Difficult Times

James 4.jpgThere are many times in the life of a Christian that we go through difficult times, and sometimes it seems that at every corner we are being attack spiritual, and it is when we know that we are the words of James comes to my mind. James 4:8 Come near to God and he will come near to you, as well as Jeremiah 6:16 This is what the Lord says; Stand at the crossroads and look, ask for the ancient paths; and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. Instead of us running from our Lord we need to run as fast as we can towards him, to rest our tired soul. When we are feeling sad, Jesus wants us to anticipate feeling joyful again. This takes the sting out of our sorrows, because we know it is only temporary what we are going thru. Sadness tends to duplicate itself along the timeline-convincing us that we will always be unhappy. But that is a lie! Jesus is telling us to turn away from the lies we are hearing and to turn to him and more important to trust him and all that he has promised us. The truth is, all of his children have infinite joy ahead of them, reserved in heaven, guaranteed through-out eternity. No one can take this away from us, which is wonderful to know. While we are journeying towards heaven, our earthly path has many ups and downs. Through your down times are uncomfortable, they are not worthless. Pain and struggle can be highly productive when we trust Jesus in the midst of our sufferings. Our anguish is comparable to a woman enduring labor pains. Her suffering is very real, and she wonder how much longer she can bear this pain, and this is the way we truly feel at times. However, all this agony produces a wonderful result-a newborn baby. The memories of her suffering retreat to the background of her mind as she begins to focus on her child. While we labor through earthly afflictions we need to keep our eyes on the promised reward in Jesus, and the wonderful joy we do have in knowing him no matter what we are going thru.

Grace and Peace to you My Friends

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God’s Word is eternal and cannot be destroyed nor changed. We saw in the book of Jeremiah where the prophet was commanded by God to write His words on a roll of paper of the coming judgements upon Israel, Judah and all the nations if they had refused to repent and return to the true […]

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He Chose The Nails

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Long ago, even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the wonderful kindness he has poured out on us because we belong to his dearly loved Son. He is rich in kindness that he purchased our freedom through the blood of his Son., and our sins are forgiven.. God’s secret plans has now been revealed to us; it is a plan centered on Christ, designed long ago according to his good pleasure. And this is his plan: As the right times he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ, everything in heaven and on earth. Furthermore, because of Christ, we have received an inheritance from God, for he chose us from the beginning, and all things happen just as he decided long ago.                      Ephesians 1:4-7,9-11 (NLT) 

 

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Eileen

 

 

JESUS CHOSE THE NAILS FOR YOU AND ME! 

Jesus in Gethsemane

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Then Jesus went with His disciples to a place called Gethsemane and He said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.”  Matthew 26:36

Gethsemane! How charged with holy perceptions this name is to the believer! Today we come to a stop at the Via Dolorosa-Christ’s road of sorrow.

Gethsemane means “olive press.” We tread on holy ground when we cross the bridge over the brook. Cedron, and move on into the shadows of the olive trees. Let us take off our shoes and bow our heads, for Jesus was here Himself to wrestle in prayer with God. Gethsemane symbolizes the crushing weight Jesus carried on the cross. Christ prayed His High Priest prayer for others, then He prayed for God to equip Him for His massive offering; to make the impossible possible; to bear the unbearable. 

“Is this the only way to save the world?” asked our Savior. “Is it not possible to find another way?” Earlier, Satan showed Jesus the other way. During Christ’s temptation in the desert, Satan said, “I will give it all to You, if You will only kneel down and worship me.” (Matthew 4:9) Jesus didn’t want to take the easier way without God’s approval. Here in Gethsemane it was not Jesus’ body that was crucified, but His will. Our Lord placed all His wishes and desires on the Father’s altar. Although the cup of suffering made Him shudder, He still accepted it from the Father’s hand. He let His will become His Father’s He bowed in obedience and carried the burden of the world to Golgotha.

 

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Eileen

 

 

 

 

Holy Thursday-“The Last Supper”

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When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. And he said to them. “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying. “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.                                                     Luke 22:14-20 

 

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Eileen

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I have had the privilege of joining many special meals for special occasions. Some of them have been goodbye dinners for people leaving my city to return to their countries after completing their education. Those have been especially poignant moments as friends realizing they will probably never see each other again say goodbyes. In such […]

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