Grace of Humility

“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV

Dear Heavenly Father – Please help us understand and practice the principles you are sharing with us today. Help give us the ability to obey and protect us from anything hindering your work in our lives. Again we plead for you to open our eyes to see, open our ears to hear and open our understanding. – Amen

Isn’t everyone, everywhere, pulling this verse out of the Bible and sharing it right now?  I hear them saying – look at this mess we are in; the fix is simple – just pray and God will make it all better and we can go back to the way it was [we were comfortable there]. I keep saying – this isn’t the right verse for what you want. I keep saying this isn’t the right verse for our present situation. Our present situation is entangled with a few Bible prophesies – and Jesus said, “Prophesy must be fulfilled” (Luke 24:44).

We are drawing ever closer – and the entire world, the land of Israel, and whatever nation you are in – together, we are all moving slowly forward, unable to go back.  I am not a prophet and I hope my big picture understanding is wrong. I see the awakening, revival, and prodigals returning and that we have just started to see everywhere (it doesn’t take a prophet to look around and observe this). And this is not going to be a united people in the sense of it being a nation that comes together – more like the Lord’s Kingdom all over the globe – united in spirit, not a united land.

At the same time I see that the world has everything in place for a One World Government, a cashless society, and the mark of the beast. (Again, not prophetic – they are not being quiet about it so that we can actually observe it.)  The dividing of Israel, everything prepared and ready for the rebuilding of the temple, and the signs in the holy land – again, if you pay attention to the news, nothing is happening in the dark.  None of it takes a prophet to observe. But you ought to know prophesy (and keep in the scriptures) to understand it.  

In light of all of that – prayer and repentance will not heal any land at this point.  But it will build the Kingdom of Heaven; and prayer and repentance is our only hope. The promise of a healed land is not our hope, but the principle in this verse is mighty and important to the Kingdom of God.  Some people call it The Church but with so many churches in deep compromise – I prefer to refer to my brothers and sisters in Christ as the Kingdom – as that is what we are building and working on. (Both are biblically sound names for the body of Christ.)

I am too longwinded I am sorry – my point is simply that I am not studying this verse for the promise that people currently wish this verse was promising.  Actually – as we look at this verse – I want to study the principle and the actions we are to take (regardless of our situation and timeline).

“humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways”

Humility.  This verse is in the 7th chapter of 2 Chronicles – which is all about King Solomon dedicating The Temple to God.  This was not an occasion to wear sackcloth, or rip your clothing, or make yourself humble.  This was a 7 day long party and then some – praising and worshiping God.  It says it concluded on the 23rd day of the 7th month – interesting, because the 10th day of the 7th month is the Day of Atonement (the day of humility- I’ll get back to that).   So, why at the end of a glory filled week of celebrating God – does this verse show up? Why when everything is going great does God speak this to Solomon?  It is almost out of place if it means what people right now think it means. Or maybe God it saying it to teach a principle. Humility.  (The whole chapter is attached below for your reference) 

This shall be a permanent statute for you: in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall humble your souls and not do any work, whether the native, or the alien who sojourns among you;” Leviticus 16:29 NAS

The holiday referred to in this verse is The Day of Atonement – Yom Kippur – Day of Fasting.  Even the children are taught to fast on that day. Why fasting?  Well – look at the words: “humble your souls”.  I do not even need to get into the original Hebrew for you to know that since the origins of Yom Kippur – humbling yourself and fasting mean the same thing.  But if we were to get into the original Hebrew, we could find the word humble yourself in passages all over the Bible all meaning fasting.   Not just fasting – but a call for a city or nation or group of people to do it united and together – to put on sackcloth, to wear clothing of mourning, or to rip their garments, to wash themselves and anoint themselves with oil – sometimes from sun up to sun down, sometimes for days, sometimes without water and sometimes with water, and sometimes even the animal participated. 

“I humbled my soul with fasting” Psalm 35:13 NAS

Fasting is not just denying your flesh something it needs and enjoys (and sometimes overindulges in).  Fasting is a display to God of your humility.  We must humble ourselves. God does not give humility it is something we must learn and do.

Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” James 4:2-10 KJV

Tell me, does verse 2-5 describe the world we live in? Then, what does this say is the answer?
Verse 6 says GRACE!!! Praise the Lord – because if not for that abundance of grace where would we be?! But grace is given to the humble. And what have we learned today about humility? It means fasting.

Let us take a quick look at how and why James instructs us to fast.  Verse 7 says submit to God. OK God, I give up – let’s do this your way. Then still in verse 7 – resist the devil. I don’t know about you, but I know that the devil knows all my weakest temptations. Let’s use ice cream as an example since it is summer and I do like to overindulge in it. It is a temptation I would struggle to say no to if presented with a situation where I would have to say no. A situation like, um, fasting. Doh! But fasting is a great way to learn and practice resisting the devil and forcing our flesh to come under obedience to God’s will.
Verse 8 – shows that when we are in the process of fasting we should draw our self to God and he will come to us. The blessing of God’s presence alone should be enough to compel us to make a practice of fasting. And verse 8 also explains an important part of this principle.
Cleansing – repentance – atonement: each of these examples (and many others in the Bible) tie in humility or fasting with repentance and atonement.  Fasting is of no effect until you also spend that time deciding to search your heart and change. Dear Lord, forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sinned against us. -Amen

Verse 9 – shows us more about how to fast. Take time away from others and “be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.” Humility is not a joyful celebration. It is a serious time of being with the Lord.  If for some reason you cannot hide away while you fast then Jesus says:

But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthew 6:17-18 NIV

But “WHEN YOU FAST”, not if you fast.  Jesus fasted. All the disciples fasted.  All of the early church fasted regularly. Fasting, prayer and unity was how the Holy Spirit fell on Pentecost. Fasting and prayer was how they sent each of the apostles out. Fasting is what Jesus did to begin His ministry. Fasting is something God’s chosen people have been doing since Moses (Exodus 34) did not eat for 40 days and nights while he was receiving the Law from God.

“Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” James 4:10 KJV

So let me challenge you to not just abstain from food when you fast – but when you fast find some time during your fast to humble yourself in front of God and let Him lift you up. Fasting and humility are a part of having a relationship with God, through Christ Jesus. They giveth grace unto the humble.’ (James 4:6 KJV)  And our relationship is a relationship of grace!

If you don’t already, and today you would like to, have a relationship with a God who can communicate with you and be part of your life (and protect you) – one who is full of mighty power and tender love, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**

Thank you for reading ~ Grace be with you
Be healthy and blessed ~ Love one another
~ Watch and Pray ~
Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

“When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. The priests could not enter the temple of the Lord because the glory of the Lord filled it. When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the Lord above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord, saying,
“He is good;
    his love endures forever.”
Then the king and all the people offered sacrifices before the Lord. And King Solomon offered a sacrifice of twenty-two thousand head of cattle and a hundred and twenty thousand sheep and goats. So the king and all the people dedicated the temple of God. The priests took their positions, as did the Levites with the Lord’s musical instruments, which King David had made for praising the Lord and which were used when he gave thanks, saying, “His love endures forever.” Opposite the Levites, the priests blew their trumpets, and all the Israelites were standing.
Solomon consecrated the middle part of the courtyard in front of the temple of the Lord, and there he offered burnt offerings and the fat of the fellowship offerings, because the bronze altar he had made could not hold the burnt offerings, the grain offerings and the fat portions.
So Solomon observed the festival at that time for seven days, and all Israel with him—a vast assembly, people from Lebo Hamath to the Wadi of Egypt. On the eighth day they held an assembly, for they had celebrated the dedication of the altar for seven days and the festival for seven days more. 10 On the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people to their homes, joyful and glad in heart for the good things the Lord had done for David and Solomon and for his people Israel.
The Lord Appears to Solomon
11 When Solomon had finished the temple of the Lord and the royal palace, and had succeeded in carrying out all he had in mind to do in the temple of the Lord and in his own palace, 12 the Lord appeared to him at night and said:
“I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices.
13 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 15 Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place. 16 I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.
17 “As for you, if you walk before me faithfully as David your father did, and do all I command, and observe my decrees and laws, 18 I will establish your royal throne, as I covenanted with David your father when I said, ‘You shall never fail to have a successor to rule over Israel.’
19 “But if you turn away and forsake the decrees and commands I have given you and go off to serve other gods and worship them, 20 then I will uproot Israel from my land, which I have given them, and will reject this temple I have consecrated for my Name. I will make it a byword and an object of ridicule among all peoples. 21 This temple will become a heap of rubble. All who pass by will be appalled and say, ‘Why has the Lord done such a thing to this land and to this temple?’ 22 People will answer, ‘Because they have forsaken the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who brought them out of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, worshiping and serving them—that is why he brought all this disaster on them.’” 2 Chronicles 7 NIV

Love (part 6)

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” 1 John 3:1 NIV

Dear Heavenly Father – Please fill us with your love. Help us accept your love and share it with others. Please speak to us today through this word. – Amen

Love – Because this world still needs love, we shall do one more study on love.  We still need the power of love to transform, unite, heal, cast out demonic forces and accomplish the will of God. God’s love is SO good!!! Amen?

Let’s take a look at 1 John. There are so many verses in here about God’s love.

7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.

13 This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. 16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. 17 This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.”

1 John 4:7-21 NIV

God is love. Actually is. This is literal and doesn’t need to be interpreted as God is like love, or God is full of love. God is love and love is god. Everything he has done is because He loves us and everything He is doing is because He loves us and as we move into the future – it is vital to understand that everything He will be doing is because He loves us.

Reread the opening verse: See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” Let that sink in – God wanted children and family, so He created us.  Have you ever wanted and or prayed for a child? Do you know that longing? Do you know how special children are? Mine can drive me nuts and hurt me well – but I love Him. I love Him more than I love anything on earth.  And I have had a broken understanding of love most of my life, meaning God loves me more than I love my own child. (He loves my child more than I love my child.)  Is this amazing love sinking in??

I pray at this point in the week you have grown in love and taken opportunities to practice godly love – now, we must practice the greatest commandment – love one another. If we do not, we do not know and understand God – and are falling short in some area of our life. Time to do more soul searching to figure out what the obstacle is and have it removed. Maybe un-forgiveness, maybe a spirit of anger, maybe a spirit of selfishness??? Whatever is holding you back be free of it in the name of Jesus and go in love.

Verse 12 – no one has seen God – but we have seen His work, His beautiful creation, and His love. I have seen Him intervene on my behalf in situations and I have seen His blessings in my life. I have seen God protect me and provide for me. I have a list a mile long of things I can testify to in order to show you God is real and has had an active part in my life.  And if you have not been given the Spirit as verse 13 says, you may not see all the things if I testified to them. But through the Spirit I see and know and have experienced the love of God and rely as verse 16 says on the love of God. And this is how love is made complete.

It is easy to miss what is being said – I hope you dwell on the word of God here today and let it transform you and grow your love. Because as the days grow more evil and morality and godliness decline the spirit of fear with possess more and more people and:

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18 NIV

Being a child of God is our most powerful tool – because it means our daddy is protecting us.  God will deal with those who dealt wrongly with you. All we need to do is actually fall in love with God and grow in love.

“We love because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 NIV

“And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.” 1 John 4:21 NIV

I pray that these studies on love will help you grow in love and grow in your relationship with Jesus. By the time you are reading this I have reread these quite a few times and I am growing as well. Yes, I know, I am a terrible editor. And not a very skilled writer. But God told me to type out my daily Bible studies and post them – so that is what I am doing. I appreciate all of you who follow this despite the many errors. But that is love – you have great love for me to keep reading and I have great love for you for suffering through my typos. Giggles.

If you don’t already, and today you would like to, have a relationship with a God who can communicate with you and be part of your life (and protect you) – one who is full of mighty power and tender love, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**

Thank you for reading ~ Grace be with you
Be healthy and blessed ~ Love one another
~ Watch and Pray ~
Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13 NIV

Love (part 5)

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:8-13 NIV

Dear Heavenly Father – Please fill us with your love. Open our ears to hear and our eyes to see so we can love and show your love to others. Help us accept your love and share it with others. – Amen

Love – It’s Friday and this world still needs love.  We still need the power of love to transform, unite, heal, cast out demonic forces and accomplish the will of God. Love!!!

We have studied how love has the power to save us and transform us. Love is the power. We have studied what love is and isn’t. We have asked ourselves some tough questions. Hopefully we have thought about how to love in a more godly way. Now through the assistance of the Holy Spirit let us learn more about love as we conclude the chapter.

I have been sent many prophecies lately – Christian friends finding all sorts of “prophetic” videos which are floating around the internet. Some say the United States of America will fall in November. Some say November will be more of the same. There aren’t many that line up with the word of God and what God is speaking to me.  Be cautious of false prophets. Test the spirits to see if they are of God. (Matthew 7:15-20)
The truth is here in the above passage. Even the prophets who are speaking the truth through the Holy Spirit are only able to do so in part. God only gives us a fragment of it all.
When the end does come, and the Bible says it will end, there will be no need for prophets. They will cease – but there will still be love. Love doesn’t fail. It goes on and on in heaven and earth forever.  When the work of the Lord is complete, we will also be complete and know everything and have no need for prophets (ah, but love will still be there)!

This part of the passage seems almost out of place. What does prophecy ending have to do with love? What does the end, getting to heaven, looking in mirrors have to do with love?

Let’s think about the bigger picture. God sent Jesus, His son, to the earth to save us. Why? Because His goal, the entire purpose is that He loves us so much He plans to spend eternity with us.  Remember where we made the connection between God being Love and love is the ending – the goal: Live in God’s love forever. 
The Old Testament has prophecies about Jesus’s arrive on earth (no reference verses) and of the end times (Daniel 9-12, Isaiah 13, Isaiah 34, etc.). These same verses are referenced by Jesus himself in Matthew 24 as Jesus talks about the end times. (We have studied a great deal of verses from this chapter in the past on this blog – I hope you are familiar with it.) It is God’s loving goal – Both prophets and Jesus, then the apostles all said to watch and be ready for Christ to rapture the church, then the second coming.  Maranatha!  It’s the ultimate show of love! God played the long game hoping that everyone would repent!
So if God was going to have a man pen a chapter of the Bible about love – of course God would include His largest act of love – heaven, His completed work, redemptions final stage and the glory of it all!

Do not let these things scare you – I was once scared of the end times, rapture, heaven and hell.  Fear is NOT of God – this is love. We are studying love – we must understand that Jesus dying for our sins, defeating death, and rising again on the third day is not the ultimate act of love. It is the ultimate act of love that has happened so far – but God’s ultimate act of love is to finally be able to be reunited with us.  The work of the cross made the way – but I am still alive here on earth, and if you are reading this I assume you are still alive as well. The cross is not completed until the final step of the ultimate acts of love are completed – we are reunited with God the Father.

While we are on earth we are in a sinner’s body. We cannot enter the Holy of Holy’s where God is. So right now, through Christ Jesus (and what he has done) we can have a relationship with Jesus and the Father – in part – like a reflection in a mirror. I pray to the Father is Jesus intercedes. I cry out abba daddy! And Jesus intercedes. I ask for a hug from God and Jesus intercedes. Jesus reflects God back to us. Until the day we are made whole – and the work is finished.

The Apostle Paul wrote this passage, he tried to make us understand what he means by using children as an example.  “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me.”  So it is like: I am a middle aged woman. When I was a kid, I climbed trees all the time. Now that I am an adult I know I would probably break a bone! I have put that behind me.  So here on earth we are like children. Some of us are new to the faith and are like babies. Some of us a little older in knowledge and experience and might be children, some of us are preteen and teens. According to this metaphor – when you hit adulthood, you graduate to heaven.  So here on earth, we do not understand everything – in heaven we won’t be asking the same questions, they will seem childish as in heaven we will know in completeness.

In Psalms 139, (I did a two-part study on it here, part 1, and here, part 2) God shows us how He knows us fully, and as much as we seek God here on earth, He can only show us a little piece at a time, more and more as we grow. He is so holy and good, we cannot know Him in full until we get to heaven.
If you are like me and always hungry to learn more about our Father – what a glorious day that will be!!!

Heaven is the goal of love – it is the ultimate plan for His love to us. The final thing about what love is – is heaven!  God did it all from creation to today – until it is all finished – in love for us in hopes we would learn love and have a relationship with Him.

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

Dear Lord, Please help us to love, teach us love, and fill us with love. So we made be made perfect and be able to join you again on that glorious day when you call us home to you. In Jesus name we pray – amen

If you don’t already, and today you would like to, have a relationship with a God who can communicate with you and be part of your life (and protect you) – one who is full of mighty power and tender love, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**

Thank you for reading ~ Grace be with you
Be healthy and blessed ~ Love one another
~ Watch and Pray ~
Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13 NIV

Love (part 4)

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a NIV

Dear Heavenly Father – Please fill us with your love. Open our understanding so we can see how desperately we need you or our efforts to love will fail. Help us accept your love and share it with others. – Amen

Love – Every day this week, this world still needs love.  We still need the power of love to transform, unite, heal, cast out demonic forces and accomplish the will of God. Love!!! If you have been reading these posts about love – or if you are just joining us – God has lead you here because He wants you to know He loves you. It is not an accident you are here – He wants you to learn and experience love, true love – His love.

We have studied how love has the power to save us and transform us. Love is the power. We have begun to study what love is and isn’t. Yesterday we spent a bit of time on the middle part of verse 5 as there is a lot in those few words. Now through the assistance of the Holy Spirit let us learn more about what love is and isn’t. So let us read, starting at the end of verse 5 in a couple different translations:

“…thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”  1 Corinthians 13:5d-8a NKJV

“…it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end].” 1 Corinthians 13:5d-8a APMC

Love does not thing evil nor delight in evil, does not rejoice in iniquity, and does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness but love rejoices with the truth and when right and truth prevail.  Love sorrows in injustice. Injustice does not correct injustice, but it compounds it into more sorrow and grief.
Have you ever watched those ‘instant karma’ compilation videos on the internet? Someone(s) put together multiple videos that have been posted online and set it to silly music, of people doing something blatantly wrong and instantly something bad happens to them. The videos are compiled in a way that makes it funny to view. However, we are called to love everyone – EVERYONE – therefore we should not be amused at the evil that befalls them. 
A few days ago, I watched a friend get caught by one of his girlfriends in a lie – I couldn’t stop giggling. I felt bad for them both and how destructive evil and lies are, but I saw God’s hand all over it and couldn’t help but laugh. I hope I was delighting in the knowledge that God is using it to answer my prayers for their salvation and delighting in Lord exposing the truth (He is a good God – what is done in darkness shall always be exposed and it is a blessed thing to see God at work). I hope I was not delighting in the evil that came upon them – I prayed for them that night – that the turmoil in their lives would turn them to Christ and that God would use it to transform them and turn them to repentance!  Truth is, my heart hurts for that situation – that man is using multiple women and trying to play them against each other and God needs to intervene!  
(Verses on God exposing things done in secret: Luke 8:17, Luke 12:2-3, 1 Cor. 4:5, Mark 4:22, Ephesians 5:11, John 3:19-21, Ecclesiastes 12:14, Job 12:22, etc.)
God loves us; do we love God? Or do we love our sin, the evil things in our lives, rejoicing in iniquity? Are we happy when one of our plans goes off without a hitch, even when it is contrary to God’s plan?
God made us and loves us; do we love ourselves in truth? When God exposes what is deep inside us in the dark place – when He shines the light inside and exposes the truth – do we respond correctly? Do we love truth?

Love always protects, bears all things, and bears up under anything and everything that comes. Some versions say protect and others say to bear a situation. New Living Translation says love “never gives up”.  So, I guess we need to take this back to the original Greek – “stegei”. Stegei, according to Strong’s Lexicon, is a verb in present tense that means, “To cover, conceal, ward off, bear with, and endure patiently. From stege; to roof over, i.e. to cover with silence.”  So basically, love covers a multitude of sin (1Peter 4:8)
God loves us; do we love God by defending Him and protecting Him? Granted God does not really need our help defending His reputation, He can sent fire down from heaven, speak through a burning bush and is in control of everything. But, what about our social media posts and our behavior? 
I saw a post that said, “They will know you are Christians by your Love, political put-downs, unkind memes, name calling, and divisive self-entitled talk.”  I was so saddened by it. I private messaged the person who posted it and said, “it is true – and let me apologize for those in bondage who embarrass my Lord that way. May the Lord deal with them. Please know that Christians have sin battles too and some who profess are not Christians. Please seek God and do not stumble because of sinful men.” (I had to say something, I have been witnessing to this person for months and cannot have the enemy use my struggling brethren against God salvation revelations.) So yes, love God enough to fight for Him in truth, as the spirit guides.
God made us and loves us; do we love ourselves with enduring patiently? Be ever so careful with this. The line here between godly self-love and pridefully hiding our flaws is a very, very thin line. Cover yourself, prayerfully, with the blood of Christ and trust God to do the rest. If you try to cover your sins and evil, and are not repentant, to protect yourself will only result in God exposing them in front of the world. Forced humility is a difficult pill to swallow.  So, just love yourself by staying under God’s covering and staying right with the Lord.   

Love always trusts, believes all things, and is ever ready to believe the best of every person.
This is my struggle. This. Based on a pattern, I (in my flesh) can only trust that I cannot believe all things because they are usually a lie, and cannot believe the best in a person because they are usually so selfish they do not care if they hurt me. I have been so hurt. But the grace of God shines down on me and I have learned, through Christ, I can extend this grace. Humans are fallible. I will probably hurt you – you will probably hurt me (all unintentionally) and it is how we respond and move in grace upon grace to overcome and trust.
God loves us; do we love God enough to trust him? God may say no to one of our prayers – or His answer may be withheld for a period. Do we still trust Him? He let Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego be tossed into the fire – and they still trusted Him without knowing if they would live or die. Do we trust Him that He will protect us in His love and that if something bad happens He is still trustworthy and still has our best interests in mind?
God made us and loves us; do we love ourselves enough to believe the best in ourselves?  When God says we can do something – trust our self to be able to (and if we start to fail, that He will intervene).  Do we trust our self to make the right choices and to do what is right? If we don’t think we will make the right choice – do we call out to go for strength, help and deliverance?        

Love always hopes and hopes all things; its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances. I hope in faith – I believe with God nothing is impossible.  I look at the state of the world, the pandemic, the evil and violence and all I can do is hope in God. We live in hopeless times. I hope my love ones put there hope in God and not in man. I might be too broken to know how to hope in people.  I hope my son, and love ones, will turn to the Lord.  But right now all my hope is in the Lord – and Him accomplishing it.

Love always perseveres endures all things and it endures everything [without weakening]. In God, through grace, in the power of the name of Jesus – I can endure.  This biblical definition of love (especially these last two) cannot be accomplished without God in our lives. How can we hope in people who have a sinful nature and how can we endure the pain of relationship and interacting with people without help from the Lord.  When persecution comes, shall I love the person persecuting me and hate the sin? Will I endure these evil times and the evil that is still coming to our planet? Endure without weakening?
“but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:31 NIV
Only under the cover of God!

And finally:
Love never fails. Love never fails. Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end]. God is the beginning and the ending (Revelations 22:13). God is love (1 John 4:8 & I John 4:16). Therefore love is the beginning and ending – if it is the ending then it cannot fail. It must continue on to the end.
If God is love, then God never fails.  There is no love, except in God -so it is no wonder the world passes off some cheap knock-off version of love, because they cannot obtain real love unless they include God in it.  
In God and through His grace – we can love without failing, but only in God.
God loves us; do we have unfailing love for God?  Will we quit when times get tough? Will we walk away when we do not get our way?
God made us and loves us; do we have unfailing love ourselves? Or do we give up even on ourselves?       

Wow! God’s love is too much for me to be able to do without God working in me. If not for grace!!! Thankfully, when you are in a relationship with someone (in this case with God, through Christ Jesus) they help you. So I have help to learn love and learn to practice it. And as we ask, God will fill us with love overflowing and spilling out onto other! It is this, which is meant, by love one another – share the power of God!

If you don’t already, and today you would like to, have a relationship with a God who can communicate with you and be part of your life (and protect you) – one who is full of mighty power and tender love, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**

Thank you for reading ~ Grace be with you
Be healthy and blessed ~ Love one another
~ Watch and Pray ~
Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13 NIV

Love (part 3)

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a NIV

Dear Heavenly Father – Please fill us with your love. Help us to love and forgive. Please help us to grow in knowledge and understanding of your love. – Amen

Love – This world still needs love.  We still need the power of love to transform, unite, heal, cast out demonic forces and accomplish the will of God. Just one thing: Love.

We studied how love has the power to save us. Love is the power. But what is love? Yesterday we studied verse 4 and part of verse 5. Now through grace let us learn about how love is not easily angered. So let us read verse 5 in a couple different translations:

“does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;”  1 Corinthians 13:5 NKJV

“It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]” 1 Corinthians 13:5 APMC

Love is not easily angered or provoked, and it is not touchy or fretful or resentful. Love keeps no record of wrongs; it thinks no evil; and it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. A friend of mine and I had a disagreement the other day and they said, “Well 4 years ago…”  I could not help but laugh.  Then I apologized for something (I thought was small and insignificant) I did 4 years ago which hurt them and they had kept record for all this time.  We talked it out and had a good laugh.  But here is the bigger picture – that was evidence of un-forgiveness towards me – so for 4 years any time they had asked God to forgive them, He could not because my friend held this against me. 4 years of keeping themselves separated from God (not from God’s love, but from His holiness and blessings). Un-forgiveness is a stronghold of evil. It must be unrooted from our lives. Do not hold grudges or keep a count of wrongs – forgive and move on. God only knows what my friend missed out on by harboring un-forgiveness.

God loves us; do we love God with understanding? When I lost my baby (miscarriage), I was so angry at God. I couldn’t understand why God would let something get so broken, even He couldn’t fix it – He could not bring that child back (the child was dead too long and had left the womb and I was in a sinful place and did not pray for life for the child – I just fell apart). Maybe you had a death, or a situation that seems beyond even God’s mercy. Can you relate? I was good and angry. Through grace, God revealed, ever so tenderly, His love for me and my anger was no longer at God – instead it was righteous indignation that pressed me in closer to God in retaliation against the enemies evil plans for my destruction and the destruction of my family.  Love was an amazing response to my anger and transformed me. God is tender and gentle and quiet – go to Him, he longs to comfort you. He is responding to your anger with healing love.
My sister is also angry at the Lord. She had a calling and promises from God that were not fulfilled as she lived a compromised life against what God had told her to do. At this point she has renounced her faith in God and any belief. She calls it all rubbish and chases the desires of her flesh. She is in bondage to selfishness to the point of destruction and I pray for her – Lord, continue to extend her grace and perform a miracle! She is in a deep dark place and stubbornly holding on to ways that aren’t just fleshly, but also demonic. She is intentionally trying to grieve God because she is mad at Him.

Two very different human reactions to the feeling of being mad with very different results.  I am healed and my sister is still hurting and heaping more pain on top of pain.
Anger is a feeling, and feelings are not right or wrong.  How you respond to those feelings are actions and actions can be right or wrong.  I (only by grace) responded in a way that lead me into the comforting arms of my savior. My sister responded with actions of destruction. (Seriously, please pray for her.)

God made us and loves us; do we love ourselves without anger and without keeping track of our own failures? Sometimes we are our biggest critic – beating ourselves up over failing against a temptation or struggles we face. Have you forgiven yourself??? Jesus said when we come before God, forgive so we may be forgiven – that DOES include self-forgiveness!  Forgive yourself for any impetuous acts. Forgive yourself for the foolish thing you said that embarrassed yourself. Forgive yourself for your sins. Forgive yourself for anger. Deliverance from a spirit of anger comes once you forgive yourself and others and let is go – Say a prayer declaring you are free and as an act of faith, exhale – blow that bondage right out of you! Blow a few times if you have to.  Let it go and be free. Shake it off you if you need to – just get free in the name of Jesus!

God has been working on us to understand and practice love – but sometime the bondage to sin and our fleshly desires prevents the growth. I found multiple list of sins in the Bible to help us know how not to act. I am sharing the one below because it was written to a church who was learning about love. (It is true, we aren’t the only ones who need lessons on love – the church in Corinth and multiple early churches needed lessons on love. As you read the passage below, you should be able to make the connections to the elements found in 1 Corinthians 13 that we are studing. I was going to put just verses 31 & 32 – but I did not want to remove them from context.

17 With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. 18 Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. 19 They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity.

20 But that isn’t what you learned about Christ. 21 Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.

25 So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. 26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil.

28 If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need. 29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

30 And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.

31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:17-32 NLT

I have to repeat to make sure you got this: get rid of bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, slander and ALL TYPES OF EVIL BEHAVIOR! What is standing in the way of you and true love?? Sin!
God is love! He is our first true love – if you do not have that true love relationship with Him and aren’t practicing godly love with Him, how do you expect love with another person to work out well? 
How do you think you can obey the greatest commandment (Matthew 22:36-40) – to love everyone, including God and yourself, if you are all bound up with wounds and anger and sin??? It is time to pull your mess together!! (with God’s help and His grace of course)

Therefore, get yourself right with God so that you can love your neighbor, love your enemy, love yourself and even love God. Your relationship with others and God will improve, grow and even flourish.

If you don’t already, and today you would like to, have a relationship with a God who can communicate with you and be part of your life (and protect you) – one who is full of mighty power and tender love, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**

Thank you for reading ~ Grace be with you
Be healthy and blessed ~ Love one another
~ Watch and Pray ~
Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13 NIV

Love (part 2)

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a NIV

Dear Heavenly Father – Please fill us with your love. Help us to love others and to love ourselves the way you love us. Please plant this word deep within us and grow it into branches of your kingdom. – Amen

Love – This world needs love.  Love has the power to transform, unite, heal, cast out demonic forces and accomplish the will of God. Just one simple thing. Love.

Yesterday we studied how love has the power to save us. Love is the power. But what is love?
I grew up in an abusive household that went to church. Sounds like a contradiction. But as we read yesterday – without love it is possible. My family tried to love each other – with the knowledge of love that we were able to obtain. It was not true love – godly love – actual love. It was a cheap substitution the world offered.  How does anyone who is rejected but told it is love, hated but told it is love, and unloved and told it is love, get drawn to God when God is love? Grace! Of course.

And then once drawn to God, how do you relate?  I tell you, as a child and young adult, I couldn’t relate. I walked away. I could not accept this kind of love, nor did I understand it. Now, that I have come back to the Lord, the first thing I told him was, I will need you to teach me about love.  It has been a difficult journey and I still have so much farther to go. Because the power in Christianity is love. The gospel is love. Everything about a relationship with Jesus and God’s overall plan and will for mankind – is love!
Until love is perfected in me, I must continue to study and work on understanding, accepting, and giving love.

Above we read the New International Version; let us read a couple other versions to make sure we really understand these words:

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails.”  1 Corinthians 13:4-8a NKJV

Love endures long and is patient and kind; love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy, is not boastful or vainglorious, does not display itself haughtily. It is not conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride); it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly. Love (God’s love in us) does not insist on its own rights or its own way, for it is not self-seeking; it is not touchy or fretful or resentful; it takes no account of the evil done to it [it pays no attention to a suffered wrong]. It does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail. Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person, its hopes are fadeless under all circumstances, and it endures everything [without weakening]. Love never fails [never fades out or becomes obsolete or comes to an end].” 1 Corinthians 13:4-8a APMC

Love is patient, longsuffering and suffers long – God is love, and as such he waits for us. I wandered away and come back. The whole time God’s heart hurt and ached – He loved me and wanted me back. Love has to be longsuffering in order for God to wait on us and not give up on us. He knows the end and knows many will not ever turn to Him, yet He still hopes we will.  I have learned about this longsuffering part quite a bit with the lessons God has been teaching me.
God loves us; do we love God with patience and longsuffering? When our answers to prayers do not come as quickly as we want, or when His promises are not manifested in our lives when we want, or when His ways aren’t our ways – do we love the Lord with patients and longsuffering?
God made us and loves us; do we love ourselves with patience and longsuffering? Sometimes change is slow – sometimes we are not as quick to catch on to what God is saying to us – do we extend patience to ourselves? God isn’t finished with us yet.

Love is kind.  No version used any other word. It seems obvious that love is kind – but in our society where cruel jokes are meant with love, is it really that obvious? Is there something you can do this week to show extra kindness, godly kindness, to someone else? In the midst of racial tensions, global pandemic, and a sinful world, is there a way to be kind to everyone we meet? Only by grace and through the love of Christ.
God loves us; do we love God with kindness? I honestly never thought about being kind to the Lord – and I think I have been. It is definitely something to think about.
God made us and loves us; do we love ourselves by being kind to ourselves? Do we show mercy to ourselves?

Love never is envious nor boils over with jealousy; it does not envy; is not boastful or vainglorious; it does not parade itself; it does not display itself haughtily; it is not puffed up; and it is not proud or conceited (arrogant and inflated with pride). Pride comes before a fall (Proverbs 16:18). Lord help us remain humble!
God loves us; do we love God humbly with reverence and respect? Do we come to God with entitlement and tax the grace of our Lord Jesus or do we understand that our blessings come from Him and we do not deserve His favor and love?
God made us and loves us; do we love ourselves in humility? Are we going through the self-care actions (that are shallow) and proudly posting them all over social media – ‘look at me, doing some self-care pampering’ while neglecting taking care of our bodies (the temple of the Lord) with healthy food, exercise and love?

Love does not dishonor others, behave rudely, and it is not rude (unmannerly) and does not act unbecomingly.   In this day and age, I have experienced the fake knock-off version of love that dishonors.  I love you they say and then ghost me. Or they say they care but are running around behind my back making me look foolish.  That is a bit obvious, but what about when you get into a fight with your love? Do you go around telling everyone? So now their reputation is destroyed?  It is ok to tell one person, like a best friend and/or accountability partner, to get encouragement and prayers. But what about posting it on social media?          
God loves us; do we honor and love God?  Do we honor God with obedience, with actions, with the way we behave, and by being a reflection of His love?  
God made us and loves us; do we honor and love ourselves? Do we dress in a way that shows self-respect? Do we care for our body, soul and spirit? Do we live with integrity even when no one can see us?        

Love is not self-seeking, does not seek its own, and does not insist on its own rights or its own way. Dear Lord, help us love the sinner and not the sin. I have spoken of the different principalities which have flooded over the world in the last 6 months, so this is not a new concept. The spirit of selfishness had already flooded over the world years ago. Selfishness is the root of most modern sins – people want something and they want it now, even if it’s someone else’s spouse. Even if it is multiple lovers (meaning the cheap broken worldly version).  True love is self-sacrificing, not selfish.
God loves us; do we love God unselfishly? Do we treat God like a genie in a bottle, like He is here only for our whims and selfish desires?
God made us and loves us; do we love ourselves unselfishly? There is a self-care movement across the world and I am all for taking care of myself and treating myself once in a while. But the memes and messages coming from it are over-indulging selfishness of pleasures and not actual self-care (like taking care of health, body, mind, soul and spirit). Another message coming from is very “oh poor me, therefore I deserve” and in love there is no pity and no ‘I deserve’.  Someone once pointed out how some people will do anything for pity – it is because when we are pitied it feels as though someone care for us – it feels like love. IT IS NOT LOVE. We must love ourselves, as we love God and as we love one another – but do not get caught up with the cheap substitute the world has to offer.

Self-care is nothing without God – God is the only thing that can care for the deep broken parts that have been broken and wounded. A fancy bath, a little indulgence, maybe even a mani/pedi is not evil in and of itself.  But indulge in the love of God and let Him teach you His ways – let Him love you and heal those deep parts that bubbly bathtubs cannot clean. Getting pretty on the outside cannot make those deep wound pretty. Alcohol cannot heal a broken heart.  Only love can – and God is love.

What is the point of having a relationship with our Father, and Jesus Christ, if not to love?  Heavenly Father, we need your love – move inside us and heal us and help us learn the deep love you have for us. Help us to learn to love you back. In the name of Jesus –Amen.

If you don’t already, and today you would like to, have a relationship with a God who can communicate with you and be part of your life (and protect you) – one who is full of mighty power and tender love, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**

Thank you for reading ~ Grace be with you
Be healthy and blessed ~ Love one another
~ Watch and Pray ~
Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13 NIV

Love (part 1)

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 NIV

Dear Heavenly Father – Please show us love. Teach us to love. Fill us with love. PLease open our understanding so that we may learn your ways. – Amen

Love – This world needs love.  Love has the power to transform, unite, heal, cast out demonic forces and accomplish the will of God. Just one simple thing. Love.
While the spirit of fear still runs rampant over the Earth – it is love that overcomes! The human response to fear is to fight back – but God’s ways are not our ways and He says our response to fear should be to love:

“There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.” 1 John 4:18 ESV

Heavenly Father, perfect us in love – please, please, because we need Your love is a real and powerful way. –amen

We do not battle against flesh and blood (Ephesians 6:12) and we are fighting to win souls for Christ – bring people into the kingdom of God.  God wishes that none should perish but all can be restored to Him (2 Peter 3:9).  So we should love the sinner and not the sin. Fight on our knees and hug the humans. Forgive them of their offenses against us (so we may stand forgiven by God) and love. And what of those who have hurt our family and friends – those also and all the more need us to forgive and love to restore us to the full grace upon grace wherein you are meant to be.

“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

It takes more strength and power to love despite being hurt than it takes to harden our hearts.  This opening verse in 1 Corinthians shows that it is possible to do a work for the Lord, to be in a ministry, to act obedient to the tasks God has for us – but to lack love.
To speak with the tongue of angels – filled with the Holy Spirit and the power thereof and yet be hardened and callous.
To have the gift of prophecy and knowledge yet lack the ability to show love.

“For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.” Matthew 13:15 ESV

With hardened hearts, you and I have left open a weak spot for the demons to get in – we have created away for them to build stronghold and slowly convince us to walk away from God. You and I can harden our hearts from God yet still look like Christians – still routinely go through the motions.

“Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold,” Matthew 24:12 NIV

“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.” 2 Timothy 3:1-5 NIV

Did you catch verse 5? “Having a form of godliness but denying its power.” Jesus told us to love, heal, cast out demons, raise the dead, and preach the gospel. So, when was the last time you showed love to someone you did not want to? When was the last time you laid hands on the sick and they were healed? When was the last time you cast out a demon and delivered someone?
Please consider, is it possible you have hardened your heart? Maybe in one area? Is there something standing in the way of love being perfected?  You may be filled with the Holy Spirit yet, there may still be an area that needs work or even deliverance. Love is under attack because it hardens our heart and destroys the pure power of God. The devil may still have strong holds even in the lives of spirit filled Christians.  He comes to steal kill and destroy (John 10:10).

“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8 ESV

The spiritual battle is real and on Earth the enemy is currently winning – I know ultimately Jesus has already won the victory. How many lives can we bring in to the kingdom before the end? Be sober-minded and watchful, that your love is not hardened, stolen or even devoured.
The disciples asked Jesus:

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
Matthew 22:36-40 NIV

Why? Why is love the greatest? What is so important about love?
In 1 Corinthians 13:3 it says that if you “do not have love, I gain nothing”. Nothing. No thing. Not heaven. Not victory. Not power. Not authority to overcome. Not grace. Not mercy. Not a single thing. And do not say, well, at least I haven’t lost anything. The Bible says we all start out the same – sinner fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). So if we have gained no thing – we are still hell bound sinners without a real relationship with God. We have only bought a lie from the enemy.  (Stop, do not be offended as hardened hearts are offended, instead soften your heart and have ears to hear.)

With hardened hearts there is no power. The power of God is love, the promises are love, the entirety of God everything God is doing is because He loves us so much and He is trying to have a relationship with us.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 ESV

The whole point is love! The gospel itself can be summarized as love – it is the power that saves us, heals us, unifies us, transforms us and perfects us.

“And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” Colossians 3:14 ESV

In a day and age when the spirit of division is splitting apart nations and families – and everyone is looking for a leader who can fix it and bring unity and peace…. And nothing anyone tries to do bring unity and peace – EXCEPT GODLY LOVE which the world has rejected. Let’s read it again:

“But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.” Colossians 3:14 NKJV

‘Perfect harmony’ and ‘bonds of perfection’ – here in is the power of love, in unity with the will of God. All things are yes and amen within the unity of the brethren inside the will of God – which is love.

“Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 ESV

“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:44-48 ESV

You have a relationship with Jesus – then love. And if you are struggling with love then pray:
Pray to forgive others. Pray for forgiveness. Pray to repent for being unloving. Pray for deliverance from any unloving spirit hindering you. Pray.

The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Your relationship with Christ is hindered. In Romans chapter 8 we have read that nothing can keep us from the love of God – so His love to us is never ending and never failing. We however let things block it, let sin and hardened hearts build an imaginary wall that convinces us we are cut off and so we slide away, little by little. Rise up child of God and tear down those walls. Let the love of God pour over you – overflowing onto your friends and family.

It is this very love that drew us to God in the first place and will draw others to Him. What good is a relationship which is not built on and sustained by love.  Stay in love with Jesus and show His love to others. You do not want to get to heaven and hear:

“Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.” Revelations 2:4 NIV

If you don’t already, and today you would like to, have a relationship with a God who can communicate with you and be part of your life (and protect you) – one who is full of mighty power and tender love, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**

Thank you for reading ~ Grace be with you
Be healthy and blessed ~ Love one another
~ Watch and Pray ~
Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

1 Corinthians 13 NIV

Love

“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. 11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. 12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

13 And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13

Dear Heavenly Father – Please show us love. Teach us to love. Fill us with love. – Amen

The above passage is often shared at weddings and wedding showers.  Everyone focuses on the word love and do we really understand what this passage is all about?

Please take today to read and think about it as we will be staying in this passage for a while to learn what love is and how we should use it to save souls and overcome the attacks of the enemy.

I cannot get away from these messages that have to do with a marriage, a covenant and an intimate relationship with God.  He provided great insight during my prayer time today about how spending time with Him, just me and Him, not asking for anything, not praying for others or for situations – just worshiping and loving Him is a victory – it is a form of overcoming – it is the answer to our petitions even though we did not ask (although, do spend other time with Him asking because we are told to ask).

My earthly father once said to me that he was proud that I had never asked for help and I had never asked for anything from him. It shocked me. He said my siblings asked and took and took. I was thinking: Wait?! What?!? Asking was an option?? The nights I had no food, I could have asked you? The times that were so hard, you would have helped me? Wait? What?

Truth is, I never thought he would have helped. I didn’t ask.

Don’t make that mistake with our heavenly Father – He is good and not fallible like our earthly ones. He will provide all our needs. Ask.

I had asked Him about love – so starting Monday, we will be diving into this chapter.

If you don’t already, and today you would like to, have a relationship with a God who can communicate with you and be part of your life (and protect you) – one who is full of mighty power and tender love, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**

Thank you for reading ~ Grace be with you
Be healthy and blessed ~ Love one another
~ Watch and Pray ~
Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

Seek God

Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, And He will have compassion on him, And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

Isaiah 55:6-9 NIV

Dear Heavenly Father – While we read a passage, we have read before (a few times) please make it more real and show us some of the mysteries of your ways. Please give us ears to hear and eyes to see and open our understanding. – Amen

Yesterday I said, we’ll get through this chapter in one post. Forgive me, but God said no – we are stuck here until we get whatever it is He is trying to reach all of us with. So let’s jump in.

Verse 8 – My ways are not your ways – keeps coming up in my life. Over and over. I have wrote about it before, every time God reveals something new to me I am in awe that His ways aren’t my ways.  I really do not want to focus on that verse and not include such vital connections around it.

Seek God. This is first and foremost. Seek Him to understand, because His ways aren’t our ways. Seek Him so you know how to respond; what I am going through and what you are going through is not a surprise to Him – He already knows.  Seek Him for wisdom and grace. Seek Him for the response you should have. Seek Him.

This moves directly into ‘His word shall not return void’.

Read the Bible – it will not return to God void, meaning it will accomplish in you and me what God wanted it to accomplish. And then we are back to seek Him, cause His ways aren’t our ways.

Memorize the Bible – the Bible is the word of God and John chapter 1 says Jesus is the word.  What a fantastic way to get more of Jesus in you. More of His grace, more love, and more power! And once it is in you – you can speak the word to yourself and to others – because His word does not return void! And as you seek Him, He reveals what verses – He shows you His ways, because they are not our ways (and He doesn’t want us off course).
**Side note: Speak the Bible to yourself often – faith comes by hearing the Word! (Romans 10:17) See, His ways aren’t our ways.

 10 For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;  11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10-11 NIV

Jesus is the word – sent here to die for our sins. He did not return to our Father void. He said “It is finished”. He won our battles and saved our souls. Seek Him, because this is His way, and it is not our ways.

And then this is where, yesterday we spoke of the covenant promises of God.

12For you will go out with joy and be led forth with peace; the mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. 13 “Instead of the thorn bush the cypress will come up, and instead of the nettle the myrtle will come up, and it will be a memorial to the Lord, for an everlasting sign which will not be cut off.” Isaiah 55:12-13 NIV

I am the kind of person who recognizes patters. It’s been very helpful in my life and God seems to use this method to show me things.  In this blog you might see a pattern, concepts being used / discussed frequently.  For example – God keeps saying “Seek”. And recently with the word covenant (and I am also getting the words: wedding, bride, groom, husband, commitment, intimacy, relationship, etc.) Let’s keep talking about covenant.

God is calling us for a more intimate relationship and He is returning for His faithful, soon.  That is what all these things adds up to in my mind. (Or I am getting married? But that would be much more of a miracle than any of us can think!! Laughing)  So, getting more intimate with God is what we are called to. 
I don’t know about you – but I spend all day looking forward to my time(s) with the Lord. I need them like I need food. 
My morning prayer time: I sit with my coffee, I turn on the Pastor’s online prayer and agree with my brothers and sisters in Christ to start off my short prayer time, then I pray for a little before I start my day. It is a good habit, it is not very intimate but a good habit.
My morning consists of praying over my work and my day and telling God my passing thoughts. It’s the ‘pray without ceasing’ thing found in 1 Thessalonians 5:17. It is also a good habit and also not very intimate.
Then lunch time – I used to turn up the worship music and just praise and worship – I miss that now that things are opening back up. I am at the office now every day at noon. So I am driving there for my lunch. I still turn on worship music in the car but it isn’t the same. Spending time just worshiping God is a good habit, but in this case it isn’t very intimate.
Afternoons are a mix bag of keeping the music on, praying without ceasing and finishing my work.
After work I pray over this and then work on it.
Life happens in the evenings and I stay prayerful.
Then, my favorite time of the day. Going in my room, closing the door, pulling out my notepad with my prayer requests, and my chart of National and world leaders, and a print out of all my social media friends, and a couple prayer books, and a print out of Psalm 91 (which I am hoping to memorize as well). And I sit, stand, kneel, pace and sometimes jump up and down – and I pray. But I will confess, although it is a good habit – many nights I fall asleep too soon, or I don’t get in there until late and I don’t prioritize it – also… it is usually me doing all the talking and not really getting intimate with God.

“But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” Matthew 6:6 NIV

OK, so I just told you and I did not do in secret – the reason I told you was to confess. And to make a point. We can talk to God all day long, but it doesn’t mean we spent any deep intimate quality time together. He could honestly walk away and I would keep going and He could return without me even noticing. Seek Him – seek intimate time with Him.

“Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” James 4:8a

It is time to NOT just have a casual friend’s relationship with God. Do not put God in the friend-zone. This is real – He is asking us to have a real relationship!

If you don’t already, and today you would like to, have a relationship with a God who can communicate with you and be part of your life (and protect you) – one who is full of mighty power and tender love, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**

Thank you for reading ~ Grace be with you
Be healthy and blessed ~ Love one another
~ Watch and Pray ~
Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

Covenant & Love

“Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.  “Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And delight yourself in abundance.  “Incline your ear and come to Me. Listen, that you may live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you, According to the faithful mercies shown to David.” Isaiah 55:1-3 NIV

Dear Heavenly Father – please continue to reveal to us what you are telling us . We are expecting to hear from you, be fed some of this good free food, and learn your amazing love, promises and covenant for us. Please give us ears to hear and eyes to see and open our understanding. – Amen

After spending all that time swimming and the pristine waters of life found in Isaiah 54, I ask God, what comes next. That was such a good study! How can I find something else that good to dig into? He simply says: turn the page.
Well, this looks promising!  Are you thirsty for the living waters? Hungry for God?? This chapter literally starts by telling us it is a meal! A solid scriptural meal.

“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” Psalm 34:8 KJV

I won’t dig through the chapter line by line and do another multiple part series. (I hope.) So I’ll just pull out some tasty treats for us to chew on (and think about) for the day.

“Seek the Lord while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near.” Isaiah 55:6 NIV

You and I, living in such a time as this, where seeking God is so important for us in this moment, and for the outcomes of His plan over the world.  Seek Him.  I seem to be saying that a lot lately. In the New Testament where it says seek him first (Matt 6:33), Jesus is speaking to both the believers and the unbelievers. It is the same here.  If you believe in God – if you are a follower of Christ – or not: seek Him! (I know it sound kind of bossy, but there is a hint of a warning there, that He may not always be found. So seek Him now. It is not as much of a bossy tone as it is an urgent tone.)

Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, And He will have compassion on him, And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:6-9 NIV

I pray that you seek Him. I pray that I continue to seek Him (I cannot do it without His grace).  I have so many love ones and friends who aren’t living according to the will of God – not even attempting to read the Bible and obey. And as many of you know my heart hurts for them. Jesus is returning soon for His sheep and they aren’t ready.  And I think of all the people I see daily who don’t know Christ, like I do and I hurt for them as well.  This relationship with God is so amazing, I want everyone to experience it. So, I read this and cannot help but pray for them as well:
Heavenly Father, please impress the urgency on their hearts to seek you. Let our wicked love ones, friends, and acquaintances, forsake and turn from their own ways and plans, towards your ways and plan. In the name of Jesus, let the unrighteous people on our hearts, forsake their own thoughts – Please return them to you! Have compassion on them and abundantly pardon them!!! Amen

I enjoy how this goes from us praying for the lives of our love ones, right into God saying: “by the way, I am going to do it. I am. But I am doing it My way – and not how you think.”
Let me tell you, I pray every scripture I can for them. I think about them, maybe, having a road to Damascus experience like Paul.  I think about a giant whale swallowing them up until they agree to do as the Lord says – like Jonah. And you better believe I have enough faith to have a whale show up this far inland! Or even, I think about the right person saying the right thing at the right time and it taking hold like a seedling starting to grow. But it’s a waste of my time to think about how I would do it. I could use that time better, praying or praising. Because God’s ways aren’t our ways.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him,” Proverbs 3:5-6a NIV

So while God rescues those who we are praying for – we should busy ourselves with praying, seeking, and submitting to Him. Busy yourself with learning the word of God and learning how to speak it and use it. Because:

10 For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater;  11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10-11 NIV

In John chapter 1 it says that Jesus is the Word of God – Speaking the word, is speaking Jesus into people’s life and their situations.  Jesus will accomplish what God desires. He will succeed. Amen!!

So, let’s return to the beginning of the chapter again. First, this is food. God’s word is our daily bread – it will satisfy and sustain us.  And then in verse 3 it says: “everlasting covenant with you”.  Again, the word covenant.  The next section, as we saw, is about turning away from sin and towards God – it’s about repenting. It is also a prayer for the unatoned. 
Now it is time to see the blessings of turning to Christ, of taking part in this covenant with God.

12For you will go out with joy and be led forth with peace; the mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. 13 “Instead of the thorn bush the cypress will come up, and instead of the nettle the myrtle will come up, and it will be a memorial to the Lord, for an everlasting sign which will not be cut off.” Isaiah 55:12-13 NIV

God keeps telling us how much He loves us and wants this covenant with us – last chapter He said He was our husband – and I showed you a few verses about His followers being the bridegroom. A Biblical marriage is a covenant and this is the same level of love and commitment He is trying to share with us. He will never leave us nor forsake us – a much better Husband than an earthly man.

And we will have joy! Joy in this negative world! And we will have peace – in a world full of fear. And the world will raise up in joy to praise the Lord for making you! And God will cause a memorial to Himself for an everlasting sign – a wedding band, so to speak. Doesn’t it make you just want to praise Him.

If you don’t already, and today you would like to, have a relationship with a God who can communicate with you and be part of your life (and protect you) – one who is full of mighty power and tender love, then please know that I have put the “A, B, C’s of Salvation” in my introduction. Please click here to follow the link.**

Thank you for reading ~ Grace be with you
Be healthy and blessed ~ Love one another
~ Watch and Pray ~
Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!