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And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
Revelation 22:1-5 KJV
Sometimes I am almost overwhelmed as my mind deeply grasps how quickly life passes by. There is so much I want to do but I can’t seem to find the time for, like spending time in natural and enjoying the beauty of God’s glorious creation. I took a break earlier from work and went and sat on my deck in the swing. The sun felt so good and I lay down and closed my eyes. I could hear a bird singing in the trees above me and tears filled my eyes at the simple beauty we so take for granted. I savor ever moment I can now since losing the hearing in my right ear. We really don’t know how blessed we are each day to wake up being able to move around, to talk, to see the beauty of God’s creation and hear the beautiful sounds around us. God is truly SO GOOD and I know I am blessed beyond measure. Take some advice from someone getting older and not as healthy as I use to be, don’t let life pass you by. Take time to enjoy the simple pleasures the Lord has put around you, especially your family and loved one, time passes quickly and before you know it your opportunity could be gone forever.
Isaiah 65:18 but be ye glad and rejoice forever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.
Psalms 34:12 What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?
Ecclesiastes 11:7 Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun:
Ecclesiastes 9:9-11 Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun. Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
I have recently been studying in the book of Ecclesiastes. Today in chapter 4 verse 1 read, “So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.” As I read this the thought went through my mind “How depressed Solomon must have been to have written this.” Yet in today’s world we as Christian often feel the same as we see the power of the oppression that is taking place to those who are trying to live as the Word of God teaches. It is so easy to get discouraged if we do not lean on God and His promises to us. As a Christian we know that hatred and oppressions will come for Jesus warned us of this in Matthew 15: 18-19 “If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” The world may hate us and try to oppress us but Jesus has promised that we as His own will be comforted. John 14:16-18, “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” I am so thankful we are never alone, the oppressions of this world will come, my friends, but Jesus is right here with us; holding us up, protecting us, and guiding us. When our days on this earth are through He will take us home to be with Him where there will be no more oppression or hatred only love, peace, and joy. So don’t be discouraged my friends just hold on, in Christ we have the assurance of brighter days coming for those who love and follow Him.
Heavenly Father, We come to you today asking you to comfort us and strengthen us as we face the oppression in today’s world. We know Lord you are in control. Comfort our hearts and minds so we can live in peace knowing you are with us always just as you promised us you would be. We thank you Lord for you love and presence in our lives. We give you all the honor and praise. In Jesus Name, Amen
Meditation is focused thinking. When we think about our problems over and over in our mind it is called worry. When we think about God’s Word over and over in our mind it is meditation. If you know how to worry you already know how to meditate, you just need to switch from letting your problems play over and over in your mind to speaking God’s Word over and over again in our mind. Each time a worry comes to mind immediately replace your thought with a memorized bible verse. The more we meditate on God’s Word the less we will have to worry about. Our worry (lack of faith) is replaced with the promises God has given us. We now have established faith! When our faith grows our world becomes brighter and our steps become lighter. The weight we once carried is replaced with a feeling of contentment. We now rest in God’s Word knowing He is in full control.
Psalms 119:97 O how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day.
I have had a sense of restlessness lately. I know the Lord has a calling on my life to teach and to speak God’s truth to others in love. Lately I have not been doing that. When I returned to my Facebook site a few weeks ago I felt the Lord wanted me to go in a different direction from what I was posting before. I intend to change that now. Some may leave my site. That’s OK, but I have to do what God places within my heart. So here goes.
We are living in a world were evil is abounding and we as Christian are sitting by in our comfort zone afraid to speak out against the evil taking place. We all want to see pretty pictures and read uplifting verses. That’s all great; God is love but he is also a God of judgment. I was reading in Ecclesiastes this morning in Chapter 3 verses 16-17 where it says: And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there. I said in mine heart, “God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.” Evil is abounding in our world today because the righteous are afraid to speak up and call sin a sin. We are afraid to speak out for fear of retaliation or we fear Facebook will shut us down. Yet, where would we be today as Christians if Jesus and the disciples had not been willing to speak out? We would not have the opportunity for Salvation, nor would we know the gospel of Christ without those willing to stand for what is right and good in God’s eyes.
Our world is filled with iniquity. Here are just a few examples of many. This morning I was reading a post by Franklin Graham where he talks about a rapper, I will not call any name just look it up for yourself, who is promoting a new pair of sneakers called “Satan Shoes”. Each pair of these shoes has a drop of human blood on them. They are only producing 666 of them, each one numbered. One of this rapper’s videos shows him dancing on a stripper pole while going down into hell to give Satan a lap dance. Can you just imagine how abhorred God must be by such actions!
I did not watch the Grammy Award but I have seen videos of songs on the show promoting sexual content. This is evil again being promoted as good. We are being faced with the censorship of Dr. Seuss books and the cartoons we grew up on being taken from off the air for fear it will SOMEHOW brainwash our children into violence. But the videos our younger generation plays is filled with killing, violence, the spilling of blood being splattered across the television screen. Yet we wonder why there is so much violence in the world today??
God has been taken from our schools, we can no longer pray in public for fear of harassment. The Ten Commandments (the very essence of what our laws are based upon) are no longer displayed in public. We fear speaking the truth by God’s Word in a world were evil has become rampant for fear of retaliation for those truths spoken.
Isaiah 5:20 says; Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! God sees my friends, He see the evil taking place; and He sees where we who call ourselves His people are standing in the mist of all that is taking place.
God loves all mankind but He hates sin. He will only tolerate the iniquity of this world so long before He will call an end to it. We are living under His grace and mercy right now but there will come a day of judgment; a day when the good will be separated from the evil (Matthew 13:49). As for me I want to be found as one of those following Christ, doing His work, teaching His Word, and showing His love to others. I pray many others are willing to do the same.
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God Bless each of you! Jeanette
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
Paul is writing to the Church at Ephesus to comfort and encourage them them in their Christian walk. There are times in life, especially in our Christian walk that we all need encouragement from others especially our church leaders and our Christian family. I don’t know of anyone especially in the world we live in today who doesn’t get discouraged. As a Christian we have an obligation to comfort others in need but there is no greater comforter than our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, our Father in heaven, and the Holy Spirit. When things are not going well we can take comfort in God’s grace and in the peace that only He gives us in times of trouble.
Ref: II Corinthians 1:2-3 Blessed (worthy to be praised) 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 (troubles), that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
Through God’s grace and comfort to us we learn to comfort others in need.
Our Heavenly Father is worthy of our praise and honor. He is not only Jesus’ Father but He is our Father as well. He is our comfort in times trouble. All that is required of us is that we ask Him to comfort us. He blesses us with hope through Jesus Christ and He blesses us with the Holy Spirit to guide and comfort us every day, giving us the ability to comfort others.
Heavenly Father, thank you for your comfort to us in times of trouble. Give us a heart of praise and worship for you and give us a heart willing to reach out and comfort others in their times of need. In Jesus Name, Amen
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
While in this world we are faced with two options: to walk after our fleshly desires (and we all have them) or to walk after the teachings of the Holy Spirit (God’s perfect way). If you have not given you heart to Christ and accepted Him into your life you are walking daily after your flesh, living under the curse of the law. Only Christ living within us allows us to walk after the Holy Spirit. First, if you do not know Jesus as you Savior I encourage you to ask Jesus into your heart today. No one has gone so far He will not accept you as His own. It’s not hard just go to Him in prayer, confess with a sincere heart you are a sinner in need of His forgiveness, then ask Him to come into your heart and wash you clean. Ask Him to give you a new heart. One He can mold and change into His likeness.
Once we allow Christ into our heart we then ask the Holy Spirit to come live within us to teach us and guide on a daily basis. The Holy Spirit opens our spiritual eyes so we see who we really are in God’s eyes and allows us to see how we are conducting ourselves. The more we walk in the Holy Spirit the more we walk in love, joy, peace, longsuffering (patience), goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance (self-restraint). We are not longer under the law or the curse of sin Galatians 5:18. We now have freedom from the old life of sin. When we walk in the Holy Spirit we walk in peace and happiness in our relationship with God and others. Romans 8:2-6
Heavenly Father, We come to you today asking you to forgive us of our sins against you and others. Come into our heart and wash us clean through your son’s blood that was shed on the cross for the sins of the world. Teach us to crucify our flesh with its weaknesses and sinful nature. Pour your Holy Spirit into us to teach us and guide us each day allowing us to walk in your Holy Spirit. We need you Lord for we cannot produce the fruits of the Spirit without Your Spirit in us. We thank You for Your love and forgiveness, as we turn our hearts over to You. In Jesus Precious and Holy Name, Amen!
Rewards of a Soft Answer
Do you ever just let words fly out of your mouth without thinking? If asked I would have to say I have been guilty. It’s so easy when in a state of anger or disappointment to just spew the first thought that comes to mind. Yet the Lord does not want us to be quick with our words. He wants us to be wise using restraint, grace, and kindness when we are angry. Proverbs 17:28 says, “Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace (angry words), is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips (refrains from speaking when angry) is esteemed a man of understanding.”
When in a disagreement we often do not listen to the other person we are upset with when they are speaking. As they try to tell us why they are upset we are already forming the words of our retaliation without really hearing what the other person is trying to tell us. Quickly spoken words never bring good results but the wise will listen, really listen to what the other person is saying before giving an answer. Proverbs 1:15 teaches us that a soft answer turns away wrath but harsh words stirs up anger. More angry words thrown back and forth only intensify hurt feeling, never allowing the disagreement to be settled. James 1 verse 19 says, ““Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift (quick) to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath (anger):”
Paul teaches a good lesson on how we should conduct ourselves as a Christian in Ephesians chapter 4 verse 29-32, where he says we are not to allow any bitter, angry or evil speaking to come from our mouth but to use words that edify and minister grace to the hearer showing them kindness, tenderness, and forgiveness.
It’s not always easy to be quiet and use wisdom when in a disagreement. Yet, with the help of the Holy Spirit we can do it. And the results are definitely worth the effort for it gives us harmony in our relationships, allowing us to live more peaceful lives.
Heavenly, Father we come to you today asking you to teach us how to deal with our anger when we are in a disagreement with someone. Teach us how to love and forgive others as you have loved and forgiven us. Instill in us a kind, tender, and forgiving heart. Let our words spoken be pleasing in your sight as we work to settle our differences. In Jesus Name, Amen