Name above Names

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Philippians 2:9-13

The first three verses of this are so powerful. Jesus is the name above all names!! Everything with a name shall bow – bow its knee, bow its power, bow.  I figured that if I didn’t give my life to Christ fully, then at some point I would still bow before him and hear him cast me into hell.  God leaves the 99 sheep to chase down the one – so if you are the one sheep, you might as well surrender and enjoy God’s goodness.

Covid-19 has a name, therefore it is subject to the name of Jesus! Read that again.
Now is the time to pray boldly! The lock screen on my phone says: Pray Boldly, in the Name of Jesus.  It’s a reminder every time I pick up my phone that it’s time to pray, and pray boldly.

Stress is a name.  Worry is a name.  Fear is a name.  Anxiety is a name. Hopeless is a name. Loneliness is a name. Shame is a name.  Insecurity is a name. 
Does your struggle have a name? Do your family and friend’s struggle have a name? 
Then, In the Name of Jesus, thing with a name, bow to his authority!   It’s time to take back the joy of our salvation!

And how do we do that?  Verse 12 says obey God and work out your walk with the Lord. God will do a good work in you and me – “being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;” Phil 1:6 NKJV (Thank you, Jesus!)

And verse 13” for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” (NIV) God works it out for his good purpose!
He has a purpose and a plan for good. He is working it out!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

Today, in my life, I faced a brief moment of fear. It lasted a couple seconds at most. It was the first time since the Coronavirus was declared a pandemic that I actually was afraid.  Bad information was spread and I thought I was going to be sent home and I do not know what that will do to my income and finances. And then I remembered – God provides for me, not my employer! We won’t always be strong going through this pandemic – but love and support each other because we can’t go through it constantly weak and fearful. Fear must bow and let Jesus come through, and all we have to do is keep walking with the Lord and drawing closer to him.

Wait, picture it: There is the crowd following Jesus and people are lined up all the way down the street, and you are one of the 12 closest people to him! Walking with him. Can you imagine it? Then fear, stress, anxiety, etc. come walking down the street to face off with Jesus. But as Jesus approaches (and you are right there by his side) fear, stress, anxiety, etc. all bow and move out of his way, just because his name is above all others and has power.
As your current struggles try to face off and stop you – remember you are walking with Jesus! Focus on your walk with him and watch those things bow out of the way. And you can tell them to bow and move in Jesus’s name (yes, you can!)

Praise report:

I came home tonight to the sound of an animal (sounded like a couple birds) in my dryer. Long story short: no damage and we caught it on time! There was some nesting materials and some lint build-up! My dryer is all clean and sparkly now! God is so good to have helped us catch that before a fire and no animals were hurt in the process and no damage!!! Praise the Lord.

I have been saying a prayer for my friend that I found in the back of the love devotional. One line is something down the lines of praying he has Godly friends and avoid foolish ones. So I changed it slightly to: Lord, sent Godly men into his life to be his friends, to witness to him, and be a mentor in Godly things. And because he is not yet wise enough to avoid fools, please remove them, distance them, and separate them from his life. In Jesus Name I pray~ amen.
Well, he is a computer engineer and he works in a large room with a few others (who are highly questionable characters, we can call fools) and they work jointly on many things – in light of the Coronavirus, they have been separated into multiple rooms by themselves. (this alone is a great start and I was excitedly praising the Lord)  
Then my friend did some sort of super techie cool stuff and has to test it out by working remotely from home.  I guess God didn’t think next room was far enough to answer my prayers! So, my sweet man will be home alone separated from all the fools and God can work on him more!!! Praise the Lord!

Remember to Thank God for the small victories along the way and remember something we see as small might be big in the spirit. Every step, big or small was ordained by God when it comes to answering prayers!

Thank you for reading and sharing my journey – be healthy and blessed – Pray psalms 91

Grace and Hope

20 We put our hope in the Lord.
    He is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
    for we trust in his holy name.
22 Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord,
    for our hope is in you alone.

Psalm 33:20-22 NLT

Lets discuss “Social Distancing” as a HOPE of flattening the curve of the pandemic. 

Day 0 – the announcement of this strategy caused masses to run out for supplies and panic. The number of social interactions sky rocketed. And hundreds of people who would not have otherwise been infected have been exposed to the Coronavirus.

Day 1 – I stayed home, alone.  I heard from friend who did not that the stores were packed and people were still out panic shopping.
If they did not have faith and hope in Christ, they should have at least had hope in a proven strategy to ensure fewer people are exposed.  But it seemed all hope was lost.

Day 2 – I stayed in except for a short trip to the corner drug store. I did my grocery shopping there. I bought different foods than I would have regularly and spent less money (although more per product). It was worth it to socially distance myself from the masses.  I did drive up the hill to drive past all the big box stores – their parking lots were full as if it was Christmas Eve Day.

Day 3 – Work then home. (Yes work. Social distancing means going to work is still an approved activity. No need to stay home out of fear; but stay home if your job says not to come in). After work the college made us gather a small group of friends and move the kid out of her dorm. Mandatory move out. This means less social distancing. The school only let a small group at a time come get their things to limit social interaction which was nice. But there was no reason their things couldn’t stay while we maintained social distancing.

As a country, we really are not good at this.

My hope is in the Lord. My faith is in a mighty God. Although, I feel the mass panic and people blatantly disregarding it, compromised the plans of social distancing, I still have hope in the logic of the math behind it. But not as much hope as I have in the Lord.
Today, I think I will use fewer scriptures than I usually do. I could easily prove how mighty God is through his word.  What if instead I prove it through the things he is actually do in the year 2020 – specifically in my life?

My first post I listed the miracles I needed in my life – circumstances I needed to overcome that had no earthy means to overcome them.

  1. The death in my family: someone shared with me a Christian grief program that is online. I looked it up, got myself engaged and started healing.  I don’t seem to share much about this tragedy here, but it is a process to grieve. And God sent me that information at the right time, when I needed it.
    There is also the miracles that happened on the weekend that was the anniversary of the death: I sat home alone on that Saturday crying, because I could. However it was the same day as Sheila Walsh was part of a broadcast: “She Loves Out Loud”, prayer day for women.  I went from crying out of my own grief to praying and crying with women all over the world, all supporting and sharing with each other. It was powerful and healing.  So nice of God to have planned it on that particular day to comfort me.
    The following day my cherished friend, came to church with me and spent the day with me to keep me distracted from my grief and try to make the day fun. It was a beautiful sentiment. I appreciate his efforts more than he could understand. However, it was a miracle of God.  My sweet man is sweet, but he is too (endearingly) clumsy to have pulled that off without God’s help.
    God is moving – it is slow and healing and deliberate. This can be nothing but God’s work – praise the Lord! He deserves all the GLORY!!
    He is a God who heals and can heal the Coronavirus!
  2. Threats at work – These have been a roller-coaster ride of attack then God stepping in and settling it; and then attack and God stepping in to settle it. I cannot say much about specifics. But God is moving.  Friday, I received some good news about having my office moved away from a problem and closer to my team even though the CEO said no one can move offices anymore because people were moving their offices too much.  God opened this door and softened heart to make an exception.  This could only be God! Especial in the midst of the Coronavirus Emergency planning and everyone’s focus on more pressing matters. This is the hand of God – and he gets the glory for it. He is a God who works all things together for good (Romans 8:28)!
  3. Finances prove to remain a struggle. I continue to tithe and God has met ALL of my needs.  One day at work the sole of my boot flapped off in the front and I found glue in my desk drawer – super glue – and it wasn’t dried up!!! It’s small, but my needs aren’t much and free boot repair is much better than $100 boots!
    I have food in the house, the bills are paid, and let’s not forget the faith filled struggle to get my son a car – which God used to draw my son closer to him.  God is glorified in my finances regardless of the struggle. He has kept my head above water. (Phil 4:19)
  4. My adult son is slowing being drawn back to the Lord. He even made plans to attend church with me this last Sunday (however church was closed and only online because of social distancing).  His girlfriend seems pretty excited about her new relationship with Jesus and church and reading the bible. I try not to force it on her but she seems to enjoy the conversation. She is so often sitting right there next to me watching these strange little miracles happen and we look at each other and say “that can only be God”. (Luke 15:11-32)
  5. My sweet cherished friend – he has been to church 2 times since I started this blog. God is drawing him in. I probably get in the way of God as much as I help. I am working diligently at being sensitive to God and his will.  I find myself cutting off communication any time I am hurt or too personally invested in order to step back, spend time with God and let God work on me and him.  I know that man is a mighty man of God, saving souls, performing miracles and living a life with no compromise.  God has shown me. And all I can do is thank God for the deep and mighty work he is doing in my friend that will lead to such great things for the kingdom of God. I do not know what the future holds for me and him, but I know what the future holds for the kingdom of God and him.
    “The least of you will become a thousand, and the smallest a mighty nation. I am the LORD; in its time I will accomplish it quickly.” Isaiah 60:22 BSB

“All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:15

How beautiful – God has given me so much Grace to get through all of this and grow so that others can also have grace to get through what they are going through! And grace to be saved! It always comes back to grace.
I serve a mighty and powerful God. He has done these things in my life. He can do even greater things. He will do things exceedingly abundantly above all I can ask or think! Wait until the day my sweet man surrenders to God’s will – That post will be in all caps!
Wait until the day my son does – also a glorious thanks filled post!
Wait. Stick around and see. So many bigger and greater things will be happening. Right now I am being faithful with the little things – soon I will have the big things! Wait! It’s coming – put your hope in the Lord!  Rejoice now! Rejoice with me then!

Today is the day to realize – God is powerful, a healer, a comforter, a provider, a changer of hearts, etc.  Put your hope in him and praise him!

“Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:34

Thanks for reading – Be healthy and blessed – pray Psalms 91

Humanity of God through Christ

I woke up this morning thinking this pandemic was all a strange dream. It is not a dream; it’s just difficult to process. As we (as a nation and as a world) continue to battle fear and the unknown, I want to continue to move forward in growth in Christ Jesus. I do not want to give fear more power, and more air time then it deserves. 
I will say this: Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love – first Love the Lord and second love others (Matthew 22:38-39). But the Bible also has some variation of “do not fear” 365 times throughout it. This must also be a very important command for it to be repeated so many times. Obviously not the most important but pretty high on the list.

It would seem that God understands humanity. It’s almost like he created us! As if he came to Earth, became man and has firsthand experiences with our nature and our ways. John 3:16 said God loves us so much he sent his only Son to Earth.  God gets it, He understands us. He knows we are fearful.

The very first Christians were physically followers of Jesus, literally walking wherever he went; they saw him in the flesh and understood his humanity.  They had to learn of his Godliness. While all of the rest of us understand his Godliness but how many of us really understand his humanity.

In a time when we need God to heal our land and I need God to continue to work in me, it is vital to understand this humanity. This humanity makes him something we can reach and helps the heavenly father reach us. It causes a mutual understanding of each other which is so important when you are in a relationship with someone (to understand them). There is literally power in the knowledge of the full miracle of Christ becoming man and dying for our sins, raising again from the dead that we may have eternal life.

One of the first heresies in the church was recorded in 1 John 4:1-6 – Apparently people were saying Jesus didn’t really come in the flesh – wasn’t human.
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.” NKJV

But we know Jesus was a man, walking the Earth – experiencing temptations, trials, emotions, thoughts, feelings, etc.
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14 NKJV

I want to quote a part of an article on this topic called “Jesus is Fully Human” by David Mathis. (I agree with this paragraph, I do not know this person’s teachings and this is not quoted in support of anything. This paragraph sums us everything I wanted to say, very neatly.):

“The New Testament is clear enough that Jesus has a human body. John 1:14 means at least this, and more: “The Word became flesh.” His humanity became one of the first tests of orthodoxy (1 John 4:2; 2 John 7). He was born (Luke 2:7). He grew (Luke 2:40, 52). He grew tired (John 4:6) and got thirsty (John 19:28) and hungry (Matthew 4:2). He became physically weak (Matthew 4:11; Luke 23:26). He died (Luke 23:46). And he had a real human body after his resurrection (Luke 24:39; John 20:20, 27).”

So now we can move onto the grace part.

Jesus understands.  Because he is also God he has 2 perspectives and he understand better than we do!  But he understands you. He understands me.
We have all felt unworthy of his forgiveness and grace – he understands. We aren’t worthy, yet he gives it, because he loves us and he understands.
When we pray, to a holy and righteous and all powerful ruler, king of kings, holy majesty, creator of all things – we can come to him through the humanity of Christ. Through the eyes and understanding of Jesus, like the 12 disciples did, as an approachable and understanding friend.  
When we ask for forgiveness, he not just forgives and forgets – he understands. When we give into temptation, fall or struggle, he not just forgives, but he understands. We can go to him about anything and everything – he truly understands.

Jesus, understands because of his experiences as a human.

Now for us to understand him – this is grace. The amazing grace of Jesus is so many things.  First of all Grace means giving thanks.  But yet Grace is given to us in our time of need to help us through it, and grace is all wrapped up in our own salvation story, and grace is tied to faith and believing all God’s promises. Grace seems to have multiple meanings. But the action of grace causes thanks giving!  Grace is such a powerful word – it encompasses love, mercy, help, kindness, and understanding and it causes thankfulness.  I beg you to give it more thought; the magnitude of it need to sink in.   

There are a lot of unknowns about this pandemic and our future. Yet we try to live and move forward in this new normal and still have all the same struggles as before. Know that during this time, and all the time, no matter how small or big something is, take it to God, through Jesus – He understands. Being ashamed and repentant of your sins in conviction, but do not be condemned – through this mighty grace of his humanity, Jesus understands!

Pray, therefore, not formal prayers of eloquent words, but just talk to him. Tell him your heart, share your struggles and thoughts – the same way you would with your best friend.  He hears them and understands.

Thank you for reading – stay blessed and healthy – pray Psalms 91

Love vs Selfishness – Grace

“34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:34-35

First of all, let’s read it again remember John was quoting Jesus himself. This must be VERY important if Jesus not only said it, but commanded it. Do not read on until you read that a couple times and get it in you. Because this post is not about that verse. It is about the opposite of that verse.

So they (everyone and anyone in the world) will know you are a follower of Christ, because of your love for others. The opposite of love for others is love of self. Lately, I have seen some usually Godly people become a shadow of who they were because fear overcame them, leading to reactionary self-preservation, leading to selfishness, leading to every evil thing.

But, we will get to that.

The atmosphere lately is heavy. Fear is creeping in further, taking more ground. No matter how much I pray, it is thick in the air. (I posted about a spirit of fear a couple posts ago)

My heart is saddened by the panic and crazy over stocking of products that people are doing. Friday, I left work and pulled into the store to pick up some storage containers (just a usual errand) and pulled next to a vehicle where a couple was loading it full of toilet paper, soap and bleach. How lost are we that we do not trust that God will provide? How did we as a society lose all hope? And what is with all this selfishness?

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
God will give us the grace to get through this – let’s just keep praying.
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

The last time I wrote about this Covid-19 pandemic – I tried to focus on tools to fight off fear and battle for your mind.  But let’s get control of our actions and spirit as well.  They will know we are Christians by our love – what then will they think of us by our selfishness?
It shows bondage to fear – It shows no love or concern for others – It shows no faith in God’s promises – when we overly stock up on supplies to the point where our stores are empty and others in need left without.

“For where envy and self-seeking exist, confusion and every evil thing are there.” James 3:16
Take warning, this behavior is not loving your neighbor as yourself and it is the essence of “every evil thing”.  Let us not get ensnared as followers of Christ.

In the midst of this pandemic, I am already on a walk with God who is shining light into my life to grow me and change me. I am already praying for others to come to and grow in their walk with the Lord.
I believe God showed me this same spirit of selfishness in one person I have been praying for when they confessed to me that they think they are being selfish and feel they cannot help it.  I have been praying for God to break the bond of selfishness in him.

I have been doing a devotional on love and got to the chapter about: Love isn’t selfish. I saw it as a confirmation to my prayers and continued praying for my friend. Then I seemed to stall out – unable to proceed in my devotional book. I reread it and immediately could not remember what I read. I did it again. And again. I found myself struggling to be kind and caring. I found myself struggling in obedience to God’s will. I found myself fighting…. Myself.
Even the great apostle Paul said in Romans 7:19 NIV: “For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do–this I keep on doing.” 
Even Paul struggled with flesh while God worked within him. There is ALWAYS room for improvement and growth and this struggle of trying to be obedient will always exist as long as you are growing in the Lord.  So, what area is God pointing out to me?

“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matthew 7:3-5 NIV

Oof! That hits home!  Here I am talking about the selfishness of the toilet paper hoarders and the selfishness of my friend and I have a huge plank in my eye!!!
What do you mean you don’t see it? What do you mean I do not seem to be a selfish person?  Just because I hide it well, doesn’t mean it is not there.

I was abused as a child. I have endured many Godless relationships with people who did not treat me fairly or kindly. I have said from the start: my love is broken – I do not understand love and I do not know how to give or receive love.  Then, I was blessed with a series of sermons on God’s love and then another series on God’s love over the past few months. I got a devotional book to work on this as well. I am blessed.
So, what does this have to do with selfishness??? 
The toilet paper hoarders do so out of fear and self-preservation – not knowing what to do with something they cannot control, they control the things they can.  I built up wall, after wall, after wall around my heart out of fear of being abused, vulnerable and hurt – it was self-preservation. I cannot control the actions of others but I can control my feelings and keep everyone at a distance.
Toilet paper hoarders have toilet paper, so others are left without access to toilet paper.
Walls around my heart hoard hurt emotions (and prevent Gods love from flowing in and out of me), so others are left without access to love from me or from God through me. It is selfish – just as selfish is taking all the toilet paper. Just as selfish as my friend who keeps hurting me because all he cares about is his fleshly desires instead of anyone else’s emotions and value.
[Dear Heavenly Father – I acknowledge my selfishness, my sin. Please forgive me and give me the grace to acknowledge when I want to be selfish and how to repent from this pattern of behavior. Help me heal and not be selfish any further. Thank you for your merciful forgiveness!
In the precious and powerful name of Jesus, rebuke the spirit of selfishness in me, in my friend, and in my community! And push back that spirit of fear so that Jesus can be glorified in me, my friend and my community!!!! Change us, soften our hearts, let our emotions be healed, safe and protected in you so that we can be free to accept your love and have it flow through us to fulfill your will, glorify your son, and draw others to you. Let them know we are Christians by our love! Help us be the love you want us to be. Thank you for preparing us for your blessings and healing us and our community. Through Christ Jesus we pray, amen]

As the Lord works on me, my heart is heavy today for the hopeless and lost. I hurt for those driven by a spirit of fear to practice selfishness and every evil thing. This selfishness is an affront to our Father who created the heavens and earth and is wealthy and resourceful enough to provide for all our needs. Be cautious not to slide down that slide and not to lose faith and remember our hope is in the Lord.

Psalm 33:20-22 NLT
“20 We put our hope in the Lord.
    He is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
    for we trust in his holy name.
22 Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord,
    for our hope is in you alone.”

Therefore, they will know we are Christians by our love and know we are evil by our selfishness.

Please agree with me in prayer, in love, for the people in our community who are bound by this fear.  Fear and worry weaken the immune system and can cause all diseases to spread more quickly and further. God is still ultimately in control. He’s got this and we need to pray it through and resist selfishness.

Thanks for reading – Be healthy and blessed – pray Psalms 91

Grace for the battle over your mind

“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” NKJV – Philippians 4:8

“Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart].”  Amp – Philippians 4:8

Seems like just yesterday, none of us knew anyone who had contracted the Covid-19 virus. As I said, I live in New York State. Then the Governor decreed small businesses may only run at 50% capacity and no crowds over 500. Schools and colleges are shutting down, churches are closing, museums and Broadway has shut down, the business work for is initiating emergency protocol (I am in a healthcare field). I find myself with you all in this surreal landscape without education, arts, limited healthcare, and closed churches. And supplies are getting more and more sparse. Fear and worry and confusion have taken over the minds of so many. And I already know of a friend who has been exposed and is in actual home quarantine while the rest of us are in a state of social distancing.

I wrote about the sound mind the other day and yet I think everyone is losing their mind. Never have I thought we should not be wise and use wisdom in preventing the spread of disease – But I still can’t help but think this toilet paper shortage and shortage of supplies is over reacting.

“(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 KJV

How do we bring every thought into captivity of obedience? Some are worry and fear based on this virus, some are the situations in our life and some are our own battle with flesh. Well, start with focusing on the things we are told to think about; like Philippians 4:8 up there at the top.

And “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7 KJV

This applies in fighting the battle in our minds created by the press coverage of this disease. This also applies to every area of your life, and my life. And believe me, it’s not easy!

I could say, because I am neuro-atypical, having the diagnosis of both ADHD and Asperger’s Syndrome, that I am unable to harness my mind or bring it into captivity. I would be close to correct. In my fleshly nature I am not able to control much of my mind. I can hyper focus and get a bunch done (but my version of hyper focus means I am still thinking about a million things).  Most of them made-up scenarios where I work out problematic social situation – I am a tad socially awkward. I have heard that normal people do this too – just not at the same time as thinking other things.
These imaginations can get carried away. For example: I had a situation at work where a person became upset with me suddenly and seemingly without cause. I thought: how can I fix this?  I became fixated and in my mind ran imaginary dialog after dialog trying to find a favorable outcome. On a small scale it is a good coping technique. On a large scale – it drown out what God was telling me.
I saw 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 in my devotional and realized I needed to cast down my own imagination!!! Stop dwelling on the negative and imaginary situations that are just make-believe – and worship God. (Stop dwelling on the imaginary “what if” with this world pandemic; and I say imaginary, because it is not our reality at the moment.)
The next day I was supposed to meet with the upset person at my work (and had no idea how I was going to handle it – probably apologize), but she called out of work and stayed home. I went to tell my boss about it to see if my boss could assist with the situation. She already had.
See, I was trying to fix it when God already did. Cast down those imaginations, be it worry or fear motivated, or be it regarding your personal issues or the Coronavirus – Encourage your faith because GOD has already handled it!!

Every area! Did I say that?! Even the following area:
So, I have a flesh problem. Hard to confess, true none the less. Like the apostle Paul himself wrote about in Romans 7:19
“For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.” KJV
And because of this the mind is a battle field of fighting for ground for Christ! We slip, we fall, it happens. (More on this flesh issue tomorrow)
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9 NKJV
And while we take back ground in our minds fighting fear, worry, sin – thinking on the things of Philippians 4:8. And we begged for forgiveness of our sins but still remember them ourselves and feel unworthy of that glorious grace I keep trying to explain to you.

Seriously – I know this battle first hand and repeat “there is now no condemnation”!  There is just GRACE! GLORIOUS GRACE!!

So, instead of worrying we won’t have enough toilet paper for this pandemic, or letting our imagination create drama in our mind, or let our flesh struggle and sins keep us condemned only in our minds – let us instead mediate on the word of the Lord. Resisting the devil though mindfully filling our brains with scripture.
Like this one:

Psalm 103 Of David.

Praise the Lord, my soul;
    all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul,
    and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins
    and heals all your diseases
who redeems your life from the pit
    and crowns you with love and compassion,
who satisfies your desires with good things
    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The Lord works righteousness
    and justice for all the oppressed.

He made known his ways to Moses,
    his deeds to the people of Israel:
8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
    slow to anger, abounding in love.

He will not always accuse,
    nor will he harbor his anger forever;
10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve
    or repay us according to our iniquities.

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
    so great is his love for those who fear him;
12 as far as the east is from the west,
    so far has he removed our transgressions from us.

13 As a father has compassion on his children,
    so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him
14 for he knows how we are formed,
    he remembers that we are dust.
15 The life of mortals is like grass,
    they flourish like a flower of the field;
16 the wind blows over it and it is gone,
    and its place remembers it no more.
17 But from everlasting to everlasting
    the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
    and his righteousness with their children’s children—
18 with those who keep his covenant
    and remember to obey his precepts.

19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
    and his kingdom rules over all.

20 Praise the Lord, you his angels,
    you mighty ones who do his bidding,
    who obey his word.
21 Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts,
    you his servants who do his will.
22 Praise the Lord, all his works
    everywhere in his dominion. Praise the Lord, my soul.”

Let’s really read and fill our mind with all the good stuff in this passage, above and see who your mind belongs to after thinking about this all day. All day. Every time your mind starts to wander, read it again.

Be blessed and full of peace that passes understanding, and I pray the Lord God be the King and ruler of your heart, spirit, and your mind! (mine, too!) Thanks for reading.

A Grace-full Temper Tantrum

But I don’t want to obey – A three year old’s temper tantrum coming from this adult body minus the flailing arms and stomping feet…

Here it is Folks – This walking with God isn’t easy.

Sunday’s service was about faith.  I think, hey I am all about that Faith thing! God has given me the grace to Faith it through! Oh yeah!  I’m a faith girl! He turns to Hebrews 11!!! Whoo-hoo! Faith hall of fame! Someday I want to be in that hall of fame!  And he describes 4 types of faith.

First, believing when you do not see (Hebrews 11:1).  Ok, I got this. I believe God is working, even when I cannot see it! I believe that! I’m good I have it! I know it’s not easy for many but God will give you signs and reassurances in his word if you seek them.

Second, obeying when I don’t understand it (Heb. 11:7-8).  I never understand how God is doing it. Put the word obey aside and I have faith when I don’t understand!!! I am rocking this!

Third, giving when I don’t have (Heb 11:4). Well, I already told you I am in the midst of a financial crisis. I don’t have. I heard a guy at church say when he was convicted about not tithing and started to, and he and his family never even felt the pinch. They never noticed that 10% missing from their family’s budget.  I started tithing and I feel the pinch. I have to cut more out of my life and I was already running on the “without” side of the meter. God has been and keeps on providing. I believe; and tithe in faith of that promise. Look at me go!!! 3 for 3 in this hall of fame.

Finally, persisting when I don’t feel like it (Heb. 11:27). My inner cheerleader was silenced. … … … … .

I type away in faith. I do my bible studies on faith – because of the grace of it all and quite frankly grace and faith are sprinkled throughout the Bible. I stir up the faith like in 2 Timothy 1:6
“Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.”
These posts are meant to encourage me and you.
But then “when I don’t feel like it” hit a chord I was stirring loudly to drown out.

God has told me to pray for my cherished friend that he would restore his relationship with him and to restore my relationship with him.  I love my sweet man a whole lot (probably more than I have ever loved another) – and this sounds great! I obey, mostly. I persist, mostly.  I kind of kept a part back.
If restoration is to happen, then I have to work on me. I’m on fire over here speaking faith into every situation but I do not want to work on the broken hurting walled up depths of me.  Doesn’t God understand how deeply this man hurt me? Forgiveness is a battle I fight every day. Didn’t God read my post the other day about my struggle with Love?  I am doing a devotional book on love (or maybe it is doing its thing on me). It is hard. I’ve gotten to the point many times where I say – Lord, draw my friend to you, but not back to me. Then God reminds me of his will for me – and the things he has told me.

As I sit listening to the sermon, my sweet man is sitting next to me – because of some miracle he came to church with me. I should be rejoicing!!! Instead in the pit of my gut, turning, is the knowledge that he was out with another woman the night before.  He puts his arm around me, and I want so badly for that. But his arm was around another woman the night before. I want to say: “ya know what God? I prayed. I did as you told me. I am done. I don’t want to keep hurting. Find someone else to show him your love. Burden someone else with the weight of praying him into where you want him. I am too hurt.”

Wanna talk about the difference between conviction and condemnation? Cause what floods over me every time I want to say that is conviction!
I quickly rethink and say: “ok God, I’ll pray. But I don’t think I can ever get over all this hurt and broken trust. So, I’ll pray him to you. Not to me.”
Conviction again!!! It’s almost an audible voice, stern in tone, yet full of grace and mercy:
“Don’t you think I hurt? Don’t you think watching him put his selfish flesh before me hurts me? Don’t you think I am grieved by his arrogant attitude that his free-will is a rival to me? Don’t you think I want him too? Don’t you know I want that intimate relationship with him too? What do you think I did on the Cross? Blood, death, fighting the law set in place so that all can be saved <- don’t you think that hurt too?!?!”

By this point I am in tears. Yes, Lord. How does God tolerate me when I provoke him like this a bit lately?

Since Sunday I am still struggling. God has healed so much, but at this point the work in me must be done by me as well as by him. We have gotten deep enough that it is team work.  And as I struggle to persist and persevere – I realize it’s an obedience thing. And didn’t I write a whole post on being obedient in faith – by grace.  Awww that sweet grace to help me through this. That grace that strengthens faith!

Ephesians 2:8   “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God”
Grace! And saving me from myself!!!
I know I have a long way to go until I can get into the Faith Hall of Fame, but by grace I shall persist, persevere.
Stirring myself up – Cause it’s not about my will being done. But God’s will being done.  As I said before: here I am, use me.
Apparently God is saying: Ok, in just a moment, I have to work on you a little bit first.

Thanks for reading; please pray for me while I battle my flesh and surrender more to God.  He will work all things for his glory and the good of those he cares for (like me and you).

Grace in Sickness

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 KJV

Coronavirus – specifically Covid-19.  Let’s talk about this. I have remained silent, but enough is enough.  Yesterday was the highest death toll in one day since the beginning of this; most of them in Italy. I am located in the USA. 
Humans are always saddened by death and loss – I know this significantly. As a Christian, I know when I die, I get to go home to Heaven and hang out with Jesus, God, Angels and a bunch of Christians who got there before me. Glory!!!  I am also aware that those who may have lost someone to Covid-19 may not have the same assurances that their loved ones went to Heaven – and I grieve with you.  This is a terrible tragedy.  Let us therefore go boldly unto God for his grace during this time.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV

Why is there panic and fear? Do we fear dying? Do we fear sickness? We are relatively healthy in the USA. Are we so healthy we forgot we are mortal? This spirit is not of God. And God gave us three to combat the spirit of fear!

He gave us the spirit of POWER:
” Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19 KJV
Let’s repeat that loudly for those in the back: nothing shall by any means hurt you! Maybe we forgot that our God is powerful and gave us his heavenly power?
“But Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. Many followed Him, and He healed them all,” Matthew 12:15 NAS
Yes, Jesus healed them ALL! And there is no reason he cannot do that here and now if we just laid hands on the sick and prayed in the name of Jesus.

He gave us the spirit of LOVE:
It is a spirit that can combat the spirit of fear! Love them who are over taken by the spirit of fear and love them up well!  Do not criticize them, just try to understand and be there for them. Encourage them in the Lord. Let me encourage you, if you know a Christian who is bound up in fear – send them a Bible verse on Love to encourage them and to them and anyone else in fear – just show God’s love.

He gave us a spirit of a SOUND MIND:
Fear not because… well because the Bible says so 365 times!
Most of us in the USA do not know anyone who has contracted it, let alone died of it. Calculating the statistical probability of dying from it, is such complex math that as of right now, no one is. This has too many variables to weigh in. But crude unweighted calculations based solely on the fact that we exist on earth is .00006118% and in the USA it is less at .00000947%.  There is a higher probability of being killed from a random lightning strike.

So, with a sound mind – does it make sense to panic?
Why are some people stocking up on supplies? Don’t they know we all need soap and cleaners in order to keep them safe as well?  Fear and selfishness!!!
“For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.” James 3:16
Oof! Every evil practice?!?! Oh Lord, let them know we are Christians by our love! Not by our fear induced selfishness!
“But there might be a shortage – I might not be able to get it in the future.” I heard a friend say.
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

I am starting to realize we do not have a virus problem, we have a faith problem! We have a problem believing our God is powerful and in control.

Be encouraged, though, in the Lord. He will lift you up and strengthen you. Prayerfully ask to be more christlike and be obedient to God in all things. Thanks for reading this – be blessed in Christ Jesus.

Read and pray Psalm 91

Grace to help

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 KJV

I went to an extra service this past week. The church I attend hosts a multi-church women’s group that meets once a quarter or so for fellowship, food, worship and to hear a guest speaker.  It’s always a lovely time.

Having yesterday’s verse tucked into my hat: to stand fast therefore in the liberty (other versions of the Bible use the word freedom instead of liberty) by which Christ has made us free.
The worship and praise portion of the service included so many songs about being free in Christ and God working out the rest.  I felt renewed and refreshed. 
God is good – it’s solid. I needed to just worship him and be renewed. I came home exhausted and fell right to sleep.

Then, I felt guilty for not spending time, before bed, praying and interceding on behalf of my friend. <- This guilt is not of God. It was not conviction to change and do better, it was condemnation.
Romans 8:1 NKJV “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”
It is one thing to fall asleep after spending time with God, verses spending time skirting my responsibility to maintain my relationship God.  It’s not like I didn’t pray at all.

God gave me a time of refreshing, peace, and joy. Now I can recognize that guilty feeling as not of God and “come boldly” to him, “obtain mercy” and find more of that soul saving, life changing, inspirational “grace to help in time of need”.  And I am apparently needy. I need more of God in me! I need less of me, getting in the way of his plans. I need refreshing daily. I need his fires burning deep within.  I also have prayer requests – needs.
Philippians 4:19 grows in my heart as I depend on God – who will supply ALL my needs!!!
So, I was not interceding for my cherished friend one evening. As those whispers which brought in the guilt tried to convince me that because I did not pray specifically for my friend, God had forsaken him. I also did not hear from my friend as much as he usually messages. My flesh asks: is this a good sign or a bad sign? And if I ask God or not, he has answered me in His Word:
“And the LORD, He is the One who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed.” Deut. 31:8 NKJ
I praise the Lord that he will never leave of forsake me – I have prayed that God chase down my friend like the shepherd who left the 99 and went and brought back the one lost sheep (Luke 15: 3-7) and I have assurance he will not leave or forsake my friend.  My God goes before me – he made a way for me to be renewed so I can pick back up with intercession, renewed! God has started a good work in my friend and shall complete it!
“being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” Philippians 1:6 NKJV
Why do I have this confidence? Because I prayed (and believe): Dear Heavenly Father, Please do a good work in my friend in the name of Jesus. – Amen
And another day I prayed and believe:  Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for beginning a good work in my friend. Although I cannot see it, I know you have begun it. I ask that according to your word, that you will complete it in the name of Jesus. – Amen

Therefore I need no guilt for spending time worshiping and not bringing prayer requests to him – he already has my requests in his hands and is doing a good work. All I need is that sweet grace, such sweet grace that saved my soul!

However, today is a new day. It’s time to go “boldly unto the throne of grace,” it’s time to intercede again.  That’s my friend and I am not leaving him behind!

Still thinking on Galatians Chapter 5 – the blessed freedom, the love, the instruction on walking with God (in the spirit), and the fruits of the spirit – I have studied and spoke of all these things here.  And I have saved the best for last. AND remember there is now NO condemnation in Christ Jesus – if you or I feel convicted, then we must ask for forgiveness and change through the grace of Christ.

Let us prayerfully read the 3 verses, below. Pray that God help us to turn from these things, so that the fruits of the spirit may grow in us (fruits are gifts that God grows in us).  Let us also, as we read these pray that God keeps us from temptation and delivers us from these evils (Matthew 6:13) including the evils of these things in our friends and family.  The following passage (we are about to pray while reading) says that people who practice those things shall not inherit heaven – and therefore if we are praying for a lost or back-slidden loved one or family member, then we should pray against these things in their lives so that they can be saved!

So let us pray as we read – against these things in our life and in other’s lives:

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5: 19-21

Lord, keep us from these things and protect us from these things in the Name of Jesus – Amen

Thank you for reading. Have a blessed day in the freedom of Christ.  

Freedom and love through grace

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1

Oh the grace of God, through Christ Jesus to help me!!

This has been a surprisingly difficult time. I don’t know why I didn’t expect it. So I struggled – I prayed – I read – I cried out to God.  And verse after verse of encouragement came my way and I’d hold it for a moment and then seemingly forgetting it – I would fall back into struggle. There are times like this in our relationship with Jesus. God is patient and will keep giving us what we need. He will not walk away or give up on us.

My physical eyes see some of my circumstances getting worse. How do I hold onto my faith and the promises God has for me? The verse above is the simple answer – stand fast and don’t revert to our old ways. Simple, but not easy so God provides that grace to endure (that grace again!!! That beautiful grace!)

My mother told me many times in rage (one of her struggles) that she didn’t love me. And no matter how many times she then said that she did, it did not matter because I was already broken. My father said he loved me, but then stopped speaking with me. Every relationship, ended. And it is all summed up with a solid logical conclusion: I am unlovable. Many have tried to love me and many have failed.  

I have been beat, covered with bruises. I have been sexually abused in many ways. I have been psychologically abused, living in fear, and additionally, I internalized to the point where I abused myself.  I am unlovable and this is the normal.  But then, in God – through Christ – I am broken free and I am loved by Abba Father!!!

I did not stand fast in my freedom these past few days. On my birthday many of those people I think I am closest to did not call, did not acknowledge, cancelled plans to see me, I ended up spending that evening alone with two gifts from my co-workers – none from my family and friends. And the gifts and acknowledgements from loved ones came rolling in later. (And it is not about the gift and acknowledgments, but the love it represents.) And at least 100 people said “happy birthday” on social media. But all the blessings and “I love you”s were again cancelled out by the feeling of being unlovable. (The old me. What I grew up with. What I spent a life time living.)  The enemy began an attack on my weakness. 
I fought it off – being determined and encouraging myself in the lord. But at some point yesterday I broke. I bawled. I declared myself unlovable and did not make time to read and pray. (I had a hiccup with the blog posting on Sunday and Sunday’s post was on Monday and no one would have noticed that I did not do my bible time yesterday).  I was weak – I was a mess

”That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:10 NIV

God loves me so much that as this attack rages, he says: “this is a good moment to teach you to let this old way die. You are a new creature in Christ. I have great plans for you that are bathed in love!” (2 Cor. 5:17, Jer. 29:11 & 1 John 3:1)

“And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13 NKJV

Abide in love – Stand fast in the liberty and my liberty is love – anyone else making the connection?

The sweet grace that flows to me from Galatians chapter 5:

After declaring me free, starting in verse 7 God reminds me that love fulfills his calling and purpose.  This love the enemy robbed from me – God’s love for me and other shall through Jesus Christ, flow through me for His glory!!

“I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16

Walk? Like a ghost/spirit? No – walk like how we describe being a Christian as a “walk with the Lord”.  This verse is encouraging us to stay reading and praying. Stay focused on the Lord and his unseen promises as well as thanking him for the seen blessings.

If I had focused and did my next chapter of Bible reading when I was supposed to – Galatians chapter 5 was there for me during this time. I was distracted and held a pity party for myself – when God had planned this blessing.

I have been praising, thanking God for the gifts and acknowledgments I have received – focusing on the love God provided from me and not on fallible people.  God really in the answer to everything!

Love! It is my promise!

Walk in freedom my new friends and be love. You just don’t know how badly someone needs it. Thanks for reading.

His Grace makes me who I am

Believer” by Rhett Walker

“I walk a bit different now
Now that my heart’s been found
Nothing really feels the same
I hold my head a bit higher
I lift my voice a bit louder
Yeah, something inside has changed

“I am a mountain mover – Water walker
More than just an overcomer
Cause I’ve been set free
I am a gospel preacher – Heart on fire
Freedom singing – Testifier
Cause I’ve been redeemed
I am a believer
I am a believer

“I know this is not my home
I know I don’t walk alone
No matter what comes my way
I have peace through the trouble
I have joy though the struggle
And now my hope’s in a brighter day

“I am a child of the Father
An orphan, no longer
No doubt about who I am
I’m in the hands of the Healer
The arms of the Savior
His grace makes me who I am”

“His Grace makes me who I am” ~Amen!!
“So you are no longer a slave, but a [daughter], and if a [daughter], then an heir through God.” Galatians 4:7 ESV [Verse says ‘son’ not ‘daughter’ – I personalized it]
I am God’s daughter and my daddy is bigger and victorious over my struggle!

Today was an interesting day.  I normally eat low sugar and very healthy; and friend/co-worker all know I eat healthy – so my co-workers got fruit today (since I usually do not eat the food at our team gatherings).  I was thankful for their thoughtfulness and may have overindulged – Sugar rush!!! Then sugar crash!! Then the kick while I was down. Lemme tell you about it:

I am praying for so many big thing – I have mountains to move, I have water to walk on, I have to testify and bear witness of what God is doing! I’m on quite the mission over here. I keep myself encouraged in the Lord. I keep making myself focus on what I believe and not what I see.

And I (on my sugar crash and so tired) stumbled over a deep pain and learned it still hurts to the point where my heart raced and my tummy turned.
I am praying for a friend who has hurt me – a lot. Probably more than I can put into words. And so many times I don’t want to pray for him. I want to cut him off. I want my fleshly answer. But then… God reminds me I need to act Christ-like. I need to show love.

I got in my car at the end of my work day, still feeling the hurt. And… the above song is on the radio right at the beginning of the first chorus. I thanked God for encouraging me and reminding me I am his daughter!
“But by the grace of God I am what I am,” 1 Corinthians 15:10 NKJV

“What the enemy meant for evil, you turn it for good!!” and as the next song came on God took that pain and used it remind me of a few things:

  1. By my faith, and because I know that my prayers are prayed according to His Word and in the name of Jesus, the prayers prayed for my friend who has hurt me are answered with God’s grace and mercy – as well as my continued healing. Cause the enemy meant to knock me down today, slow me down, and maybe even stop me; and at that point I dug in deep with prayer winning back my joy and making progress in the heart of my friend (by faith).
  2. God used it to remind me how bad my friend was, how far my friend has come (and of course I am focused on how far he has to go). But for the first time I see how far he has come. I have a praise report here – Thank you Jesus!! It may be slow, small changes but they are happening!!
  3. And I was reminded how God is close to the broken hearted (Psalms 34:18) and when I cry, he cries with me (John 11:35). And when we think about this in this particular situation – we see some parallels:
    I love my friend. I want him to get his life right and our friendship restored.
    God loves my friend and wants him to get his life right and their relationship restored.
    I hurt because of choices my friend makes.
    God hurts over choices my friend makes.
    I pray fervently for my friend, and Jesus intercedes diligently for my friend, and the Holy Spirit cries and prevails for my friend, and God is doing everything in His power to draw my friend.

This is a deeper grace, to truly share in the pain God has over a lost sheep. This graces strengthens and moves me. I hope everyone can experience this.

Knowing I would be knocked around a little today, God sent me a verses today. I saw this verse in different places and in different Bible versions throughout the day:
“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” Psalms 40:1-2 NIV

The first time I saw it, I paused and thanks God for doing this for me and added a quick thanks for being in the process of doing this for my friend.

The second time I saw it, I paused and said – isn’t that funny.

The third time, was just before I sat down to do my bible study, and I thought I better pray it again: Lord I wait patiently, THANK YOU for hearing me and showing me your grace when I cry. Right now, Heavenly Father, please lift my friend out of the slimy pit, mud and mire as you have done for me!! Please set his feet on a rock with a firm place to stand – Lord, if you can do it for someone as sinful and stubborn as me, then please continue your work of doing it for my friend! Manifest your power for the glory of Christ and in his name – that more shall be saved. ~Amen!

Today got a little muddy for me. The pain was great and I cannot express how badly I wanted to hurt him back and to walk away. If not for the grace of God, I was able to hold my tongue and walk away. The pain kept me down and discouraged for a moment, but God pulled me out of it and placed me on a Rock with worship music to praise him and be comforted.

Be blessed knowing that the grace of God extends when you are sad and hurting – he is there to share in it with you. He hears you.
“being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” Philippians 1:6 NKJV
God will finish his work in you, me and in my friend.