Walking By Faith

2 Corinthians 5.pngTherefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we walk by faith and not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that we each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

2 Corinthians 5:6-10

The believer not only is well assured by faith that there is another and a happy life after this is ended, but we have good hope, through grace, of heaven as a dwelling-place, a resting-place, a hiding-place. In our Father’s house there are many mansions, whose Builder and Maker is God. The happiness of the future state is what God has prepared for those that love him: everlasting habitations, not like the earthly tabernacles, the poor cottages of clay, in which our souls now dwell; that are moldering and decaying, whose foundations are in the dust. The body of flesh is a heavy burden, the calamities of life are a heavy load. But believers groan, being burdened with a body of sin, and because of the many corruptions remaining and raging within them. Death will strip us of the clothing of flesh, and all the comforts of life, as well as end all our troubles here below. But believing souls shall be clothed with garments of praise, with robes of righteousness and glory. The present graces and comforts of the Spirit are earnests of everlasting grace and comfort. And though God is with us here, by his Spirit, and in his ordinances, yet we are not with him as we hope to be. Faith is for this world, and sight is for the other world. It is our duty, and it will be our interest, to walk by faith, till we live by sight. This shows clearly the happiness to be enjoyed by the souls of believers when absent from the body, and where Jesus makes known his glorious presence. We are related to the body and to the Lord; each claims a part in us. But how much more powerfully the Lord pleads for having the soul of the believer closely united with himself! Thou art one of the souls I have loved and chosen; one of those given to me. What is death, as an object of fear, compared with being absent from the Lord. We need to continue to focus our eyes on Jesus on a daily basis and yes I know that is not an easy thing to do. This is why it is important for us Christians to continue in being in fellowship with each other, reading scriptures and having a prayer life each and everyday. And by doing so our faith becomes stronger one day at a time.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

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Record My Misery, Oh My God!

Psalm 56,.pngBe merciful to me, my God for my enemies are in hot pursuit, all day long they press their attack. My adversaries pursue me all day long, in their pride many attacking me. When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God whose word I praise–in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? All day long they twist my words; all their schemes are for my ruin. They conspire, they lurk, they watch my steps, hoping to take my life. Because of their wickedness do not let them escape; in your anger, God bring the nations down. Record my misery; list my tears on your scroll—are they not in your record? Then my enemies will turn back when I call for help. By this I will know that God is for me. In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, those word I praise–What can man do to me? I am under vows to you my God; I will present my thank offerings to you. For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of my life.                                                 Psalm 56

There are many times in your life I am sure, as well as in my that we cry ourselves to sleep because of some kind of physical or emotional pain deep within our spirit. We begin to wonder God are you out there somewhere, why does my heart cry out in pain, doesn’t anyone understand, and believe me at times we simply don’t understand it all. We are in the grief period of time in our lives and we seek for some compassion and understanding from you, Oh God. If we are still and Know that I am God (Psalm 46:10) we can hear that no matter what trials you or I are enduring, we can count on God’s love and his compassion to get us through. God can bring good out of everything he allows in our life, but much of what he can do is far beyond our understanding. When adversity strikes, we tend to feel as if God displeased with us. We just don’t realize that God most devoted followers are especially targeted in spiritual warfare. The devil and his demonic underlings delight in tormenting those who lives close to the Risen Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. When we are going through times of suffering and afflictions. and our troubles seem endless, we need to remember that Jesus is tenderly present in our afflictions. Instead of lamenting the way things are search for Jesus in the wreckage of adversity. You or I will not fail to find the Master when we do search for him with our whole hearts.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Faith

2 Corinthians 5.jpgDuring this difficult time for many in the path of another hurricane these words from the Apostle Paul in the book of 2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith and not by sight.

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.                                                 Hebrews 12:2

Jesus’ light shines on you continually, whether you are aware of it or not. During the night, your thoughts can be ones of afraid, nervousness, doubt, and fear. Although you may feel as if you are in complete darkness remember that you are never alone, Jesus is with you thru the night, and thru those times that fear reaches out to you and simply grab a whole of you, remember he does understand what you are feeling at that very moment. Jesus loves for you never and I mean never fails you. You need the light of his everlasting present more than you need the light of the new day. When the way before you is very dark you can still trust him to guide you. Walking by faith is akin to using radar to discern the way you should go. Instead of trying to see through the clouds of uncertainty up ahead, fix your eyes on the Master. He can show you a way forward when there appears to be none. Moreover, as you strive to stay in communication through your prayers, your soul begins to open up to Jesus. Even in the midst of your fear, struggles his loving presence can fill your soul with warm delight.

 

Dear Heavenly Father:

We know that you are the “Great I AM” the Alpha & Omega of all things, I ask for you to be everyone and anyone who maybe in the midst of this horrible storm approaching our land. I ask you the give them your peace, not as the world gives, but only you can give to each and everyone of your children.

In Christ Name I Pray

Amen
Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Joy Comes In The Morning

Psalm 34.jpgThe righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them, he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. These words from King David reminds me how I cry out to you My Lord. Why has the enemy attack me, persecute me over and over, no matter how I try to walk with you Lord each and everyday, I can heard the hurtful words behind me, and so many things seem to go wrong. All that my soul longs to do, is to serve you my Lord, for when I do serve it brings me such great joy deep within my soul. I am not perfect just a simply woman who longs to please you, who fears you Oh God and not man, but it is the sharp tongue of a human that does so much harm to another. The more that I want to share with others how much you love your children, the more I seem to be under attack, in one way or another, anywhere I turn the attacks continue. In the stillness of the night my heart cries out to you Lord, I just long to walk so closely with you on the path of righteous.

I hear you voice gently and quietly in my heart, that you are my God and that you are with me. You will uphold me with your righteous right hand. Let your words enfold me like a warm blanket, sheltering me from the coldness of fear and dismay. When troubles seems to be staking me, I will grip you hand ever so tightly and stay in communication with you thru my prayers. I will trust and not be afraid, for you Lord are my strength and my shield. Your powerful presence is with me at all times, and I will remember I do not face anything alone. I know somehow you will give me the strength that I need to get thru the day, and your love for me as your child will bring me such wonderful joy and peace. Your righteous hand holds me up in both good and bad times in my life. When things are going well in my life I am unaware of your sustaining presence. When I walk through the valley I shall cling to your my Lord and my Redeemer, the “Great I Am” Your right hand sustains me during these times of affliction, enabling me to keep one foot in front of the other. As I endure different trials in my life, help me to continue to trust you and only you My Lord. Shall you bless me in the midst of a hardship, and I know that you can make all things new again. You shall reach down into the valley of my affliction and you will remind me ever so gentle that “Joy Will Come In the Morning.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Send Someone Else

Exodus.jpgThe Lord said to him (Moses), ” Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go, I will help you speak and teach you what to say.” But Moses said, ” Pardon your servant Lord, Please send someone else? I can honestly say that Moses sounds a lot like of us in the world today. Why you might say, when their is a job or some kind of task that we know that we should be doing, we also say Lord why don’t you send someone else and not me. These have also been my words to my Lord more than once in my own life and during my own journey. I have mention more than once here that I was brought up in a Christian home, where we always went to church each Sunday, I attend Sunday School, in a youth group, sang in the children choir, for me I would have love attending church five days a week, and regular school just once a week. When I became a young adult I began giving back by serving in the church where I attend, such as a Sunday School teacher, and other areas of the church. From time to time I would be ask when I would become a pastor, and my answer was God’s doesn’t want me there, I do better being around children and not being a pastor especially to adults. After the birth of my first child I began leading Vacation Bible School and I have done that for more than fifteen years and this week I will lead that program once again. However God was never going to allow me to run and hide especially knowing deep down within my soul where he was truly calling me. And no matter how many excuses I can come up with, or how many times I truly tried to hid, I simply could not shaken from my own spirit my true calling on my life. A few years ago I had the opportunity to attend classes thru the Methodist Church and the more I began to study the scriptures more and more,  and my soul was hungry for more, the more I learn something the more I had the desire to learn more. Two years ago I attended a long weekend retreat for Woman called The Walk to Emmaus, it was there on my knees and in tears I knew what God was telling me to do and the call on my life. I realize that I could no longer hide from my Savior, I just needed to follow. In Exodus Moses said to God, “Who am I should go to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt? And God said, “I will be with you.”     (Exodus 3:11-12) My words to God was whom am I to preach your words to your people, and God said to me, I will be with you! I have the willing heart to always serve my Lord and I continue to learn, study and grow with the Lord, and for the last few months I have been the interim pastor to a small congregation, and I am truly amazed what God has done thru me. It doesn’t matter what the message I have prepared for a Sunday, as long as I walk with my Lord continue to stay in prayer before that time God’s message will be spoken from my lips to the person (or persons) that needs to hear what God is telling them. When someone shared within the service or after with me, I have been praying and asking God to confirm what he is telling me and that person said Pastor (which is me) you just did that thru your message, I simply cry because I am allowing God to use me they way he has always plan to do in the first place. I will share this with you as long as we continue to stay humble walking with God, he will use us to bring glory to His Kingdom here on earth.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

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

Devotional

Psalm 56.jpgWhen I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust and not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me Psalm 56:3-4                                                        In  God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, whose word I praise. In  God I trust and not afraid. What can man do to me? I am under vows to you, my God. I will present my thank offerings to you. For you have delivered me from death, and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.        Psalm 56:10-13

I have been walking down a difficult path in my life Lord, at times I simply don’t understand it at all. However, in you I will put my trust in you and not in humankind, for they have judge me and at times have unforgiven hearts. I do know and understand Lord how your love is so deep for me as your child, and I cannot begin to say thank you enough for that love.  You have created me and I am fearfully and wonderfully made! You are the gardener, and I am your garden. Even when I am enduring sun-scorching trials you can satisfy my needs and you keep me watered, like a spring whose water never fails. To received your unfailing provisions, I need to trust in You and to continue to thank You Lord no matter what may come my way. You are my sovereign Lord, you will always guide me. You delight in watching over me and help me walk in your ways. It is important for me to study your word to have a completely understand of you, my deserve grows deeper with each passing day. Show me your path for my life journey and help me to keep on the right path.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends