Good evening dear ones,
As we gather together I would love for you to take a few moments to calm your heart. Lift up your heavy hands. Draw into the heart of God. This day has had His fingerprints all over it, if only we open our eyes to see.
I pray you are safe and well. Please lift my youngest grandchild up as she has a fever. Of course, with all that is going on around us, there is extra concern. What parent wouldn't be? You understand.
Young and old, we all need to take this time to really consider what is of most value. Extract the precious from the worthless with me as we look into God's Love Letter now.
All of our troubling thoughts we bring to You Lord Jesus. We trust You to take care of all our needs whether great or small. Teach us Holy Spirit how to take life as precious. Our faith as precious. We ask You to place a guard about us and win this battle we are in. Thank you for redeeming us and crowning us with Your loving-kindness and compassion. In the matchless name of Jesus Christ, amen.
If you have been a believer for very long you will know that the Bible you have in your hands is of greater value than anything else you could own. There are treasures within that bring us fresh life, living water and the promise of eternity with God our Father.
Because at this difficult time in our history, many will be looking for a savior from their pain and someone to hold up as knowing everything and trust...We have this warning in 1 John 4:1-4.
"Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; and this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world. You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world."
Did you get all of that? Only God could have made His Word alive for us in this generation! I am so grateful to be His little child. Knowing this, I believe Jesus will give me discernment in these last days.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 says, "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ."
I think I have struggled with my thought life more than any other time. Not that I am thinking bad things but, the lies of the enemy bombard my mind, especially when it is dark. Fears, doubt, discouragement; those kinds of things. I am learning to bring them quickly before God's throne of grace and lift up praise for Who He Is. Then I find peace again.
In chapter 12, verse nine of 2 Corinthians we see His promise..."And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may dwell in me."
So how is your mind working? Are you able to quickly extract the precious from the worthless? It is a learning process isn't it?
This afternoon, I took a quick walk across the neighbors pasture to stand in the middle of the dry creek bed. There will be water flowing as soon as the snow begins to melt off the mountains. I heard a different sound this time. Instead of water, I heard the wind in the Ponderosa trees high above me. It reminded of waves crashing on the shore when we lived at the beach. It was then that I knew God was watching over me. I felt His presence with me. On my way home I happened to look down and found a heart shaped rock. Isn't God good?
The blue sky was unexpected today. The walk unplanned by me. The sound of the trees worshipping their creator. And, even the little rock. All spoke to me that I am loved by God. He is mighty and so worthy of praise!
In times like these we need Him! I am humbled by His amazing grace and the outpouring of His love in the simple things. The precious. As we are in lockdown, we must have faith that He sees us. Then, as a child look for His fingerprints through our day.
Will you trust Jesus as your Lord and Savior today? He is waiting. God bless you and keep you until we meet again. "Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might." Ephesians 6:10.
Abundance is...the matchless name of Jesus
Dear brothers and sisters,
I pray you are doing well during these trying times. If you want to know what God wants you to do--ask Him, and He will gladly tell you. James 1:5.
I know this is not the normal day I blog but I had to wait due to my emotions. Thank you for coming here today.
I wrote in my journal this morning, also not my usual. Normally I write at night before I go to bed. Here are my thoughts.
Father, I hear the wind. I see the boughs of the fir trees swaying with the force of the wind. Yet, the trunk of these big trees hold everything together. The swaying of the boughs are a picture of my emotions lately. Up and down, back and forth as I hear the news of so many suffering in this world. Yet, I cling to You. The day will come when the wind dies down, the sun comes out again and there is sweet calm, a rest for my soul.
Do I blame You for the storm? No, because I know You will use the storm for my good and for Your glory. You are still in control. I will trust You in the matchless name of Jesus, amen.
Then, I went on a search for truth to brace up my mind for the day. I found in Psalm 47:8..."God reigns over the nations; God sits upon His holy Throne."
Psalm 50:14-15..."Offer to God the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High, And call on Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall honor and glorify Me."
Before the children of Israel crossed over into the promised land God gave them the Word for success. Verses 5-9. In verse 9 we see..."Have not I commanded you? Be strong, vigorous, and very courageous. Be not afraid, neither be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."
Father we need this assurance today when our whole world is crying out for help. I pray many will turn to You. Give us, the church of Jesus Christ, the strong encouragement we need, so we can attend to and minister to the dying and lost.
Jesus told us in John 16:33..."I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]"
Right now is a good time to lift praise to the Lord! Offer up a thanful heart and bless HIs name!
If you are reading this and don't know for a certainty where you will spend eternity, keep reading. In John 17:3..."And this is eternal life; [it means] to know (to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true and real God, and [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent."
Do you know, Jesus said, "I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me."
Romans 3:23..."Since all have sinned and are falling short of the honor and glory which God bestows and receives. ]All] are justified and made upright and in right standing with God, freely and gratuitously by His grace (His unmerited favor and mercy), through the redemption which is [provided] in Christ Jesus."
Romans 10:13..."For everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord [invoking HIm as Lord] will be saved."
Now you know what to do! I truly believe if the Spirit of the Lord has brought you here today it is for your sure salvation. Some of you are religious and very good at it. In your heart is where the truth is. God sees you and longs for relationship with you! You know you can't fix yourself even as you try, it won't get you through the door into eternal life. Jesus knows you or, the door will be shut. Totally up you.
To those of us who are saved by His grace, lift praise and give honor to our soon coming King! Our hearts are resting secure in His presence and we stand boldly on His promises as we read God's Love letter.
If this is my last post I know God will be with you. So until we meet again, blessings be poured out upon your life.
Finally, Psalm 46:11..."The Lord of host is with us; the God of Jaob is our Refuge (our High Tower and Stronghold). Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!"
Abundance is...We are in His hands
Good afternoon family and friends,
There is so much happening around us and this world feels like it is really experiencing birth pangs like the Bible describes.The contractions are getting closer together. Can you feel it?
In John 10:10 we read..."The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy, I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows)."
What time you think the enemy is winning, think again! Yes, our world as we know it is being rocked, gut punched and we are seeing so much death. However, our relationship is firmly grounded in Jesus Christ, today through eternity. Praise the Lord! This is the abundant joy Jesus is talking about...knowing Him and abiding in His Word. Our hope. Our Strength.
My Bible time this morning was in Psalm 33. I want to share verses 18-22 with you now. "Behold, the Lord's eye is upon those who fear Him [who revere and worship Him with awe], who wait for Him and hope in His mercy and loving-kindness."
Do you know that God sees you? Are you in awe of Him or distracted by the robber, our enemy? Knowing God is more than knowing about Him. Let's take more time seeing the Lord in all His love for us than in the sorry expressions of the news media. For God so loved this world.
"To deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine."
When we look back in history we see many large groups of people being killed. Wars. The masses a target, especially if you are a born again Christian and say so. The Jewish people have known so much catastrophy. There is nothing new about that. The Lord never changes though. He is constantly working to bring His glory to pass and show us how much we are treasured.
"Our inner selves wait [earnestly] for the Lord; He is our Help and our Shield."
Are you totally relying on the help of a government, a family member, a close friend or even the church? There is no other help to carry us through this trial than the Help of the Lord. He provides in many ways.
"For in Him does our heart rejoice, because we have trusted (relied on and been confident) in His holy name."
Just thinking about Jesus words welcoming us home causes me to rejoice! Something deep inside of my soul calls out to Him day and night. A new thing. A refreshing and longing to abide closely to the Shepherd. With Him I will have no lack.
"Let Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, be upon us, in proportion to our waiting and hoping for You."
Hope finds its strength. Think about this little poem I found. I don't know the author.
"When obtacles and trials seem like prison walls to be, I do the little I can do and leave the rest to Thee.
And when there seems no chance, no change, from grief can set me free, Hope finds its strength in helplessness, and calmly waits for Thee."
Directing our attention to Jesus causes our hearts to hope in anticipation of what He will do. And, He will do something! We have the Lord's blessings to hold through the powerful Word of God. We have an abundance of blessings to name and lift in praise to Him!
Lamentaitons 3:24-26 tells us, the Lord is our portion and that is what helps us in waiting. The Lord is good to each of us when our hope is focused on Him. We can seek Him and wait quietly for His salvation!
Isaiah 40:31 tells us, those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength will soar on wings like the eagles. We can run and not grow weary, walk and not faint.
If you don't know my Jesus as your Lord today will you take this time to come humbly before Him and confess your sins. He is waiting for you so He can give you fresh life. There is nothing keeping you from it but choice. Give thanks that He is redeeming you back to Father God. There is an eternity of wonderful abundance with Him, waiting just for you! Be blessed in the matchless name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Abundance is...the Lord is Good
Dearly loved by God,
I am thrilled to have this opportunity to gather with you during trying times. If you belong to Jesus Christ, you will win this battle. Remember, God is still on His Throne!
So, let's take a look at our armor. Ephesians 6:10-13 says, "Be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].
Put on God's whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil.
For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.
Therefore put on God's complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and , having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place]."
Everything we need as children of the Most High is available to us. In times of trouble we can stand! Galatians 5:1 says, "In [this] freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us]; stand fast then, and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery [which you have once put off]."
At this cross roads we can either be free in the knowledge that our lives are redeemed back to the Father, or, we can be held captives in fear and confusion. We are not overlooked by our Father! We can't hide from His Love. This is freedom to me!
Before you put the armor of God on you must submit all you have, all you desire and ever hope to be. Humble yourself before Him. Surrender to Him and you won't surrender to the enemy.
Should I be unable to return to Heartstrings, please read and reread Ephesians 6. Be equipped and prepare for battle then, rest knowing God is in control and knows the stratedgy, the plans that are best to bring His kingdom to pass.
Spend time in prayer. Read and meditate on God's Love Letter to you. All we need for life here is in there. Trust and obey. Even if it seems silly in your own mind. Follow the Holy Spirit as He will lead you and comfort you during this trial. Stay on course, without distraction!
Our lives may be shaken and tremble at what we see happening in our world today. It isn't just about our own little corner any longer. The whole world is being called to Love God with all their heart. WE read 2 Chronicles 7:14 says, "If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land."
Psalm 46:1 says, "GOD IS our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a very present and well-proved help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear..."
Thank you Father for this time to renew our hope in You. To take a stand on your promises and learn again how to come into Your presence. Show us by the power of Your Spirit what we are to do with the time we have. Lift our hearts to worship You above all the noise of the storm around us. Thank you for loving us Abba. You are worthy of praise! In the matchless name of Jesus Christ our soon coming King, amen.
Abundance is...we are devoted to You O Lord