Our acts

Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.
– Ephesians 5:17

Why must we seek His face constantly? His will and His way? So often we stand redirected, we hear it, we see it, we even feel it. What made you ashamed? Was it something you did or said? Possibly what you could have done, but you were moved to know exactly what it was and how it stood with others.

So, at this time let us lay prostrate before Him even in Spirit and realize that it has been said timer and time again, rwhat and how we must be, must do things. I do not think that it should be repeated at this point, but I think a prayer will shed even more light on this.

Father Lord, I thank You for this day, this opportunity to set all things new with You again. To start serving You as I was created to do. Find joy within me, allow me to be used as Your tool. If even to bring comfort to those who need it. Make it happen Lord. At this time I come before You and ask that You renew me according to Your will. Father allow Your testimony to flow through me. I realize that I may be one of many, but I am Your one. Try as I might, I realize that Your using me as You will touches those that only I have the possibility of touching. Thank You Father for this opportunity. Bless me I pray and make me whole Father, in Jesus’ name, Amen

Which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen. 1 Timothy 6:15,16

For our Father says:
“My thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV)

We thus stand chastised; we are simply here to leadrn to serve Him closer, to get to know Him more and entirely. As there are situations that arise, He has asked that we bring them before Him.

For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
1 Peter 1:24

That you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles, knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires.
2 Peter 1:21

There is a time for all. A time of ease, a time of tribulation. A time of plenty and a time of hunger. We stand before God with our needs, wants and desires. Let us make sure they are right and follow in His will. Then and only then will we be blessed in all manner.

And I must share: For all, but a few in our day, seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s. Philippians 2:20
In realizing, let us start seeking the things of Christ. Acceptably difficult at first nut immensely satisfying and glory filled. Let us praise Him as we serve Him.

A very brief summary of how we should live is found in Galatians. So often, I have tried to summarize it all, and this does a more effective job. Let’s read:
The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is Love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
Galatians 5:19-26

I think this about sums it up. We can talk a multitude of times about these things and we shall, but key here is applying these to our lives. We therefore must keep our focus on Jesus the author and finisher of our fate.

Father Lord, I give You thanks for today. Thank You for my trials and temptations. Lord, I praise You for where I am in my walk with you. Father, there is much to be done. I ask that You please forgive me where I stepped wrong. Father, please allow me to live by Your word and as You do find it within me to let bygones be bygones. Where people have pressed me to feel the wrong way about them, allow me to find it within me to let it go Father, in Jesus name. Thank you for where, who and what I am. Be with me, go ahead of me, be glorified in Jesus’ name, Amen

And we can also heed this teaching:
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.
– Ephesians 4:31

Lord may goodness and mercy follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in your house forever, Amen
In Your presence I shall lack no good thing. Father, I shall be blessed in all completion. Father Lord, I Love You with all my heart. In me leave not one stone unturned, search me Lord for parts that bring You no glory. Make me complete Father, to Your glory Lord in Jesus name. Allow me to show Your Love in its fullness at all times I pray in Jesus name, Amen

The LORD of Heaven’s Armies has sworn this oath: “It will all happen as I have planned. It will be as I have decided.”
– Isaiah 14:24

So in all we have no choice but to exist through it. What side shall we be on? In recovering from my accident, so many things challenged me; memory, physical attributes, I would be remiss in not saying faith.
I am aware that many (If not all) would say “But after seeing what you claim to have seen/experienced, now why the disbelief?” I will more clearly point out that it is not a lack of faith, but a return to what we deal with daily. Where I was, there was no needing anything. There was just this feeling (knowledge) of a peace and joy that passes all understanding. This is why it has been difficult to be back.
I have been shared with the insurmountable challenges that I have succesfully overcome: ambulating, speaking, reading, writing it goes on. At times it is hard to believe. But, I know it all comes from one source-God. I am being taught patience, long suffering and many things I admit that I did not apply before.
In all, I have been given a second chance, and I tend to utilize it to the best of my ability. Rather than sit still, I have striven to achieve and attain a portion of what I had before.
Funny enough, it was pointed out that children lead from scratch what to do and not do. This essentially is me. I have been ‘born again’. I understand my families concerns. I know, I would have felt the same, reacted much the same or even more if it was a family member that this happened to.

But, I try not to focus on that, but rather on what should be And is coming. The more I read The Word, the more I am moved. The Word is chock full of promises. We have to learn how to ask, to be patient, to believe. Our Father made the universe, how much more easy for Him, the minuscule problems you have? All He has to do is to know them away, we need to learn how to believe.

And our prayer for the day: Let thy mercies come also unto me, O LORD, even thy salvation, according to thy word. Psalm 119:41

A very brief summary of how we should live is found in Galatians. So often, I have tried to summarize it all, and this does a more effective job. Let’s read:
The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

But the fruit of the Spirit is Love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.
Galatians 5:19-26

I think this about sums it up. We can talk a multitude of times about these things and we shall, but key here is applying these to our lives. We therefore must keep our focus on Jesus the author and finisher of our fate.

Father Lord, I give You thanks for today. Thank You for my trials and temptations. Lord, I praise You for where I am in my walk with you. Father, there is much to be done. I ask that You please forgive me where I stepped wrong. Father, please allow me to live by Your word and as You do find it within me to let bygones be bygones. Where people have pressed me to feel the wrong way about them, allow me to find it within me to let it go Father, in Jesus name. Thank you for where, who and what I am. Be with me, go ahead of me, be glorified in Jesus’ name, Amen

And we can also heed this teaching:
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.
– Ephesians 4:31

When we seek The Lord and His Love, it is saying and doing so very much. And we can say:
Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face. For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue. Psalm 5:8,9

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.
Matthew 6:33,34

I had to share this! We press so hard to attain for tomorrow. This brings to mind a teaching that I ran accross of someone who strove to do… Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow

Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters. Psalm 69:14

Lord Heavenly Father, I come to you now in bowed Spirit. Lord, I look and see nothing but futilty in my works. I try hard to be compliant to thy word and yet I seem to fail. Lord, forgive me and hold me up. Each time I read your word I am impressed by the testimonies of those who walked with You. Lord, I have been waiting for you to bring forth my testimony. I know I am asking for much, my life is a testimony And I thank you for each day. Lord, if is Your will that I be something/somebody, bring it to pass in Jesus’ name. Father, I look only to magnify you, in my life, words and actions be Thou glorified today and always. Father I know that being with You in Your glory is all I live for. Lord, help me find reason to do all For you. I thank You for Your word. A comfort in times of need, a guide when I am lost. Father, there are so many things that the enemy has put forth. I need your hand to turn this around to Your glory. In my life, be glorified. All the honor is Yours. I will just sit and five You glory. Thank You Father. I ask for your interception at this point and grovel at your feet. What I once had, I have no more, thank You for my possessions. In faith, what I had before is no faint cry of what I have in you. Father You created the world. Alleluia, touch me, gold me, fill me with Your Spirit in Jesus’ name. Where I am weak, make me strong. Father where I failed, stegthen me. Lord that each day, each moment be filled in and through you Father, in Jesus’ name. Amen

Renew in me a new heart, bring joy to my soul. I will enter His gates with thanksgiving in my heart. I will enter His gates with praise. I will say in my heart that this indeed is the day that The Lord has made, I will rejoice for He has made me glad.

Words to a song we know well. Perhaps too well. Have we thought of just what we sing? I will say that we have been passed down all these rich songs, with words that mean and meant so much. I realize that writing now, I cannot expect others to feel exactly what I experience for the reasons I do. But there are so many ways to experience happiness, joy and completion. The treat is being able to stand at the table and invite.

It is such an honor to see the goodness of The Lord. Essentially, it is definitely a drive to invite people to taste and see that The Lord is good. Then, nothing more needs to be said.
So often, I look around at life and wonder just what makes people disbelieve. I am aware of examples; we have people who lead congregations and by the grace of God:”To whom much is given, much is expected.” So, stand in observation, rather than stand in judgement, I personally choose to stand in prayer. There is so much given to them, on their plate. How much more do you think they have to stand in judgement? So, as far as I am concerned they should actively be prayed for.

Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
Psalm 51:12

Our prayer today, we should learn to focus on The Lord always. It is amazing that this is the reason we were created. The sooner we realize this, the more blessed we shall be.

“Remember that joy is not dependent on your circumstances. Some of the world’s most miserable people are those whose circumstances seem the most enviable. People who reach the top of the ladder career-wise are often surprised to find emptiness awaiting them. True Joy is a by-product of living in My Presence. Therefore you can experience it in palaces, in prisons…anywhere. Do not judge a day as devoid of Joy just because it contains difficulties. Instead, concentrate on staying in communication with Me (God has said). Many of the problems that clamor for your attention will resolve themselves. Other matters you must deal with, but I will help you with them. If you make problem-solving secondary to the goal of living close to Me, you can find Joy even in your most difficult days.”

Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into. Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 1 Peter 1:2-13

In all, let us then seek His will, His way. The journey may not be easy, but we have a hand to hold, a guide to lead. There may be times that we stand confused, unsura about where to step next. We have a guide who is always there. Each of us is Loved, is important in their own way. Your life is for a reason. Look around you…You have brought comfort, joy, a smile, lent the finishing touches to a project. No matter how we look at it you have made a difference. You were created for a reason. That reason may not be known just yet, but exist in faith knowing that it shall be shown to you.

So many times we might root around, searching. But, the thing to do is realize that you are here for a reason. The trials that you face are faced for a reason. They make you stronger, they help you to realize why you are here.

I will take this opportunity to ask, would you be the same person today if you had not gone through your life as its been? Ever one goes through trials. I do not hold a candle up to each occurrence but rather sweep my hand over all situations and say “Would you be you if that hadn’t happened?” There are times we wish we did not go through. Trials we wish we did not face, but lay it all down and thank God for your being here.

It is a time to give praise for all life, where you have been, but Hallelujah! Where you by and with the grace of God where you are headed. So just be still for a moment and realize that Christ is King of your life and came to set your life straight in the presence of God. We have an example to follow. Cleave on Jesus.
To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
1 Peter 2:21 (NIV)

My Lord help me discover that which lies within me. You Father created me for a purpose. Each day that becomes more evident. I praise You for my creation, as I progress I pray that I am able to use all that You places within me to am Your glory. Please reveal my talents much like you showed in the parable Your son told of the man with talents. Help me utilize them to Your glory. Open my eyes Lord I pray in Jesus name, Amen

For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better.
Philippians 1: 21

Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.
Ephesians 1:4
Before time we were chosen; each for their strengths and qualities. We have asked prior: what do you do that no-one else can do? So to say: What is your individual quality? There are so many ways we can answer this question but the key thing is to focus on you for a bit.
You have been on God’s mind; before you were born before and since. This blows the mind.
I know it is hard to believe But you are here for a reason. To curtail fact your parents were together and on this one occasion you were made. By chance? I think not. You are supposed to be. I think of the excused I am aware of; people feeling/saying they don’t belong or feeling out of place. I will grant it, at times that is fact, we do not belong in some situations that we find ourselves, in this case I will allow The Holy Spirit to minister and point you in The right direction. But all in all we are led right where we are supposed to be.

What then does it mean to be holy and without fault? Try as we might, we run into snags every here and there. We must keep outer eyes on Jesus, the greatest example of all. His life is a life to follow, His teachings to cleave unto. We are in an awesome place to have this.
If we look back at the earlier people, they had prophets. Yes, they heard the Word, they saw and experienced those who spread it. But, we have had The Son of God, His first created as an example, sent to redeem us.

Believe it or not, we were born in sin. It is knowing Hijm, accepting Him, following Him that brings everything up to par. So, let us hold fast to the promises and yield to His glory.
At the end of the race, there is a prize waiting for you.

We can and do read this story and are touched by the plenty of it. When I say we are blessed, we are. In this sharing we see even the way it all started. To step back a bit, we go even to the story of Joseph. We are not yet quite mesmerized by this, but here we go. Joseph, the dreamer and interpreter of dreams, is the son of a dreamer. It is no surprise that he is Jacob’s favorite son. Young Jacob dreamed of a stairway reaching to heaven, traveled by angels. In a dream-like state, Jacob wrestled.

Yet Joseph’s dreams of a heavenly connection are far more earth-bound in their implications. His dreams place him at the center of a universe in which every one in his sphere paid him homage, a scenario that was actualized, apparently, through his dream-interpretation skills for the Egyptian Pharaoh was to pay him homage in time.
We read of the trials that the Egyptians went through: God sent darkness, and made it dark; and they rebelled not against his word. He turned their waters into blood, and slew their fish. Their land brought forth frogs in abundance, in the chambers of their kings. He spake, and there came divers sorts of flies, and lice in all their coasts. He gave them hail for rain, and flaming fire in their land. He smote their vines also and their fig trees; and brake the trees of their coasts. He spake, and the locusts came, and caterpillers, and that without number, And did eat up all the herbs in their land, and devoured the fruit of their ground. He smote also all the firstborn in their land, the chief of all their strength. He brought them forth also with silver and gold: and there was not one feeble person among their tribes. Egypt was glad when they departed: for the fear of them fell upon them. He spread a cloud f

In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy.
– 1 Timothy 2:8

But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.
Matthew 5:23,24

When there are things going wrong in life-right yourself. If it is brethren that for some reason we have differences with. If we are about to pray. The Word squad to stop (in our case it would be “pitch up the phone” and right the differences.) God wants us to be true before Him. I said it before; He knows all, He sees all. To remember what it was that I said: Angels who came to answer prayers or convey a message never needed to knock. They were where they needed to be when they were supposed to be.

There is a part in Scripture that mentions a battle in Heavenly places that delayed the answer to an earnest prayer, we read this in the story/testimony of Daniel:
The prayers were Daniel’s, but it wasn’t the prayers from Daniel that were held up, they were heard the very first day that he made them. It was actually the Angel that God had sent who was held up. The prince of Persia (Demonic high ranking spirit), the one that ruled over the physical kingdom of Persia, held the Angel up in the spirit realm. It wasn’t until Michael, a more powerful Angel of God, challenged the prince that the Angel was allowed to reach Daniel.

Here, we see why at times we pray and don’t recieve from God immediately. There is a battle going on in the heavenlies. When you recieve blessings, we see now more than before why we must thank God. He hears as soon as it is spoken. We in fact need to word it. He knows our heart, our will, our desire. Tell him! Open your mouth and utter what troubles you.

To explain it further, the battle that held up Daniel’s answer to his prayer was called the Prince of Persia. A little dense, but to make it aimple, there is the legion of Satan who are set up here on Earth. We at times may ask and there are things going on that we have no idea about.

Just pray and keep praying. We are told this in The Word many times, many places: 1 Thesalonians 5:17,18 pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

Romans 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
Philippians 4:6 – Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Matthew 6:6 – But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

Ephesians 6:18 – Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Matthew 21:22 – And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

Matthew 6:9-13 – After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. (Read More…)

Romans 8:26 – Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

Colossians 4:2 – Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

Matthew 7:7 – Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

Jeremiah 33:3 – Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.

John 14:13 – And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.

John 15:7 – If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

We can see that this is repeated so many times. The reason why we must start having a conversation with God. When we start, it becomes second nature and He has a chance to be glorified through you.

We began describing the different places that exist in the Spitual realm, and I qote:
2 Corinthians 12:2-3 (NIV)
I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows—

Here we see described many levels to Heaven. Here, we cannot say we understand; those are mysteries well beyond our understanding. In trying to paint a clear picture: Bible teaches it or not, the very first verse of Genesis 1 does reference more than one when it says, “In the beginning God created the HEAVENS.
Genesis 1. Verses 7 and 8 are the first place a specific spiritual domain is mentioned when it says “Thus God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament . . . God called the firmament HEAVEN . . . ” (Genesis 1:7 – 8).

This celestial location is the atmosphere that surrounds the earth, the place where clouds exist and birds, along with jets, fly in every day. Jeremiah confirms where this place is located in the fourth chapter and verse 25.

The place were airplanes and birds fly in we call SKY. The book of Revelation states this fact when it says, ” . . . birds that fly in the midst of HEAVEN . . .” (Revelation 19:17).

The second ‘heavenly’ place the Bible says God created can be found in Genesis 22, where it states that Abraham’s descendants would be as “the STARS OF THE HEAVEN” (Genesis 22:17). This is where our moon, the sun, the planets in our solar system, distant stars and galaxies, and the rest of the universe is located.

Where, you might wonder, does God’s throne exist? The Lord’s throne cannot be in the FIRST place mentioned above (the sky) since God does not yet dwell with mankind. Could it be in the second, what we call space? Job 22 sheds a little more light on the subject when he writes “Is not God in the height of heaven? And see the highest stars, how lofty they are!” (Job 22:12).

This suggests an additional domain that is even higher than the stars. It is the Apostle Paul who reveals and confirms the existence of a spiritual realm. Paul, speaking indirectly about what occurred to him, states that somehow, someway, he was transported to a THIRD spiritual realm (2Corinthians 12:2 – 4) where he heard things he could not repeat to others!
Note that Paul is not stating there are heavenly levels but rather that he was taken to the third of a sequence of three (logically implying that a first and second domains exist).

In review, God tells us in His word that He indeed made three SEPARATE and distinct heavenly places.

The atmosphere (sky) that surrounds the earth

The Universe or what we call Space

The place where His throne is located

The concept that the Bible teaches there are levels of heaven highly likely originated with Middle Ages’ poem entitled Divine Comedy by Dante (written somewhere between 1308 – 1321). This writing describes, in graphic detail, his supposed “travels” through the realms of Purgatory, Hell and others, each of which is comprised of nine parts or sections. Some people believe the Comedy is one of the greatest works ever written in world literature.

Jesus said regarding rewards, “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done” (Revelation 22:12). Since Jesus will be distributing rewards on the basis of what we have done, we can safely say that there will be a time of reward for believers and that the rewards will differ somewhat from person to person (or then; Spirit to Spirit)

Only those works that survive God’s refining fire have eternal value and will be worthy of reward. Those valuable works are referred to as “gold, silver, and costly stones” (1 Corinthians 3:12) and are those things that are built upon the foundation of faith in Christ. Those works that will not be rewarded are called “wood, hay, and stubble”; these are not evil deeds but shallow activities with no eternal value. Rewards will be distributed at the “judgment seat of Christ,” a place where believers’ lives will be evaluated for the purpose of rewards. “Judgment” of believers never refers to punishment for sin. Jesus Christ was punished for our sin when He died on the cross, and God said about us: “I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more” (Hebrews 8:12). What a glorious thought! The Christian need never fear punishment, but can look forward to crowns of reward that he can cast at the feet of the Savior. In conclusion, there are not different levels of heaven, but there are different levels of reward in heaven.

So, let us amass blessings (which are rewards in Heaven) are we working toward this? I am aware that I speak in future tenses; but the now is now. We stock up The blessings by doing what The Word has asked us to do.

As Christians, we believe that we are saved solely by the grace of God. When we say this, we mean we believe God sets us apart for salvation based not on anything we could do on our own effort, but based on the “free gift” of salvation offered by the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Our ‘works’ play no role in our salvation. We cannot ‘earn’ our way into Heaven, this is a gift of God, so no man or woman could ever boast they ‘earned’ a place in Heaven with God.

Ephesians 2:8-9
For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

It is funny that most people walk around in denial. To them, there is no God, or at the very best religion is a figment off their imagination, a way to cope. We have a Lord and He is real. Why do you think Jesus came into the World. Even if He was not who He said He was, we know that He made a HUGE difference in the world. It is left for us to believe and trust that this Man who changed the course of histoty: years for example are a worldwide phenomenon. The time BC and AD are based on none other. Think of it- Ano Domini and BC are based on none other. If we look at time, there is literally none that had affected the course of history like He has.
The terms anno Domini (AD) and before Christ (BC) are used to label or number years in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. The term anno Domini is Medieval Latin, which means in the year of the Lord but is often translated as in the year of our Lord. It is occasionally set out more fully as anno Domini nostri Iesu (or Jesu) Christi (“in the year of Our Lord Jesus Christ”). Dionysius Exiguus of Scythia Minor introduced the AD system in AD 525, counting the years since the birth of Christ.

Seriously, it floors me! How can one person affect or effect the world? We have had a chance to experience or hear about people who tried. To point out the fact: Adolf Hitler was known to quite a few, He had his effect on history. But despite us fighting the war (the allies and the British), we have an idea how he passsed, and no matter how many keep his memory alive. He is dead, and to make it, we have read, heard or seen how he died.
We have read and know how Jesus died. The key thing is that He died for you and me. We can scour the history books to see how great he was. I have tried to find one thing that He did wrong. Before, I had pointed out that at the wedding He and His friends went to with his mother, He was asked to do something about the wine being done. Even then, He told His Mother-Mary, “My time is not come…” She in turn asked the staff to do as He said, and He asked them to fill the canteens with wanted thanked God, and it was done.
This brings up a great point. Do we have episodes where we think it is not right. We must go into our hearts and seek God’s will be the move of His Spirit. There is so much to say on this and we shall.
All this came to head when I heard the terms AD on television and realized that it meant that our time is defined by the time is Christ.

Interstingly, many would say He was killed and that was that. No sweat! Even His disciples who He was with and told He would come again didn’t think that it was truly Himm until He instructed them on what to do while fishing, the product of that fishing trip alone belies the imagination.

John 21 NIV
Jesus and the Miraculous Catch of Fish
Afterward Jesus appeared again to his disciples, by the Sea of Galilee.a It happened this way: Simon Peter, Thomas (also known as Didymusb ), Nathanael from Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two other disciples were together. “I’m going out to fish,” Simon Peter told them, and they said, “We’ll go with you.” So they went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

Early in the morning, Jesus stood on the shore, but the disciples did not realize that it was Jesus.

He called out to them, “Friends, haven’t you any fish?”

“No,” they answered.

He said, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat and you will find some.” When they did, they were unable to haul the net in because of the large number of fish.

Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water. The other disciples followed in the boat, towing the net full of fish, for they were not far from shore, about a hundred yards. When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some bread.

Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.

Even in the sharing of this, we see that He had appeared twice before, just to point out I will mention then briefly.
He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen. (Mark 16:14)
So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread. Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. (Luke 24:33–37)
Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. (John 20:19–20)
Following His Resurrection from the dead, Jesus made a number of appearances to his followers—no less than ten of these are recorded in Scripture. Beginning on Resurrection Sunday, He “showed himself alive . . . by many infallible proofs” (Acts 1:3, KJV) and instructed His apostles and many other followers periodically for forty days. He then ascended from Mount Olivet, near Jerusalem, while the apostles watched (Acts 1:9–12). To sort out the verses in question, we need to examine several appearances in terms of when and where they occurred and who witnessed them.

So, we have proof that at first there were doubters. Even Thomas had said or thought “I won’t believe it is Him till I stick me finger into His side and hand.” He was invited to do so, and realizing that it was truly Him, He declined with great respect

We at times are struck with the occurrence of testimonies. I must say that no matter what or how we think/feel/are, God is real. The important thing to realize that this life, our lives are just a drop in the ocean of existence. If even we were to side with people who say heaven is not. Then what? Are we recycled? I have mentioned it before, don’t you think there would be more than a few who would or could remember their past life? It is important to note this and understand that it is easy to say, harder to prove.

One thing is factual, Jesus was. Not only did He change time and the way it is known. He taught disciples to go out and spread the Word, so that now there are many along the path to heaven.

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Psalm 51:10

I have given it much thought and prayer. if Jesuels went to prepare a place for us, my claim is not that I saw it, but rather I saw exquisite beauty in that place. A few times I have no been led to think on where I was. The absence of ‘hosing’ or edifices that I saw. But the inexplicable beauty and peace transcends all understanding.

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the Christians who have died will rise from their graves.
1 Thessalonians 4: 16

This doesn’t cease to amaze me, it is the point at which many have sought to debunk my testimony. By medical terms, I know I was gone. Yes, there is the bosom of Abraham. “Bosom of Abraham” refers to the place of comfort in the Biblical Sheol (or Hades in the Greek Septuagint version of the Hebrew scriptures from around 200 BC, and therefore so described in the New Testament) where the righteous dead await Judgment Day.

As Christians, we have Love, not only that but we have a stable, steadfast ground to grow and lead our lives. We were sent here to learn, to learn how to trust Him-our God, And to learn to Love Him with all our hearts. We will be ruled for eternity. At times that might seem inexplicable. I was but given a glimpse of this and it was beauty, peace and joy like I have not experienced here. I wonder at times why I was allowed to return, but I know and understand that it was to tell people what I experienced. Nowadays, I try not to say that too often, but it remains true.

We read in the Word and learn so much from this passage that says: Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness.
– Colossians 2:7

Lord, Hallelujah! You are the King of kings and the Lord of lords. We respect those in power here with their faults in judgement. We are blessed with You, who has no fault. Even when man was following his heart and there was corruption through the earth, you could have wiped man away, but there was Noah and You asked him to build an ark. Lord we want to thank and worship you for the fact that you always Love us and five us what we need. Father Lord allow us to show You Love and respect and learn to leave everything at Your feet. There are a multitude of angels, beings who serve You as they were created to do. Father we thank You for choice and we have decided to serve You. Allow us to put aside pride for we are but dust, to put aside pride-for we were made to serve You, to put away self-will and embrace Your will and desire for us. Father at many times we cannot wait to be in Your presence. Allow us to learn what we must that will enable us to be in Your presence for eternity. Thank You Father.
Where we stepped wrong, forgive us; where we allowed pride to drive us, teach us to depend solely on you. For in You and You alone is found true peace. Bless me Father that I may know you in all I do. Today in my life is Yours, as is each moment in my Life. Be magnified Lord in Jesus name, Amen

Psalm 37:3-6 (NIV)

Trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.

Many times we find ourselves wrongly accused. Blamed for something we did not do. Little be it that I say the word says “fret not” for what is coming is coming. Seek not your own way or the desires of your heart. I know that once for so many reasons so felt this way; but I was ministered to in spirit and told to leave all behind. Has it been easy? No, not at all, but doing the will of God is all I desire as should you. I was reading this evening and came across a verse that rectified my emotios, the raw feelings. To put it simply the anger, hurt, bitterness, disappointment and despair.
He shall send from heaven, and save me from the reproach of him that would swallow me up. Selah. God shall send forth his mercy and his truth.
Psalm 57:3

When I do His will, He will bless me abundantly and He does. Alleluia! So in all, be gentle and trust Him.

So many times, we may be worried, effected by, affected by things people do. We might think that it is ok to hold a grudge. But, wait! This was addressed by none other than Jesus, he was approached by Peter and asked how many times we could be ‘wronged’. Hold on, how many times do we ask for forgiveness when we do wrong? And we read: Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?”
“No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven!” (Matthew 18:21-22 NLT)
Luke 6:27-28
We further read: “Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”(Luke 6:35-36 NIV)

Our gifts are piling up, being stored in Heaven; so focus! And keep focused on His will.

And as disciples we are told: Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. John 14:2,3

I am aware the one day is as a thousand years our time. Imagine, Jesus has been gone for but a day and a half. Time to us seems so important, and it is. I pointed out that in The beginning of our times people lived a day in the life of God. Methuselah was 900+ years old; which is but a day in the eyes of God. Even those in the spirit. Essentially time (since there is none does not pass, but rather experiences.) To lay it out, there is no ‘time’ to miss someone you left behind. Yes, there might be a fleeting thought Of those we left behind. But in the Kingdom of God, there is no ‘time’ to miss them. Essentially, you don’t have but a day if they give their all to God. But then, they are so involved that they look up and there you are.

We then look at the ages of other people spoken about in the Word. According to the Bible, God created the first humans—Adam and Eve—without sin and with the ability to live forever. God gave the first human couple everything they needed for their eternal health and happiness in the Garden of Eden; but He warned them not to eat fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil or they would die, as indeed would all their descendants after them (Genesis 2:16–17). When Satan’s deception prompted Eve to disobey this command and then Adam willfully disobeyed, their minds and bodies profoundly changed (Genesis 3). Not only did they become subject to death, but their firstborn child (Cain) became the world’s first murderer. Truly, the wages of sin is death, physically and spiritually. It is sobering to think that the Bible would have been only a few pages long—from creation to the fall into sin—were it not for the undeserved love of God who both promised and sent the Messiah to save us from sin and death (Genesis 3:15; Isaiah 25:8; Psalm 49:14–15; 1 John 5:13).

We see a table that I derived from:

For 1,500 years after creation, men lived such long lives that most were either contemporaries of the first man, Adam, or personally knew someone who was! The ten patriarchs (excluding Enoch) who preceded the Great Flood lived an average of 912 years. Lamech died the youngest at the age of 777, and Methuselah lived to be the oldest at 969. See table 1.

Table 1. Ages of the Patriarchs from Adam to Noah
PatriarchAgeBible Reference
1 Adam. 930 Genesis 5:4
2 Seth. 912 Genesis 5:8
3 Enosh. 905. Genesis 5:11
4 Cainan. 910. Genesis 5:14
5 Mahalalel. 895. Genesis 5:17
6 Jared. 962. Genesis 5:20
7 Enoch. 365 Genesis 5:23
8 Methuselah. 969. Genesis 5:27
9 Lamech. 777. Genesis 5:31
10 Noah. 950. Genesis 9:29

Sometime, if we go back and simply read The Word, we realize with shock how we were developed and what we were created for. You are encouraged to do Your own study, as I say for God it is the blink of an eye. Just think, for one whom time means everything it is amazing to have caught a glimpse of where it has no meaning or definition. Once judged, judgementvis final, do we want to take that chance of not being in glory? We might say as I’ve heard “At least I will be with ‘friendsl’ who know how to party, people who know how to get it on”. If you can’t see them for the lack of light? The Word says in John 8:12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” If therefore, The Light is absent, then the darkness alone is overbearing. We of course must add the worm which quenched not; all in all it is not a pleasant place.

And we pray: Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast. Psalm 57:1

There is nothing more fulfilling than to be in the perfect will of God. In His presence??? There is nothing that comes even close to the awesome, glory filled presence of God. If we cast our minds back to Moses, God’s constant intercede on behalf of the Isrralites, even he when he was offered to see God passing by was covered inva depression,”the glory would have slain a human. We have the chance to see it in the spirit. We just have to work diligently to get there.
Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple. Psalm 65:4

We further see that we have all we need. For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul. Upon this I awaked, and beheld; and my sleep was sweet unto me.
Jeremiah 31:25,26

So Many times I say what must be done “Let go and let God.” One letter changes that, one being has done it all. We may think that we have a way of being that answers problems/issues. But, we have seen that keeping just a little doesn’t work. We have been asked to live in the now. Not the past or the future, the now.
Do we want to shine? To have people look at us as examples as what to do when even they need help? That promotion at work? All these things go your way when you change your focus and allow God to be your source.

When I was in the coma, all time ceased. I know what I experienced, it was only upon returning that I knew time had passed. As far as I was concerned, I had been asleep for a short period, a few hours. Only to realize that it was weeks. I say this because I realize that I was ‘awake’ At the latter part of that period. Just not here mentally. It at times gives me bother, but reading ‘The Word’ it says clearly:
But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 2 Peter 3:8 (NIV)
So being there, it was a ‘period’ of sleep. So many things occurred in my spirit, time did not exist and I thought it funny that so many acted and asked me if things were ok. I have to say that we here in life deal with everything concerning time. In the period to come time does not exist. I am confident that if you ask other individuals with this experience, the would echo the same sentiment. In saying this, I address those who have lost their Loved ones who are believers. They are just done.
While here at their end, I am sure it was a ‘speechless’ passing. But for them a joyful one. We live in hope, faithing that all will be as promised in The Word.

I have to stress that it is key to Love The Lord, trust in Him, commit all into His hands and learn to walk with Him in faith and Love.

We are told how to live our Lives: Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah. Psalm 62:8 The Bible is an extraordinary work of literature, and it makes some astonishing claims. There are way more copies of the biblical manuscripts, with remarkable consistency between them, than there are for any of the classics like Plato, Aristotle and Socrates. “There is no body of ancient literature in the world which enjoys such a wealth of good textual attestation as the New Testament.” F.F. Bruce, The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable?
Psalm 19:1-3 – The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard.
Jeremiah 10:12 – He has made the earth by His power, He has established the world by His wisdom, and has stretched out the heavens at His discretion.

Romans 1:20 – For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.

Science means knowledge, and true science always agrees with the observable evidence. Scientific research continues to unfold the wonders and mysteries of our universe. Interestingly, there is one book that has anticipated many of these scientific facts. That book is the Bible.
Many of these facts were penned centuries before they were discovered. Scientific foreknowledge found only in the Bible offers one more piece to the collective proof that the Bible is truly the inspired Word of the Creator. How does this affect you?

He stretches out the north over empty space;
He hangs the earth on nothing. Job 26:7

The earth free-floats in space (Job 26:7), affected only by gravity. While other sources declared the earth sat on the back of an elephant or turtle, or was held up by Atlas, the Bible alone states what we now know to be true – “He hangs the earth on nothing.”

Creation is made of particles, indiscernible to our eyes (Hebrews 11:3). Not until the 19th century was it discovered that all visible matter consists of invisible elements.
Sanitation industry birthed (Deuteronomy 23:12-13). Some 3,500 years ago God commanded His people to have a place outside the camp where they could relieve themselves. They were to each carry a shovel so that they could dig a hole (latrine) and cover their waste. Up until World War I, more soldiers died from disease than war because they did not isolate human waste.
Our bodies are made from the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:7; 3:19). Scientists have discovered that the human body is comprised of some 28 base and trace elements – all of which are found in the earth.

Exodus 15:13 (NIV)
In your unfailing love you will lead
the people you have redeemed.
In your strength you will guide them
to your holy dwelling.

The earth was designed for biological life (Isaiah 45:18). Scientists have discovered that the most fundamental characteristics of our earth and cosmos are so finely tuned that if just one of them were even slightly different, life as we know it couldn’t exist. This is called the Anthropic Principle and it agrees with the Bible which states that God formed the earth to be inhabited.

And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
– Philippians 4:8

How do we offer blessing and thanksgiving to God? What do we say? How do we say it? I am keenly aware that I have ceaselessly said that we should be greatful, thankful in all things both the awesome and the drawbacks. It was just pointed out that the drawbacks can in and with faith be the sling forwards! Think of a rubber band. If pulled it does not snap but rather winds up for the recoul! We are rubber bands of The Lord! When faced with turmoil, stop, pray, and leave the turmoil at His feet. I am aware that it may be difficult; but He is The Lord of lords And The King of kings, we say and know that He exists forever. So at His feet all will come to realization that He made all and to Him we all owe our existence. The World is as He made it, our lives are as He allows; it is our duty to bestow the rights to Him to whom they truly belong.
Sometimes it is difficult to understand reluctance of people to accept fact that is. So, many times I look and am perplexed, but rather than wonder, I know that it is my job to kindly and gently profess His All mighty majesty.
So we can say: Accept, I beseech thee, the free will offerings of my mouth, O LORD, and teach me thy judgments. Psalm 119:108

Lord, thank You for my mouth, for my voice, my ability to praise You. Not only am I able but willing with my entire being to do so. We have leaders that You have allowed to guide, at times this may be selfish. In our little way, we commit the governing of Your people to You Lord. Alleluia, thank You for this day, the plenty we have in and through You. Thank You Father. I commit my going forth into Your hands in Jesus’ name, Amen

Our prayer in times of need and always: Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast. Psalm 57:1

We have reason to proclaim Him as Lord. What we have, we undoubtedly work for, work hard and harder still for from the fruit of your hands shall you flourish. We have examples of those who have excuses to lay fallow and allow life to pass them by. Open your eyes, see the successful and do as they do.
In high school, it was those who studied diligently that scored highest, the lazy or wistful fell aside, even at times when no-one did well, the best/higher grades were scored by those who put effort into doing well. I will step away from ‘biblical’ teaching but for a moment. We are all rewarded by the work we put into things (in fact the Bible says this) we are given much fruit by being beloved of our Father in Heaven, but all are Loved and He blesses us with extra because we trust Him. A brief summary of these blessings can be read in:
What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth? I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it. He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life. And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him. Ecclesiastes 3:9-14

So, we are blessed and we pray:
Thank You Father for all we have, Hallelujah! For the work of our hands. You make it possible. Try as we might, we cannot fully understand or gather the depths and extent of Your Love. We thank You for all we have, for even what we have had today. The food, drink, sleep, rest, faith, joy, happiness and peace. Father, even for the trials; for they teach us how to be, to lay all at Your feet, we commit now and always into Your giving hands, Love us and make us whole this day and always in Jesus’ name, Amen

For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
Psalm 1:6,5

Woe are the people who fall at that time. This is the reason we strive to bring all to the knowledge of God-The Almighty. As we strive to do His will, we are blessed. In this verse we are told that The Lord knows the way of the righteous. We have pointed out that there is nothing kept from Him. If we think of it, even night time robbers will ‘sneak’ into a home. There are spiritual forces around. They were tempted to take what is not theirs, to state it plainly-To steal. If we think about it, there was a voice urging them To do wrong.

“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose” (ESV).
Romans 8:28:

Hard to say, but even I as much as I focus on The Word. I started to wonder why I who had made such awesome progress seemed to be slipping. I prayed more and attempted to do even more than I had. Even studied Traumatic Brain Injury; Yes, I attempted to keep track if everything that was happening. To have made it to ‘work’ on a steady basis, to be driving again, to be in the gym again and have all these things cut short. I know it must be a bit frustrating for my family and friends. I do not understand how I used to rise up and do so much am essentially slowed down in the physical.
I am aware that it has not slowed me down in the Spiritual. I started to focus even more on The Word if God. The first verse I read is above and I am left with a feeling if hope. I think perhaps ‘feeling’ is too weak a word ‘knowledge’ would be more appropriate.
Things like working out, driving, housework, I do without hesitation. It has become more challenging but I have faith. Believing God and in His promises has become the ‘steady’ in my life. So many times I am pushed to ‘stay in bed’, I refuse to do so. Remembering just after the accident with all my limitations, I refused to do it then. I am in much the same place now and understand it partially.
In fact, I understand that what is called for is faith. The Bible says that with faith, we shall ask mountains to move And they shall be cast in the sea. I look (or should I say ‘perceive’) this trial as just that. Having even mentored residents in surgery, I am definitely impressed by the healing/restorative properties if God.

The tiny things (small to some, HUGE to me) have come to mean so much. The ability to stand on one leg, perform pullups, sit ups, perform yoga. These things to some are ‘everyday’ things. Yes, I admit that they are and for me used to be everyday too; until I lost the ability to do them. Life took on a news meaning. Learning again, trying again.

I am sometimes presented with others that have been in similar situations. This is one reason to give God praise. I should be a vegetable. I remember leaving the hospital. I was in a wheelchair. I have stated it before. My parents bought a ramp so that I could make it into the house either with aid or unassisted. I remember never needing to use the ramp. Much the same way, I ensure that I do things that I shouldn’t be able to do.

To point out one major thing is that before the accident and passing; I was in ‘like’. I must say that given the constancy if support. I will admit that I am in Love. To explain this. I am aware that when I write the word Love, I use a capital “L”. I mean to do this.
Funny enough, I was allowed to come back for many reasons. The thing is that if it were to allow any if my past relationships to be. I would have those people clamoring to offer their support. In essence, they would be there.
Interestingly, I was in the accident with someone who rode on the same bike. Since I left the hospital, I have not seen or heard from her. I am asked often by a few people what she was doing there. Having a memory loss prior to the accident. Even writing this I can remember her being there before the accident but no more than that. Essentially, this redefines what Love is.

I will admit that it took time to understand fully what it implies. But, being able to see it from the aspect if having it shown to you makes all the difference in the world.

I was looking up some if the trials that Paula went through because I am fully aware that he must have. In no way am I comparing myself to him. I had looked up TBI And decided to see just what The Bible had to say about it. I did not find any references. But I tried to see if there were any instances where loss if ability was lost and knew this would bring comfort and great clarity. I did find one chapter:
I must go on boasting. Though there is nothing to be gained by it, I will go on to visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows. And I know that this man was caught up into paradise—whether in the body or out of the body I do not know, God knows— and he heard things that cannot be told, which man may not utter. On behalf of this man I will boast, but on my own behalf I will not boast, except of my weaknesses— 6 though if I should wish to boast, I would not be a fool, for I would be speaking the truth; but I refrain from it, so that no one may think more of me than he sees in me or hears from me. So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited. Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:7-19

Not only this but a few other verses were sources of comfort. God controls both the thermostat and the timer on our trial. God promises that He will never forsake us (Hebrews 13:5) and will never allow us to face more than we are capable of handling in His strength (1 Corinthians 10:13).

In ‘being there’ for those less fortunate than we are: Providing needed spiritual, emotional, and physical support pleases the Lord. “Let us not become weary in doing good” (Galatians 6:9).

I hope this brings comfort to those in situations that may not even equal this.

Lord Heavenly Father, I want to give You thanks this day. Thank You for where I am, who I am, where I have been. I thank You for the things that irk me. I know they are in my path for learning. Allow me to learn, to give You praise and to lay all things at Your feet. Lord I thank You for Your word. The comfort and fulfillment it brings. Thank You for sending Your Spirit to reside with us, speak with us, guide us as we come to know you more and more. Father we look forward to being in Your presence, help us to start even now. Cover us with your wings, guide us with Your hand, lead us beside still waters, renew our strength; thank You Father. Thank You for how I am doing, though a little difficult force one to understand. I am asking You to by Your grace, make me whole in Jesus’ name. Father, I thank You as You go before me this day. I praise You as You bless me with even unexpected blessings, Hallelujah Father, I pray in Jesus’ name.

His countenance is a light to our path and a lamp unto our feet. Let us learn to walk as directed led by The Spirit of God. We have not seen God as of yet, but we experience His Spirit. It is within each who search and look. Knock the door, it shall be opened and enter in to a place and time filled with His glory. There is no place like this we know or experience the peace, joy, fulfillment that is found in His presence. Sup with him, dine at His table of grace. God knows all, pour out your hearts before Him. He will make you whole.
We are blessed to be able to leave everything at His feet. And be led by His light. There are things placed in our path that might make us falter, but place your trust in God who created you to do His will.
Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance. Psalm 89:15

He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. Psalm 24:4,3,5

Our promise today and every day. In His way, make this a day that counts.
Promise time!
“He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken” (Psalm 62:2 NLT).
And, we can add: In God alone will I trust.

Jesus spoke through The Word before He was sent to earth to save us all, and I share: To fear the Lord is to hate evil;
I hate pride and arrogance,
evil behavior and perverse speech.
Counsel and sound judgment are mine;
I have insight, I have power.
By me kings reign
and rulers issue decrees that are just;
by me princes govern,
and nobles—all who rule on earth.[b]
I love those who love me,
and those who seek me find me.
With me are riches and honor,
enduring wealth and prosperity.
My fruit is better than fine gold;
what I yield surpasses choice silver.
I walk in the way of righteousness,
along the paths of justice,
bestowing a rich inheritance on those who love me
and making their treasuries full.
“The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works,
before his deeds of old;
I was formed long ages ago,
at the very beginning, when the world came to be.
When there were no watery depths, I was given birth,
when there were no springs overflowing with water;
before the mountains were settled in place,
before the hills, I was given birth,
before he made the world or its fields
or any of the dust of the earth.
I was there when he set the heavens in place,
when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep,
when he established the clouds above
and fixed securely the fountains of the deep,
when he gave the sea its boundary
so the waters would not overstep his command,
and when he marked out the foundations of the earth.
Then I was constantly at his side.
I was filled with delight day after day,
rejoicing always in his presence,
rejoicing in his whole world
and delighting in mankind.
“Now then, my children, listen to me;
blessed are those who keep my ways.
Listen to my instruction and be wise;
do not disregard it.
Blessed are those who listen to me,
watching daily at my doors,
waiting at my doorway.
For those who find me find life
and receive favor from the Lord.
But those who fail to find me harm themselves;
all who hate me love death.”
Proverbs 8: 13-36

And we learn a lot by reading this. The literal first made (I would say first ‘born’, but we understand ‘birth’ to be by a different means. So, in this we see and understand that Jesus was the first made made Proverbs 8:30,31. Being so, we understand His value of being sent for us. Yes, we did inherit the traits passed down from Adam and Eve Romans 5:12, but moreso- we first were created in God’s image. We must then understand who and what we are, being created to be as He is and giving the Spirit to know Him and advance in Him 1 Corinthians 15:21,22.

That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: Philippians 2:15, 13, 14

So in essence, we begin to understand even more who and what we are. And more importantly, why we are.

I stand to learn, and humbly I say…so should you. If anyone says that they know The Word in its entirety. That is a challenge. Even small bits here And there are good. The simplest way to go about it is knowing and understanding His promises and knowing what we must do to attain them. Simple and short. I was reading and came across this: Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
– 1 Thessalonians 5:18
We are as believers in God’s will. There might be challenges that seem unsurmountable. That is the problem. You are living in the tomorrows still to come. This is the now- Have you prayed about it? We hear, read and are told so many times that it is a Love that covers all. It is a challenge at times to hold on to just what The Word preaches, especially with the difficulties we go through. I am not sure how to put this; but I was there.
Job loss, sick, unable to walk, financially strapped, but each day it was my pleasure to leave it all at God’s feet.

I can encourage, and many do; Do they really know or understand what others go through? Each in their own way has their own challenges. At this time I feel led to say that even prisoners in jail where accused of doing something. Invtheccase of the truly innocent, how do they go through it? Even If guilty, will they come out changed. See? It gives us much to pray about. Even If we are in a place of ultimate blessing, we need to look below and help others up.

We live in a time of challenge. Have you spoken with God today? Is your day with its challenges to come been placed in God’s lap. There is so much we are faced with. Bills, responsibility; at home, work, chuch, in our personal lives. How do we make it make sense? Start somewhere is all the advice I can give. I know that I have said: “Dare God”. Place something before Him, and see what happens. Not saying to sit back, but rather take care of your responsibilities and watch what God does.

A couple of days ago, I was reading the book of Job. For one reason in particular, I wanted to find out who this was revealed through. Something came out; even if I were to find out spcifically, what difference would it make. If it was a story, as I have shared prior, there is so much to learn. A rich man, beyond riches, who had all his heart could desire, and at that point for reasons explained, it was all taken away. Property, kids, health; yet Job remained faithful. Even his friends asked him to do what we all assume would come next; but no matter how tough it got. Job held on to the presence and blessings of God, when God blesses us. We are touched with the glory of what we have and where we are.

Do we have thanksgiving for where we are, what we have? What and where our attainment has placed us? A need to sit gratefully in the place we are. We at times may chalk it up to the hard work we have put in to life. That is so; there are people who doubt and ‘know’ that what they have, and where we are. Like I’ve said, our hard work will be rewarded. We may look around at those without, or who are not as high up as we.
Let me ask a questing though, what makes you worthy of what you have. And the questions roll in; but I earned it, I am responsible for my success. If and I say if it is all taken away, what would you do then?

I have to state an example. The exapleof where and who we are; like I havecsaid, there are so many examples to be gotten from the story of Job. Let us break it down:
He did well. It was said that his goid fortune earned him a rebuke from ‘life’. It was said that he had a hedge built around him. Do we have such a hedge? Meaning that we do all we can and are blessed by ‘ good fortune’ to have all we have. So, ImO say, if all that is taken away, then what? It should bring us closer to God; believing Him, trusting in Him. Having faith in all He does and can do, if we simply ask. At times we may ask only once. But Even in the word it is said to ask conymtinualky. We learn to knock on the door and it shall be opened, seek and we will find, have faith and we will be given.
Again, I state that it is on our parts to work hard endlessly so. I can give many examples; in a garden if we do not pluck the weeds or stake the plants, what happens? If we have a lawn that we do not mow, then what? If at work, and we don’t do as told or expected? We might even lose the job. The point I make is simple; there may be many things to do. Do them willingly and go even betond, rewards in that case will be piling up, stored for you.

If we look at our lives. What places you were you are? Hard work and dedication. Dedication to what? To the results of what we put our hands to.

And so we pray:
Father Lord, I present myself to you. Thank You for this day. Thank You for my overcoming challenges placed before. Hallelujah! As your Kingdom grows progressively nearer, cause me to do Your will. Oh Lord. I ask that Your will be done in my life as an example to others. Even in Your Kingdom, so it is. I praise You for the substance of all I have been blessed with. For those I hold a grudge against, place in my Spirit a desire to let all go. This day, I pray the me words, actions, what I do and what by your grace I refuse to do, is to Your Glory. Where I stepped wrong, correct me with knowlege and wisdom Father in Jesus name.

We are told of ‘the perfect’ what exactly does that mean? Those that do the will of the Father are those who are within His realm and striving to God’s direction, His presence. His will is our desire and should be our focus.
The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness. Proverbs 11:5

We pray and pray. Right? We ask non-stop. Is this how it is supposed to be. Before you answer, let me point out a few things that I have saidcl in the past. Who made the Earth and all that is within it? We are not left with much of a choice. Our maker, our crearor, a part of Him being the author and finisher of our faith. Which is evidenced by believing that His promises will come to be in our lives. This is a key point, we are promised life here on Earth to be filled with gifts, blessings and we will be evidence of His Word.
I share: Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Psalm 2:8
We are told to simply ask. Sometimes we may be working so hard to attain. So hard to pose as. One second! Did you pray? Did you ask Him? Have you laid it before The Lord in prayer.

Let me be a tad bit stubborn; did you pray today yet? Commit the day into His hands? If not, what are you waiting for? A special invite? Ok then, I amninviting you to realize the promises.

Even when the ground is unyielding, if we hold on to His promises, we will see awesome fruit that will put a song of joy in your heart.

And we can say with confidence:
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the Love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)

This is a powerful here and we should carry it into the weekend beliving, trusting and knowing that absolutely nothing can separate us from the Love of God. Think about it, when we were sinners, God sent a part of Him to satisfy the need for something to atone for our sins; both in the past, present and to come.

We are truly in a blessed, Holy and fulfilling family of believers. Just know that by God’s grace each and every one shall be in the same place where the Glory of His light and presence covers all. Hallelujah!

Be blessed.

The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with Love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith.
– 1 Timothy 1:5

Paula said this, we have found out through study of the scripture that Love is what ties it all together. The Love of our neighbour emphasized by Loving them more than ourselves. This means so much; we are blessed to be people ofcThe Most High, our needs are met by the fullness of God’s glory. How much more then are we able to show this? I will stop and let you ponder this.

Father Lord, I praise You for all I have, all I have, all I have been blessed with. Place in me the desire to share it all freely, to share of Your boundless blessings that I have been given. Thank You for this day, the beauty and Your grace. Open my eyes that I may see and understand Your word. Lord, where I have withheld my will to do as You told and have shown, cause me to do Your will. Love ties it all in, Lord allow me to show Your Love in Your name, Jesus’ name and by the grace requested by Your Spirit in Jesus’ name, Amen

And we in times of distress, pray this prayer:
O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure. For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore. There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin. For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me. My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness. I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long. For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh.Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee. Psalm 38:1-9

Lord, I have not done Your will and I find myself in the depths of languish. I realize that I did not live as You asked me to. Lord, at those times and places, I seek Your will. Lord allow me to be filled with You grace. I am truly sorry for my sins, Lorf, I tire, I am spent, Lord, it is difficult to go on. I humbly ask that You allow this to pass over me that I may be able to serve You and only You. Take away all the desire to do other things that I may safele dwell in Your presence. When I look back, I realize that so should have placed You first in all I did. Father forgive me and make me whole in Jesus’ name, Amen

And we in times of distress, pray this prayer:
O Lord, rebuke me not in thy wrath: neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure. For thine arrows stick fast in me, and thy hand presseth me sore. There is no soundness in my flesh because of thine anger; neither is there any rest in my bones because of my sin. For mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as an heavy burden they are too heavy for me. My wounds stink and are corrupt because of my foolishness. I am troubled; I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long. For my loins are filled with a loathsome disease: and there is no soundness in my flesh.Lord, all my desire is before thee; and my groaning is not hid from thee. Psalm 38:1-9

Lord, I have not done Your will and I find myself in the depths of languish. I realize that I did not live as You asked me to. Lord, at those times and places, I seek Your will. Lord allow me to be filled with You grace. I am truly sorry for my sins, Lorf, I tire, I am spent, Lord, it is difficult to go on. I humbly ask that You allow this to pass over me that I may be able to serve You and only You. Take away all the desire to do other things that I may safele dwell in Your presence. When I look back, I realize that so should have placed You first in all I did. Father forgive me and make me whole in Jesus’ name, Amen

We have two existences to look forward to. Both here and after death. All our words we share go to state how we can prepare even now for the then. I know that it might not make sense, but we will get there soon enough.

So many things fight to have/get our attention. As I always do, I will ask, have you prayed today? Picked up your bible and read? Let me be even less of a drag, what is your favorite bible verse and not “For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten son…” John 3:16. I write that because I know so many will go there.

The amazing thing is we have a complete book. It has all God’s work through time. I am aware that unbelievers or half believers might want to argue some of the stories in the bible. You know, I’ll help you: God sent Jonah to Nineveh, but Noah disobeyed The Lord’s comnand and he sought to run in the opposite direction. Yeah, yeah so along came a storm. Funny enough while they were scurrying around on deck throwing weight overboard, Jonah was asleep below deck. When he was awakened, he realized that this tempest was his fault andbasked to be thrown in the sea. He tells the story from there. He was swallowed whole by a whale. How about the digestive juices, lack of food or drink? The fumes of other animals, objects; the stomach acid??? We can go on. Next, he is vomited up by this whal, and where? The shores of the place he was supposed to go in the first place. It would have been so much easier if he followed the first guiding or leading to Nineveh. We can look at life so many different ways. We may choose our way, and most of the time we do. Have we asked God for his direction? For Him to send angels to guide us along the path.

I have pointed out that there are no secrets from God, He sees and knows all. Yes, He is giving you yet another chance to do it as he directed. Love my dear friend. If God is Love, he brings the very definition of the word to life. He gives you chance after chance. Imagine you being a parent and your child is doing wrong continuously. At what point do you throw in the towel and say “enough is enough.” There are so many examples I can give, but rather, I will say: “God is Love.” We cannot describe it any other way. When we read 1 Corinthians 13, we see the attributes of God. In our most commonly quoted verse it says “For God so Loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son… ” It makes the point and we can start to understand that truly God is Love.

So, we have a Father who is Love. It defines Him, Describes Him. We even as non believers had a twinge of the emotions that are described as Love. For the most part, it is incomparable-but I was just making a point. Let me go even further: why did you like the person? Looks? The way they treated you? Made you feel special? I am sure those ‘feelings’ are nothing compared with the real and true Love we experience from our Father in Heaven.

So let us take a small break and think about what we have said thus far and in the course of the ‘sharing’?

Even as an elder in the church, a minister, a preacher, may I even call them an apostle? We are given an example and a teaching by Paul, one of the most well known ‘sharers’ of The Word:
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, Philippians 3:13

So, we in moving forward need to forget things of the past. Here I advise that we Let all go; both the good and bad. We are blessed in the present time. We can read, listen or watch The Word as it is shared.

This makes me think of those even without the ability to do such, it is a new day; and they are here. Another day for God to show His grace and power over all. He made it and out of Love, we cannot break it. Many times we encounter those who stand against Him and with perplexionvwatch them fall.

Yes, we might have to endure for a while, but the Lord has heard you, and your answer comes. Understand, just as I have stated before: there are thing occurring in the Spiritual that we have not any idea about. Just pray and hold on to the promises and they will come to be.

Our key words this sharing are prayer, faith, patience, confidence in God who has and does continue to give. Let us then go forth filled with His Spirit and let His Love shine through us.

We don’t even have to witness, all we need do is be. Yes, it is just as our lives are lived in God’s plan, we showing it, or letting the blessings flow are being evangelists for our Father. It should be shown in your words, thoughts, actions and refusal to do things that will not bring glory to God’s name and essence. Do you want people around to comment how different you are from the norm? All you have to do is trust and believe.

Father, Lord hallelujah, thank You for saving me. Father moreso is the fact that you sent a part of you to die for my sins. Father, I know that you stayed Your hand at the cross. To show this even you caused the separation garments in the temple (Matthew 27:50-52) to be split in two. So much happened when the body of Christ had the Spirit leave Him. I beleve at this point He joined so many who had passed to the other side in accordance with the scripture. Father, this day and always, direct me in Your will in Jesus name. Where I stand with differences, allow me to be blessed Lord. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

To be of the school of believers is a blessing. Each day in itself is a blessing. Let us walk joyfully in every second we have. We have a choice; be sullen and morose, why? We have, some may see it as promises. I choose to see it as being already; our direction, our goals. I might add that our dreams line up in this modicum. For The Word says: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope” (Romans 15:13)

Hope for God’s promise fulfilled, against all logic. “The Lord said to Abram, ‘Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation’” (Genesis 12:1-2 NLT).
Here we see that Abraham was asked to leave what he knew and move on out to the place God would give him. Did he falter? He believed which is why we call him “The father of faith”.

“Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,” (Romans 5:3-4).
Paul lived a life full of tribulation. Because of that, he could speak these Holy Spirit inspired words with confidence.

So many times we are discouraged; saying “why does this have to happen? Why am I going through this?” The words never cease to flow from our mouths. In a way it is being ungrateful for another day. God has a plan for you. Seek it and find it, hold it and work it, the sky is the limit.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).
We are driven for a reason, spend the time in your quiet place, take time with The Lord, your creator. Yes, I know the call of responsibilities, always there. Your time is yours. No-one elses, yes you might have to answer for how you spent it, but a few minutes or moments to commit your day and way into the Lords hand is an awesome way to go.

And we can in faith say: But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God” (Acts 20:24 NLT).

“… in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began” (Titus 1:2).

We may find ourselves standing in hope; faith for God’s promises to be fulfilled in our lives: “And now, oh Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you” (Psalm 39:7). In so saying, commit everything into God’s hands and you will be multiplied in Jesus name.

Our prayer for today and always: “And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalm 139:24

It is worthwhile to know this in our heart of hearts. Let us be sure that we pray this always, letting that we harbor hearts filled with Love.

You know what? Now I challenge you to search your heart for that one person or thing that does not sit well with you AND ask yourseld ‘Why???’ We are a people of Love “Like Father, like offspring” we are so used to saying, but do we mean it? I will state it yet another way. IF you be of the mindset that the saying above says “Like Father, like Son.” Yes, Jesus is like His Father-God; and came and showed us an example. In His case, He actually showed us what “Like Father, like Jesus” means.
It is amazing that he constantly had an enemy who sought to make Him fall. When He was of age, The Spirit led Him out and He fasted for 40 days and nights. We do not know exactly what transpired over that time, but we are given a taste for when the period was over, Satan came haven watched Jesus and concluding with almost definite knowledge that this in human form was The Son of God. Yes, he believed it from what he saw. But then come the temptations; And we recollect. Turn this stone to bread. Knowing that He must be fanished, the firsts temptation was that He turn the stone into bread. Let’s stop and take a look at this. If you had gone even a week without food or drink And you had power to feed on soil, wouldn’t you eat it till you were full?
We can look back and appreciate just what it took to overcome that temptation. We are so full of questions as am I. Where did He ease Himself. No water for 40 days??? If even you had water, do not eat for a week and tell me if you would be doing well. In fact, in temptation, we are not approached by Satan in person, but be ‘whispering’ thoughts that ask us to do “this or that”. Don’t you then wonder what and why the devil decided to see for himself that this was truly God in the flesh of a human. We see this when he took Jesus to a height and realizing he could not tempt Him to eat stone turned to bread. He wanted to prove once again that Jesus was the true Son of God, and he asked Him to jump from the height to show that angels would bear Him up and that he would not dash his foot. Again, if Jesus did this, He would have proven Satan right, but He said “Thou shall not tempt The Lord, your God.”

Yet, Satan having come to the realization that this must truly be The Son of God, upped the ante and asked Jesus to bow a knee before him and that he would give Him a portion of The Earth. Jesus answered ‘Worship The Lord your God only.’

After doing this Satan left Him for a season, but it goes well to note that at that point Jesus had proven to be that which He was suspecter to be. Why did Jesus choose such a barren, lonely place for an intense and long period of prayer and fasting? Matthew, Mark, and Luke tell us in their gospel accounts that Jesus was led by the Holy Spirit into the wilderness. Mark states it most emphatically: “The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness” (Mark 1:12). What compelled Jesus to seek solitude, away from his family and friends, for such a lengthy period? Was it simply to test himself and prepare for his mission? Or was he also allowing himself to be tempted by Satan? The word tempt in English usually means to entice someone to do what is wrong or forbidden. The scriptural word used here also means to test in the sense of proving and purifying someone to see if they are ready for the task at hand. We test airline pilots to make sure that they are fit to fly under all conditions, including times of adverse turbulence and poor visibility. Likewise God tests his servants to see if they are fit and ready to be used by him. On many occasions God tested Abraham to prove his faith and to strengthen his hope in God’s promises. Abraham obeyed willingly even when God asked him to sacrifice Isaac, the son of promise. When the Israelites were sorely tested in Egypt for more than 400 years, they did not forget God. They kept God’s word and remembered his promise to bring them freedom from their enemies.

Jesus was tempted like us
Jesus was no exception to this pattern of testing. He went to the desert without food. Adam and Eve had everything they needed in the Garden of Paradise. But they ate of the forbidden fruit out of disobedience because they trusted in themselves rather than in God. They were cast out of Paradise and driven into the wilderness. Jesus freely enters the wilderness in order to regain Paradise for those who lost it. Jesus refuses food to show his dependence on the bread of heaven, the word of God, that would sustain him not only in his physical hunger, but in his hour of temptation as well.

When Satan tempts Jesus to turn stones into bread, Jesus replies with the words of Scripture, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (quote from Deuteronomy 8:3; see also Matthew 4:4). Jerome, the great bible scholar who lived near the Judeaen desert (347-420 AD), comments on this passage:

The Lord responded in this way, for it was his purpose to overcome the devil with humility and not with power. …the Savior’s very response indicates that it was as man that he was tempted: “Not by bread alone shall man live, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God.” So if anyone does not feed upon God’s Word, that one will not live.
Where did Jesus find the strength to survive the desert’s harsh conditions and the tempter’s seduction? He fed on God’s word and found strength in doing his Father’s will. Satan will surely tempt us and he will try his best to get us to choose our will over God’s will. If he can’t make us renounce our faith or sin mortally, he will then try to get us to make choices that will lead us, little by little, away from what God wants for us.
Jesus was tempted like us and he overcame sin not by his own human effort but by the grace and strength which his Father gave to him. He had to renounce his will for the will of his Father. He succeeded because he wanted to please his Father and he trusted that his Father would give him the strength to overcome the obstacles that stood in the way. Luke says that Jesus was “full of the Holy Spirit” (Luke 4:1). When tempted by the devil Jesus did not try to fight his adversary on his own human strength alone. He relied on the power which the Spirit gave him. Jesus came to overthrow the evil one who held us captive to sin and fear of death (Hebrews 2:14). His obedience to his Father’s will and his willingness to embrace the cross reversed the curse of Adam’s disobedience. His victory over sin and death won for us not only pardon for our sins but adoption as sons and daughters.

It is key to note that the care of this planet-Earth was tricked from man, moreso, we note in a huge way that The World or things in it were offered to Jesus in temptation. Who is Satan that he says it is his to give? We must realize that he gives whom he chooses. We live in a World that has principalities and powers in The high place on earth. They may give whomever they choose riches, a name and all they desire. But! How about when life is done, you will have to pay him back with Your Spirit. It is difficult for me to say, but wouldn’t you rather be headed for Heaven for eternity? You have a choice.

Let us define he’ll more distinctly.The word translated “hell” is Anglo-Saxon from helan, to hide, and was used in the King James Version to translate both Hades and Gehenna as in Matthew 5:22. The word “hell” does not necessarily denote the ‘place of future torment’ – the word for which in the New Testament is quite different (Greek geenna).

The Greek word hades means literally a place devoid of light; a dark, obscure abode; and in Greek writing was applied to the dark and obscure regions.

10 facts the Bible teaches about Hell:
1. Hell is a place of unquenchable fire “…He (God) will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire” (Matthew 3:12).

2. Hell is a place of memory and remorse – In Luke 16:19-31 the unsaved rich experienced memory and remorse over his lost condition. These experiences will not be lessened throughout all eternity.

2. Hell is a place of thirst – Again in the Luke 16 account we read: “And he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame’” (Luke 16:24).

4. Hell is a place of misery and pain – “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments…” (Luke 16:23). “And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night…” (Revelation 14:11). “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment…” (Matthew 25:46).

5. Hell is a place of frustration and anger – “…there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 13:42). “…there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 24:51).

6. Hell is a place of separation – Often the unsaved man jokes about Hell in the following manner “Well, if I do go to Hell, I won’t be lonely, for all my friends will be there too.” But, the opposite is true! In at least four separate passages (Revelation 2:11; 20:6,14; 21:8), Hell is called the “second death.” Death in the Bible does not mean cessation of existence, but refers to separation.

Thus, Hell is literally the second death, for the sinner will be forever separated from God, and, inasmuch as Hell is a place of darkness, this separation will doubtless isolate him from the companionship of unsaved friends as well.

7. Hell is a place of undiluted divine wrath – Man has already experienced some of God’s wrath on this earth, but not in its unlimited state. After the flood there has been the rainbow, for up to this point God has always heard and answered… “O Lord … in wrath remember mercy” (Habakkuk 3:2).

All living unsaved men

useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.
2 Timothy 3: 16

The end times (if we figure that it has only been a couple of ‘days’, for God); we need to hold on and be wary of false teachers and those who derive gain (In no matter what form; financially, emotionally, physically or in essence, a ‘period’) To explain this more, if He truly created The Earth, He has observed all we have done. For natsayers, besides height, what has changed since our known and documented beginning? We are quick to say, we are ‘descendants’ of cavemen and women. I will ask the obvious question: “How did they start procreating?” Furthermore, how is there a difference? Male and female? Not just in our species, but in all? Hmmm! Seems like a greater force was at work, no? Just thought I would throw that out there for some to doodle on. I mean in laboratories today, we have bacterium that divide and multiply, in bakeries (or even our homes) yeast that ferments and produces more yeast, yes CO2 is released, but the point is that sexes are not defined. I would say explain that. If bacteria or spores were intelligent enough shouldn’t they have evolved to another species or sample? Like I said, just wanted to throw this out for naysayers. In all, we must then ask God to open our eyes and hearts to understand where and what we must. We will then understand when individuals are spreading their own take on religion/understanding/gospel, not what has been written or is, or is to come but slighly off kilter when we truly sit down and think on it.

We are taught to Love one another especially those we are destined by God’s grace to spend eternity with. I have givenv examples in the past. Again, I will try and explain this best I can. In a place where there is no day, no night but rather light all the time and you do not grow weary, the houses are to your glory. In a place where there is no time, each moment is spent being glad; glad for our existence in that plane and rejoicing because we made it. By God’s grace our Loved ones will be there. If we hope our Loved ones, significant others and members of our home are there, why? We know that we have nothing but Love for them, even if in a place where there is no love, you are the example. How then can we say that we Love those we do not live with. Love begins at home, home (for most) is where the heart is. When we start there, we can let it spread.
WBut those who won’t care for their relatives, especially those in their own household, have denied the true faith. Such people are worse than unbelievers.
– 1 Timothy 5:8

Father Lord, I present myself humbly before you. Lord, I have needs and you have stated that I should seek your face in times of need. Father I know that when times were good, I let you go and only sought Your face in times of need. I might have praised You in times of positive, but I realize that I should praise You at all times. Father forgive me I have stepped awry of Your will. I know that I tend to come to You in and at times of need. Lord, there is no one that can fetch me out of the miry clay that I have found myself encircled by. Lord, I am sinking steadily; stretch out Your hand that I may be by Your side. Father Lord, I realize this is a testimony to be told. Thank You for the opportunity to share it. Lord, I am weary, give me strength that I may stand and run before you. Lord, I beseech you to complete that which You have started in me, to your glory Father. I am laid before you and in faith waiting for my miracle Lord, I pray in Jesus’ name, Amen

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth? I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it. He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

Prayer and action go hand in hand. We may pray and believe we have recieved. All well and good, but marks my words it is them that rise up and actively seek the goodness of The Lord are those whom He gives to. We read in Nehemiah the story of rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem after it had been down for a period. Nehemiah was one to pray and he did it without ceasing. The point I want to make at this juncture is that the people of Isreal worked. God didn’t send His angels down to help. But rather Nehemiah knowing that the enemy taunted them; set one man behind to at which was working and the men were made to carry weapons. Again, I state that these were unusual times; but we face unusual times too and we need to be upstanding in The Lord God of hosts.
I quote again: A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; Ecclesiastes 3:3 What does this exactly mean? Moreso, it means and gives a strict rule of thumb. If we work and do so diligently; there will be a season of rich harvest. I have to be a tad bit stubborn here; Jesus’ step father-Joseph was a carpenter, we today do not here of works he did. But, He must have raised Jesus in doing what ultimately would have led to him being a carpenter like His step father, but that was not to be. Instead, The Spirit led Jesus to be baptized, John the Baptist first refused telling Jesus that he was unfit to unbuckle his shoes, but Jesus insisted, and it was done. I have to state that even God was impressed and appealed from the Heavens saying “This is my Son whom I Love, with which I am well pleased.” Jesus did not need to go for baptism, He had never sinned, but to show an example for then and ages to come; he did. Even God was impressed that His Son, Whom He Loved- a part of Him would do even this. Matthew 3:13-17 NIV

So in understanding this we see that there is a time for all. We need to ensure that we have placed it in God’s hands and set out to do right. So many times we might fall short, so many times we are forgiven. Doesn’t a part of us want to do right? Remain in His perfect will?

So, in contemplating this let us pray:

Father Lord, I thank You for this day, for the opportunity to come before You. You created the earth with a word from Your mouth. Father you created me. I understand more each day as I am given the grace to grow beneath Your awesome wings. Thank you Father. At this time, I realize the true definition of Love; Father You Love me. Even when so was still in sin, You sent a part of You to save me. Father Lord, I have no idea where my sinful self would have ended up. But I give you ALL worship and praise. Thank You for protecting me from The enemy Lord; temptations and doing things otsidecyour will are actions I do not desire. Father make me strong to withstand temptation and cause me to stand rooted in you Father. Today is Your day, use it Lord; use me to bring blessings to others. Father You know me inside and out. Bless me Lord that I may stand before Your throne of grace. Amen

If and when we stand in the wrong, we recieve chastisement. It is for good cause; our Father let’s us know. If and when chastised accept it and move on with care. You might have not accepted His Lordship in all your ‘doing’, pray it through.
My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: Proverbs 3:11

We are told to be patient in His correcting us. We are truly blessed. Hebrews 12:6 says, “For whom the Lord loves he chastens, and scourges every son whom he receives” (KJV). Another word for “chasten” is “discipline.” The passage goes on to quote Proverbs 3:11-12, which says, “My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.” Proper discipline is a proof of love.

Throughout Scripture, God portrays Himself as a Father. Those who have received Jesus as Savior are His children (John 1:12; Galatians 3:26). He uses the analogy of father/son because we understand it. He compares Himself to a loving father who not only blesses but disciplines His beloved children for their own good. Hebrews 12 goes on to show that those who do not receive God’s discipline are not legitimate children (verse 8). A loving father carefully watches his son, and when that son defies his orders and heads for danger, the father disciplines him to keep him safe. God does that with us. When a born-again child of God heads for sin or refuses to resist temptation, our Heavenly Father brings chastening into his life to direct him back to holiness.

Chastening can come in the form of guilty feelings, unpleasant circumstances, loss of peace, relationship fractures, or any number of negative consequences for choosing sin. Sometimes, the chastening of the Lord can be physical illness or even death (1 Corinthians 11:30).

Often, people ask if God is “punishing” them for wrong choices in the past. All our punishment for sin was exhausted upon Jesus on the cross (Romans 5:9). The wrath of God was poured out on Him so that for those who are “in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1) no wrath remains. When we give our lives to Christ, our Substitute for sin, our sin is forgiven and God remembers it no more (Hebrews 8:12; 10:15-18). However, often, our wrong choices in the past have brought about unpleasant consequences now. God does not necessarily remove the natural consequences of sin when we repent. Those consequences are tools God can use to teach us, to prevent us from repeating the same mistakes, and to remind us of God’s grace.

I attempt to explain the word/concept ‘chasten’. If and when we experience it, though it is tough, it does not harm is. The pain we feel is of our own doing, this rather than blame our Father, we must thank Him. In this case we must realize why He does it. We are so driven to be In The right, it is as blessing to be chatened; for if and when we know we are, we change.

Are you rich?, “Got moolah?”, “Loaded huh?”, “…Greenbacks floating”, “I’m made!”…the terminology keeps flowing when we ‘have’, but do we really possess what we claim? Is it ours? Let us take a look…Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth.
– 1 Timothy 6:6
Not only do we find true wealth in godliness but along with it comes the knowledge and faith in true possession of all we have been blessed with.

So, Let us pray:
Father Lord, thank You for this day; Hallelujah for all I have been blessed with. You alone are the source of me blessings. Lord one day at a time. I’m climbing my mountain one day at a time and looking to you for blessings, fullness and contentment. Lord I commit this day into Your hands. Guide me, lead me, bless me Father. Where I stand in then wrong, I stand truly repentant for all I have done; Father complete me in Your will in Jesus’ name, Amen

And we pray: Teach me, O LORD, the way of thy statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end. Psalm 119:33

What and when is “the end”?, our end. We have to rember what has been shared prior. “A thousand years is as a day befor Him..” we have the chance to repent and act ‘right’, doing his commands. In so doing we are blesser more than words could say.m

We learn and are blessed; be fulfilled in Jesus’ name, Amen

We are asked to be like Him. So often we fall short, but in all hope we get up and try again, harder and more involved this time. There are so many definitions of godliness: Godliness is a significant term in the Christian faith. According to Strong’s Concordance, the word is translated from the Greek word for “piety”, and is used in the New Testament fourteen times in the letters of Peter and Paul. Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth.
1 Timothy 6: 6

What are we being content with? Where we find ourselves. If and when we work hard; utilizing every means at our disposal, we are blessed for that is what is expected of us.

Turn around and observe the lives of so many examples around us; what stands out? A desire to do ‘right’, no? Essentially, we are moved to be the example so that others may look at/into our lives and be blessed. Today is a new day where we have a chance for a new beginning, be what and where it has been destined for you to be.

Psalm 32:8 (NIV)
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

If it is our goal to journey towards Heaven, with everyday life and occasions, we are challenged to stay the route. If it seems difficult, it is for the reason that we have not let it all go.

And we learn a great lesson in this, that says:
Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
There are our parents, we must respect and honor them, here we are asked to remember our family in The Lord. Running the same race-longer; don’t you feel that they have more than just words to share?
Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;
And we shall dwell in the presece of God for always.
That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth. Our promissory note.
This shares what we already covere, but we recieve it as confirmation.

And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
We know our God is God, He it is (past and present tenses meant) that created life; and intended for us to live in the world without question as to His soverienity.
Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;

Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;

With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:

Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.

And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

At a time of need, it was prayed: God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause Your face to shine upon us; Amen. That Thy way may be made known upon earth, Thy saving health among all nations. Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee. Psalm 67:1-3

I imagine that a ton of misfortune befell those that partook in the writing of this prayer. The Lord listens, He hears you. Let your requests come before Him, that you may recieve what is truly yours.

Father Lord, I praise You for this day and for Your blessings. As I set out, go before me. I do not even ask that I understand that which occurs day to day, into your hands Lord I bring it all. Be Thou glorified in my going out and my coming in. Be Thou glorified Lord. Heal me, cleanse me, hold me in Your arms that I may become Your testimony to others in Jesus’ name, Amen

“Hold on a second! Why did you just do that???” How many times have we heard that or something akin? The fact is that we shall give account, what we do in private or ‘secrecy’ will be made known to all. Evan If we have a ‘private’ audience with God, our secret of secrets shall be made known. I know that I touched on this before, but again when the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were to be destroyed, God saw a faithful servant and sent angels to fetch him out of the city. He in turn sent for his “to-be” in-laws and they refused to go forth and paid the price for their insolence, even Lot’s wife looked back at the city that was being ravaged, most likely with regret in her heart, she was not gone but a few minutes or a short distance, yet it so called her. Invfacr she then was turned to a pillar of salt. Great message, even It’s a some point out, this may be just a story, we are struck by how accurately this defines us and our activities. God may save us, in fact, He does. Our past He has forgiven and allowed to pass, even The Word says “Old things have passed away” in another sense, in His sight, I am a ‘brand-new’ individual. If and when we stand before Him, all our past sins, mistakes and ‘mis-doings’ are all erased, we have no memory of them and they do not count. What really does count is after we give our lives and accept the fact that we now live life for Him.
Let me put it simply: Do we have a preeident, Emir, King, Dictator, Prime Minister, even Chief over us? Might even be the chief of police or Chief in a township of individuals, what is most important is that we emulate what is done if they meet our standards. But, we have learned to not be judgemental and to let ‘sleeping dogs lie.’ Why? If we set it ablaze, we suffer the consequences.
A lot to take in I know, but to tie it up: But I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.
Jeremiah 17: 10

So, what do our actions deserve? At this point, I speak to the individual. Not what you have done as a group, but you individually. You came into the world on your own, even if a twin, you passed through the birth canal individually. So, what is your contribution.
I cast my mind forward to what Heaven would be like; words cannot express. All over the world people have accepted The Lord as their Savior, God as King. If we look at it, we begin to understand. In His form, He would have killed Moses or Moses would have died to let his gaze fall upon The Countenance of God. God realizing His presence could and would cause people/spirits tokbow Him, gave us chance, gave us choice. Jesus here as a man-God realized that He created Man and that man had sinned. So, He forgave and let the past go. But still, even a people that He created, drifted away yet again. This went on for quite a period.

God then said, “These people have sinned against me…” And sent a part itcHing to bear punishment for the sins of many. Let us go through it. The Romans were relentless, scouring Jesus. I am sure they whipped Him, atttempting to slay Him with the beating. Think of it, then they wouldn’t have to let Him die inbpublic, they tested their strength. I am sure many went that way; beaten or whipped to death. But, God had a plan; even when the scouring was done, Jesuse who was to be hung to die from it, willingly took the cross and bore it on the way to cavalry.

We have to look with respect upon this Man, this Man who was God in the flesh. We have to admit that God visited with Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden, how weren’t they slain at His presence? That is a simple question to answer. Angels behold The Lord, our God, just the same way we would view our leaders. The ones among us who have caught a glimpse do not claim to have laid eyes on The King of kings. We then had a part of God, die for you and I.

So, our actions do mean a lot, and we will be judged on our actions. Mind you our actions after we give our lives.

And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Romans 5:5 (NIV)

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding.
Ephesians 1:7-7 (NIV)

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Colossians 3:13 (NIV)

“Oh wow! Did you see what the Lord has done??? You can’t imagine…” We speak, we marvel, it even renders us speechless. No matter who, what or where we are, we see glimpses of His awesome presence. I for a moment went and looked back at a’ll that is/was and is to come. I will start by sharing this verse and then we move on…111:2 The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein. His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever. Psalm 111:3

This leads us right into the next portion of this discussion. Our God is God of all. Why then all of this? you may ask, to make it awfully simple, when it is spoken it is done. God created Heaven and Earth. But before this were the Heavens within which He was. Having such an expanse He needed willing and faithful subjects, that would in turn report to Him.

Here comes Satan; he was the archangel, considered to be the most advanced of all the Angels and was adorned/robed as such. This got to his head and he felt that he had earned his place in the Heavens and looked to move his power base. God who knows all cast him from Heaven with his followers.

Where did he cast them to? A place that lacked the presence of God with its brilliance and beauty.God made it so that we are blessed with sunlight even at night. Thus the place that Satan and his following angels lacks light or ‘goodness’ it is a place of despair; the absence of The presence of God, the lack of anything good or right emitted from there.

Let us take an even greater look at what is said about this. When the Bible says Satan has power over the world, we must remember that God has given him domain over unbelievers only. Believers are no longer under the rule of Satan (Colossians 1:13). Unbelievers, on the other hand, are caught “in the snare of the devil” (2 Timothy 2:26), lie in the “power of the evil one” (1 John 5:19), and are in bondage to Satan (Ephesians 2:2).
Man cannot work to earn God’s favor; eternal life is a free gift (see Ephesians 2:8-9). And that free gift is available through Jesus Christ and Him alone (John 3:16; 14:6).
Satan—the god of this world—has tempted mankind to follow his pride instead. Satan sets the agenda, the unbelieving world follows, and mankind continues to be deceived. It is no wonder that Scripture calls Satan a liar (John 8:44).

God originally gave Adam and Eve dominion. Dominion means to rule over, to be lord over, to dominate, to reign. For a brief, unspecified time, Adam and Eve enjoyed their God-given rulership, and had a taste of what God’s people will experience in the future. God crowned Adam and Eve with glory and honor. “You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen — even the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea that pass through the paths of the seas.” (Psalm 8:6-8) But when Adam and Eve disobeyed God’s command and ate of the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Adam transferred all dominion and authority to God’s enemy, the Devil. In Luke 4:6, when Jesus Christ was being tempted by the Devil, he said to Jesus, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.” Jesus did not question the legitimacy of his claim.

Other verses that call him what andcwflho he is:
2 Corinthians 4:4 (NIV)
The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

Ephesians 2:2 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

John 12:31 Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out.

Proverbs 3:5-6 says,

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.”

Colossians 3:15 says,
“Let the peace of God rule your hearts and minds.”

That peace, or the absence of it, will point you in the right direction.

I consider text books. They are always updated/changed/improved on. As knowlege flows in; they are changed to suit the beliefs or knowlege of the time.

Isn’t it amazing that the scripture never needs updating? As it comes forth, so has it been, will be in our time to come. Talking about The Word confirms so much. It has been spoken, so it is.

This is a master piece, if you have read it take time to read it again!

Isn’t it amazing that George Carlin – comedian of the 70’s and 80’s – could write something so very eloquent…and so very appropriate.

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways , but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete…

Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. An embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace. What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth? I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it. He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. Ecclesiastes 3:1-11

This truth gives them confidence that they have eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised them before the world began.
– Titus 1:2


Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

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To God be The glory. Let us praise God together for His ALL in our lives, Amen.

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