Don’t Quit

Ephesians 3-1For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of glorious riches he may strengthen you withy power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have the power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high deep is the love of Christ.                                                   Ephesians 3:14-18

When life seems to throw you a curve ball or two, don’t quit, when friends all around you seems to always want to judge you when you do something wrong, don’t quit, when you are worry about paying your rent, mortgage, or any other bills, don’t give up. As you give yourself more and more to life of constant communication with Christ, you will find that you simply don’t have time to worry. You may be skeptical about this statement. It seems you always find time for worrying, it’s a battle in your strength for years! The more you’ve tried not to worry, the more anxious you’ve become. So now you’ve worrying about worrying! You definitely need Christ’s help in this battle. Your best strategy is to stop focusing on the problems and put more energy into communicating more with Me. This approach will help you achieve freedom from all sorts of negative tendencies, including worry. When things seem to overwhelm you in this life “Don’t Quit, remember how much “I love You” just by spending time with him thru the scriptures and prayer you come to realize that.

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Remember You are a Child of the Most High King Jesus Christ! you are precious in his sight.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

God’s Love For You

Psalm 62.jpgTruly my soul finds rest in God, my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation, he is my fortress I will never be shaken. How long will you assault me? Would all of you throw me down, this leaning wall, this tottering fence? Surely they intend to topple me from lofty place, they take delight in lies. With their mouths they bless, but in their hearts they curse. Yes, my soul, find rest in God, my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God, his is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people, pour out your hearts to him for God is our refuge.

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Find comfort in knowing that God is perfectly good and strong. If God was good but lack strength, we would have no stronghold in times of trouble. If he was strong, but not totally good, his massive strength could be terrifying. God’s power is a threat to all those who oppose him. Remember Jesus is the Good Shepherd and the Good Shepherd knows his sheep and his sheep knows him. (John:10) We can always feel safe and secure in the arms of the Good Shepherd. The best way to avail yourself of His protection is to trust him totally. Jesus  unfailing love surrounds all those who trust in him. So your most important task as one of his sheep is to keep on trusting in him, Jesus is the perfect Shepherd of your soul. Find rest in him alone, for he is a surrounding stronghold of unfailing love.

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Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Why Should I Forgive

Colossians 3 F.jpgTherefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.                                                              (Colossians 3:12-13)

This has been a difficult thing for all humans to do is to forgive someone after being hurt, and more important to forgive ourselves for any and all of our short comings, and when we did something wrong. As I was reading a post from rethink church they share the following words, of why we should forgive. By forgiving someone we are choosing to let go of our pain in which we do carry and sometimes we carry that pain a long time. It is never easy to forgive anyone however when we ask Christ to help us to forgive the person that hurt us it becomes a lot easy to do. And if Jesus can forgive our sins shouldn’t we do the same?

Before the act of forgiveness can begin, there is the inward struggle of addressing the topic. Because letting go of pain and forgiving the responsible party involves both examining the wound and summoning the desire to move past anguish. Beyond even that, there is the seductive tinge of self-righteousness that comes with carrying a grudge (You hurt me. You should beg for my grace.) Rather than forgiving those who unjustly convicted him as Jesus did just before he died on a cross, the injured party would rather cry out to God, ““Forgive them not, Father, for they knew what they did!”

To live out our faith and confront our own suffering, we have to look in the mirror and ask hard questions…

Do we actually want to forgive? If not, why?

These questions form the root of the problem. As with all matters of the self, the ability to admit an issue comes first. Does a victim of bullying even want to forgive the bully? The injured party will likely feel this is unnecessary work since s/he isn’t at fault. Shouldn’t the bully apologize? The natural answer would be yes, but what if the apology never happens? The victim of the slight has his/her own decision to make. Even though time can heal a wound, the scar remains.

Maintaining a grudge requires a certain energy and a desire to indulge the pain. And the urge to engage in long-lasting self-pity may appear surprisingly attractive. That same self-pity can lock us into our current state, denying us the chance to grow spiritually and emotionally. Beyond that, bearing a grudge prevents us from experiencing greater strength and peace.

What does it say about us if we truly can move past this pain? And if we choose not to?

Forgiving does not mean forgetting. A trauma did occur, and that memory will not vanish. Yet we have control over our reaction to pain. Choosing to move past anguish draws upon a strength we often don’t know we have. In making that choice, we frequently surprise ourselves by developing a reservoir of resilience. When we forgive once, we’re more likely to summon the spiritual strength to forgive again.

What do we gain from forgiveness?

In a word, closure. Again, this does not mean erasing the memory. Rather, this is an opportunity to exercise one’s freedom and spiritual maturity and discover a lasting peace. Without releasing the pain, we can become its perpetual victim and rob ourselves of growth. Forgiveness also declares that the grace and mercy that Jesus showed on the cross is alive in us. An added benefit of forgiveness is gaining the ability to help others experience the same outcome.

Do”Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written. “It is mine to avenge, I will repay says the Lord.                       (Romans 12:17-19)

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

There is Hope in God

Psalm 33.jpgWe wait in hope for the Lord, he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.                            (Psalm 33:20-22)

Oh God you are the Great I AM! For I put my hope in you and not just man or woman in this world. For you can turn something that was meant for evil and now it is good. Your master plan brings victory out of apparent defeat. For I look around in this world, a world that you have created to be good and we have turn it into a world that has so much pain. At times we feel so defeated with life itself, and our pain has become so deep within our souls. But Lord I know that you can bring beauty out of ashes of lost dreams, and you can bring pure joy out of our sorrows and pain. I believe that you are able to create beauty out of our brokenness and our struggles, for nothing is Impossible for God. You are the Great Physician, the Great Healer of everything in this world and we come to you with all of our pain. Lord we have been disappointment by others more time than we can ever count because we put our trust in them and not You, help us to always come to you first with these struggles of ours. We give you all of our sadness and our problems also, restore them to bring glory to your kingdom. Help us to have a closer walk with you not just every so often but have a walk with you each day, to be able to bring us pure joy here on earth.  Through the difficulties that we have in this world, I rejoice that you are always present with me, and I do not go thru this journey of mine alone. You are able to help me to cope with the pain I see all around me, and help me to trust in you more each day. When my day seems to become so overwhelming for me, help me to begin to Praise You and Worship you, for when I do my problems and struggles in my life is not important any more, just you Lord, My Lord and My Savior

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Being A Witness for Christ

Acts 1.jpgThe book of Acts continues the history of Jesus’ followers in the period after Jesus’ ascension. Peter and Paul soon emerged as leaders of the rapidly growing church, which flourished and spread despite, and sometimes because of persecution of Jewish leaders and Roman authorities. These followers of Jesus at this time didn’t look like a leader did they, they never had an high school education and never went to college, which in fact never exist at that time. However, in spite of their short comings they seem to have God still use each of them to do mighty work for his kingdom. If we take a moment to think about it where were these same disciples on the night Jesus was be trade. When Jesus was in the garden to pray to God for strength they were asleep, after he was arrested they all seem to disappeared. Peter that night be trade his friend, his master not just once but three times, and when he was crucified where did most of these men go to, where they at the foot of the cross as Jesus was dying. After dying on the cross his body was laid in the tomb and for awhile the disciples all were in hiding. But six weeks later their lives all change in the upper room on Pentecost, as the Holy Spirt came upon all of Jesus disciples and other followers as well, their lives would never be the same. The same thing goes for us, once we accepted Jesus into our own lives we begin to change, and we too will never be the same again. As Max Lucado tells us in his book “Out Live Your Life”

You hillbillies will be my witness, You uneducated and simple folk will be my witness, You who once called me crazy, who shouted at me in the boat doubted me in the Upper Room.  You temperamental, parochial net casters and tax collectors, You will be my witness. You will spearhead a movement that will explode like a just-opened fire hydrant of Jerusalem and spill into the ends of the earth, into the streets of Paris, the districts of Rome, and the ports of Athens, Istanbul, Shanghai, and Buenos Aires. You will be a part of something so mighty, controversial, and head spinning that two millennia from now a middle-age redheaded author riding in the exit row of a flight from Boston to Dallas will type this question on his laptop?

Does Jesus still do it?

Does he use simple folks like you and me to change the world? We suffer from such ordinariness and my answer besides what is written in this book by Max Lucado, is yes Jesus still does use ordinary simply folks like us to share the good news of the Gospel. As long as you and I have the willing heart to serve Christ he will use us, to tell other about the “Great I Am” To tell all that their is nothing that you or I could ever do so horrible that is love cannot penetrate it.  Just open up to the book of Romans 8:38-39 to read the following words, by Paul the Apostle: For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. When we come to know this kind of love we want to shout it from the mountain top and pass it on to all and I mean all who will listen, and my friend some will and some won’t listen to what you need to share with them, but that is okay we simply plant the seed of God’s love into their hearts and we allow God to do what God does best allow it to take root and grow. The words to a hymn that I have personally sung many times by Dan Schutte: Here I am Lord, Is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night, I will go, Lord, if you lead me, I will hold your people in my heart. Beautiful words, God has been calling in the night, are you willing to witness to others what he has done and how much he loves you and all of his children, I am willing to go as he leads me down the road. Will you?

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Thankfulness

Colossians 4Every time we thank God for he has done for us, we acknowledge that he is Lord of all and our Provider. Yet even through we are his children and we know we a supposed to give thanks in all circumstances sometimes are words ring hollow to God’s eyes. We can say them without feeling the least bit thankful. It’s especially hard for any of us to be thankful in the midst of a bad day, when everything seems to be going wrong. God knows our hearts far better than we do. He knows when we are feeling thankful, and when we don’t. However, God can see in the depths of our hearts and our desire to please him by offering thanks even when we don’t feel like it. When you or I seem to struggle to be grateful, we need to stop and remember that He is the Great “I Am”, the Author of our life and of our faith. We are utterly dependent on him for everything, including our next breath. Every good and perfect gift comes from God. When we are thanking him during a difficult day, you are assuming the proper stance for a child of God. When we remain in this thankfulness, resisting temptation to grumble, you can find joy and peace in the midst of our struggles.

 

Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus

1 Thessalonians 5:18

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.                             James 1:17

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

You Are Worthy of My Praise

Exodus 15.jpgShout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness, come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his, we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise, give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever, his faithfulness continues through all generations.

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These are beautiful words from the book of Psalm in which I memorize as a child in Sunday School one of the different places that I always love going, and believe me that my parents never had to force me to go I was always willing to. When I was growing up I also had the incredible opportunity to see the Shroud of Turin, the burial cloth of Jesus.

shroud-turin.jpgThe cloth was in a glass case, you can see that the man was a tall and thin built, and on the top of his head you can see where the Crown of Thorns laid upon, and you can see drops of blood that has gone down his face. You can see the holes that were in his writs (since having the nails in the hands would of torn his flesh)and feet, you can also see where the sword had pierce his side of his body. You look on the back of this cloth as my eyes swell up with tears knowing what my Lord suffer in my place. As the book of Isaiah 53:4-6 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace and by his stripes we are healed. My friend Jesus took your place and he took my place on the cross, he could of refuse to do it but instead he was willing so that we would no longer be separated from God because of our sins, that is how much he loves you and me. I had forgotten all about what I had witness until a few years ago while I was search the scriptures for a short sermon that I would shared with others, that I began to have this dream over and over again. At first I thought I had made it all up but I didn’t, and now I can not remain silent no longer, I need to share all what I remember and what I have learn with my studies to all who will listen.  In the book of Matthew chapter 28 which is know as the Great Commission, Jesus tells his disciples as well as you and me these words: All authority is heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:18-20 I say to My Lord, Send Me, I am willing to go and make disciples. Here is a song where the words were change to the Hallelujah

kelly mooney easter version of hallelujah

Grace and Peace to You My Friends