The Great Discovery

John 4 16.png“Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samarians  worship what you do not know, we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshippers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth. The woman said, “I know that the Messiah (called Christ)” is coming. When he comes he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you–I am he,”     John 4:21-26

A sobering revelation now dawns on the woman at the well: It was quite possible to be in contact with the Lord for years and still not made the Great Discovery. For example, Job thought he was a godly man because he could defend God and his faith. Then God revealed Himself to Job and he confessed, “I had only heard about You before, but now I have seen You with my own eyes. I take back everything I said, and I sit in dust and ashes to show my repentance.” (Job 42:5-6) When Isaiah saw God in the Temple, his reaction was, “It’s all over! I am doomed, for I am a sinful man. Yet I have seen the King, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies!” (Isaiah 6:5)

This type of meeting not only makes us aware of our own weaknesses, but also of our inability to save ourselves. Only Christ can save us-this is as clear as day. In our own strength we are doomed to fail. God has a wonderful plan with our lives; we only have to become aware of it, like the sinful woman at the well did. The Lord does not necessary use competent people,,, He equips those He uses. Then this former ignorance becomes a song of jubilation; a song of incredible joy. “Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! The ignorance of the past makes room for a great discovery.

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

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Those Who Thirst

John 4b.pngWhen a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food) 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 Samaritans.”) Jesus answered, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that ask you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water. Sir, the woman said, you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and livestock?” Jesus answered, Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirsty again. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.                     John 4:7-14

Many of us are like the woman at the well. When we read or hear about the Living Water that Christ gives, it is like a foreign language, because we don’t know Jesus personally. We all have treasured memories of the past in our hearts. Perhaps our parents were devout and religious, but the world has sucked us in. There’s so much pressure, so many cares and worries. The world becomes appealing and we have gradually become estranged from God. And are we at peace? No, we always thirst for something higher and better. With fondness we remember how our parents used to read the Bible, prayed together and attended church. Our memories make it seem like we were close to the gates of heaven. What a privilege to have such precious memories. Do you also sometimes think of earlier times and yearn for a better life? Draw often and draw much from the deep and holy well of the memories of your youth. It refreshes and invigorates-even if it also brings shame because we have strayed so far from the Lord of our youth. But we must know that we will not gain eternal life by doing this. Vague memories can never give us what the living Christ wants to give us through His Holy Spirit. Stand up and make the change!

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

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.

 

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Strength

Proverbs 31In the book of Proverbs 31 the author speaks about the wife of a noble character, as I read these words about a wife strength it is not just for a wife, however it is for any and ever woman who deals with a lot in her life.

She is clothed with strength and dignity, she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction on her tongue. She watches over the affairs of her household, and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. Many woman do noble things, but you surpass them all. Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting, but  woman who fears the Lord is be praise. Honor her for all that her hands have done, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.    Proverbs 31:23-31

These words from the book of Proverbs is for all woman, there are many women who have been both mother and father. Who had no choice but to work a full time job as well as run a household and raise children. There also some who decided to return to school to better themselves with a better paying job, and you have come to realize the strength you truly have. There are some who care for someone sick and you have become the caregiver sometimes twenty-four hours a day, and yet some have to deal with your own personal pain and struggles in life. When those days become somewhat difficult for you to bear turn to God’s word and pray for your strength to get you thru each moment of your day. Remember these words in proverbs you are clothed with dignity, and your strength comes from God.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

Crucifixion of Jesus

As they were going out, they met a man Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. They came to a place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). There they offered Jesus wine to drink, mixed with gall; but after tasting it, he refused to drink it. When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots. And sitting down they kept watch over him there. Above his head they placed the written charged against him: THIS IS JESUS, THE KING OF THE JEWS,                                              MATTHEW 27:32-37

 

SEVEN LAST WORDS OF JESUS  I words on the cross.pngTwo other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, alone with the criminals-one on his right, the other on his left. Jesus said “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”                   Luke 23:33-34                               In spite of Jesus being beaten and tortured he stilled ask God to forgive them at that time as well as us today

“TRULY I TELL YOU, TODAY YOU WILL BE WITH ME IN PARADISE”2 theives 2.png

One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!.” But the other criminal rebuked him, “Don’t you fear God,” he said. “since you are under the same sentence” We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man had done nothing wrong. Then he said ,” Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Luke 23:39-43                                          As I read this words from the book of Luke today I think to myself, for the sins I also have committed in my own life in the past and the future, I doo not get rightly punish and the reason is that my Lord and Savior took my place on the cross on this day many years ago.

Mary and John
“Woman here is your son…”

In the Gospel of John 19:26-27 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her “Woman, here is your son, and to the disciple, “Here is your mother” From that time on, the disciple took her into his home.

I could not even image what Mary felt within her soul as you watch her son who was innocent being crucified. Being a mom myself of a son I could never imaged watching my own son in the same place Jesus was, and yet Mary watch, at the child she once carried in a womb, of the child she held in her arms she watches as he has the weight of all the sins of the world on his shoulder, and yet Jesus does this for Y-O-U and for M-E because his love is that deep.Good Friday.2 From noon until three in the afternoon darkness came over all the land. About three in the afternoon, Jesus cried out in a loud voice,”Eli, Eli. lema, sabachthani? ( which means, “My God, my God why have you forsaken me?”)I am thirsty.png

Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, ” I am thirsty”. A jar of wine vinegar was there so they sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant and lifted to Jesus lips, When he had finished the drink, Jesus said:IT_IS_Finished_The_Hope_OF_Easter_Begins.jpg Then Jesus called with a loud voice “FATHER, INTO YOUR HANDS, I COMMIT MY SPIRIT”, When he had said this he breathed his last breath.7th word.png At that very moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from the top to bottom. The earth shook, the rock split, and the tombs broke open. The bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. They came out of the tomb went into the holy city appeared to many. When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, Torn Curtain.pngand exclaimed, ” Surely he was the Son of God .”

Peter Disown Jesus

Peter denying Jesus.pngAfter arresting Jesus they led him away to the house of the high priest. And when some there had kindled a fire in the middle of the courtyard and had sat down together, Peter sat down with them. A servant girl saw him seated there in the fire-light. She looked closely at him and said, “This man was with him.” But he denied it. “Woman I don’t know him, he said.” A little later someone else saw him and said, “You also are one of them.” “Moan I am not!” Peter replied. About an hour later another asserted, “Certainly this fellow was with him, for he is a Galilean.” Peter replied, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Just as he was speaking, the rooster crowed. The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remember the word the Lord had spoken to him. “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.

Peter is a lot like me and he is a lot like you. How many times do we as Christians have the opportunity to share our own faith and we choose not to. Even when someone ask you, hey I saw you going to church last week, you make some kind of an excuse of why you were there. Every time that we choose not to speak up as a Christian or even show love to another human being, aren’t we choosing to deny Jesus. Many times people will say I don’t know what to say, believe me when I tell you when the opportunity comes your way and it will, the Spirit will give you all what you need to say to someone else, all we need to be is just believe and have the faith. Have you ever invited your neighbor, friend or a co-worker to church with you, if your answer is no, my question to you is what are you waiting for. We all are able to plant in the heart of another seeds of God’s love don’t worry the rest is in God’s hands, maybe they will believe what you are saying or maybe they won’t but don’t give up. Continue to be in prayer for another and watch God at work overtime, His will be done.

 

Grace and Peace to you my friends