To God be THE Glory!!!


Month 1

1.

Sometimes I think of king David and I am touched. A man who served God in faith; with Goliath it didn’t even start there. While watching sheep he proved his bravery by fighting off the animals that sought to feed on his father’s flock.

I was reading and came across a verse that stated that the troops spoke against king David and sought to kill him. Let us read: “It happened when David and his men came to Ziklag on the third day, that the Amalekites had made a raid on the Negev and on Ziklag, and had overthrown Ziklag and burned it with fire; and they took captive the women and all who were in it, both small and great, without killing anyone, and carried them off and went their way. And when David and his men came to the city, behold, it was burned with fire, and their wives and their sons and their daughters had been taken captive. Then David and the people who were with him lifted their voices and wept until there was no strength in them to weep. Now David’s two wives had been taken captive, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess and Abigail the widow of Nabal the Carmelite.  Moreover David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him, for all the people were embittered, each one because of his sons and his daughters.”  1 Samuel 30:1-30

We can see that king David had problems, his people sought to slay him when he had lost his family too. If we read on, we can see that the Isrealites stood down and went to get their families, fighting for them.

We have ‘problems’ that weigh us down. We see from the above that even threatened with death when he lost too was something hard to believe. At times, we may meet problems that weigh us down. Let go, and let God. This has been shared, we share it again and point out that we are blessed to be in the perfect will of God.

There might be things that stress us to no end, did you pray? Take it to The Lord in prayer?

2.

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. Because we are in Jesus, He is Lord! We cannot say it enough, we learn it, believe it, know it. Jesus is Lord y’all. Because of Him we have peace, success, comfort and we are blessed to have Love in our lives, let Love be a part and parcel of who, what and where we are. Hallelujah!

Psalm 91:5-7

I called on the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and he saved me from my enemies.

2 Samuel 22: 4

3.

So, let me ask you a question. Are you a Christian? Easy to answer that; a quick “Yes!” Escapes your lips. Really? What does it mean to be Christian? Are you aware that the name of this ‘dude’ that was here 2000+ years ago is what people are ‘filtered’ or ‘seperated’ on. I guess many will call themselves ‘agnostic’, I guess my nickname for them will be ‘aggies’. There is a reason why we went into all this. I was reading a ‘definition’ of just what it means to be a ‘true’ Christian. And, we read:

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.

For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son (a part of Him-amazing huh?) in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. We were doomed from birth all because ‘Sin’ was passed down. Jesus then condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, more importantly who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

This is deep, read on:

Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires. But those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. Again, as has been shared, we have The Spirit within us, this embraces so much. What we think, feel, know, do is known by The Spirit. Even more importantly, we know it and shall give account.

As a quick aside, I thought judging all humanity must take eons. Hmm, I smile, because beyond, time does not exist. We have shared that in the place to be experienced after this, there is no time. Just existence. Where you are is what you experience. For a time, I thought it would only be for a time. Having visited, I realized how wrong I was. Decision is everything. Where will and do you stand?

I read recently a sharing of someone who passed away and came back. Essentially, the same experience as I had, but more so, the first part of my ‘dream’ was not his. He was ‘sick’ and had passed on and being told by The Lord he had seen, he was told it was not his time. In my case, prior to the accident; I had been exceptionally fine-a gym buff to be precise. I was doing awesomely well when I was in the accident and was unconscious when I hit the water of the river below the bridge I had crashed on. This of course is why I had no recollection or knowledge of where I was. Timelessness is a concept hard to understand when we are here alive. In our minds, we grow and age. Then we are no more, to some ‘re-generation’ is a belief. In speaking with someone who believed that fervently, I simply said “Why is it not a widely known of concept. If there were truth to that, it should be a big seller.” For example, wouldn’t billionaires stock up The money, so on the next ‘go-round’ it would be easier? But, I will leave that alone for right now. More important things to discuss.

The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.  Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ.

This is an excerpt from The Word. I share: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans+8

So, a lot is said in the verses above. I promised to ‘share’ less and I think it is a great thing. I am aware that the shares were a little much previously. I have and do apologize.

Yes, let us pray.

Lord, Heavenly Father, Jesus our Savior and Holy Spirit within us. Glory and praise to You. We come before You with thanksgiving for our debts have been paid. Father, we know that You are Love. Yes it has in Your Word been defined. Thank You Lord for the no judgement, patience when I step off the way You have set. Father, I know that so many times I focus on things that are not of You or from You. Father, set my feet on Your path, I am throwing the doors of my heart open to You. Thank You Father for Your Love which is what I Live on. Thank You Father. I commit the rest of my days into Your holy hands. Direct, lead and if You have to push and pull me in the right direction. Lord, I Love You in Jesus’ name, Amen

4.

You are ordained by God to be outstanding in all your undertaking,

Dew of heaven will fall on the seed of greatness inside of you,

Every mountain standing between you and your divine heart desires shall become plain in Jesus name. Amen

Why do we follow The LORD?

  The LORD make known to us the path of Life;

   The LORD will fill me with joy in His presence,

    with eternal pleasures at Your right hand Father.

Psalm 16:11

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✍  Today’s message

John 20:1

.  The first day of the week cometh Mary Magdalene early, when it was yet dark, unto the sepulchre, and seeth the stone taken away from the sepulchre

.  20:3 Peter therefore went forth, and that other disciple, and came to the sepulchre.

🙏  Yesterday was Palm Sunday ; but today the first day of the week, every demonic stone covering your Glory, placed between you and your destiny helper or stand as an obstacle / barricade before  you shall be rolled away in the mighty name of Jesus Christ

6.

PLEASE READ!!!

THE PARABLE OF THE THREE TREES

Once there were three trees on a hill in the woods.  They were discussing their hopes and dreams when the first tree said,

“Someday I hope to be a treasure chest.  I could be filled with gold, silver and precious gems.  I could be decorated with intricate carving and everyone would see the beauty.”

Then the second tree said, “Someday I will be a mighty ship.  I will take kings and queens across the waters and sail to the corners of the world.  Everyone will feel safe in me because of the strength of my hull.”

Finally the third tree said, “I want to grow to be the tallest and straightest tree in the forest. People will see me on top of the hill and look up to my branches, and think of the heavens and God and how close to them I am reaching. I will be the greatest tree of all time and people will always remember me.”

After a few years of praying that their dreams would come true, a group of woodsmen came upon the trees.   When one came to the first tree he said, “This looks like a strong tree,  I think I should be able to sell the wood to a carpenter” and he began cutting it down. The tree was happy, because he knew that the carpenter would make him into a treasure chest.

At the second tree a woodsman said, “This looks like a strong  tree, I should be able to sell it to the shipyard.”  The second tree was happy because he knew he was on his way to becoming a mighty ship.

When the woodsmen came upon the third tree, the tree was frightened because he knew that if they cut him down his dreams would not come true.

One of the woodsmen said, “I don’t need anything special from my tree so I’ll take this one”, and he cut it down.”

When the first tree arrived at the carpenters, he was made into a  feed box for animals. He was then placed in a barn and filled with hay.  This was not at all what he had prayed for.

The second tree was cut and made into a small fishing boat. His dreams of being a mighty ship and carrying kings had come to an end. The third tree was cut into large pieces and left alone in the dark. The years went by, and the trees forgot about their dreams.

Then one day, a man and woman came to the barn. She gave birth and they placed the baby in the hay in the feed box that was made from the first tree.

The man wished that he could have made a crib for the baby, but  this manger would have to do. The tree could feel the importance of this event and knew that it had held the greatest treasure of all time.

Years later, a group of men got in the fishing boat made from the second tree. One of them was tired and went to sleep.   While they were out on the water, a great storm arose and the tree didn’t think it was strong enough to keep the men safe.  The men woke the sleeping man, and he stood and said  “Peace” and the storm stopped. At this time, the tree knew that it had carried the King of Kings in its boat.

Finally, someone came and got the third tree. It was carried through the streets as the people mocked the man who was carrying it.

When they came to a stop, the man was nailed to the tree and raised in the air to die at the top of a hill.

When Sunday came, the tree came to realize that it was strong enough to stand at the top of the hill and be as close to God as was possible, because Jesus had been crucified on it.

The moral of this story is that when things don’t seem to be going your way, always know that God has a plan for you.  If you place your trust in Him, He will give you great gifts. Each of the trees got what they wanted, just not in the way they had imagined.

We don’t always know what God’s plans are for us.  We just know  that His ways are not our ways, but His ways are always best.

Good pm beloved.

Have a great day and remain blessed.

Shalom

7.

And we sing 😀. This is a song waiting to be sung 💒  Preserve me, O God: for in Thee do I put my trust. O my soul, thou hast said unto The LORD, Thou art my Lord: my goodness extendeth not to thee; But to the saints that are in the Earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.

Their sorrows shall be multiplied that hasten after another god: their drink offerings of blood will I not offer, nor take up their names into my lips. The LORD is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup, Amen.

Thou maintainest my lot LORD. Thy lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have an awesome heritage in You. I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons. I have set the LORD always before me: because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Amen Psalm 16:1-8

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Let us pray.

    Yes You,

    O Lord, are our Father.

    We are the clay, You are the potter;

    we are all the work of Your hand. Amen

Isaiah 64:8

Lord, Your desire in my Life do seek every moment, Father, You are all I need. You created me and have brought me this fat. Lord, I desire to walk with You. Be glorified Father in and through me. Spread Your Love through me. Thank You for each and every blessing. I tried to count them and I got lost. Father, Hallelujah! I cannot keep numbering, may my mouth grow weary from saying thank You every second. Lord put it in my Spirit. Thank You Lord.

My heart says of you, “Seek his face!”

    Your face, Lord, I will seek. In Jesis’ name, Amen

Psalm 27:8

9.

Jesus warned his disciples not to tell anyone who he was.

“The Son of Man must suffer many terrible things,” he said. “He will be rejected by the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He will be killed, but on the third day he will be raised from the dead.”

As we shared, Jesus knew exactly why He was here; his purpose, His future crucifiers. Even that Judas would betray Him. We have shared what this did to Him as the moment drew nigh. But still, when they came to take Him away from the garden at Gethseman, he performed one last miracle. The healing of the ear of one of the party of those who had come to arrest Him.

We remember the song “Everywhere He went, my Lord was doing good.”

“Everywhere He went

He was doing good

Almighty Healer

He healed the leapers

When the cripples saw Him

they started walking

Everywhere He went my God

was doing good”

Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross daily, and follow me.

If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it.

And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but are yourself lost or destroyed?

If anyone is ashamed of me and my message, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in his glory and in the glory of the Father and the holy angels. Luke 9:21-26

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Need for faith, before we read this let us assess how small a mustard seed is.

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We can continually assess a mustard seed, but in the days when a good number farmed or were aware, this was what was used to teach.

I am sure we know where I am headed with this.

When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”

“You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? (Jesus expressed His frustration at the early Churches-the disciples in this case, inability to do things in faith.)

And Jesus said “Bring the boy here to me.”  Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed- at that moment.

Afterward, the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

Jesus replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17:14-20

We move right into the next commentary on this in The Word:

“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Trulyf I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:22-25

We follow this by the very same quotation elsewhere, we see it again in Matthew 21:21-22 where Jesus says: “Truly I say to you, if you have faith, and do not doubt, you shall not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it shall happen. And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.”

We are sharing about faith, have it and flourish! All your mountains will be as mole hills and in believing you will be blessed! Amen.

Father Lord, I come before You at this time I give You all Glory, honor and my heart is poured out in thanksgiving. Lord, Hallelujah for faith. Father, work in me the faith to move mountains in Your name and through you. Lord, thank You for Your presence in my life. Lord be glorified in Jesus’ name. To You I give all the GLORY. Be praised Father Lord, Your Spirit is within me, I give You all praise in Jesus name, Amen

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Need for faith, before we read this let us assess how small a mustard seed is.

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When they came to the crowd, a man approached Jesus and knelt before him. “Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”

“You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” 18 Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment.

Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17:14-20

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I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons. I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Amen

This is not just a verse I am sharing, but a prayer too. We so often realize that The Word is a prayer. Prayer is speaking to God, and by His grace our conversation is answered prayer. In The Word, so many of the prophets prayed without actually hearing or seeing The source of The Voice, but they did not allow that to prevent them from seeking time with The Lord.

The examples are numerous; I will just throw names out and challenge you to recall how they experienced God; Job, king Saul, king David, in the new testament Paul. For this last encounter, we must remember and recollect that Paul was doing what he thought right. Yet God saw Him and met him. This is an example of just what The Lord does and how.

We have testimonies. I say that because our Father is The same Yesteryear, today and for ever, Amen.

Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in a place of no hope; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption. Amen.

Thou wilt shew me the path of Life: in Thy presence is fulness of joy; at Thy right hand there are pleasures for ever more and in all my ways. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen

Psalm 16:7-11

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“Hmm! You know what?”

“What?”

“I don’t know how to say this…”

“Just go ahead and say it! You are so full of drama!”

“Seriously though. You might say it is in my imagination or I just ‘lucked out'”

“Are you going to tell me? Or should I just leave now? And this better not be one of your Christian claims! I have had them up to here!” And the hand is raised head high to show just how much.

“Let me quiet then. I will keep it to myself, or better yet, you will see.”

The individual then walks away, thinking:”Wow! The bible is The Word of God and the promises so true. I was just reading this morning…Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me. I am supposed to have a few memory verses….so that was in ahhh…Psalm 66:20 Yup!”

“My prayer is heard, it means so much; when I pray I may be at a loss for words, but God knows what I need and by His awesome grace, I have all I want and need. Even what I want and have prayed for, it is coming Hallelujah!”

Father LORD, I give You thanks this day. Father go before me in all I do. Direct my path, lead me. Lord, may I do Your will in my all in Jesus’ name Amen.

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Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22

We have an amazing promise! A down payment. We get to be in the palatial peace and GLORY that is The LORDS. We might for a second in temptation, trials, have needs, wants. It is all For the teaching. A deposit has been made, it is ours.

Stay the course, Love Him and when it comes to things of and in this world; “You have got to Love Him and leave it alone.”

Be blessed. Have a great time in His presence.

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Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
2 Corinthians 1:21-22

We have an amazing promise! A down payment. We get to be in the palatial peace and GLORY that is The LORDS. We might for a second be in temptation, have trials, needs and wants. Brethren, that is in the here and now. By His grace, by God’s grace we have received the key to Glory, Alleluia. A deposit has been made, on our behalf. We wait with expectant Spirit for the coming of The LORD!

Stay the course, Love Him and when it comes to things of and in this world; “You have got to Love Him and leave it alone.”

Be blessed. Have a great time in His presence.

16.

Overcoming Bad Memories

‘Do not… ponder things of the past.’ Isaiah 43:18 NAS

To overcome bad memories you must:

(1) Reframe them. Looking back, Joseph said, ‘You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.’ (Genesis 50:20 NAS) (2) Reject them. The next time a bad memory resurfaces, refuse to entertain it. ‘Do not…ponder the things of the past.’

(3) Refocus your thoughts. ‘Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.’ (Philippians 3:13 NKJV) You say, ‘I can’t help remembering.’ If you can recall your troubles, you can recall your blessings.

The most effective way to overcome bad memories—is to replace them with good ones! And here’s some great news: every promise God gives you contains the power to fulfil it. So meditate on these words and personalise them: ‘Fear not…do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced; but you will forget the shame of your youth.’ (Isaiah 54:4 NAS) ‘The former things shall not be remembered or come into mind…be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create.’ (Isaiah 65:17–18 AMP) Notice the word create. God can create beauty out of ashes and order out of chaos—but it doesn’t happen overnight. You’ll do a lot of growing and forgiving along the way. In some cases you’ll forgive others; in other cases you’ll forgive yourself. You say, ‘But all those promises are from the Old Testament!’ Yes, but the Bible says, ‘He carries out and fulfils all of [His] promises, no matter how many…there are.’ (2 Corinthians 1:20 TLB) So bring your bad memories to God and let Him heal them.

SoulFood: Jer 41–44, Luke 22:24–38, Ps 25:16–22, Prov 10:4–706, April 2017

Overcoming Bad Memories

‘Do not… ponder things of the past.’ Isaiah 43:18 NAS

To overcome bad memories you must: (1) Reframe them. Looking back, Joseph said, ‘You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good.’ (Genesis 50:20 NAS) (2) Reject them. The next time a bad memory resurfaces, refuse to entertain it. ‘Do not…ponder the things of the past.’ (3) Refocus your thoughts. ‘Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.’ (Philippians 3:13 NKJV) You say, ‘I can’t help remembering.’ If you can recall your troubles, you can recall your blessings.

The most effective way to overcome bad memories—is to replace them with good ones! And here’s some great news: every promise God gives you contains the power to fulfil it. So meditate on these words and personalise them: ‘Fear not…do not feel humiliated, for you will not be disgraced; but you will forget the shame of your youth.’ (Isaiah 54:4 NAS) ‘The former things shall not be remembered or come into mind…be glad and rejoice forever in that which I create.’ (Isaiah 65:17–18 AMP) Notice the word create. God can create beauty out of ashes and order out of chaos—but it doesn’t happen overnight. You’ll do a lot of growing and forgiving along the way. In some cases you’ll forgive others; in other cases you’ll forgive yourself. You say, ‘But all those promises are from the Old Testament!’ Yes, but the Bible says, ‘He carries out and fulfils all of [His] promises, no matter how many…there are.’ (2 Corinthians 1:20 TLB) So bring your bad memories to God and let Him heal them.

SoulFood: Jer 41–44, Luke 22:24–38, Ps 25:16–22, Prov 10:4–7

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Are you made of The LORD? We have spoken about His promises. We are made for eternity, I know some of you may have expected “Made for life.” But, we speak a distinct tongue, our communication is not of this world, but on a higher plain..

I am aware the following is ‘quite’ a list, but lo and behold they hold true.

There are in the New Testament what are called the “one another commands.” These commands, when followed, are a source of correct Christian communication. The commands could be looked at as God’s code of conduct for Christian relationships. However, we do not naturally do the things that are commanded in the “one another’s.” Christian communication is a skill we must choose to learn by submitting to the Word of God and by applying it to our lives.

The following is a list of some of the “one another” commands found in the New Testament related to Christian communication:

Love one another – John 13:34 & John 15:12,17.

Forgive one another – Ephesians 4:32 & Colossians 3:13.

Be servants to one another – Galatians 5:13.

Show hospitality to one another – 1 Peter 4:7-10.

Pray for one another – James 5:16.

Build up (edify) one another – Romans 14:19, 1 Thessalonians 5:11.

Greet one another – Romans 16:16, 1 Peter 5:14.

Forbear one another – Ephesians. 4:1-2 & Colossians 3:13-14.

Do not judge one another – Romans 14:13.

Do not speak evil of one another – James 4:11.

Do not murmur against one another – James 5:9.

Do not bite and devour one another – Galatians 5:15.

Do not provoke and envy one another – Galatians 5:26.

Have the same care for one another – 1 Corinthians 12:25-26.

Receive one another – Romans 15:7.

Teach one another – Colossians 3:16.

Admonish (counsel) one another – Romans 15:14 & Colossians 3:16.

Submit to one another – Ephesians 5:21-22.

Confess your sins to one another – James 5:16.

Do not lie to one another – Colossians 3:9.

Be kind to one another – Ephesians 4:32.

Comfort one another – 1 Thessalonians 4:18, 5:11.

Quite a few commands! As we have shared they are based on one essential command “Love”. If our Father is Love. ‘Like Father, like child.’ I know I was supposed to use another word in that phrase, but if we even speak in the human standpoint for a second, daughters exist in the same footsteps as a father. But to cut it all down we (both Male and Female) are made in the likeness of them who dwell in Heaven.

It gladens me to say that the basic “needs” will not be had when we go home. We will be in the Spirit and true Love will reign. Not because of how a person looks, but by who they are. I was about to say by what they believe, but on that day we will as a family be there as one. There by the grace of God shall we be in one Spirit.

We might say that we read that Heavenly beings mixed/mated with humans. This was not the will of God. At the time of the flood they were done away with. Let’s us review this quickly:

Genesis 6:1-4 refers to the sons of God and the daughters of men. There have been several suggestions as to who the sons of God were and why the children they had with daughters of men grew into a race of giants (that is what the word Nephilim seems to indicate).

The three primary views on the identity of the sons of God are

1) they were fallen angels

2) they were powerful human rulers, or

3) they were godly descendants of Seth intermarrying with wicked descendants of Cain. Giving weight to the first theory is the fact that in the Old Testament the phrase “sons of God” always refers to angels Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7. A potential problem with this is in Matthew 22:30, which indicates that angels do not marry. The Bible gives us no reason to believe that angels have a gender or are able to reproduce.

So, it is a rather ‘touchy’ subject. But what we can take from this is that just as Angels do not marry. There is no sexual disparity. We see in The Scripture that the angels were seen as beings from a different plane. As much as we use sex to define things in this world we do not see it in The Bible in terms of other worldly beings.

Satan is described in our culture as male. In The Bible it speaks of the majesty of his Spirit. The story of Lucifer’s fall is described in two key Old Testament chapters—Ezekiel 28 and Isaiah 14.

the king is portrayed as having a different nature from man (he is a cherub, verse 14); he had a different position from man (he was blameless and sinless, verse 15); he was in a different realm from man (the holy mount of God, verses 13,14); he received a different judgment from man (he was cast out of the mountain of God and thrown to the earth, verse 16); and the superlatives used to describe him don’t seem to fit that of a normal human being (“full of wisdom,” “perfect in beauty,” and having “the seal of perfection,” verse 12).

Our text tells us that this king was a created being and left the creative hand of God in a perfect state (Ezekiel 28:12,15). And he remained perfect in his ways until iniquity was found in him (verse 15b). What was this iniquity? We read in verse 17, “Your heart became proud on account of your beauty, and you corrupted your wisdom because of your splendor.” Lucifer apparently became so impressed with his own beauty, intelligence, power, and position that he began to desire for himself the honor and glory that belonged to God alone. The sin that corrupted Lucifer was self-generated pride.

I state these things lightly, for in The Word we see not too much attention given to him. Just what we should know. Read this! 2 Corinthians 2:11

So having taken a shortcut to review some of what we shared earlier, we can move on. Satan who was then called Lucifer was neither Male nor Female. It was the definition of beauty and it went to his heart and he believed his was the Heavens. We are all cognizant of overthrows, coupes if we are to call them correctly. If we study the Word, we can see what is said here (for interest of time, I am sharing the site) https://bible.org/seriespage/3-satan-s-part-god-s-perfect-plan

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Are you made of The LORD? We have spoken about His promises. We are made for eternity, I know some of you may have expected “Made for life.” But, we speak a distinct tongue, our communication is not of this world, but on a higher plain..

I am aware the following is ‘quite’ a list, but lo and behold they hold true.

There are in the New Testament what are called the “one another commands.” These commands, when followed, are a source of correct Christian communication. The commands could be looked at as God’s code of conduct for Christian relationships. However, we do not naturally do the things that are commanded in the “one another’s.” Christian communication is a skill we must choose to learn by submitting to the Word of God and by applying it to our lives.

The following is a list of some of the “one another” commands found in the New Testament related to Christian communication:

Love one another – John 13:34 & John 15:12,17.

Forgive one another – Ephesians 4:32 & Colossians 3:13.

Be servants to one another – Galatians 5:13.

Show hospitality to one another – 1 Peter 4:7-10.

Pray for one another – James 5:16.

Build up (edify) one another – Romans 14:19, 1 Thessalonians 5:11.

Greet one another – Romans 16:16, 1 Peter 5:14.

Forbear one another – Ephesians. 4:1-2 & Colossians 3:13-14.

Do not judge one another – Romans 14:13.

Do not speak evil of one another – James 4:11.

Do not murmur against one another – James 5:9.

Do not bite and devour one another – Galatians 5:15.

Do not provoke and envy one another – Galatians 5:26.

Have the same care for one another – 1 Corinthians 12:25-26.

Receive one another – Romans 15:7.

Teach one another – Colossians 3:16.

Admonish (counsel) one another – Romans 15:14 & Colossians 3:16.

Submit to one another – Ephesians 5:21-22.

Confess your sins to one another – James 5:16.

Do not lie to one another – Colossians 3:9.

Be kind to one another – Ephesians 4:32.

Comfort one another – 1 Thessalonians 4:18, 5:11.

Quite a few commands! As we have shared they are based on one essential command “Love”. If our Father is Love. ‘Like Father, like child.’ I know I was supposed to use another word in that phrase, but if we even speak in the human standpoint for a second, daughters exist in the same footsteps as a father. But to cut it all down we (both Male and Female) are made in the likeness of them who dwell in Heaven.

It gladens me to say that the basic “needs” will not be had when we go home. We will be in the Spirit and true Love will reign. Not because of how a person looks, but by who they are. I was about to say by what they believe, but on that day we will as a family be there as one. There by the grace of God shall we be in one Spirit.

We might say that we read that Heavenly beings mixed/mated with humans. This was not the will of God. At the time of the flood they were done away with. Let’s us review this quickly:

Genesis 6:1-4 refers to the sons of God and the daughters of men. There have been several suggestions as to who the sons of God were and why the children they had with daughters of men grew into a race of giants (that is what the word Nephilim seems to indicate).

The three primary views on the identity of the sons of God are

1) they were fallen angels

2) they were powerful human rulers, or

3) they were godly descendants of Seth intermarrying with wicked descendants of Cain. Giving weight to the first theory is the fact that in the Old Testament the phrase “sons of God” always refers to angels Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:7. A potential problem with this is in Matthew 22:30, which indicates that angels do not marry. The Bible gives us no reason to believe that angels have a gender or are able to reproduce.

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Brethren and Sistren, The LORD lives, in Him we find solace, a place to rest. A place to praise Him for His awesome presence in our Lives. Praise The LORD! Can I get an “Amen”? This is the way it I’d supposed to be, to give Him thanks in all things.

All Thy works shall praise Thee, O LORD; and Thy saints shall bless Thee.

Psalm 145:10

Are you a saint? We’ll bless The LORD O! My soul and all that is within me bless His holy name.

I will sing to the Lord all my life;

I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.

May my meditation be pleasing to Him,

as I rejoice in The Lord.

Psalm 104:33-34

Sing of God’s Love.

“I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make Your faithfulness known through all generations” Psalm 89:1

Lord, we thank You and bless Your holy name. We are nothing before You, but Father You have Loved us. Lord shed and spread Your Love in our Lives and Father let it be known that we are yours by our walk. Keep us steadfast as our day goes by. Thank You for all You have blessed us with. Father be magnified! Holy Soirit, Hallelujah! Thank You for Your presence in my life. Father, I bless You for another testimony filled day. Thank you for healing me, thank You for Your completeness in Jesus’ name, Amen

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Kinda amazing, that  the word Christian comes from ‘Christ follower’, to His example they will flock. We are Christ believers, followers of His example. Jesus is/was God in the flesh and He radiated Love every where He went. We should in no way be concerned with divisions that exist between denominations- we all serve one God.

Let God speak through you; want to be used by Him? Allow His presence to radiate from you. We have a prayer point in that.

Lord Heavenly Father, use me this day to bring Your Love, Your comfort to those in need of It. Touch me, fill me, heal me that I may do Your will in Jesus’ name, Amen

Don’t Let Complaining Creep In for

‘The Lord… has heard your grumbling against Him.’ Exodus 16:7

When you complain, God takes it personally. It shows a lack of faith in His Word that says, ‘God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love [Him] .’ Romans 8:28

Every thing save none. Think of it, lost your job, apartment, house, family member, Loved one… The LORD causes it all to work out for good. We must learn to thank Him in all circumstances. It is most amazing that He knows just what will happen in all situations. It is amazing that if we jump back a few steps when Jesus was told that Lazarus was ill, He stayed where He was; that God might be Glorified. Yes, if he went right back when they told Him, He could have raised Lazarus up. But He waited for days before He set out.

We might think this was weird. The human form of Jesus “wept” John 11:35 (the shortest verse in The Bible) and there is reason, seeing the weeping and mourning at the loss, Jesus wept. Aren’t we surprised that God in the person of Jesus openly wept? When He knew what He would undergo at Cavalry He experienced in His form bleeding from the sweat glands. A more intense form of weeping in respinse to a physical trauma. We see that He cared for the family; Mary, Martha and Lazarus- we can Imagine how though He knew just what would happen Jesus wept!

The Bible says that when ‘Pharaoh…let the people go, God did not lead them along the main road that runs through Philistine territory, even though that was the shortest route to the Promised Land. God said, “If the people are faced with a battle, they might change their minds and return to Egypt.” So God led them in a roundabout way.’ (Exodus 13:17–18 NLT) God sees the end from the beginning, and He’s leading you in a roundabout way! Once you accept that, you can stop complaining.

When we ask why God tests us or allows us to be tested, we are admitting that testing does indeed come from Him. When God tests His children, He does a valuable thing. David sought God’s testing, asking Him to examine his heart and mind and see that they were true to Him (Psalm 26:2; 139:23). When Abram was tested by God in the matter of sacrificing Isaac, Abram obeyed (Hebrews 11:17–19) and showed to all the world that he is the father of faith (Romans 4:16).

In both the Old and New Testaments, the words translated “test” mean “to prove by trial.” Therefore, when God tests His children, His purpose is to prove that our faith is real. Not that God needs to prove it to Himself since He knows all things, but He is proving to us that our faith is real, that we are truly His children, and that no trial will overcome our faith.

When Israel grumbled, ‘the Lord’s anger blazed…and…He destroyed some of the people.’ Numbers 11:1

Dr Dale A. Robbins writes: ‘They refused to trust Him to provide, protect, and direct their lives…The whole premise of Christianity is Jesus becomes the “boss” of our circumstances. We’re in His hands. If believers complain, it becomes an accusation against the Lord to whom we’ve trusted our lives, and He “[hears] all your complaints against Him.”

Exodus 16:8

When you go through tough times, don’t resort to complaining. Praise God in spite of what’s happening. ‘Be thankful in all circumstances.’ 1 Thessalonians 5:18 Thanksgiving is the opposite of complaining. It expresses appreciation for everything God has done and what He promises to do, and shows confidence that He’s in charge. The psalmist said, ‘Offer to God the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and… in the day of trouble; I will deliver you.’ Psalm 50:14–15

Gratitude—not grumbling—motivates God to work on your behalf.

SoulFood: Jer 36:27–40:16; Luke 22:14–23; Ps 25:8–15; Prov 10:1–3

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I am not going to fill in the blank spots, rather encourage you to ‘keep up’. We are starting off at a snails pace pending when we gallop at ‘full engines.’

This is a verse that had much application in our lives. Do we show much Love?

We have been over a few of the million (literally) reasons to be grateful; you are partaking in this ‘sharing’, no?

Father Lord, I praise Your holy name. Father, allow me to be graced with Your presence. I thank You for going before me. Thank You for the testimonies that I can and will share about how awesome You are. In realizing Your awesome presence, I see why those You Love say “fear The LORD.” Lord, You alone be praised. I realize that there may be what I consider points of importance, but in Your sight, You wonder why I did not bring them to You. Cause me Lord to lay everything before You. Alleluia Father. At points where I stood in judgement, Lord, allow me to let those go. Father, in Your grace, I want to think, Love and be filled with Your Spirit. Lord all who have wronged me, I let it go much as You have let my sins go. Lord I forget in Jesus’ name. Lord, I thank You for going before me Father in Jesus’ name, Amen

Good Morning, we woke up this morning Testimony 1. We prayed this morning, Testimony 2. We are setting about our tasks, testimony three, our Loved awoke too, Testimony 4. If we are fasting, Testimony 5, If we eat breakfast Testimony 6. I just wanted to point out the innumerable reasons to give God thanks. I know I have said it before and sound like a ‘broken record’, but our testimony is ours and ours alone. How many people went to sleep and didn’t get up? We might have so much bothering us, but The Lord has it in His hands if we place it in His hands. So, Lord I thank You for in my moment of need I can call on You, praise You, magnify You. Lord, I thank You for being there and for the testimonies to Your awesome power in and on my life I see. Lord, be glorified in my Life all ways. My needs I praise You for, me wants, Alleluia Father, my life is a testimony to You. Father, I give You all praise in Jesus’ name, Amen

“I tell you, her sins – and they are many – have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.”

– Luke 7:47

Ok! Let us start this challenge like this:

1. Who made the comment? About who?

2. What were the person(s) doing?

3. Do we feel that our sin is ‘Less’ than other people(s)?

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The Lord gives each of us special gifts. How is He calling you to use them? Remember, God does not ask us about our ability or disability — but our availability.

The LORD came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel replied, “Speak, your servant is listening.”

1 Samuel 3: 10

We all are aware of the story of Samuel? To refresh your memory he was born of Hannah, a product of faith. We see that even then she had challenges and sought The LORD to bail her out of the deep waters. She did try and have offspring, but her womb was sealed off, The Word says of The Lord.

To hurry this along she on a particular occasions went into the temple and wept bitterly before God. So much so that the church elder present thought she must be drunk. But he was wrong. Her trials had overtaken her Spirit and she showed her truest emotions to The LORD. Do we pray like that? In the privacy of our homes? In our ‘inner closets’?

And we read:  “Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the Lord and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her.” 1 Samuel 1:19

We at this time see a promise of The LORD:

The Lord sends poverty and wealth;

    he humbles and he exalts.

He raises the poor from the dust

    and lifts the needy from the ash heap;

he seats them with princes

    and has them inherit a throne of honor.

“For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s;

    on them he has set the world.

He will guard the feet of his faithful servants,

    but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness.

“It is not by strength that one prevails;

     those who oppose the Lord will be broken.

The Most High will thunder from heaven;

    the Lord will judge the ends of the earth.

1 Samuel 2:7-10

Hannah then went ahead after this and bore a son Samuel whom she dedicated to The LORD- A testimony; The LORD knew just what would happen. He allowed Hannah a chance to come before Him. We can see that the offspring of her prayer was Samuel who ended up being quite a prophet. The LORD knows just what we go through. When are you going to turn it 100% over to Him and give thanks?

And the Lord was gracious to Hannah; she gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord.

1 Samuel 2:21

We can see that though The LORD may tarry. Those who trust Him fully will see His hand in and on their Live’s.

Whilst still a boy, Samuel heard a voice calling his name and thinking it was the temple elder-Eli. He would get up and go to where Eli was, and Eli realized what was happening, he told Samuel to say “Speak LORD, Thy servant hears.”

Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.

A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”

Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

Samurai then heard His name again and heard from The LORD. Isn’t it amazing that The LORD has His eyes on those He will use. Might take a lot to realize that The LORD is the cause of all the trials and temptations.

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The Lord gives each of us special gifts. How is He calling you to use them? Remember, God does not ask us about our ability or disability — but our availability.

The LORD came and called as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel replied, “Speak, your servant is listening.”

1 Samuel 3: 10

We all are aware of the story of Samuel? To refresh your memory he was born of Hannah, a product of faith. We see that even then she had challenges and sought The LORD to bail her out of the deep waters. She did try and have offspring, but her womb was sealed off, The Word says of The Lord.

To hurry this along she on a particular occasions went into the temple and wept bitterly before God. So much so that the church elder present thought she must be drunk. But he was wrong. Her trials had overtaken her Spirit and she showed her truest emotions to The LORD. Do we pray like that? In the privacy of our homes? In our ‘inner closets’?

And we read:  “Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the Lord and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah made love to his wife Hannah, and the Lord remembered her.” 1 Samuel 1:19

We at this time see a promise of The LORD:

The Lord sends poverty and wealth;

    he humbles and he exalts.

He raises the poor from the dust

    and lifts the needy from the ash heap;

he seats them with princes

    and has them inherit a throne of honor.

“For the foundations of the earth are the Lord’s;

    on them he has set the world.

He will guard the feet of his faithful servants,

    but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness.

“It is not by strength that one prevails;

     those who oppose the Lord will be broken.

The Most High will thunder from heaven;

    the Lord will judge the ends of the earth.

1 Samuel 2:7-10

Hannah then went ahead after this and bore a son Samuel whom she dedicated to The LORD- A testimony; The LORD knew just what would happen. He allowed Hannah a chance to come before Him. We can see that the offspring of her prayer was Samuel who ended up being quite a prophet. The LORD knows just what we go through. When are you going to turn it 100% over to Him and give thanks?

And the Lord was gracious to Hannah; she gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the Lord.

1 Samuel 2:21

We can see that though The LORD may tarry. Those who trust Him fully will see His hand in and on their Live’s.

Whilst still a boy, Samuel heard a voice calling his name and thinking it was the temple elder-Eli. He would get up and go to where Eli was, and Eli realized what was happening, he told Samuel to say “Speak LORD, Thy servant hears.”

Now Samuel did not yet know the Lord: The word of the Lord had not yet been revealed to him.

A third time the Lord called, “Samuel!” And Samuel got up and went to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”

Then Eli realized that the Lord was calling the boy. So Eli told Samuel, “Go and lie down, and if he calls you, say, ‘Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.

Samurai then heard His name again and heard from The LORD. Isn’t it amazing that The LORD has His eyes on those He will use. Might take a lot to realize that The LORD is the cause of all the trials and temptations. But, we must remember:

Cast your cares on the Lord

and he will sustain you;

he will never let

the righteous be shaken

Psalm 55:22

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Even further we read;  The LORD looketh from heaven; he beholdeth all the sons of men. From the place of his habitation he looketh upon all the inhabitants of the earth. He fashioneth their hearts alike; he considereth all their works. Psalm 33:13-15

Can we say “that person has it all, or “that person is ‘luckier’ than me”. Yes, I admit that some are born in a position we do not find ourselves. But do the have a different heart? What are your goals? What do you desire? Seek it in and through The Lord.

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Happy Friday, month ending. Time flies! First quarter done already! I guess that’s what it means to grow older.

‘Mr. Bible’ is at it again. Spreading The Word. And prayer comes with it too.

Welcome to this beautiful month to come (Spring is here) so it is my prayer that you have Spring in your step in Jesus name, Amen; the last day of the month and of the first quarter of 2017. All glory be to God and I am happy and elated this day because you and I are still standing.

As it’s impossible for the wicked ones to withheld this month of March to end today, so also it will be impossible for them to withhold the promises of God over your life in the mighty name of Jesus. The Lord will hasten the manifestation of His Word upon your life, Amen. Before they call I will answer;

while they are still speaking I will hear.

Isaiah 65:24

Your period of endless waiting is over. “Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.”

Daniel 10:12,13

Your expectations for this season and beyond shall not be cut off. Your breakthrough and miracles shall come earlier than expected in Jesus Mighty Name.

The Assured Word of the Living God shall speak goodness, favour and mercy into your life. You shall fulfill your destiny. You’ll never be cut short in your prime. You’ll never fall short of the GLORY of God. Your life will glorify the Name of the Lord. Your enemies will never have dominion over your life.

No weapon fashioned against you shall prosper. Isaiah 54:7 Every evil device aimed at you and your household shall go back to the sender in Jesus Name.

Have a blessed day and beautiful weekend. And definitely a wholesome month, and as we walk along the path to glory, may He put a song in your heart to sing. “O! Glory Hallelujah!” Shalom!

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We have shared that nothing goes unrecorded. Our minds remember, no? Even if we do our best to forget. We will stand witness to all our actions. We have memories, no? Make memories worth remembering with joy, for memories made within God’s will are everlasting memories. If we shall be rewarded for them; stock up now while you can. Even if we were not to be rewarded, doesn’t it feel great to show Love and care?

Well, this time I will share something that the above is a preamble to:

But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,

    on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,

to deliver them from death

    and keep them alive in famine.

We wait in hope for the Lord;

    he is our help and our shield.

In him our hearts rejoice,

    for we trust in his holy name.

May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,

    even as we put our hope in you.

Psalm 33:18-22

As believers, His eye is on us. We have shared that there are no secrets before The Lord.

For God will bring every deed into judgment,

including every hidden thing,

whether it is good or evil.

Ecclesiastes 12:14

Our Lord taught repeatedly that sin bottled up on the inside, concealed from everyone else’s view, carries the very same guilt as sin that manifests itself in the worst forms of ungodly behavior. Those who hate others are as guilty as those who act out their hatred; and those who indulge in private lusts are as culpable as wanton adulterers. Matthew 5:21-30.

So Christians are not to think of secret sins as somehow less serious and more respectable than the sins everyone sees. Here are three reasons secret sin is especially abhorrent:

1. Because God sees the heart.

Scripture tells us “God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” 1 Samuel 16:7. No sin—not even a whispered curse or a fleeting evil thought—is hidden from the view of God. In fact, if we realized that God himself is the only audience for such secret sins, we might be less inclined to write them off so lightly.

Food for meditation:

1 Samuel 16:7; Proverbs 23:7; Proverbs 28:13; Ecclesiastes 12:14; Matthew 5:21-30; Luke 12:1-3; John 19:11; Romans 2:16; 1 Corinthians 4:5

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We can and should take all unto The Lord in prayer. Remember the song “Are ye weak and heavy laden? Burdened with a load of care? Take it to The Lord in prayer!” No matter what we go through, experience, want, desire…The Lord knows all. While we are still praying He is answering. Remember the song: “Are we weak and heavy laden? Take it to The Lord in prayer.”?

Here is the song to remind you of the words:

What a friend we have in Jesus,

All our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry

Everything to God in prayer!

Oh, what peace we often forfeit,

Oh, what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry

Everything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations?

Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged—

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Can we find a friend so faithful,

Who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness;

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy-laden,

Cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Savior, still our refuge—

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?

Take it to the Lord in prayer!

In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,

Thou wilt find a solace there.

Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised

Thou wilt all our burdens bear;

May we ever, Lord, be bringing

All to Thee in earnest prayer.

Soon in glory bright, unclouded,

There will be no need for prayer—

Rapture, praise, and endless worship

Will be our sweet portion there.

I have a testimony. I was sleeping and just as I was about in my dream to ‘step wrong’, I awoke. I know this might not sound like a testimony, but it is. It is key to be lined up with the will of God and not steer clear to the right or left. If it is something we desire, it is given. I will state that If we desire what is not in His will, it is our decision to pursue it, we might and end up seeing just what in that case will happen.

An example, we who have waited ‘Oh! So long’ for an answer to a prayer. We know that it is in God’s will for us. God has said “While you are still praying, I am answering.”

Before they call I will answer;

while they are still speaking I will hear.

Isaiah 65:24

We have an example. What I realize is that every word is written for a reason and included in The Word. If you can imagine, at the temple in those days, there were the writings passes down through time. In synagogues we still see the same In this present day and age. We can see just what I mean; when Daniel prayed and sent a request before The Lord, it was answered as he spake:

Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.

Daniel 10:12,13

Always there is ‘so much’ swirling around us: responsibilities, work, school, bills, health, transport…How can and do we make it work???

I can be a witness, in fact I am a witness. I have stated that I will steer clear of what I started with. But each day is a testimony. I shared what happened earlier. We are in the palm of God’s hand. God is aware of everything that goes on in our lives. No matter how small the tendrils. He is there, we have shared this before, but here it is essential:

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”

Revelations 3:20

Wow! Sup with The Lord? The disciples at the last supper supped with The Lord, they were in an upper room and we have all seen paintings, we have seen the Michel Angelo painting. To imagine beside what the picture shows, in what they thought was a ‘private’ time with The Lord, they would have been reclining, giving a sense of ‘taking it easy’. No pressing throngs, people wanting, needing healing, deliverance and all. So, they would have been half lying, half seating as was the custom of the day. We are aware of the discussions that took place, in essence ‘familial banter’.

The most reproduced religious painting in history, Leonardo da Vinci’s famous depiction of the Last Supper, shows Jesus and the disciples sitting upright at a table as people do today. The truth, however, is that chairs (which were no doubt expensive) were not used AT ALL during Jesus’ final Passover meal with his disciples.

Based on Jewish law and tradition, those who observed Jesus’ last celebration of the Passover reclined around a low, long oval table. Each person would be lying on their left side and leaning on their left arm, with their feet behind them and their heads facing the table. This would mean that all those located on the left side of the table would have the front of their bodies somewhat facing the end of the table. Each of the disciples had a pillow to place under their left arm. This eating position during a meal like supper allowed the right arm to be free to use for eating.

Jesus’ saying “The one who has dipped his hand into the bowl with me will betray me.” Matthew 26:23 We get an idea of the banter. Again as shared earlier, He knew just who and he even gave him leave.

“Then Judas, the one who would betray him, said, “Surely you don’t mean me, Rabbi?”

Jesus answered, “You have said so.””

Matthew 26:25

Again we have wandered into The Word. I am aware that we started off saying that all we are faced with, He knows. Even before we say it. So, speak volumes! You have a ready ear.

Lord Heavenly Father, I praise and thank You for this day. You are in my life as my personal Lord andWe have shared that nothing goes unrecorded. Our minds remember, no? Even if we do our best to forget. We will stand witness to all our actions. We have memories, no? Make memories worth remembering with joy, for memories made within God’s will are everlasting memories. If we shall be rewarded for them; stock up now while you can. Even if we were not to be rewarded, doesn’t it feel great to show Love and care?

Well, this time I will share something that the above is a preamble to:

But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him,

    on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,

to deliver them from death

    and keep them alive in famine.

We wait in hope for the Lord;

    he is our help and our shield.

In him our hearts rejoice,

    for we trust in his holy name.

May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,

    even as we put our hope in you.

Psalm 33:18-22

As believers, His eye is on us. We have shared that there are no secrets before The Lord.

For God will bring every deed into judgment,

including every hidden thing,

whether it is good or evil.

Ecclesiastes 12:14

Our Lord taught repeatedly that sin bottled up on the inside, concealed from everyone else’s view, carries the very same guilt as sin that manifests itself in the worst forms of ungodly behavior. Those who hate others are as guilty as those who act out their hatred; and those who indulge in private lusts are as culpable as wanton adulterers. Matthew 5:21-30.

So Christians are not to think of secret sins as somehow less serious and more respectable than the sins everyone sees. Here are three reasons secret sin is especially abhorrent:

1. Because God sees the heart.

Scripture tells us “God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” 1 Samuel 16:7. No sin—not even a whispered curse or a fleeting evil thought—is hidden from the view of God. In fact, if we realized that God himself is the only audience for such secret sins, we might be less inclined to write them off so lightly.

Food for meditation:

1 Samuel 16:7; Proverbs 23:7; Proverbs 28:13; Ecclesiastes 12:14; Matthew 5:21-30; Luke 12:1-3; John 19:11; Romans 2:16; 1 Corinthians 4:5

Savior. Father my heart is Yours, use me to do Your will. Bless me, fill me, direct me. Father You are my all, beside You there is none, beside You I have nothing. Hallelujah for my testimonies that continue with each passing second. Thank You for the fullness  You give. Father, today is Yours. Guide me, lead me, protect me along Your path. Father, You said as I pray, You have answered. Teach me to pray and be filled with Your Spirit. Father, once again in and through Your grace, cause me to spill over and touch those in my life. My Loved once and even those I pass on the street, Father, in You I look for fullness of Spirit. Today and each day, be glorified in my Life. Jesus’ Hallelujah for coming to save me, I was cumbered with a load of care and You have relieved me of all my worries and incapacities. Lord, I lay them at Your feet. I cannot ever find a friend so faithful who will all my sorrows bear. Lord, I praise You and to the best of my ability I Love you. Lord I need You. Hold me,”touch me, move me. Holy Spirit You are in me, thank You for waking me up this morning, be praised. Father it is You in all Your forms that I pray to. Thank You. I am touched, blessed and filled with Your Spirit. Hallelujah Father. Thank You ever so much for today’s testimonies in Jesus’ name, Amen

28.

God, we pray for all those who have suddenly lost employment. There are many. We ask you to first give them peace and a settled confidence. Their natural response is to shock and then fear, and to begin questioning their abilities, the past accomplishments and their future prospects. Give them your encouragement today, and do so through surprising ways, both directly from your Spirit and through other people who come across their path. Build them up, as this situation has torn them down. Remind them of past victories, and awaken new dreams for their future. Give them – today – divine appointments with people who may be key in opening a new future for them. Give them hope; lighten their step; lift the anxiety from their body; give them sleep and an unexpected joy. God, you intend us to have a purposeful life. You give us work assignments to accomplish because you designed us to help you create and sustain your creation. We are not made for idleness or sloth. We need meaningful work. So for all those who have lost a job, today bring them one step closer to a new direction. Show them any areas in their own character that need to change in order for their destiny to be realized. Then give them the wisdom and power to make those changes, by your Spirit. Today is a new day with new possibilities. Let nothing stand in the way of your purposes in the lives of those who, without your assistance, cannot find their next course. We pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen

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

And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

Matthew 6:28-33

And we know that for those who Love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.

Romans 8:28

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

2 Timothy 2:15

29.

To continue where we left off, we were talking about king David and his fault in desiring and taking what was not his. To state again his wrongful actions, he had Bathseba’s husband killed by the enemy. But in every sense, it was him.

And now we contini.e.:

“‘Then Nathan said to David, “You are the man!”’ 2 Samuel 12:7

I am challenging you to go read what was said prior to this and what king David’s response was.

Can you imagine the courage and integrity it took for Nathan the prophet to challenge king David? Again, challenge king David with just what?

Most of us tend to avoid confrontation because we fear being disliked and rejected. But when you avoid confrontation it often makes things worse. By hiding his sin, David was robbing himself of the blessing of the Lord. Looking back, he wrote: “If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and heard my… prayer.”

Psalm 66:18–19

The tiny growth you don’t want to deal with now can end up becoming a cancer that consumes you in the future. That’s too high a price to pay. If you love (and I use the lower case “l”) someone, you will take your courage in your hands and confront them in Love.

Confrontation is an opportunity to help develop that person—provided you do it respectfully and with their best interest at heart.

Here are ten guidelines to help you confront someone in a positive way:

First and foremost, pray about it, seeking The Lord’s will.

1) Do it ASAP.

2) Address the wrong action, not the person.

3) Address only what the person can change.

4) Give them the benefit of the doubt.

5) Be specific.

6) Avoid sarcasm.

7) Avoid saying ‘you always’ and ‘you never’ because they are not true.

8) When it’s appropriate, tell them how you feel about what was done wrong.

9) Give them a plan to fix the problem.

10) Affirm him or her as a person and as a friend.

The Bible says, ‘The Lord corrects those He loves.’ Proverbs 3:12 and we must remember that we have not always been right. And more importantly, we might not be. Want that person to correct you in and with Love? Show Love first. Remember, we are The gospel, let others see it in us.

So if you Love someone, you’ll confront them in the right way. (With and in Love)

SoulFood: Jeremiah 25–27, Luke 21:1–11, Ps 72:1–11, Prov 9:1–6

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30.

Cast your cares on the Lord

and he will sustain you;

he will never let

the righteous be shaken

Psalm 55:22

He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.

Psalm 40:2

We stand in awe at those The LORD has selected. We are all here for a reason. Have you truly found yours? We can look at all the people in The Bible that The LORD used, they all had a beginning. This of course has made me wonder about Mary the Mother of Jesus. She was born for a purpose, her history is not as important, but would be an awesome place to start in tracing the descendants of Mary. We know or have been told Mary was of The house of David. Thousands of years before when David was but a wee lad watching the flock. God knew what and where he would be and moved him for so.

Look at it this way; what would you do if challenged with a Goliath of troubles? Will you really believe? Trust that God truly is in charge? That He has your best interests at heart? It is a testimony, our Lives and what we do with them. I know we have pointed out just what the testimony is for your today: wake up, getting ready, setting out, classes, work it goes on and on, like I always point out, there are some who cannot or will not ever be able to say, sign or mouth it that would have been able to do so yesterday. Your being up is a testimony!

Father Lord, I thank You for each of us has a path that is determined by You. Father, thank You for arranging my life that I may live it in Your will. Father all the blessings that I see, allow me to give praise at every moment. Father, I am not worthy, but You Love me. Thank You for my today, my yesterdays and Hallelujah for the tomorrows to come. Father, I give You all praise, Yours is all the Glory. Father, yes there might be a source of challenges in this world, but you O! Lord are The source of solutions. I commit me today, tomorrow and forever into Your hands in Jesus’ name, Amen

31.

The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death. Proverbs 14:27

Fear of The Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Proverbs 9:10

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom;

all who follow his precepts have good understanding.

To him belongs eternal praise.

Psalm 11:10

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

Proverbs 1:7

I set out to do a bible study on the ‘concept’ “fear”, one thing came to mind. The word “fear” (can mean knowledge, understanding, respect and more) of The Lord is a start to so many things.

Fear: A feeling or attitude of deep respect tinged with awe; veneration. the outward manifestation of this feeling: to pay reverence. a gesture indicative of deep respect; an obeisance, bow, or curtsy.

Fear of the Lord” generally refers to a specific sense of respect, awe, and submission to a deity, while Fear of God suggests apprehension of Divine punishment.

We have ‘shared’ and will once again, there are so many events in The Bible where the presence of God was so overpowering that people essentially were affected and effected. It brings one to their knees. Some examples:

(i) Mary (The sister of Martha who sat at the feet of Jesus after He raised Lazarus from the dead) – An Increasing Appreciation

(ii) Asaph – A New Perspective. Psalm 73 details Asaph’s experience, and the effect upon him of entering ‘the sanctuary of God’, v. 17. The psalm is divided by this verse. In the first sixteen verses, we see a man judging according to man’s estimation; in the closing verses we learn the effect of seeing the same conditions from the presence of God.

(iii) Elijah – A Fearless Testimony. A Fearless Testimony

According to 1 Kings 17.1, Elijah stands fearlessly before the wicked king Ahab because he recognizes that he is in the presence of the Lord God of Israel, He goes into the presence of one who has set himself to kill the prophets of the Lord, 1 Kgs. 18. 13, and leaves untouched and untraceable.

(iv) Moses – A Changed Image. In Exodus 34, we read of the second period of forty days that Moses spent in the mount with the Lord. At the end, we read, ‘Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone’, v. 29. The first part of the statement teaches us that the effect of spending time in the presence of God will not always be apparent to ourselves.

We must stop here and realize that the testimony of Moses goes far beyond this.

A friend loveth at all times…” Proverbs 17:17

Your best friend is the one who knows the worst about you, and loves you just the same, and that best friend is God, the Lord Jesus Christ who sticks closer than a brother. “A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24

The true source, foundation, and example of friendship is found in the Lord Jesus Christ.

We see that Moses would leave the ‘camp’ and meet and discourse with God.

I’m sure that we would love to know the experience of Adam and Eve. It says that His footsteps were heard and they hid.

I will further note that in His image we were created.

There is ‘wildlife’ to which we bear no resemblance. Yes, some might say that we bear a few similarities with baboons, apes and/or monkeys. They do not possess the ability to think and or do as we do. So, yes! We are created in the image of God

When I think of the Heavenly host, I am in my mind taken to a place where size does in no way account for anything/matter; in fact the more Spiritual minded we are and ‘exercise’ our faith, the ‘bigger’ spiritually we get.

When we are in Heaven, it is a different plane and we do not consume. In The Bible it speaks of ‘healing waters’:  Then he brought me back to the door of the temple; and there was water, flowing from under the threshold of the temple toward the east, for the front of the temple faced east; the water was flowing from under the right side of the temple, south of the altar. Ezekiel 47:1

We can actually see that there are a ‘ton’ of other verses that say the exact same thing, and we read:

But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

John 4:14

I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you.

Ezekiel 36:25

Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’”

John 7:38

With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation

Isaiah 12:3

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.

Isaiah 43:2

Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb

Revelation 22:1

They shall not hunger or thirst, neither scorching wind nor sun shall strike them, for he who has pity on them will lead them, and by springs of water will guide them.

Isaiah 49:10

In the time to come, we will not ‘need’ to feed, we will be fed by and on The Glory of God. In the garden of Eden, because they were human, they needed to eat of the land, and they did as do we. To show you what I shared about the presence of God. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden Genesis 3:8

Not only that but Moses saw The Glory of The Lord:

Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”

And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”

Then the Lord said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.” Exodus 34:18-23

Isn’t it literally amazing and fantastic that Moses was deemed a ‘companion’ of The Lord. But even then, he slipped as we all do and something was taken away from him.

In leading the people of Israel to the ‘promised land’, Moses stepped wrong. Saw the promised land from a distance, but did not set foot there while alive. “I have said I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, to a land flowing with milk and honey” Exodus 3:17. This promise wasn’t specifically to any one person, but the nation as a whole. But it never was a given that God would bring people no matter what. People were expected to obey God.

Moses and Aaron lost the privelege of the entering because they disobeyed God.

“Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Take the rod; you and your brother Aaron gather the congregation together. Speak to the rock before their eyes, and it will yield its water; thus you shall bring water for them out of the rock, and give drink to the congregation and their animals.” So Moses took the rod from before the LORD as He commanded him. And Moses and Aaron gathered the assembly together before the rock; and he said to them, “Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?” Then Moses lifted his hand and struck the rock twice with his rod; and water came out abundantly, and the congregation and their animals drank. Then the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them” Numbers 20:7-12.

Moses made two mistakes: He added to God’s command by striking the rock even though God didn’t say anything about it. But worse, Moses said that he and Aaron were bringing forth the water. He did not give God the credit. Because of their sin, they lost the privilege of entering the land of Canaan.

This is an important lesson for all of us. No one is so important that God must save the person. We are all promised a place in heaven. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” John 3:16. But we are expected to be obedient to God. “For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

As an aside, we see so many places that the number 40 appears in The Scripture. Jesus fasted for 40 days and we read on the rest:

The number 40 shows up often in the Bible. Because 40 appears so often in contexts dealing with judgment or testing, many scholars understand it to be the number of “probation” or “trial.” This doesn’t mean that 40 is entirely symbolic; it still has a literal meaning in Scripture. “Forty days” means “forty days,” but it does seem that God has chosen this number to help emphasize times of trouble and hardship.

Here are some examples of the Bible’s use of the number 40 that stress the theme of testing or judgment:

In the Old Testament, when God destroyed the earth with water, He caused it to rain 40 days and 40 nights (Genesis 7:12). After Moses killed the Egyptian, he fled to Midian, where he spent 40 years in the desert tending flocks (Acts 7:30). Moses was on Mount Sinai for 40 days and 40 nights (Exodus 24:18). Moses interceded on Israel’s behalf for 40 days.

We have to be cognizant of the importance of this period. I share because it is something I noticed by ‘chance’. With The Lord, there is no time, we have time in our system, culture, world. We cannot take ‘time’ to The LORD, but rather pray for His will to be done In our lives. Amen.

Chapter 1


“Hey! I should really do that this way! If I do…”

“Time and time again, this has worked…so I should definitely…”

“The ‘answer’ is by doing it exactly like…”

So many times, we are smarter than the situation. Brighter than the ‘occurences’. We can…we try…we think; just what exactly? As a Christian, did you pray about it first? Did you put it before The LORD? It is amazing that our galaxy is so vast, we essentially have only started to peel at the surface. Spaceships, space trav5el, technology….the list goes on and on.

Let me point something out. We are right here. As we have shared Earth is the ‘right’ distance from the sun! There is oxygen which is essential for life. If you ‘think’ about it even the moon lacks oxygen and that is the closet ‘distant’ planet or object. To further break this down, everything is on an axes. Planets, stars etc.

Where did oxygen come from? I am sure that ‘evolutionists’ will fathom some unthinkable equation or guess, at best an estimation. So, why doesn’t any other planet have what we have?

I am sure that ‘

evolutionists’ will say “Everything lined up perfectly.” Really?

Let us take a look at what we call God’s book. I didn’t make that up. We have the Bible which essentially gives us a vision into how things came to be. So many times, I am limited by my ‘view’ of life from this aspect: space, time, what we have, don’t have, want, need, hope for. Essentially, ‘life’ in a nutshell. I will be so brazen to say “After ‘life’ then what???”  Once again the evolutionists ‘reign supreme’ on this notion. ‘Recycling’ they might call it. Let me state one thing… If we were recycled, wouldn’t there be more than a few ‘recallecting’ their ‘former’ lives? I will not doubt that there are a few who state that they can ‘remember’. Let me state it this way. There is an alternate existence, a parallel ‘place’, inhabited by a ‘drove’ of creations. Don’t you have your drive? What you were created for? Sometimes we think/feel it is to bring ‘joy’ to parents. Come again! How about the ‘unwanted offspring’, the mistakes, the ‘uh-oh’s’? They were allowed to be for a reason. To state something that becomes more factual by the day, my existence is/was for a reason. I went to school, did Medicine; became a Doctor etc. I tried to do everything I could to be ‘happy’, ‘satisfied’, ‘complete’. To do what I promised not to do; I was ‘made’ to go to church by my Mom. There I learned so much ‘against’ my ‘better judgement’. The fact that there is Love, a source of Love. The definition of Love, is Love; God is Love.

Let us 1 Corinthians 13 it and see what exactly this means: Love is patient; let us go back in history of the world, there are so many people who have tried things. God gives them a chance to do them ‘right’ through Him and with Him. So many times we are on the wrong foot. God is PATIENT and allowscuscto find the way that has been pointed out. Let us further break this down. Examples! Just what to do, not do, try, not try. Others in our short history have tried that. It has either worked or doesn’t work. In reading the bible, I came across many ‘rulers’ after king David who did not do things right, and they did rule for a whilem. God was and is patient; giving endless opportunity to come to the knowledge which is God. This explains why it is the first description of God. Through His-story, patience has reigned supreme.

Love is kind; just what does this mean? Kind? To establish this kindness as defined means “allowing others to have their way”, It means “giving selflessly”. There are so many times in history that we (as humans) have gone the way we ‘willed’ and wanted to; and were allowed. At this time, I will give two HUGE examples Lucifer in all his beauty and grace was placed at the epicenter of God’s creations. He was given exemplary ‘allowance’ to do as he willed. Above all other Spirits but God. This got to him and he fell. Thinking that what was granted him could be factual. He thought he would take. All we need do is read the denoted scripture and realize just what happened. Lucifer was and is a “prince” of this world. Mind you, Christ is King. He earned the Title, by being tortured, mangled and killed by the ‘men’ led by the prince of this world.

Let us further examine this. Jesus is a part of God. In creating the world, God created and saw that it was good. He created more and more and saw that it was good. Now, timelines, we cannot be sure of. But in Heaven, the fall of Lucifer the archangel at the time came before the creation of man. How do I know? In the Garden, Lucifer influenced what was. We have discussed this prior. Did serpents speak? Or was it just by seducing, by eating the fruit of the tree of ‘ good and evil’? We are not sure, but the serpent was the most ‘wily’ of all the creatures and had been used to ‘tempt’ man (Eve) by what he did. In essence, the fruit ‘spoke’ to Eve and looked ‘tempting’ enough to try knowing “good from evil”. This in itself should give us ‘knowlege’, we know what we should and should not do, no? So in essence the effect of the fruit of the tree is still with us today. More so, God in His exquisite awesomeness, would leave Adam and Eve to ‘tend’ the garden and return to ‘fellowship’ with them in the cool of the evening. This brings so many things to light. God did and does give us a chance to decide just what we shall do.

In both Adam and Eve’s case He allowed them to decide (wrongly though) that the would eat of the fruit of the tree of good and evil. Let me point an amazing thing out; who was there that they covered their nakedness? With one other person there, there was nothing to be ashamed of. Let us further break this down. Animals who had seen them all their existence in the nude? We can thing about animals today. With no other people, who would they have been ashamed to be naked in front of? This goes to explain in part why it was called the tree of the fruit of the knowledge of good and evil.

But, more so it definitely explains why The Father allows us to do what we will. With the hope that we do right.

Love does not envy, if someone has. Be proud for and of them. So many times we gain and a set of eyes (or more) are on us, determining how they can get what we have gotten. Other peoples experience is a great lesson. Reather than envy, we should ask humbly and work at it so that we can have. More so it is the fact that God, who made the Universe, in His goodness allowed Man to have wisdom does not ever envy. But rather is proud of with trust in Him and His ability to provide. Yes, an example; God was proud of His creation Job and spoke of him with glowing words. So much so, that Lucifer who was at the gathering of angels asked if it wasn’t for the wall around Job that God had set in place that didn’t cause Job to serve the Lord uniquely. It was ‘suggested’ that God remove His ‘fence’ from around him and see Job fall. All God asked was that his life Be spared, and everything was taken. Including his health. But still Job held on to The LORD and His promises. A true ‘child of God’. Are we? When things ‘do not go ‘right’ are we encouraged to ‘hold on’, to ‘believe’, to ‘have faith’. Most amazingly, we have all seen good and know just what it entails. Haven’t we had a ‘ good meal ‘, an awesome snack, snooze, or trip to a destination? Well. We get the idea, and this is made possible by the grace of God. We cannot understand ‘goodness’ until we have experienced it. Essentially, this is what some of us experience when we admit how ‘awesome’ life is.

Chapter 2


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

Luke 23:39-43

Where did Jesus go for the period of 3 days after he was crucified?

Very little is said in the Bible of where Jesus was and what he was doing during the three days, but here’s what we do know:

He promised the thief on the cross that they would be together in paradise after death. (Luke 23:39-42)

It says paradise. Let us define this:

par·a·dise

ˈperəˌdīs/

noun

(in some religions) heaven as the ultimate abode of the just. Again this is the ultimate goal of the just.

It should be noted that inn the period post crucifixion Jesus did not go to The Father, but definitely was ‘somewhere’. Performing the work that He had been given took precedence over all. He was sent to witness. We see that in His time on earth so many came to know Him and believe. In The Word that follows after His ascension into Heaven so many gave their lives and came to believe

synonyms:heaven, the kingdom of heaven, the heavenly kingdom, Elysium, the Elysian Fields, Valhalla, Avalon

“the souls in paradise”

the abode of Adam and Eve before the Fall in the biblical account of the Creation; the Garden of Eden.

noun: Paradise

synonyms:the Garden of Eden, Eden

“Adam and Eve’s expulsion from Paradise”

an ideal or idyllic place or state.

“the surrounding countryside is a walker’s paradise”

synonyms:Utopia, Shangri-La, heaven, idyll, nirvana

“a tropical paradise”

bliss, heaven, ecstasy, delight, joy, happiness, nirvana, heaven

When Mary recognized him in the garden after his resurrection, he told her that he had not yet been to heaven. (John 20:15-17 ) From this we can deduce that Heaven, where God is, is something distinct from Paradise, where Jesus had been while he was dead.

While he was dead and in paradise, he “went and preached unto the spirits in prison.” (1 Peter 3:18-20) This shows that he wasn’t simply laying around relaxing, but continuing his ministry on the other side, preaching the gospel to sinners just as he had in mortality.

To answer this I have spent time Going over Scripture. I admit not much is said. The souls in between their human death and the final judgement were in my view- given a chance. I will admit that this was a one time chance. If and when spirits of people who had not heard The Word of God. Think of this-Goliath who faced David was most likely never preached “God”. This goes to so many nations, tribes and people. It gets complex quickly.

The question is where was Christ for those 3 days? I am aware that in the ‘afterlife’ there is no time. Spirits are where their acts determine they will be.

We are made for God, by God, we have shared earlier that you should speak to your creator to ensure that you are where you were destined and designed to be. I will share a quick scripture that explains a lot:

“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of Heaven and Earth, having discussed this they are together-for Earth was created with all within it and God saw that it was ‘good’. God does not live in temples built by human hands. And He is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything. Rather, He himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.

From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole Earth; and He marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. All has been determined; your existence, as we have pointed out, it is dependent on your ‘decision’ follow Him or choose to believe God does not exist

God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’b As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ Acts 17:24-28

We might ‘decide’; hopefully correctly. Which is why prayer is encouraged with each step.

In their hearts humans plan their course,

but the Lord establishes their steps.

Proverbs 16:9

Pray continually. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 This verse is so very important. Can anyone guess which verse is shorter in Scripture? It is just as important because it shows how a portion of our Father dealt with loss of a Loved one. (I know we have a few heads shaking. We are all Loved!) In His ministry there were people Jesus related with that went a step ‘beyond’. Even their reactions. The sister of Lazarus who sat at his feet to spend the time basking in His Glory was reprimanded by her sister.

Mary and Martha were real women, not illustrations in a parable. They lived with their brother, Lazarus, in Bethany, a small village within easy walking distance of the old city of Jerusalem via the Mount of Olives. John records that “Jesus loved Martha, and her sister, and Lazarus” and wept at Lazarus’ death. (John 11:5, 32–36.)

We read of Mary and Martha on only three occasions, each of which reveals different facets of their characters.

Together, They Learned of the Savior

We are first introduced to Mary and Martha in the book of Luke. The story related there has probably produced the feeling that somehow Martha is not the spiritual equal of her sister Mary. Jesus and his disciples have come to Judea from Capernaum. “Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.” (Luke 10:38.) We are not told whether Jesus knew the people in this particular household. Perhaps he was already acquainted with them, because there seems to be some familiarity as Jesus and Martha communicate with each other.

For years I have mistakenly assumed that Mary sat at Jesus’ feet while Martha worked in the kitchen. Not so. In verse 39 Luke carefully explains that Martha “had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard His word.” (Luke 10:39; italics added.) They both sat there to hear the words of eternal life from their Lord.


Chapter 16

The tasty ‘nuggets’ that are in The Word, of which you will get your fill.

He is the LORD our God: His judgments are in all the Earth. Psalm 105:7

As often as we want to acknowledge that there is a prince of this world, we have to realize it to and learn how to place all at the feet of our Father. On many occasions he was called such. As shared, we were placed here on God’s Earth to be caretakers. This was robbed, earlier man had not a clue as to what existed before him. All is without age, the Heavens were created and set apart from the Earth. Parallel existences they are.

At times people are taken to see what lies ahead. We read it in Scripture:

Stephen “looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God” Acts 7:55

Paul wrote that he “knew a man” (likely himself), who was “caught up to the third heaven” 2 Cor. 12:2

John “was in the spirit; and behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne” Rev. 4:2

When we ‘strive’ it is an opening for blessings! But The Spirit of God said “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. Amen.

2 Corinthians 12:9

Chapter 17

Role of happiness. Teaching of happiness. Why happiness is important

Are you happy? This is our key reason for all we do, think and attempt as we strive to live. It is the key to our existence. Are you happy? I just have to ask. What is your definition of ‘happy’? Yes, I asked that. More importantly, what is The bible definition or explanation of ‘happy’?

Many verses paint a very different picture from the self-centered happiness that we pursue. For example:

“Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves” (Job 5:17, NASB).

“Happy is he who is gracious to the poor” (Prov 14:21, NASB).

“Happy is he who keeps the law” (Prov 29:18, NASB).

“Behold, we count those blessed who endured” (James 5:11, NASB).

“If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed” (1 Pet 4:14, NASB)

“Godliness actually is a means of great gain, when accompanied by contentment”  (1 Tim. 6:6, NASB).

What does it take to make happy?

“He whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he” (Prov. 16:20, KJV).

When Jesus eventually came to the house of Mary and Martha, the dead Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Martha in believing what she had learned and knew, she told Jesus that if He had come early enough, Lazarus would not have died. Martha’s statement implied that Jesus came too late to do anything to help Lazarus.  Even though she believed that Lazarus would resurrect on the last day, she had hoped that Jesus would have come in time to heal him.

(John 11:5, 32–36.)

The wonderful news, however, is that Jesus is the resurrection and life. To our comfort, He is the same yesterday, today and for always. The positive, awesome thing is that when He came to save us. There was doubt in the heart of the enemy. “Oh! I can change him!” He thought. “I know scripture. I was here when it was spoken. The heart of God, I am aware of.” These must have assailed his spirit and, Yes! He tried. No matter what he tried, he came up empty handed.

Moving straight into the next phase. “I will turn these people, His supposed people against Him.” No matter what we read, He had no sin! Even the cetruriona at the crucifix believed!

The Holy Martyr Longinus the Centurion, a Roman soldier, served in Judea under the command of the Governor, Pontius Pilate. When our Savior Jesus Christ was crucified, it was the detachment of soldiers under the command of Longinus which stood watch on Golgotha, at the very foot of the holy Cross. Longinus and his soldiers were eyewitnesses of the final moments of the earthly life of the Lord, and of the great and awesome portents that appeared at His death. These events shook the centurion’s soul. Longinus believed in Christ and confessed before everyone, “Truly this was the Son of God” (Mt. 27:54).

According to Church Tradition, Longinus was the soldier who pierced the side of the Crucified Savior with a spear, and received healing from an eye affliction when blood and water poured forth from the wound.

After the Crucifixion and Burial of the Savior, Longinus stood watch with his company at the Sepulchre of the Lord. These soldiers were present at the All-Radiant Resurrection of Christ. The Jews bribed them to lie and say that His disciples had stolen away the Body of Christ, but Longinus and two of his comrades refused to be seduced by the Jewish gold. They also refused to remain silent about the miracle of the Resurrection. )https://oca.org/saints/lives/2012/10/16/102980-martyr-longinus-the-centurion-who-stood-at-the-cross-of-the-lord)

Whether we live or die, we are alive in Him! Moreover, God is always on time to perfect His will in our lives. Are there some situations in your life which you think are beyond hope and help? Jesus proves from today’s reading that He always has perfect timing.  Sarah passed the age of child bearing, yet God caused her to conceive and bear a child. No situation is hopeless in the hands of God. He can cause dead dreams and hopes to come to life. He did it for Lazarus. He can do it for you. Only trust Him!

PRAYER: By the power of the Holy Spirit, I command everything that is dead in your life, health, ministry and business to resurrect in Jesus name, Amen.

Chapter 18

We have ‘meat’ to eat and will not go ‘hungry.’

Now just what is meat?

He hath given meat unto them that fear Him: He will ever be mindful of His covenant. He hath shewed His people the power of His works, that He may give them the heritage of the heathen.

Psalm 111:5,6

And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his MEAT was locusts and wild honey. (Matthew 3:4 )

But we go back to the original tongue this was written in broma pneumatikon, “food spiritual”. I understand that English has its ‘weak’ spots.

Nourishment for the soul, referring specifically (1 Corinthians 10:3) to the manna by which the children of Israel were miraculously fed and which was made by Paul prophetically equivalent to the broken bread of the Christian sacrament symbolizing the body of Christ. Hence,

(1) Christ Himself as the food of the soul:

“I am the bread of life” (John 6:48-58);

(2) anything that nourishes the spiritual life:

(a) obedience to the will of God:

“My meat is to do the will of him that sent me” (John 4:32-34);

(b) the truths of God in the Scriptures:

“Word of righteousness” = “strong meat” (Hebrews 5:12-14); “word of God” (Matthew 4:4);

(c) the things of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:1-2)

I should ask: “Are you hungry?” Spiritually I mean. You can ‘eat’ in the pasture and have your fill. We can graze in His pasture and be touched, filled up till we spill over.

We, being of the Kingdom have been given so much.

Our prayer:

Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of Thy righteousness. Psalm

51:14

blood·guilt

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We sin with thought and word, what we do and fail to do. Stand right!

A wonderful way to end this is meat for our soul.

O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.

Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.

Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.

My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:

When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.

Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.

My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.

Psalm 63:1-8

Our meat to eat for the moment! Keep praising Him, He Loves you! There is none like Him in all the Universe! Hallelujah!

Just want to add a testimony.

And think not to say within yourselves, we have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

Matthew 3:9

Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.

The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect. The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.

God makes you laugh when He turn his prophesies into decrees. There is a difference between prophesies and decree. When you hear “Thus says the Lord” that is the prophecy for which you will need to wait to see its fulfilment. In contrast, when God suddenly decides to issue a decree, such as “Let there be light”, you will know that your waiting period is over, as your miracle will manifest immediately. In Genesis 1:3, when God said “Let there be light”, there was no need to vote on it, and neither was there any delay, because He had decreed it. Psalm 33:8-9 says one reason why the whole earth should fear God is that whenever He speaks, it is done. All He has to do is to speak, and the next moment, it is done. By the grace of God, I have witnessed God operate in this dimension. Sometimes ago, a couple came to us believing God for the fruit of the womb. I asked them, what kind of baby do you want? Their response was simultaneous: the man wanted a boy while his wife wanted a girl. So I said we should make it twins – a boy and a girl – and both of them said “Amen”. Exactly nine months after, the man was carrying his baby boy and the wife carrying her baby girl. This season, God is saying let there be light, healing, fruitfulness, increase, promotion, victory over enemies and fullness of joy in your life, and so shall it be!

Moreover, God makes you laugh when He decides to show you His Almightiness. After declaring that Sarah would have a child, she laughed, but denied laughing when He asked her why she laughed (Genesis 18:11-15). Then He asked, “is anything too hard for the LORD?” Every man definitely has his limits, and even spirits are limited, but not the Father of spirits (Hebrew 12:9). Hence, Luke 1:37 says nothing is impossible with our God. He can suspend physical laws and have His way any day.Matthew 3:9 says this God can produce children out of stones! Whatever the specialists have said cannot hinder my God. Where they are limited, He is not. The resources they lack, He has in abundance. What they do not know, is common knowledge to Him. His word is full of power and gives direction to anything he wants done. This is why I know that this season, everything standing in your way to laughter shall give way so that you can laugh. You shall laugh last and your laughter shall be unstoppable!

“I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.”

– John 5:24

We are in Him and with God already. Time to start living our Life as promised.

Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Hebrews 12:2

There are lots of scandals among church leaders today. Have you been hurt by a church leader or member? Are you feeling disheartened and disgusted, angry and tempted to forget about Christianity altogether? Stop! A certain pastor was out visiting homes, inviting people to church. He mentioned to a man that his neighbour was already a member of the church. On hearing that, the man said there was no way he could go near the church, because the guy had hurt him so badly, that he wanted nothing to do with a religion that would include such a person.

The pastor was quiet for a moment. Then he gestured towards a nearby piano, and asked the man’s little daughter to play a piece by Beethoven that was lying on the piano. The man protested: Beethovens music was much too advanced for his daughter. But the pastor insisted, and the little girl gave it a trial. It sounded dreadful. It was awful. When the little girl finally finished butchering that glorious piece of music, the pastor looked at the man and said, _”Boy, that Beethoven sure wasn’t much of a composer, was he?”_. The man got the point. He had been judging Christianity by the performance of one player, rather than focusing on the composer Himself, Jesus Christ.

Don’t turn away from Jesus just because some religious people turned out to be corrupt, or you have been wounded and bruised by some religious leaders. If you’re going to base your attitude towards God on the actions of one person, make sure that person is the Lord Jesus. Christianity is Christ.

PRAYER POINTS:

1. Lord Jesus, help me to focus my attention on You in my Christian journey.

2. Lord, help me to walk worthy of the calling You have given me, so that I dont become stumbling block to anyone in the Christian path.

3. Pray that God should soften the hearts of people who have left, or who refuse to join Christianity, because of some supposed Christians who had hurt them.

Chapter 17

“Let me do this…”

“I think I can…”

“What will they say…”

“If I may say so, this I’d pretty impressive…,

“Compred to what they had previously, I am a genius…”

Do any of these sound familiar? Ok, not ‘sound’, more importantly can we identity with the speaker? Difficult to day, but a few of those will not stand too far off from what we feel/express. Can we find anything to do with this in The Word?

I wouldn’t ask If You couldn’t. Let us read:  Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

Philippians 2:3

This encompasses our actions. You know what? For a second, I considered if God were not. The bible as a ‘guide’ to life lifts none up. It focuses on one pint. In reviewing ‘religios sharings’, we all have to focus on something. In our case as believers, it is God.

Jesus who came of Him, is a part of Him., and we review:

Jesus the Son is not a creature but rather shares in the selfsame nature as the Father. The Holy Spirit is then the life-giving Love breathed out between the Father and the Son.

Almost everyone believes that Jesus lived, that he was a teacher, a famous prophet, even a miracle worker, although they may not accept everything the Bible says about him. Islam believes he was a good prophet, that he died and went to heaven, and that he will come again (as a prophet of Islam); but it does not believe that he is God and that his death was salvific. And liberal teachers in the churches today might claim something similar, that he was a good Man, a great teacher, a wonderful example, but not God in the flesh. But the Bible and thereafter the traditions of the church claim much more for Him.

Pause! Lay it all down! For real, stop! And thinks on/of this. Is being a believer wrong? I already said that we should place my sharing to the side.

Let’s say that after this ‘life” there is more. No matter the belief system, we are laying footwork for a time and place to come. Now stands as the point- Time to throw in your lots/cast the dice. I am sure a lot do not ‘gamble’. Nut this represents a ‘gamble’ for your eternity. We are presented with choices daily; the “what” and the “why” are given. In this case, we take it a step further “where?”

There is so much to consider. We stand In a ‘spot’ and cannot help but wonder “What next???” We are besot by so much “need”. Even if we do not believe in God, a “Help me Lord!” escapes those lips. Who then are you seeking? Even if it is who I suspect it is just Who I think you refer to. Why, O! Why do you not remember Him when times are ‘good’? I can go through so very much here, but I think you can imagine a few things. But if you have those, do you give this ‘unseen force of goodness’ credit that is due?

We are introduced to The LORD, your saving grace- your all;

“As you sit quietly in My Presence, remember that I am a God of abundance. I will never run out of resources (our God made all that exist, I add that it was fairly simple, He spoke and it was and still is!);

“My capacity to bless you is unlimited. You live in a world of supply and demand, where necessary things are often scarce. Even if you personally have enough, you see poverty in the world around you. It is impossible for you to comprehend the lavishness of My provisions: the fullness of My glorious riches.

(Here again, I encourage you to take a break and think, you know what? Go for a walk and think while you are moving and be moved by His excellence. Let us take a moment to consider that which he has made. He placed all here. Let us contemplate: What are the most valuable things in life?

What are the most valuable things in life?

Family; the only people who will always love me, never judge me and always stand by my side, no matter what the circumstances. My parents are my friends and mentors, while my younger sibling is the trigger for my transformation into a child once again.

Faith and patience; these are two qualities that I highly value. Believe in yourself and God (if you do believe in Him) and learn to be patient. He who has mastered these two qualities can perform tasks that would be considered miraculous.

A small, tight group of friends;

A career based on passion and not pressure; I consider myself fortunate to be pursuing a career which I truly wished for. I have encountered many people who are frustrated with their careers and life, because they did not know where their desires lied.

A collection of good books; who wouldn’t want to visit Hogwarts again (Harry Potter), re-discover him/herself (The Alchemist), unravel mysteries with Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot, understand the origin and basis of life (religious books) and have symbology lessons with Robert Langdon (Dan Brown Series)?

Childhood memories; I still feel nostalgic when I watch The Lion King, Toy Story, Tom and Jerry or read Tintin and Asterix. I also feel nostalgia when I realize the innocence and dreams I had as a kid. Growing up surely changes quite a lot.

Lifetime Experiences; reminiscing about travels to different countries, pranks with friends, crushes and love affairs, etc. If you don’t collect experiences when you can, you may regret it when you are no longer able to.

Gratitude and being content; the key to true happiness is being content and grateful for what you possess. Without gratitude, one cannot truly enjoy the pleasures of life. Not being content with what you have leads to greed and misery. Beware!

The ability to love, forgive and live in the present; we no longer love unconditionally, rather we love others until our interests are satisfied. We do not forgive those who have wronged us, even for the most trivial matters. We are so caught up in our past and judging others, we lose out on living and experiencing life.

A positive attitude towards life; being positive even in the toughest of situations will surely bring happiness to you. “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.

Wa all remember this story, let us quickly go through and pull out its importance.

Now Sarai Abram’s wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.

And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the Lord hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.

And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.

And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.

And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the Lord judge between me and thee.

A lot of people have gotten their finger burnt in the place of seeking an alternative to God’s promise. When God’s promise is seemingly delayed, some Christians do not have the strength of character to keep waiting on the Lord and holding on to His promise; they therefore seek out and accept man’s alternative to God’s precious promises. Not only does man’s alternative take you off God’s course and provide you with quick fixes that cannot really fix anything, they also give you monetary joy that cannot absolve you of sorrow. This was the experience of Sarah. In today’s Bible reading, after Sarah gave her maid, Hagar, to Abraham to raise children through her, she was happy and relieved that her problem of barrenness seemed solved. But her relief soon turned into grief as her happiness became sorrow. Genesis 16:4 says,

“And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.”

Sarah took good care of Hagar, in expectation of using her as a means to an end. For the purpose of child-bearing, she exempted her from the usual chores that her fellow maids would perform. However, the moment Hagar conceived, the tables turned against Sarah. Suddenly, all attention shifted to the new queen of the house. Everyone and everything had to be at her beck and call. She no longer had regard for her mistress. Realizing she now had what Abraham earnestly wanted, she used her pregnancy as an excuse for gross misbehaviour. She took over Abraham’s attention and the poor man hardly even had time for Sarah anymore. When she was disobedient and her mistress tried to correct her, she would simply tell her, “Madam, if you were ever pregnant, you would understand what I am going through. “That was the beginning of Sarah’s sorrow”

When you are tired of waiting for God’s will, plan or timing, and you decided to follow one of the alternatives that comes your way, you will only be hurting yourself. May you not use your own hands to undo yourself! When God blesses you, he removes every form of sorrow from it Proverb 10:22, but whatever blessing you think you can derive from substituting God’s plan with an alternative will only be short-lived and will definitely come with sorrow. Some people who knew and turned down God’s will in marriage, following the dictates of their flesh, ended up in sorrow. A good number of them are secretly weeping today. They cannot cry out because people warned them before venturing into such marriages, but their ears were deaf to those warnings. In your own interest, take time to find out God’s will for every area of your life and apparently follow it. In years to come, you will understand why that was the best decision you ever made.

Key Point:

It is better not to be ‘blessed’, than to be blessed and have sorrow with it. For a true blessing comes with joy and peace.

Chapter 18

God Is Your Unfailing Source

‘The brook dried up.’ 1 Kings 17:7 NIV

The psalmist wrote, ‘Joyful are those…whose hope is in the Lord their God.’ Psalm 146:5

One author writes: ‘Sometimes when there’s not enough money to make ends meet, people tell us to budget and we chuckle. We look at the situation and say, “No way.” That’s the time to trust God. Your possibilities aren’t limited by past or present circumstances. If there’s not enough to pay legitimate expenses, do your best and then let go. Trust God to supply your need, then look beyond your wallet. Look to your source. Claim a divine, unlimited supply. Do your part. Strive for financial responsibility in thought and action. Ask for wisdom, and listen to God’s leadings. Then let go of your fears and your need to control. We all know money is a necessary part of living—and so does God.’

FB Meyer said: ‘The education of our faith is incomplete till we learn that God’s providence works through loss… There’s a ministry to us through the failure and fading of things. The dwindling brook where Elijah sat is a picture of our lives! “Some time later the brook dried up” (1 Kings 17:7 NIV) is the history of our yesterdays and the prophecy of our tomorrows. We must learn the difference between trusting in the gift and trusting in the giver. The gift may last for a season, but the giver is eternal. If the Lord had led Elijah directly to the widow at Zarephath, he’d have missed something that helped make him a better man—living by faith. Whenever our earthly resources dry up, it’s so we may learn that our hope and health are in God.’

Has your brook dried? Time to rise up and be blessed. I had seen an episode of “America’s got talent.” Which has become a world wide phenomenon. The amazing girl who had no arms came out to sing and play the piano with her feet! Yes, you got that right. Not only was she awesome, nut the crowd, the judges burst into tears. She was a singer but more so, could play the piano with her feet! I stop touched, amazed and corrected. I have and I habe to excess praise The LORD for family and for doing his will. Again, if someone had ever told me that there was a possibility of…I would have called them “crazy.” Now, take it, I know I am blessed. I have a chance to start again. Most of the time, peoples ‘start again’ will be right where they left off. I on the other hand truly have the ability to ‘start again.’ Yes, difficult to know just where, but by God’s grace, I know He has a plan for me.

Amazingly, the first thing that I felt/thought about/focused on was what I lost. How about what I have? Family, true friends. This is what you need to be truly see- your tomorrows!

Chapter 19

Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite. “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses?” they asked. “Hasn’t he also spoken through us?” And the Lord heard this.

(Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.)

Numbers 12:1-3

Cush, also spelled as Kush, (/kʊʃ, kʌʃ/; Biblical: כּוּשׁ Kûš) was, according to the Bible, the eldest son of Ham, who was a son of Noah. He was the brother of Canaan (land of Canaan), Mizraim (Egypt) and Phut (land of Libya), and the father of the Biblical Nimrod mentioned in the “Table of Nations” in the Genesis 10:6 and I Chronicles 1:8. Cush is traditionally considered the eponymous ancestor of the people of the “land of Cush,” an ancient territory that is believed to have been located on either side or both sides of the Red Sea. As such, “Cush” is alternately identified in Scripture with the kingdom of Kush, ancient Ethiopia, and/or the Arabian peninsula.

In the first Hebrew translation of William Shakespeare’s Othello the hero of the play was named Ithiel the Cushite (איתיאל הכושי)

The word Cushi or Kushi (Hebrew: כּוּשִׁי‎‎ kūšî) is a term generally used in the Hebrew Bible to refer to a dark-skinned person usually of African descent. Initially the word was used by Hebrew-speaking Jews to refer to individuals of Ethiopian origin, derived from the Biblical land of Cush

I will start with this to draw quite a few pictures that tell a story. We are aware that Moses became a ‘friend’ to God. We will not that his choice of wife was a Negro. Yes, we aren’t supposed to use words like that in this day and age.

We are left to figure out exactly what he looked like. This goes farther, Miriam and Aaron (who had been chosen by God to assist Moses in addressing the Egyptiann pharoah) spoke against Moses for his acts and were punished for their thoughts spoken in ‘private’. Once again we see that there is no ‘privacy’. Yes, in our realm there may be noone watching, but in the parallel realm there may be myriads. As we pointed out, we have our memories. Funny enough if we really had ‘mind reader’s’ what would they see?

you and I are not just a number computers can trace; Jesus Christ knows all your needs, he knows each one of us by our names, he knows each one of us by our faces. Where on earth can we run away from the all knowing God! At times this is what most of us would think. We are so ignorant to think that the God who created us do not know our needs in this daily life. Friends, you and I are an Open Book before the Lord. There is nothing about us that is hidden from Him. Whatever concerns each one of us are already in His book. God knows us even before we were born. It was God who formed us in our mothers womb. In the Book of Psalm 139:13-16it clearly states how well God knows each one of us.

We can definitely know and say:

‘If you, Lord, kept a record of sins… who could stand?’

Psalm 130:3 NIV

We live in a results-oriented society where we’re rewarded for our performance in school, in sports, and at work. But God doesn’t reason like that, too many times we are equating God to ourselves who in fact are made in His image. In no way e rd God have eyes, a nose, a mouth. We are made in His image. It is wonderful to know that in the next existence we will have no hunger, thirst or need. There activities will in the spaceless realm. There are no limits. For example we have spoken about the ‘limits’ here on Earth. This ‘limits’ being gone in the place of our next and last stop (and best; undoubtedly.) At times it is a wonder to see people with a ‘knowledge’ wait patiently. Actually, I kind of figured that out. If we are rewarded for the good we do.  you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do…Ephesians 6:8.

God’s thoughts and ways are far above ours (see Isaiah 55:8–9). He’s not impressed by empty duty. ‘Obedience is far better than sacrifice. He is much more interested in your listening to Him.’ (1 Samuel 15:22)

Feelings and emotions are powerful, but they’re seldom objective. And when you base your worth as a Christian on your performance as a flawed human being, the enemy has a field day. Satan is called ‘the accuser of our brethren’ (Revelation 12:10); he wants you to run a checklist of your failures and mistakes. That way he can torment you by reminding you of all the times you lose your temper, criticise, fail to speak up for what’s right, or let a misconception go unchecked to make yourself look better. David said if the ‘Lord, kept a record of sin… who could stand? ’

Even the most disciplined believer has areas where he or she struggles and fails. It’s why we need God’s grace and forgiveness 24/7. ‘He knows how weak we are’ (Psalm 103:14 NLT), and He’s never surprised when, despite our best intentions, we fall short.

Reimar Schultze says: ‘God doesn’t measure us by our performance, but by our love for Jesus. Indeed, in the Kingdom of God our love for Jesus is our performance. Everything else is secondary. Desire to be with Him, to abide in Him, to keep in fellowship with Him, to please Him, is what our Master longs for.’ So put away your measuring stick and be glad God’s not grading you based on your performance, but on Christ’s performance.

We even go one tiny step forward, we being here on earth segregate people on culture, color, creed or belief. If a ‘mam of God, a prophet that came to know God in intimate ways would consider ‘inter-racial’ relations. Who are the ancestors? Or more importantly we have a picture that has been laid out. We are all essentially the same. So, we can start there.

Chapter 20

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”

– John 3:3

We hear this so often, it must wear ‘tired’ in our ears and on our senses. What exactly does it mean to be ‘born again’? We should go back to the original Scripture and see what in its original form it described.

The Wikipedia definition is “In some Christian movements, particularly in Evangelicalism, to be born again is a popular phrase referring to “spiritual rebirth”, or a regeneration of the human spirit by the Holy Spirit. … Individuals who profess to be “born again” often state that they have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.” In essence, a ‘realization’ that doing it ‘alone’ is a challenge. Surprisingly, The Word draws upon this concept so many times. We may have worries, problems, challenges and they are made do much easier when we learn how to lay them out.

The reminder to leave my burden at Jesus’ feet is one that I’m really working on right now. Sometimes, though, I really am not sure how I’m supposed to do that. What does it look like, practically speaking, to leave my burdens at His feet? Do you have a specific example of a time in your life when you did this?

The question is tough because we are taking sometimes intangible items (our burdens) and placing them in an invisible, though real place (Jesus’ feet)

In I Samuel 1&2, we find the story of Hannah, a woman whose greatest desire was to have a child. We can imagine the anguish this desire caused Hannah to have. In my book, The Sensational Scent of Prayer, the two prayers of Hannah are examined and described. The first prayer of Hannah simply requests that God give her a son. Without explaining all the detail contained in the book, let’s look at Hannah’s own description of her prayer:

but have poured out my soul before the LORD. I Sam. 1:15

Think for a moment of a pitcher filled with water.

This pitcher represents our life and the water represents our burdens. Wow- that pitcher sure is heavy when filled with all the burdens!

So we go to time with God and pour some water out of the pitcher. We talk to God about our burdens and we attempt to listen to what He is telling us.

But the pitcher is so heavy, we tire of holding it. And while much of the water (our burdens) remains contained in the pitcher, we walk away from our time with God, carrying the burdens with us.

A little while later, maybe hours, maybe days, we return to the Lord in conversation with our pitcher of burdens still in tow. And that pitcher seems even heavier than before because of the weight.

But instead of relinquishing it all to God, we carry our pitcher back out of our time spent with Him. Lugging the weight of burdens like we enjoy it- though we claim it to be our worst enemy.

Hannah gives us a wonderful description of what she did with her burden. She poured out her soul before the Lord.  She wasn’t about to walk away until she told God everything on her heart regarding the matter. She wasn’t about to leave that place until she had spent every ounce of her energy, strength and dignity explaining her need to God.

Again, I ask “What does it mean to be born again?” A born-again Christian is someone who has repented of their sins and turned to Christ for their salvation, and as a result has become part of God’s family forever. All this takes place as God’s Spirit works in our lives.

Even growing up Catholic at the time of confirmation though it is missed by many. In baptism as a baby; our parents made the decision for us. Now being ‘older’ and able to understand the ‘right from the wrong.’ And just what is ‘asked of us’, we are told where to leave our concerns our worries.

In the past, when John the Baptist baptize in the river, it was a big thing. But even he said, there is one coming whose straps on His sandals, I am not worthy to loosen. We have Him waiting patiently for us to open the door for Him to come in our lives.

And we see what was said; Jesus answered and said unto him, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

– John 3:3

What did He mean? Jesus made this statement to a man named Nicodemus who was a ruler of the Jews. Nicodemus had heard Jesus preaching about a new kind of kingdom, and he came to ask Jesus questions about it. Jesus told him that the way to enter this new kingdom was to be born again.

Nicodemus asked Him the same question you or I might ask: How can a man be born again? Can he enter into his mother’s womb again? Jesus explained to Nicodemus that the new birth He was talking about was not physical but spiritual. It was the beginning of a new life in a new kingdom.

Jesus answered, “Verily, Verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again.”

– John 3:5-7

The way back to God is to acknowledge our need of a Savior and to accept Jesus Christ

The term “born again” is one of the most used phrases among present-day Christians. Yet, if asked what the term born again means, most church members could not give a clear explanation. The importance of this subject is shown in what Jesus said, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus is saying that to be born again is to be saved. Being born again is the plan of salvation that Jesus authored at Calvary. It is imperative that we understand what is required for us to be born again!

All agree that when Jesus went to the cross, He brought in the means of salvation for everyone who will accept it. But what really happened at Calvary? What can it do for me? How do I accept what was done there in my own personal life?

At Calvary, there were three steps to the work of Christ: death, burial, and resurrection (I Corinthians 15:1-4). It is very easy to see that these three steps make up the act of being born again spoken of by Jesus (John 3:1-5); to die, to be buried, and to rise again—that is to be born again. So we see that Jesus, through His death, burial, and resurrection, bought for us the plan of being born again spoken of in John 3:3, whereby we receive salvation.

The fact that Jesus purchased a plan of salvation for us is the greatest news the world has ever received. The thing we must understand is that not only was it necessary for Jesus to do something, but also it is absolutely essential for us to act upon what He did. Jesus told Nicodemus, “Ye must be born again” (John 3:7).

The phrase “born again” literally means “born from above.” Nicodemus had a real need. He needed a change of his heart—a spiritual transformation. New birth, being born again, is an act of God whereby eternal life is imparted to the person who believes (2 Corinthians 5:17; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:3; 1 John 2:29; 3:9; 4:7; 5:1-4, 18). John 1:12, 13 indicates that being “born again” also carries the idea of “becoming children of God” through trust in the name of Jesus Christ.

The question logically comes, “Why does a person need to be born again?” The apostle Paul in Ephesians 2:1 says, “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins” (NKJV). To the Romans he wrote, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Sinners are spiritually “dead”; when they receive spiritual life through faith in Christ, the Bible likens it to a rebirth. Only those who are born again have their sins forgiven and have a relationship with God.

How does that come to be? Ephesians 2:8-9 states, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” When one is saved, he/she has been born again, spiritually renewed, and is now a child of God by right of new birth. Trusting in Jesus Christ, the One who paid the penalty of sin when He died on the cross, is the means to be “born again.” “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

If you have never trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, will you consider the prompting of the Holy Spirit as He speaks to your heart? You need to be born again. Will you pray the prayer of repentance and become a new creation in Christ today? “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God” (John 1:12-13).

Being born into a Catholic home, the term was really never used much. Of course I wondered why. Was this solely a “‘believers church thing”? I can be more specific. If ones ‘true’ relationship starts with the knowledge of Christ, what He stands for, came to fulfill and where we are in Him. We are part of a HUGE family (of believers)  and this concept ‘allowing old things to pass away and all things becoming new.’ 2 Corinthians 5:16 I would say “Sums it up.”

Chapter 16


The tasty ‘nuggets’ that are in The Word, of which you will get your fill.

He is the LORD our God: His judgments are in all the Earth. Psalm 105:7

As often as we want to acknowledge that there is a prince of this world, we have to realize it to and learn how to place all at the feet of our Father. On many occasions he was called such. As shared, we were placed here on God’s Earth to be caretakers. This was robbed, earlier man had not a clue as to what existed before him. All is without age, the Heavens were created and set apart from the Earth. Parallel existences they are.

At times people are taken to see what lies ahead. We read it in Scripture:

Stephen “looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God” Acts 7:55

Paul wrote that he “knew a man” (likely himself), who was “caught up to the third heaven” 2 Cor. 12:2

John “was in the spirit; and behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne” Rev. 4:2

When we ‘strive’ it is an opening for blessings! But The Spirit of God said “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. Amen.

2 Corinthians 12:9

Chapter 17

Role of happiness. Teaching of happiness. Why happiness is important

Are you happy? This is our key reason for all we do, think and attempt as we strive to live. It is the key to our existence. Are you happy? I just have to ask. What is your definition of ‘happy’? Yes, I asked that. More importantly, what is The bible definition or explanation of ‘happy’?

Many verses paint a very different picture from the self-centered happiness that we pursue. For example:

“Behold, how happy is the man whom God reproves” (Job 5:17, NASB).

“Happy is he who is gracious to the poor” (Prov 14:21, NASB).

“Happy is he who keeps the law” (Prov 29:18, NASB).

“Behold, we count those blessed who endured” (James 5:11, NASB).

“If you are reviled for the name of Christ, you are blessed” (1 Pet 4:14, NASB)

“Godliness actually is a means of great gain, when accompanied by contentment”  (1 Tim. 6:6, NASB).

What does it take to make happy?

“He whoso trusteth in the LORD, happy is he” (Prov. 16:20, KJV).

When Jesus eventually came to the house of Mary and Martha, the dead Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Martha in believing what she had learned and knew, she told Jesus that if He had come early enough, Lazarus would not have died. Martha’s statement implied that Jesus came too late to do anything to help Lazarus.  Even though she believed that Lazarus would resurrect on the last day, she had hoped that Jesus would have come in time to heal him.

(John 11:5, 32–36.)

The wonderful news, however, is that Jesus is the resurrection and life. To our comfort, He is the same yesterday, today and for always. The positive, awesome thing is that when He came to save us. There was doubt in the heart of the enemy. “Oh! I can change him!” He thought. “I know scripture. I was here when it was spoken. The heart of God, I am aware of.” These must have assailed his spirit and, Yes! He tried. No matter what he tried, he came up empty handed.

Moving straight into the next phase. “I will turn these people, His supposed people against Him.” No matter what we read, He had no sin! Even the cetruriona at the crucifix believed!

The Holy Martyr Longinus the Centurion, a Roman soldier, served in Judea under the command of the Governor, Pontius Pilate. When our Savior Jesus Christ was crucified, it was the detachment of soldiers under the command of Longinus which stood watch on Golgotha, at the very foot of the holy Cross. Longinus and his soldiers were eyewitnesses of the final moments of the earthly life of the Lord, and of the great and awesome portents that appeared at His death. These events shook the centurion’s soul. Longinus believed in Christ and confessed before everyone, “Truly this was the Son of God” (Mt. 27:54).

According to Church Tradition, Longinus was the soldier who pierced the side of the Crucified Savior with a spear, and received healing from an eye affliction when blood and water poured forth from the wound.

After the Crucifixion and Burial of the Savior, Longinus stood watch with his company at the Sepulchre of the Lord. These soldiers were present at the All-Radiant Resurrection of Christ. The Jews bribed them to lie and say that His disciples had stolen away the Body of Christ, but Longinus and two of his comrades refused to be seduced by the Jewish gold. They also refused to remain silent about the miracle of the Resurrection. )https://oca.org/saints/lives/2012/10/16/102980-martyr-longinus-the-centurion-who-stood-at-the-cross-of-the-lord)

Whether we live or die, we are alive in Him! Moreover, God is always on time to perfect His will in our lives. Are there some situations in your life which you think are beyond hope and help? Jesus proves from today’s reading that He always has perfect timing.  Sarah passed the age of child bearing, yet God caused her to conceive and bear a child. No situation is hopeless in the hands of God. He can cause dead dreams and hopes to come to life. He did it for Lazarus. He can do it for you. Only trust Him!

PRAYER: By the power of the Holy Spirit, I command everything that is dead in your life, health, ministry and business to resurrect in Jesus name, Amen.

Chapter 18

We have ‘meat’ to eat and will not go ‘hungry.’

Now just what is meat?

He hath given meat unto them that fear Him: He will ever be mindful of His covenant. He hath shewed His people the power of His works, that He may give them the heritage of the heathen.

Psalm 111:5,6

And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his MEAT was locusts and wild honey. (Matthew 3:4 )

But we go back to the original tongue this was written in broma pneumatikon, “food spiritual”. I understand that English has its ‘weak’ spots.

Nourishment for the soul, referring specifically (1 Corinthians 10:3) to the manna by which the children of Israel were miraculously fed and which was made by Paul prophetically equivalent to the broken bread of the Christian sacrament symbolizing the body of Christ. Hence,

(1) Christ Himself as the food of the soul:

“I am the bread of life” (John 6:48-58);

(2) anything that nourishes the spiritual life:

(a) obedience to the will of God:

“My meat is to do the will of him that sent me” (John 4:32-34);

(b) the truths of God in the Scriptures:

“Word of righteousness” = “strong meat” (Hebrews 5:12-14); “word of God” (Matthew 4:4);

(c) the things of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:1-2)

I should ask: “Are you hungry?” Spiritually I mean. You can ‘eat’ in the pasture and have your fill. We can graze in His pasture and be touched, filled up till we spill over.

We, being of the Kingdom have been given so much.

Our prayer:

Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of Thy righteousness. Psalm

51:14

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We sin with thought and word, what we do and fail to do. Stand right!

A wonderful way to end this is meat for our soul.

O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.

Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.

Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.

My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:

When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches.

Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.

My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.

Psalm 63:1-8

Our meat to eat for the moment! Keep praising Him, He Loves you! There is none like Him in all the Universe! Hallelujah!

Just want to add a testimony.

And think not to say within yourselves, we have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

Matthew 3:9

Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.

The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect. The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.

God makes you laugh when He turn his prophesies into decrees. There is a difference between prophesies and decree. When you hear “Thus says the Lord” that is the prophecy for which you will need to wait to see its fulfilment. In contrast, when God suddenly decides to issue a decree, such as “Let there be light”, you will know that your waiting period is over, as your miracle will manifest immediately. In Genesis 1:3, when God said “Let there be light”, there was no need to vote on it, and neither was there any delay, because He had decreed it. Psalm 33:8-9 says one reason why the whole earth should fear God is that whenever He speaks, it is done. All He has to do is to speak, and the next moment, it is done. By the grace of God, I have witnessed God operate in this dimension. Sometimes ago, a couple came to us believing God for the fruit of the womb. I asked them, what kind of baby do you want? Their response was simultaneous: the man wanted a boy while his wife wanted a girl. So I said we should make it twins – a boy and a girl – and both of them said “Amen”. Exactly nine months after, the man was carrying his baby boy and the wife carrying her baby girl. This season, God is saying let there be light, healing, fruitfulness, increase, promotion, victory over enemies and fullness of joy in your life, and so shall it be!

Moreover, God makes you laugh when He decides to show you His Almightiness. After declaring that Sarah would have a child, she laughed, but denied laughing when He asked her why she laughed (Genesis 18:11-15). Then He asked, “is anything too hard for the LORD?” Every man definitely has his limits, and even spirits are limited, but not the Father of spirits (Hebrew 12:9). Hence, Luke 1:37 says nothing is impossible with our God. He can suspend physical laws and have His way any day.Matthew 3:9 says this God can produce children out of stones! Whatever the specialists have said cannot hinder my God. Where they are limited, He is not. The resources they lack, He has in abundance. What they do not know, is common knowledge to Him. His word is full of power and gives direction to anything he wants done. This is why I know that this season, everything standing in your way to laughter shall give way so that you can laugh. You shall laugh last and your laughter shall be unstoppable!

“I tell you the truth, those who listen to my message and believe in God who sent me have eternal life. They will never be condemned for their sins, but they have already passed from death into life.”

– John 5:24

We are in Him and with God already. Time to start living our Life as promised.

Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Hebrews 12:2

There are lots of scandals among church leaders today. Have you been hurt by a church leader or member? Are you feeling disheartened and disgusted, angry and tempted to forget about Christianity altogether? Stop! A certain pastor was out visiting homes, inviting people to church. He mentioned to a man that his neighbour was already a member of the church. On hearing that, the man said there was no way he could go near the church, because the guy had hurt him so badly, that he wanted nothing to do with a religion that would include such a person.

The pastor was quiet for a moment. Then he gestured towards a nearby piano, and asked the man’s little daughter to play a piece by Beethoven that was lying on the piano. The man protested: Beethovens music was much too advanced for his daughter. But the pastor insisted, and the little girl gave it a trial. It sounded dreadful. It was awful. When the little girl finally finished butchering that glorious piece of music, the pastor looked at the man and said, _”Boy, that Beethoven sure wasn’t much of a composer, was he?”_. The man got the point. He had been judging Christianity by the performance of one player, rather than focusing on the composer Himself, Jesus Christ.

Don’t turn away from Jesus just because some religious people turned out to be corrupt, or you have been wounded and bruised by some religious leaders. If you’re going to base your attitude towards God on the actions of one person, make sure that person is the Lord Jesus. Christianity is Christ.

PRAYER POINTS:

1. Lord Jesus, help me to focus my attention on You in my Christian journey.

2. Lord, help me to walk worthy of the calling You have given me, so that I dont become stumbling block to anyone in the Christian path.

3. Pray that God should soften the hearts of people who have left, or who refuse to join Christianity, because of some supposed Christians who had hurt them.

Chapter 17

“Let me do this…”

“I think I can…”

“What will they say…”

“If I may say so, this I’d pretty impressive…,

“Compred to what they had previously, I am a genius…”

Do any of these sound familiar? Ok, not ‘sound’, more importantly can we identity with the speaker? Difficult to day, but a few of those will not stand too far off from what we feel/express. Can we find anything to do with this in The Word?

I wouldn’t ask If You couldn’t. Let us read:  Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves.

Philippians 2:3

This encompasses our actions. You know what? For a second, I considered if God were not. The bible as a ‘guide’ to life lifts none up. It focuses on one pint. In reviewing ‘religios sharings’, we all have to focus on something. In our case as believers, it is God.

Jesus who came of Him, is a part of Him., and we review:

Jesus the Son is not a creature but rather shares in the selfsame nature as the Father. The Holy Spirit is then the life-giving Love breathed out between the Father and the Son.

Almost everyone believes that Jesus lived, that he was a teacher, a famous prophet, even a miracle worker, although they may not accept everything the Bible says about him. Islam believes he was a good prophet, that he died and went to heaven, and that he will come again (as a prophet of Islam); but it does not believe that he is God and that his death was salvific. And liberal teachers in the churches today might claim something similar, that he was a good Man, a great teacher, a wonderful example, but not God in the flesh. But the Bible and thereafter the traditions of the church claim much more for Him.

Pause! Lay it all down! For real, stop! And thinks on/of this. Is being a believer wrong? I already said that we should place my sharing to the side.

Let’s say that after this ‘life” there is more. No matter the belief system, we are laying footwork for a time and place to come. Now stands as the point- Time to throw in your lots/cast the dice. I am sure a lot do not ‘gamble’. Nut this represents a ‘gamble’ for your eternity. We are presented with choices daily; the “what” and the “why” are given. In this case, we take it a step further “where?”

There is so much to consider. We stand In a ‘spot’ and cannot help but wonder “What next???” We are besot by so much “need”. Even if we do not believe in God, a “Help me Lord!” escapes those lips. Who then are you seeking? Even if it is who I suspect it is just Who I think you refer to. Why, O! Why do you not remember Him when times are ‘good’? I can go through so very much here, but I think you can imagine a few things. But if you have those, do you give this ‘unseen force of goodness’ credit that is due?

We are introduced to The LORD, your saving grace- your all;

“As you sit quietly in My Presence, remember that I am a God of abundance. I will never run out of resources (our God made all that exist, I add that it was fairly simple, He spoke and it was and still is!);

“My capacity to bless you is unlimited. You live in a world of supply and demand, where necessary things are often scarce. Even if you personally have enough, you see poverty in the world around you. It is impossible for you to comprehend the lavishness of My provisions: the fullness of My glorious riches.

(Here again, I encourage you to take a break and think, you know what? Go for a walk and think while you are moving and be moved by His excellence. Let us take a moment to consider that which he has made. He placed all here. Let us contemplate: What are the most valuable things in life?

What are the most valuable things in life?

Family; the only people who will always love me, never judge me and always stand by my side, no matter what the circumstances. My parents are my friends and mentors, while my younger sibling is the trigger for my transformation into a child once again.

Faith and patience; these are two qualities that I highly value. Believe in yourself and God (if you do believe in Him) and learn to be patient. He who has mastered these two qualities can perform tasks that would be considered miraculous.

A small, tight group of friends;

A career based on passion and not pressure; I consider myself fortunate to be pursuing a career which I truly wished for. I have encountered many people who are frustrated with their careers and life, because they did not know where their desires lied.

A collection of good books; who wouldn’t want to visit Hogwarts again (Harry Potter), re-discover him/herself (The Alchemist), unravel mysteries with Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot, understand the origin and basis of life (religious books) and have symbology lessons with Robert Langdon (Dan Brown Series)?

Childhood memories; I still feel nostalgic when I watch The Lion King, Toy Story, Tom and Jerry or read Tintin and Asterix. I also feel nostalgia when I realize the innocence and dreams I had as a kid. Growing up surely changes quite a lot.

Lifetime Experiences; reminiscing about travels to different countries, pranks with friends, crushes and love affairs, etc. If you don’t collect experiences when you can, you may regret it when you are no longer able to.

Gratitude and being content; the key to true happiness is being content and grateful for what you possess. Without gratitude, one cannot truly enjoy the pleasures of life. Not being content with what you have leads to greed and misery. Beware!

The ability to love, forgive and live in the present; we no longer love unconditionally, rather we love others until our interests are satisfied. We do not forgive those who have wronged us, even for the most trivial matters. We are so caught up in our past and judging others, we lose out on living and experiencing life.

A positive attitude towards life; being positive even in the toughest of situations will surely bring happiness to you. “Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.

Wa all remember this story, let us quickly go through and pull out its importance.

Now Sarai Abram’s wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar.

And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the Lord hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai.

And Sarai Abram’s wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.

And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.

And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the Lord judge between me and thee.

A lot of people have gotten their finger burnt in the place of seeking an alternative to God’s promise. When God’s promise is seemingly delayed, some Christians do not have the strength of character to keep waiting on the Lord and holding on to His promise; they therefore seek out and accept man’s alternative to God’s precious promises. Not only does man’s alternative take you off God’s course and provide you with quick fixes that cannot really fix anything, they also give you monetary joy that cannot absolve you of sorrow. This was the experience of Sarah. In today’s Bible reading, after Sarah gave her maid, Hagar, to Abraham to raise children through her, she was happy and relieved that her problem of barrenness seemed solved. But her relief soon turned into grief as her happiness became sorrow. Genesis 16:4 says,

“And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.”

Sarah took good care of Hagar, in expectation of using her as a means to an end. For the purpose of child-bearing, she exempted her from the usual chores that her fellow maids would perform. However, the moment Hagar conceived, the tables turned against Sarah. Suddenly, all attention shifted to the new queen of the house. Everyone and everything had to be at her beck and call. She no longer had regard for her mistress. Realizing she now had what Abraham earnestly wanted, she used her pregnancy as an excuse for gross misbehaviour. She took over Abraham’s attention and the poor man hardly even had time for Sarah anymore. When she was disobedient and her mistress tried to correct her, she would simply tell her, “Madam, if you were ever pregnant, you would understand what I am going through. “That was the beginning of Sarah’s sorrow”

When you are tired of waiting for God’s will, plan or timing, and you decided to follow one of the alternatives that comes your way, you will only be hurting yourself. May you not use your own hands to undo yourself! When God blesses you, he removes every form of sorrow from it Proverb 10:22, but whatever blessing you think you can derive from substituting God’s plan with an alternative will only be short-lived and will definitely come with sorrow. Some people who knew and turned down God’s will in marriage, following the dictates of their flesh, ended up in sorrow. A good number of them are secretly weeping today. They cannot cry out because people warned them before venturing into such marriages, but their ears were deaf to those warnings. In your own interest, take time to find out God’s will for every area of your life and apparently follow it. In years to come, you will understand why that was the best decision you ever made.

Key Point:

It is better not to be ‘blessed’, than to be blessed and have sorrow with it. For a true blessing comes with joy and peace.

Chapter 18

God Is Your Unfailing Source

‘The brook dried up.’ 1 Kings 17:7 NIV

The psalmist wrote, ‘Joyful are those…whose hope is in the Lord their God.’ Psalm 146:5

One author writes: ‘Sometimes when there’s not enough money to make ends meet, people tell us to budget and we chuckle. We look at the situation and say, “No way.” That’s the time to trust God. Your possibilities aren’t limited by past or present circumstances. If there’s not enough to pay legitimate expenses, do your best and then let go. Trust God to supply your need, then look beyond your wallet. Look to your source. Claim a divine, unlimited supply. Do your part. Strive for financial responsibility in thought and action. Ask for wisdom, and listen to God’s leadings. Then let go of your fears and your need to control. We all know money is a necessary part of living—and so does God.’

FB Meyer said: ‘The education of our faith is incomplete till we learn that God’s providence works through loss… There’s a ministry to us through the failure and fading of things. The dwindling brook where Elijah sat is a picture of our lives! “Some time later the brook dried up” (1 Kings 17:7 NIV) is the history of our yesterdays and the prophecy of our tomorrows. We must learn the difference between trusting in the gift and trusting in the giver. The gift may last for a season, but the giver is eternal. If the Lord had led Elijah directly to the widow at Zarephath, he’d have missed something that helped make him a better man—living by faith. Whenever our earthly resources dry up, it’s so we may learn that our hope and health are in God.’

Has your brook dried? Time to rise up and be blessed. I had seen an episode of “America’s got talent.” Which has become a world wide phenomenon. The amazing girl who had no arms came out to sing and play the piano with her feet! Yes, you got that right. Not only was she awesome, nut the crowd, the judges burst into tears. She was a singer but more so, could play the piano with her feet! I stop touched, amazed and corrected. I have and I habe to excess praise The LORD for family and for doing his will. Again, if someone had ever told me that there was a possibility of…I would have called them “crazy.” Now, take it, I know I am blessed. I have a chance to start again. Most of the time, peoples ‘start again’ will be right where they left off. I on the other hand truly have the ability to ‘start again.’ Yes, difficult to know just where, but by God’s grace, I know He has a plan for me.

Amazingly, the first thing that I felt/thought about/focused on was what I lost. How about what I have? Family, true friends. This is what you need to be truly see- your tomorrows!

Chapter 19

Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite. “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses?” they asked. “Hasn’t he also spoken through us?” And the Lord heard this.

(Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.)

Numbers 12:1-3

Cush, also spelled as Kush, (/kʊʃ, kʌʃ/; Biblical: כּוּשׁ Kûš) was, according to the Bible, the eldest son of Ham, who was a son of Noah. He was the brother of Canaan (land of Canaan), Mizraim (Egypt) and Phut (land of Libya), and the father of the Biblical Nimrod mentioned in the “Table of Nations” in the Genesis 10:6 and I Chronicles 1:8. Cush is traditionally considered the eponymous ancestor of the people of the “land of Cush,” an ancient territory that is believed to have been located on either side or both sides of the Red Sea. As such, “Cush” is alternately identified in Scripture with the kingdom of Kush, ancient Ethiopia, and/or the Arabian peninsula.

In the first Hebrew translation of William Shakespeare’s Othello the hero of the play was named Ithiel the Cushite (איתיאל הכושי)

The word Cushi or Kushi (Hebrew: כּוּשִׁי‎‎ kūšî) is a term generally used in the Hebrew Bible to refer to a dark-skinned person usually of African descent. Initially the word was used by Hebrew-speaking Jews to refer to individuals of Ethiopian origin, derived from the Biblical land of Cush

I will start with this to draw quite a few pictures that tell a story. We are aware that Moses became a ‘friend’ to God. We will not that his choice of wife was a Negro. Yes, we aren’t supposed to use words like that in this day and age.

We are left to figure out exactly what he looked like. This goes farther, Miriam and Aaron (who had been chosen by God to assist Moses in addressing the Egyptiann pharoah) spoke against Moses for his acts and were punished for their thoughts spoken in ‘private’. Once again we see that there is no ‘privacy’. Yes, in our realm there may be noone watching, but in the parallel realm there may be myriads. As we pointed out, we have our memories. Funny enough if we really had ‘mind reader’s’ what would they see?

you and I are not just a number computers can trace; Jesus Christ knows all your needs, he knows each one of us by our names, he knows each one of us by our faces. Where on earth can we run away from the all knowing God! At times this is what most of us would think. We are so ignorant to think that the God who created us do not know our needs in this daily life. Friends, you and I are an Open Book before the Lord. There is nothing about us that is hidden from Him. Whatever concerns each one of us are already in His book. God knows us even before we were born. It was God who formed us in our mothers womb. In the Book of Psalm 139:13-16it clearly states how well God knows each one of us.

We can definitely know and say:

‘If you, Lord, kept a record of sins… who could stand?’

Psalm 130:3 NIV

We live in a results-oriented society where we’re rewarded for our performance in school, in sports, and at work. But God doesn’t reason like that, too many times we are equating God to ourselves who in fact are made in His image. In no way e rd God have eyes, a nose, a mouth. We are made in His image. It is wonderful to know that in the next existence we will have no hunger, thirst or need. There activities will in the spaceless realm. There are no limits. For example we have spoken about the ‘limits’ here on Earth. This ‘limits’ being gone in the place of our next and last stop (and best; undoubtedly.) At times it is a wonder to see people with a ‘knowledge’ wait patiently. Actually, I kind of figured that out. If we are rewarded for the good we do.  you know that the Lord will reward each one for whatever good they do…Ephesians 6:8.

God’s thoughts and ways are far above ours (see Isaiah 55:8–9). He’s not impressed by empty duty. ‘Obedience is far better than sacrifice. He is much more interested in your listening to Him.’ (1 Samuel 15:22)

Feelings and emotions are powerful, but they’re seldom objective. And when you base your worth as a Christian on your performance as a flawed human being, the enemy has a field day. Satan is called ‘the accuser of our brethren’ (Revelation 12:10); he wants you to run a checklist of your failures and mistakes. That way he can torment you by reminding you of all the times you lose your temper, criticise, fail to speak up for what’s right, or let a misconception go unchecked to make yourself look better. David said if the ‘Lord, kept a record of sin… who could stand? ’

Even the most disciplined believer has areas where he or she struggles and fails. It’s why we need God’s grace and forgiveness 24/7. ‘He knows how weak we are’ (Psalm 103:14 NLT), and He’s never surprised when, despite our best intentions, we fall short.

Reimar Schultze says: ‘God doesn’t measure us by our performance, but by our love for Jesus. Indeed, in the Kingdom of God our love for Jesus is our performance. Everything else is secondary. Desire to be with Him, to abide in Him, to keep in fellowship with Him, to please Him, is what our Master longs for.’ So put away your measuring stick and be glad God’s not grading you based on your performance, but on Christ’s performance.

We even go one tiny step forward, we being here on earth segregate people on culture, color, creed or belief. If a ‘mam of God, a prophet that came to know God in intimate ways would consider ‘inter-racial’ relations. Who are the ancestors? Or more importantly we have a picture that has been laid out. We are all essentially the same. So, we can start there.

Chapter 20

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”

– John 3:3

We hear this so often, it must wear ‘tired’ in our ears and on our senses. What exactly does it mean to be ‘born again’? We should go back to the original Scripture and see what in its original form it described.

The Wikipedia definition is “In some Christian movements, particularly in Evangelicalism, to be born again is a popular phrase referring to “spiritual rebirth”, or a regeneration of the human spirit by the Holy Spirit. … Individuals who profess to be “born again” often state that they have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.” In essence, a ‘realization’ that doing it ‘alone’ is a challenge. Surprisingly, The Word draws upon this concept so many times. We may have worries, problems, challenges and they are made do much easier when we learn how to lay them out.

The reminder to leave my burden at Jesus’ feet is one that I’m really working on right now. Sometimes, though, I really am not sure how I’m supposed to do that. What does it look like, practically speaking, to leave my burdens at His feet? Do you have a specific example of a time in your life when you did this?

The question is tough because we are taking sometimes intangible items (our burdens) and placing them in an invisible, though real place (Jesus’ feet)

In I Samuel 1&2, we find the story of Hannah, a woman whose greatest desire was to have a child. We can imagine the anguish this desire caused Hannah to have. In my book, The Sensational Scent of Prayer, the two prayers of Hannah are examined and described. The first prayer of Hannah simply requests that God give her a son. Without explaining all the detail contained in the book, let’s look at Hannah’s own description of her prayer:

but have poured out my soul before the LORD. I Sam. 1:15

Think for a moment of a pitcher filled with water.

This pitcher represents our life and the water represents our burdens. Wow- that pitcher sure is heavy when filled with all the burdens!

So we go to time with God and pour some water out of the pitcher. We talk to God about our burdens and we attempt to listen to what He is telling us.

But the pitcher is so heavy, we tire of holding it. And while much of the water (our burdens) remains contained in the pitcher, we walk away from our time with God, carrying the burdens with us.

A little while later, maybe hours, maybe days, we return to the Lord in conversation with our pitcher of burdens still in tow. And that pitcher seems even heavier than before because of the weight.

But instead of relinquishing it all to God, we carry our pitcher back out of our time spent with Him. Lugging the weight of burdens like we enjoy it- though we claim it to be our worst enemy.

Hannah gives us a wonderful description of what she did with her burden. She poured out her soul before the Lord.  She wasn’t about to walk away until she told God everything on her heart regarding the matter. She wasn’t about to leave that place until she had spent every ounce of her energy, strength and dignity explaining her need to God.

Again, I ask “What does it mean to be born again?” A born-again Christian is someone who has repented of their sins and turned to Christ for their salvation, and as a result has become part of God’s family forever. All this takes place as God’s Spirit works in our lives.

Even growing up Catholic at the time of confirmation though it is missed by many. In baptism as a baby; our parents made the decision for us. Now being ‘older’ and able to understand the ‘right from the wrong.’ And just what is ‘asked of us’, we are told where to leave our concerns our worries.

In the past, when John the Baptist baptize in the river, it was a big thing. But even he said, there is one coming whose straps on His sandals, I am not worthy to loosen. We have Him waiting patiently for us to open the door for Him to come in our lives.

And we see what was said; Jesus answered and said unto him, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

– John 3:3

What did He mean? Jesus made this statement to a man named Nicodemus who was a ruler of the Jews. Nicodemus had heard Jesus preaching about a new kind of kingdom, and he came to ask Jesus questions about it. Jesus told him that the way to enter this new kingdom was to be born again.

Nicodemus asked Him the same question you or I might ask: How can a man be born again? Can he enter into his mother’s womb again? Jesus explained to Nicodemus that the new birth He was talking about was not physical but spiritual. It was the beginning of a new life in a new kingdom.

Jesus answered, “Verily, Verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again.”

– John 3:5-7

The way back to God is to acknowledge our need of a Savior and to accept Jesus Christ

The term “born again” is one of the most used phrases among present-day Christians. Yet, if asked what the term born again means, most church members could not give a clear explanation. The importance of this subject is shown in what Jesus said, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus is saying that to be born again is to be saved. Being born again is the plan of salvation that Jesus authored at Calvary. It is imperative that we understand what is required for us to be born again!

All agree that when Jesus went to the cross, He brought in the means of salvation for everyone who will accept it. But what really happened at Calvary? What can it do for me? How do I accept what was done there in my own personal life?

At Calvary, there were three steps to the work of Christ: death, burial, and resurrection (I Corinthians 15:1-4). It is very easy to see that these three steps make up the act of being born again spoken of by Jesus (John 3:1-5); to die, to be buried, and to rise again—that is to be born again. So we see that Jesus, through His death, burial, and resurrection, bought for us the plan of being born again spoken of in John 3:3, whereby we receive salvation.

The fact that Jesus purchased a plan of salvation for us is the greatest news the world has ever received. The thing we must understand is that not only was it necessary for Jesus to do something, but also it is absolutely essential for us to act upon what He did. Jesus told Nicodemus, “Ye must be born again” (John 3:7).

The phrase “born again” literally means “born from above.” Nicodemus had a real need. He needed a change of his heart—a spiritual transformation. New birth, being born again, is an act of God whereby eternal life is imparted to the person who believes (2 Corinthians 5:17; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:3; 1 John 2:29; 3:9; 4:7; 5:1-4, 18). John 1:12, 13 indicates that being “born again” also carries the idea of “becoming children of God” through trust in the name of Jesus Christ.

The question logically comes, “Why does a person need to be born again?” The apostle Paul in Ephesians 2:1 says, “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins” (NKJV). To the Romans he wrote, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Sinners are spiritually “dead”; when they receive spiritual life through faith in Christ, the Bible likens it to a rebirth. Only those who are born again have their sins forgiven and have a relationship with God.

How does that come to be? Ephesians 2:8-9 states, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” When one is saved, he/she has been born again, spiritually renewed, and is now a child of God by right of new birth. Trusting in Jesus Christ, the One who paid the penalty of sin when He died on the cross, is the means to be “born again.” “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

If you have never trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, will you consider the prompting of the Holy Spirit as He speaks to your heart? You need to be born again. Will you pray the prayer of repentance and become a new creation in Christ today? “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God” (John 1:12-13).

Being born into a Catholic home, the term was really never used much. Of course I wondered why. Was this solely a “‘believers church thing”? I can be more specific. If ones ‘true’ relationship starts with the knowledge of Christ, what He stands for, came to fulfill and where we are in Him. We are part of a HUGE family (of believers)  and this concept ‘allowing old things to pass away and all things becoming new.’ 2 Corinthians 5:16 I would say “Sums it up.”

Chapter 5


Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”

– John 3:3

We hear this so often, it must wear ‘tired’ in our ears and on our senses. What exactly does it mean to be ‘born again’? We should go back to the original Scripture and see what in its original form it described.

The Wikipedia definition is “In some Christian movements, particularly in Evangelicalism, to be born again is a popular phrase referring to “spiritual rebirth”, or a regeneration of the human spirit by the Holy Spirit. … Individuals who profess to be “born again” often state that they have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.” In essence, a ‘realization’ that doing it ‘alone’ is a challenge. Surprisingly, The Word draws upon this concept so many times. We may have worries, problems, challenges and they are made do much easier when we learn how to lay them out.

Occasionally I’m asked a question by a reader that really makes me think. One that makes me immediately say to myself: Goodness, I don’t know the answer to that question. But the cool thing is that while I truthfully don’t know the answer, I do know where to find the answers to life’s questions. So I turn to God’s Word and read and study- praying for the Lord to show me the answer.

The question I’m answering today doesn’t have an easy, pat answer that you throw out there to pacify someone. The depth from which a question is asked must also be the depth from which a question is answered. Here’s our question for today:

Thanks for the post. The reminder to leave my burden at Jesus’ feet is one that I’m really working on right now. Sometimes, though, I really am not sure how I’m supposed to do that. What does it look like, practically speaking, to leave my burdens at His feet? Do you have a specific example of a time in your life when you did this?

The question is tough because we are taking sometimes intangible items (our burdens) and placing them in an invisible, though real place (Jesus’ feet.)

1K+how to leave your burdens at the feet of jesus

What is the answer as to how to leave your burdens at the feet of Jesus?

In I Samuel 1&2, we find the story of Hannah, a woman whose greatest desire was to have a child. We can imagine the anguish this desire caused Hannah to have. In my book, The Sensational Scent of Prayer, the two prayers of Hannah are examined and described. The first prayer of Hannah simply requests that God give her a son. Without explaining all the detail contained in the book, let’s look at Hannah’s own description of her prayer:

but have poured out my soul before the LORD. I Sam. 1:15

Think for a moment of a pitcher filled with water.

This pitcher represents our life and the water represents our burdens. Wow- that pitcher sure is heavy when filled with all the burdens!

So we go to time with God and pour some water out of the pitcher. We talk to God about our burdens and we attempt to listen to what He is telling us.

But the pitcher is so heavy, we tire of holding it. And while much of the water (our burdens) remains contained in the pitcher, we walk away from our time with God, carrying the burdens with us.

A little while later, maybe hours, maybe days, we return to the Lord in conversation with our pitcher of burdens still in tow. And that pitcher seems even heavier than before because of the weight.

But instead of relinquishing it all to God, we carry our pitcher back out of our time spent with Him. Lugging the weight of burdens like we enjoy it- though we claim it to be our worst enemy.

Hannah gives us a wonderful description of what she did with her burden. She poured out her soul before the Lord.  She wasn’t about to walk away until she told God everything on her heart regarding the matter. She wasn’t about to leave that place until she had spent every ounce of her energy, strength and dignity explaining her need to God.

Again, I ask “What does it mean to be born again?” A born-again Christian is someone who has repented of their sins and turned to Christ for their salvation, and as a result has become part of God’s family forever. All this takes place as God’s Spirit works in our lives.

Even growing up Catholic at the time of confirmation though it is missed by many. In baptism as a baby; our parents made the decision for us. Now being ‘older’ and able to understand the ‘right from the wrong.’ And just what is ‘asked of us’, we are told where to leave our concerns our worries.

In the past, when John the Baptist baptize in the river, it was a big thing. But even he said, there is one coming whose straps on His sandals, I am not worthy to loosen. We have Him waiting patiently for us to open the door for Him to come in our lives.

And we see what was said; Jesus answered and said unto him, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

– John 3:3

What did He mean? Jesus made this statement to a man named Nicodemus who was a ruler of the Jews. Nicodemus had heard Jesus preaching about a new kind of kingdom, and he came to ask Jesus questions about it. Jesus told him that the way to enter this new kingdom was to be born again.

Nicodemus asked Him the same question you or I might ask: How can a man be born again? Can he enter into his mother’s womb again? Jesus explained to Nicodemus that the new birth He was talking about was not physical but spiritual. It was the beginning of a new life in a new kingdom.

Jesus answered, “Verily, Verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again.”

– John 3:5-7

The way back to God is to acknowledge our need of a Savior and to accept Jesus Christ

The term “born again” is one of the most used phrases among present-day Christians. Yet, if asked what the term born again means, most church members could not give a clear explanation. The importance of this subject is shown in what Jesus said, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus is saying that to be born again is to be saved. Being born again is the plan of salvation that Jesus authored at Calvary. It is imperative that we understand what is required for us to be born again!

All agree that when Jesus went to the cross, He brought in the means of salvation for everyone who will accept it. But what really happened at Calvary? What can it do for me? How do I accept what was done there in my own personal life?

At Calvary, there were three steps to the work of Christ: death, burial, and resurrection (I Corinthians 15:1-4). It is very easy to see that these three steps make up the act of being born again spoken of by Jesus (John 3:1-5); to die, to be buried, and to rise again—that is to be born again. So we see that Jesus, through His death, burial, and resurrection, bought for us the plan of being born again spoken of in John 3:3, whereby we receive salvation.

The fact that Jesus purchased a plan of salvation for us is the greatest news the world has ever received. The thing we must understand is that not only was it necessary for Jesus to do something, but also it is absolutely essential for us to act upon what He did. Jesus told Nicodemus, “Ye must be born again” (John 3:7).

The phrase “born again” literally means “born from above.” Nicodemus had a real need. He needed a change of his heart—a spiritual transformation. New birth, being born again, is an act of God whereby eternal life is imparted to the person who believes (2 Corinthians 5:17; Titus 3:5; 1 Peter 1:3; 1 John 2:29; 3:9; 4:7; 5:1-4, 18). John 1:12, 13 indicates that being “born again” also carries the idea of “becoming children of God” through trust in the name of Jesus Christ.

The question logically comes, “Why does a person need to be born again?” The apostle Paul in Ephesians 2:1 says, “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins” (NKJV). To the Romans he wrote, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Sinners are spiritually “dead”; when they receive spiritual life through faith in Christ, the Bible likens it to a rebirth. Only those who are born again have their sins forgiven and have a relationship with God.

How does that come to be? Ephesians 2:8-9 states, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” When one is saved, he/she has been born again, spiritually renewed, and is now a child of God by right of new birth. Trusting in Jesus Christ, the One who paid the penalty of sin when He died on the cross, is the means to be “born again.” “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

If you have never trusted in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior, will you consider the prompting of the Holy Spirit as He speaks to your heart? You need to be born again. Will you pray the prayer of repentance and become a new creation in Christ today? “Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God” (John 1:12-13).

Being born into a Catholic home, the term was really never used much. Of course I wondered why. Was this solely a “‘believers church thing”? I can be more specific. If ones ‘true’ relationship starts with the knowledge of Christ, whate

Chapter 8


Heaven on Earth? No way!!! We can hope AND wish that it is Heaven-esque, but we are going somewhere.

Alleluia! We are headed to a place that is problem free for eternity! That is hard to understand, to grasp but it is fact. I have shared with you. If and when you think of it; this is a minuscule part of our existence. Man has really not been here for so long. We learn that the earth is a million plus years old. Amazingly, we were created as ‘garden caregiver’s’ of the World. There IS the fruit of Life. We have gone in search of that: https://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/sitchin/stairway_heaven/stairway01.htm

I have written at length on this. But importantly (the point is) the an else in heaven were created by God. The gift of life means ‘No cessation’!

I realize that I give Lucifer too much ‘attention’. In The Word he being one of the head angels is spoken about rarely in The Word of God. First he was, he aspired to be more than he was created for. Being given of the fruit of life, he lives for always.

Questions arise. If God knew there was the ‘possibility’ of turning, why create him. So many answers spring up to this question. Yes, it is very possible that God new what ‘could’ have happened. Let us take a brief look at Adam and Eve. Not ‘aged’, they were placed here to ‘oversee’ the Earth. Yes, prior to this Lucifer was sent from Heaven with his minions (the angels who sided with him in his proposed ‘rebellion’- what we now refer to as ‘demons’. Fallen angels.) There was the ‘possibility’ that Lucifer would turn against the source of existence. We have much the same on Earth with military coups, take overs etc.

To be specific, he was asked to leave Heaven. He actually was described as being there on occasion. Meaning the Heavenly realm is similar to what we know. Why the ‘wall’ around heaven that we have read about? This comes to a heightened meaning if and when we truly read The Word with understanding. The Heaven and the Earth will pass away in a great heat that has never been seen before and in its place a new heaven and a new Earth.

More impressive is I have read on this, no walls, no barriers. God ‘lives’ with the occupants. It is amazing! Given a brief glimpse. It is clear what will be. I am moved to ensure that all is in His will.

Do I or anyone say that we are ‘problem free’? I should actually say ‘sin free’. There is learning, we are understood to have ‘deficiencied’ lack.

In writing of the life of Adam and Eve, all the ‘mistakes’, learning points were not discussed in The Word. The HUGE mistake was and is discussed. It changed ALL.

This will be again, as spoken and shown to individuals that had a peek at what ‘shall’ be, we are left wondering how they had the ‘vision’ experience. One such example is 2 Corinthians 12:2-4. We can imagine that just where this is, is hard to understand. Very possibly the ‘sky’ above is described in the original ‘speak’ as the ‘first heaven’ such as “birds flew in the heavens.” The ‘second heaven’ would be outer space. This would leave Heaven- The place God is as the ‘third Heaven.’

Now, all these things will pass away at which time a ‘new Heaven and a new Earth’ will be. Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

Revelations 21:1-2

So, again we are here but for a fleeting moment. What we need to do is be prepared for ‘always’, which by His grace is The place we want to be.

I have heard so many arguments against what I hope for. It is awesomely fine, rather than frown, I smile and I am warmed through. Each individual has their plan to make.

Again, I will point out God left Adam and Eve to ‘man’ the Earth as He would return to Heaven which I believe is ‘parallel’ to Earth. Nothing goes ‘unseen’. How this is, points to our world/our existence. Profound enough is “memory”, we actually remember what we think AND plan to do AND do! This is known to God.

To place it simply, when Jesus first came to earth, the Angels celebrated. Had to be quieted down. Imagine, there was such a party in Heaven that the Angel celebration that occurred in that parallel plane was observed by individuals here on Earth, that were not ‘too busy’ with everyday ‘demands’ of life. I will state that when there is a message that is coming for you, It is delivered! What is meant to be-IS!!!

So, we have but a brief moment in the ‘day-less’ calendar of ‘time’. So, we are here but for a moment, our ‘difficulties’ are ‘lessons’ made extremely ‘doable’ for the fact that God holds our hand and guides, leads and Loves.

In difficulty, learn to give thanks. You know why? So many reason, so many…

1) You are here to experience them. Meaning you have life.

2) Learning to lean on Jesus is a lesson that needs

to teach us how to be.

3) We learn what to do and what not to do. Will we be in a place that we will apply our lessons

4) We have been given the choice to cast it all upon The LORD. We do not need to hold on to it. I share: Cast your cares on the Lord

and he will sustain you;

he will never let

the righteous be shaken. Psalm 55:22

So, by His grace our lives are a testimony to tell. Be blessed.

Chapter 9


If you fall, get up. Feet and legs are made for walking! Even a wheelchair bound individual- rise up and shine.

Keep truckin’

Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; when I fall, I will arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD will be a light to me.

Micah 7:8

The downfall of a man is not the end of his life. The bend on a road isn’t automatically the end of the road. Your fall is not the end of your journey. Your fall in business, the ministry and Christian life is not the end. You will rise and shine again. Failure is the other side of the success coin. It is part of success. To rise again, note these valuable nuggets.

One, discover your mistakes. Micah 7:8 confesses, when I fall, …when I sit in darkness. Discover from the height, and why, you have fallen, and repent. There is no man without mistakes. You see a man who claims he has never fallen before, then you see that man who has never tried any good venture. The great King David fell, but quickly repented, and God restored him.

Two, recharge yourself (cf. Prov 24:16). You still have the hope of rising again. Repackage yourself and your strategy, in preparation for a relaunch. Add the necessary ‘extra’ to ‘ordinary’ to become extraordinary. Take the bull by the horn. Take a bold step to start again. Never be afraid to restart. Even if you fail, that is part of your achievements. Learn from your past mistakes as you start afresh. Never you fear failure; fear is opposite of faith, and a sin against God.

In conclusion, your downfall is not your end. You can rise and shine at the mountain top, if you choose to do the right things in God. Follow God’s leading.

PRAYER POINTS:

1. Lord, turn every mistake I have ever made in life, to miracles, by Your transforming Power.

2. Lord, release upon me the abundant grace to fulfil my destiny. Lord use me as you will.

3. Lord, visit Your Church and our land with the revival of Your Word, that would shake off every ungodly element from among us.

Chapter 10


One thing that stands out and that I was reminded of – a KEY point “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who Love Him, those who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

Not in ‘some’ things, but in ALL things.

Everything in your life will work out exactly as God has promised as long as we put our faith, our hope in Him, allowing it to be manifest through Him and to His glory! We were created for a purpose! Is it not so that individuals with ‘worries’, ‘concerns’, ‘questions’ can and will see the example that is worked through your?

“Wow!I guess this ‘God thing is true….better get me some….” We have been called! Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!!! I remember a song when I was growing up “Jesus’ people come together, let your light shine. O let it shine, shine, shine. Come on and let your light shine!” Are you allowing the awesome presence of God that bestows you with a glow to shine through you?

We can go in the scripture and see just what it says about ‘allowing people to see God in you.’ I will admit, I just spoke with my Mom about growing up with her and my Dad, she kept a ‘firm’ hand in making us go to church. You would think that in boarding house when away from home in school, there would be reason to ‘skip’ this ‘un-cool’ thing, but I remember going to church. Even though I was ‘young’ it made a difference.

More so, we briefly discussed her father who met his maker a long while ago. I said if I had seen him in my ‘dream’ , not knowing I was actually post-accident, I think I would have wanted to stay. It dawned on me that God truly knows all. If I had seen him, I would have thought it an amazingly ‘weird’ dream. I definitely think of it often, if given the chance to choose once again, which way would I go?

I actually at the beginning of my recovery read a book written by a Christian who drove out of town to attend a meeting for church planning activities. On the way back home, he was in a Motor vehicle accident and was pronounced. Yet, a Christian stopped left his car while ‘rescue crew’s were trying to ‘figure out’ what could be done. The corpse was covered, he went as led and prayed for Him. In turn he was given a choice. He was sent back, yes recovery was filled with challenges-but he wrote about it.

Funny enough Paul wrote to the ‘Churches’ as did the other apostles. In this day and age we have ‘digital media’, a much faster way to disseminate information. Technology is awesome, there are reasons that it can be used for wrong; but in essence that is ‘life’.

Let us review just what The Word says:

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

Proverbs 3:5

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. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.

Jeremiah 29:11-14

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28

The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The Lord is on my side as my helper; I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes.

Psalm 118:6-9

Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.

1 Peter 5:7

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:13

A Psalm of David. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. …

Psalm 23:1-6

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

Ephesians 6:11

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

Matthew 6:25

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. So death is at work in us, but life in you. …

2 Corinthians 4:8-18

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

Romans 8:18

For we walk by faith, not by sight. I am hoping that this shed light on that topic. In ending this diatribe something was brought to my spirit. A question and a challenge!

“Have you commanded the morning since your days began,

And caused the dawn to know its place,

That it might take hold of the ends of the earth,

And the wicked be shaken out of it?

Job 38:12-13

So, in faith we can do so much.

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