I WILL PRAISE THE LORD!

Psalm 105.jpgGive Praise to the Lord, proclaim his name, make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him, tell pf all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name, let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. Look to the Lord and his strength, seek his face always.                               (PSALM 105:1-4)

I rejoice with each new day, being willing to follow Christ wholehearted where ever he may lead me. Anticipate blessings as we journey together. Since he has created this day of my life and presented to me free of charge, and I do received it gratefully. My natural tendency when I awake is to asses the day thinking how go or even how bad it maybe for me. I do this almost unconsciously, often basing my conclusions on something as trivial as the weather. I need to break this habit so I can be more receptive to Christ and his many blessings upon my life. A thankful attitude is immensely helpful. When I awake to find a day which is dark and raining, I still can thank him for the day anyway. Having done so, I will be less likely to complain about the weather. I need to also remember that he has arranged the conditions of my day. So that I can assume there is much good to be found in it. Rejoicing will help me find blessings in my day. When my circumstances are looking rather bleak I will be joyful in your love for me. I will enjoy knowing you Lord Jesus and just look for precious gifts that you have given along the path as we journey together. In faith, I need to be on the look out for good things both great and small. Also, because you are my Teacher, you will provide learning opportunities thru the day. When the end of my day is at hand I need to stop and look back at my many blessings. I need to take time to reflect all the gifts that your love has showering me with. I will let my mind wonder for a moments before I sleep to say Thank You Lord, that I have chosen to Praise You no matter what takes place in my life.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

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

I AM THE GATE

I Am The Gate.pngTherefore Jesus said again, Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.                          ( John 10:7-10 NIV)

Sheep are defenseless animals, they are prone to go astray from their shepherd, they have poor eyesight, sheep tend to follow other sheep without thinking, and you know something, sheep’s are stubborn. You know something sheep’s sound a lot like us humans. Without the Good Shepherd (Jesus) we do go astray thinking we know better. Too many times in our own lives we do the strangest things without even taking the time to think it thru. For whatever reason we think that we would enjoy following others, such as Hollywood, musicians, false prophets yes even in todays world. We believe if we work and become a workaholic that too will satisfy because we have money. That is not true at all, you and I are created in God’s imagine and what we desire only God can give to us. You and I seem to get lost in the journey with God. We find ourselves a little discourage or distracted at times, so we stop going to church and even staying in God’s word, and being connected to other believes so we all little sheep that has gone astray. The enemy which is SATAN knows how to isolate us, he can intimidate us, he is a master out all the lies we can ever imagine, and thru it all he tries to keep us from God and serving him. Satan is the thief and he will still from us whatever he can, our families, home, our jobs, health and so much more, he can steal our very soul. In James 4:8 says, “Come near to God and he will come near to you, God is always there. He’d passed past my resistance. He crossed the borders of my trust issues. He climbed the hills of my heartbreaks. He come to bring me back. He came to remind me I can’t do life alone, I need him. He cares for you and he cares for me.

 

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

Jesus Talks With a Samaritan Woman

Woman at the well.pngIn the gospel of John in the fourth chapter, Jesus and his disciples were in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. While his disciples set off to buy some food that a Samaria woman came to draw some water from the well. Jesus ask the woman to give him a drink? The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink? (For Jews do not associate with the Samaritans) Jesus answered her by saying ” If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water. So the woman wanted to know from Jesus how can she get this living water that he is talking about, and if he is greater than their father Jacob who gave them the well and drank from it himself, as also his sons and livestock. Jesus then reply everyone who drinks the water from the well will become thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water that I give them will never thirst. Indeed the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life. The woman ask Jesus to give her this water that he is talking about, then Jesus went on to tell her to go and get your husband and she told him I have no husband. However that is not the end of the story, Jesus went on telling the Samaria woman the many men she had and the man she is with is not her husband, I can tell you this much I am sure she was very surprise that Jesus knew everything about her. She wanted to know if Jesus was a prophet, but he is the Messiah, but she reply that Jews claims that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem. Jesus replied believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on the mountain or in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know, we worship what we do know. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in the Spirit. God is spirit, and his worshippers must worship in the Spirit and truth.  Her reply is that I know that the Messiah (called Christ) is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us. Then Jesus declared I am the one speaking to you, I am He.” After her conversation with Jesus, the woman went back to her village to share with all who would listen what Jesus had said as well as what Jesus knew about her. Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony. They had ask Jesus to stay with them and he did for another two days and more become believers. They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said, now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.

Jesus didn’t just come to earth for some people, certain kinds of people, he came for all might be saved. Scriptures tells us that God so Loved the world, he didn’t say part of the world, the whole world, that he sent his son Jesus. We as Christians in today’s world need to share our own experiences why we believe the way we do. What is that one thing in your own life that allows you to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the Living God. To continue to walk with our savior each and everyday we need to spend time with him in scriptures as well as in prayer. When we do walk with Christ each day we need not worry of what to say to someone because the Spirit will do the speaking for us. As we continue to journey together let us think about this season of lent, and continue to understand why our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ had to die on the cross for all mankind

Grace and Peace to you my friends

 

 

NEW YEAR

new-yearsToday is New Year’s Eve more than eight hours away here in my hometown to the started to a brand New Year. This is a time in our lives in which we can reflect over the past year, or even the past few years in our lives. If you could, would you change anything in your past, I know I would. As we begin to celebrate a New Year, this as well as everyday brand new day is a gift from God. You see yesterday is gone forever we can not go back and change a thing even thro we wish we could, to do over the mistakes we made in our lives would be great, but we can not. Tomorrow well, this is not promise to any of us here on earth. However today which is call P-R-E-S-E-N-T is our gift from God, and as I ask myself what will I do with such a wonderful gift that was given to me just for this one day, you can also ask yourself. The present is a gift from God, and what we do with it will be our gift back to God.

Each day we have hope from God and hope as things unfold in our own lives. As I began to search the scriptures with words of hope I come across many different ones. The first comes from the Old Testament in the book of Lamentations 3:25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him. Another is in the New Testament the book of Romans 12:12  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Also Hebrews 6:19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before is, has entered on our behalf, He has become a high priest forever. God has promise you and me if we seek him with all of our hearts we will find him. Jesus tells us in Matthew 7:33-34 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. These are words of courage and of hope for me in my own journey each and everyday with our Lord. The baby we celebrated last week in a manager grows up and gives hope to all of his people. Jesus knows all to well how hard it is to live here on earth and their are days too many days that all of us would like to throw the towel in and just to give up. But my friend Jesus doesn’t want any of us to simply to give up with our life, it is all to precious for all.  When your life or even mine gets to hard for us and you wondered to yourself why should I bother, I am telling you this bring all your worries and cares to God himself. He understand your pain, your loneliness, your broken heart, he understands what it is like to be poor ( he was born surrounded with animals in a stable). He knows every sin that you and I have ever committed in our lives and what we will do in the future, and Jesus says to you,  My precious child, I love YOU. I concord death, I have defeated the enemy himself (Satan) and you have hope in me.  Here are some words to a song you can find on YOU Tube by Aaron Shust

I meet with you and my soul sings out, as your word throws doubt far away,

I sing to you and my heart cries, Holy Hallelujah, father, you’re near

My hope is in you Lord, all the day long, I won’t be shaken,

A peace that passes understanding is my song, and I sing my hope is in you Lord.

For me when life seems so difficult and overwhelming songs of Praises to my Lord, my voice lifts up to sing, and then all my troubles seems so far away, as I turn my eyes towards Jesus and I once again have the hope that he has promise to me.

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR MY FRIENDS

GRACE AND PEACE