Staying Focus

2 CorinthiansPaul an apostle of Jesus Christ wrote this follow-up 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. In chapter 4:13-18 Paul teachers the church back them as well as us of today, the following  words. It is written, “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart. Through outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.  It is never easy for us as humans to keep our focus of God and God alone, it is because we are always being tempted in one way or another, and at times too many people today have become greedy and only think of themselves, they are not worry once they leave this world of what will happen to them next. We feel at times if I have the perfect job I will have a great salary and that will make me happy, when I meet that special someone to share my life that too can bring me happiness, and if I have a bigger house, expensive car, expensive vacations year after year that will bring me a lot of happiness. I am here to tell you that all of them above that I have mention will not, you will continue to have that void within your own heart. We are created by God Almighty in his own imagine look to Genesis 1:26 Then God said’ “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. God knows the journey that each one of his children are on is not an easy one at all, this is the reason we as Christians need to stay focus on studying God’s word, a prayer life, and continue to be in the community of other believers so when trouble comes our way and believe me it always seems to find us, we are able to stand the difficult storms in our lives. So we need to fix our eyes on Jesus and continue to stay focus regardless of the storm we are in, and if you are not sure if you come up against a false teacher, please go to God in prayer so that he will reveal the truth to you always.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Encouragement

ThessaloniansThe book of Thessalonians was written by Paul who was a follower of our Lord Jesus Christ. Paul praised the Thessalonians for their faith, giving his readers instructions on how to live in a way that pleases God. He also provides them with information about Christ’s second coming.

Paul tell us, now bothers and sister, about the times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, Peace and safety, destruction will come on them suddenly as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.  1 Thessalonians 5:1-3

I know that with a lot of talk over the years when so many people are trying to tell you that they know the exacted time when Jesus will return and I am here to say that no one knows when that will be. In the Gospel of Mark hear these words from Jesus But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father, Be on guard! Be alert!. Mark 13:32-33 While we are waiting for that day to come let us remember to always encourage one another, love one another, because we never know what kind of battle someone maybe dealing with. The way that you would like someone to treat you with kindness, love and encouragement, we should do the same.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Overcomer

“That day when evening came, Jesus said to his disciples.,” Let us go over the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious storm came up, and the waves broke  over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown. He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Peace! Be Still” Then the wind dies down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith? They were terrified and asked each other. “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”                                                        Mark 4:35-41 NIV                                       These words in the Gospel of Mark, talked about Jesus’ disciples who became so afraid because of the storm that they were facing, reminded me with the storms we all face during different times of our lives. No one here on earth is ever perfect neither is their lives, oh yes they may tell you everything is wonderful, but truth can be told not really. When we are children most of us can say that while growing up you had no worries at all, we ran and play, attend school, and perhaps church, until a storm becomes so real to us. Perhaps during all of your childhood you didn’t face some kind of tragedy, but eventually you will, just like all of us do. It is the way we all seem to handle life storms, do we run and hide, and cry out Lord save me!, sounds familiar to you, I have said this and perhaps you as well. Many such storms are the death of someone you loved very much and you feel as through you simply can not go on, overtime with God’s help you will be an overcomer. When financial difficulties come around and you simply don’t know how you are going to make this months bills, and somehow you do, that is when you are an overcomer. Sickness for you or someone you love, such as myself with a child with chronic illness and more than one. I try to remind myself in the middle of the storm that is going crazy all around me, just to ‘BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD”

 

Happy Father’s Day

Proverbs 22.jpgThe book of Proverbs was written by King Solomon, who was the son of King David, the king of Israel. The proverbs are saying, They are based on the “fear of the Lord,” and other advice on every imaginable area of life. The style of wise living described here leads to fulfillment and contentment. Here Solomon is telling parents in his time as well as the parents of today, the most important way to raise children. Children are God’s give to all of us and therefore we should take care of his most precious thing God has given to us. No doubt there any many, too many of you out there have fathers who did not love you, hurt you in some way, or left with a lot of unanswered questions, and believe me when I tell you that you are not alone, I was one of those children left with pain and unanswered questions, that will never be answered for me. However, overtime I look to God not only as a Heavenly Father, but I also look to God as my dad, the dad that I so long to have in my own life which is truly impossible for me. Jesus called God, “Abba”, Father, and that is what I have learn to do.  There are so many wonderful and awesome dads out in the world that God has created and he has chosen you to raise his children. To love your child (children) with all of your hearts, and unconditional love, just like our Heavenly Father loves you dad, love your children. Teach them how much God loves them just as they are, even thro God is perfect we do not need to be perfect in order to have a relationship with him. When parents raise their children by God’s instructions they too in turn will do the same for your grand-children, and when they come to a time in their own lives to leave your next you can rest assure you did your very best.

 

4342-dad-father-day-poems-from-daughter.jpg Happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s out there

 

Grace and Peace to you My friends

A Gift Called Grace Part 3

Grace part 3.pngSanctifying grace is God meeting you at every corner. Justifying grace is God reaching out to you with love. When you say yes to the invitation of justifying grace, you turn a corner in your faith journey. One of the most controversial teachings of the early Methodist movement was that it is possible for us to realize Christian perfection in this life-perfect love, loving perfectly. John Wesley called this process “going on to Christian perfection,” or sanctifying grace. Sanctifying grace led believers to go deeper in the faith, to love the world more energetically, and to keep growing in the knowledge and love of God. For John Wesley, God’s sanctifying grace led believers to have their hearts “habitually filled with the love of God and neighbor. For you, this might mean coming to understand your life as more and more focused on living by faith. Faith becomes the center out of which you live. Little by little, God’s sanctifying grace uncovers more and more of God’s image in you. As one who has been forgiven, you become more forgiving. As one who is loved, you become more loving. John Wesley emphasized that as we are continually filled with God’s love, we are led more fully to acts of mercy and works of justice. Perhaps we are so thoroughly surrounded by God’s grace each day we fail to even recognize it. We are saved not by any effort of our own; there is no way to earn our salvation. We are saved by the unbidden grace of God, which is near to hand, overhead and underfoot, in the eyes of strangers and friends, heard as laughter sometimes and other times as tears and Thank God for that.

But God shows his great love for us in this way, Christ died for us while we were still sinners.   (Romans 5:8) As followers of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ we begin to have a hungry within the depth of our soul, to be able to understand who God is and his unconditional love for us. As we are in this spiritual journey with our Risen Lord we begin to realize how we are changing from the inside out, and for the better. We understand what it is to care and love another human being and more important we understand what it is to forgive others especially ourselves. When we have Jesus Christ as our role model we are changing and when we change one person at a time, the in time we can have Peace on earth for all of mankind.

 

Grace and Peace to you My Friends

Worship

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PRAISE THE LORD.                                                                                                                                 Praise God in his sanctuary

Praise him in his mighty heavens,

Praise him for his acts of power,

Praise him for his surpassing greatness.

Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,

Praise him with the harp and lyre,

Praise him with timbrel and dancing

Praise him with the strings and pipe,

Praise him with the clash of cymbals.

Let everything that has breath, praise the Lord.

Praise the  Lord                                                               (Psalm 150 NIV)

The book of Psalm is a book of poetry, it is filled with prayers, and songs, that express the full range of human emotions. The psalm represent personal journals of the writers’ relationship with God. The thoughts and feelings they express help their readers draw near to the Lord as well. Some of there psalms were used in public worship services.

 

“The genre of Psalms is Songs and Poetry of all kinds. It is written by multiple authors; David wrote 73, Asaph wrote 12, the sons of Korah wrote 9, Solomon wrote 3, Ethan, and Moses each wrote one (Ps. 90), and 51 of the Psalms are anonymous. They were written over the span of approximately 900 years (Beginning at the time of Moses 1440 B.C. and through the captivity in 586 B.C.).” From Biblehub.com. King David wrote these book while he was King over Israel.

Worship can and is a beautiful thing, when we sing Praise to our Lord Jesus Christ. When we come into worship rather it is on a Sunday morning or any day of the week, we just focus on God and God only. There is a song I learn years ago which is Turn your Eyes Upon Jesus.  Listen to it below, and while doing it try not to think of anyone or anything in your life, sing it to the Risen Lord, overtime when we come to worship time that time will be precious for you and God alone.

 

Grace and peace my sweet friends.

A Lenten Meditation

A thought that I was shared with all of you reading my blog, a meditation for the Lenten season  by William Booth the founder of Salvation Army.

Psalm

 

O boundless salvation! Deep ocean of love,

O fullness of mercy, Christ brought from above,

The whole world redeeming, so rich and so free,

Now flowing for all men, flowing for all men,

Now flowing for all men, come, roll over me

My sins they are many, their stains are so deep,

And bitter the tears of remorse that I weep,

But useless is weeping; thou great crimson sea,

Thy water can cleanse me, thy water can cleanse me!

My tempers are fitful, my passions are strong,

They bind my poor soul and they force me to wrong;

Beneath thy blest billows deliverance I see,

O come, might ocean, O come mighty ocean,

O come, mighty ocean, and roll over me!

Now tossed with temptation, then haunted with fears,

My life has been joyless and useless for years;

I feel something better most surely would be

If once they pure waters, if once thy pure waters

If once thy pure waters would roll over me.

Ocean of mercy, oft longing I’ve stood

On the brink of thy wonderful, live giving flood!

Once more I have reached this soul cleansing sea,

I will not go back, I will not go back,

I will not go back till it rolls over me

The tide is now flowing, I’m touching the wave,

I hear the loud call of the Mighty to Save;

My faith’s growing bolder, delivered I’ll be;

I plunge’ neath the waters, I plunge ‘ neath the waters;

I plunge ‘neath the waters they roll over me.

And now hallelujah! the rest of my days

Shall gladly be spent in promoting His praise

Who opened His bosom to pour out this sea

Of boundless salvation, of boundless salvation,

O boundless salvation for you and for me

 

Grace and Peace to you my friends