light so that others see our light shining.

Ephesians 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

 

16. Walk honestly- Walk in a becoming, decent and respectable way so unbelievers will have nothing to say.

1 Thessalonians 4:12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.

 

17. Walk as Jesus walked-What would Jesus do?  Perhaps it would do good if we would ask ourselves that question more often.

1 John 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

 

18. Walk in the old paths-Do you want rest for your soul?  Then walk in the old paths when the children of Israel said as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.

Jeremiah 6:16 Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.

 

19. Walk in your house with a perfect heart-Do your own household see you walk with a heart pleasing to God?  We ought to be the same at home as we are in front of anyone else, walking wisely in uprightness before the Lord.

Psalm 10:2 I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when wilt thou come unto me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.

 

20. Walk in newness of life-Do you profess to be in Christ?  Then 2 Corinthians 5:17 should be true in your life.  Are you a new creature?  Does it show?

Romans 6:4 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.

 

Just a Closer Walk With Thee

I am weak, but Thou art strong;
Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
I’ll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.

Through this world of toil and snares,
If I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares?
None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee.

When my feeble life is o’er,
Time for me will be no more;
Guide me gently, safely o’er
To Thy kingdom shore, to Thy shore.

Refrain
Just a closer walk with Thee,
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.

-author anonymous

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There is a fountain of everlasting life

We’ve all heard of the fountain of youth.  No one has ever found it nor will they. 

But there is a fountain of life, yes everlasting life.  Isn’t that a much better fountain?

For with THEE is the fountain of life:  in thy light shall we see light.

THE LIGHT, Jesus, has been here since the beginning of time

Let His life arise in thee as a fountain, and ask for the illumination of His light.

From The Treasury of David:

“For with thee is the fountain of life.”

This verse is made of simple words, but like the first chapter of John’s Gospel, it is very deep.

From the Lord, as from an independent self-sufficient spring, all creature life proceeds, by Him it is sustained, through Him alone can it be perfected.

Life is in the creature, but the fountain of it is only in the Creator. Of spiritual life, this is true in the most emphatic sense; “it is the Spirit that quickeneth,…. and we are dead, and our life is hid with Christ in God.”

“In thy light shall we see light.” Light is the glory of life. Life in the dark is misery, and rather death than life. The Lord alone can give natural, intellectual, and spiritual life; He alone can make life bright and lustrous.

In spiritual things the knowledge of God sheds a light on all other subjects. We need no candle to see the sun, we see it by its own radiance, and then see everything else by the same lustre.

No inward intelligence of ours leads us to receive the Spirit’s light, but the rather, it often helps to quench the sacred beam; purely and only by his own illumination, the Holy Ghost lights up the dark recesses of our heart’s ungodliness.

Vain are they who look to learning and human wit, one ray from the throne of God is better than the noonday splendour of created wisdom.

Lord, give me the sun, and let those who will delight in the wax candles of superstition and the phosphorescence of corrupt philosophy.

A fountain that forever springs up

This is a fountain of living water.  When Jesus talked to the woman at the well, He said:

But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life John 4:14

And then the most wonderful words from the woman came:

Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. John 4:15

It was a few moments later that she realized that it is Jesus who is the living water, the fountain, that springs up into everlasting life. 

What joy was in her heart! 

She went to town proclaiming.  Come and see the man who told me everything I ever did.  Yes, He is the living water, the fountain of life, that never runs dry. 

It’s a fountain that continually satisfies the soul and forever quenches your thirst. 

It is the most beautiful fountain ever! 

It is not a fountain of youth – IT IS THE FOUNTAIN OF LIFE!

It is a fountain that enlightens the soul. 

Jesus the light of the world brings light to your dark, sin filled heart.  The entrance of His words gives light.  From here on He will lighten your pathway to your eternal home. 

Won’t you come to the light today? 

Come to the light, ’tis shining for thee;
Sweetly the light has dawned upon me;
Once I was blind, but now I can see:
The Light of the world is Jesus!
-P.P. Bliss

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We must exalt Him! Only He is worthy to receive glory and honor and power

How much do we really exalt the Lord?

It matters not how great you are, whether you are a mighty ruler or a lowly peasant. 

The rich and the poor meet together

Are you rich, poor?  It doesn’t matter. We are all sinners in need of a Savior

No one of us is going to escape the wrath of God unless we have been justified by faith.

Moses, Aaron, and Samuel were a few of the great leaders in the Bible.  They called on the name of the Lord and He heard and answered their prayers.  They interceded for the people and God answered their prayers. (Psalm 99:6)

Yes, God forgave them just as He forgive us. 

But they were still sinners in need of forgiveness. (Psalm 99:8) He forgave them because of His grace.  Praise God He forgive our sins, and by His grace we can be saved.

He never excused the sin of these men nor will He excuse any man’s sin.

He took vengeance of their inventions  

Psalm 99:8…though thou tookest vengeance of their inventions

How many times to we do our own scheming and think of ways to get vengeance or to cover our own sin?  It doesn’t work and can never happen.  All things are open and naked unto Him with whom we have to do. (Hebrews 4:13)  And no one can forgive sin except God. (Mark 2:7)

He is just the same today!

He is the same God today – “Holy, Holy, Holy.”  We must exalt Him.  He is holy, righteous, just and only He is worthy to receive glory and honour and power. (Revelation 4:11) 

 Psalms 99:6-9 

Moses and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among them that call upon his name; they called upon the LORD, and he answered them.

He spake unto them in the cloudy pillar: they kept his testimonies, and the ordinance that he gave them.

Thou answeredst them, O LORD our God: thou wast a God that forgavest them, though thou tookest vengeance of their inventions.

Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy.

 

                                                         
~My Morning Manna, vol. 3, p. 230 by Ed Nelson (affiliate link)

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Facing Troublesome Times – Twelve Verses to Help – Free Printable

Troublesome times are facing us now. And as troublesome as they may be, if we live in the USA we still have so much for which to be grateful.  Let us look around and see so many who are suffering much more than we. 

The Lord never promised we wouldn’t have trouble. 

But He did promise His faithfulness through it all,  Our only hope is in the Lord Jesus Christ.  When Adam and Eve sinned, this world has been in trouble ever since.  There will always be sin and destruction, troublesome times and hurting hearts everywhere you turn.  More than anything the world needs Jesus!

When facing Troublesome Times why not spend time in the Word of God and meditate on ways that He can give you strength during this world pandemic.

Verses to meditate on during troublesome times

Below are twelve verses that would be great to meditate on during these hard times.  There are many more that could be added to this list, but these are a few that may be a blessing to your heart.

1. COUNT IT ALL JOY

James 1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

We are told to count it as joy when we face trials.  Now that’s not an easy or natural thing to do, but we can realize that God has a purpose and is always working in ways that we cannot see.  Trust Him, be joyful, and and know He has something far better than we can ever imagine.  (See also Romans 8:28-29)

2. GOD IS OUR REFUGE

Psalm 9:9 The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.

Psalm 9:9

3. SING!

Psalm 59:16 But I will sing of Thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of Thy mercy in the morning: for Thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.

Psalm 59:16 – SING!  Sing of God’s power.  David said it was his defence and refuge in times of trouble.  Singing and praising God can do so much for our hearts.  The Lord can give us a song in the night.

4. SING OF GOD’S MERCIES!

Psalm 89:1 I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever: with my mouth will I make known Thy faithfulness to all generations.

Psalm 89:1 – Sing of God’s mercies!  Tell your children and grandchildren of the mercies of God!  Rehearse in their ears over and over the great things God has done for us.  Tell them the great Bible stories and the great truths of God’s Word.  Continue to tell them of the Salvation of the Lord available to all. What mercy!  What love!  What grace!

5. GOD IS OUR COMFORTER AND WE CAN COMFORT OTHERS

2 Corinthians 1:3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;

2 Corinthians 1:3 – God comforts us as no other can.  And as you are comforted, you can in turn share that comfort with someone else.

6. JESUS IS OUR ROCK!

Psalm 61:2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto Thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to THE Rock that is higher than I.

7. HAVE A SECRET PLACE TO SPEND TIME WITH THE LORD EVERY DAY

Psalm 91:1-3 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust. Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

Have you set time aside each day to dwell in the secret place of the Most High?  What a wonderful place to hide!  Like baby chicks, He covers us with his feathers and watches over us.

8.  JESUS IS THE AUTHOR OF YOUR STORY

Hebrews 12:2-3 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

Don’t you love it that Jesus writes your story?  He’s the author.  He already knows how your story will end.  So why do we worry so much.  We need only to trust knowing that His way is perfect and everything will come out just right.

9. LOOK UP AND PRAY!

Psalm 5:3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto Thee, and will look up.

Have you looked up today?  Raise your voice to the Lord first thing every morning and why not noon and night too?  He’s there and He cares!

10. THE LORD PROTECTS HIS OWN

Psalm 31:23 O love the Lord, all ye his saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer.

The LORD protects His own, and those who are proud and arrogant will be harshly punished.

11. WE ARE HERE FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS

Esther 4;14 . . . and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?

Once again, can you trust God that He knows what He is doing?  Just as Esther was made queen for such a time, we too are here for such a time as this.  Trust Him!  Fast and Pray.  He knows how it’s going to end.

12. OUR HOPE IS IN THE LORD

Jeremiah 17:7 Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.

Where is your hope?  In this world and what it has to offer?  Sometimes I get upset and anxious because I know that I just want my comfort back.  Well, it’s really not about me or my comfort.  I need to trust and obey and remember that my hope is in the Lord.

My Hope Is In The Lord …His grace has planned it all‘Tis mine but to believeAnd recognize His work of loveAnd Christ receive-Norman J. Clayton

Are you anxious, troubled?  Keep your eyes on THE ONE who cares for you.  The Bible calls our trials light afflictions that are just for a moment.

2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;

May we learn to fear the Lord and to trust Him with all our hearts, let’s not try to figure things out for ourselves, but just take one step at a time knowing that He works all for our good in order that we might be conformed more to His image. (Romans 8:28-29)

Remember He’s coming soon so look up for this could be the day! 

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Are these troublesome times causing stress and emotional eating?  This may be an answer.

Crisis Proof Your Weight Loss during this pandemic and while facing troublesome times

Are you hurting beyond this pandemic?  Has tragedy struck or a trials so heavy you can’t seem to bear it?Here are some verses for the hurting heart

The Burden of Ninevah

Many know the story of Jonah and his journey to Nineveh to proclaim the gospel.  Nineveh was very wicked at that time, but they repented and turned to God.  God in His mercy spared the city.  Unfortunately, down the road they once again turned back to their wicked ways and now Nahum was to proclaim the judgment of God upon them.

Nahum 1:1  The burden of Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum the Elkoshite.

Whenever we find the word “burden” in this association it means oracle, a speech of doom; it is never connected with blessing, hope, enlarged opportunity, or expanded liberty; it always means that judgment is swiftly coming, and may at any moment burst upon the thing that is doomed. (J. Parker, D. D.)

Could this be where our country/the world stands now?  Is judgment swiftly coming?  Are we doomed?  Oh how I cry out for God’s mercy on us just a little while longer.  There are many yet who need to be saved!

This book is all about Nineveh and God’s wrath and judgement to quickly fall on them because extreme vileness.

GOD:

Nahum 1:2

  • He is jealous
  • He is filled with vengeance
  • He reserves His wrath for His enemies
  • He is slow to anger
  • He is great in power

Nahum 1:3

  • He will by no means clear the guilty
  • He has His way in the whirlwind and the storm
  • The clouds are the dust of His feet
  • He rebukes the sea and makes it dry

Nahum 1:4

  • He dries up the rivers
  • He makes places of rich pastures and flowers to fade and wither

Nahum 1:5

  • In His presence the mountains quake, and the hills melt
  • In His presence, the earth trembles; the people are destroyed

Nahum 1:6

  • No one can stand before His indignation or abide the fierceness of His anger
  • His fury is poured out like fire
  • He crumbles the rocks like dust

Right in the middle of this burden, of this judgment on Nineveh, in verse 7, God reminds us of His mercy. 

Psalm 118:1 O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever. 

God is rich in mercy!  He forgives our sins and saves us by His grace! (Ephesian 2:3-5)

He is a stronghold in the day of trouble to who?  To those who trust Him.  Do you trust Him?  First of all do you know Him?  Is He your shepherd? John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 

Do you trust Him to lead you?  Do you trust the He knows the path you should take?  Do you trust the His way is perfect?  Do you trust that in the middle of judgment or trials, or storms of life, God can and will take care of you and those who belong to Him?

Nahum 1:8

  • He will bring and utter end to His enemies with an overrunning flood
  • He shall pursue His enemies into darkness

Into this darkness it is said, God shall pursue them, as other prophets speak of being “driven forth into darkness” . The darkness, the motionless drear abode, to which they are driven, anticipates the being cast into “the outer darkness, where shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Rup.: “The vengeance of God on” these who remain “His enemies” to the last, “ends not with the death of the body; but evil spirits, who are darkness and not light, pursue their souls, and seize them.” They would not hear Christ calling to them, “Walk, while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you” Joh_12:35. “They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not the ways thereof, nor abide in the paths thereof” Job_24:13. “They loved darkness rather than light” Joh_3:19. And so they were driven into the darkness which they chose and loved. -A. Barnes

Nahum 1:9

  • There was no devising, or scheming to get out of God’s wrath.
  • No one would any more carry on the name of the people of Nineveh
  • There shall be no need to repeat the judgment; with one blow God will make an end of them.

Nahum 1:10

  • Like tangled thorns and drunkards, they shall be devoured as dry stubble

Nahum 1:11- 12

  • Wicked counsellors that plotted evil against the Lord will be cut down and afflicted.  They will be no more.  They will be utterly destroyed

Nahum 1:13-14

  • God will break the yoke and bonds from the oppression on His people
  • There will be no one to carry on the name of these wicked people
  • All idols and temples of false gods will be destroyed
  • A grave is prepared for this wicked and vile people

Nahum 1:15

GOOD NEWS!

The messenger has come with the good news and peace to God’s people. Once again they can celebrate!  These wicked people will never again invade their land.  They are completely destroyed.

ANOTHER DAY OF WRATH

There is another of wrath coming.  The wicked will be utterly destroyed and cast into the lake of fire forever!  No one can escape this wrath unless:

THEY ACCEPT THIS GOOD NEWS

Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners.  You and I are wicked sinners deserving of death and destruction, but God who is rich in mercy sent His only Son, Jesus to die in our place.  It’s only by the blood of Jesus that we can escape.  We must repent and trust in Him in order to be cleared of the guilt of our sin.

You may have already been offered this gift, but yet refused it.  God again in His mercy may have giving you another chance and another and another.  He often gives opportunities over and over for one to get saved.  But we do not know how many times that will happen for death is sure.  It is appointed unto man once to die and after that the judgment.  So don’t assume that you will accept His offer tomorrow or another time.  That time may never come.  Today is the day of Salvation.

For those of us who know the Lord, we need to be the messengers of the good news!  Jesus Saves!  He has come to bring peace to your heart.  He will deliver you from the power of sin and He will deliver the godly in the time of trouble.  He is Lord of all and cares for those that are His.  He is in control of all the storms of life.

Let us obey Him, praise Him, witness for Him and pray.

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ONLY GOD

One night after dark, a religious jewish leader came to see Jesus.  He said to Jesus, no one can do the miracles you do except that he comes from God.

The Lord Jesus who knew the mind and heart of Nicodemus, went at once to the point.

Jesus said, “Except a man is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.”  John 3:3

Nicodemus needed to start over.  All his religious activities counted for nothing and could not obtain God’s favor.  All his self righteousness was worthless.  He needed to realize that what he needed was a second birth and just as he contributed nothing to his first birth, he could contribute nothing to the second.

Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born?

 

Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.

 

That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.

 

Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

 

The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. 

John 4:4-8

Only God

Nothing “good” we do can ever contribute to receiving new life from God.  It is not what we do, but what Christ has done for us.

We cannot save ourselves

The new birth is the exclusive work of God in us.

We cannot save ourselves. 

We can contribute nothing to what Jesus Christ has accomplished. It is done, finished!

God must convict our heart of our own sin.

We must repent and turn to Him for forgiveness.  

We are saved by grace through faith in Christ alone

None of us will be saved until we know we are lost. We will not believe the good news until we know that bad news, that we are sinners in need of the Savior.  Like Nicodemus, we are stranded without hope.  But hope comes when we accept the Truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Accept Him today and become a new creature in Him.

Has this happened in your life?

Do you believe only God through Jesus Christ can save your soul? Why or why not?


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Hudson Taylor: Saved By a Tract

Are tracts useful?  Yes!  Here is a true story of what a tract can do from Moments with the Book and their little booklet “Moments for You”.  

Gospel tracts have the amazing ability to deliver their message to many souls that the distributor of the tract will never even meet. Hudson Taylor, who was used of the Lord to reach countless souls in China, is an excellent example of this.

The Finished Work of Christ

One day while seeking something to read, Hudson turned over a basket of tracts in his father’s library and selected one that looked interesting. While reading it he was struck with the phrase, “The finished work of Christ.” Immediately the words attracted his attention. “What was finished?” he asked himself. Reading further, the tract explained the finished work as “a full and perfect atonement and satisfaction for the sins of the whole world.”

Do or Done?

Then Hudson thought, “If the whole work was finished on the cross of Calvary, and the whole debt of sin paid, what is there left for me to do?” Hudson was thus convinced, as the light of God’s truth flashed into his soul by the Holy Spirit, “There was nothing to be done but to fall down on my knees and accept the Saviour and His salvation and praise Him forever.”

The Harvest is reaped

Hudson Taylor was seventeen years old at the time. He then went on to faithfully serve His Saviour for 51 years in China, founding the China Inland Mission which employed more than 800 Christian missionaries and established more than 300 local offices in China. What a marvelous harvest God reaped from just one seed sown!

–Dr. and Mrs. Howard Taylor  -Story copied with permission from Moments for You

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Come To The Light

For many of us lately, our days have been dark, depressive, and maybe full of worry, fear, and anxiety.  Well, there is good news.

No matter how much darkness we are living in or how many dark days we experience, THE LIGHT continues to shine and no one can put it out.  Why is that?  Because

JESUS IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

And THE LIGHT shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. (John 1:5) This light can never be extinguished.

This light has been there from the beginning. 

Do you realize that although Jesus came in the flesh as a baby, that He was also there at the beginning.  In the beginning God created (Gen.1:1) … and then He said let there be light.  There was light before the sun, moon, and stars.  Jesus is The LIGHT.  He was with God in the beginning. – In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. (John 1:1)

Jesus is THE LIGHT of the world

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COME TO THE LIGHT

Come to Jesus and He will give you light. 

John 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light

But, the wicked do not want to come.  They hate the light because their deeds are evil.  They don’t want their deeds to be exposed.   The Light of God’s Word condemns the wicked and exposes what is in the heart. 

John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

GOOD NEWS

Jesus did not come to condemn.  Because of our sin, we are condemned already.  He came to save us.  Come to Him. Come to THE LIGHT.  He will save you now. 

John 3:17-18 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

The evil intentions of men will be exposed when the light shines on them, for the light makes everything visible.

God’s Word says:

Awake! Arise!

Christ shall give thee light (Ephesians 5:13-14)

 

Arise! Shine!

For thy light is Come  (Isaiah 60:1)

 

Jesus will chase the gloom away.  He can brighten your dark days.

I wandered in the shades of night,
Till Jesus came to me,
And with the sunlight of His love
Bid all my darkness flee.

Since the Savior found me, took away my sin,
I have had the sunlight of His love within.

-Judson W. Van DeVenter, 1897

As John Newton Said

I once was lost, but now I’m found, was blind, but now I see.  Has the light shined on You and exposed your wicked heart.  Jesus came to save lost sinners.  Just as He healed the blind man, he can heal any of us from our sin blinded hearts.  Won’t you come to THE LIGHT today?


 

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Can I Bless The Lord In The Midst Of A Pandemic?

Days may be dark for you, hard for you?  I don’t know what you’re facing in the midst of this pandemic and these troublesome times in our world.  But one thing I do know is that we are told to Bless the Lord.  David did even though he was often being chased down by his enemies.

How can I bless the Lord?  He certainly blesses me over and over.  In Psalm 103, David tells how he blesses the Lord.  In actuality he is praising Him; He is praising Him with his whole heart and remembering all the good things that He does for him. I need to do the same thing all the time!

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Bless the Lord O My Soul

Forget not all his benefits

Who doesn’t love benefits?  I can think of numerous jobs that my husband has had over the years and the different benefits that came with them.  What a blessing they were.  For instance, since he worked at a church and private school, my children received free tuition and it was the same later when he worked for a private college.  There were a few times we had health insurance as benefits.  Not only did my children get free tuition, but they were able to ride to school with their dad every day and have that time to spend with him.  As the children got older, they were even able to help him on the job doing cleaning and maintenance.  This helped them to develop good work ethic.

I also worked for a pediatrician for a couple years.  What a blessing to get doctor visits and checkups as an added benefit.  And to this day, it is a lifetime benefit if I ever need it.  My children have been able to take advantage of this a couple times with their own children.

And the list could go on.

So while David was thinking on this, he made quite of list of the benefits that we receive from the Lord.  It ought to make our soul bless Him with all our being!

  • He forgives ALL my sins – This is number one on the list!  Have you ever thought about that?  What a load of guilt lifted when the Savior forgave my sin and saved my soul!  What a wonderful benefit that even when we fall back into sin, we can come to Him and confess knowing that He is faithful to forgive over and over!  Don’t ever take for granted God’s mercy and saving grace in forgiving our sins! 
  • He heals all my diseases – Have you ever thought about all the times the Lord has healed you?  He heals our sin sick soul when we trust Him as Savior.  But He also heals us physically.  He ultimately heals us from any sickness we may have had.  He alone is the great physician.  and what He allows is for the glory of God!  When we see healing, we can rest assured it is from God. He heals us Spiritually, physically, and emotionally.
  • He redeems my life from destruction – He took me from the miry pit and redeemed my soul! (Psalm 40)
  • He crowns me with loving kindness and tender mercies
  • He satisfies my mouth with good things (I’m enjoying some almonds right now!) and that renews my strength
  • He works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed – Just look at how he led Moses and the Israelites and how He provided for them and delivered them over and over! He is JUST THE SAME today!
  • He is merciful, gracious, slow to anger (I”m sure glad!) Repeat – HE IS PLENTEOUS IN MERCY! (Where would I be without it?)
  • He doesn’t always scold or keep His anger.  How loving and kind is that!  But for those who reject His saving grace, they will one day face the final wrath of God.
  • He does not deal with us according to what we deserve for our sins – Mercy – more mercy!  It never ends!  Praise God!
    • He pities us like a father does his children – I can always remember how much compassion my dad had on me, especially after being punished.  He loved us so much!  And God does so much more!
    • He remembers that we are weak and but dust
    • He knows our days are as grass and flowers – gone so quickly – whew! I cannot believe that some of my grandchildren are now grown up!  The Bible doesn’t lie.
  • His mercy goes on and on, never ending to those who fear Him and His righteousness extends to our grandchildren and beyond
    • to those who keep His covenant and remember His commandments and DO THEM
  • He’s in heaven on His throne and He rules all!  

If you’re going through extreme trials and hardships here on earth, just remember that as a child of God, that is the only hell that you will ever know.  One day we will be in heaven with the King of kings!  Can you think of a better benefit?

So …

BLESS THE LORD – angels that excel in strength, obeying His commandments, hearkening to the voice of His word

BLESS THE LORD – all His hosts, His ministers, that do what is pleasing to Him

BLESS THE LORD – all His works, His creation in all places of His dominion

BLESS THE LORD, O MY SOUL!

Have you blessed Him today.  We are to offer Him the sacrifice of praise.  Count your blessings today and it may surprise you what the Lord has done even in the middle of a pandemic!

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Let all the earth … PRAISE HIM!

According to Psalm 148, all the earth should praise the Lord.  Everyone and everything from the heavens  and from the highest places are to praise Him.

PRAISE HIM!

  • Angels
  • His hosts (armies)
  • Sun
  • Moon
  • Stars
  • Heavens of heavens – waters above the heavens

PRAISE HIM! He created everything. He commanded and it was done.

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Genesis 1:1

By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. Psalm 33:6

PRAISE HIM! He set everything in place to last forever.  HE commanded and it will not be rescinded.

So PRAISE HIM:

  • You from the earth
  • You creatures of the sea
  • All the depths
  • Fire
  • Hail
  • Snow
  • Fog
  • Stormy winds
    All of these fulfill His Word
  • Mountains
  • All Hills
  • Fruitful Trees and Cedars
  • Living Creatures and Livestock
  • Insects
  • Flying Birds
    (Sing, O ye heavens; for the Lord hath done it . . . Isaiah 44:23)
  • Earthly kings
  • All people
  • Princes
  • Judges of the earth
  • Young men
  • Maidens
  • Old men
  • Children

PRAISE THE NAME OF THE LORD

His name alone is excellent

His glory is above the earth and heaven; His majesty transcends all the glories of earth and heaven. (Psalm 8:1; Psalm 19)

HE HAS MADE A SOURCE OF STRENGTH FOR HIS PEOPLE

  • He exalts the horn of His people
  • He exalts the praise of His people
  • He exalts the praise of the children Israel, a people near to Him

PRAISE YE THE LORD

PRAISE THE LORD

PRAISE YE JEHOVAH

PRAISE TO GOD FROM ALL WHO LOVE HIM – HALLELUJAH!

Let everything THAT HATH BREATH 

Everything that is alive, all His creation – SHOUT HALLELUJAH! PRAISE THE LORD!

First and foremost,
let us praise Him for our salvation! Glory to God!

 

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The Path of the Just – Are you on it?

Are you on the path of the just?  There are only two paths in this world, one that is broad and leads to destruction and the other which is narrow and leads to life everlasting. The latter is the path of the just.  Which one are you on?

Proverbs 4:18 says

The path of the just

is as a shining light that shineth

more and more

unto the perfect day.

If you’re on this path, then your daily prayer ought to be

Teach me your paths and show me your ways oh Lord.

Make your word a lamp for me feet today to light the way in which I should go

The entrance of God’s Words gives us light.  As we daily trust it, it continues to light our pathway.  It may not be a lot of light at times, but just enough to know the next step.  Maybe it’s just enough light to sit and rest along the pathway, to Be still and know that He is God.

Each day as we do obey the Word of God and ask for His direction, the path gets brighter and brighter until we reach glory to be forever with that Perfect Light.

Remember, God who commanded the light to shine out of darkness (Genesis 1) can shine in your heart.  Why?  He is the Light of the World.  He has come to shine that light in your heart to give you knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  Have you come to the light?

The whole world was lost in the darkness of sin,
The Light of the world is Jesus!
Like sunshine at noonday, His glory shone in;
The Light of the world is Jesus!

Refrain:
Come to the light, ’tis shining for thee;
Sweetly the light has dawned upon me;
Once I was blind, but now I can see:
The Light of the world is Jesus!

No darkness have we who in Jesus abide;
The Light of the world is Jesus!
We walk in the light when we follow our Guide!
The Light of the world is Jesus

Ye dwellers in darkness with sin-blinded eyes,
The Light of the world is Jesus!
Go, wash at His bidding, and light will arise;
The Light of the world is Jesus!

No need of the sunlight in Heaven we’re told;
The Light of the world is Jesus!
The Lamb is the Light in the city of gold,
The Light of the world is Jesus!
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 The thoughts below are from a book on Proverbs by Robert Jones

 

The path of the just, or righteous person is illustrated by a familiar scene in nature, the dawning of a new day.  The shining light is the sun, which before it is even visible on the eastern horizon, sends forth rays of light which begin to dispel the night darkness.  As it rises in the sky, its brightness increases to noonday intensity when it cannot be steadfastly beholden by the human eye on a clear day, and all details on the face of the earth become plainly visible.

Such is the experience of a child of God.  His birth into the world is as a fallen son of Adam with an evil heart of unbelief.  This is the night of the soul, when it is, as described in Ephesians 2:1, dead in trespasses and sins, and in John 3:36, abiding under the wrath of God.  So the soul continues until God’s Holy Spirit, using His holy law, begins to convince the conscience of its sins and the heart of its unbelief, revealing the need of a perfect righteousness found only in Jesus Christ, and impressing upon the mind the fear of Satan’s judgment to come for sin.

This time of spiritual awakening in the life of a sinner may be of short or long duration, but he no longer takes delight in sinning, and seeks rather to escape the punishment of hell which his sins deserve.  Then comes the revelation of God’s love and mercy to him as the gospel of Christ is understood and believed:  “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” (II Cor. 4:6).  This knowledge fills the soul with the light of heavenly truth, and the Spirit of God dwells within.  The law of God that before could not be kept is now the delight of the heart.

Though possessing eternal life, the soul is not yet at the excellence of its glory as long as it abides in the world beset with the enemies of indwelling sin, worldly lusts, and the malice of Satan.  But by looking to Jesus, the heir of heaven grows in grace and progresses in sanctification, becoming increasingly like his glorious Master: “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.” (II Cor. 3:18).

Also in all daily decisions the Christian learns to seek and obtain the light of God upon his pathway.  When in perplexity he does not trust his own wisdom, but depends on the light of scripture and the guidance of the Holy Spirit to lead him into all truth, trusting the promise of Psalm 119:130: “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.”

In sad contrast is the person who continues in an unconverted state, going his own way, disregarding the commands, promises, and threatenings of God’s Word.  Some darling sin or lust will become the stumblingblock of his soul, resulting in a fall into eternal destruction if mercy prevent it not.  “Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” (I Cor. 10:12)

*Robert Jones. GLEANINGS IN PROVERBS (Kindle Locations 1667-1688). FirstLove Publications. Kindle Edition.

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Because of God’s Mercy, We Are Not Consumed!

Are aware of God’s mercy?  Do you realize that if it wasn’t for God’s mercy every single one of us would be consumed?  Have you given thanks to God today for His everlasting mercy, His steadfast love, His unfailing kindness?  I have to admit that I don’t thank Him enough.

There are days when I am overwhelmed with the mercy of God.  For mercies so great, what return can I make?  For mercies so constant and sure!  Really, there is nothing I can do to deserve this mercy, but I can love and serve Him all the days of my life.  These are troublesome times and people are looking for answers.  Look to Jesus!  He’s the answer.  He is ever merciful and has given His only begotten Son so that I need not perish in my sins.  Have you accepted God’s merciful gift?  It is the gift of all gifts and it is yours for believing.

Lamantations 3 – God’s Mercy

We are not consumed because of God’s mercy v22
God is always faithful bringing fresh mercies every single morning v23
God is my portion. He alone is all I need.  My hope is in Him.  He is my inheritance. Wow! I can be an heir of God.  v24
He is good to those who seek Him. v 25 If you are His child, you ought to seek Him every day. (Free devotional book here)
Are you grieving right now?  Are you fighting depression, anxiety, during troublesome days?  Are you lonely? God has compassion according to the multitude of His mercies.  v32 Did you pay attention to the word multitude; in case you don’t know that means numerous, many, abundance, mass, etc.  Do I miss so many of His mercies because I’m too focused on my grief?
His mercy is so great, so why do we complain when we get punished? V33-39
This should be my response:

Search my heart and turn again to the Lord. Lift up my heart with my hands to God in the heavens and confess my sins. v40-41

I’m so glad I can turn again to Him and again and again and again and He never turns me away.  He always and lovingly gives me a fresh start.


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Freedom – What is True Freedom?

Since this is Independence month in the USA, the Lord led me to do a little word study on freedom.  I am simply awed by the freedom we have in Christ.  Friend, I sincerely hope and pray that you share the same freedom.  Here is how you can:

Do you have true freedom? Are you free in Christ?

The following words are courtesy of Moments with the Book

The human heart craves freedom! Americans know what it means to fight for it, die for it, march for it, campaign for it, and live in the enjoyment of it.

But are we really free? Can you say for certain that you are completely free from the bondage of sin, death, fear, worry, and doubt? God wants you to be free! The message of the Bible is that true freedom comes only through Jesus Christ.

1. GOD CREATED US

The Bible teaches that God made us so that we could know Him and live with Him.

“In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made He him” (Genesis 5:1).

“God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people” (2 Corinthians 6:16).

2. SIN SEPARATED US

Then we sinned, and were separated from God. Sin is anything we do that goes against what God wants.

“Your iniquities [wrong-doings] have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid His face from you” (Isaiah 59:2).

“All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23).

3. JESUS DIED FOR US

God loves us so much that He sent Jesus—His only Son—to die for us. Through Jesus, we can be brought back to God.

“He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation [payment] for our sins” (1 John 4:10).

“Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God” (1 Peter 3:18).

DO YOU WANT TO BE FREE?

Jesus offers freedom from sin and death:

“Jesus answered them … Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin…. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed” (John 8:34,36).

“We see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death … that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage” (Hebrews 2:9,14-15).

And a new life free from fear and worry:

“I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

“God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).

“Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31).

MWTB

You can be free in Christ. 

John 8:32  And ye shall know the truth,
and the truth shall make you free.

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When will things OPEN?

Are you a little uptight?  Maybe a little antsy?  Wondering when things will all be back to normal and life will “open up” again? Possibly things will never be the same, But one thing that will always be the same is God!

His hand is open always to satisfy our souls.

Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. (Psalm 145:16)

Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. (Psalm 145:16)

Well, I never thought I would be part of a pandemic.  But it came and has caused Stay at Home Orders around the world and across our nation.  As it begins to lessen, many are getting eager about their area reopening.  Some areas never had a stay at home order and some areas have already re-opened.  I get kind of jealous of the places that are opened up.  We haven’t quite made it there. 

Although I am eager for my area to reopen, I must admit that  my schedule never really changed much.  It was just an almost eerie feeling to be locked down at home, knowing there was nowhere to go. 

Thinking about “open”,  the Lord impressed several thoughts on my heart and mind.

Rather than praying

Lord, would you end this and open things back up?

Maybe I should pray the following:

-OPEN my eyes to see wonderful things from your Word “

showing to the generation to come the praises of the Lord, and his strength, and his wonderful works that he hath done. (Ps. 78:4)

-OPEN my ears to hear what You are saying to me and to act upon it

James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.

-OPEN doors for us to share the wonderful message of the Gospel

Ephesians 6:19 that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel 

-OPEN the eyes of the Spiritually blinded.  Help them to see You, their Creator, and what you did for them on the Cross.  Help them to see and believe.

John 6:40 that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life

-OPEN the ears of the Spiritually deaf.  May they hear Your Word and believe

John 5:24 He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life

-OPEN my lips to sing to you and of you and to declare the works of the Lord

Psalm 105:2 Sing unto Him, sing psalms unto Him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.

-OPEN my hands to give to the needy

Psalm 41:1 Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble.

-OPEN YOUR mouth to judge righteously for the needy and poor.  Oh, Lord, we are a needy people, make no tarrying to help us

Proverbs 31:9 Open thy mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.

-May we OPEN our treasures and present our gifts to you. Use them as You see fit

Matthew 2:11 . . . and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts

-May we OPEN our closets of prayer, enter in and pray secretly, knowing you will reward us openly

Matthew 6:6 . . . enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

-May we knock until You OPEN doors for us.

Matthew 7:8 to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

-Come quickly, Lord to OPEN the graves of the righteous so we can be caught up in the air together with you and be forever with the Lord.

Revelation 22:20 I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

-Lord, please OPEN your ears to our prayers as we pray in Your name and according to Your will.

Psalm 34:15 The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

I thank you Lord that You alone are worthy to open the book for You were slain for the redemption of the sins of the world.  May all who see and read this know that You are their redeemer and that their name is written in the Lamb’s book of life.  May they open their ears and eyes to THE WAY,  THE TRUTH, and THE LIFE!  Jesus said – I am the way, the truth and the life – no man can come to the Father but by me.  It is not too late to open your heart and let Him in.

Revelation 5  Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: . . .Worthy is the Lamb that was slain

Eight Things To Do In Any Time Of Trial

This is quite a story!  I'm not sure I could endure the trials that this man endured. You won't want to miss reading about it!   


How is life for you during this pandemic period?  I go a little stir crazy every now and then.  I remind myself to keep looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.  He’s coming soon!  Let’s be ready!

I love the Psalms.  

According to Psalm 37 here are 8 things we should do.

According to Psalm 37 here are 8 things we should do., not just during this pandemic but anytime in our walk with the Lord.

1. DON’T WORRY ABOUT THE WICKED OR ENVY THE WRONG DOERS – they will fade away soon, will wither like flowers.

2. TRUST IN THE LORD and DO GOOD – He will take care of you.

3. DELIGHT YOURSELF IN THE LORD – Doing so will result in the right desires

4. COMMIT EVERYTHING YOU DO TO THE LORD. EVERYTHING! Cast your burdens on Him, He’ll sustain you. He cares for you.

5. REST IN THE LORD AND WAIT PATIENTLY FOR HIM – The Lord knows what is going on! Why try to figure it out and take control myself. He is the King, He reigns. I need not worry about the wicked and their schemes.

6. STOP BEING ANGRYThere is no need to be angry or worry or fret. The wicked will all be destroyed.

7. DEPART FROM EVIL and DO GOOD – Let us look around and see what good we can do during these trying times. People need the Lord. Spread cheer and kindness and above all the gospel of Jesus Christ.

8. MARK THE PERFECT MAN – Look for those who are like-minded, those who love the Lord with all their heart soul, mind and strength. We need to edify one another and SO MUCH THE MORE as we see the day approaching. Jesus is coming soon! As His children, let’s be ready!

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Saint Patrick’s Day Trivia

Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?  I never did, but upon hearing a sermon by my pastor many years ago, I became more interested in the life of this man.  He really is not who everyone thinks he is.  Moments with the Book puts out a Happy St. Patrick’s Day Tract with some trivia.  With their permission, I have put the words to this tract here.  You will find it very interesting.

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SAINT PATRICK TRIVIA

How much do you know about Saint Patrick?
Select true or false for each question.

  1. True or False: St. Patrick was Irish.
  2. True or False: His real name was Patrick.
  3. True or False: His birthday was March 17.
  4. True or False: He was kidnapped and sold as a slave.
  5. True or False: He drove all the snakes out of Ireland.

Answers: False, False, False, True False

DID YOU KNOW?

St. Patrick wasn’t Irish. He was born in mainland Britain.

His real name wasn’t Patrick. It was Maewyn Succat. Pope Celestine gave him the name Patrick later in his life, and we still know him by that name today.

St. Patrick was kidnapped by Irish Pirates from what is now known as Wales when he was 16 and sold as a slave in Ireland.

While enslaved, something special happened to Patrick. He said, “It was there that the Lord opened the understanding of my unbelieving heart, so that I should recall my sins, and turn with all my heart to the Lord, my God.”

After six years of slavery, during which he became a Christian, St. Patrick escaped from Ireland.

When back in Britain, St. Patrick was called to return to Ireland as a missionary with a message.

PATRICK’S MESSAGE

SLAVE

When Patrick was in slavery, he came to know Jesus Christ as his Savior. He realized that he was not just a slave to the Irish, but also a slave to sin. We, too, are slaves to sin. The Bible says, “All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” and “Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin” (Romans 3:23; John 8:34). We have all lied or stolen something, had bad thoughts or meant ill to our fellow man. We have all sinned.

SEPARATED

Patrick was separated from his homeland, but he was also separated from God because of his sin. “Your iniquities have separated between you and your God” (Isaiah 59:2). We are also separated from God because of our sins.

SAVED

Patrick realized he could be saved from the consequences of his sin by placing his faith in Jesus Christ. The Bible says, “The wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23). Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day so that we can be saved.

Patrick did not trust in any of his own efforts for salvation—he trusted in Jesus Christ alone. “By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast” (Ephesians 2:8,9).

SENT

After Patrick became a Christian and received new life in Christ, he escaped from slavery in Ireland. This led to new opportunities. Later, when he was in Britain, he was sent as a missionary. Where? Back to Ireland! Jesus was sent here to give us new life. He said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

 


 

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Wisdom Speaks: Life Lessons from Proverbs

Proverbs is a favorite book and one that you could read every day.  In fact, since there are 31 chapters, you could read a chapter a day for a month.  Try it if you haven’t already.

Wisdom Speaks: Life Lessons from Proverbs

This is a book I’ve been reading recently.  The publisher of this book provided me with a complimentary PDF copy through BookCrash  The opinions I have expressed below are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wisdom Speaks: Life Lessons from Proverbs – A Bible Study Book

Author: Tim Riordan

ISBN-13: 978-1-944483-22-7 (Greentree Publishers)
ISBN-10: 1-944483-22-5
270 pp.

If you like “how to” books,  you could call this one a how to book on life.  That is exactly what you will find in the book of Proverbs – lessons on how to live life.

  • Use it as a devotional study
  • Find answers to life’s situations
  • Read it by yourself or in a group
  • Apply Biblical Truths to your life and make life-altering decisions and changes
  • Use the questions at the end of each chapter to further your study and to help you meditate on God’s Word

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You will find throughout Proverbs how to be a wise man, rather than a fool.  This book will help guide you through Proverbs a subject at a time, while showing you how to apply wisdom to your life.  It has been a joy to read it each day in my personal devotional time.  It is uplifting and encouraging in my own walk with the Lord and also helpful in guiding my own grandchildren in life’s issues.  Oh how I desire that each one of them come to know the Lord as their Savior and that they will walk with the wise.  (He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. Proverbs 13:20)

One thing I greatly appreciated is the author has a clear gospel presentation throughout the whole book.  It is obvious he desires his readers to know Jesus.  He states:

God gave us Proverbs as a guide for living, but through every book of the Bible, we will find that the first Guide we need is a person: Jesus Christ.

He then points you to the section on how to become a Christian.  The first step in wisdom is the fear of the Lord which includes accepting Christ by faith.  Here is one of the author’s quotes:

Remember that wisdom is a journey and not a destination, but the journey begins with an attitude of reverence before a holy God who is not only a consuming fire but also a friend who sticks closer than a brother (Pr. 18:24). Reverencing God means not only mentally acknowledging His divine attributes, but also willfully surrendering to His sovereign rule over our lives. God’s sovereignty requires submission. I used to hear preachers say, “God is either Lord of all or He is not Lord at all.” Fearing God means that we understand His place as the King of the universe and the Ruler of our hearts. If we do not submit to His rule, then we do not fear Him.

You will surely want to add this book to your Bible Study Collection.  But don’t just add it, Read it, study it, and apply it!  Get your copy HERE! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Favorite Quotes from Saint Patrick

If you’ve read this post, you will see St. Patrick really had a different name, but that really doesn’t matter. I’ve enjoyed learning about him and below are 10 of my favorite quotes by him.

Patrick knew he was totally surrounded 
by God's love and care.

Happy St. Patrick's Day - 10 Quotes

 

This is the first step to Salvation in Christ.  
We are all sinners, despised by many, and in need of the Savior.

 

We were sinners stuck in the miry clay of sin 
until Jesus lifted us out and set our feet upon a rock - 
THE ROCK!

 

Until the Holy Spirit opened our Spiritual eyes to understand the truths of God's Word, 
we were blinded and lost in our sins.

 

He is The Most High over all the earth,  THE GOD above all gods.

...The heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. Ezekiel 36:23

 

When we live by His wisdom, He gives protection and direction.

 

Jesus came NOT to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him John 3:17

 

God's goodness leads us to repentance - Romans 2:4

 

Fight the good fight, keep the faith, and finish the course by the grace of God - 2 Timothy 4:7

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It’s Not Always About You

A family member of mine who recently returned home from Afghanistan told me of how God spoke to his heart regarding the fact that life is not always about him.

He was in a situation where he questioned God and asked Him, couldn’t you have spared me from this? Is there something you want from me?  Can’t you ask someone else?

After contemplating all these thoughts, he had to say,

Well, it’s not always about you.

He relates the story of being in Afghanistan, in fear for his life,  having a pity party, and asking the Lord, what am I doing here?  The Lord informed him that he had lost his focus and that he needed to do for others so much that he didn’t have time to worry about himself.  During his pity party he had stopped praying for many missionaries and for family needs because he was more concerned about God sparing his life in a combat zone.  He called his wife to complain and her gentle reply was “Dear, it’s not always about you.”

After considering this and realizing that she was right he thought of three things in our lives that will “make it about us“.

1. PRIDE – Often our pride gets in the way and we care more about ourselves than for the souls of others. So was the case with Jonah. Perhaps Jonah wanted Nineveh to get their “just rewards”  Read Chapter 4

v9 – 11 And God said to Jonah, Doest thou well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death. Then said the Lord, Thou hast had pity on the gourd, for the which thou hast not laboured, neither madest it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?

God was letting Jonah know, it’s not about you; it’s about Nineveh and over 120,000 people who needed to be saved.

Romans 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

2. COMFORTThink about Joseph and all he went through.  He was hated by his brothers, sold into slavery, lied about by Potiphar’s wife, thrown into prison and hoped “his buddy”, the chief butler, would help to get him out, but he forgot and Joseph spent two full years in prison.  But in the end Joseph knew it wasn’t about him.

Genesis 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

Psalm 142 I cried unto the Lord with my voice; with my voice unto the Lord did I make my supplication. I poured out my complaint before him; I shewed before him my trouble. When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path. In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me. I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul. I cried unto thee, O Lord: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living. Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I. Bring my soul out of prison, that I may praise thy name: the righteous shall compass me about; for thou shalt deal bountifully with me.

Did no man care for his soul?  It probably seemed as though no one did, but God did and God knew the path of Joseph. Life wasn’t very comfortable for him, but God was with him and God knew what He was doing.

3. YOUR LIFE – God used Mordecai to let Esther know that it was not about her life. The Jews were to be slaughtered and Esther was just made the Queen.  She could have thought “Now I have arrived and I’m going to get somewhere in this world. I can be at ease in the palace.” But Mordecai assured her that God had made her the Queen for other reasons and perhaps she was in that position for such a time as this.  Esther was prepared to die.  She realized that it wasn’t about her, but instead about her people.  Yes, life is about others!  Do we care for the souls of others?  Are we willing to put our life on the line so that others may come to know the Savior?  So many in other places have done just that.  Hebrews 11 is full of those who gave their lives and of whom the world is not worthy.

So what about you?

Are you having a pity party today?  Are there so many reasons that you have to feel sorry for yourself?  Are you wondering why “God would let this happen to you” or why “God would put you in this place”  Today it is time to look away from self and look to Jesus who endured the cross for us because He knew the joy that awaited Him.  If you don’t know Jesus you can, because He came for all and if you do know Him, then it’s time for all of us to put ourselves last and experience true joy!

JOY
J
esus  Others  Yourself

FIRE!

Last night I had a dream.  We had started a fire to burn some brush.  I really don’t remember all the details of the dream, but the main thing I remember is that we didn’t put the fire out and it began to spread.  It got closer and closer to the house.  I told my husband that we need to put the fire out before we end up with a disaster, but he assured me that all was well and it would soon go out by itself.  However, that never happened!

I decided to go check the fire out for myself.  I walked around the outside of it and saw that it was getting closer to the house.  Although it appeared to just be smoldering, when close enough, I could see the hot flames beneath.  The fire had reached within a few feet of our house and had a pretty wide circumference.  There was also a deep pit that had formed with flames and smoke coming out of it.  I really wanted this fire to stop, but once again I was assured that all would be well.

THEN I AWOKE!

Well, I’m not sure if this had any great meaning or not, but the Lord certainly let me apply it to life today.

  • The fires of hell are real! People laugh and joke about it or say they don’t believe in it, but they only lie to themselves.
  • If we don’t know Jesus, then one day those fires of hell will engulf us for we are condemned already and there is no escape.
  • This fire will never be put out and the devil continues to lie to us that all is well.
  • It may seem that there is plenty of time to put the fire out, plenty of time to think about getting saved, but destruction will come suddenly without aware. It may be so close that we don’t even realize it and then whoosh – we are gone up in flames!
  • NO ONE can escape this fire by himself, but there is only one way to escape.
  • If you’re neighbor’s house had a nearby fire and you saw it getting closer to the house, would you rush to tell him? Or would you say, aw, he probably knows about it already and he will do something about it?  Would you think, that fire is fine and will go out sooner or later?  Really?  That is crazy!  We would call the fire department.  We would knock on their door and tell them that they need to get this fire out.  If we cared, that is!

Then I reminded myself.  Do I really care about my neighbor?  Do I care about the many people I see walking around every day with meaningless lives, but whose lives are in danger because the fires of hell are surrounding them?  I need to hurry and tell them that there isn’t much time.  The fire could destroy them today.  Lord, help me to care!  Give me a passion for souls!

It’s appointed unto men once to die but after this the judgment (Hebrews (9:27)

Will you be judged according to the righteousness of Christ?

2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Or are you condemned already?

John 3:18 He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Revelation 21:8 – But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Jesus came not to condemn, but to save souls.  He already took our punishment.  Won’t you trust Him today before it’s too late?

John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

LIFE!

In Him was life and the life was the light of men. John 1:4

Joining with Five Minute Friday Link Up – LIFE

 

Life is a vapor – it appears for a little while and vanishes away. (James 4:14)

 

He came to give life and to give it more abundantly.(John 10:10)

 

Whoever has the Son has life. (1 John 5:12)

 

The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)  

Do you want to live forever?  There is only ONE WAY.  That way is through Jesus Christ.  He is THE WAY, THE TRUTH, and THE LIFE! (John 14:6)

He came to give life and to give it more abundantly.  We can have abundant lives as we walk with the Lord day by day.

Do you want this abundant life?  You can have it if your willing to look and live.  Even as the serpent was lifted up in the wilderness, so was the Son of Man (Jesus) lifted up on the cross to die in our place for ours sins.  Look to the cross and live.  Look to the cross and receive everlasting life.  Look to the cross and walk in abundant life every day.

 

Don’t forget, your life could end at any time.  We have no promise of the next second of life.  What will you do and where will you be if death knocks on your door today? (Watch this video)

Are you ready?  Have you been born again?  Have you received life anew?

 

New Life in Christ abundant and free!
What glories shine, what joys are mine,
What wondrous blessings I see!
My past with its sin, the searching and strife,
Forever gone — There’s a bright new dawn!
For in Christ I have found new life.
I hope you have found that new life.
J.W.Peterson

Where Is God When You Are Facing A Chronic Illness? A Book Review

Do you or someone you know have a chronic illness. 

Recently, I picked up a book on Amazon by Kimberly Rae, entitled, “Why Doesn’t God Fix It?  I really wanted to read this book more out of curiosity.  Why?

  • Although I am not going through a chronic illness, my daughter is and I know of others who are too
  • Kimberly Rae is a great author and has written other books fiction and non fiction that are well worth reading. Here are some  God has given her much insight in many areas including human trafficking and chronic illness.  Her books are definitely worth reading.
  • You can also follow her on FACEBOOK  and YOUTUBE.  I believe she keeps up here when she is feeling well.

Why Doesn't God Fix It? A Book Review

 

You can click HERE to get this book and to read more about the author and other reviews.

 


“Why Doesn’t God Fix It?” also works well as a devotional book and would make a great gift for anyone. It is definitely worth reading and passing along.  Here are a few of Kimberly Rae’s quotes from her book:

Sometimes God does not give the answer because He knows He is all the answer we really need. In finding Him, we find enough. Will you walk toward Him with me? It’s okay if right now the questions you want to as Him are laced with pain, anger, or even bitterness. He can handle it. Only be willing to listen to what He has to say in response. Like Job, don’t listen to the friends trying to convince you God is punishing you, and definitely don’t listen to those who, like Job’s wife, say you should just curse God and die. Instead, like Job, go to God Himself with your grief, your anger, your defense.

Don’t try to fix it yourself. As hard as it is to trust God when things aren’t happening and you’re waiting for a miracle you aren’t certain will ever come, jumping ahead of God and pushing forward when you know He wants you to wait only ends up badly.

No matter how dark or desperate your feelings are, take them straight to God. He’s the only one strong enough to hold them, so let Him have them every time they come. Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you. Psalm 55:22

To know that Jesus Himself knows, cares, and is not only ready to listen to my infirm feelings, but also to pray for me, that is victory already!

When I hear someone implying my illness would go away if only I believed enough or prayed enough, etc., I tend to want to re-question everything. Is this my fault? Am I doing something wrong? I know I fully believe God could heal me at any moment if He chose to, but what if, really deep down, I don’t really believe it?

At the end of each chapter, the author has several individual or group study questions.  This way you can search the Scriptures and your own heart regarding sickness.  I hope you will grab this book and read it and pass it along.  Use it as a devotional book in your own personal time.  It will speak to your heart in other ways too.

This is my own review.  I was not asked to do this, nor was I given a copy; I just enjoyed the book so much and found other ways to apply the truths in it to other aspects of my life and wanted to share it with you.  Get it and share it.

 

OTHER GREAT BOOKS TO READ

 

 

Relief – Be Relieved Today Through Him

Ah, relief!

This is how I often feel after a busy week of running here and there and it has been one of those weeks.  Out for lunch with daughter, out for birthday with granddaughter, dinner at son’s house and another dinner tonight for my son’s 40th birthday, and basketball games for the grandkids!   And although I love every minute of it, it is such a relief when I can just stop and rest. 

 

Relief Be Still and Know That I Am God

Joining the Five Minute Friday Community today.

Yes, rest, this word comes up once again as it has many times since the beginning of this year.  This is my word for the year. The Lord told me to rest in Him.  There are many ways to find rest and relief from the cares of this world.

The first way is to rest in the finished work of Christ. 

Isn’t it wonderful that God proclaims the gospel from the very beginning.  Read about it here.

Then we need to come to Him daily for He says:

Come unto me all ye who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 

He will give me rest from all my cares, all my burdens for I can cast all my burdens on Him for He cares for me. 1 Peter 5:7

What a relief that is!  Oh, if only I would practice this on a regular basis!  I can have continual relief through my Savior.

And how else can I be relieved?

Be still and let God be God. 

Am I anxious, worried about tomorrow or things I cannot change.  Just be still.  Let God be God!  (Psalm 46:10)

He can and will take care of all my needs, all my anxieties. 

All my anxiety, all my care.  Bring to the Savior and leave it there. 

I heard a song recently that goes If it matters to you, it matters to the Master. 

So be relieved today through Him.

10 Ways To Grow Your Faith This Year

As we spend time with the Lord, we will find many ways to grow our faith.  Below are 10 ways that may help you to grow your faith in the new year.

10 Ways to Grow Your Faith

1.  Seek God every day – Am I seeking God with all my heart, soul, and mind?  I’m commanded to, but if I love Him I should do it because I love Him, not just out of duty.  How quick I am to get on my phone and/or my computer, or to doing my duties/chores of the day,and even to talk to or spend time with family/friends, But before anything, I need to seek God!

Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

2.  Have a Bible Reading/Study plan – A good study Bible may help you as you dig into God’s Word!  God tells us to study His Word so that we are not ashamed and can correctly explain and share His truths. Don’t just read God’s Word.  Study it and if you’re not sure how to study it, then learn.  Here’s a good way.  I’m thankful for the Bible College that I attended and for good professors who taught me how to study God’s Word.

2 Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

3.  Be involved in ministry.  Recently, my husband and I were able to start a nursing home ministry in our town.  There are so many nursing homes out there who need you or someone.  There are people everywhere who are hurting and need love and need to know the love of Christ.  If you’re not an aggressive person (and I’m not), then ask God to show you what to do and to put it “in your lap” and then go for it!  We haven’t been in this ministry long, but it has been such a blessing already.

 

4.  Journal your life.  I don’t know how many times that one of my children have told me something wonderful that the Lord has done for them or about a prayer that has been answered.  I will ask them if they wrote it down because one day your kids and grandkids will want to read about it.  Many times I’ve gone back in my journal and read things that I had forgotten and will just begin praising the Lord for His wonderful works toward me and my family or toward others that I’ve heard wonderful things about!  Just do it!  Even if it is only a line or two.  You will be glad and so will your children and grandchildren.  And by all means write down your testimony so your children and grandchildren will know how the Lord worked to bring you to Christ.

5.  Meditate and Memorize God’s Word.  My devotions are over; I close my Bible and notebook and go on my merry way and forget so often.  I need to put those words in my heart, not just my notebook; I need to think about them all the day long, sing them, and even ask God to help me dream them. (and yes, that is one of my daily prayers)

6.  Listen to God’s Word – I need to do this more often than I do.  It is nice as I do housework to put an audio Bible on and listen as I work.  Godly music and sermons are also a great thing to listen to as I go about household duties.  Often at night time, just before bed, my husband and I will listen to Scripture passages or put on a testimony such as you would hear from Unshackled. (listen here)

7.  Confess and Forgive – Do you want your faith to grow?  Then by all means keep your sins confessed before God because if I know there is sin in my heart, then God will not hear my prayers.  And forgive as He forgives.  When I realize what a great sinner I am and how I needed the Savior and that He was willing to forgive me, then I too can forgive others not matter how bad I may feel they have wronged me or a loved one.  Instead of becoming bitter over wrongs toward you and your loved ones, become better through the power of the Holy Spirit in your life.

8.  Encourage other believers.  I can encourage others even by just a smile and a thank you.  I can encourage my own family by love and kindness, and I can encourage fellow believers with Truths from God’s Word.  In this evil world, that we live in, we need so much more to encourage each other and lift each other up in the Lord.

9.  Find a missionary penpal.  Do you know any missionaries?  Do you pray for them?  Do you let them know that you’re praying for them?  Nowadays with so many ways to communicate quickly, we really have no excuse for not encouraging our missionaries.

10. Share your faith.  If you’re like me, I don’t go many places.  But I seek to share my faith through this blog, or on social media.  What opportunities we have today!  And when I do go places, I carry tracts to leave places, to hand out to someone or to leave with a tip for my server.

These ways to grow your faith are just an outpouring of your love for the Lord.  If I truly love Him, then my faith will grow.  Some days I may not feel like it is, but as I look back over the year and see what great things He has done for me, I can only shout Glory Hallelujah! 

I love the little song that goes:

He’s still working on me,
to make me what I ought to be
It took Him just a week to make the moon and stars,
the sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars.
How loving and patient He must be!
He’s still working on me!

Is the Lord Your Strength and Your Shield?

Psalms 28:7  The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.

God Is:

  • My strength

Nehemiah 8:10 The Joy of the Lord is your strength

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me

  • My shield

He is my protector. He protects me from danger physically and spiritually. He protects me from foolishness, from unwise decisions, from the devil who is always trying to devour me, and in so many other ways. Psalm 32:7 Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah

 

Because God is my strength and shield, I should, and I will:

  • Trust in Him
Psalm 40:4 Blessed is that man that maketh the Lord his trust

Psalm 48:14 For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.

Don’t rely on your own wisdom or understanding, instead look to Him and let Him show you the way. (Proverbs 3:5-6)

When I trust in Him:

  • He will help me

Psalm 121 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.

This causes me to:

  • Rejoice in my heart

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord alway and again I say rejoice

Psalm 5:11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice…
  • Praise Him with my song
Psalm 69:30 I will praise the name of God with a song

Praise is comely – Psalm 147:1 Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God; for it is pleasant; and praise is comely.


 

REST

I can rest in the fact that the gospel is right from the beginning!  Yes, that’s right, it is in  Genesis 1 and 2.  I had never seen this before.  God’s wonderful plan has always been there!  On the 7th day God rested from all His labors.  His labors were done in the first 6 days and they were all good, very good, perfect!  Right there we see that only God is good and He is very good – HE IS PERFECT!

 

  • Only God can do good and create that which is good and perfect
  • After God created, He ended His work; it was finished.  ON the cross he ended His work, He stated:  IT IS FINISHED! Once for all it was done!
  • The number 7 is a number of completion, a number of perfection.  The perfect Lamb of God, God’s Son completed His work on earth through His sacrifice on the cross.  His work was complete and it was perfect.  There is no other way. Jesus only is THE WAY, THE TRUTH, and THE LIFE!
  • God was now at rest  because He accepted the sacrifice of His only Son , Jesus Christ as our punishment for sin.

  • I labored and tried my best to do good to earn God’s favor, but it didn’t and never will work for anyone.  WE can NEVER do good.  God labored for 6 days.  The number 6 symbolizes man and human weakness,man’s rebellion against God; I tried to please God and make my own way to Him, until one day I realized that all my righteousness is as filthy rags.

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  • I needed to get to day 7, the day of rest.  I needed to enter into God’s rest and cease from all my labors. As a little girl, my friend and I would “weigh ourselves on God’s scale” to see if we were good enough to get to heaven.  Like so many, I thought if I was good enough I could make it to heaven. But that doesn’t work.  I and everyone will always fall short.  All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
  • I needed to come to grips with resting entirely on the fact that Jesus Christ did it all.  He finished the work and there is nothing we can do.  (Heb. 4:10 – He that entered into His rest hath ceased from his own works as God did from His)

  • God blessed and sanctified the 7th day and when I realized that I could rest entirely upon the work of Jesus Christ, He saved me and began a work of sanctification in my life.  Praise God!
  • Please won’t you enter into His rest?  It’s a never ending rest.  As I walk with Him and have times of falling away, I can get up 7 times and came back and rest. (Proverbs 24:16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again…)

Let Him give you rest. That rest is needed in so many ways.  His rest is the peace of God which passes all understanding.

Rest in the fact of the finished work of Christ. He will save you by his grace when you believe. You can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God!  His work is finished and none of us can boast about anything good we can do to earn His favor. (Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.)

Rest in the fact that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.

 

I’ve anchored my soul in the “Haven of Rest,”
I’ll sail the wide seas no more;
The tempest may sweep over wild, stormy, deep,
In Jesus I’m safe evermore.
-Henry L. Gilmour, pub.1890

Praise and Magnify The Lord with Thanksgiving



It’s November!  It’s time to praise the Lord and give Him thanks! Come magnify the Lord with me! Yes, that’s true, but it is always time to praise the Lord and give Him thanks.  His praise ought to be continually in our mouths. (Ps. 34:1)
Psalms 69:30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving. With gratitude I praise and thank almighty God.

30 Days of Praise and Thanksgiving 

  1. He is my Savior and I have a personal relationship with Him!
  2. He loves me and because He first loved me , I love Him!
  3. He died for me while I was yet in my sins. He who knew no sin became sin for me that He might bring me to God!
  4. He has revealed Himself to me through His Holy Word, the Bible. I have the privilege of getting to know Him more and more as I spend time reading and meditating upon it.
  5. He has promised me eternal life, the gift of God which comes only through His son, Jesus Christ.
  6. He gives wisdom and knowledge Romans 11:33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!
  7. He strengthens my inner man daily as I spend time feasting on His Word. Ephesians 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
  8. He is my helper and protector 24 hours a day. He never slumbers.
  9. He blessed me with a godly husband, who loves his God, his wife, his children, and his grandchildren.
  10. He has given me four godly children along with their godly spouses and 21 beautiful grandchildren! My quiver is more than full!
  11. He is the greatest friend of all, one that sticks closer than a brother.
  12. He delivers me from temptation and keeps me from the evil one.
  13. He hears my prayers and He answers.
  14. He is good all the time!
  15. He has allowed my children to be part of serving Him on the mission field and at home.
  16. He is ever merciful. His mercies are new every morning! Praise the Lord!
  17. He allows me to fellowship with other believers.
  18. He has blessed me with good health. 
  19. He surrounds me with His presence and His love continually. Psalms 125:2 As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.
  20. He Cares for Me! 1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
  21. He gives me rest, hope, and satisfactionPsalms 131:2 Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child.
  22. He has made me His child and put me into the family of God. John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.
  23. He is righteous; He is the Lord Most High (Ps.7:17)
  24. He is my strength and my shield, my helper. (Ps. 28:7)
  25. He allows me to bless Him!  How a sinner like me can bless the Lord is beyond me.  How amazing! (Ps. 34:1)
  26. He has given me a new song! (Ps. 40:3)  I’m a sinner saved by grace. Old things are passed away and all things are become new!
  27. He lifts my spirits and encourages me! (Ps. 42:5)
  28. He causes my heart to sing. Ps. 47:6)
  29. My sin is great, but His mercy is more!  My sin, o the bliss of this glorious thought, my sin, NOT IN PART, BUT THE WHOLE, is nailed to the cross and I bear it no more!  Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord! Oh my soul! – Horatio Gates Spafford 
  30. This wicked sinful earth is not my final home.  I’m just a pilgrim passing through.  There is no continuing city here!  My home is in heaven, eternal, with God for ever!  Is Yours?

PRAISE THE LORD!


How One Little Girl Learned Patience

It matters not how young or old we are, there are times (many times for myself) that we become impatient and we just don’t want to wait.  But can we learn to be patient?  Sometimes God will work in different ways to teach us patience.  In this book (check our more books here) Gracie Lou Want a Zoo, which Bookcrash so graciously provided me for review, little Gracie learns that God’s way and God’s timing is best.

Title: Gracie Lou Wants a Zoo
Author: Shelly Roark
Illustrator: Simone Kruger
Publisher: Little Lamb Books
ISBN: 978-1-7332828-2-6

Gracie Lou Wants a Zoo - childs book on learning patience and trusting God for His plan and timing

Does your child like animals?

This is a great book for them for it uses the love of animals to teach a wonderful lesson on trusting God to little Gracie.  Gracie loves her animals and wants more and more and more, but Mom and Dad continually tell her no, to be patient because God has a plan.  Gracie is not too happy with that answer and is even on the verge of throwing a fit (Unfortunately, I can relate to this at times)  After confiding in her pet turtle and having a dream about all the animals being in her home, she learns that waiting on God is best.

In one way it also shows the parents that they can be patient with their children in turn.  Gracie was always answered with wise answers and in a gentle manner.  Be gentle with your children as the Lord is gentle with us.

This is a cute book for children that promotes patience and understanding and that there are reasons we do not get what we want, It will help your child to realize that God’s way is the best way and He always knows the right timing.

At the end of the book you will find a journal page for your child to fill in the blank all about their favorite animals.  What a sweet keepsake this would make.

This book can be purchased HERE

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Books To Fall For

Isn’t fall a wonderful time to start a new Bible Study, pick up a new devotional book  or just to  snuggle up with a book?  Below are some of my favorite books, most of them kindle format, but many of them you can probably get in paperback or hard back.  So take a look a find some books to fall for.

Looking for a great book this fall?  Here are some to add to your reading list.  Grab a book on a fall day and enjoy!
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 Books to Fall For this Fall Season:

1. Bible Study Books

Make sure your time with the Lord is first and foremost. We all need to fall in love with God's Word more and more. 

2. Books on Prayer:

How's your prayer life?  Need some new life to it? Start this fall to enrich it with insight from these books on prayer.

  • How I Know God Answers Prayer The Personal Testimony of One Life-Time Rosalind Goforth
  • The Prayer that Makes a Difference  Oma Van Gelderen walked by faith and not by sight as she grew to understand the witness of the Holy Spirit as a fact of knowledge and not a feeling. She knew neither fame nor fortune, yet God used her prayer life to make a profound difference.
  • Prayer 101 by Warren Wiersbe  Dr. Warren Wiersbe addresses many questions about prayer and gives  practical tools for incorporating prayer into our lives
  • The Kneeling Christian by Albert Richardson  "Why are many Christians often defeated? Because they pray so little. Why do most Christians see so few brought out of darkness to light by their ministry? Because they pray so little. Why are our churches simply not on fire for God? Because there is so little real prayer."
  • Praying Hyde  He came to be called "Praying Hyde" for his passionate prayers to reach lost souls.

3. Biographies:

I guess biographies are my all time favorite.  I love true stories.  I especially love to hear missionary stories or stories of the holocaust or of those who endured much and yet were victorious.

  • Shackled
  • Rescue the Captors
  • Incidents in the Life of a slave girl
  • Son of Hamas
  • Captive in Iran: A Remarkable True Story of Hope and Triumph amid the Horror of Tehran's Brutal Evin Prison
  • Rose's Journey: A Christian in the Holocaust
  • Hiding in the Light: Why I Risked Everything to Leave Islam and Follow Jesus
  • My People, the Amish: The True Story of an Amish Father and Son
  • The Greater Inheritance by Mary Schrock:  Autobiography: Mary and her husband were born and raised in the Amish lifestyle and traditions in which they lived for 26 years. After living in fear of eternity, and experiencing many broken family ties and friendships, she now tells others how to find a lasting peace, joy and freedom in the Lord. With a compassion for her people, Mary shares the true story of her family's traumatic journey to the Truth.  
  • John G. Paton, Missionary to the New Hebrides: An Autobiography
  • Forward in the Face of Fear: My Life for Christ in the Muslim World
  • Sometime I prefer to Fuss: These are the experiences of Verda and Larry Peet as missionaries in Northern Thailand. Their adventures learning to accept her life as a missionary include great stories about cultural adjustments and daily frustrations of missionary life
  • Out of Mormonism: A woman's True Story
  • Trapped in Hitler's Hell: A Young Jewish Girl Discovers the Messiah's Faithfulness in the Midst of the Holocaust by Anita Dittman:  Another favorite - if you like to read about the holocaust then this is a must read.  Anita Dittman was just a little girl when the winds of Nazism and Hitler's coming Holocaust began to blow through Germany. Raised by her Jewish mother, she came to believe that Jesus was her Messiah at eight years old. By the time she was ten, the war had begun.
  • SEAL of God  A Journey of a man through the grueling Naval Ops training and onto the streets of Iraq, where he witnessed the horrors of war up close. He shares his own radical conversion story and talks about how he draws on his own experiences as a SEAL to help others better understand the depths of Christ’s sacrifice and love.
  • C. T. Studd: Cricketer & Pioneer:  A Missionary Biography

Books on Abuse and Human Trafficking:

We hear so much about this now and it is so real.  It seems to be everywhere.  How do we deal with it.

  • Stolen Series - "In Kimberly Rae's novel Stolen Woman, she juxtaposes the natural beauty of Kolkata, India, with the insidious evil slithering under darkness on street corners where women are sold to the highest bidder. Rae's message of hope and the education the novel provides should open our eyes to an issue which can no longer be ignored and needs everyone's efforts to eradicate."
  • The Broken Series Human Trafficking can Hide in a Small Town: This series brings to light difficult subject matter and gives solutions for healing from pain and trauma through the eyes of the victims....You won't be able to put these down. Please, please, please read these and pray about what you can do to get involved.  This is a very real subject today!  Included in the series:

Books for children and grandchildren:

Do you have children or grandchildren who love to read?  I have several and they are always wanting a new book.  

Tricky Treats

I love treats don’t you?  And sometimes tricks are fun too as long as they are the right kind of tricks.  Halloween is a touchy subject and many have different opinions.  Personally, I’m not a fan of this holiday for many reasons which I won’t take time to name here.  But if opportunity is given during this season to give the gospel then why not hand out tracts along with a treat.  Here is one that I found on Bible Truth Publishers.  They have given permission to embed these tracts into a website so that makes a great way to share the gospel.

 

 


Click Here for another Halloween Tract that you can get as a free printable.

Fall/Thanksgiving Blessing Cards Free Printable

The Autumn season is upon us.  What are your plans for fall/Thanksgiving?  It’s a wonderful time to spend together as a family.  It’s also a wonderful time to bless someone else?

Are you looking for a way you can be a blessing to someone or share the gospel?  Here is a free printable of little pass along cards.  They have a fall/Thanksgiving theme with a gospel message on the back.  Print them off and pass them along.  Then pray for the power of the Holy Spirit to convict and soften hearts to accept the Gospel of Christ.

Fall Autumn Blessing Pass Along cards with a gospel message


Challenge

The word for Five MInute Friday is CHALLENGE.  I’ve joined in with them this week.

What's Your Challenge? Has the Lord placed something in your heart to challenge you?

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It is certainly a challenge to watch your grandkids for an extended period of time.  Well, I just had them for one night which turned into two, but it can take its toll on a grandparent.  Everytime I’m asked to keep my grandkids, I challenge myself to do some fun things with them, to spend one on one time with them, but most of all to instill gospel truths into their hearts.  That is what I want most for them.  Unfortunately, I feel as if I fail at this so much of the time.   When you’re watching anywhere from 5 to 10 children at a time, that really can become a challenge.  I feel as though all I do is run, run, run, and do, do, do!  Fix meals, give out snacks, take someone to the potty, change diapers, look for a certain item someone needs, doctor boo boos and be a peacemaker when trouble starts between personalities.  (Thankfully, that doesn’t happen often)  All these things are necessary and are part of the challenges of life when caring for the littles.  But it is during these times that I must challenge myself to use all the moments to talk of all the wondrous things the Lord does, to let each child know how much God cares and loves and even though I may fail as a grandma, He never fails.

We are challenged in Deuteronomy to continually talk of the ways of the Lord, when we’re awake, when we’re walking, when we’re sitting down, when we’re standing, when we’re upon our beds.  Everything that comes out of our mouths ought to point to the Lord.  So many everyday things can be used as object lessons while training the littles.  How I must remind myself of this over and over.  The devil would love to have us believe the lie, that there is no time to teach them in the Word of God and they wouldn’t understand it anyway.  He is a liar from the beginning.  Trust God, take the challenge, begin now to instill God’s Word into your children and grandchildren every in every opportunity that arises.

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How are you doing with this challenge?

Deuteronomy 6:6-8 And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.

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And Their Eyes Were Opened

Have your eyes been opened as to who God is?  How much time have you really spent in getting to know the Savior? The disciples spent a lot of time with the Lord and yet it was at this moment that their eyes were opened.

Luke 24:31  And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight.

 

How long does it take for my eyes to be opened to the truths of God’s Word?  Many times I have read God’s Word and there were many things that I did not understand, but then one day, I  read the same passage and suddenly my eyes were opened and I saw wonderful Truths that I’d never seen before.  Praise God!

How well do I know the Lord?  These disciples thought they knew the Lord, but it was a while before they realized who He was.  I know that the Lord walks and talks with me, but sometimes I wonder if I am totally blind to who He is and what He wants me to do?  Isn’t it wonderful that the Lord never leaves us, like the disciples thought at first, and praise God, aren’t you glad He is always there walking along beside you?  

As soon as I close my Bible, does He vanish from me?  Has he vanished from my thoughts, my meditations, my obedience to Him?  I’m afraid and so ashamed to say that all too often this is true.  Many times I am like that man who beholds himself in the mirror and then goes away and forgets what he looks like.  God’s Word should be my mirror to convict me and strengthen me, and encourage me in my walk with the Lord.  Is it or does everything disappear the moment I close God’s Word and go on about my own business? Instead, may I commit my way to the Lord and let Him establish my thoughts, let Him show me His way and teach me His paths. 

It is my prayer that the Lord will open my spiritual eyes daily to His Truths,help me to know God more and more and apply these truths to my heart.  

Meditate on the meaning of what you are reading, absorb God’s Word into your whole being by dwelling on it and pondering it.  Make all the applications you can to your life until it becomes a part of you.   

 

For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:  For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.  But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

 

Open my eyes, that I may see
Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;
Place in my hands the wonderful key
That shall unclasp and set me free.

Open my ears, that I may hear
Voices of truth Thou sendest clear;
And while the wave notes fall on my ear,
Everything false will disappear.

Open my mouth, and let me bear,
Gladly the warm truth everywhere;
Open my heart and let me prepare
Love with Thy children thus to share.

Refrain

Silently now I wait for Thee,
Ready my God, Thy will to see,


Words & Music: Clara H. Scott

 

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Do’s and Don’ts of the Christian Life

Do this, don’t do this!  Unfortunately, there are many even in Christianity who tell us we must do and don’t do this in order to be a Christian. Because of this it has turned many away from the gospel.

The Do This and Don’t Do this basis of Christianity is simply not true.  Christianity is not based on doing or not doing.  God did not send the law as our check list to get to heaven.  He sent it as our schoolmaster to lead us to Christ, to show us that we are all sinners in need of The Savior.

So are there do’s and don’ts of the Christian life?  Absolutely!

Do this, don't do this!  Unfortunately, there are many even in Christianity who tell us we must do and don't do this in order to be a Christian. Because of this it has turned many away from the gospel. The Do This and Don't Do this basis of Christianity is simply not true.  Christianity is not based on doing or not doing.  God did not send the law as our check list to get to heaven.  He sent it as our schoolmaster to lead us to Christ, to show us that we are all sinners in need of The Savior.

The main do is DO TRUST CHRIST ALONE AS YOUR SAVIOR!  Friend if you want to know what to do in order to get to heaven, then you must trust Christ to save you.  He will save you by His grace through your faith in Him.  There is nothing you can do of yourself to come to Christ.  It is only by His grace.  But this is a definite DO!  So have you done this?  Have you repented of your sin and turned to Jesus?  Now is the time of salvation.

Is that it?  Yes, that’s it when it comes to salvation.  Just simple faith in Christ and He alone saves you by His grace,  But that is NOT IT, when it comes to living the Christian life.  Many may say, I don’t want to be a Christian because it is a list of do’s and don’ts.  It’s true that I get upset when a babe in Christ is suddenly told by “godly counselors” that you must do this or don’t do this in order to be right with God.  In truth, they may be right, but to jump on a new Christian with all the “rules” might only tend to ruin him/her.  I am so thankful that the Lord, Himself, is kind and gentle and patient.  Let us speak The Truth in Love and leave the results to God.

Give them time

As a babe in Christ, they may need time.  Just as a baby needs time to grow, to walk, and then toddle along, etc., so does a Christian.  Instead of giving him/her “the list” of what will make them a successful Christian, encourage them feed on the milk of God’s Word every day and then pray that the Holy Spirit will guide them into all truth.  HE WILL!  They will begin to see the list of do’s and don’ts for themselves as they are kindly trained in the Word of God.

So yes, there are many do’s and don’ts of the Christian life.

God has given us many commandments in His Word. His will is laid out for us there.

The first do:

Be saved

Then:

Be Holy as He who called you is Holy:

“Be ye holy; for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16).

How?

 

  • Find faithful believers who love the Lord and fellowship with them.  Get baptized as a testimony to others that you want to follow the Lord wholeheartedly.

 

  • Read your Bible Daily and meditate upon it.  Hide it in your heart – it will keep you from sin.  As you read and meditate, ask the Lord every day to show you His ways and teach you His paths.  These are the do’s and don’ts of Christianity.  They are all within the Word of God.  We are to live holy lives before Him because He is holy.  He will reveal to you what holiness is if you stay in His Word.

 

 

 

 

  • Don’t ever give up on the Lord.  When you face hard times (and you will), remember God is always there even if it seems as though He is far away.  He will never leave you.  He works all things for good to those who love Him in order that we are more conformed to the likeness on His Son.  One day it will be worth it all, for when we see Jesus.  One glimpse of His dear face will erase all sorrow forever.

So yes, the Christian life is full of do’s and don’ts.  Let those do’s and don’ts be of the Lord and not man made.  Here are 10 good reasons to live a holy life

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School Should Begin At Home



It’s Back to School Time … Public School, Private School, or Home School?  Which one?  Only you and the Lord can decide that, but I do know that all schooling should begin at home.  Spurgeon wrote a great devotional that goes along well with this idea.  That can be found here.

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“Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.” – Joel1:3

And all they children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children.  Isaiah 54:13

Public School, Home School?  Which one?  Only you and the Lord can decide that, but I do know that all schooling should begin at home

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Children learn by example.

Be sure to hand down your witness for the gospel to them.  Be a living testimony and show them what the Lord has done and is doing, and teach them what He will do.  Remind them over and over that The Lord hath done great things for us whereof we are glad!  I have this verse on my living room wall.  God’s grace will help you to be a daily godly example to them.

Begin your ministry at home

Is your family first?  Or do you send a message that ministry is first and you must get to the highway and hedges to bring them in!  Yes, these things are important, but your home should be your first priority.  Our children are the only “things” we can take with us into eternity and how sad it would be if we neglected them and therefore they wanted no part of what Christ has to offer. The result may be that they end up lost forever!   Remember: Jerusalem first, then Samaria and the uttermost part.

Teaching our Children is a Personal Duty

We always expect Sunday School Teachers and Christian School Teachers to teach the Truths of God’s Word to our children and they definitely should, but it is our obligation first.  Don’t expect others to reform  your children if you aren’t teaching them and nurturing them in the admonition of the Lord.  It is our sacred obligation.  Just like Abraham, we our to command our households of the fear of the Lord and talk of all His wondrous works.

Impact on the Church, Nation, and Others

As we instruct our children in the fear of the Lord, it will also have an impact on our churches and our nation itself.  (Think of Daniel and The Three Hebrew Children)  Obviously, their parents taught them the fear of the Lord right from the start and because of it they were able to stand strong for The Truth and have a great impact on heathen nations.

Joyous Times

What joyous times I remember as my husband took opportunities along the way to instruct our children in the
Word of God.  This wasn’t just family devotional time, but as Deuteronomy says, he taught them diligently when we were sitting in the house, when we were outside walking or working, when we were ready for bed, and when each new day began.  Much time was spent in the car going to and from church and school which made a great opportunity to teach God’s Word and it’s principles.

And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Deuteronomy 6:6-7

What a joyous time when we saw our children, one by one, come to know Jesus or return to Him from a backslidden state! There is no greater joy than to know that your children are walking in Truth!

Keep your living testimony alive

By God’s grace I want to keep our testimony alive and keep handing it down to my grandchildren.  How wonderful it will be to watch them begin families and pass it down to their children and on into generation after generation.  I often pray that our family name will go on from generation to generation in the fear of the Lord; I pray the same thing for my children’s’ spouse’s families also.


Here are some good ideas to help occupy the littles during your homeschool time or any time.

101 Independent Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Or other activities for preschoolers

Answers in Genesis is a great place to add curriculum for your homeschooling. I personally have used their Bible Curriculum for Sunday School and Wednesday night Children’s Activities.

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Drinking Wine and Alcohol – Yes or No?

I’m really not a fan of writing on this subject, but lately the sin of drunkenness has come up in my devotional time and I felt compelled to put a few things here.  For the most part I am sharing what I’ve found on other sites that relay my beliefs on the subject.

My prayer for my children and grandchildren is that they will abstain from these sins and from any appearance of evil.  And if you believe that drinking socially is OK, just remember that you may be a great stumbling block to the weaker brother. (Romans 14)

Drinking Wine and Alcohol - Yes or No?

The article below from John G. Paton is one of the best that I’ve seen in reinforcing my own beliefs.  This article was found here on Wholesome Words.

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John G. Paton on Total Abstinence

John Paton

Great good resulted from this Total Abstinence work [in Glasgow, Scotland, City Mission]. Many adults took and kept the pledge, thereby greatly increasing the comfort and happiness of their homes. Many were led to attend the church on the Lord’s Day, who had formerly spent it in rioting and drinking. But, above all, it trained the young to fear the very name of intoxicating drink, and to hate and keep far away from everything that led to intemperance. From observation, at an early age I became convinced that mere Temperance Societies were a failure, and that Total Abstinence, by the grace of God, was the only sure preventive as well as remedy. What was temperance in one man was drunkenness in another; and all the drunkards came, not from those who practised total abstinence, but from those who practised or tried to practise temperance. I had seen temperance men drinking wine in the presence of others who drank to excess, and never could see how they felt clear of blame; and I had known ministers and others, once strong temperance advocates, fall through their “moderation,” and become drunkards. Therefore it has all my life appeared to me beyond dispute, in reference to intoxicants of every kind, that the only rational temperance is total abstinence from them as beverages, and the use of them only as drugs, and then only with extreme caution, as they are deceptive and deleterious poisons of the most debasing and demoralizing kind. I found also, that when I tried to reclaim a drunkard, or caution any one as to intemperate habits, one of the first questions was,—

“Are you a pledged Abstainer yourself?”

By being enabled to reply decidedly, “Yes, I am,” the mouth of the objector was closed; and that gave me a hundred-fold more influence with him than if I had had to confess that I was only “temperate.” For the good of others, and for the increase of their personal influence as the servants of Christ, I would plead with every Minister and Missionary, every office-bearer and Sabbath-school teacher, every one who wishes to work for the Lord Jesus in the family, the Church, and the world, to be a Total Abstainer from all intoxicating drinks.

From John G. Paton, Missionary to the New Hebrides: An Autobiography. Edited by his brother. New Illustrated ed. New York: Fleming H. Revell Company, [1889?].



That’s powerful, don’t you think?  Abstain and it gives you much more influence that if you were only temperate.  Who knows but it may lead a soul to Christ.


Robert  Jones also has some good advice in his book “Gleanings from Proverbs”  Here is what He says: (Robert Jones. GLEANINGS IN PROVERBS (Kindle Locations 6402-6425). FirstLove Publications. Kindle Edition.)

“Who hath woe?  who hath sorrow?  who hath contentions?  who hath babbling?  who hath wounds without cause?  who hath redness of eyes?  They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine.” (Proverbs 23:29,30) Both Old and New Testament scriptures abound with references to wine.  Not all these references condemn drinking of wine or command total abstinence, as for instance, Numbers 28:7 which speaks of “strong wine to be poured unto the LORD for a drink offering.”  And Paul commanded Timothy, “Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities.” (I Tim. 5:23).  But warning passages against excessive drinking such as our text are many, and drunkenness is included in the list of soul-damning works of the flesh of which the Apostle declares, “that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Gal. 5:21). The doleful state of the drunkard is set before the reader of the text.

He is said to have woe.

Men may call something woeful because of its unpleasant or troublesome nature, but when God pronounces a woe, it is a fearful judgment, as in Deuteronomy 29:19,20: “And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst:  The LORD will not spare him, but then the anger of the LORD and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the LORD shall blot out his name from under heaven.”

The drunkard also has sorrow.

Sorrow can never be separated from sin, and is increased by the failure and loss caused by sin, all which is graphically described in Isaiah 28:7,8: “But they also have erred through wine, and through strong drink are out of the way; the priest and the prophet have erred through strong drink, they are out of the way through strong drink; they err in vision, they stumble in judgment.  For all tables are full of vomit and filthiness, so that there is no place clean.”

A drunkard also has contentions.

Isaiah 5:22,23 describes the nature of these: “Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:  Which justify the wicked for reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!”  The man in love with his liquor will be at variance with his fellowmen for it is the master he serves, not sound reason and good judgment which promote peace and stability in the world.

He will have babbling.

I Peter 4:3 reminds Christians: “For the time past of our lives may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revelings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:”  Such activities are only full of foolish, empty, vile, and devilish talking.

Finally, the drunkard has wounds without cause and redness of eyes.

Matthew Henry, commenting on this said,


Let the principles put forth in Romans 14:17-23 be a guide for you:

  • The stronger brother should not cause his weaker brother to stumble but should be considerate. He should not flaunt his liberty in front of a weaker brother nor should he try to get his brother to indulge.
  • Paul states that that the kingdom of God is not in eating or drinking.  We are to live at peace with one another and edify others.
  • It is better not to eat or drink something that will cause your brother to stumble.

Would it not be better to focus on this?

Ephesians 5:18-19 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;  Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord

I hope you will take time to study God’s Word for yourself and be wise regarding this subject.  Don’t argue on your own feelings but on a total study of what God’s Word says.  Is your conscience clear as you stand before Almighty God?


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If Thou Hast Nothing To Pay

Be not thou one of them that strike hands, or of them that are sureties for debts.  If thou hast nothing to pay why should he take away the bed from under thee? Proverbs 22:26-27  I never would have thought to see the Gospel in these verses, but it is there!  This is what I learned about the Gospel of Christ while studying these particular verses.

We live in a day of buying on credit.

Just charge it!  Pay it off little by little.  I’m thankful that my husband and I no longer do that.  What a feeling of freedom when you are debt free!  Really, If you don’t have the money, then don’t charge it! You may end up losing your very bed from underneath you.  I’ve seen it happen to people that I know personally and you probably have too.

For one to make such an agreement knowing before he cannot pay all debts which may be incurred is fraudulent, for an angry creditor will not seek payment from a debtor whom he knows has nothing, but will go to his surety and may legally exact from him everything he has if the debt requires it, even taking his bed from him, leaving him, as it were, homeless. -Robert Jones. GLEANINGS IN PROVERBS (Kindle Locations 6096-6098). FirstLove Publications. Kindle Edition.

 

You cannot pay the sin debt on credit, neither can you buy your Salvation We can never pay the debt for sin. You can’t go through life thinking that you can do enough good things to pay for you sins, therefore you will be allowed to enter heaven one day.

You cannot pay the sin debt on credit, neither can you buy your Salvation

We can never pay the debt for sin. You can’t go through life thinking that you can do enough good things (SEE ARE YOU A GOOD PERSON?)  to pay for you sins, therefore you will be allowed to enter heaven one day.  Just as you must pay a credit card off in full to be free from that debt, the sin debt too, must be paid in full.

GOOD NEWS!  The debt for our sin has been paid and it has been paid in full!

The debt has been paid by one person and that one person is Jesus Christ.  Only He can pay the debt and He has done so already through his death on the cross.

How this truth is magnified in the condescension of the Lord Jesus Christ, His people’s Surety Who left heaven’s glory, becoming so poor that He had not “where to lay his head” (Lk. 9:58), being required by the justice of God’s broken law to also lay down His life as a sacrifice to pay their sin debt in full with the price of His own blood.
-Robert Jones. GLEANINGS IN PROVERBS (Kindle Locations 6098-6101). FirstLove Publications. Kindle Edition.

So stop trying to pay it yourself for it can never be done! It has already been done.  The Bible says IT IS FINISHED!  It has been done once for all! There are not enough good things that you and I can do in this whole world for a whole lifetime to pay for our sin; instead we must accept this gift of charity. In our pride we don’t like to accept charity but the truth is we need to humble ourselves, admit our wicked, sinful state, and accept the perfect charity or the perfect love that has been offered for us.  This is the love of Christ when he laid down his life for us and did so while we were yet sinners. Romans 5:8 But God commendeth (showed) his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  Accept it and be free; you’ll never again have to worry about paying the debt.

Reject it and one day you will pay through death in the eternal lake of fire.

The wages (payment) of sin is death but praise God the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)  Christ alone is our surety!  Accept Christ’s death in your place or reject it and you will pay by dying in your sin only to be separated from God forever

Praise God for His Grace

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Please don’t go away without the Savior!


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Do You Really Stop to Think About Who God Is?

Oh Lord, Thou art God!  Do I really stop to think about who God is!  I really need to Be still, and know that God is God!  There is no one like Him.  There is none other beside Him.

Some days I am so overwhelmed with life and my petty problems that I seem to forget who God is.  I like to spend my mornings walking outside and using that time to talk to God. 

But often I have to stop and think, do I really realize who I am talking to?  Isn’t it amazing the God Himself is willing to walk and talk with me and He cares about every little aspect of my life?

I just began thinking about God and who He is!  Oh Lord, THOU ART GOD!  These were just a few of my thoughts.

God values my/your life and He is for us.

Rom 8:31  What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

God is all powerful and there is nothing impossible with Him.

Cannot the creator of the universe, do over and above anything we ask or think?

Luk 18:27  And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.  God can save anyone!

Mar_9:23  Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. God can take the worst situation and do a miracle.

God Loves Me!

To think that The Creator, The God who made all things, would stoop to love a sinner like I, is a very sobering thought.

But praise God, it is not just a thought, it’s a Truth! He loves me and He loves you. And He showed that love by dying for us.

Rom 5:8  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

God is the GREAT I AM!

Exo_3:14  And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM

Isa_45:5  I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me

Joh_6:35 I am the bread of life

Joh_7:29  But I know Him: for I am from Him, and He hath sent me.

Joh_8:12  Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world:

Joh_8:23  And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above:

Joh_8:58  Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

Joh_10:7  Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.

Joh_10:9  I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

Joh_10:10  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life,

Joh_10:11  I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

Joh_10:36  … I am the Son of God?

Joh_11:25  Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

Joh_13:13  Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.

Joh_14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Joh_14:11  Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.

Joh_15:1  I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

Joh_17:14 … I am not of the world

Joh_18:5  They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I AM HE.

1Pe_1:16  Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

Rev_1:8  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending,

Rev_1:18  I am He that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore,

Rev_22:16  … I am … the bright and morning star.

God is almighty, unchangeable; He is the same yesterday, today, and forever!

He loves you, He, the Great I AM, gave His Son to die for you.

He was not sent to condemn us. We are condemned already. He came to save us from our sin. (John 3:16-18)

Do you consider yourself a good person? There is none good, but God, and as we look into the perfect law of liberty and compare ourselves to Him, we realize that we need the Savior and there is nothing in and of ourselves that we can do to get to heaven.

Won’t you trust Him today?

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Manna from God

Have you had manna from God today?  When God sent the Israelites food in the wilderness, they said “What is it”?  They were blessed to receive the food they needed every single day while wandering in the wilderness.  And although they didn’t know what it was, God told them what it was.  It was there provision and they were to gather enough for themselves each day except the Sabbath in which case, God made sure the manna carried over for that day.  It was their daily portion that would give them complete satisfaction.

Have you had manna from God today?  When God sent the Israelites food in the wilderness, they said "What is it"?  They were blessed to receive the food they needed every single day while wandering in the wilderness.  And although they didn't know what it was, God told them what it was.  It was there provision and they were to gather enough for themselves each day except the Sabbath in which case, God made sure the manna carried over for that day.  It was their daily portion that would give them complete satisfaction.

God gives me “Manna” every day too!

God’s Word is His Manna to us.  Oh how precious and wonderful to have this daily food for our soul right at our fingertips every single day.  Growing up in America and having so many Bibles readily available is such a huge blessing and one that is easily taken for granted.  Why or why do I act ungrateful so much of the time?

There have been times I felt as though my life was mundane.  I had forgotten the “Manna” that God had given me.  Shame on me!  How often I am like these Israelites, complaining, and whining to God almighty who has supplied my every need from day to day and even way more than I ever could have imagined!  Yet, I have presumed upon His grace and griped and complained because I wanted something different or was tired with the way things were at the moment.

Lessons I’ve learned from Manna

Manna (my daily provisions) are enough and even more than enough from God.  God provides my Spiritual, my physical, my emotional, needs from day to day.  Nehemiah 9:15 And gavest them bread from heaven for their hunger, and broughtest forth water for them out of the rock for their thirst, and promisedst them that they should go in to possess the land which thou hadst sworn to give them.

Manna is priceless!  Where would we be without daily provisions? No amount of money can pay for the good things that God gives us.  The greatest thing He has given us is the sacrifice of His own dear Son.  Have you tasted of this manna?  Jesus said “I AM  the BREAD OF LIFE” John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

Manna was fresh every single day.  God’s mercy to us is fresh every day.  His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23  and His faithfulness reaches to the clouds. (Psalm 36:5)  Every single day God fed the children of Israel and every single day He will feed us from His Word.

Manna from God fills us up.  Blessed are those that hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be filled.(Matthew 5:6)  Fill yourself up with God’s Word first before thinking about all the physical needs.  Not only does it fill you up, but it can keep you filled up all throughout the day.  Keep His word stored in your heart and meditate on it.  He’ll give it to you as you need it and call to remembrance what you need at just the right time.

Manna from God is my daily portion.  Just as I am served a portion of food each day to feed my hungry body, I need God’s portion every single day or my soul is going to starve, shrivel up, and die.  I can’t and I shouldn’t try to live on yesterday’s soul food. Psalm 119:57 Thou art my portion, O Lord: I have said that I would keep thy words.

Manna from God strengthens us for the day.  All I have needed they hand hath provided.  Great is thy faithfulness, Lord unto me. No food=No strength, No Spiritual Food = No Spiritual Strength  Psalm 119:28 …strengthen thou me according unto thy word.

Manna won’t be needed one day  Just as the Israelites finally reached the promised land and God stopped the provisions of Manna, one day we will reach the promised land of eternity and will no longer need that daily portion.  The Lord is our portion forever and we will be with Him for all eternity.  We will be complete in Him. (Philippians 1:6) Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Next time your tired and want to complain, look to Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith. (Hebrews 12:2) Remember what He endured for you so that you could have Salvation and His daily provisions. Remember, that one day you will be forever with the Lord.

I heard a saying recently,  “Gratitude turns what we have into enough” (aff. link), but I like to say it as Gratitude turns what we have into more than enough.  Just as His mercies were new every morning to the Israelites in supplying them a fresh supply of Manna for the day, so is His mercy toward us.

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When Your Heart Is Hurting – 15 Bible Verses for the Hurting Heart with free printable

Do you have a hurting heart?  It is only normal that all human beings will have a hurting heart at one time or another and probably many times throughout their life time.  Why?  Because sin entered the world when Adam and Eve rebelled against God in the garden of Eden.  Ever since then there has been sin and destruction, life events that are often tragedies, and many many hurting people all over the world.

Is Your Heart Hurting? Do you feel as though no one cares? Jesus does. Here are 15 Bible Verses for those whoe are Hurting

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Today my heart hurts.

Although there may be a few present trials in my life, that is not why I am hurting.  Trials are not uncommon.  Trials are in everyone’s life.  If you know the Lord, we can learn to be patient, to wait on the Lord, and to allow these trials grow us in the Lord.  We can go to Him who gives rest in and through all of it.

But today my heart hurts for someone else who is going through a trial that I cannot even imagine.  I’m sure some of you may have faced or are facing something similar.   Some friends lost a son and a brother due to a horrific hunting accident.  As much as I’d like to say that I know how their hearts are feeling, I can’t really say it, because I cannot even imagine the hurt and the anguish that must be there.  I can only empathize with them and try to put myself in the same situation.

Suddenly my hurts don’t seem so big anymore.  But I know that God cares about all of our heartaches no matter how big or small.  So what do you do when all your cares seem to come crashing down on you just totally crushing your spirit?

There is only one thing to do.  Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.  Again I realize this is so easy for me to say when my burdens are light in comparison to others.  People say does Jesus really care?

Oh yes He cares, I know He cares,
His Heart is touched with my grief
When the days grow dreary, the long nights weary
I know my Savior Cares.

This family realized they could cast all their cares on the Lord.  While speaking to them during the visitation, they expressed the grace of God upon their lives during this difficult time.  Only God can take you through this.  What an amazing testimony they were to me.

I weep now as I think of these dear people.  Does Jesus really care when your heart has this much pain? Does he care when you have to say goodbye unexpectedly to one who is so very dear to your heart?  Yes, He cares!  I remind myself to look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross (Heb. 12:2)  Jesus looked forward to the joy that was to come and so endured the cross for you and me.

He cared enough to die for me, to bear all my ugly sins in His body, to take the punishment for my sin so that I might be made the righteousness of God in Him.

2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Through this He gives me peace and assurance that I will see Him face to face one day and stand complete in Him.

1 Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

All throughout God’s Word we see that He cared!

He cared for Abraham when he sent him out and he didn’t even know where his home would be

He cared for Lot, even when he vexed his soul from day to day living among the very wicked in the city of Sodom

He cared for Jacob when he lost His wife Rachel and then thought he had lost his son, Joseph.

He cared for Joseph when it look as though everything was against him

He cared for Naomi and Ruth when Naomi was in bitterness of soul

He cared for David as he was chased by his enemies over and over

He cared for Jeremiah when he was in the deepest of despair

He cared for Stephen while he was martyred for His faith and thousands more of whom the world is not worthy

He cared for Martha and Mary when their brother died

He cared for the widow whose son was dead on the stretcher.

These are just a tiny bit of the Lord’s love and compassion for us.  They are all written for our example that we might learn to fear the Lord and to trust Him with all our hearts, to not try to figure things out for ourselves, but just take one step at a time know that He works all for our good in order that we might be conformed more to His image.

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28-29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, …

There is another song that has kept ringing through my head these past few days.  Here are the lyrics:

“Wonderful, Merciful Savior”
(originally by Eric Wyse)

Wonderful merciful Savior
Precious Redeemer and Friend
Who would have thought that a Lamb
Cold rescue the souls of men
Oh, You rescue the souls of men

Counselor, Comforter, Keeper
Spirit we long to embrace
You offer hope when our hearts have
Hopelessly lost our way
Oh, we’ve hopelessly lost the way

Almighty, infinite Father
Faithfully loving Your own
Here in our weakness You find us
Falling before Your throne
Oh, we’re falling before Your throne

You are the One that we praise
You are the One we adore
You give the healing and grace
Our hearts always hunger for
Oh, our hearts always hunger for

15 Bible Verses For The Hurting

1.  Psalm 42:11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

2.  Psalm 147:3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

3.  Psalm 34:18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

4.  1 Corinthians 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;.

5.  Psalm 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

6.  Psalm 119:50 This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me.

7.  Isaiah 49:13 Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.

8.  Matthew 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

9.  John 14:18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

10. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

11. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

12. Psalm 119:114 Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.

13. Psalm 61:2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

14. 1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon Him for He careth for you.

15. Isaiah 26:3 Thous wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

Are you hurting today?  Remember Jesus Cares.  Take your burden to Him.  He weeps with us when we weep.  One day we will rejoice that is was but a light affliction. (2 Corinthians 4:17)

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Are You A Writer?

Do you like to write?  Sometimes I do.  Sometimes I go more on my feelings; I just scribble things down when I feel like it.  While thinking about this subject, the first thing that came to my mind was what God says.  Write His Word in your heart.  There are so many reasons that we should do this.

Are you A writer? What kind of writer are you?

First of all, if we truly love the Lord our God with all our heart, then it will be our desire to know Him better.  How do we do that?  To know anyone better, you spend time with them.  Read His Word, do it, and write all you can upon the tables of your heart so you will have a wellspring upon which to draw.

Look at the word written by this composer:

The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell.
It goes beyond the highest star
And reaches to the lowest hell.
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled
And pardoned from his sin.
O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure—
The saints’ and angels’ song.
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When hoary time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall;
When men who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call;
God’s love, so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
The saints’ and angels’ song.
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Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made;
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.
-Frederick Martin Lehman (1868-1953) (You can listen to the tune HERE)

We could not even fill the ocean when we write about the love of God.  Nor could the heavens contain all that has ever been written about Him.  What love!

-When we realize the things that God has done for us, we should write them as memorials before Him. (Exodus 17)  What blessing we receive when we go back and read these memorials.  What blessings our children and grandchildren might receive if we write down these memorials and they are able to read them when we are gone.

-Moses was given the ten commandments which God Himself wrote on tablets of stone.  They have never gone away although the devil continually seeks to destroy them.  God’s Word will never pass away.

-We are to teach God’s Word diligently to our children.  How?  Basically by writing it everywhere we can think of.

Write it on their hearts and minds by talking about it all the time.

And literally write it upon your walls and doorposts.  What kind of decor do you have hanging in your house.  We all love beautiful things.  Why not find some lovely Scripture prints and hang them on your walls.

Print out Scripture verses that your children can see and memorize. Or involve them in a Scripture memory program.

Buy Scripture related items for the whole family.

Remember: Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: (Proverbs 3:3) and Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart. (Proverbs 7:3)

And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen. (John 21:25)

1 John 1:4

And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

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Have You Been Delivered From The Power Of Darkness?

Have you been delivered from the power of darkness?  You can be.

We are all under the power of darkness.  We are born sinners and therefore we are children of the devil living in his dark domain.

Have you been delivered from the power of darkness?

Praise the Lord! He Delivered Me.

He is the one who delivered me from the power of darkness.  Satan and his domain may be powerful, but none is powerful as my God.  He is all powerful and He only can deliver us from Satan’s domain.

Praise the Lord!  He Transferred Me.

He took me from the domain of Satan and transferred me into His Kingdom! What an awesome and sobering thought!  This is the grace of God and His everlasting mercy that He would choose to transfer me from darkness to light.


He has called us out of darkness into his marvellous light (1 Peter 2:9)

Have you heard the song “Jesus Came And Rescued Me”?

Jesus came and rescued me
from the wild and stormy sea
now I’m safe eternally
Jesus came and rescued me!
-J.W.Peterson

Jesus Christ is the dear Son of God.  You must believe that in order to be transferred into His Kingdom.  

This is my beloved Son, Hear Him (Mark 9:7)  Hear Him, believe Him, repent and believe and be transferred into God’s Kingdom of almighty power and light.  

Jesus is the only one who can redeem us!

Eph 1:7  In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

By His Blood He Purchased Me!

Sing, oh, sing of my Redeemer,
  With His blood He purchased me,
On the cross He sealed my pardon,
    Paid the debt, and made me free
-Philip Paul Bliss

 

Even the forgiveness of sins!

He forgave my sin!  Jesus only can forgive sin.

My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought—
  My sin, not in part, but the whole,
Is nailed to His Cross, and I bear it no more;
  Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
-Philip Paul Bliss

 

Is your sin gone?  Have you been forgiven?  

He can and will always be your rescuer and your deliverer.  Won’t you trust Him today?

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