Comfort One Another

2 Corinthians 1a.jpgThe Apostle Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians the following letter to the church in Corinth to tell them how pleased he was that the people were sorry for the way they had acted and that they were now trying to live the way God wanted them to. He also defended himself against the accusations, being made by false teachers. Paul tells us in Chapter 1-3-7 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. It we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation, if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in your patient endurance of the same suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

For the last many days we have watch on our TV, laptop, phone about the hurricane victims, as well as some having families in that area. As we watch it all unfold we see how many people are helping, neighbor helping neighbor, a stranger helping another stranger, it doesn’t matter who it is to help them, all are willing to except the help, it doesn’t matter, their race, skin color, religion or anything else just the help. Isn’t this the way God always expect his children to act and not with all the hatred that some many people seem to have. All of us are created by the same God, who is the Father of compassion and the God who comforts all of his children. It would be a beautiful sight to see if that all of his children can act this way all the time, and not just during a crisis.  One of the best thing any of us can do is to pray for others, pray for their strength to endure all of this, also pray for peace, Jesus tells us Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27) You maybe thinking to yourself, that is easy to say, and I know how hard that it can be for us at times, this is why we need to have a closer walk with the Risen Lord Jesus Christ. Because during theses difficult times in our lives we can depend on him as well as our scripture reading and more important our prayer life with God. Going thru my own valleys in life the different scriptures comes to my mind to give me the peace I need at that moment, and I also cried out to God, are you listening to me, and the words to the poem:       Footprint in the Sand,

One night I dreamed…
I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky. In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, Other times there was one set of footprints.
This bothered me because I noticed That during the low periods of my life, When I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints.
So I said to the Lord, “You promised me Lord, That if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life There has only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”
The Lord replied, “The times when you have seen Only one set of footprints in the sand, is when I carried you.”
—Mary Stevenson

During this time God is carrying His children

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

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Changes Within

Ephesians 2-aOnce you have excepted Jesus’ invitation to become your Lord and Savior you will begin to see changes within yourself. As Paul tells us in the book of Ephesians 2:8-10 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handwork, created in Christ Jess to do good works, which God prepared in advance.

Since you have joined God’s royal family, he has brought much light into your world. However, this is only like the first gleam of dawn compared with the full light of the day that awaits you and me and all who walks on the path of righteousness. We need to understand we always need his help to get us through each and everyday of our lives. There is no righteousness apart from Jesus, but he has already secured this glorious gift for us through his completed work on the cross. As you begin your own journey with Christ by spending time with him, thru reading the scriptures, you will begin to see things in a whole new life. The things you once desire from this world you don’t care to do any longer. You begin to see other’s the way Jesus sees them with compassion, and with love. Over time we begin to stop judging others the way we did at one time, just because they are different from you. You see when you read in the Old Testament 1 Samuel 16:7 “The Lord does not look at the things people look at, people look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. Believe me I am glad he looks at me heart, because at times I seem to do what I shouldn’t do, and God knows deep down within my soul the woman he has created me to be. This is why it is so important for us to continue to read God’s word on a daily basis and not just when we feel like we should. You just don’t know it as of yet, you and I are on a quest to know Jesus more and more with each passing day. Long before we began a believer, Jesus was working to reveal himself to us. Jesus placed experiences in our lives that exposed your deep need to know me.  At times when I shared my journey with someone I say I feel as thro I am a vacuum being suck into something, and that something is to go deeper and deeper of my understanding of the Risen Christ. Even after we begin to trusted Jesus as our savior he continues to pursue our heart, which was divided by him and worldly goals. When we finally begin to seek Jesus with our whole hearts he simply rejoice with that. We have tasted his goodness and we want more. God allows suffering in our lives so that we can learn to trust him even more than we have ever done. God’s goal for each of his children is to become so convinced of his goodness that nothing can shake our trust in him. Then, our soul will be deeply satisfied as with the richest of foods.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Comfort

2 Corinthians 1.jpgPraise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.      2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Having someone or perhaps anyone comfort you when you are going thru difficulties or perhaps even pain is something we all want to have. Have you ever thought to bring those times of pain to God, he is the one who truly understands your pain. When those times come to you God always allow someone to come to you to comfort you, to perhaps say I am here for you, I too understand your pain, and just someone to say to you I will pray with you or just even someone to hold you in their arms without a single word spoken. When we see someone we know go thru the same pain we have gone thru it is our time to be able to comfort them.  When any of us have gone thru an illness of someone and death of someone we have loved the pain we experience can be horrible to go thru but if you and I look at the whole picture of what we just experience we can comfort another person when they too go thru those difficulties themselves. When life gets hard we say “Does anyone understand the pain I have right now” my answer is YES,  God does, this is why he sends someone to you saying my child I hear the pain you are telling me and I see the pain within your very own heart that you are going thru at this moment. I am saying trust God at all times. He knows your pain and sorrow you are feeling right now, and he wants you to pour out your heart in His Presence. You need to release all those emotions in a safe place. Demonstrate your trust in God by opening your heart right now in his presence and I promise he will comfort you, because Jesus is the “Great I Am”  This is one of the many reasons we need to always stay close to Christ by our prayer life as well as our scripture reading each day. When I am going thru times like this I turn to the Gospel of Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus is saying “Come to me, all you who are weary and I will give your rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. These words by Jesus himself when he walk the earth many years ago comforts my soul. It tells me at least Jesus understands the very pain of my soul at this moment.  God has given us a book of instructions to get those times like this and all we need to do is simply open it and read his words.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Act of Kindness

Colossians 3.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 them as the Lord forgave you.                                           Colossians 3:12-13

I have preach more than once on these words from the book of Colossians that the Apostle Paul wrote while he was in prison in Rome. I had share with everyone who was in attendance, if each and everyone of us can simply do an act of kindness to someone else without expecting any form of payment or anything in return would you do it. Things like the next time you are in line say at a dunkin donuts, buy the person behind you a cup of coffee, especially at the drive thru, they don’t have the chance to say thank you (which is okay).  How about at the car wash leave enough money in the machine to allow the next person to wash there car. When you are in the food market and you see a young mother or father with a fussing child go and offer to help them in someway, and just smile in return when you are going your way. Once on my way to another church to serve there I stop for gas, then went inside to grab a cup of tea ( I enjoy tea), I started talking with a woman who works two full time jobs to keep up being a single mom, as she was in line behind me to pay, when I went up to pay for my tea, I mention to the cashier by the way how much does the woman behind me owe for her items, he told me, I said okay and I paid it for her, I never look back to say a word I just went back to my car Praising God for allowing me to show someone a act of kindness. More than a week ago as I was crossing a bridge to go into another state from the state I was in, you needed to pay a toll to cross over the bridge and so as I get up to the woman and tried to pay for myself she inform me no need for the car in front of you has paid your bill, and so I decided to do the same for the car in behind me. That little act of kindness set off a chain reaction that day, and while I was driving to where I needed to be the person in which I paid for pass me by and everyone said Thank You. Someone else has also paid the price for all of us because we are sinners, and our sin has separated us from God, and that person is Jesus Christ whose kindness and love paid the price for us all. Do one act of kindness to a complete stranger today, you will see the world in a whole new light, and well as saying thank you to Jesus our Lord and Savior who paid the price for all of our sins on the cross.

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Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Ash Wednesday

untitled5465.pngThe season of lent will begin on Ash Wednesday March 1, 2017 and will end on Saturday April 16,2017. Ash Wednesday is an important day to us as Christians, many of us will attend some kind of service. It is in many ways a somber day, many pastors will smudge ashes on our forehead at some point of the service in a sign of the cross. These ashes that a pastor uses are the psalms from last year Psalm Sunday. They remind us of our mortality and calls us to repentance-seeking God’s forgiveness for our sin, both the things we have and also for the ones we have not done yet.

During these forty days of lent we can take a hard look at our own lives, as we draw closer to God, and his desire for our own lives. God has a plan for your life as well as my own and that no one but you or I can do. We can do different things such as forgive someone who has wrong you in someway, and believe me that is one that is so hard for any human to do. You may need to ask someone for their forgiveness if you have wrong them in anyway, and more important you need to forgive yourself of any sin that you seem to hold on to. Jesus already died on the cross for all our sins and he has forgiven you, now you must forgive yourself. Take time out to pray, pray thru out your day, pray is our conversation that we have with God everyday. Some people fast, at times a meal, some may do an entire day what ever is best for you and always check with your doctor before you begin to do any fasting. Find a way during this season to serve, in a church, your community, the possibility are endless for all. One thing that we can do is BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD  (Psalm 46:10) it is when we are quiet that we can hear what God needs to share with us, and hear his calling on own life.

Psalm 51:1-2 (NIV)

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from sin.

 

Grace and Peace to you my friends