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17 Feb

Jesus Is "I AM"

“I AM”
John 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM.

Exodus 3:14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.'”

In John 8:58 Jesus tells the Jews “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I AM.” After Jesus says he is “I AM” the Jews become angry and try to stone Him.

Then we read in John 10:30 Jesus said, “I and My Father are one.” “The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God” They clearly understood that Jesus claimed to be God.

The Bible says that Jesus is God in flesh, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God . . . and the word became flesh and dwelt among us,” (John 1:1, 14); and, “For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form,” (Col. 2:9). Jesus, therefore, has two natures. He is both God and man.

Jesus is completely human, but He also has a divine nature.

GOD

He is worshiped (Matt. 2:2, 11; 14:33; 28:9)
He is prayed to (Acts 7:59; 1 Cor. 1:2)
He was called God (John 20:28; Heb. 1:8)
He was called Son of God (Mark 1:1)
He is sinless (1 Pet. 2:22; Heb. 4:15)
He knew all things (John 21:17)
He gives eternal life (John 10:28; 17:2)
The fullness of deity dwells in Him (Col. 2:9)

Man

He worshiped the Father (John 17)
He prayed to the Father (John 17:1)
He was called man (Mark 15:39; John 19:5).
He was called Son of Man (John 9:35-37)
He was tempted (Matt. 4:1)
He grew in wisdom (Luke 2:52)
He died (Rom. 5:8)
He has a body of flesh and bones (Luke 24:39)

As a man, Jesus needed to pray. When He was praying, he was not praying to Himself but to God the Father.

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The Full Armor of God

16 Aug

 ~Prayer For Protection~
Ephesians 6:10-20

Spiritual Warfare
Dear Heavenly Father,
I am strong in You and in the strength of Your might. I put on the full armor of You, so that I will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For my struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the Heavenly places. Therefore, I take up the full armor of You, so that I will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. I stand firm therefore, Having Girded My Loins With Truth, and Having Put On The Breastplate Of Righteousness, and Having Shod My Feet With The Preparation Of The Gospel Of Peace, in addition to all, I take up The Shield Of Faith with which I will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And I take The Helmet Of Salvation, and The Sword Of The Spirit, which is Your word. With all prayer and petition, I will pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, I will be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the Saints. Holy Spirit, pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains, that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
In Jesus Almighty Name. Amen

 

What Happened to Elijah and Enoch?

1 Jun

John 3:13

What happened to Elijah and Enoch? Many believe Elijah and Enoch went straight to Heaven but what did Jesus say?

JESUS said “No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man. John 3:13

Hebrews 11:5 By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; AND HE WAS NOT FOUND BECAUSE GOD TOOK HIM UP; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
Compare to what Jesus said in John 8:51“Truly, truly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he will never see death.” Does that mean we will not have physical death? No, we understand the Lord is speaking of spiritual death.

In Hebrews 11:13 All these died in faith, without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on the earth.
It says all died in faith that includes Enoch.

“WHERE are ENOCH and ELIJAH?”
http://www.cgom.org/Publications/Booklets/Enoch_Elijah.htm

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God’s Spiritual Wisdom

21 Sep
  Wisdom~Understanding~Knowledge
Wisdom, Understanding. and KnowledgeGod’s Spiritual Wisdom And A Heart Pleasing To Him
Proverbs 9:10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
Thorns and Cross
Proverbs 8:11 “For wisdom is better than jewels;
And all desirable things cannot compare with her.
                 
12“ I, wisdom, dwell with prudence,
And I find knowledge and discretion.
13“ The fear of the LORD is to hate evil;
Pride and arrogance and the evil way
And the perverted mouth, I hate.
Lets look at Solomon~ After Solomon’s father (King David) died Solomon had a dream. In the dream God asked Solomon  “What can I give You?” Look how Solomon responded 1 King 3:6 Then Solomon said, “You have shown great lovingkindness to Your servant David my father, according as he walked before You in truth and righteousness and uprightness of heart toward You; and You have reserved for him this great lovingkindness, that You have given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day. 7 “Now, O LORD my God, You have made Your servant king in place of my father David, yet I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in. 8 “Your servant is in the midst of Your people which You have chosen, a great people who are too many to be numbered or counted. 9 “So give Your servant an understanding heart to judge Your people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Yours?”
 We can see Solomon’s humility. He asked God for an understanding heart and wisdom for discernment. We find his request was pleasing to God and given to Solomon.  The Lord was so pleased with Solomon’s request that he said; “See, I have given you a wise and understanding heart, so that there has not been anyone like you before you, nor shall any like you arise after you.” (Verse 12)

Ephesians 1:13 In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God’s own possession, to the praise of His glory. 15 For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, 16 do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; 17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him.

 As children of God we are told to ask, seek and knock~

James 1:5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.

Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. 9 “Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks for a loaf, will give him a stone? 10 “Or if he asks for a fish, he will not give him a snake, will he? 11 “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!

Wisdom That Comes From Above

James 3:13 Who among you is wise and understanding? Let him show by his good behavior his deeds in the gentleness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be arrogant and so lie against the truth. 15 This wisdom is not that which comes down from above, but is earthly, natural, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy. 18 And the seed whose fruit is righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

Amy McCutcheon’s Testimony~

12 May

Amy's testimony "Jesus is My Mother"

This is one of Amy McCutcheon’s graphics of Jesus called “Beloved”. Sadly Amy passed away Sept. 4, 2010 at the age of 53. She inspired so many of us with her beautiful heart and her art.

On Dec. 31, 2008 Amy shared her testimony in a Myspace group.  Amy was genuine, her love for the Lord was so great.  Her testimony really touched my heart and I saved it. The Lord recently started pressing on my heart to share it. I pray it will reach those in need and help them find HIS comfort as Amy did. Jesus’ nurturing LOVE showed Amy the mother in Him.

Amy’s testimony “Jesus Is My Mother”

“When I was a little baby I lost my mom most likely due to suicide. Having three children under the age of five and a son who only lived twenty-four hours, she had postpartum depression and was found floating dead in the creek outside my grandmother’s house at the age of twenty-seven. I was told when I was a child that it was most likely suicide and not an accidental slip that caused her death. Over the years my aunts have argued as to whether or not her death was a suicide but in any case I didn’t have a mom growing up. My dad was an absentee father. He worked on the tugs in NYC and when he was home he would drink a lot. I share this so you will understand how I came to discover a very important aspect about Christ. When I decided that I wanted to know the Lord in a more personal way one of the things I began to experience is the “mothering” of Christ. I had always denied the importance of having a mother. I concluded I didn’t miss what I never had. I didn’t understand the importance of bonding, touch and affection that a mother gives to her child. God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit has both masculine and feminine attributes since God is spirit. God made male and female in His own image. That’s right in the book of Genesis.”

“Therefore Jesus is all these things to the soul who loves Him. He is a Brother, Friend, Savior, Teacher, Bridegroom, Father and Mother. There is no greater example of Jesus being a Mother to the soul than Him nourishing us with His own body and blood in addition to Christ birthing the Church through blood and water from His side. Therefore those of us who feel that Christ cannot feel our sorrows, pains, loneliness, fears could realize we CAN approach Him with all confidence knowing that being close to him causes us to grow into spiritual maturity desiring the food that Jesus offers instead of the food that causes us harm. Jesus died for us, nourishes his children with his own body and blood. He feeds us spiritually with His own body and blood much like a mother feeds her children breast milk. “How often I have long to gather you like a mother hen gathers her chicks under her wings.” the Gospel of Luke. Here Jesus shows us His wounded bosom from which flows every good nutrient for our souls….. I have known Jesus as both a Father and a Mother. Jesus ministered to me throughout my life.”

“The Lord said to His own disciples “who is my mother, father, sister, brother but ALL those who do my Father’s will.” If Jesus doesn’t have a problem calling us these things, why would He have a problem, calling Him our Mother?” Jesus is my Brother, Friend, Savior, King, Lord, Father and I have also known Him as My Mother. He was there for me when no one else was.”

Matthew 12: 46 While He was still speaking to the crowds, behold, His mother and brothers were standing outside, seeking to speak to Him. 47 Someone said to Him, “Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside seeking to speak to You.” 48 But Jesus answered the one who was telling Him and said, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” 49 And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, “Behold My mother and My brothers! 50 “For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.”

"Jesus is My Mother"

Lavender And The Rose by Amy McCutcheon

~She is now face to face with Jesus (her Father, Mother, Brother, Friend, Savior, King, Lord, & Bridegroom) forever. In the fullness of His Presence! Amen

JESUS, as Your Spirit spoke through Paul and said:
“To live IS CHRIST and TO DIE IS GAIN” Philippians 1:21

 ~Sharing Some More of Amy’s Art~

The King of Love by Amy McCutcheon“The King of Love”~ By Amy McCutcheon

Song of Songs 4~9  by Amy McCutcheonThou hast ravished my heart with one glance from thine eye~ Song of Songs 4:9~ By Amy McCutcheon

Song of Solomon 2~6 by Amy McCutcheon“His left arm is under my head, and his right arm embraces me…” Song of Solomon 2:6~ By Amy McCutcheon

Song of Solomon 2~4 by Amy McCutcheon“His banner over me is love”~ Song of Solomon 2:4~ By Amy McCutcheon

Longing To Be Loved by Amy McCutcheon“Longing To Be Loved” ~ By Amy McCutcheon

Jesus Lover of My Soul by Amy McCutcheon“Jesus Lover of My Soul” ~ By Amy McCutcheon

I thirst John 19~28 by Amy McCutcheon“I thirst”~ John 19:28 By Amy McCutcheon

HOPE by Amy McCutcheonCHRIST our HOPE` By Amy McCutcheon

By Amy McCutcheon 2002By Amy McCutcheon 2002

Amy McCutcheon’s 2002By Amy McCutcheon 2002

Amy McCutcheonBy Amy McCutcheon

Amy McCutcheon 2004Amy McCutcheon 2004Amy McCutcheon (2)By Amy McCutcheon

The Marriage Cup of Yeshua by Amy McCutcheon“The Marriage Cup of Yeshua”~ by Amy McCutcheon

The Jewish male seeks his Bride. offering her a cup of wine just as Yeshua did during the Last Supper. The prayer shawl (Talith) is sometimes used in a Jewish weddings as a covering over the bride and groom or worn on the head of the bridegroom. So in the painting the prayer shawl draped over the cup is very significant as it speaks of our covering, the Bridegroom Yeshua. He paid the price for His Bride a cup filled with His own precious blood. A Cup filled with HIS LOVE!

Christ The Shade Tree~ by Amy McCutcheon“Christ The Shade Tree”~ by Amy McCutcheon

The Rose by Amy McCutcheon“The Rose” by Amy McCutcheon

Gazing through the Lattice“Gazing through the Lattice” By Amy McCutcheon

Prisoner of Love by Amy McCutcheon“Prisoner of Love” by Amy McCutcheon

The Stations Of the Cross by Amy McCutcheon“The Stations Of the Cross”~ by Amy McCutcheon

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You Are The Salt of the Earth ~ Matthew 5:13

14 Oct

Matthew 5:13-16

YOU ARE THE SALT OF THE EARTH (1)

Matthew 5:13, is a passage that describes the Christians as being the salt of the earth. Let us read Matthew 5:13.

Matthew 5:13. You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.

Christian saltiness

Even though this passage is not part of the Beatitudes, it has a lot to do with the Beatitudes. The people who are said to be blessed because they are poor in spirit, because they mourn, because they are meek, these are precisely the people who, by their Christlikeness, are the salt of the earth. ‘The blessed man of the Beatitudes,’ the Lord Jesus says, ‘is to function as the salt of the earth.’

Notice that the last Beatitude changes from ‘Blessed are those who’ to ‘Blessed are you.’ The first eight statements were impersonal. Anyone who is like this is blessed. But now in v. 11, the last Beatitude makes it very specific that Jesus is talking about His disciples. Blessed are you (My disciples) when people revile you. And this ‘you’ continues into v. 13, You are the salt of the earth, connecting this verse directly to the Beatitudes.

Symbol of God’s purifying power

The Christians are the salt of the earth. How should we understand this matter of salt? What is the meaning of this metaphor? This metaphor is meant to picture how the disciple of Christ is to function in the world, how he is to influence the world in which he lives. Salt has several properties. We all know from experience that salt has to do with purifying. It has to do with preservation. It has to do with giving taste to food. All these characteristics are used in the Bible in connection with salt. Let us look at an example of the purifying effect of salt in the OT. We will turn to 2Kings 2:19-22, a section in which we find the prophet Elisha using salt for a specific purpose.

2Kings 2:19. Then the men of the city said to Elisha, “Behold now, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord sees; but the water is bad, and the land is unfruitful.”

20 And he said, “Bring me a new jar, and put salt in it.” So they brought it to him.

21 And he went out to the spring of water, and threw salt in it and said, “Thus says the LORD, ‘I have purified these waters; there shall not be from there death or unfruitfulness any longer.'”

22 So the waters have been purified to this day, according to the word of Elisha which he spoke.

Here we see Elisha putting salt into the Jericho spring water. And he declared at the same time, ‘I have purified these waters.’ By adding salt to water, Elisha was able to purify the Jericho water. Now, we should not imagine that salt has any miraculous healing property. In fact, adding salt to water normally makes water worse, not better. We would miss the point of this passage if we think strictly in terms of chemistry.

We are told that the water from a spring had turned bad. This physical situation reflected the spiritual barrenness of Israel caused by idolatry. Elisha’s solution was designed to teach the people a spiritual lesson: the power of holiness to purify. The whole point of Elisha’s action lies in the symbolism of the salt. Salt was known by the Israelites to preserve and purify. The miracle that happened did not lie in the salt itself but in the power of God. Notice the words of Elisha: ‘Thus says the Lord.’ It was so according to the words which Elisha spoke. The authority, the power to heal came from the Lord working through Elisha. Salt is used here as a symbol that signifies purity or holiness. It represents the power of holiness to purify.

This kind of symbolism is used in various forms in the Bible. Take for example James 5.14 where we read that you anoint the sick person with oil and pray over him. What is the significance of anointing a sick person with oil? Does oil have any curative property? No. Oil is not considered are a therapeutic agent in medicine. Nor does it have any magical properties. The healing does not lie in the action of applying the oil. Olive oil, in the Bible, symbolizes the person and the power of the Holy Spirit. And in this passage of James, the oil is meant to remind us that it is God who heals. The oil doesn’t heal you. The healing power comes from the Spirit of God, who is symbolized by the oil.

So in the case of Elisha’s purifying action, salt was not the cause of the miracle that took place. It should be viewed as a spiritual symbol that represents God’s purifying power. When Jesus says that the Christians are the salt of the earth, it doesn’t mean that we have anything special in ourselves that makes us to be like salt. It is Christ in us that makes us to be what we are. And if we are the salt of the earth, it is only because God’s power is at work in us to make us to be salt. Without God in us, we wouldn’t be anything. It is all of God’s grace that we are what we are.

Salt must accompany every sacrifice

Let us take another example that highlights the purifying virtue of salt. Salt preserves. It keeps things from going bad, from decaying. At the spiritual level, it symbolizes the power to cleanse from filth, to cleanse from corruption. And hence, it becomes an emblem of incorruption and purity. That is why no sacrifice in the OT could be presented before God without the addition of salt. Salt had to be offered with all the sacrifices. We see that in Leviticus 2.13 for example.

Leviticus 2:13. And every offering of your grain offering you shall season with salt; you shall not allow the salt of the covenant of your God to be lacking from your grain offering. With all your offerings you shall offer salt.

Salt had to accompany every sacrifice. You can see the meaning of this requirement. Holiness and purity had to come with the sacrifice.

This is of course what happens to us as Christians by the power of the gospel. As salt is used to preserve meat from spoiling, so does the gospel prevent man from being corrupted by sin. And as salt was indispensable to make sacrifices acceptable to God, so must we become salt by the Holy Spirit in offering ourselves as a living sacrifice to God. When salt comes into our lives, we are being purified by it. Remember that there is a stage in which we first receive the light. And then we become light. ‘You will receive light from Christ,’ Paul says to the Ephesians. Awake, sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you (Ephesians 5:14). Christ will give you light. It is after we receive the light of Christ that we become light. Likewise, it is after we receive the purifying work of the God by the Holy Spirit, pictured here as salt, that we become salt.

Season your speech with salt

So in the OT, all the sacrifices had to be seasoned with salt. In the NT, there is something else that has to be seasoned with salt. Paul says that our speech has to be seasoned with salt. Let us read this interesting passage. It will give us a more specific understanding of this picture of salt. Colossians 4:5-6.

Colossians 4:5. Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.

6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

Our speech, as Christians, must be seasoned with salt. Now, what does that mean? How do we ‘season’ our talk with salt? Here we need to understand the spiritual meaning of salt. What does salt represent in that verse?

An important clue is given to us in our main passage, Matthew 5:13. It will not be obvious to you if you depend solely on an English Bible. What do we read? You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste. This is not exactly what we find in the Greek text. A literal translation would be, ‘If the salt has become foolish.’ Unfortunately this idea of foolishness is not apparent in the way it is translated in our English Bibles. So salt loses its taste in the sense that it becomes foolish, or that it acts foolishly. This gives us an important clue to the meaning of salt. It tells us that salt is meant to express spiritual wisdom since the opposite of foolishness is wisdom. And if you become foolish, it means that you have lost the spiritual wisdom. You are a fool when you are lacking spiritual wisdom.

There is a word in Hebrew that has, at the same time, the meaning of ‘being tasteless’ and ‘being foolish.’ This word is found in Job 6.6. Can something tasteless be eaten without salt, or is there any taste in the white of an egg? How can we give taste to something that is tasteless? How will I find taste in the white of an egg unless I put salt on it? The same Hebrew word for tasteless appears in Lamentations 2:14 to mean ‘foolish.’ Your prophets have seen for you false and foolish visions. So the same Hebrew word can either mean ‘lacking in taste,’ or ‘being foolish.’

Christian wisdom

This is important to understand because wisdom, in the biblical sense, has a strong moral emphasis and it often stands in contrast to folly. In Proverb 29:11, we see how one is unrestrained in his speech and the other is able to control himself. A fool always loses his temper, but a wise man holds it back. Wisdom is shown not in the knowledge of a person but in his conduct. It has more to do with what we are and what we do than what we know.

In the NT, the contrast is between earthly wisdom and heavenly wisdom. The earthly wisdom is carnal, unspiritual, and selfish. But the wisdom from above has Christlike qualities. We have a list of these qualities in James 3.17.

James 3:17. But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, unwavering, without hypocrisy.

As we read this verse, I wonder if you took the trouble to count the number of qualities that are mentioned here. How many do you see? (1) pure; (2) peaceable; (3) gentle; (4) reasonable; (5) full of mercy; (6) good fruits; (7) unwavering; (8) without hypocrisy. James describes spiritual wisdom by these 8 qualities. And yet, there is one more. James 3:13.

James 3:13. Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show by good conduct that his works are done in the meekness of wisdom.

The meekness of wisdom. Eight plus one makes nine. Meekness reminds us of what? The Beatitudes! Blessed are the meek. How many Beatitudes do we have? Nine Beatitudes. Interesting. Is this a coincidence? We saw the ninefold fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23. We saw how the nine Beatitudes can be linked to the Lord’s Prayer. And here, James speaks of wisdom as having these ninefold characteristics.

Why do we say this? Well, because there is a close connection with the topic of salt. The connection is that salt represents this kind of spiritual wisdom. Being the salt of the earth means that you reflect in your conduct these nine characteristics of the wisdom from above.

The richness of the Word of God is so remarkable. We have now a deeper understanding of what should be the qualities of a disciple of Christ. We can think of a disciple in terms of the Beatitudes. We can think of a disciple in terms of the fruit of the Spirit. Now, we can think of a disciple in terms of the wisdom which is from above. And we can make this our prayer in terms of the Lord’s Prayer.

Dying, burning and dissolving

We said that salt was used in the ancient world as an agent in the preservation of food, especially meat. It prevents food from decay. Now, how does salt do that? How does salt keep things from going bad? Think of the last time you used salt. You put some salt in your food. If you look at it, what do you see happening? The salt disappears. It dissolves into the food. Here is the clue to an important aspect of the nature of the disciple and what he is called to do in this world.

Salt functions by dissolving, by losing itself, by dying. John 12:24 uses the picture of a seed that falls into the ground and dies. And by dying, it brings forth much fruit. Salt functions in the same way. It falls into the food and it dies. It dissolves. And there, it brings forth its effectiveness. That is how it can preserve. That is how it can give flavor. If salt doesn’t dissolve, it cannot do any of these things. Salt works by dissolving, by losing itself.

Think of light. How does light function? Well, light functions in exactly the same way, by giving itself away. Look at a candle. It gets shorter and shorter. If the candle is to give light to the room, it cannot remain at the same length. It has to burn itself out in order to give light. It literally burns itself to death, until it disappears completely.

This is the kind of picture that the Lord Jesus chooses to describe the life of a disciple. The oil is burning away in order to give light. The salt dissolves and loses itself in order to fulfill its function to preserve. The seed falls into the ground and dies. And only so, it becomes fruitful. ‘Otherwise,’ Jesus says, ‘the grain of wheat will abide by itself alone.’ Salt will remain by itself just as a lump of salt if it doesn’t dissolve. And it would be good for nothing.

The self-giving attitude of spiritual wisdom

Now, this is exactly how divine wisdom functions. Take 1Corinthians 1:23-24. Here Paul tells us what is the nature of divine wisdom.

1Corinthians 1:23. But we preach Christ crucified (Christ who died on the cross. The Son of God who perished. The Son of God who gave Himself on the cross for the remission of our sins), to the Jews a stumbling block and to the Greeks foolishness (this message about somebody who dies on the cross to save the world is plain stupidity. It was a stumbling block to the Jews because they could not accept that the Messiah could die as a criminal. It was foolishness to the Greeks because they could not make sense of a story in which a god gets himself crucified by his enemies),

24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God(Christ crucified, that is the wisdom of God).

You think that it is just a stupid fable? As offensive as it may be to your mind, that is precisely the wisdom of God, a wisdom that gives itself. ‘That when we were dead in our trespasses and sins, when we were still His enemies,’ Paul says in Colossians, ‘Christ died for us.’ You see, that is the divine wisdom. That is how divine wisdom looks like. It is Christ crucified, Christ who gave Himself on the cross.

Back to Colossians 4:6. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt. Now we know what it means. Seasoned with spiritual wisdom. Let all that you say be seasoned with spiritual wisdom. Let all your words be expressed with a self-giving attitude. Our talk must be applied to the profit and the edification of the hearers. You can see that salt has in itself this divine wisdom. It has as its quality a self-giving nature.

No wonder that salt was offered with all the sacrifices in the OT. Do you see the meaning? There is no use offering a sacrifice externally to God without the spiritual meaning of salt being present, namely that you give yourself as you offer the sacrifice. Otherwise the rich man would have an advantage over the poor man. A rich person can easily give a hundred sheep whereas the poor man can hardly give a pigeon. Then the rich would have all the advantage. That is not how it works with God. It is not so much what you give. It is how you give and that in giving, you give of yourself. And this gift must come from a pure heart. Otherwise you have given nothing at all. Jesus said, ‘If you have offended a brother, don’t even bother give any sacrifice to God. It will not be accepted.’ First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering (Matthew 5:24).

You are the salt of the earth. You are not like the world. By your Christian character, you are to act like salt in your community. But in order to be effective, you must retain your Christian character. Salt must retain its saltiness. In our next lesson, we will see how Christians can lose their influence in the society.

YOU ARE THE SALT OF THE EARTH (2)

In our previous lesson, we studied the words of our Lord Jesus in Matthew 5:13. This is what He said.

Matthew 5:13. You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.

The Christian’s retraining influence

By this statement, Jesus is implicitly saying that the world is turning more and more rotten. The world cannot stop itself from going bad. That is why it needs salt. The Lord Jesus is telling His disciples, ‘The world needs you. You are the salt of the earth and you must stop it from going bad.’ God wants the Christians to be the salt that will hinder the process of social decay.

Of course, God has given man other retraining influences to keep the society in order. In His common grace, i.e., in His favor shown to all mankind (saved and unsaved), God has established certain institutions in order to prevent the society from falling into anarchy. There is for example the institution of the government. The state has the authority and the power to punish evil. There is also the institution of marriage. Home and family life help to promote good morals. So these divine institutions have a restraining influence, as far as sin is concerned, in the society as a whole.

However, God wants His own people, the regenerate and righteous people, to be the most powerful retraining influence in a sinful society. The Christians are called to become like a moral disinfectant in a world where moral standards are low. It is in that sense that you and I are meant to be the salt of the earth, an influence for good in the world.

Losing your saltiness

So the affirmation is that we, as Christians, are the salt of the earth. But there is a condition attached to that affirmation. What is that condition? The condition is that you retain your Christian saltiness. Jesus goes on to say, but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.

Here we want to spend some time to look carefully at this question of losing your saltiness. If you take the time to consult commentaries on this matter, you will notice that most of them emphasize the fact that salt itself, i.e., the chemical compound, cannot lose its saltiness. They explain this ‘loss of saltiness’ in v. 13 by the mixture of salt with impurities. We are dealing with Dead Sea salt which contains a lot of impurity. And this salt, under certain conditions (for example, if it comes in contact with the ground or if it is exposed to rain and sun), can become tasteless. It still looks like salt, but it has lost its saltiness.

Well, there is probably some truth in all this explanation, at least from a chemical viewpoint. But I am not so sure that Jesus was concerned about chemistry. It seems to me that all this explanation is necessary because we are very hesitant to conclude that a disciple can lose his Christian qualities, that he can lose his distinctive character, described here in the metaphoric language of salt. Some have suggested that this is impossible, that what Jesus is saying is simply a supposition that can never happen.

I find this kind of reasoning quite unsatisfactory. What we have here is clearly a warning. If it is impossible for Christians to cease to be salt, then there is no point for the Lord Jesus to give us the second part of the sentence. He could have just said, ‘You are the salt of the earth,’ period. But He mentions also a condition and we must take it into consideration. It would be unwise to turn a blind eye to this warning.

A form of Christianity that denies its power

Let us look at the parallel passage in Luke 14 so that we can feel the full force of this warning. Luke brings out the importance of Jesus’ words in Luke 14:34-35.

Luke 14:34. Salt is good; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored?

35 It is fit neither for the land nor for the dunghill; men throw it away.(And then, He concludes with these solemn words). He who has ears to hear, let him hear.

‘Let him take careful note,’ the Lord Jesus says, ‘of what I am saying to you.’ Be careful that you do not lose this salt quality, that you do not ‘run out of gas,’ if we want to use a modern expression. Because when salt loses its taste, it cannot be restored again. This wording reminds us very much of Hebrews 6 where we read that those who once tasted of the heavenly gift and were made partakers of the Holy Spirit, and then fall away, it is impossible to restore them again to repentance. When salt loses its saltiness, with what shall you restore it? It cannot be restored, and therefore it is good for nothing. What do you do with it? You throw it out on the street where it is trampled under foot by men.

Here then is a serious warning. And it is important for us to consider this question. How does salt come about to lose its saltiness at the spiritual level? In what way does a Christian cease to function as a Christian?

When I reflect on this question, I think about the warning that Paul gives us in 2Timothy 3:5. Paul says that in the last days, there will be a form of godliness which denies the power of it. And I wonder if it is this picture of salt that he has in mind. You see, when the salt has lost its saltiness, it still looks like salt, whether it is mixed with impurities or not. It is still white. It is still granular. It is still powdery. But if you taste it, you notice that it doesn’t have any salty taste anymore. It still has the form of salt, but it denies its power, i.e., it denies its effectiveness.

Paul says that this is what is going to happen in the last days. For men will be … holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power (2Timothy 3:5). There will come a kind of Christianity that has all the outward appearance of Christianity. It goes through all the motions of Christianity. It uses the language of Christianity. It still speaks the liturgy of Christianity. But although it still looks like Christianity on the outside, it has no more the internal effectiveness. It has no more the power of Christianity. The salt has deteriorated to the point that it is left with nothing but the name. The substance is gone.

So we are confronted with this question. How does the salt lose its saltiness? What are the things that might cause it? Regarding this question, I would like to give you three reasons that cause a Christian to cease to function as a Christian, and therefore to become useless to God. In order to do this, we will consider the three passages in the Lord’s teaching that speak about this idea of salt losing its saltiness. We have already mentioned two of these passages: Luke 14:34 and Matthew 5:13. The third verse is found in Mark 9:50.

The loss of saltiness due to lack of commitment

First, let us return to Luke 14:34. We will read it one more time, using this time the New American Standard version.

Luke 14:34. Therefore, salt is good; but if even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned?

Notice the conjunction ‘therefore.’ ‘Therefore, salt is good.’ This word is found in the original text but unfortunately, it does not appear in many English translations. It is an important word because it connects the picture of salt to the verses that come before v. 34. In other words, what we find before v. 34 explains how salt can lose its taste. So in order to determine why salt becomes tasteless, we have to look at the context of Jesus’ teaching. And the best place to start is to go back to v. 25 where Jesus begins to teach what discipleship may entail for a believer in the face of rejection. This is what Jesus says.

Luke 14:25. Now great multitudes were going along with Him; and He turned and said to them,

26 “If anyone comes to Me, and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.

27 “Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.

Identifying with Jesus automatically involves some suffering and some rejection in the world. And Jesus is saying, ‘If you love your family or even yourself more than Me, then you will never decide to come to Me because you will find that the cost of following Me is too high for you.’ Remember that all this is connected with our passage on salt. The salt refuses to dissolve, to carry his cross, to die. Let us look at the next section.

Luke 14:28. “For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost, to see if he has enough to complete it?

29 “Otherwise, when he has laid a foundation, and is not able to finish, all who observe it begin to ridicule him,

30 saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish.’

People mocked this man. He begins building and he can’t finish the work. In other words, he is a fool. The salt has become foolish. Remember what we said in our previous lesson. When Jesus talks about the salt losing its taste, it is in the sense that it acts foolishly. And here, the salt has lost its saltiness precisely because it acted foolishly. He did not count the cost of his project. Now he has to face the shame of not finishing what he has started. Then v. 31.

Luke 14:31. “Or what king, when he sets out to meet another king in battle, will not first sit down and take counsel whether he is strong enough with ten thousand men to encounter the one coming against him with twenty thousand?32 “Or else, while the other is still far away, he sends a delegation and asks terms of peace.

33 “So therefore, no one of you can be My disciple who doesnot give up all his own possessions.

Equally foolish is a king who wants to go to war without assessing whether he can win with the resources that he has. So he goes to war, but he soon realizes that he is not strong enough to win the battle. And therefore, he has to surrender. He is a fool because now he becomes a captive. He has lost his freedom. You want to fight for righteousness? Don’t be a fool. Count the cost of a commitment to Jesus before you decide that you are going to fight for righteousness.

Now we begin to see the connection. We see why salt loses its taste. It happens when someone goes back on his original commitment. You begin to follow Jesus but you stop because you are pulled away by other commitments. You start building, but then you decide that it is too costly to finish. You go back on your original commitment. As Peter says, it is like the dog that returns to its vomit (2 Peter 2:22). You begin well and you end badly. Your last state is worse than your first. It would have been much better for you not to have started at all than to start, and then to turn away from your initial commitment. Either you start and you stick to the end, or you don’t start at all. You count your cost first. So the disciple who retains his saltiness is the disciple who understands his commitment to God and he sticks it through to the end.

The loss of saltiness due to sin

That is the first point. The second reason that explains how salt can lose its savor is given to us by the context of the other passage. This is what Jesus says in Mark 9:50.

Mark 9:50. “Salt is good; but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

Here again, we need to get the whole context. What is the context of this verse? Let us go back to v. 42.

Mark 9:42 “And whoever causes one of these little ones who believe to stumble, it would be better for him if, with a heavy millstone hung around his neck, he had been cast into the sea.

43 “And if your hand causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life crippled, than having your two hands, to go into hell, into the unquenchable fire,

44 {where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.}

45 “And if your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off; it is better for you to enter life lame, than having your two feet, to be cast into hell,

46 {where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.}

47 “And if your eye causes you to stumble, cast it out; it is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes, to be cast into hell,

48 where their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.

And then, Jesus goes on to talk about salt losing its saltiness.

Mark 9:49 “For everyone will be salted with fire.

50 “Salt is good; but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”

What causes salt to lose its saltiness in this case? Notice the emphasis of this passage. Causing a little one to stumble. This is the sin of leading others to commit sin. Your hand causing you to stumble. This is the sin of the hand. Your foot causing you to stumble. This is the sin of the foot. Your eye causing you to stumble. This is the sin of the eye. By these examples, the Lord Jesus tells us how terrible sin is, and He gives a warning to the sinner. Every man is personally responsible for his sin. If a person weakens under temptation to the point that he enters into sin, that is when he is going to lose his saltiness.

Remember what Jesus said in Matthew. The salt that has lost its saltiness will be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. ‘To be thrown out’ is an expression often used to indicate one’s exclusion from the kingdom of God (Matthew 8:12; 22:13; John 6:37; 15:6). Here in Mark, Jesus says the same thing, but using slightly different words. Three times in this passage, He talks about the fire of hell, about being cast into the unquenchable fire of hell. Never fool around with sin. You cannot afford the luxury of falling into sin. And that is why in the Lord’s Prayer, we say, ‘Lead us not into temptation.’ We are asking for God’s help to prevent us from falling into temptation. And God will provide a way to escape temptation.

The loss of saltiness due to persecution

Let us come to the third reason that explains why salt becomes tasteless. We will return to our passage in Matthew 5. What is the immediate context of Matthew 5:13? We saw in our previous lesson that v. 13 is directly connected to the Beatitudes, and more specifically to the last Beatitude, by the word ‘you’ in v. 11. ‘Blessed are you when men revile and persecute you.’ It is clear that Jesus is talking about His disciples. And immediately after that, He goes on to say, You are the salt of the earth. The people who are being persecuted are to be the salt of the earth.

This ‘you’ gives us the clue to understand why salt loses its saltiness. When hard times come and you break under the pressure, that is when you can lose your saltiness. It is like the seed that was sown in the Parable of the Sower. It fell on a rocky place. And when the sun rose, what happened? It withered away and died because it had no root. The salt has lost its saltiness. And Jesus tells us that the sun symbolizes the persecution that arises because of the word and that causes a man to fall away (Matthew 13:20-21).

The disciple’s responsibility

When Jesus calls us ‘salt of the earth’, He is also giving us a responsibility. ‘You are the salt of the earth; therefore retain your saltiness. Otherwise you become a useless disciple.’ Jesus expects that we will retain our saltiness, that we will not lose our Christlike character.

And we saw in this lesson that there are three things that can cause a Christian to lose this salt quality, and therefore to cease to function as a disciple. You can lose your saltiness if you go back on your initial commitment to God. You give up because you discover that the cost of following Jesus exceeds your commitment. You can lose your saltiness if you allow sin to tempt you. How can you be the salt of the earth when you live in sin? And finally, you can lose your saltiness when you break under persecution. You fail to remain faithful to the end.

In all this, we must ask God to sustain us and to give us what it takes to remain distinct from the world so that we can have this restraining influence that prevents the society from lapsing into its own decadence.
Yves I-Bing Cheng, M.D., M.A.
http://www.meetingwithchrist.com
Meeting With Christ

♥ Mary Had A Little Lamb ♥

8 Sep

Mary Had A Little Lamb

♥ Mary Had A Little Lamb ♥

John 1:29 – The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”

John 1:36 – And looking at Jesus as He walked, he said, “Behold the Lamb of God!”

Dear Heavenly Father,

We pray You plant Your seed deeply within our children’s hearts and as they spend their days in school, they become a light for others, shining forth like the son/sun. Father, we pray that Your Word will be the basis of their wisdom and we ask that our prayers will blanket each school, placing them under Your wing.

We pray for the teachers, having faith in You Lord, strengthen them with Your mighty hand by giving them direction to steer our children’s growth in character and integrity.  Lord we pray many will come know You as their Lord and Savior.

We ask all this in Jesus Almighty name! Amen

Red Skelton’s Pledge of Allegiance ~ January 14,1969
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PRAYING BLESSINGS ☛ For All OF YOU
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~Emergency Preparedness~

30 Aug
~Emergency Preparedness~

Dear Heavenly Father,
Lord you never promised we would be without trials and tribulations
but you did say you would always be with us. Help give those strength
and Hope to continue on, knowing your word is true. We pray for all
those lost to come to know you, putting total faith In YOU, while
finding Hope that offers comfort. Lord we pray you will bring a quick
response to needs of those suffering and help restore their lives.
Lord speak to their hearts showing them they have nothing to fear.
You are God Almighty and in complete control, supplying their needs.
In Jesus Almighty Name we pray,
 Amen.
In The Storms of Life
Isaiah 41:10
Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you,
for I am your God I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’
Psalm 23:4
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
John 14:27
“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives
do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.
Proverbs 3:5-6
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not
on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him,
and He shall direct your paths.”
Psalm 12:5
“Because of the devastation of the afflicted, because of the
groaning of the needy,
Now I will arise,” says the LORD;
“I will set him in the safety for which he longs.”
Philippians 4:19
And my God will supply all your needs according to
His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
Lord Jesus Saves
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those
who love God,to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

The Third Temple – Physical or Spiritual?

25 Aug

“But the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands, as the prophet says, ‘Heaven is My throne and earth is My footstool. What house will you build Me, says the Lord, or what is the place of My rest? Has not My hand made all these things?’” (Acts 7:48-50 MKJV)

Has God ordained that there should be a third Temple on the Temple Mount, where Solomon’s Temple once stood and where the Muslim Dome of the Rock (Mosque of Omar) and Al-Aqsa Mosque now dominate the Jerusalem landscape? Should there be a physical third Jewish Temple anywhere for that matter? How does a restored Temple square with the belief that God did away with the earthly Temple in 70 A.D. to be no more, seeing Christ fulfilled all things?

At His crucifixion, the veil to the Holy of Holies was torn in two from top to bottom. According to the New Testament, Jesus’ death and resurrection fulfilled the ceremonial sacrifices and solemn feasts of Israel performed by the Levitical priesthood over the previous fifteen centuries. These sacrifices and feasts pointed to the offering up of the Lamb of God for the sins of Israel and the world. What further need is there of a restored Temple, with priesthood and sacrifices? Would this not be an effrontery to God?

Forty years after Christ’s time on earth, God’s wrath was poured out in full on Israel for having turned away from Him to other gods. Rome came and destroyed everything – the Temple, the city, and the nation. This was prophesied by Jesus and Israel’s prophets centuries, even millennia, before Him.

But in this century, the nation and the city have been restored to the Jews. The establishment for the Jews of a portion of the original nation of Israel was declared by a majority vote in the UN on November 29, 1947, and on May 14, 1948, Israel was reborn. After 1900 years of being scattered to the ends of the earth, the Israelites have returned to their land.

The throne of Israel at Jerusalem has been referred to, in Scripture, as King David’s. The Scriptures declare that Jesus Christ would return, not as a lamb for sacrifice to take away sin, but as the Lion of the tribe of Judah, to sit on the throne of David. The name of the first Prime Minister of modern Israel was David Ben Gurion. Ben Gurion means “son of a lion.”

I’m not saying Ben Gurion was the Messiah Yeshua (he wasn’t), but I suggest that God isn’t above putting His mark on historical events, in order to let mankind learn He’s in control of all matters, great and small.

I‘ve been reading Messiah’s Coming Temple: Ezekiel’s Prophetic Vision of the Future Temple by Schmitt and Laney. This book declares the Temple will soon be rebuilt. It is reported that all materials for the construction are ready and persons in place to perform the ceremonies. More specifically, the authors believe it’ll be the Temple described in Ezekiel’s vision, one that has strikingly different features from the former first and second Temples, and one that has never existed to this day.

What gives? Aren’t born-again believers in Christ the new and permanent Living Temple of God, made without hands? Aren’t they His Body, His Church, His Assembly, replacing the old that was done away to make room for the fulfillment of the real and permanent, as determined from above? John records an event between Jesus and the Jews:

“And His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘The zeal of Your House has eaten Me up.’ Then the Jews answered and said to Him, ‘What sign do you show us, since you do these things?’ Jesus answered and said to them, ‘Destroy this Temple and in three days I will raise it up.’ Then the Jews said, ‘This Temple was forty-six years building, and will you rear it up in three days?’ But He spoke of the temple of His body” (John 2:17-21 MKJV).

They killed Jesus and, in three days, He raised Himself from the dead, as He, by the Spirit of the Father, prophesied He would. But there is a spiritual Body of Christ now, comprised of those who believe in Him, which the New Testament teaches is the Temple of God.

“And what agreement does a temple of God have with idols? For you are the Temple of the living God, as God has said, ‘I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people’” (2 Corinthians 6:16 MKJV).

Ephesians 2:19-22 MKJV
(19) Now therefore you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God,
(20) and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone,
(21) in Whom every building having been fitly framed together, grows into a holy sanctuary in the Lord;
(22) in Whom you also are built together for a dwelling place of God through the Spirit.

“For having been drawn to Him, a living Stone, indeed rejected by men, but elect, precious with God; you also as living stones are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:4-5 MKJV).

Can we reconcile Ezekiel’s vision of the Temple with the Spiritual Reality that saints experience today? Though Schmitt, Laney, and many others expect Ezekiel’s Temple to be built on its former site where the Mosque of Omar sits, they also express what they see as the fulfilled spiritual reality of Ezekiel’s Temple vision. So which will it be – the physical Temple, the spiritual reality, or both?

Ezekiel’s description of the Temple contains several significantly new features\omissions compared to the Temple Solomon built. These characteristics didn’t exist in the second Temple, which replaced Solomon’s when Israel returned from Babylonian captivity. And they didn’t exist when King Herod refurbished and altered the second Temple centuries later, just before Christ came into His ministry.

Schmitt and Laney present the significances of the major changes, and we lay out those below with which we agree, with further thoughts, revelation, and Scriptures. Consider as you read this: Is the Lord speaking of a physical third Temple on earth, or is He giving a representation of the Temple of God, which all those born-again are, corporately and individually?

If each of us is created in the image of Jesus Christ, then each is the Temple of God as He is, with all the features of Ezekiel’s Temple spiritually within. At the same time, we corporately make up the Body of Christ, the Assembly, the spiritual Temple of God.

Here are some of the interesting features of Ezekiel’s Temple, which represent the finished work of the cross. Curiously missing are several items from Solomon’s Temple:

The Wall of Partition

“For He is our peace, He making us both one, and He has broken down the middle wall of partition between us….” (Ephesians 2:14 MKJV).

Where once was a wall of partition between the outer and inner courts of the Temple, there is none recorded by Ezekiel. Gentiles and Jews are no longer separated. We know God intended that the Gentiles be brought into His Kingdom.

Isaiah 56:6-8 HNV
(6) Also the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD, to minister to Him, and to love the Name of the LORD, to be His servants, everyone who keeps the Sabbath from profaning it, and holds fast My covenant;
(7) even them will I bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted on My altar; for My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples.
(8) The Lord GOD, Who gathers the outcasts of Israel, says, Yet will I gather others to Him, besides His own who are gathered.

Romans 15:8-12 ESV
(8) For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs,
(9) and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy. As it is written, “Therefore I will praise You among the Gentiles, and sing to Your Name.”
(10) And again it is said, “Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people.”
(11) And again, “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles, and let all the peoples extol Him.”
(12) And again Isaiah says, “The Root of Jesse will come, even He Who arises to rule the Gentiles; in Him will the Gentiles hope.”

Within us, thanks to the willing sacrificial shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ and His gift of faith, there is no more a division, within the believer, between soul (Gentile) and spirit (Jew). The partition has been removed within many, and the two are reconciled. In due time, this reconciliation will be manifest in the world.

Court of the Women

“For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise” (Galatians 3:27-29 ESV).

In Solomon’s Temple, there was a court for the men in view of the altar of sacrifice, and a court on the other side of a wall for women. In Ezekiel’s vision, there is no longer a wall separating men and women.

In Christ, there is neither male nor female.

“But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel: ‘And it shall be in the last days, says God, I will pour out of My Spirit upon all flesh. And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. And in those days I will pour out My Spirit upon My slaves and My slave women, and they shall prophesy’” (Acts 2:16-18 MKJV).

“And I also beg you, true yoke-fellow, help those women who labored in the gospel with me and with Clement, and others of my fellow-laborers, whose names are in the Book of Life” (Philippians 4:3 MKJV).

And again, within the believer, woman represents the soul and man, the spirit. The two come into harmony by the blood of Christ.

The Laver

“And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11 ESV).

In Ezekiel’s Temple, the bronze laver (wash basin) in the inner court isn’t mentioned, signifying there’s no need for it anymore. Those who are Christ’s are washed clean by His blood and by His Word.

Ezekiel 36:24-27 MKJV
(24) For I will take you from among the nations and gather you out of all lands, and will gather you into your own land.
(25) And I will sprinkle clean waters on you, and you shall be clean. I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from your idols.
(26) And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit within you. And I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.
(27) And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you shall keep My judgments and do them.

“But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to His own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit, Whom He poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that being justified by His grace we might become heirs according to the hope of eternal life” (Titus 3:4-7 ESV).

Hebrews 10:19-22 MKJV
(19) Therefore, brothers, having boldness to enter into the Holy of Holies by the blood of Jesus,
(20) by a new and living way which He has consecrated for us through the veil, that is to say, His flesh;
(21) and having a High Priest over the house of God,
(22) let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies having been washed with pure water.

Jesus said to His disciples, “Now you are clean through the Word which I have spoken to you” (John 15:3 MKJV).

When cleansed within, what further need is there of symbolic washing? This goes for both the individual and the Body of Christ.

The Golden Lampstand

“Then Jesus spoke again to them, saying, I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12 MKJV).

Despite the many details included in his vision of the Temple, Ezekiel makes no mention of another very important furnishing in the Holy Place of the former Temple – the golden lampstand, representing the Light of the World, Jesus Christ.

Jesus has come to make our eye sound or single, attentive to Him: “The light of the body is the eye. Therefore if your eye is sound, your whole body shall be full of light. But if your eye is evil, your whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” (Matthew 6:22-23 MKJV)

Jesus is the antidote to darkness: “All things came into being through Him, and without Him not even one thing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men” (John 1:3-4 MKJV).

“And they will see His face, and His Name will be in their foreheads. And there will be no night there. And they need no lamp, or light of the sun; for the Lord God gives them light. And they will reign forever and ever” (Revelation 22:4-5 MKJV).

In Christ, as His brethren, born of God, we become children of Light, so we need no other candlestick in the Holy Place, for He is our Golden Candlestick.

These are wonderful revelations Schmitt and Laney are sharing with us of Ezekiel’s Temple, aren’t they?

The Table of Showbread

Jesus said, “‘For the Bread of God is He Who comes down from Heaven and gives life to the world.’ Then they said to Him, ‘Lord, evermore give us this bread.’ And Jesus said to them, ‘I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes on Me shall never thirst’” (John 6:33-35 MKJV).

In the former Temple, on every Sabbath, the priests prepared 12 loaves of bread and placed them on a golden table in the Holy Place. This signified that God was the Sustenance of Israel, the Bread from Heaven. The vision of Ezekiel’s Temple makes no mention of the table of showbread.

Schmitt says, “There will be no need of a table of showbread in Messiah’s future Temple because Jesus Himself will be there to shepherd and feed His people.

I say he is right and wrong – right in that there is no further need of the symbolism or shadow, but wrong because the Temple is not future; it is the present spiritual reality, and Jesus is here and now both shepherding and feeding His people, the members of His Body, the Temple.

Back in 1982, Marilyn and I were telling the Ratzloffs, a Missionary Alliance couple, that we hadn’t been attending church for years (since 1975). Mrs. Ratzloff was rather taken aback by that, asking, “Well, where or how do you get fed, then?”

My immediate reply was, “The Shepherd feeds us!”

How does He feed us? He is that Bread of Life, and we are His Temple. We have the table of showbread within; He is the Bread within. We aren’t hungry, but full.

After all, He promised, “Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness! For they shall be filled” (Matthew 5:6 MKJV).

And we have no need of a “church building” or temple.

John 6:54-58 MKJV
(54) Whoever partakes of My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
(55) For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.
(56) He who partakes of My flesh and drinks My blood dwells in Me, and I in him.
(57) As the living Father has sent Me, and I live through the Father, so he who partakes of Me, even he shall live by Me.
(58) This is the Bread which came down from Heaven, not as your fathers ate the manna, and died; he who partakes of this Bread shall live forever.

The Golden Altar of Incense

“Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost those who come unto God by Him, since He ever lives to make intercession for them” (Hebrews 7:25 MKJV).

Like the golden lampstand, the altar of incense is also missing from the Holy Place in Ezekiel’s Temple. Why?

We understand that incense offered up daily, morning and evening, represented prayer:

“And when He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one having harps and golden vials full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints” (Revelation 5:8 MKJV).

“And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer. And many incenses were given to him, so that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints on the golden altar before the throne. And the smoke of the incense which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God from the angel’s hand” (Revelation 8:3-4 MKJV).

More specifically, the incense represented intercessory prayer, for the priests were mediators for the children of Israel. Their job was to offer sacrifices and pray for Israel. But they only represented temporarily Him Who was to come, the Perfect Priest and Sole Mediator between God and man. Jesus Christ our High Priest ever lives to make intercession for us, having offered Himself to the Father on our behalf once for all.

In Him, the saints function as priests, as God’s emissaries to the world:

“And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Exodus 19:6 MKJV).

“To Him Who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and made us kings and priests to God and His Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” (Revelation 1:6 MKJV).

Schmitt and Laney conclude, “During the messianic kingdom there will be no need for the altar of incense in the Temple because the Messiah Himself will be present in Jerusalem and available to hear the petitions of His people. In Ezekiel’s future Temple, Jesus Himself takes the place of the altar of incense.

Indeed, Jesus Christ is here and has established Himself in the hearts of the saints by the new birth and maturity in Him. We are in Jerusalem now, the New Jerusalem, the City of God, Mount Zion (Hebrews 12:22), we being the Temple of God, and within us go forth His prayers:

“Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And He searching the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God” (Romans 8:26-27 MKJV).

Ezekiel prophesies, “And the name of the city from that day shall be the LORD IS THERE” (Ezekiel 48:35 MKJV).

This prophecy has come to pass in Christ. “THERE” is a spiritual place, the Heavenly Jerusalem coming within, made possible by His sacrificial death and resurrection from the dead.

“Jesus said to her, Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you shall neither worship the Father in this mountain nor yet at Jerusalem…. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such to worship Him” (John 4:21,23 MKJV).

The Veil

“Since then we have a great High Priest Who has passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted just as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:14-16 MKJV).

Ezekiel doesn’t mention the veil covering the entrance to the Holy of Holies in his vision of the Temple. One may wonder why he speaks of so many other lesser details than these. This being a vision of God, we can only conclude that the exclusion of these significant items holds an important message for us. These things are no longer needed, because they have been fulfilled.

How can that be, except the Temple described is the spiritual one – His Heavenly Body made without hands – not the one built of earthly elements constructed by man? Man’s hand can’t perform the crowning touch of God’s finished work.

We know the veil was torn from top to bottom at the crucifixion, signifying the end of the purpose it served. Jesus represented and fulfilled the Perfect Sacrifice within the veil, for our sakes:

“Therefore, brothers, having boldness to enter into the Holy of Holies by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He has consecrated for us through the veil, that is to say, His flesh” (Hebrews 10:19-20 MKJV).

As is also said:

Hebrews 9:6-12 MKJV
(6) Now when these things were ordained in this way, the priests always went into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God.
(7) But once in the year into the second the high priest goes alone, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the errors of the people
(8) the Holy Spirit signifying by this that the way into the Holiest of all was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing.
(9) For it was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices that could not make him who did the service perfect as regards the conscience,
(10) which stood only in meats and drinks, and different kinds of washings and fleshly ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.
(11) But when Christ had become a high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect Tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building
(12) nor by the blood of goats and calves, but by His own blood He entered once for all into the Holies, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

Hebrews 9:24-26 MKJV
(24) For Christ has not entered into the Holy of Holies made with hands, which are the figures of the true, but into Heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.
(25) Nor yet that He should offer Himself often, even as the high priest enters into the Holy of Holies every year with the blood of others,
(26) for then He must have suffered often since the foundation of the world, but now once in the end of the world He has appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself.

“And letting out a loud voice, Jesus expired. And the veil of the Temple was torn in two from top to bottom” (Mark 15:37-38 MKJV).

With veil torn, the Holy of Holies was now open to all those chosen of God to enter. By Jesus Christ and His blood, all men in their appointed time have access to the throne of grace in the Holy of Holies in Heaven.

Is it Scriptural to suggest the throne of the Lord is equivalent to the Holy of Holies and the Ark of the Covenant? Here’s what Jeremiah prophesied:

“And it will be when you have multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, says the LORD, they shall say no more, The Ark of the Covenant of the LORD! Nor shall it come to mind; nor shall they remember it; nor shall they visit it; nor shall it be made any more. At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all nations shall be gathered to it, to the Name of the LORD, to Jerusalem. Nor shall they walk any more after the stubbornness of their evil heart” (Jeremiah 3:16-17 MKJV).

Jerusalem was the capital of God’s country, Israel, the Temple was the center of worship in Jerusalem, and God met with Moses in the Holy of Holies:

“And you shall put the mercy-seat above, upon the Ark. And in the Ark you shall put the testimony that I shall give you. And I will meet with you there, and I will talk with you from above the mercy-seat, from between the two cherubs on the Ark of the Testimony, of all things which I will give you in commandment to the sons of Israel” (Exodus 25:21-22 MKJV).’

The Ark of the Covenant

Hebrews 9:3-8 MKJV
(3) And after the second veil was a tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies,
(4) having a golden altar of incense, and the ark of the covenant overlaid all around with gold, in which was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tablets of the covenant.
(5) And over it were the cherubs of glory overshadowing the mercy-seat (about which we cannot now speak piece by piece).
(6) Now when these things were ordained in this way, the priests always went into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God.
(7) But once in the year into the second the high priest goes alone, not without blood, which he offered for himself and for the errors of the people,
(8) the Holy Spirit signifying by this that the way into the Holiest of all was not yet made manifest while the first tabernacle was still standing.

Ezekiel makes no mention of the ark of the covenant, the mercy seat, and the cherubim overshadowing the mercy seat, which were in the Holy of Holies.

The ark of the covenant represented the very Presence of God. Within it were the two stone tablets Moses had received, upon which were written the Ten Commandments (God’s Law); the budded, fruitful living olive wood rod Aaron once possessed, and the bowl of manna, all of which represented God’s nature, life, power, and authority. Once a year the High Priest would enter the Holy of Holies and sprinkle blood on the mercy seat, which covered the ark of the covenant, to atone for his sins and those of the children of Israel.

Jesus Christ fulfilled these articles of furnishings and their functions for us. That’s why they’re missing in Ezekiel’s vision of the Temple.

One may ask why there would even be a Temple with all the details Ezekiel mentions. Wasn’t the Temple also fulfilled? If the Assembly of God, the Body of Christ, is the New Temple, why do we need any description of the building anymore, though we no longer need the important features and furnishings omitted from it?

Doesn’t the question point to its own answer? While there is the present Temple made in Heaven, composed of Living Stones, which we are, the furnishings within the former earthly Temple represented temporary shadows and needs that exist no longer, because they’re fulfilled in the end product God desired. Ezekiel’s vision speaks of that which is – the Heavenly Temple, not of that which was and which only served to form what is.

Consider how the physical Temple came to be. God didn’t initiate it, as with the tabernacle He commanded Moses to build in the wilderness. The Temple was first brought up by King David, who said he wanted to build a house for God. Here’s what God replied, through the prophet Nathan:

2 Samuel 7:5-11 MKJV
(5) Go and tell My servant David, So says the LORD, Shall you build Me a house for My dwelling?
(6) For I have not dwelt in a house since the day that I brought up the sons of Israel out of Egypt until this day, but have walked in a tent, even in a tabernacle.
(7) In all places in which I have walked with all the sons of Israel, did I speak a word with any of the tribes of Israel, those I commanded to feed My people Israel, saying, Why do you not build Me a house of cedars?
(8) And now so shall you say to My servant David, So says the LORD of Hosts: I took you from the sheepcote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people, over Israel.
(9) And I was with you wherever you went, and have cut off all your enemies out of your sight, and have made you a great name like the name of the great ones in the earth.
(10) And I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them so that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more. Neither shall the sons of wickedness afflict them anymore, as before.
(11) And even from the time that I commanded judges to be over My people of Israel, so will I cause you to rest from all your enemies. Also the LORD tells you that He will make you a house.

God didn’t need a house built by men. Men need a house built by God, which the Lord promised to David and his people, Israel, a place of permanent peace and safety. This obviously doesn’t describe any of the physical incarnations of the Temple, all ending in violence for Israel, but speaks of the spiritual one in Ezekiel’s vision and the Book of Hebrews:

Hebrews 3:1-6 MKJV
(1) Therefore, holy brothers, called to be partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus,
(2) Who was faithful to Him Who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all His house.
(3) For He was counted worthy of more glory than Moses, because he who has built the house has more honor than the house.
(4) For every house is built by someone, but He Who built all things is God.
(5) And Moses truly was faithful in all His house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken afterward.
(6) But Christ was faithful as a Son over His own house; Whose house we are, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm to the end.

God went on to say to David: “And when your days are fulfilled, and you shall sleep with your fathers, I will set up your Seed after you, Who shall come out of your bowels. And I will make His Kingdom sure. He shall build a house for My Name, and I will establish the throne of His Kingdom forever” (2 Samuel 7:12-13 MKJV).

There was a physical fulfillment of this prophecy in Solomon, but the complete fulfillment comes only through Jesus Christ, also known as the Son of David.

“He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Highest. And the Lord God shall give Him the throne of His father David. And He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His Kingdom there shall be no end” (Luke 1:32-33 MKJV).

The Temple of God is within, the result of God’s work of salvation through Christ, a new man who walks in the fear of God:

“Thus says the LORD, Heaven is My throne, and the earth is my footstool: what manner of house will you build to Me? And what place shall be My rest? For all these things has My hand made, and so all these things came to be, says the LORD: but to this man will I look, even to him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at My Word” (Isaiah 66:1-2 HNV).

With all these things being so, could there then be, as Schmitt and Laney assume, a physical Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem patterned after the New Living One? Our answer would be, “What for?” There’d be no more need of sacrifices or priesthood; those comprising the New Temple are free to come and go by the Spirit, which fulfills the words the Lord spoke to the Samaritan woman:

John 4:21-24 MKJV
(21) Jesus said to her, Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you shall neither worship the Father in this mountain nor yet at Jerusalem.
(22) You worship what you do not know, we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.
(23) But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such to worship Him.
(24) God is a spirit, and they who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.

Wouldn’t the purpose of a temple in Jerusalem be worship? Schmitt and Laney concede that. But the Lord says true worshipers worship in spirit and in truth, not in a temple in Jerusalem.

Schmitt and Laney also believe Jesus Christ will physically dwell in Jerusalem with the physical Temple being His operational headquarters. But if there is to be no worshiping in Jerusalem, according to the One alone worthy of worship, why would He be there in human form, and what need would there be of such a place of worship?

Which leads us to conclude that we are to worship Him in spirit and in truth, wherever we are:

“For where two or three are gathered together in My Name, there I am in their midst” (Matthew 18:20 MKJV).

“The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit” (John 3:8 ESV).

Schmitt, Laney, and many millions of nominal Christians are locked into a carnal expectation of the physical return of the Messiah, even as the Jews expected and were disillusioned when their imagined political/military hero didn’t show. These all, both “Christians” and “Jews,” expect to be worshipping the Messiah in the flesh, but what does Paul say?

“So as we now know no one according to flesh, but even if we have known Christ according to flesh, yet now we no longer know Him so. So that if anyone is in Christ, that one is a new creature; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new” (2 Corinthians 5:16-17 MKJV).

Schmitt writes, “The reason that the ark of the covenant is missing from the future Temple is because the throne of the Lord is present. The Lord Jesus, the Righteous One, shall sit upon His throne as King Messiah in Ezekiel’s Temple.

In Revelation 22, John writes that Christ is the Temple of the Holy City, the New Jerusalem from above. This Jerusalem is the home of the saints of God, those born again. The Lord dwells within – “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” That’s the Jerusalem Jeremiah prophesied of (Jeremiah 3:16-17). The Lord is present and on His throne within Ezekiel’s Temple, which, thankfully, we are.

The Altar of Sacrifice

“And if you will make Me an altar of stone, you shall not build it of cut stone. For if you lift up your tool upon it, you have defiled it. And you shall not go up by steps to My altar, that your nakedness be not uncovered on it” (Exodus 20:25-26 MKJV).

Messiah’s Coming Temple points out that the altar of sacrifice situated in the inner court of the former Temple was approached from the south by a ramp, whereas Ezekiel’s vision shows the altar approached by steps from the east (Ezekiel 43:17).

So now there are steps, whereas previously they were forbidden because of nakedness. Which means the Lord has removed our nakedness, or perhaps better put, we’re in a state of nakedness now as were Adam and Eve before they sinned, wherein is no shame. We no longer fearfully conceal ourselves from the Lord, being justified by His sacrifice. We walk in newness of life, understanding and accepting that all things are naked before Him. We are restored to godly fidelity and inherent honesty, in purity of mind, soul, and spirit.

Notice it’s His work and not ours – He shapes the stones. Any work on our part in the building of the altar, by our wisdom and labor, is not only unacceptable to the Lord, but He calls it defilement. Cut stones are the stuff of Cain’s altars.

Schmitt and Laney point out something interesting. Whereas in every other instance in the Old Testament, the Hebrew word translated “altar” is “mizbach” (meaning “altar”), the Hebrew word translated “altar” in this case is “ariel,” meaning “lion of God.” The authors point out that Jesus Christ came as the Lamb of sacrifice for our sakes in the days of old, but in these last days, He finalizes His work as the Lion of the tribe of Judah:

“And one of the elders said to me, Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the book and to loose the seven seals of it” (Revelation 5:5 MKJV).

The authors say Ezekiel speaks of an earthly Temple to come, but we say he speaks of the Temple that now is. The altar of Ezekiel 43:15-16 is the altar of the New Spiritual Temple of God.

Laney and Schmitt also point out that in the earthly Temple, the priests approached the altar from the south when sacrificing at the altar of sacrifice. The Lord in the Holy of Holies would be at their left hand. Ezekiel’s altar is set up so the steps face east, and the priests face west towards the Holy of Holies, or directly towards the Lord. This is the True Sacrifice, in Him, by His Spirit, worshiping Him in spirit and in truth. This is that overcoming:

“Him who overcomes I will make him a pillar in the Temple of My God, and he will go out no more. And I will write upon him the Name of My God, and the Name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of Heaven from My God, and My New Name” (Revelation 3:12 MKJV).

We now see Him face to face:

“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall fully know even as I also am fully known” (1 Corinthians 13:12 MKJV).

It shouldn’t be difficult to understand the vanity of a physical temple. Do people really believe the Lord will be literally sitting on a throne in the Holy of Holies out of the sight of worshipers offering sacrifices on an altar outside? Isn’t that simply ridiculous?

Imagine for a bit the utterly preposterous notion of Jesus being literally, physically in human form in Jerusalem at a temple, ruling the whole earth from His “headquarters.” Consider that if He is there, it will be a sheer miracle, or at least some sort of spectacle many will wish to confirm. Many people will flock there for healings. Let’s say there are six billion people on earth. Those who expect this physical, human-body return of Jesus will number in the hundreds of millions, if not billions.

Think of the logistics. Divide the number of minutes in a year by say, just one billion souls, and see how much personal time one gets to spend at the temple with Jesus. Go ahead – use your computer calculator.

And how many jumbo airliners will it take to get the people there? And where will they (yes, both people and jumbo liners) stay? And what airport could possibly handle the traffic? How many have thought of these things?

And do they really think blood sacrifices ought to be offered Him when He has fulfilled the Great Sacrifice for them? Isn’t He now looking for the true worship in spirit and truth, fellowshipping with Him everywhere, 24/7?

“By Him, then, let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips, confessing His Name” (Hebrews 13:15 MKJV).

Do you expect to see Him bodily? Really? Here’s what Paul said of that very thing:

“So as we now know no one according to flesh, but even if we have known Christ according to flesh, yet now we no longer know Him so” (2 Corinthians 5:16 MKJV).

“And I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, and the living creatures and the elders. And the number of them was myriads and myriads, and thousands of thousands, saying with a great voice, Worthy is the Lamb Who was slain, to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and blessing” (Revelation 5:11-12 MKJV).

Of what worth would physical sacrifices be, when all things are fulfilled? Hasn’t Christ done away with that?

Hebrews 10:4-12 MKJV
(4) For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
(5) Therefore when He comes into the world, He says, “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but You have prepared a body for Me.
(6) In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You have had no pleasure.
(7) Then I said, Lo, I come (in the volume of the Book it is written of Me) to do Your will, O God.”
(8) Above, when He said, “Sacrifice and offering, and burnt offerings and offering for sin You did not desire, neither did You have pleasure in them” (which are offered according to the Law),
(9) then He said, “Lo, I come to do Your will, O God.” He takes away the first so that He may establish the second.
(10) By this will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
(11) And indeed every priest stands daily ministering and offering often the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
(12) But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right of God.

Many make the case that these sacrifices would serve as reminders of what the Lord has done for us. But aren’t new godly natures His accomplishment? Does a living tree need a shadow as a reminder of what it now is? Will it forget itself? And if so, will its shadow indeed enlighten it?

This is the testimony, without need of reminders:

2 Corinthians 5:16-20 MKJV
(16) So as we now know no one according to flesh, but even if we have known Christ according to flesh, yet now we no longer know Him so.
(17) So that if any one is in Christ, that one is a new creature; old things have passed away [shadows included]; behold, all things have become new.
(18) And all things are of God, Who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
(19) whereas God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and putting the word of reconciliation in us.
(20) Then we are ambassadors on behalf of Christ, as God exhorting through us, we beseech you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

The old is done away when the permanent has arrived, never to be reinstated:

Hebrews 8:4-13 MKJV
(4) For if indeed [Christ] were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer gifts according to the Law,
(5) who serve the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was warned of God when he was about to make the tabernacle. For, He says “See that you make all things according to the pattern shown to you in the mountain.”
(6) But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, by so much He is also the Mediator of a better covenant, which was built upon better promises.
(7) For if that first covenant had been without fault, then no place would have been sought for the second.
(8) For finding fault with them, He said to them, “Behold, days are coming, says the Lord, and I will make an end on the house of Israel and on the house of Judah; a new covenant shall be,
(9) not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day I took hold of their hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, because they did not continue in My covenant, and I did not regard them,” says the Lord.
(10) “For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” says the Lord. “I will put My Laws into their mind and write them in their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.
(11) And they shall not each man teach his neighbor, and each man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least to the greatest.
(12) For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities I will remember no more.”
(13) In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first one old. Now that which decays and becomes old is ready to vanish away.

We no longer deal in shadows. We are no longer shadows. Saints no longer need shadows of His coming, He being within by a new birth. Our work is now in the Reality, as originally purposed. We are His reminders in our living, fully appreciative minds focused on Him, minding Him in spirit and in truth by nature. This is what He promised us.

Those who look for a physical Jesus have never known Him. They’ve never been born again.

The River of Life from the Throne of God

“And he led me again to the door of the house. And behold, water came out from under the threshold of the house eastward. For the front of the house is east, and the water came down from under the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar…. And he measured a thousand; and there was a torrent which I was not able to pass; for the water had risen, water to swim in, a torrent that could not be passed…. And all trees for food shall go up by the torrent, on its bank on this side, and on that side. Its leaf shall not fade, nor its fruit fail. It will bear by its months, because its waters come out from the sanctuary. And its fruit shall be for food, and its leaf for healing” (Ezekiel 47:1,5,12 MKJV).

Revelation 22:1-3 MKJV
(1) And he showed me a pure river of Water of Life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
(2) In the midst of its street, and of the river, from here and from there, was the Tree of Life, which bore twelve fruits, each yielding its fruit according to one month. And the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
(3) And every curse will no longer be; but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His servants will serve Him.

The New Temple of God is within, here and now for those in Christ’s Body. From where flows that pure river of Water of Life? Jesus told us:

“And in the last day of the great Feast [signifying the New Day and the fulfillment of Christ in us], Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes on Me, as the Scripture has said, “Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”’ (But He spoke this about the Spirit, which they who believed on Him should receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified)” (John 7:37-39 MKJV).

The healing Water of Life is the Word of Truth coming forth from the new heart of man by the Spirit of God.

“And they will see His face, and His Name will be in their foreheads” (Revelation 22:4 MKJV).

“And there will be no night there. And they need no lamp, or light of the sun; for the Lord God gives them light. And they will reign forever and ever. And he said to me, These sayings are faithful and true. And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show to His servants the things which must shortly be done” (Revelation 22:5-6 MKJV).

Would there be need of light on earth with an earthly Temple? I should think so. Isn’t John speaking of the Light within, the Light of all men?

Revelation 21:22-26 MKJV
(22) And I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty is its Temple, even the Lamb.
(23) And the City [Heavenly Jerusalem] had no need of the sun, nor of the moon, that they might shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it, and its lamp is the Lamb.
(24) And the nations of those who are saved will walk in the light of it; and the kings of the earth [the Heavenly Temple is on earth] bring their glory and honor into it.
(25) And its gates may not be shut at all by day, for there shall be no night there.
(26) And they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it.

Zechariah 14:6-9 MKJV
(6) And it will be in that day, there shall not be light; the glorious ones shall shrink.
(7) And it will be one day which shall be known to the LORD, neither day nor night; but it will happen that at evening time it shall be light.
(8) And it shall be in that day, living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them shall go toward the eastern sea, and half of them toward the western sea. In summer and in winter it shall be.
(9) And the LORD shall be King over all the earth; in that day there shall be one LORD, and His Name shall be One [
not two or three].

The City of God

“But you have come to Mount Zion and to the City of the living God, the Heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the first-born who are written in Heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, and to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel” (Hebrews 12:22-24 MKJV).

Hebrews 11:8-10 MKJV
(8) By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out into a place which he was afterward going to receive for an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he went.
(9) By faith he lived in the land of promise as a stranger, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs of the same promise with him.
(10) For he looked for a City which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

Where shall we find the ark of the covenant but in the Holy of Holies? Where shall we find the Holy of Holies, but in the Temple? Where shall we find the Temple, if not in Jerusalem, the City of God? Where is this City that every son and daughter of faith, son and daughter of Abraham, have sought for since the beginning of time?

Hebrews 11:13-16 MKJV
(13) These all died by way of faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off. And they were persuaded of them and embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
(14) For they who say such things declare plainly that they seek a fatherland.
(15) And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from which they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
(16) But now they stretch forth to a better fatherland, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a City for them.

Zechariah (chapter 14, particularly) speaks of the coming of the Lord. If we speak in physical terms, surely time must be in the equation. In Revelation 22:6, it is said these were “things which must shortly be done.” Is 2,000 years “shortly”? Was it soon enough for John and those to whom he was sent with the Revelation message? But these things were shortly done. They were and are done within:

“And being asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come, He answered and said, ‘The Kingdom of God does not come with observation. Nor shall they say, “Lo here!” or, “Behold, there!” For behold, the Kingdom of God is in your midst [within]’” (Luke 17:20-21 MKJV).

He said He would come quickly:

“Behold, I come quickly. Blessed is he who keeps the Words of the prophecy of this Book” (Revelation 22:7 MKJV).

“Behold, I come quickly. Hold fast to that which you have, so that no one may take your crown. Him who overcomes I will make him a pillar in the Temple of My God, and he will go out no more. And I will write upon him the Name of My God, and the name of the City of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of Heaven from My God, and My New Name” (Revelation 3:11-12 MKJV).

He declared He would come quickly to those who were unrepentant, and promised to come quickly to those who needed encouragement to continue. Are these not the things of God within, which come in a timely fashion for each person, in His time?

Did He keep His promise, or are all men still waiting? We testify that He kept His promise and came quickly to those in John’s day and to us in ours. We have and are His promise – “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). He has come and does come and will come:

“I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, says the Lord, Who is and Who was and Who is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8 MKJV).

“And each one of the four living creatures had six wings about him, and within being full of eyes. And they had no rest day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God, the Almighty, Who was and is and is to come” (Revelation 4:8 MKJV).

Those who have overcome in Christ have entered the City of God. In the Heavenly Jerusalem is the Temple of God, which is comprised of every born-again son and daughter of Abraham, our father in the faith and the friend of God.

The Hebrews writer says his listeners have come to the City of the Living God, the Heavenly Jerusalem – the City for which every spiritual sojourner has sought. But then he says:

“Therefore let us go forth to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach. For here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come” (Hebrews 13:13-14 MKJV).

So by faith, saints have arrived; by faith, they seek to arrive; and by faith, they will arrive. Are the saints looking for a physical temple in physical Jerusalem where Jesus said we would no longer be worshiping – here on earth where there is “no continuing city,” or do we seek the City that comes down from Heaven?

Has He come? Yes, He has! Is He coming? Yes, He is! Will He come? Yes, He will! “I Am That I Am,” and, “I Will Be That I Will Be,” the Beginning and the End of all things, Jesus Christ, Almighty God, All in all. Amen!

Source: By Victor Hafichuk and Paul Cohen

“The Third Temple – Physical or Spiritual?”
http://www.thepathoftruth.com/teachings/third-temple-physical-spiritual.htm

Important Note:
I want to add a physical Third Temple may very well be built,
but that temple will NOT stand for all eternity.
Only the Third Temple built without hands,
built with our Lord as the very corner stone and
built with living stones will be everlasting.
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Red Skelton’s Pledge of Allegiance

12 Aug
Red Skelton’s Pledge of Allegiance

January 14,1969

I have to say the first time watching this made me cry.
Pay close attention to his last line because what he said years ago is now happening and it is very sad.
Red Skelton July 18, 1913 – September 17, 1997

As a kid I grow up watching the Red Skelton Show back in the fifties and sixties. For those who don’t know he was the funniest clown of all time.

Each show concluded with his trademark line: “Good night, and God bless.”
As a schoolboy in Vincennes, Indiana, one of Red Skelton’s teachers explained the words and meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance to his class. Skelton later wrote down, and eventually recorded, his recollection of this lecture. It is followed by an observation of his own.
I – – Me; an individual; a committee of one. Pledge – – Dedicate all of my worldly goods to give without self-pity.
Allegiance – – My love and my devotion.
To the Flag – – Our standard; Old Glory ; a symbol of Freedom; wherever she waves there is respect, because your loyalty has given her a dignity that shouts, Freedom is everybody’s job.
United – – That means that we have all come together.
States – – Individual communities that have united into forty-eight great states. Forty-eight individual communities with pride and dignity and purpose. All divided with imaginary boundaries, yet united to a common purpose, and that is love for country.
And to the Republic – – Republic–a state in which sovereign power is invested in representatives chosen by the people to govern. And government is the people; and it’s from the people to the leaders, not from the leaders to the people.

For which it stands

One Nation – – One Nation–meaning, so blessed by God.
Indivisible – – Incapable of being divided.
With Liberty – – Which is Freedom; the right of power to live one’s own life, without threats, fear, or some sort of retaliation.
And Justice – – The principle, or qualities, of dealing fairly with others.
For All – – For All–which means, boys and girls, it’s as much your country as it is mine.

And now, boys and girls, let me hear you recite the Pledge of Allegiance: I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic, for which it stands; one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Since I was a small boy, two states have been added to our country, and two words have been added to the Pledge of Allegiance: Under God.
Wouldn’t it be a pity if someone said that is a prayer, and that would be eliminated from schools, too?
Red Skelton
Red Skelton’s Pledge of Allegiance

January 14,1969

May Grace Be With Each of You!
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State Requirements on Pledge of Allegiance in Schools
One Nation, Under God

Joy, Happiness, and Thankfulness

21 Apr

Lord Jesus Saves
Joy, Happiness, and Thankfulness

Joy is not the absence of afflictions,

but having the Lord’s comfort to deal with them.”

Happiness is not found in our material belongings,

but found in our personal relationship with the Lord.”

Thankfulness is not having what you want,
but being content with what you have.”
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I
have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether
well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
I can do everything
through him who gives me strength. – Philippians 4:12-13
2 Corinthians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
4 who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
5 For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ.
6 But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are
comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer;
7 and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that as you are sharers of our
sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort.
2 Corinthians 7:4 Great is my confidence in you; great is my boasting on your behalf. I am filled with
comfort; I am overflowing with joy in all our affliction
.
Matthew 6:25 “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what
you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body,
as to what you
will put on.
Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
26 “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not
sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds
them. Are you not worth much more than they?
27 “Andwho of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?
28 “And why are you worried about clothing?
Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin,
29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all
his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30 “But if
God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow
is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You
of little faith! 31 “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’
or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’
32 “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these
things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
33 “But seek first His kingdom and His
righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say,
rejoice! 5 Let your gentle spirit be known to all
men. The Lord is near. 6Be
anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with
thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God
. 7 And
the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and
your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is
honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is
of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise,
dwell on these things.
9 The
things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these
things, and the God of peace will be with you.

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Is Allah and The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob the Same God?

6 Apr

Is Allah and The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob the Same God?
I first want to say I am sharing this out of Love.
It is NOT written to condemn, but to show that trying to put Islam and Christianity together
goes against both the Bible and the Quran.
There are some major differences that are addressed here.
May the Lord bless each and everyone of you!
Lets examine the Quran and Bible and see what they Say!
Qur’an

Surah

4:171 O People of the Scripture! Do not exaggerate in your religion nor utter aught concerning Allah save the truth. The Messiah, Jesus son of Mary, was only a messenger of Allah, and His word which He conveyed unto Mary, and a spirit from Him. So believe in Allah and His messengers, and say not “Three” – Cease! (it is) better for you! – Allah is only One Allah. Far is it removed from His Transcendent Majesty that He should have a son. His is all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth. And Allah is sufficient as Defender.


19:88-92 They say: “(Allah) Most Gracious has begotten a son!” Indeed ye have put forth a thing most monstrous! At it the skies are ready to burst, the earth to split asunder, and the mountains to fall down in utter
ruin, That they should invoke a son for (Allah) Most Gracious. For it is not consonant with the majesty of (Allah) Most Gracious that He should beget a son.

 17:111 Say: “Praise be to Allah, who begets no son, and has no partner in (His) dominion: Nor (needs) He any to protect Him from humiliation: yea, magnify Him for His greatness and glory!” (His) dominion: Nor (needs) He any to protect Him from humiliation: yea, magnify Him for His greatness and glory!” Say: “Those who invent a lie against Allah will never prosper.” A little enjoyment in this world!- and then, to Us will be their return, then shall We make them taste the severest penalty for their blasphemies.

Bible
John 5: 22-23 “For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son so that all will honor the Son even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who
sent Him.

Matthew 11:27 All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son wills to reveal.

John 17:5 “Now, Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was.

1 John 2:22 Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. 23 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also.

We clearly see in the Qur’an, Allah has No son. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob clearly has a son according to the Bible.
John 8:58 Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.

Putting Islam and Christianity is like having a glass of salt water and a glass of fresh water. When you mix the two together you know longer have fresh water.
Another major different is Islam denies Jesus was ever crucified.

Surah 4:157-159 That they said (in boast), “We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah”;- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not:-Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise;-And there is none of the People of the Book but must believe in him before his death; and on the Day of Judgment he will be a witness against them;-

The Bible clearly teaches that Jesus was crucified on the cross.

 

1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 After that He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; 7 then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles.

Matthew 27:35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.

1 Corinthians 1:23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness;

1 Corinthians 1:18 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who
are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

After Jesus was crucified, Thomas His Apostle wanted proof He had risen~

John 20: 24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples were saying to him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” 26 After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.” 28 Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.

Jesus never denied being God when Thomas called Him “my Lord and my God”

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The Resurrection of Jesus Christ Is His Eternal Gift
God knew we could not live the sinless life necessary for heaven. So He decided to offer Himself in our place. He did that by becoming a man in the person of Jesus Christ, His own Son. Jesus lived a sinless life on
earth. God said the punishment for sin is death. Since we all have sinned (Romans 3:23, 6:23), we needed someone sinless to die in our place. Jesus, being sinless, died in our place and became the saving grace of the world. He died for all of us! Romans 5:10 says, “For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!”
The Bible says, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved. ” (Acts 16:31)

Say No To Chrislam, (New World Religion).
Christianity teaches that God became man, lived among us, and then died on the cross for our sins and rose again. Islam denies that Jesus is God, or even God’s son, and totally condemns the idea that he died and rose again on the cross. The very essence of the Christian message is totally gone. I pray children of God will not be deceived.

“He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that He himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.” Colossians 1:15-20

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Was Jesus God in the Flesh?

Why did God use the plurals US and OUR in Genesis 1:26?

Why is God a Jealous God?

Dear Heavenly Father,

I pray You open each of our eyes to Your spiritual wisdom,
understanding, and knowledge as You guide us!
Lord, I ask you to give each one of us a heart that is pleasing in Your eyes.
Lord, I pray that Your Spirit of Truth will come upon Each and everyone
one of us to open our eyes to see things more clearly, and
cast out any deceptive spirits. You are the one and only
Almighty God, the creator of all things, visible and invisible,
we sincerely need Your spiritual guidance and will for
direction in each of our lives. I pray each of us here is truly
sincere in our heart to seek Your truth and find Your
gift of Eternal Life. Thank you Lord, In Jesus mighty name I pray,
Amen!
Salvation is only found in Jesus Christ!
Salvation is found only in Jesus Christ!
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” Acts 4:12
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” 1 Timothy 2:5-6

Main Problem of a Muslim solved by Ex Muslim (Nabeel Qureshi)

Reaching Muslims Through Jesus – Q&A

Why Muslim Dr. Nabeel Qureshi Converted to Christianity

Kamal Saleem: A Muslim Cries Out to Jesus – CBN.com

Was Jesus God in the Flesh?

5 Mar
Was Jesus God in the Flesh?
Did Jesus ever say “I am God” in those exact words? The answer lays in what He did say and how the Jews responded to His words. In John 10:30, Jesus said, “I and My Father are one.” “The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God” John 10:33. They clearly understood that Jesus claimed to be God.

Jesus knew he was God. In John 8:58 Jesus tells the Jews “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I AM.” After Jesus says he is “I AM” the Jews become angry and try to stone Him. Again the Jews understood Jesus proclaimed to be God.

Jesus God In The Flesh
1 John 5:20
And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

We are in His Son Jesus Christ the true God and eternal life.

We are in Him who is true.

We are in His Son Jesus Christ.

Jesus Christ is the true God and eternal Life.


JOHN 3:16
– For God so loved the world, that He gave His ONLY begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him (JESUS) shall not perish, but have eternal life.

Eternal Life comes by believing In (JESUS the true God).


After Jesus was crucified,Thomas His Apostle wanted proof He had risen~

John 20: 24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples were saying to him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them,
“Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.”
26 After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.” 28 Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.

Jesus never denied being God when Thomas called Him “my Lord and my God”

Lets examine John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.
Then go to John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. So we have the Word which is God, then the Word becomes flesh. The flesh is Jesus, the flesh is God, Jesus Is God in the flesh.
The Word teaches us that Jesus was born of a virgin and conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Jesus was both God and man!

Conception and Birth of Jesus

Matthew 1:18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. 19 And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. 20 But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 “She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” 22 Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 23 “BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL,” which translated means, “GOD WITH US.” 24 And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, 25 but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son; and he called His name Jesus.
Philippians 2:5 Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
Concerning the Trinity!
Luke 1:37 “For nothing will be impossible with God. There is the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are each equally and eternally the ONE true God.
Here is an Analogy I like to use~
It is like H2O in three different forms: water is the liquid form of H2O, ice is the solid form of H2O, steam is the gas of H2O. They are All H2O.
I pray this helps for a greater understanding.
May Grace Be with Each of You!
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Related Articles

“The Divinity and Humanity of Jesus” by Chris Huffman http://www.faithwriters.com/article-details.php?id=86628
Is Jesus God?   https://answersingenesis.org/jesus-christ/jesus-is-god/is-jesus-god/

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Liebster Award

1 Jan

I am writing this post to thank, and to acknowledge Paulette. If you have not visited her blog yet, it would be well worth your time to do so. She truly has a heart after God, and a deep concern for God’s people: http://pbus1.wordpress.com/ Also, I wanted to express my appreciation to her, for nominating my blog for this award. I give ALL glory and honor to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Liebster is an award given to blogs that have less than 200 followers. It is a way to show love, encouragement, and appreciation to fellow bloggers, as well as to introduce other blogs to new readers. ALL GLORY TO GOD! After all, it is about Him, and not about us!

Below are the guidelines for accepting the award. 

1. Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
2. Link back to the blogger who awarded you.
3. Copy & Paste the award to your blog.
4. Nominate 5 blogs to receive the award.
5. Inform them of their nomination by leaving a comment on their blog.

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I am nominating the following blogs for the Liebster Award. The subject matter of these blogs is Christ centered, encouraging, uplifting, and presented very creatively. You will definitely be blessed after having visited these blogs! Please take a few moments to check them out.

1. worryisuseless//Pursue your Dream http://worryisuseless.wordpress.com/
2. Sunshinelittleone’s Blog
http://sunshinelittleone.wordpress.com/
3. The Test of the Cross http://thetestofthecross.wordpress.com/
4. Middle Age Ramblings http://middleageramblings.wordpress.com/
5. The Beginning To A New Outlook And Thought Pattern http://dailyaspects.wordpress.com/

Is Preparing For An Emergency Showing a Lack of Faith?

19 Nov

     One should not prepare out of fear but out of wisdom. Back in 1999 I started preparing by ordering MRE’s (meals-ready-to-eat). I stocked up on candles, kerosene for the lamps, and batteries. I bought a clothes line to hang up in the backyard with clothes pins along with many other essentials. Well nine years later the survival supplies I bought became a great blessing. Hurricane Ike was in the Gulf of Mexico, both my daughter and I had a dream on the same night, that the storm would be coming our way. With a few days still lift before arrival I took the warnings serious to prepare even more. I filled up 5 five gallons gas cans and starting freezing containers of water. I bought extra water and nonperishable items. Considering the possible chance of a tornado I prepared a safe area in a restroom that is located in the center of the house. Sept 8, 2008 the storm rolled in with a vengeance, yet we live inland 90 miles from the gulf. We quickly lost power which lasted us 15 days before power could be restored. Hurricane Ike left destruction all along its path, we could hear the limbs popping from the trees. The next day our house was still standing but there was a lot of debris that needed clean up. All the supplies I had stockpiled came in handy.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

     I was able to share some of our MRE’s with our neighbors and give them some gas while they shared the use of their generator so we could plug a fan in. My daughter was pregnant at the time and the heat made it very uncomfortable for her to sleep at night, having power to run the fan was a blessing for her. Trusting In our Lord is of the greatest importance but he desires his children to be prudent and if one is able to prepare it is wise to do so.  In Genesis 41 we learn about the importance of preparedness. Pharaoh had two dreams and the Lord gave Joseph the gift of interpreting them. Both dreams had the same interpretation, seven years of abundance and seven years of famine. The Lord warned them and they heeded the warnings by stockpiling grain during the seven years of abundance. When the famine came they were prepared and many lives were saved. By far being prepared spiritually is of the greatest importance, putting total Trust in Jesus, praying for his guidance and direction in all aspects of our lives.

This is our front yard after Hurricane Ike hit.

I did laundry like my mom use to.

These are the MRE’s we ate.

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Trust In Jesus

13 Nov

2 Thessalonians 3:3 But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.

Psalm 62:8

Psalm 62:8 Trust in Him at all times, O people ; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah

Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Faith is Trusting In HIM!

Hebrews 12:1 Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Jesus was not just a significant man or prophet, He showed us he was God in the flesh. In John 10:30, Jesus said, “I and My Father are one.” Now Look at how the Jews reacted “The Jews answered Him, saying, ‘For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God'” John 10:33. They understood that Jesus claimed to be God. You can read another example in John 8:58, “Jesus said to them, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.'” The Jews picked up stones and wanted to stone Jesus. The Jews believed Jesus’ statement to be blasphemy. They understood that Jesus claimed to be God!

Jesus was both man and God

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.
John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

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In God We Trust 11:11

11 Nov
In God We Trust 11:11

11:11 Jesus first at all times!

11:11 Putting Jesus first at all times.
When we see 11:11 or 1:11 it is a reminder to trust in our Lord Jesus at all times. We are to put him first above all things.
Jesus was asked what is the greatest commandment~
Luke 10:27
And he answered, “YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND; AND LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.”
John 14:6
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 11:25
Jesus said , “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die;

Philippians 2:3-11
Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,  so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Jesus first and foremost yearns to have a relationship with us. The only way to put Him first in our lives is to devote our time to Him. We cannot put Jesus first when we are going about our daily activities living and focusing on our own time. Christ lives outside of time, He is not more concerned about us making an appointment rather than us stopping and planting a seed in someone whom He puts in our path. The only way to put Jesus first is to live by His time. What may seem like an interruption in our lives could truly be a divine intervention if we would just surrender our time to Him. When we give Jesus our time, we are telling Him we will serve Him and to use us however He needs to use us to glorify His name. Jesus is first in the bible, first in heaven, first in the universe, and first here on earth, four ones. When I see 11:11 I just think of it as a reminder to put Jesus first in my life above all things, even above my time. I believe this is one of the biggest struggles a lot of us deal with. With work, kids, chores, errands, and so many other things going on that takes up our time, it can definitely be a challenge. This is why it is important to practice including Christ in everything we do. He wants us to confide and ask Him about every situation in our lives. He wants us to ask Him what we need to do in every decision we make. The only way, and I mean only way for us to put Him first is to live on His time, not ours. 11:11 is not some miraculous sign, just an icon. Not an idol, just a reminder. My reminder that Jesus comes first before everything, and that I am not living by the worlds time, I am living in Christ Jesus, I will go where he goes and move when he moves. The time is now!

Lord Jesus Saves 11:11

Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah. Psalm 62:8


11:11 Put Jesus first!

“He (Jesus) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities-all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that He himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.” Colossians 1:15-20

“Although He (Jesus) existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2: 6-11

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He (Jesus) was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” John 1:1-5

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For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:16

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Legalism vs. Grace

23 Sep

~Legalism vs. Grace~

Rick Atchley really puts some light on why there is so much division and a lack of unity in the Church of Christ. Let’s ask ourselves this question. When Scripture is silent, do we have freedom or prohibition? Is this Grace or Legalism? Please watch and see if this is not true. May Grace be with each and everyone of you!

LEGALISM KILLS ~ It leads to a Dead End

Legalism kills and that road leads to death!

Paul said in Galatians 5:1” It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”The purpose of the Fruit of the Spirit has set us free from sin by telling us how to avoid sinning. We grow and mature as Children of God by bearing the Fruit of the Spirit.

 As Children of God it is important we pray and ask the Lord’s for His spiritual wisdom to help see the truth. Jesus Made Love Mandatory so when reading the written word it comes alive in the hearts of those filled with love. Jesus told us to walk in the Spirit of righteousness and that means having total trust and faith in him. Let the fruit of the spirit pour out and be a light for the Lord. If one is trapped in legalism it is very difficult to see any light in them. They are as D.U.C.K.S. under the Bed.

The acronym D.U.C.K.S. stands for “Devoted Unconditionally to Christ’s Kingdom and Service”. One may be “Devoted Unconditional the Christ’s Kingdom and Service” and know the written word like the back of their hand but something is missing and that is the Light! Legalism causes divisions among the Lord’s children. Legalism leads to unrighteous judgement, it causes a lack of compassion, humility, and mercy. Growing in the Lord is a journey, many of us will fall, having trials and tribulations. As long as we have Jesus as our ARK and are filled with His Fruit, we walk in the LIGHT.

Luke 8:16-17
“Now no one after lighting a lamp covers it over with a container, or PUTS IT UNDER A BED; but he puts it on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see the light. “For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light.


When we walk in the spirit, the “FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT”
shines forth to other people,
like a lighthouse shines forth it’s light.

The acronym D.U.C.K.S. stands for
Devoted Unconditionally to Christ’s Kingdom and Service”.

www.d-u-c-k-s.com/fruits_of_the_spirit.htm

~Calling All D.U.C.K.S. To Come Out From Under The Bed~

On a Personal Note~ I first want to say I love those in the Church of Christ and they hold a special place in my heart. The Lord took me out of an abusive situation and planted me in the church as a teen through my foster parents which I am so thankful for. I was taught that only those in the conservative Church of Christ would be saved. I never understood legalism till later in life. After leaving my foster home I soon left the church, got married and divorced, my ex’s use of porn was our down fall. Later I remarried and had 3 children. I returned to a more liberal Church of Christ and they welcomed our family with open arms. I learned the church was going to build a Fellowship Hall using church funds, being brought up in a conservative Church of Christ that was a no, no, and I felt I had to leave. I then went to a conservative Church of Christ much like the one I use to go to as a teen, I was so excited and felt I was home only to be short lived. When they learned I was remarried, they said my second marriage was adultery. A first divorce over porn was not considered adultery which meant I was never to marry again. They said the only way to repent was to divorce my second husband, there was No mercy. I could NOT be a member of the church while I was still married to my second husband. Well, the Lord opened my eyes and showed me I did not need to be a member of the Church of the Christ with walls, I was already a member of the body of Christ and there was NO walls. The Lord does NOT want His children living in Bondage! I pray eyes will be opened to the Truth!!!

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed!”
John 8:36

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“In essentials UNITY; in opinion LIBERTY; in all things LOVE”
God of all nations, We humbly ask you to guide us in all that we do. Strengthen us to love one another,
to help each other along in our faith journey.
Forgive us of our harsh thoughts, words,
and actions against people of other denominations in Christ. Help us to forgive one another, and join together, so that we may do YOUR work and glorify YOU LORD in the best way possible.
In Jesus name we pray,
Amen

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Don’t Fall Into Satan’s Trap

28 Jul

DON’T FALL INTO SATAN’S TRAP

As we grow closer to the Lord, Satan sets his traps. He wants us to stumble. He will try harder and harder to lasso our spirit. We have to be ready with God’s armor. When we feel weakened we must pray even more to gain back strength to fight off the enemy. But caution must be taken in order that we not sin. If someone accuses you falsely or throws verbal abuse at you never turn your behavior into one that duplicates the behavior of the one casting stones or throwing the fiery darts at you. Sure it hurts, but we must remember we are not here to have the acceptance of man. It is the Lord we want acceptance from. Just remember in order to please God we need to care and love those who harm us.
God Bless all of You!
Philippians 4:13    I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.

Ephesians 6

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.
11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
14 Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS,
15 and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE;
16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
17 And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Every morning, and throughout the day when you are being tested and tried,
you may want to use this as an outline to guide you in prayer.
Picture yourself being surrounded by God’s power and empowered by Jesus
as he gives you each part of the full armor of God!

A. The Helmet of Salvation
1. My acceptance of Jesus as Lord and Savior saves me! (John 3:16) Have you accepted Jesus? Thank Jesus for saving you and reclaim his protection, healing and power for today and for eternity!
2. Put on the mind of Christ. One of the ways Satan pulls us down is through our mind. “As a man thinketh in his heart, so he is” (Proverbs 23:7). Examine what you say to yourself, what you think about, and invite Jesus to replace your thoughts with his thoughts. The Bible says that we can “have the mind of Christ” (1 Co. 2:16b). Pray that “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus” (Phil. 2:5). Envision a helmet placed over your head to cleanse and protect your thoughts.

B. The Breastplate of Righteousness
1. A right relationship with God (righteousness) begins with repentance. When sin is working in our lives, we are being separated from God. Confess any sin (1 John 1:8-9) and any trust you have placed in getting right by being good enough (Eph. 2:8-9). Claim Jesus’ blood to wash away every sin and make you right with God.
2. Invite Jesus to make you into his likeness (Rom. 8:29). Focus on letting Jesus fill you with his light and goodness, pushing out anything else. Envision Jesus filling your body with light and placing radiant armor all around your chest and back.

C. The Belt of Truth
1. God’s Word promise that “you will know the truth and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). Invite Jesus to show you the truth about yourself, both beautiful and ugly. You need not fear what others say if you know the truth about yourself.
2. The Evil One and the world are filled with deceptions. Pray for the gift of the Spirit to discern what is true about others and the world (1 Jn.4:1-2). Ask God’s grace to know and to believe and to speak and to live only the truth. Envision Jesus wrapping a wide, pure white belt around your waist, the belt of truth.

D. The Sandals of Peace
1. Stand in the Peace of God. “Allow the peace of God to rule in our hearts” (Col. 3:15). “Be still and know that I AM God” (Psalm 46:10). “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6-7).
2. Be ready to be reconciled with those with whom you are in conflict. Jesus teaches, “agree quickly with your adversary” (Mt. 5:26). Don’t accept false guilt, but look courageously within yourself for the truth of any accusation and confess it. Be quick to ask forgiveness, to give it, and to seek healing for hurts in ourselves and others. “Happy are the peacemakers for they shall be called the sons and daughters of God” (Mat. 5:9). Envision Jesus giving you new shoes so you can stand solidly and also run swiftly to meet others in peace. Put the shoes on your feet.

E. The Shield of Faith
The arrows with which we are assaulted are temptations, fears, and doubts about God and ourselves. The shield of which Paul writes is a large thick shield. When burning arrows were shot in warfare, the arrows sunk into the thick, layered wood of the shield and were quickly extinguished. Envision yourself holding a large shield with which you can stop any burning arrows shot toward you. That shield is faith in Jesus Christ, who let Satan do his worst to him on the cross, and who rose up in victory! “Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Co. 15:57).

F. The Sword of the Spirit
So often we get tied in knots: family or cultural traditions, habits or addictions, promises we have made, or rules others (not God) have written on our hearts. Fears, desires, and all kinds of spiritual forces of in our world hold us in bondage. As we see the threats, temptations, illnesses and habits that bind us from living in health and freedom, envision Jesus giving you the sword of the Spirit. Take it and cut any bonds that have imprisoned you.
The sword of the Spirit is the Word of God. To claim its power, read and study your Bible, and memorize sections of it so that you have God’s Word on your heart and ready when you are tested. Listen also for God’s
living Word in every event or inner nudging of your day or night. “God works together with those who love Him to make GOOD in ALL THINGS” (Romans 8:28).

G. Final Prayers
Paul tells us to complete our preparations by praying in the Spirit. Let the Holy Spirit lead you in worshiping God. Pray also for others, that all of God’s people may stand strong and faithful in the armor of God!

Armor of God Prayer Outline:
Picture yourself putting on:

1. The Helmet of Salvation
Re-claim and celebrate your salvation.
Let Christ give you his mind and thoughts
2. The Breastplate of Righteousness
Get right with God by confessing any sin.
Invite Jesus to make you into his likeness.
3. The Belt of Truth
Ask Jesus to show you the truth about yourself.
Ask for discernment to know God’s leading from that of the Evil One.
4. The Sandals of Peace
Exhale fully and breathe in the Peace of God.
Invite the Holy Spirit to show you anyone with whom you need to be reconciled. Forgive them and seek your forgiveness.
5. The Shield of Faith
Envision yourself with a mighty shield, capturing and extinguishing doubts and temptations.
6. The Sword of the Spirit
Take the sword to cut yourself free from anything that restricts you from living in faith and health.
Praise God for His Word, in the Bible and in life.
7. Final Prayers
Let the Holy Spirit lead you in worshiping God and intercede for others God brings to mind.

 

The Armor of God as described in Ephesians 6:10-18 provides defensive and offensive weapons Christians are given to fight and win the spiritual battle for their souls. With a devil intent on stealing, killing and destroying everything Godly and good, this Armor is absolutely necessary to counteract every attack.

In verse 11, the Apostle Paul writes, “Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Dictionary.com defines the word ‘wiles’ as “artful or beguiling behavior; a trick, artifice or stratagem meant to fool, trap or entice.” With this in mind, Christians should not underestimate the lengths that the devil will go to divide and conquer, and to prevent the fulfillment of one’s destiny in Christ.

To protect and to have power, Christians must put on the Armor of God every day, preferably in the morning. While reading Ephesians 6:10-18 can help Christians put on their armor, some people have found it useful to recite a prayer aloud in order to prepare for the day’s battle, whatever it may be. The following is one version of such a prayer.

Stand therefore, having girded your waist with the truth
Thank you Lord for Your truth as described in your Bible. You are truth and You alone set me free from sin and lies. Today, I choose to believe Your truth and about who You are and who I am as Your child. Holy Spirit, lead and guide my thoughts in Your path of truth. Help me to make wise decisions today based on Your Word. Help me to speak the truth in love to myself and others. Let Your truth prevail in all things.

Having put on the breastplate of righteousness
Thank you Lord for Your breastplate of righteousness. I put it on and it will protect me throughout the day. I remove any robes of self-righteousness or works of the law that would glory myself and distract me from the finished work of Jesus at the cross. I now put on Your righteousness. With Your breastplate, I will protect my heart, for out of it flows the issues of life. Help me to keep my heart clean and pure before you and to use the breastplate of righteousness to resist sin and self-indulgence.

And having shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace
Thank You Father for Your good news of peace to me, and to the world. I put on Your gospel of peace that I might share it with everyone I come in contact with. May my steps be secure and protected today. Prepare me to speak with wisdom about Your love and the blessings you have in store for the upright. Help me to live from peace and walk as a peacemaker.

Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one
Father, I thank You that You are my shield and the glory and lifter of my head. I want to please You, Lord, today with my faith in You. I put my hope in You as my Savior, though I do not always see what You have in store and don’t always understand what you are doing. My trust in You puts you between the enemy and me. I am forever secure in You and inaccessible to my enemy. Today, I will sow seeds of faith that will result in miracles and blessings.

And take the helmet of salvation
Father, thank You for saving me from sin and death. I receive your gift of salvation, deliverance and healing. I have the mind of Christ and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Help me to think pure thoughts and to remember to praise You and glorify You for making me a new creation. Make my mind new and help me not to be ignorant of the plans of the enemy. With the helmet of salvation, I will retain the mind of Christ and reject the plans of the enemy.

And the sword of the spirit, which is the Word of God
Thank You father for the weapon of Your Word and Your Spirit. When the enemy comes to steal, kill or destroy me or those I love, quicken Scripture to me so that I can stand and fight the spiritual battle. May my sword (God’s Word) be fully exercised to defeat the enemy today.

In the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Written by: Jamee Rae

 

 

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“TO ALL THOSE HURTING”

23 Jul

Dawn of Hope

“TO ALL THOSE HURTING”

My prayers go out to all those hurting. I know God is listening to your cries. But know there is hope through God. He can make the worst tragedy turn into something good. The key is Christ. Through Christ he will open new doors, show you another way, but it takes faith. If we put our total trust in him he will not let us down. Sometimes the thing you think you want or need isn’t the answer. God knows the answer. What we need to learn is our afflictions are actually blessings. As we learn to endure our afflictions and use Christ as an example we find favor with God. Christ went through much pain and suffering. People made fun of him and they ended up killing him. On the other hand Christ never treated them the way he was treated. He endured it and prayed for those who hurt him. He showed love and compassion. When we pray it is good to ask for a heart that is pleasing to God. He tells us not to give up hope, persevere. If we love Jesus with all our heart and ask for forgiveness he will cleanse away our sins. You could have been a prostitute, thief, murderer, or whatever. But a sincere heart asking for forgiveness will be forgiven. Jesus sees our heart when man can’t. So if there are those hurting because someone is making you feel worthless endure it, pray for them, and God will exalt you. We need to leave the judgment to God. He will take care of those in his time. I will be the first to say God’s way isn’t always the easy way but it is the right way and it will take you places you have never been.

Peace and Comfort Be With You!
Lord Jesus Saves!

Romans 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18 That’s why we are not discouraged. No, even if outwardly we are wearing out, inwardly we are being renewed each and every day.This light, temporary nature of our suffering is producing for us an everlasting, weight of glory, far beyond any comparison,because we do not look for things that can be seen but for things that cannot be seen. For things that can be seen are temporary, but things that cannot be seen are eternal.

 

 

WHERE IS YOUR TREASURE?

20 Jul
WHERE IS YOUR TREASURE? 
Matthew 6:19-21Today we live in a world of material things. How many love their homes, love their cars, love electronics, computers, cell phones and the latest gadgets. Yet within seconds (a blink of an eye) everything can be totally destroyed by floods, hurricanes, fires, twisters. mud slides, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other natural disasters. God tells us not to store up treasures on Earth that can be eaten by moths and rust but to store up treasures for heaven. I am not saying it isn’t ok to have nice things but we need to make sure we are not making material things our number one priority. It is important to remember nothing is really ours, everything belongs to the Lord.
Psalm 24:1 The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it.

  1 Corinthians 10:26 FOR THE EARTH IS THE LORD’S, AND ALL IT CONTAINS.

One may be a hard worker and put in long hours to get where they are and have the possessions they have. Yet it is God who created each of us and gave us the ability to work and have these material things. If we are full of pride then we need to replace it with a thankful attitude. It’s okay to find satisfaction in our work. Ecclesiastes 2:24 There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink and tell himself that his labor is good. This also I have seen that it is from the hand of God. Just remember to thank God for creating you and giving you the gifts, skills and strength that allow you to succeed.

In Matthew 6:19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal. 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth consume, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. 21 for where thy treasure is, there will thy heart be also.
God tells us we need to be content with what we have as long as we have food and covering.
1 Timothy 6:7 For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. 8 If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. 9 But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.
Hebrews 13:5 Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,”
Matthew 6:25 Therefore I say unto you, be not anxious for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than the food, and the body than the raiment?
Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, [therewith] to be content.
“Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint. Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.”  Proverbs 23:4-5

Luke 16:13 ” No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.
You cannot serve both God and Money.
STORE UP TREASURES FOR HEAVEN!

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How We Judge Others Will Be Measured Back To Us!

15 Jul

How We Measures Others Will Be Measured Back To Us!

We have principles in the written word!
The measure of how we judge others, how we give to others and we forgive others is measured back come judgment day.

Luke 6
37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned. 38 “Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.”

Luke 17
3 “Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. 4 “And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.”
5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6 And the Lord said, “If you had faith like a mustard seed, you would say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and be planted in the sea’; and it would obey you.
7 “Which of you, having a slave plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come immediately and sit down to eat’? 8 “But will he not say to him, ‘Prepare something for me to eat, and properly clothe yourself and serve me while I eat and drink; and afterward you may eat and drink’? 9 “He does not thank the slave because he did the things which were commanded, does he? 10 “So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done.’”

It is verse 10 where the principle comes in that I was talking about. Where we need to go the extra mile as Children of God. In verse 3 and 4 it is talking about forgiveness. It says if one repents we are to forgive, that is something we are commanded to do yet we are still unworthy slaves. We have only done what God expected of us as Children of God. Going the extra mile would be example: us forgiving and reaching out in love, offering them The Word. This is one of the principles, one of the mysteries of the word.

The principle applies again here with giving:

Matthew 5
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘AN EYE FOR AN EYE, AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.’ 39 “But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40 “If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also. 41 “Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 “Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.

The principle applies here concerning love:

Matthew 5
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’ 44 “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 “For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 “If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Mark 4
24 And He was saying to them, “Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it will be measured to you; and more will be given you besides.

Luke 6
27 “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29 “Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also; and whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either. 30 “Give to everyone who asks of you, and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back. 31 “Treat others the same way you want them to treat you. 32 “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 “If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 “If you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners in order to receive back the same amount. 35 “But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men. 36 “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

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HOW TO PRAY

10 Jul
HOW TO PRAY

Real “JOYcomes from putting (J)esus 1st (O)thers 2nd (Y)ou 3rd.

Pray with a sincere heart, make your words come from the depths of you. Remember you can pray without saying a word. Just thinking the thoughts, God hears you loud and clear.

First thank Jesus for giving his life to save ours and letting him know how much we love him.
Remember your friends and enemies and pray for them.

Give thanks for the good and the bad things in your life. You may ask why the bad things? Because the bad things help us grow spiritually, they make us more appreciative and humble.

Ask for forgiveness of any sins you may have committed.

Ask for strength to overcome all temptations of sin.

Ask for the special request, those things God says if you have faith of a mustard seed you can move a mountain.

Example (I had a kitty for 19 years. I loved her so much. I have been praying and asking the Lord to please give her eternal life. She was my little Angel on Earth.)

Ask for His spiritual wisdom, so you can have a better understanding of God’s will.

Ask for the Holy Spirit to live in you and guide you daily. Ask that the Holy Spirit pray for things that you may not even be aware of.

Ask Jesus to give you a heart that is pleasing to him.

Ask that the Body of Christ finds unity where we can all come together and division will cease.

Believe me He is always listening to our hearts ♥♥♥

***ADDED NOTE***

I found jogging and praying is totally amazing! I like to refer to it as “Going On A Spiritual Run”.

Magnifying Jesus Christ!!!

10 Jul
Magnifying Jesus Christ!!!

Psalm 34:3 O magnify the LORD with me and let us exalt his name together.

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O
magnify
gadal (gaw-dal’)
advance, boast, bring up, exceed, excellent,
be(-come, do, give, make, wax), great(-er, come to…estate, + things),
grow(up), increase, lift up, magnify(-ifical), be much set by, nourish (up),
pass, promote, proudly (spoken),
tower.
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the
LORD
YHVH (yeh-ho-vaw’)
(the) self-Existent or Eternal;
the proper name of the God of Israel — Yahweh, the
Lord.
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with
me and let us exalt
ruwm (room)
to be high actively, to rise or raise (in
various applications, literally or
figuratively)
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his
name
shem (shame)
an appellation, as a mark or memorial of individuality;
by implication honor, authority, character — + base, (in-)fame(-ous),
named(-d), renown,
report.
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together
yachad
(yakh’-ad)
a unit, i.e. (adverb) unitedly — alike, at all (once), both,
likewise, only, (al-)together, withal.

Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; Let those who love Your salvation say continually, “The LORD be magnified!” Psalm 40:16

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“FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT” ~Calling All D.U.C.K.S. To Come Out From Under The Bed~

2 Jul

                                                                                                               

  LEGALISM KILLS!!!
Paul said in Galatians 5:1” It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”The purpose of the Fruit of the Spirit is set us free from sin by telling us how to avoid sinning. We grow and mature as Children of God by bearing the Fruit of the Spirit.

Man can read the written word with man’s wisdom or with God’s spiritual wisdom. The outcome can be quite different! The interpretations and how we see things is can be like night and day. Man’s doctrine puts laws and commandments upon the Lord’s Children which should not be there. Legalism robs the freedom that Christ has given us.

As Children of God it is important we pray and ask the Lord for His spiritual wisdom to help see the truth. Jesus Made Love Mandatory so when reading the written word it comes alive in the hearts of those filled with love. Jesus told us to walk in the Spirit of righteousness and that means having total trust and faith in him. Let the fruit of the spirit pour out and be a light for the Lord. If one is trapped in legalism it is very difficult to see any light in them. They are as D.U.C.K.S. under the Bed. They may be “Devoted Unconditional the Christ’s Kingdom and Service” and know the written word like the back of their hand but something is missing and that is the Light!!! Legalism leads to unrighteous judgement, it causes a lack of compassion, humility, and mercy.


When we walk in the spirit, the “FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT”
shines forth to other people,
like a lighthouse shines forth it’s light.

Luke 8:16-17
“Now no one after lighting a lamp covers it over with a container, or PUTS IT UNDER A BED; but he puts it on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see the light. “For nothing is hidden that will not become evident, nor anything secret that will not be known and come to light.

~Calling All D.U.C.K.S. To Come Out From Under The Bed~

The acronym D.U.C.K.S. stands for
Devoted Unconditionally to Christ’s Kingdom and Service”.

www.d-u-c-k-s.com/fruits_of_the_spirit.htm

“In essentials UNITY; in opinion LIBERTY; in all things LOVE”
God of all nations, We humbly ask you to guide us in all that we do. Strengthen us to love one another,
to help each other along in our faith journey.
Forgive us of our harsh thoughts, words,
and actions against people of other denominations in Christ. Help us to forgive one another, and join together, so that we may do YOUR work and glorify YOU LORD in the best way possible.
In Jesus name we pray,
Amen

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed!” John 8:36

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IT IS NEVER TOO LATE TO FORGIVE!

30 Jun

It is never to Late to Forgive.
Even if it has been 35 Years AGO!

A day of fasting and prayer was all I needed to see what the Holy Spirit wanted me to do. The day after Thanksgiving, November 23, 2007 I spend fasting and praying. The days following, the Holy Spirit was putting things in my heart that he wanted me to do, finding my stepmother was one of those things.  See it had been 35 years since I had seen her and I didn’t even know if she was still alive. I knew if she was, she would be 76 years old. I did a people search for her and found where she had last lived in 2005 so I decided to take the two hour drive and see if I could find her. I located her home, there was a little hanging basket with magazines with her name on them but no one was at home.

So then I drove to the address where I believed my stepsister lived. Again no one was home. I just knew the Lord wouldn’t put this in my heart for no reason so I was not ready to give up. I drove back to the little house of my stepmother and this time the magazines were gone, so I knew someone had been there. Again I went to the door but no one was home. I even went up to a couple of the neighbor’s doors but no one knew her. So I drove back to the house that I believed to be my stepsister’s and this time I saw another vehicle in the driveway. I went back to the door, but no one answered. I decided to try the back door and my stepsister came out. She had no idea who I was but I knew it was her. I told her who I was and she looked shocked to see me after all these years. I asked her where my stepmother was and she told me she was in ICU, she told me she had had a heart attack the day before Thanksgiving. I told my stepsister the Lord had put it in my heart to come visit my stepmother and let her know I had forgiven her and my father for all that happened to me when I was a teen. What surprised me was to find out my stepsister had no idea about the sexual abuse that was going on during my teen years. No one had ever told her anything about it, (she is about 3 years older than I am). Our conversation was very limited and I believe the Lord wanted it that way with the timing of my visit! I felt I shouldn’t mention anything to her about the verbal abuse of my stepmother. The Lord knew the perfect timing for me to go so I wouldn’t say too much but I did leave with her an audio bible and player to give my stepmother. I went to the hospital and was able to visit with my stepmother for a few minutes. I let her know the Lord loves her and that I have forgiven her and my father. I still have the memories and the scars, but my wounds are healed. One thing I have learned is not to hide our scars, but use them to glory the Lord.

The Lord can turn anything into a blessing if we trust him! Our scars are our testimonies.

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

UPDATE~ On September 23, 2010 two years and 10 months from the date of that visit my stepmother passed away. Whether she turned to the Lord I do not know but I do know it was the Lord’s will that I forgave her.

Forgiving the Enemy



Olbermann: Amish Forgiveness is Christ Like

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My 40 Day Fast Dec. 26, 2006 – Feb. 3, 2007

28 Jun
My 40 Day Fast
Dec. 26, 2006 – Feb. 3, 2007
Christmas Day Dec 25, 2006
I had a rash on the back of my arms as you can see in this picture.
This picture was taken the day after my fast. I lost 33 pounds during the 40 day fast.
This picture was taken Feb. 4, 2007
In the beginning of 2006 the Lord put it in my heart to fast. I was having health issues. My blood pressure was high and the doctor increased my dosage of Norvasc to 10 mg now another drug was being added Enalapril 5 mg. I had stopped taking it because I didn’t like the side effects. I started searching for alternative medicine and cures. In my research I learned about the Master Cleanser. I learned about how we need to eat to have a more alkaline body. Many of us have acidic bodies which fester diseases, the perfect environment for cancer. I went out and bought test strips to test the PH in my body and I found I was very acidic. I would think about fasting but for some reason I was never motivated enough. Then May 6, 2006 Sammy (my daughter’s boyfriend) took his own life and it changed mine. I was hurting and I knew the Lord was the only one who could help me. The Lord led me to make a MySpace site for Sammy and the Holy Spirit took me step by step moving in me like never before. But then after six months of the Holy Spirit directing me I wasn’t feeling his presence as much. I was beginning to feel physically worse. My blood pressure was getting higher. Also I had a great amount of itching under my skin, my skin was rashy. I started thinking maybe the itching was coming from my liver because when I would eat it would get worse. I believed my liver had too many toxins and it was being overworked and couldn’t handle it all. Then the Holy Spirit laid it on my heart again to fast, but this time he was telling me 40 days. I was reaffirmed on Dec 23, 2006 when my blood pressure reached an all time high of 202/124. I felt like my eyes wanted to pop and my head felt like it was going to burst. Mind you, I had never spiritually fasted before and in church they never taught about fasting, but the Holy Spirit was putting it in my heart. The Lord knew the perfect timing, with over 5000 friends on the MySpace site and knowing how many were hurting from depression, sickness, abuse, losses, financial problems, addictions and etc. I knew he wanted me to do the fast. The Lord had prepared me earlier in the year because he had a purpose that I had no idea was coming. Now fasting was no longer just for me, but for all those on the site plus I had many prayer requests coming in for people with special needs. Now I had the motivation while before I didn’t. I knew I needed to give up TV and the internet in order to focus more on the Lord, so that is what I did.
Fasting is just as important today as it was thousands of years ago. The bible doesn’t say if you fast, it says when you fast Matthew 6:16-17. Many Christians today over look the importance of fasting. I would always quote if you have faith of a mustard seed you can move a mountain, but the very next verse Matthew 17:21 says “However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” Now Jesus was talking about casting out demons, but if you have a great need, praying and fasting maybe just what the doctor (Jesus) ordered. Before taking on any fast, pray, and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you. Never attempt a long fast without the Lord speaking to you and letting you know this is his will for you. Many fast are mentioned in the bible. The bible speaks of fast that lasted one night, one day, three days, seven days, fourteen days, twenty-one days and forty days. There are 23 fasting stories in the Old Testament and 12 in the New Testament. When Jesus fasted in Luke 4:1, the bible says Jesus was filled with the Spirit. Now take a look at Luke 4:14 it says Jesus has been tempted by Satan and has defeated him, something has changed. The bible now says Jesus has the power of the Spirit. So we can see there is a difference between being filled with the Spirit and having the power of the Spirit. Fasting is a way to release God’s power in our own lives. When we fast it is a choice for God and against our flesh. We are making a conscious inward choice demonstrated by an outward act that we want God’s power to flow through us, not our own. It shows God we want his answer and not our own. The Pharisees fasted and wondered why Jesus’ disciples didn’t. Jesus responded “While the bridegroom is with them, the attendants of the bridegroom cannot fast, can they? So long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day” Mark 2:19-20. So you can see fasting was never done away with. It is just as important today as it was for the early Christians. Something else I learned I thought was interesting, did you know even the animals fasted In Jonah 3:5-10? Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything, do not let them eat, or drink water.

The Master Cleanser

The Master Cleanser Book.

1 to 2 Tablespoons of Maple syrup (never use honey, it will make you sick).

1/10 Teaspoon of cayenne pepper (red pepper) or to taste.

2 Tablespoons of lemons or lime juice (approx. ½ lemon).

10 oz. water, medium hot (spring or purified)

Elimination

Sea salt (not iodized) It won’t work right if it is Iodized.

Smooth Move (herbal laxative tea)

Utensils

Measuring spoons

Mason jar (I use the jars that come from HEB’s pasta sauce, they have measurements on them)

Small pot

Spiritual

Bible

My Journal

Pen

Cassette player

Audio Bible

Body

Spa

¼ to ½ Epson Salt

¼ to ½ cup Ginger

¼ Sea Salt

Hydrated Bentonite

Dry Brush

Not shown–Deodorant (I use Thai Crystal Mist-100% Natural aluminum free)

Dental Care

Tooth Brush

Tom tooth paste (I also like to use a nice mint tooth paste which is refreshing)

Tea Tree mouthwash

Water pic

GSE (Grapefruit seed extract- I use two drops in my water pic-it kills germs)

Tongue scraper

Health Monitoring

Blood Pressure gauge

PH paper (checking you body’s PH to see if it is acidic or alkaline)

Day 1 Tuesday
December 26, 2006
Last night I had a dream of Jesus holding my hands giving me support. It was a silhouette of him kneeling down on one knee. This is first time I have ever had a silhouette dream. I know this is the Lord letting me know not to worry” I will be with you, helping you”…
A Silhouette
I quit drinking coffee Dec. 24, 2006 so I wouldn’t have a bad headache today when I started my fast. I got up around 8:00AM and fixed the sea salt flush. Drinking a quart isn’t that easy, that is 32 oz. The taste isn’t pleasant, after getting it all down it made my stomach somewhat nauseous, but I must admit it works well. By 4:00 PM I have downed 6 glasses of the lemon cleanser. I am feeling a little hungry. I have rubbed peppermint oil on the sides of my face and the back of my neck which is refreshing. By 10:00PM I downed 4 more.
Day 2 Wednesday
December 27, 2006
This morning I woke up at 7:00 and drank the sea salt flush. By 4:00PM I have drank 5 glasses of the lemon cleanser. I feel a little depressed. I have been praying. I am very hungry and I want food really bad. Lord help me get through this. I know I can’t do this without you. My stomach is rumbling. I had 2 more glasses of the lemon cleanser. I checked my blood pressure. It is 200/103. I drank a smooth move. My thoughts are clouded. I prayed and listened to my audio bible.
Day 3 Thursday
December 28, 2006
I thank a glass of smooth move. Last night I was sweating some. I feel tired and a little depressed. I pray my thoughts of food will fade. I drank 6 glasses of the lemon cleanser. I took a bath in the spa using Epsom salt and ginger. I spent about 20 minutes in the tub. I am drinking another smooth move..
Day 4 Friday
December 29, 2006
This morning I got up around 6:00AM. I drank a pint (16 oz) of the sea salt flush. My hips and legs ache. My right eye has red puffiness under it and I have a zit on my chest. I have been asking the Lord to remove my desire for food. I really miss eating. Today I drank 6 glasses of the lemon cleanser. I jogged about ¾ of a mile in a light sprinkle. Being around food is hard. My family eats and I can smell it in the kitchen. Tonight I cooked spaghetti for my husband and as I cooked it I was thinking about how thankful I am for our food God gives us. I took another spa bath, but I used sea salt, ginger and hydrated Bentonite. I drank a smooth move. Fasting makes you appreciate food. Thank You Jesus!
Day 5 Saturday
December 30, 2006
Today I started with a smooth move. This morning the top part of my legs ache but not as bad as yesterday. This morning I got in the spa and used peppermint castile soap. It helped my achy legs. I drank 8 lemon cleansers.
This evening I feel better than I have in a long time. I am starting to feel alive, more awake, and I am beginning to feel more energy.
Tonight I don’t feel as hungry as I had been feeling. I am going to drink a smooth move. Dear Lord take my desire for food away. When Jesus fasted and Satan tempted him to turn stone to bread Jesus said man does not live by bread alone.
I took another spa bath with Epsom salt and ginger (tub time is a great time to pray). I continue to pray that I am doing this fast in a way that is pleasing to the Lord. I thank Jesus and all those on MySpace who are praying for me.
Day 6 Sunday
December 31, 2006
I got up and drank a smooth move. My right ear feels strange. I feel something going on inside of my ear. My legs still ache a little. Today I drank 8 lemon cleansers. I went jogging which I like to refer to as a spiritual run because I pray while I jog. I ran 1 mile which was easier than I thought it would be. When I finally started to think about how far I had gone I noticed I was coming up on my 1 mile marker. I came home and got in the spa using Epsom salt and ginger. My family has been eating around me and I am getting use to not eating. I still have desire for food but it is getting easier. I hear fireworks popping and I am thankful the Lord is helping me get through this fast. My blood pressure was better today than it has been in years 117/76. What a difference from least than 2 weeks ago when my blood pressure was 202/124 and my head and eyes were killing me. Man’s wisdom and God’s wisdom are different. I had people say you need to lower your blood pressure before you start your fast. But I have put my trust in Jesus and I know he will heal me. He is the great physician.
I had a smooth move.
Day 7 Monday
January 1, 2007
Happy New Year! I got up around 7:00AM. I made my sea salt flush. I drank about a pint of it. I found that works well for me. It flushes me out well. Trying to drink a quart is hard to get down. I want to mention you would never want to leave your home for at least 2 to 2 ½ hours after taking in the salt water. By 2 ½ hours all the water has gone through me. When I do the sea salt flush it make be thirstier. I am not as hungry today as before. Actually it isn’t hunger, but just the thought of food. It is a lot better now. Everyday I pray and in between I am thanking the Lord for all he has done for me. My friends on MySpace, Sammy family, my family and friends have been part of my daily prayers. Again I can’t thank you enough for all your prayers that are coming to me. The Lord knew the right time for this fast. I went jogging (my spiritual run). My husband took before and after pictures. As I prayed the Lord was letting me know the importance of never trying to do a fast of this sort without prayer. Prayer is of the most importance in order to be successful in completing your fast. I drank 6 lemon cleansers and a smooth move.
I decorated the front of my journal.
Day 8 Tuesday
January 2, 2007
I got up and drank a smooth move around 8:00AM. I got a late start today. It is almost 11:00AM and I am on my first lemon cleanser. I am a little sleepy right now probably because I stayed up later than I should have.
Well, it is 7:30 PM and I made my 7th lemon cleanser. Today I have been more tired and hungry. My son was cooking Eggplant Parmesan with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese and I could smell it throughout the whole house. Even after I left the house I could still smell it when I got in my car. I think the smell stuck to my clothes. This day has been harder. I noticed that since I have been fasting I get colder now, before I was always hot. I didn’t jog today. I find when I jog I am less hungry. Everyday I go through the prayer request at least twice and I want you to know I am praying for you. I know I will sleep well tonight because I am very tired. I am on my 8th glass of lemon cleanser and then have a smooth move. Lord I pray tomorrow will be easier than today. I pray it will be more like yesterday.
Day 9 Wednesday
January 3, 2007
During the night I was so cold. The last two days have been this way. I drank a smooth move. Today I tried using lime instead of lemon in my cleanser. The taste isn’t much different other than the lime makes it a little more tangy. I jogged 1 mile. When I got home I took a ginger and Epsom salt bath in the spa. I didn’t want to get out. Ginger causes your nose to run and you will feel a burning all over your body. I find it very refreshing. Today I had 8 lime cleansers and another smooth move.
Day 10 Thursday
January 4, 2007
Well, it is day 10. I got up around 7:00AM. I weighted this morning and I have lost 14 pounds. I took my blood pressure and I got an amazing reading of 109/69 heartbeat was 71. On Dec. 13, 2006 I had a reading of 202/ 124 (That night I was praying, Lord please don’t let me have a stroke before I get a chance to start my fast. I had the worse heartache that night.) My blood pressure was never that low when I was taking blood pressure medicine. One thing I have discovered is you always get different readings from one arm to the other. My blood pressure is usually lower with my left arm. I drank a smooth move. This morning I took chicken off the bones for the dogs with no problem. I laid in the spa using hydrated Bentonite. It is 5:30PM and I am on my 7th lemon cleanser. My son was eating pizza and I am missing food bad. I feel a little depressed. Lord help me, please don’t let me fail. I know I can only do this with your help. I finished my 8th lemon cleanser and then had a smooth move
Day 11 Friday
January 5, 2007
It’s my birthday, I am 51 years old. I drank the sea salt flush and my stomach feels bad. I have a red bump that has come out in my ear. The sea salt flush was rough this morning. I know it is important because toxins left in the intestines can get reabsorbed back into the body and make a person really sick. My husband scrambled eggs this morning but I had no problem with it. Today was good. I jogged 1 mile and laid in the spa using ginger and Epsom salt. I drank 6 lemon cleansers today. I ended my day with a smooth move.
Day 12 Saturday
January 6, 2007
Every morning and evening I take time to pray. I go through each prayer request. Throughout the day I say little prayers. I just want to say thanks to everyone who has been praying for me. I know I wouldn’t have made it this far without the Lord and all of your prayers.
I woke up around 7:30AM and had a smooth move. You can taste the licorice in it which I like. It is 2:20PM and my older son cooked pizza and I can smell it all over the house. The smell is making me hungry. Lord take my desire for food away. I was itching a little and I had a little burning sensation in both arms. Maybe I am releasing more toxins today. I just showered and feel a little burning around the outside of my mouth. I am a little tired right now.
I took a short nap and then got up. I had a 30 minute workout. I have been getting the hiccups a lot lately. This evening my husband and youngest son went out to eat which is good. I won’t have to smell food cooking. Today I drank 8 lemon cleansers and had another smooth move. I was a little irritable today.
Day 13 Sunday
January 7, 2007
This morning I got up around 8:00AM and drank the sea salt flush. For the most part I have felt pretty good through this fast other than the desire and hunger for food. I know the Lord is with me and all those prayers you are getting me through this. I listen to gospel music. I have been listening to Tim Hughes-“Here I Am to Worship”. It is so uplifting. I took a nap and got up. I then had a short workout. My husband took my old back-swing out of the attic. I bought it 30 years ago and I hung upside down for a little while. It stretches your vertebras in the spine. I took another ginger and Epsom salt bath in the spa. I find it so refreshing and it is a great time to pray. Today I drank 8 glasses of the lemon cleanser. I had a smooth move.
Day 14 Monday
Jan. 8, 2007
Today I got up at 7:00AM and I drank a smooth move. I spent some time taking pictures for the fast, the Lord put it in my heart. Today I jogged 1 mile (my spiritual run). It releases endorphins in the brain which make you feel good. I drank 7 lemon cleansers today. This evening my knees are hurting really bad especially my left knee. I have some swelling below the knee cap. I had a smooth move.
Day 15 Tuesday
January 9, 2007
Last night and this morning my knees have been hurting. My left knee is a little puffy. I woke up at 7:00AM and had a smooth move. I wanted to do the sea salt flush but I knew it wouldn’t be a good idea to do it today. Getting up and down is painful and the flush calls for a lot of that. I had a few stomach cramps this morning but they stopped. I used some mineral salts in the spa for my knees. I am so hungry for food. My desire for food is strong. I think smelling it makes it harder. I cooked for my husband today. Yesterday I almost got in a wreck because I noticed new restaurants and I ran a red light luckily the other driver stopped. It was like I was in a trance. Lord please take the desire for food away. I had a few days that were easier but most days I desire food greatly. But I know this is the Lord’s will for me and I know this will be a great blessing. I remind myself of all those hurting and what I am going through is nothing compared to all of their pain. I know this will all be worth it in the end. I just need to stay strong and not give in to temptation. I am just being honest of how I feel. Very hungry. Who said you lose your desire for food. It is 15 days and I still desire it. Lord make me strong. Today I drank 6 lemon cleansers and had a smooth move. (I had a dream. There was a storm and the glass door broke. Glass was flying and pieces of glass stuck in my left side. I wanted my mother to take me to the hospital but she said no you go, you will be fine.) I wonder what this dream means.
Day 16 Wednesday
January 10, 2007
Last night was my worse night since I started my fast. I couldn’t sleep because my legs ached. Every way I laid hurt. I got up at 5:00AM and drank the sea salt flush. I would love to say fasting is easy but I need to be honest and not sugar coat it. The only reason I won’t give up is because I know this is the will of the Lord and all of the friends on MySpace. I know many are hurting more than what I am going through. Lord, I pray this fast is pleasing to you. My knees are still hurting but they are a little better than yesterday. I think this is the Lord’s way of getting me to slowdown. I may be excreting myself too much. My left knee is still swollen and my right foot has two bumps where my veins are. I laid in the spa today using ginger and Epsom salt. My skin was itching. This evening I have been a little light-headed and dizzy. I drank 8 lemon cleansers and had a smooth move. I should sleep well tonight since I didn’t sleep much last night. Thank you Lord for not letting me give up. My family told me tonight I make fasting look easy.
Day 17 Thursday
January 11, 2007
Again I want to thank everyone who is praying for me. I know your prayers are helping. I got up at 6:00AM and drank a smooth move. I took a short nap around noon and I had a dream. I dreamed I was at this church the evening before service. On the floor laid small mattresses that covered the whole room. The members started coming in and laying down on the mattresses. The next morning they arose and their mattresses turned into seats. I noticed they went straight into worship. They never bothered to have breakfast. When I woke up I was trying to understand what this dream could mean.
I believe the Lord was telling me, prayer comes before food. It is almost 2:00PM and I drank 2 lemon cleansers. My knees are still sore but much better than yesterday and the day before. My legs aren’t hurting anymore. I drank 4 more lemon cleanser. I felt good today.
This evening my legs and knees are hurting again. I guess I was standing too much. I had another smooth move. It is 10:30PM and I am feeling a little itchy, my toes on my right foot are red.
Day 18 Friday
January 12, 2007
It is 4:05 AM and I can’t sleep, my legs and knees are hurting so bad. I can’t get comfortable. I just drank the sea salt flush. I want to make sure the toxins are getting flushed out. I am itching so my body is probably releasing a lot of toxins at this time. I feel irritable I guess because I can’t sleep. Lord I need you, I know you are here, help me to get rid of this pain in my legs. Well it is almost 6:00 AM and I have the house 80 degrees and I am still cold, so I put on a heavy robe. Before at 70 degrees I would be hot. What a change my body is going through. My elimination is great considering I am not eating food. I am freezing now. This is my first time to fast and being 51 years old I probably have a lot of toxins built up over the years. My stomach is rumbling so I made my lemon cleanser it is 6:08AM. Hopefully I will be able to go to sleep soon. That is another thing different, before the fast I could go to sleep in the blink of an eye. My husband would always say I was the fastest person he knew to fall asleep. I am not used to having insomnia. I rubbed a little tea tree oil on me to help my itching. It is 12:00PM so I am going to lie down and try to take a nap. Now it is 12:50PM that nap didn’t work my legs are hurting to bad, so I am going to lie in the spa. I am only going to use ginger today. It is 2:00PM I just finished my bath. I made the water as hot as I could stand it. I was praying and the interpretation to the dream I had the other day came to me. I wrote about it on day 15. Well this fast is like the storm and the glass in my side is the pain I am going through. My mother telling me I will be fine is the Lord saying I will come out fine from this fast. I want to add this. I noticed a connection between my legs hurting and my blood pressure. It has been higher these last few days since my legs started hurting me. Today I got a reading of 151/93 heart rate 72. It is 6:30 PM and I have been awake since 3:00AM. I can’t sleep yet I am tired. I haven’t been able to jog to release endorphins in my brain and I am feeling depressed. I feel like there is a battle going on inside me between my flesh and my spirit. My flush wants food and the desire for it is overwhelming my spirit says no. I must do the will of the Lord. I think Satan is doing his best to break me. Lord help me! I am doing everything I can to not think about it. But I am struggling because it is hard for me. I can’t do much because of the pain in my legs. I need you Lord, I know I can’t do this alone but I know this is nothing compared to the suffering you Lord endured. Please keep my strong. There are so many others hurting much more than I and I pray Lord you take their pain away. You said enduring pain and suffering for your sake is what makes us worthy for eternal life. I do so much want to fit that mold. I desire your glory. I feel light-headed. Well, it is 7:00PM and I am on my 6 th lemon cleanser. I put a pain relief therapy patch on each knee so I hope I will be able to sleep.
Day 19 Saturday
January 13, 2007
Well, last night I got a good night sleep. I woke up at 7:00AM and drank the sea salt flush. My legs aren’t aching but my knees still hurt. I am still wearing the therapy patch on my knees. I feel much better this morning than I did last night. I laid in the spa using ginger and eucalyptus Dead Sea mineral bath salts. I am really having problems with my knees. They are swelling up. Most of the swelling is below the knee cap but it is very difficult to get up and down. Even walking hurts. I have to walk and try not to bend my knees. This evening I am using a massager on my legs to see if it will help the pain. Lord please heal my knees and take this pain away. I guess the Lord doesn’t want me doing too much while I am fasting. I am sure this is a blessing, just a painful one. My husband and younger son went to eat Mexican food. I personally am not crazy about it so it good they are doing it now. It is good they get to enjoy father and son time together. When they get home we are going to play a game. I still am not watching any TV or getting on the internet. My husband and I aren’t intimate during this time. I explained it will have to wait till my fast is over. I am glad he is understanding. I drank 8 lemon cleansers and had a smooth move.
Day 20 Sunday
January 14, 2007
I woke up at 7:00AM. I made a smooth move. Today is the 20th day and so I have lost 21 pounds. I am sitting listening to gospel music. I feel sad; my flesh is torturing me with the desire for food. It is 1:09Pm and my husband just scrambled eggs and I smell them. I don’t even want to go in the kitchen and see them. I used the massager on my legs again today. I believe it is helping some. I have having a few stomach cramps. It is 3:52PM and I am going on my 5th lemon cleaner. I am trying to get rid of these hungry pains. Lord help me! I had a total of 7 lemon cleanser and another smooth move. I was reading a book by Don Colbert, MD called “Get Healthy Through Detox and Fasting” It is an excellent book and he talks a lot about the spiritual side of fasting. I am thinking the reason my legs have been hurting so much is because my body is in the process of breaking down the plaque that is in my arteries. The book talks about how it elevates the cholesterol which is a good thing. That means the fast is working. Much plaque can build up in your lower extremities. I felt tired most of the day, little energy. I feel the toxins are dumping a lot now. My blood pressure hasn’t gone back to the low readings I got in the early part of my fast. I got a reading of 145/87 still that is much better that before my fast which averaged 175 to 185 over 95 to 112. I peaked at 202/124 having the worse headache on Dec 23, 2006.
Day 21 Monday
January 15, 2007
Today I got up at 7:00AM. I first made the sea salt flush, took a sip and poured it out. I just couldn’t stomach it this morning so I drank the smooth move. I didn’t have any cravings for food today. I felt good until this evening when my left knee started hurting really bad. I laid in the spa using ginger to help the pain. Today I had 7 lemon cleansers and another smooth move. A neighbor girl brought over some vegetable soup and corn bread for my older son. It smelled so good. I plan to cook soup when I am able to eat again.
Day 22 Tuesday
January 16, 2007
This morning I woke up around 6:00AM. I made the sea salt flush. It is 11:49AM, I just showered. I am hungry again, my stomach has been rumbling. I have completed 3 weeks of my fast. I haven’t eaten since Christmas; my last meal was my Christmas dinner. Again I want to thank everyone who has been praying for me. Thank you father for giving me the strength to fight my flesh’s desires. It is 8:18PM for the most part the day was good, but the pain in my knees continues. I just put some more patch on them. I really was hoping to workout but with my knees like this, there is no way. I had 6 lemon cleanser and a smooth move. I have been trying to go to sleep but I am itching. It is 11:51 PM I guess I will go get in the spa and see if it helps. I used my massager on my legs.
Day 23 Wednesday
January 17, 2007
It is 1:00PM and I just got out of the tub. I used ginger and sea salt My itching is gone now. I have been breaking out a little on my lower back. A few months ago I notice a lump on my spine. It is located a little lower than the middle of my back. It is about the size of a small bird egg. It is hard and it doesn’t move, but it doesn’t hurt. I have been brushing my teeth about 10 times a day. I don’t feel comfortable with the taste in my mouth. When you detox your tongue gets coated with a white film. I use the tongue scraper to remove it. I like to add a couple of drops of grapefruit seed extract (it kills germs) and a cap full of tea tree mouthwash in my water-pic. That makes your mouth feel refreshed. I would like to add never use grapefruit seed extra (GSE) full strength it will burn you. I am going to make another lemon cleanser then try to sleep. I did go to sleep, I got up around 6:45AM and drank a smooth move, I laid in the spa tonight using ginger, sea salt and clove. I had a smooth move. It is 11:12PM and I am feeling very tired. The bath was very relaxing.
Earlier today I went to the health food store to buy more ginger and they were sold out. A couple of weeks ago when I went they had a bunch. I guess it is a big seller. Of course they are the only one around here selling it.
Day 24 Thursday
January 18, 2007
Last night I dreamed my fast was over and there was so much food around me. I started eating and then I realized I was supposed to start out slow. In my dream I was fine but from all I have read it is very important to start back slowly. The book’s say you can get very sick and in some cases even die.
I got up at 7:00AM and drank the sea salt flush. This evening I laid in the spa using ginger and sea salt. These baths are making my skin really soft. My knees are feeling better. Today I drank 6 lemon cleansers and I had a smooth move.
Day 25 Friday
January 19, 2007
I woke up around 6:00 AM and made a smooth move. Now it is 8:27AM I feel a little depressed and tired. Maybe these little mood swings are normal when fasting. I know this is the 25th day yet I know I still have 15 days to go and that seems far off to me. Lord help me! Take my desire for food away. Please don’t let me fail. I know this will be a blessing for all my friends on the site. It is 11:23 and I have this mental pain. My flesh wants food and is telling me to eat and my spirit is telling me to do the Lord’s will. I know I must listen to my spirit, but my flesh is screaming out. This is Satan using my flesh to try to lasso my Spirit. I know I can’t let Satan defeat my Spirit. Lord make my Spirit strong against my flesh. I tell myself Moses did it and Jesus did it. Jesus was tempted throughout his fast by Satan. He stayed strong and by defeating Satan the bible says Jesus came out from his fast with the
power of the Spirit. I want the power of the Spirit in my life for my prayers to help those in need and to heal me. This evening I laid in the spa using ginger, sea salt, and clove. I drank 8 lemon cleansers and I had a smooth move. Today my knees are doing much better. My left knee only hurts a little and my right knee is back to normal. My son bought a treadmill and I worked out on it just a little and I did a few setups.
Day 26 Saturday
January 20, 2007
It is amazing how the Lord continues to help me get through each day. Some days have been so difficult yet the Lord provides me with the strength to go on. I am sure many prayers are being answered. Those who have been praying for me I have been asking the Lord to send special blessing your way. I thank you so much from the depths of my heart. Today I woke up around 8:00AM and drank the sea salt flush. During the night I woke up at 4:00AM and it took me about 45 minutes to fall back to sleep, but the rest of the night I slept well. The toes on my right foot look a little strange. The other day my toes on that foot were real red, now they look sort of dried out. At 2:00PM I went to a baby shower. I prayed before and asked the Lord to help me be strong so I could resist any temptation of food. Thanks to the Lord I found it easy even though all the food set right in front of me.
Day 27 Sunday
January 21, 2007
I woke up around 7:00Am and drank a smooth move. It is 1:42PM and I am desiring food again really bad. My husband cooked some veggie burgers and I am smelling them. He is eating in the next room and I can hear him eating chips. Help me Lord; take this desire for food away. Please don’t let me fail. It is 1:46PM and I am on my 4th lemon cleanser, my stomach has been rumbling again. Today was a rough day as far as my desire for food. I ran and walked 1 mile on the treadmill. I laid in the spa using ginger and sea salt. I drank 6 lemon cleansers and I had a smooth move.
Day 28 Monday
January 22, 2007
I didn’t sleep well last night, but it was caused by things waking me, the phone and the dogs. I woke up at 7:00AM and drank the sea salt flush. My husband is off work for a few days so he is going to go on the fast for 2 or 3 days. This morning I made him the sea salt flush (32 oz quart size) since this is his first day. I started out drinking the quart the first two times then I decreased it to a pint (16oz). I drank 6 lemon cleansers and had a smooth move. Today was a good day. My husband completed today, but he was feeling tired being this was his first day.
Day 29 Tuesday
January 23, 2007
This morning I woke up around 6:50AM. I drank the sea salt flush. I am having a little itching on my mid and lower back. It has started breaking out near the lump on my spine. Since I first noticed the lump a few months ago I have never had any pain associated with it. This evening I did some sit-ups and I had a little workout on the treadmill. I laid in the spa using ginger, sea salt, and clove. I drank 6 lemon cleansers and I had a smooth move. Today is my husbands second day on the fast and he has been very hungry. He has been weak and nauseated. He did the sea salt flush (16oz) this morning. He had 6 lemon cleansers. For him it is difficult drinking the smooth move, he says it is the worst tasting tea he has ever tasted. It doesn’t bother me, I think it taste fine. It gives me something different to taste other than the master cleanser. Before my husband started this fast he was saying things like how easy it is to go without eating for a few days. But just 2 days on the fast he has found it to be difficult. I told him it wasn’t easy but the Lord and the prayers are what’s helping me get through this fast.
Day 30 Wednesday
January 24, 2007
Today I woke up around 7:00AM. I drank a smooth move. I weighed this morning and I have lost 26 pounds, I took my blood pressure this morning and I got a reading of 111/68 with a 66 heart rate. I did another reading and this time I got an amazing low of 106/63 with a heart rate of 63. It has been years since I had a blood pressure reading that low, actually I don’t remember it ever being that low, maybe when I was a teenager. I have been listening to Christian radio 100.7 FM; I really enjoy listening to the Bible Answer Man. I drank 6 lemon cleansers and I had another smooth move this evening. I had my husband rub some hydrated Bentonite on my lower back where it has been breaking out. My husband finished up his 3 day fast today.
Day 31 Thursday
January 25, 2007
I woke up at 7:00AM and drank the sea salt flush. Today my husband and I went to the park and we both jogged a mile. My legs never bothered me but I found the jogging difficult. After my jog my throat and lungs felt like they were burning. I have been very hungry today. Since my husband’s 3 day fast is over he ate an orange then he ate a bowl of cheerios with soy milk. So far he feels fine. I must say just driving around in the car there are restaurants everywhere. Yesterday we went to Ace Hardware and they were giving away fresh popcorn. Food is everywhere but then I think about those starving in other countries, it is so hard to imagine the pain those people are suffering. It really makes me sad when I think of the children. It is 3:38PM I am continuing to get amazing blood pressure reading. It is truly awesome. Some would say it is because of the weight lose but three years ago I still weighted less than I do now but my blood pressure was ranging around 155/95 so I know that is more than just weight loss. It is 4:06PM and I took some blood pressure readings and I broke new low records 96/60 and 95/59. I can’t believe how outstanding my blood pressure is, it is remarkable. It is 6:22PM my husband took my youngest son out to eat at Lubys. He had a vegetable plate. I feel very tired and extremely hungry. It is getting harder to down the lemon cleanser. So far I have had 4 of them. Lord help me continue with this fast. My desire for food is great. I know I can only do this with your help. My face looks splotchy and my left eye lid is droopy. Tonight I laid in the spa using ginger, sea salt, and mineral salts. I had 6 lemon cleanser today and a smooth move. It was difficult to get the drinks down but I managed.
Day 32 Friday
January 26, 2007
Today I woke up at 7:00 AM. I drank a smooth move. I took my blood pressure this morning and I got a reading of 99/56 and a heart rate of 62. That was from my left arm, then I took a reading in my right arm and I got 99/60 heart rate 63. It is 2:41PM and my family ordered pizza, it smells so good. Today I learned something really interesting. There is a big difference between refined salt and unrefined sea salt. Unrefined sea salt is healthy for the body in moderation. It can actually lower high blood pressure. It also has an alkaline effect on the body. A test was done that showed how 1 teaspoon of the unrefined sea salt increased to PH in a ½ cup of water from 6.4 to 6.8-7.0 then the same test was done with refined salt and the PH decreased from 6.4-6.0. A healthy body needs to have a PH that stays around 7.2 though usually in the morning it is lower. I have been reading a book called “Salt Your Way To Health” by David Brownstein, MD. He recommends using either Celtic or Redmond sea salt. It is an excellent book and I highly recommend reading it. His website is www.drbrownstein.com. It is 6:33PM and I am feeling very light-headed. It is 8:46 PM and I just finished my 6th lemon cleanser. I had a smooth move.
Day 33 Saturday
January 27, 2007
It is 3:42AM and I can’t sleep. I have been awake since 3:00AM. My back is itching and I know it is going to continue unless I go lay in the spa. I am very tired. It is now 5:30AM and I just finished lying in the spa. All my itching is gone, I used ginger and sea salt. After the spa bath I had no trouble sleeping. I woke up at 9:00 AM and drank the sea salt flush. It is 12:37PM and I have just now drank my 1st lemon cleanser. I am getting a late start today. Earlier all I wanted was plain water. It is 9:07 PM and all I have managed to get down is 4 lemon cleansers. I am hungry but I just can’t drink anymore today. I am going to have a smooth move and just plain water. My husband and son went out to eat Mexican Food. We played Bible Trivia this evening.
Day 34 Sunday
January 28, 2007
Each day is a struggle for me. You would think being my last week I would find it easier but my flesh is fighting back harder against my spirit. My flesh is making it hard to drink my drink and I am struggling to get them down. I don’t want to get physically weak. Continual prayer and knowing this is the will Of God is the strength that is getting me through each day. I know this fast will be a blessing for the site, so I know this is necessary that I not let my flesh and Satan win out. Lord please help me get through these last few days! I woke up at 8:30 AM and drank a smooth move. It is hard deciding rather to drink the sea salt or the smooth move because anything I drink is hard to get down. I took my blood pressure and I got a reading of 113/63 heart rate of 60 on my left arm. My right arm had a reading of 111/63 heart rate 56. My emotions are running rapid. I feel like crying. My stomach is rumbling with hungry. I am thinking I may go run and pray. Right now I feel almost like I can’t keep going but I know I must. Lord help me and please don’t let me fail. I know the only way I can do this is with your help. Well, I jogged 1 mile and it felt good. It is 4:19 PM and I just finished my first lemon cleanser. It is getting very difficult for me to drink it. I just poured a glass of water and I am going to drink it. I don’t think I am going to be able to drink my 6 lemon cleansers anymore. I just pray I don’t get weak before my fast is over. I laid in the spa using ginger and sea salt. I managed to drink 3 lemon cleansers today and I had another smooth move.
Day 35 Monday
January 29, 2007
I woke up at 5:00AM stayed awake about 45 minutes before falling back to sleep. I woke up at 7:08AM and made the sea salt flush but today I couldn’t drink it so I made the smooth move instead. I want food, but it is hard putting the drink in my body. The easiest thing for me to down is water. Everyday now I am getting excellent blood pressure readings. I have lost 28 pounds and I feel much better than before I started my fast. I have 5 days left after today. Each day I have to take it one day at a time. I must make it through my lows and highs with the help of the Lord and those praying for me. Without yours prayers and the Lord I know I would have given up a long time ago. This is the first time in my life to fast so it really has been a new experience. But it has been a struggle so I am not going to lie and say it was easy. Well it is 9:00PM; I laid in the spa using ginger and sea salt. I drank 6 lemon cleansers, but the only way I could get them down was by taking the ingredients separately. I may have to continue this way until my fast is over. I had a smooth move.
Day 36 Tuesday
January 30, 2007
I woke up at 4:00 AM and it is now 4:47AM. I have been thinking and praying, I know the Lord is helping me and I think back to the first night when I had dreamed about Jesus holding my hands. He was letting me know from the beginning he was with me. The fact it was a silhouette dream, something I have never had before lets me know it came from the Lord. The Lord is truly amazing. I pray I am doing this fast in a way that is pleasing to you Lord. I woke up at 7:00AM, I was sleeping really well but I had to get up to get my son off to school. I drank the sea salt flush this morning. I took a short nap and had a workout on the treadmill and I did a few sit-ups. I have been drinking my lemon cleansers by separating the ingredients. I managed to get 4 down today and a smooth move.
Day 37 Wednesday
January 31, 2007
I woke up around 7:00AM and I drank a smooth move. Since I have been on this fast my family hasn’t been eating very healthy. I have been letting my husband and older son go to the store but they come home with mostly unhealthy food. They never buy vegetables. Today I am going to go to the store and I pray I will stay strong from the temptation of food. I am planning to make a big pot of vegetable soup so after my fast I will sip on the broth and then start eating it. I ended up going to Whole Foods. I made sure to pray before entering the store. If you have ever been to one you know how wonderful that store is. They give out free samples but of course I knew I would not be able to try any. Everything looked great. I bought all kinds of organic fruits and vegetables. I didn’t realize just how much I was spending until I got to the register. I spent $275.00. It is a great store but their prices are high. When I got home I decided to cook for my family since I figured they needed to have a good meal to eat.. I spent hours in the kitchen preparing food. I bought so many different kinds of vegetables. I made a stew for them and some cornbread. I also decided to go ahead a make my homemade vegetable soup. I ended up making two pots of it so I decided to freeze it since I can’t eat any for a few more days. I know freezing isn’t the best way to do things but my excitement got the best of me and I was gun hoe about making it. But now I have something to look forward to when I can eat. I was only able to drink 4 lemon cleansers and I had a smooth move.
Day 38 Thursday
February 1, 2007
I woke up at 7:00 AM and I drank the sea salt flush. I was just thinking of what a blessing this fast has been and for the Lord to put this in my heart. I know my previous years I would never had thought or even desired to take on a fast of this sort. Truly I am blessed for the Lord has continued to get me through each day one at a time. As my fast is nearing the end I continue to give thanks to the Lord and all of you who have been praying for me. Today I laid in the spa for an hour using ginger and sea salt. I only managed to drink 1 lemon cleanser. I am trying to drink plain water. It is very difficult to drink even water but I am trying. I cut up a salad for the family and I made them some peanut butter crispy snacks. I did manage to drink a smooth move.
Day 39 Friday
February 2, 2007
Today I woke up at 7:00AM. I am having a lot of rumbling in my stomach. I feel a little edgy, my patience is wearing thin. Today I drank 2 lemon cleansers and had my morning smooth move and my evening one. It is good my fast is nearing the end because you wouldn’t believe how hard it is now to drink these things. It may have been easier had I had a variety of different juices to choose from, but I didn’t want to change what I had started. It is 10:04PM and I have about 26 hours left.
Day 40 Saturday
February 3, 2007
It is 3:21AM I have been awake for 2 hours. I woke up around 1:00AM and I was itching like crazy. I laid around for about 30 minutes trying to go back to sleep but the itching was terrible so I laid in the spa for about 1 hour using ginger and sea salt. I still have a little itching but it is much better. I feel like my body is dumping a lot of toxins now maybe because I am mostly drinking water. I have lost 33 pounds since I started this fast. I am hoping I will now be able to sleep. I ended up falling to sleep quickly. I woke up at 8:30AM. I could only get down 8 oz. of the sea salt flush. I drank 3 lemon cleansers today. I decided not to drink the  smooth move.
Sunday February 4, 2007 Praise The Lord! I am so thankful the Lord saw me through the fast. AMEN!!! First day after the fast. At 12:15am I heated up some of the homemade organic soup. I ate a small amount and went to sleep. I had no problems eating. I learned that the greatest blessings followed fasting and praying!

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Our Children are Precious Gift’s From God!

25 Jun
Our Children are Precious Gift’s From God!

Our children are precious gifts from Almighty God. I am going to share how my children have been a blessing to me with some events that could have been fatal. I have had some amazing things happen in my life where I knew the Lord was watching over my family. When my youngest son was 5 years old and my other son was thirteen, a friend had a swimming party. It was the end of the school year and it was a party for the young teenagers. My younger son didn’t know how to swim at the time, so he wore a life-jacket. He was having a blast jumping into the deep end. Well, after a while he came over to me and wanted me to take off his life jacket because he said he didn’t feel like swimming anymore. All of us moms were just sitting around talking and laughing. What happened next I know an angel had to have been there because all the teenagers were on the shallow end of the pool playing a game. I never noticed that my little five year old son had jumped into the deep end. It just so happened that my older son said something tapped his shoulder and made him turn his head and look back, only to see a little top of my five year old’s head barely sticking out of the water. He said he had never moved so fast in his life. He jumped over the side of the pool and dived in to save his little brother from drowning. My older son brought him to me and my little one was crying and was very scared. See, he had forgotten that he wasn’t wearing his life-jacket but I am so thankful for the little tap on the shoulder that made my son turn his head, whether it was an Angel or not, I know it was from God. But nine years before this happened my older daughter saved my older son, who saved my youngest son. She was only six years old at the time and he was four. He had been given some candy from preschool. Well, after we got home I went upstairs and shortly afterwards I heard my daughter screaming and crying “MOM, Devin has candy stuck in his throat and he can’t breath.” I hurried and did the Heimlich maneuver on him. Had she not been there, I would not have known to run down and help him. To this day she can’t stand to see someone sucking on hard candy for the fear of them choking. I am so thankful the Lord has been watching over us all these years, we never know when one will be called home to the Lord. .

God Bless Each of You!
Lord Jesus Saves

 

~Pro-Life Prayers~

24 Jun
~Pro-Life Prayers~


As parents we have hopes and dreams for our children. In 2008 when my 23 year old daughter called me and told me she was pregnant, my first reaction was not one of joy. See I had hoped she would one day find a good man and they would get married, then she would have a child. I never pictured her getting pregnant with no husband, so the shock and my first response was one of disappointment, which made her very upset. The second time she called me she said she was just going to have an abortion, she thought this is what I wanted. It was my first response that made her question rather to keep her baby or not. I told her no and that I was sorry for reacting as I did, the Lord would not want her to take the life of her baby. So even though I was not happy with the way this happened, I knew as a parent I needed to give my daughter support knowing this was no fault of the baby coming. I know my daughter would have suffered great pain in having an abortion. She fell in love with her baby while in the womb and for her adoption was out of the question. It would have been heartbreaking if my daughter had chose to have an abortion and my little precious grand-baby would never have been born.

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I want to ask this important question and please pray about this. Is having an abortion robbing one the opportunity and hope of eternal life? We know abortion robs the physical birth (born of water), but does abortion rob the second birth of the Spirit. Jesus said in John 3:5 “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 6 “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
On thing is for sure, giving birth to a child offers Hope of Eternal Life.

So Beloved!

~Pro-Life Prayers~

Prayer to End Abortion
Lord God, I thank you today for the gift of my life,
And for the lives of all my brothers and sisters.

I know there is nothing that destroys more life than abortion,
Yet I rejoice that you have conquered death
by the Resurrection of Your Son.

I am ready to do my part in ending abortion.
Today I commit myself
Never to be silent,
Never to be passive,
Never to be forgetful of the unborn.

I commit myself to be active in the Pro-Life movement,
And never to stop defending life
Until all my brothers and sisters are protected,
And our nation once again becomes
A nation with liberty and justice
Not just for some, but for all.

Through Christ our Lord. Amen!

Redeemer in the Womb
Lord Jesus Christ, You took our human nature upon Yourself. You shared our life and death, our childhood and adulthood.

You also shared our time in the womb. While still God, while worshiped and adored by the angels, while Almighty and filling every part of the universe, You dwelt for nine months in the womb of Mary. You were our Redeemer in the womb, our God who was a preborn child.

Lord Jesus, we ask You to bless and protect the children who today are in their mothers’ womb. Save them from the danger of abortion. Give their mothers the grace to sacrifice themselves, in body and soul, for their children. Help all people to recognize in the preborn child a brother, a sister, saved by You, our Redeemer in the womb.

Prayer for the Helpless Unborn
Heavenly Father, in Your love for us, protect us against the wickedness of the devil, protect those helpless little ones to whom You have given the gift of life.

Touch with pity the hearts of those women pregnant in our world today who are not thinking of motherhood.

Help them to see that the child they carry is made in Your image — as well as theirs — made for eternal life.

Dispel their fear and selfishness and give them true womanly hearts to love their babies and give them birth and all the needed care that a mother alone can give.

We ask this through Jesus Christ, Your Son, Our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Right to Life Prayer
In these troubled times when all our
Morals and values are under attack,
There is one struggle we all must share
For those who cannot fight back.
I speak of the unborn child –
No more oppressed minority can there be.
Why is he denied his one basic right
In America , “the land of the free’?
Some say it’s a matter of free will,
Others say it’s an individual’s choice.
I say that all who care must speak out
For those who have no voice.
The taking of a human life
Brings shame upon all.
The murder of our children
Is a crime we must outlaw.
So if we raise our voices
For the cause in which we strive,
We can prevent this slaughter,
And protect our right to life.
“I have set before you life and death,
Blessing and curse; therefore choose life,
That you and your descendants may live.”


At the time of conception life is formed, we must all pray for a better way to help those who feel they are not able or willing to raise a child.


~This is a better Choice ~



Abortion Alternative Resource List

If you or someone you know is experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, here are some agencies who can help.

Abortion Alternative Alliance
http://www.911babies.com/

Birthright International
http://www.birthright.com/
1-800-550-4900

Lifecall
http://www.lifecall.org/
1-(201) 825-7277

Birthchoice San Marco
http://www.birthchoice.net/

Birthmothers’ Resources
http://www.birthmother.com/

OptionLine
http://www.pregnancycenters.org/
1-800-395-HELP

The Nurturing Network
http://nurturingnetwork.org/

 

Most of these organizations operate nation wide, and/or can provide you with resources in your area.

If you have had an abortion and are suffering from the grief caused by this decision, you are not alone. There is help out there for you. Here are some groups who may be able to provide you with the support you need.
Psalm 139
13 For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.
17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.
When I awake, I am still with You.

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Depression and Trying to Keep Your Head Above the Water

22 Jun

Depression and Trying to Keep Your Head Above the Water

Depression can leave you feeling like you are struggling to keep your head above the water. It feels like you are drowning and the fight is to pull your head up and get a few breaths so you can keep going. Depression makes you feel alone as if others can no way understand your feelings. If your depression continues there comes a time when you feel so tired you just want it to be over. What do you do? Maybe you have tried medication only to have side effects. Maybe you found someone to lean on, but I can tell you if we depend on another person for our happiness that relationship can end abruptly then you will be left with emptiness. Depression is becoming an epidemic and if we don’t learn how to find healing it will swallow us up and there will be nothing left of us but a lifeless body. The only sure way to find any comfort is by crying out to Jesus. This isn’t something you can do once and expect to be cured of your pain. This is something that must continue daily to fight this disease. I call it a disease because it makes us sick mentally and physically. If we form a special bond with the Lord no matter what happens you know you are never alone. He lives in you and your life will have a greater meaning because you will want to serve him and be pleasing to him.  I know depression hurts and my heart goes out to all of you who are suffering with this pain. But I can tell you the Lord has a way of giving us comfort when we cry out to him, I know first hand.

God Bless All Of you!

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Holy Spirit Email (Monday 8-2-2010)

21 Jun

I was so BLUE EYED…

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I never thought the father of my child could possibly do all these things to wound me. I knew in my heart that God was calling out to me and asking me over and over, “Would you just turn to me? And have a little faith while your at it.” I decided to place myself around other brothers in Christ. I went to a church service called The Journey for my age group (25-30). I hadn’t heard from Derrek in any form or fashion for 5 days. I was so apprehensive about him and didn’t know where else to turn. This service was about letting go of the things in your life that could lead you to sin. I knew what God was telling me, but I didn’t want it to be so. He has been telling me to let go of Derrek, but it is so hard when you truly love someone with all your heart. I came home that night after service and was checking my email, hoping and praying that he at least wrote me something to let me know he was alive. I didn’t receive anything from Derrek. I was crying and praying to the Lord to just please help me understand. I continued to check my email that next couple of days and on that Sunday I was sitting in front of the computer crying […] Holy Spirit Email (Monday 8-2-2010).

Original posted~ JESUS IS MY MYSTERY… CAPTURE ME

I am sharing my daughter’s amazing story of  how the Holy Spirit moved in her life!

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† Porn is a Serious Problem Even Among Christians!!!

18 Jun
† Porn is a Serious Problem Even Among Christians!!!

The Lord can heal you of it. It is a dirty little secret many Christians are hiding. If any of you have this problem check out these sites and know there is hope. The Lord can heal you! The Internet has magnified this problem. You or someone you know may be too ashamed to admit they have a problem, but know there is help. Don’t be afraid to get help before it destroys your life and the lives of others. Sadly today many young people are getting trapped in this addiction!!!

“You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY’; but I say to you, that everyone who looks on a woman to lust for her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.” Matthew 5:27-28
For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. Matthew 15:19
1 Corinthians 6:18-20 Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.


1 Thessalonians 4:3-8 For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that is, that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor, not in lustful passion, like the Gentiles who do not know God; and that no man transgress and defraud his brother in the matter because the Lord is the avenger in all these things, just as we also told you before and solemnly warned you. For God has not called us for the purpose of impurity, but in sanctification. So, he who rejects this is not rejecting man but the God who gives His Holy Spirit to you.

Don’t just sweep the dirt under the rug!

I found these sites and it is a good place to start. † † †
Please don’t wait till it is to late! † † †

Check out these sites!

http://www1.cbn.com/biblestudy/pornography-always-personal

http://www.porn-free.org/

http://www.blazinggrace.org

http://www.safefamilies.org/

http://www.pureonline.com/

http://www.purelifeministries.org/

Luke 11:
33 “No one, after lighting a lamp, puts it away in a cellar nor under a basket, but on the lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light.
34 “The eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is clear, your whole body also is full of light; but when it is bad, your body also is full of darkness.
35 “Then watch out that the light in you is not darkness.
Remember the Lord does not give one more that one can bear and put on God’s Armour..

1 Corinthians 10:12-13 NIV
12 So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!
13 No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.

Ephesians 6:10-18 NIV
The Armour of God
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
11 Put on the full Armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
13 Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled round your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

If any of you are aware of some other good help resources please share them.

God Bless Each of You! LORD JESUS SAVES

I share how I was affected in my own life by porn and sexual abuse!

Finding Comfort After The Loss of A Beloved Pet

17 Jun

~♥ Nothing is Impossible With God ♥~

Hope is where I find Comfort through LOVE..
1 Corinthians 13:7 “LOVE” bears all things,
believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.
It says ALL! So I have this HOPE
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ღHope of Eternal Life For Our Beloved Petsღ

Love is the greatest commandment
and overpowers all the damaging negative
teachings that offer no hope.
It says love, hopes and believes ALL things!
With LOVE we are to hope ALL things, that is what the word teaches. As loving Children of God we should NEVER try to destroy that hope.

~♥ My Angel Kitty Baby ♥~
Born March 30, 1989 – Missing May 18, 2008

~The Bible Teaches Us To Have Hope In All Things~
The Lord gave me 19 wonderful years with my precious kitty, Baby. She just vanished on May 18, 2008 without a trace. Being an indoor kitty I could not understand how she would just vanish. The pain was so great and we desired an answer. My oldest son and I both fasted and prayed, crying out to the Lord for an answer. The very next morning an old friend called me, telling me the Lord came to her in a dream and told her to tell me not to worry about my kitty. I knew that was the answer to our prayers, the Lord was letting us know she was in His hands. I felt an immediate comfort. Then the Lord put it in my heart to make a site to give others HOPE. The pain of losing a beloved pet is great and when the Lord heard our cries and answered our prayers the comfort I felt was great and I wanted to share this hope with others.
Baby became a member of our family!
Losing her, I felt like I lost my child.
I know I could have filled a bucket with tears
I have shed over losing her.
Out of Love I have HOPE she will be in Heaven.
I know the Lord has a greater purpose for her
and that is to help others with the pain
of losing their loving companion and show
we do have hope of them having Eternal life.
Some teach there will be no animals in heaven,
but no where in HIS word does it say that.
Love is eternal and our love for our pets will never die.
With LOVE we are to hope ALL things.
As loving Children of God we should NEVER try to destroy that hope.

The Lord said man alone was created “in the image and likeness of God”
Genesis 1:26-27
The word teaches us we must repent of our sins
and accept the Lord as our Savior..

We must be born again..
So how can a pet go to heaven.
They don’t sin, they are not made in the image of God.

So how is it possible.

Luke 18
27 But He said, “The things that are impossible with people
are possible with God.

Mark 11:
22 And Jesus answered saying to them, “Have faith in God.
23 “Truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up
and cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart,
but believes that what he says is going to happen,
it will be granted him.

24 “Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask,
believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you.

I believe it has to do with love.
I believe since animals can’t sin or receive the Lord it
is going to be through the Love of the Lord’s Children and the Lord’s love for us.
Understanding what love is and how the word describes it, shows us HIS heart!
Man is made in the image of God and we are over the animals.
So I believe the way for an animal to go to heaven is through the
Love of a Child of God and HIS love of us.

Job 12:7
“But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.

If Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived didn’t know 100% if animals go to heaven or not, then I can’t see how anyone today can say they will NOT be there! I choose to have HOPE and Believe!
Solomon Asked this question?
Ecclesiastes 3:21 Who knoweth the spirit of man, whether it goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast, whether it goeth downward to the earth?

1 Corinthians 2 :
9 But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man.
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”


If you know anyone grieving over the loss of an animal or beloved pet please share the Lord’s comforting words Of  HOPE.

May God Bless Each and Everyone of You!

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What Is It That Defiles Man?

14 Jun

What Is It That Defiles Man?

What Is It That Defiles Man?
In  Mark 7 that is where Jesus is talking to the Pharisees and Scribes. He tells them they are worshiping in vain. He says they honor him with their lips but their heart is far from HIM. They follow traditional teaching of doctrines, the way man perceives it. But Jesus makes it clear, what defiles man comes out of heart. Notice the things he mentions: evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness, Jesus shows the things that will defile man always comes from the heart. The good news is all sins are forgiven if we repent, and we have faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ, walking in righteousness.

The Good News!!!

Acts 13:32 “And we preach to you the GOOD NEWS of the promise made to the fathers, 33 that God has fulfilled this promise to our children in that He raised up Jesus, as it is also written in the second Psalm, ‘YOU ARE MY SON; TODAY I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU.’ 34 As for the fact that He raised Him up from the dead, no longer to return to decay, He has spoken in this way: ‘I WILL GIVE YOU THE HOLY and SURE blessings OF DAVID.’ 35 “Therefore He also says in another Psalm, ‘YOU WILL NOT ALLOW YOUR HOLY ONE TO UNDERGO DECAY.’ 36 “For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep, and was laid among his fathers and underwent decay; 37 but He whom God raised did not undergo decay. 38 “Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 39 and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses. 40 “Therefore take heed, so that the thing spoken of in the Prophets may not come upon you:

The whole law hangs on the 2 commandments Jesus said.
Matthew 22:
36 Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?
37 And he said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
38 This is the great and first commandment.
39 And a second like `unto it’ is this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
40 On these two commandments the whole law hangeth, and the prophets.

 
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Why did God use the plurals US and OUR in Genesis 1:26?

11 Jun

Why did God use the plurals US and OUR in Genesis 1:26?

And God said, Let US make man in OUR image, after OUR likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
I believe it is referring to the unity of  The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as three persons in one divine Being. We refer to the three as the Godhead or Trinity.
We are made in HIS image and we are like little Trinities.
Jesus said the greatest commandment is to LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND, AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.
Mark 12:30
The Heart is our spirit compared to Holy Spirit.
The Soul is our breath, body compared with Jesus (body), Son.
The Mind is our thoughts, intelligence compared with God the Father.
Strength is putting them all to together ~ God.
We are made in God’s image!
God does not want us to love Him with just “parts” of our being, but rather, with ALL our being!
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The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, all are God in different forms. An analogy I like to use (steam a gas, water vapor, cloud), (ice a solid, form) and (water a liquid), yet they are all H2O.

The Father~Cloud
Exodus 13:21
The LORD was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night. 22 He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.

Matthew 17:1 Six days later Jesus took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves. 2 And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light. 3 And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. 4 Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” 5 While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!”

Son~Body

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God.
Then go to John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
So we have the Word which is God, then the Word becomes flesh. The flesh is Jesus, the flesh is God, Jesus Is God in the flesh.


The Holy Spirit~“Living Water”
John 7: 37 Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. 38 “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” 39 But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

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The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, all are God in different forms. An analogy I like to use (steam a gas, water vapor, cloud), (ice a solid, form) and (water a liquid), yet they are all H2O.


The Trinity Explained (with Reason)
I thought this was an interesting way to explain the Trinity.

Related Article
Why did God refer to himself as “us” and “our” in Genesis 1:26?

Having a Thorn In Our Flesh Is A Blessing!!!

10 Jun

Having a Thorn In Our Flesh Is A Blessing!!!

Situations that would have most of us wanting to avoid, help our lives like no other experience. I know there are treasures to be found in our suffering. God allowed Satan to torment Paul for God’s own good purposes and always within God’s perfect will. What we do know about this thorn in the flesh comes from Paul himself in

2 Corinthians 12:7 “To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me.

It was to keep Paul humble.

2 Corinthians 12:8 Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. 9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

We can see Paul wanted the thorn removed but the Lord knew what was best and allowed Paul to understand why he needed it.
Whether Paul’s ‘thorn’ was physical sickness or something else, it taught us a great lesson. Christ deviated the fiery dart with such precision that it punctured only that part of Paul that was in danger of bloating with pride. That dart crossed through the scarred hands of Jesus and entered Paul as a manifestation of divine love and wisdom.
Our scars are our testimonies to boost in the Lord and show glory to him.

Paul’s discomfort became necessary because the sin of pride loomed dangerously near.

2 Corinthians 12:1-7
We can learn pride is not something the Lord desires for his Children. It is important we have a humble heart. Pruning Is the way the Lord molds us to serve his purpose for our lives.
We need to be thankful for our thorns!!!

Romans 8:18
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

Wishing Great Blessings To Each and Everyone of YOU!

Lord Jesus Saves

Why does God allow Satan to unleash evil on Christians?

8 Jun

Why Does God Allow Satan To Unleash Evil On Christians?

As children of God we are disciplined. The trials and hardships are blessings. Endurance is what helps make us complete and worthy in the eyes of the Lord.

When we read the book of Job it is interesting how before Satan could unleash evil on Job he had to get permission from God. The significance here is that Satan is answerable to God; he needs permission from the Lord in order to unleash evil on the Lord’s servants. So then we ask why would God allow Satan to attack His children? The reason for this is because God wishes to honor our free will; not just the free will itself, but the consequences which comes with it.
The word shows us two reasons.
One is for discipline
and One is for trials

“True faith is not getting from God what we want in life, true faith is accepting what God has planned for our lives.” Accepting what God has planned for our lives may mean enduring pain and hardship. We do this through patience that is a “Fruit of the Spirit”. We cannot do it in our own strength. We must rely upon the Holy Spirit of God. Job’s question is still valid today “Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” God’s will for our life may involve both good and trouble and we should be willing to accept this through patient endurance as God may be using us as an example to reach others with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The book of Job goes into great detail as to the emotions that Job experienced over a considerable period of time.  As the knowledge of the loss of his children sunk in, the physical affliction of his body continued, and the accusation of his friends mounted, you could say Job was down in the dumps. Job’s friends believed that Job had sinned and that God was punishing him for un-confessed sin. Job’s friends questioned Job’s integrity. But we know that was not the case.  Job 1:8 The LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil.”
We see Job was a righteous man.
By the end of the book we see that even though Job didn’t fully comprehend what was going on in his life he realized God did and that was what really mattered. This awareness that God is in control allows us to patiently endure life’s trials even though we may not fully understand the why.

Discipline
Hebrews 12
5 and you have forgotten the exhortation which is addressed to you as sons,
“MY SON, DO NOT REGARD LIGHTLY THE DISCIPLINE OF THE LORD,
NOR FAINT WHEN YOU ARE REPROVED BY HIM;
6 FOR THOSE WHOM THE LORD LOVES HE DISCIPLINES,
AND HE SCOURGES EVERY SON WHOM HE RECEIVES.”
7 It is for discipline that you endure; God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom his father does not discipline?
8 But if you are without discipline, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate children and not sons.
9 Furthermore, we had earthly fathers to discipline us, and we respected them; shall we not much rather be subject to the Father of spirits, and live?
10 For they disciplined us for a short time as seemed best to them, but He disciplines us for our good, so that we may share His holiness.
11 All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness.
12 Therefore, strengthen the hands that are weak and the knees that are feeble,
13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed.
14 Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.
Trials
James 1
2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,
3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
 12 Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.
2 Corinthians 13
11 Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete, be comforted, be like-minded, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.
1 Corinthians 15:58
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.

God Bless Each and Everyone of you!

Lord Jesus Saves

Christians Suffering As Christ

7 Jun
 Christians Suffering as Christ
As Christians it is a blessing when we suffer, it is a time to rejoice. When we suffer for righteousness and yet we endure, we are doing the will of God. When we speak not giving insult for insult or evil for evil and we control our tongue, we are doing the will of God.

No one can harm you if you prove you are zealous for good.

1 Peter 2:19

For this finds favor, if for the sake of conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly.

20 For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds favor with God.
21 For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,
22 WHO COMMITTED NO SIN, NOR WAS ANY DECEIT FOUND IN HIS MOUTH;
23 and while being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously;
24 and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.

1 Peter 3:14

But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed AND DO NOT FEAR THEIR INTIMIDATION, AND DO NOT BE TROUBLED,

15 but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence;
16 and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.
17 For it is better, if God should will it so, that you suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong.
18 For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit.

1 Peter 4:12

Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you;

13 but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.
14 If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you.
15 Make sure that none of you suffers as a murderer, or thief, or evildoer, or a troublesome meddler;
16 but if anyone suffers as a Christian, he is not to be ashamed, but is to glorify God in this name.

James 1:2

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,

3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

Love all of You!

Lord Jesus Saves

A HEART FILLED WITH LOVE HAS NO ROOM FOR HATE

6 Jun

A HEART FILLED WITH LOVE HAS NO ROOM FOR HATE

The bible says God is love. In Matthew 5:44 God tells us to love our enemy, In Matthew 22:39 He tells us to love our neighbor as our self. So say you were abused, molested, or raped how should be towards that person? I will tell you man’s way is not the way of God. Man’s way would show hatred and wish the worst on that person for hurting us. But is that how God wants us to be? Nowhere in the bible does God show us these actions are of him. He tells us to have love and compassion, pray for those who hurt you. The best example is Jesus on the cross praying to God for those who harmed him, asking God to forgive them for they know not what they do. Should we be any different? Allow God and the justice system handle it. What about people who are gay, of another religious group, or race? Does that give us a right to hate someone because they believe differently or because they are of another color? Not according to the bible, it says to love your enemy. I don’t see where it gives any exceptions. If we are holding hatred in our heart, it isn’t of God.  I believe this world would be a better place if we all lived God’s way and not man’s way.

(*Loving your enemies doesn’t mean you love the sin, there is a difference. As children of God we need to pray for our enemies and always speak the truth in love, while  refusing to support or condone sin.)

Jesus talks about love and he says the law hangs on two commandments. The first one is to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, and mind. The second one is to love your neighbor as yourself.

Matthew 22:36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?” 37 And He said to him, “ ‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ 38 “This is the great and foremost commandment. 39 “The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’ 40 “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

Matthew 5:43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’ 44 “But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 “For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 “If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 “Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

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Romans 16:16
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The Lord Can And Does Use Dreams to Help Us!

5 Jun

 HAVE YOU EVER HAD A SPECIAL DREAM THAT STOOD OUT AND YOU KNEW THE LORD WAS SPEAKING TO YOU?

The first time this happened to me was when I was 10 years old.

Acts 2:17 ’AND IT SHALL BE IN THE LAST DAYS,’ God says, ’THAT I WILL POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT ON ALL MANKIND; AND YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY, AND YOUR YOUNG MEN SHALL SEE VISIONS, AND YOUR OLD MEN SHALL DREAM DREAMS.
I have one dream I remember as a child and it was very special to me. When I was 10 years old my grandma died of a heart attack June 4, 1966 and I loved her so much. If you notice the postcard it is dated April 15, 1966. It was less than 2 months later she had a heart attack and died. My grandmother had gone to Mississippi to visit some of her family. Before she left on her trip I had traced her hand on a piece of paper and I have saved it along with her wedding ring all these years. After her death I was so very sad but one night I had a beautiful dream and I remember that dream like it was yesterday. In my dream I received a gift. It was a long box wrapped with a big bow. The anticipation of what was in the box was great. As I opened the box I was so excited when I realized it was my grandmother alive and well. I was so happy to see her again and I remember exactly what I said to her. I asked her, “Grandma, what is it like in heaven?” And this is what she said “Francine, I can’t tell you, you are going to have to find out for yourself.” What a wonderful dream and I was only 10 years old. That dream was a gift from God and HIM calling me to him. What was the chance that I would ask such a question and that dream would never be forgotten? Could it well be that the Lord knew I would use it one day to glorify HIM. My neighbor started inviting me to go to church with their family. A little over a year later I accepted to Lord and was baptized.  The Lord is so amazing and I am thankful for those special dreams!



God Bless Each of  You!

Lord Jesus Saves

Please Please Don’t Kill the Honey Bees!

1 Jun

Please Please Don’t Kill the Honey Bees!  

In early June 2010 I realized we had a bee problem inside the wall of our home. I started making calls to try and find someone who could remove them. I really did not want to kill them and the more I learned about bees, the more I was determined to save them. First bees are very important for our ecosystem, without them we would loss our crops. If one has them exterminated the hive will remain in the wall and it will draw roaches and ants plus it will cause mold and a big mess inside the wall.

I am  sharing our bee removal experience. I found a beekeeper, who did an excellent job.
http://www.bees-on-the-net.com/texas-swarm-removal/

Looking at this next picture you would not think we had too many bees!

The beekeeper realized he was not going to be able to get to the bees from outside after removing some of the wall.

He realized he was going to have to go through the Kitchen wall.

He tried to go through one part of the wall but a 2 by 4 was in the way so he had to go in through the bottom of the wall.

Then we could see the bottom of the Bee Hive!

The beekeeper hung plastic up in the doorway so the bees would not go into the other rooms. The Hive had between 40,000 to 50,000 bees in it.

The honeycomb!

This is rich raw honey!

I see this as a blessing because my husband has allergies and you can’t get local honey any closer to home than this! 🙂

I am so glad we saved the bees and now they have a new home. The beekeeper repaired the walls and did an awesome job!

Read about

“Colony Collapse Disorder”

Bee deaths may signal wider pollination threat: U.N.

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Beware of False Prophets

30 May

How Pennies Helped Reveal the Truth about A False Prophet!

Acts 2:17

‘AND IT SHALL BE IN THE LAST DAYS,’ God says, ‘THAT I WILL POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT ON ALL MANKIND; AND YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY, AND YOUR YOUNG MEN SHALL SEE VISIONS, AND YOUR OLD MEN SHALL DREAM DREAMS;

In March of 2006 pennies starting coming up out of the ground in my backyard, two months before Sammy (my daughter’s boyfriend) took his life, I found a total of 43 pennies and that is how I learned about the false prophet my daughter and Sammy were sending money to. The final day when I found 5 pennies was the night my daughter saw a vision of Sammy (a deceptive spirit) standing at the sliding glass door that lead to the back yard.  She was wide awake when  she saw the vision and it scared her, I even laid my hand on her chest and could feel her heart pounding. She quickly grabbed her bible and opened it. That is when she said mom “LOOK What it Says!


Deuteronomy 18:9-22
Detestable Practices

9 “When you enter the land which the LORD your God gives you, you shall not learn to imitate the detestable things of those nations. 10 “There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12 “For whoever does these things is detestable to the LORD; and because of these detestable things the LORD your God will drive them out before you. 13 “You shall be blameless before the LORD your God. 14 “For those nations, which you shall dispossess, listen to those who practice witchcraft and to diviners, but as for you, the LORD your God has not allowed you to do so.
15 “The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your countrymen, you shall listen to him. 16 “This is according to all that you asked of the LORD your God in Horeb on the day of the assembly, saying, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, let me not see this great fire anymore, or I will die.’ 17 “The LORD said to me, ‘They have spoken well. 18 ‘I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. 19 ‘It shall come about that whoever will not listen to My words which he shall speak in My name, I Myself will require it of him. 20 ‘But the prophet who speaks a word presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or which he speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.’ 21 “You may say in your heart, ‘How will we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?’ 22 “When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him
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After reading it my daughter told me how her and Sammy had been getting letters from a prophet. I learned his name was Prophet Peter Popoff who I had never heard of at the time. I wanted to know more. I learned her and Sammy were sending him money. She told me she had some of his letters out in her car. I started checking this guy out on the Internet and the Lord was quickly letting me know this guy was No prophet of God as he claimed. Many people are being deceived. In his letters he would tell them to do certain things in order to bring forth miracles. Now you may be wondering where the pennies come into play.  The very first letter I saw had 5 pennies drawn at the top of the page with a penny he sent that he claimed was anointed with Holy Prayer. He gives instructions on what to do with each coin. He told them to say certain words out loud. Another letter described how to  receive the 3 trinity gifts saying for the Father to pay $107.00, for the son pay  $77.00 and  for the Holy Spirit pay $67.00. I found this outrageous that he takes advantage of those hurting for his financial gain.
Now my daughter and Sammy fell victim into believing he was a man of God and followed the directions given to them with the pennies.  I pray by sharing this story others won’t fall victim to his scams and the scams of other deceivers. I will show examples of his letters and this is not all of them.
The pages are not in order but you will get an idea what they consisted of and how some people fall for this. The actually letters come with all the blue writing to make them look  personal.
I can only say Peter Popoff is a false prophet who Profits off others. We all need to pray for him!
I do not know how the pennies got in the ground and no one in my family knows. But the timing of them coming up is what is significant.
It was the Lord perfect timing!
Lord Jesus Saves

 

Learning Forgiveness In my Own Life.

24 May

 

I am sharing  my own personal story in HOPE of helping others.  Learning forgiveness of others to be forgiven!

      I asked the Lord to forgive me, it took a little time but the Lord has reassured me of his forgiveness. I realized I wouldn’t be forgiven until I was able to forgive those who hurt me. The forgiveness started with my father for all the years of sexual abuse. I realized there was a connection between the abuse of my father and my first failed marriage. I married young at the age of 19, it was only 3 years after I had been engulfed with a lifetime of sexual abuse which involved my grandmother and my mother. He was able to control all of us, having us do his will. He took away my innocence while warping my mind, resulting in my own insecurity. We lived in a house of darkness literally and spiritually, he was a nudist. I remember the shades always down when he was home. We all had to participate. Many of our family vacations involved going to nudist colonies which included my mother, my grandma (mother’s mother) and me. This was his choice, we were just all victims. I loved my grandmother very much but she was a victim just like me, so I never blamed her. She died when I was ten. My mother ended up an alcoholic. I remember him beating her, her crying, and her with a black eye. My mother took her pain out on me and would slap me across the face or pinch my mouth. I recall my father becoming enraged over a lost porn magazine, at first he came after me, pulling back his fist as to hit me but stopped. I was so scared that day, then he turned his rage on my mother. I remember my father sexual molesting my friend and I, she was 9 and I was 10 years old. He had a way of making it into a game. I remember when my dad would go to X-rated stores to buy his magazines, he would leave my mother and I in the car for hours at a time. Then when I was 11 years old, my mother and my grandfather (my father’s father) ran off together which lead to my parent’s divorce. That relationship failed between my mother and grandfather, my mother had no money so my dad was able to take even greater advantage of her and his sex acts became even more perverted by including me. At that time I was living with my Maw Maw (my father’s mother) and the neighbors started taking me to church where I accepted the Lord and was baptized. My father then remarried when I was 13 years old and there was more abuse. My stepmother would always say things to put fear in me. She told me how she and her older daughter murdered her first husband and how they got away with it by claiming self defense, along with other stories to add more fear in me. Every time she would leave the house my father would come for me for his pleasure. Seriously I had come to the point, I wanted to die. For the first time I finally told my secret to a friend that lived a few houses down the street named Mary. The Lord intervened when Mary told her friend Sharon about me. Sharon didn’t know me but told her parents about a girl who was being abused.
I finally told my father I was going to tell and everything hit the fan. As I spoke of the unspeakable, I just wanted to run away, I remember my whole body trembling and shaking. I asked if I could go live with my mother and they said go ahead, but that didn’t work because she was always drunk and the man she was married to threatened to beat me with a big chain. By this time I had Sharon’s parents phone number who offered me help and they took me into their home. They got me legal help and they became my foster parents. I lived with them for about 2 1/2 years and there I learned more about the Lord. I was rescued for a time, but when I finished school I was on my own and the sins of the world engulfed me. I was insecure and I met someone who said they loved me and wanted to get married. But soon after we married I felt I couldn’t trust him. I was so jealous of every girl and child. One day I went to visit a friend out of town and I planned to stay the night but I missed him so much I came home. He wasn’t there and I waited by the window late into the night. When he finally got home I asked him where he had gone, it turned out he went to an x-rated store to buy a x-rated movie. I was so angry. Well, a few weeks later I noticed the trash had been taken out. I knew that wasn’t like my husband to do that without me saying something, so I went out and dug into the trash. There I found x-rated magazines that he had been looking at after he knew how I was so against it. He knew about all the abuse I had endured as a child and the porn my father was into. What I am getting at is my state of mind was so messed up, I couldn’t handle being with someone that reminded me of my Dad. I wanted to separate but during the separation period he found someone else and wanted a divorce. Once my marriage was over my life was filled with sin, drinking, sex, and drugs and I was living my darkest hours. I was alone living in this dark cloud, the Lord seemed miles away. I tried to take my own life by taking a bottle of the remaining Valium I had, only I found myself still alive the next day. I knew something needed to change, I felt so tired. I prayed and asked the Lord for a family and soon after that I met my husband to be. The husband I have now is nothing like my father. We have been together 28 years and he is a wonderful husband and father. A few years ago I decided I wanted to go back home and truly get connected to the Lord. I was on fire and so happy. I called my foster-father and went to visit him after over 30 years and let him know how much I loved all they had done for me. I saw my foster-sister but my foster-mother had already passed away. A few months later my foster-father passed away with cancer. I knew the Lord let me have that chance to tell him how much I appreciated them and thanked him for all they did for me. But going back to church turned out to be so disappointing for me. I never realized I would not be accepted as a member of the body. I tried to explain the situation but it didn’t matter. It was firm I could not be a member unless I divorced my husband because they said I was living in adultery. I couldn’t believe the coldness, where was forgiveness. I was so troubled over it. It ate at me and I prayed for answers. Then on May 6, 2006 my daughter’s boyfriend committed suicide and that was the worst pain I ever felt. I cried out to the Lord like never before. It broke my heart and the pain I felt ran through my whole body.

     I knew God had put this young man in my life for reason. I cried and prayed asking God what can I do? I had never been on MySpace before and yet God lead me to it. I shortly realized he wanted me to make a Tribute to Sammy. In the beginning I felt God was using the site to aid in comforting Sammy’s love ones. But soon afterwards, I started seeing the site go into a transformation. No longer was it just for the loved ones, but for those hurting for various reasons. It was becoming one of God’s tools to give aid and comfort through the word of God. The church shut the door on me but the Lord opened another door for me to serve him.

     Going back to my father. I asked the Lord for forgiveness. I started praying for a heart pleasing to him and his spiritual wisdom. I prayed for mercy, and as time went on I started having a change of heart. I stopped being angry with my father. I found myself praying for him and asking the Lord to have mercy on him. All the terrible feelings I once had vanished. I felt the Lord’s love like never before and I knew I was forgiven for all my past sins. I hold no guilt because I have learned in order to be forgiven by the Lord we must forgive those who hurt us. My father never came to me and asked me to forgive him. I never set eyes on him after 1972, I later heard he died in a car crash at the age of 66. No longer would there be a chance for him to come and ask me for forgiveness, yet I knew the Lord was telling me I needed to forgive. This is a principle taught in the word forgive others to be forgiven.

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14-15

My mother died at the age of 47 of psoriasis of the liver and never got to see any of her grandchildren. I can pray with no animosity and with sincere love for all those who hurt me. In Dec 2007 the Lord put it in my heart to find my stepmother and forgive her as well. It had been 35 years since I had seen her. I didn’t even know if she was still alive but I figured she must be since the Holy Spirit was putting this in my heart. I knew if she was alive, she would be 76 years old. I did a people search for her and found where she had last lived in 2005 so I decided to take a drive and see if I could find her. I located my stepsister, she had no idea who I was, but I knew it was her. I asked her where my stepmother was and she told me she was in ICU, she told me she had had a heart attack the day before Thanksgiving. I told my stepsister the Lord had put it in my heart to see my stepmother and let her know I had forgiven her and my father for all that happened to me when I was a teen. The Lord knew the perfect timing for me to go so I wouldn’t say too much, I left her an audio bible and player for my stepmother. Then I went to the hospital and was able to visit with my stepmother for a few minutes. I let her know the Lord loves her and that I had forgiven her. My stepmother died 3 years later in 2010 at the age of 79. I still have the scars and the memories, but my wounds have healed. One thing I have learned is not to hide our scars but use them to share with others and show the hope we have when we have the Lord to help us deal with the pain and heal our wounds. Our scars are our testimonies.
The Lord can turn anything into a blessing if we trust him!
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
If we want to be forgiven we must forgive others. A good way to start is by praying and asking the Lord to give you a heart that is pleasing to HIM. As one’s heart changes and starts filling up with Love, there is No room for hate. Forgiveness becomes easier and easier. I pray all those who read this will be blessed.
~May the Grace of God be with Each and Everyone of You~
Lord Jesus Saves

~♥ My Foster Parents and I ♥~ (1976)

My wonderful foster parents who took me in when I was 16 years old. This picture was taken around (1976) when I was 20 years old. The Lord planted me in the Church of Christ as a teen and I believe it was for HIS purpose!  Sadly both of my foster parents have passed away! My foster-mother had diabetes and it took her life. My foster-father died of cancer in 2005 but the Lord blessed me by letting me see him a few months before the cancer took him. I was able to tell him and my foster-sister how much I love them and all they did for me! What a great blessing it was to see them after all those years!!!  One added note!! I was re-baptized at the age of 17 years old, the teaching in the Church said my first Baptism done in the Baptist church was invalid. But on Sept 22, 2007 the Holy Spirit let me know I was the Lord’s Child at 11 years old, he knew I was a child hurting and accepted me. I Love how the Holy Spirit opens our eyes to HIS truth.

My foster-sister and her husband (COC preacher), my foster-mother and me (1974).

A brief history!!! There was a girl that lived down the street from me and I confronted her with some of the things going on in my life. She told Sharon who I did not know at the time. Sharon told her parents about me and their heart went out to me. They wanted to help me get out from all the abuse. They helped me by taking me into their home and getting me legal help. They got child welfare involved and they got custody of me from the ages of 16-18 years of age. They were very loving and I learned more about the Lord living there. Sadly because of legalism many of those in the conservative Church of Christ now consider me a fallen Child of God. Things have changed, the Holy Spirit has helped me see things in a new Light! After Sammy’s suicide (my daughter’s boyfriend) the Holy Spirit started moving in my life and started opening my eyes to things I never knew before the age of 50 years old. I give the Lord all the Glory!

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~♥ My Grandma and I ♥~ around 1964!

This is my grandmother (my mother’s mother) and I. She lived with us from my birth till she died June 4, 1966. I was 10 years old and loved her so much! She was a Christian and I believe she must of taught me about the Lord. She was a member of the Pine Forest Baptist Church in Vidor.  After her death I was so very sad but one night I had a beautiful dream and I remember that dream like it was yesterday. I dreamed I received a present. It was a long box wrapped with a big bow. I opened the box and it was my grandma. I was so happy and I remember exactly what was said. I asked her, “Grandma, what is it like in heaven?” And this is what she said “Francine, I can’t tell you, you are going to have to find out for yourself.” What a wonderful dream and I was only 10 years old. That dream was a gift from God. What was the chance that I would ask such a question and that dream would never be forgotten? Could it well be that the Lord knew I would use it one day to glorify him. Less than a year later after she passed away I accepted the Lord and was baptized. I know that the Lord does give us those special dreams and they are for today!  Acts 2:17-18 ‘AND IT SHALL BE IN THE LAST DAYS,’ God says ‘THAT I WILL POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT ON ALL MANKIND; AND YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY, AND YOUR YOUNG MEN SHALL SEE VISIONS, AND YOUR OLD MEN SHALL DREAM DREAMS;  EVEN ON MY BONDSLAVES, BOTH MEN AND WOMEN, I WILL IN THOSE DAYS POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT And they shall prophesy.

This is South Park Baptist Church.

I was baptized there when I was 11 years old, November 19, 1967. It looks the same as how I remember it 44 years ago. What is ironic when I was 6-9 years old I lived two houses away from that church yet I had never been in it. The house we were renting was bought by the Church and destroyed to build a bigger parking area. I remember that house as a house of darkness. Always dark because the shades were down. It was there in that house where the molesting got really bad! My father was molesting both my grandma and me. It is know wonder the Lord used my Grandma in the dream to call me to him. It is amazing that very house was destroyed by the Church where I found the Lord and accepted Jesus into my heart.

As a child hurting I know the Lord used a dream to help comfort me and bring me to the Him!

My Dream as a child was a Gift from GOD!

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Beware of Deception!

24 May
 Beware of Deception!

We are living in a time when we really must beware of the warnings in the written word! We must use discernment!

Jesus warned us!!!

Matthew 24:24For false christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect.

1 John 4
1 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. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God; 3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God; this is the spirit of the antichrist, of which you have heard that it is coming, and now it is already in the world.

2 John 1
7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8 Watch yourselves, that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward. 9 Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; 11 for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds.

Matthew 24
4 And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you. 5 “For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ, ’ and will mislead many.

Satan is clever he mixes truth with lies and twist it together so it is hard to see the deceit. Satan will make it appear to be something good and will package it like that, offering the world peace and Unity!

We must remember Satan has many tricks!!!!

2 Corinthians 11:14 No wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light

1 Peter 5
8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

John 14:6
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; NO ONE comes to the Father but through Me. That’s pretty clear. Jesus is the one and only door to eternal life.

John 10:9 “I am the gate (door); whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture.” (verse 7) The one and the only door. The door.

Think about this, Noah’s ark had only one door. How many doors are there to heaven? One. Jesus is the only way to heaven. Jesus is the Door. He’s the only way to heaven. Buddha can’t save us. Mohammad can’t save us. According to word of God, Jesus is the only way! The only door!

We have those teaching there are other ways. But Jesus says they are thieves and robbers.

 John 10: 1 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber.

Acts 4:12 Salvation is found in NO ONE else, for there is NO other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.

2 Timothy 3
14 You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

Matthew 7:
15 “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 “You will know them by their fruits.


  The written word warns us of deceiving Spirits and false Christ. These warnings should be an eye opener for all Children of God!
Unity can only be found with Jesus the Messiah as the very foundation. Yet as Children of God we are to love and pray for ALL mankind.

My prayer is NO one is deceived!
God Bless Each and Every One of You!

Lord Jesus Saves

John: 3:16:  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.

 
1 John: 5:11-12:  And this is the record, that has given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that has the Son has life, and he that has not the Son of God has not life.

Finding Unity Among Children of God!

22 May

Where is the One True Church?

The one true Church has no walls.  The written word is inspired by the Holy Spirit, yet we have many interpretations of the written word which causes many divisions among the Lord’s children. What happens is, many of us believe a certain way and we desire to show others the truth because we believe we know the truth and others are misinterpreting the word.  So what do we do? As children of God we try to show others how their interpretation is false and what is correct, while they are trying to show us how we are wrong. Have you ever seen Children of God get ugly with one another over interpretations and not seeing the sin in how they are treating one another? I believe one of God’s hidden mysteries is here and we will only see this as we come closer to being transformed into the perfect. Many see these different interpretations as false doctrine. But if we could rise above and see things from the Lord’s eyes using his spiritual wisdom not the wisdom of man, many of these interpretations that divide Children of God have nothing to do with our salvation. 
The Lord is concerned with our hearts and motives. How are we are treating one another?  Are we fighting over what we believe is truth and hurting each other? The Lord warns us not to devour one another. Is our love genuine for HIM and others? I believe the Lord was well aware of the fact we would not agree on every interpretation of the written word, but in order to find perfect unity he knew we must rise above that. If our heart is truly filled with the attributes of the fruit of the Spirit and we are seeing through HIS eyes we will begin to come together through Love which brings about UNITY which is found only in HIM! That is why he said the whole Law can be summed up in one word LOVE! He says in loving him and others we fulfill the Law.

The Lord teaches, what defiles man comes from the heart and when Jesus spoke on the sermon on the mount everything he spoke of had to do with man’s heart. So if our heart is filled with Love there is no room for the things that defile us, like immorality, impurity, sensuality,  idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. The one true church is found in the hearts of the “called out”! Those walking in righteousness through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ!