God’s Redeeming Grace (Part 2)

“He said, “Who are you?” And she answered, “I am Ruth, your servant. Spread your wings over your servant, for you are a redeemer.” Ruth 3:9 ESV

We are studying the book of Ruth – a redemption story with a genealogy that birth’s the Messiah and redeems the world – Redemption in the small mundane little things as well as salvation for all of mankind.  I need more redemption in my life; how about you? 

Dear Heavenly Father – you are The Redeemer! Thank you for caring about the little things in our life and using them for your greater plans. You alone restore. You alone redeem. You alone are to be glorified!  Please open our eyes to see and our understanding to the ways of you. – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

Yesterday we discussed a brief overview of how the book of Ruth begins and ends – Naomi and Ruth had experienced a multitude of hardships that left them empty.  (If you haven’t read the whole book of Ruth, 4 short chapters, let me encourage you to do so.  For your convenience I added chapter 1 to the bottom of yesterday’s post and I am adding chapter 2 to the bottom of today’s post.)

Both Naomi and Ruth went through the same hardships – they both lost their husbands. While Naomi lost her children, Ruth lost the ability to have children, since her husband died before they had children. They lost their provisions and even their home as they had to relocate back to Naomi’s home, in Bethlehem.

In light of these hard times, one of the things that stands out to me is how these women see themselves while going through it.  Isn’t it a very human thing to do, to have troubles and internalize them? Let’s look at Naomi:

“She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi;call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. I went away full, and the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi, when the Lord has testified against me and the Almighty has brought calamity upon me?” Ruth 1:20-21 ESV

Naomi takes the negative and places it upon herself and changes her name from ‘Pleasant’ to ‘Bitter’.  She asks the question – Why call me Pleasant when all this bad stuff has happened and made me Bitter?
First, as we discussed yesterday – it is easy to become bitter in the negative and overwhelmingly bitter hard times in life.  But just because your situation is bitter, you do not have to become bitter. 

She was born with a name that bore a blessing – for pleasantness.  And she traded it for bitterness taking on the curse by name as well.  My heart breaks, it is obvious that God had plans for good and not evil, she just had to make it through the hard time. And if you read the whole book of Ruth, Naomi continued to be called Naomi – no one accepted that curse of bitterness. And as hope came into her life, she herself rejected the bitterness and strove for the blessings God intended for her.
If you have accepted a curse of bitterness or of something not meant for you – do not change your name, but seek God for the blessing – seek to be who God intended you to be! God intended “Pleasant” for Naomi and restored pleasant to her.

I was born and given a name that meant ‘mighty warrior’. A few days after birth, my parents changed it to a name meaning ‘God beholds His Grace’.  I know the power of a name and God’s intention over a person.  I was born to be a mighty warrior for God. However, God looked into my future and knew the things that would happen to me and how I would later need and have a real, life changing experience with grace. How that grace would save a wretch like me. How that grace would then go on to change everything around me – effect would be both good and bad but ultimately all for the glory of God and for His perfect will for me – His intention for me – NOT for bitterness – Not for evil – Not for loss of hope – but to fulfil His glorious purpose through me! And God knew that grace would rise up a mighty warrior for His kingdom and that war would be fought through His grace.  As Naomi was blessed to be pleasant I am blessed to be the mighty warring grace of God.  Not some passive, complacent grace – no! I am an example of a grace that is mighty and active with the power to transform, heal, and be used by God to accomplish His will.

Who has God called you to be?  Are you trading it off because of a tough period of your life?

My sister was given a name that means crowned with laurel and grace. (God poured His grace over both of us, as he knew how much we would need it to get through what was going to happen in our lives!) A laurel crown is a symbol of the once highest earthly accomplishment (of the Greek Olympic Games) – but the bible reminds us that it is perishable and true believers should seek the crown of glory.  She lives a charmed life of great accomplishment, but has rejected God and any eternal crowns.  She is a prodigal.  She did not trade her name – she shifted its focus. God intended her to receive the highest rewards in Heaven and gave her the grace and calling into the ministry to achieve His purpose. She walked away and traded it for an earthly crown of laurel.
If the enemy doesn’t get you to trade off your name like Naomi tried to do, maybe he can get you to shift it.  Maybe he can convince you to believe his lies and trade off God’s glorious intention for your life for an earthly reward?  When my sister was named – God’s intention was earthly and heavenly rewards – which she shifted for just the earthly.

It is time for us to be who God intended us to be.

Ruth’s name had no special meaning in Hebrew or other known meaning – but by her loyalty and noble character throughout this book, it has come to mean ‘friend’. But Ruth did not see herself as a friend – No.

Chapter 1 – Ruth stayed with Naomi saying she could serve and help Naomi. Chapter 2 – Ruth says ‘let me go to the fields and just start working and someone will have pity on me and let me keep some of the food to feed us’ and Ruth goes out to try to become a servant.  Chapter 3 –
He said, “Who are you?” And she answered, “I am Ruth, your servant.” Ruth 3:9a ESV
When asked who she is, Ruth says she is a servant. Ruth proves she is a servant – and has a servant’s heart.

The greatest among you shall be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” Matthew 23:11-12 ESV

Ruth was a living example of humility.  One can be humble, and a servant, and still bold in Christ and confident in who they are as a child of God. She was bold and confident because she knew who she was in God – she was a humble servant. Her boldness in God is what caught the eye of Boaz, the man God would use to save Ruth and Naomi and the man who would be the great grandfather of Kind David.

David, the man after God’s own heart, who understood and knew this very concept that God made us each with intent and purpose – and we need to be who He made us to be.

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Psalm 139:13-14 ESV

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 ~ I love you and love one another
Watch and Pray ~ Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

Ruth Chapter 2 ESV

Now Naomi had a relative of her husband’s, a worthy man of the clan of Elimelech, whose name was Boaz. And Ruth the Moabite said to Naomi, “Let me go to the field and glean among the ears of grain after him in whose sight I shall find favor.” And she said to her, “Go, my daughter.” So she set out and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers, and she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the clan of Elimelech. And behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem. And he said to the reapers, “The Lord be with you!” And they answered, “The Lord bless you.” Then Boaz said to his young man who was in charge of the reapers, “Whose young woman is this?” And the servant who was in charge of the reapers answered, “She is the young Moabite woman, who came back with Naomi from the country of Moab. She said, ‘Please let me glean and gather among the sheaves after the reapers.’ So she came, and she has continued from early morning until now, except for a short rest.”

Then Boaz said to Ruth, “Now, listen, my daughter, do not go to glean in another field or leave this one, but keep close to my young women. Let your eyes be on the field that they are reaping, and go after them. Have I not charged the young men not to touch you? And when you are thirsty, go to the vessels and drink what the young men have drawn.” 10 Then she fell on her face, bowing to the ground, and said to him, “Why have I found favor in your eyes, that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?” 11 But Boaz answered her, “All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told to me, and how you left your father and mother and your native land and came to a people that you did not know before. 12 The Lord repay you for what you have done, and a full reward be given you by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge!” 13 Then she said, “I have found favor in your eyes, my lord, for you have comforted me and spoken kindly to your servant, though I am not one of your servants.”

14 And at mealtime Boaz said to her, “Come here and eat some bread and dip your morsel in the wine.” So she sat beside the reapers, and he passed to her roasted grain. And she ate until she was satisfied, and she had some left over. 15 When she rose to glean, Boaz instructed his young men, saying, “Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not reproach her. 16 And also pull out some from the bundles for her and leave it for her to glean, and do not rebuke her.”

17 So she gleaned in the field until evening. Then she beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley. 18 And she took it up and went into the city. Her mother-in-law saw what she had gleaned. She also brought out and gave her what food she had left over after being satisfied. 19 And her mother-in-law said to her, “Where did you glean today? And where have you worked? Blessed be the man who took notice of you.” So she told her mother-in-law with whom she had worked and said, “The man’s name with whom I worked today is Boaz.” 20 And Naomi said to her daughter-in-law, “May he be blessed by the Lord, whose kindness has not forsaken the living or the dead!” Naomi also said to her, “The man is a close relative of ours, one of our redeemers.” 21 And Ruth the Moabite said, “Besides, he said to me, ‘You shall keep close by my young men until they have finished all my harvest.’” 22 And Naomi said to Ruth, her daughter-in-law, “It is good, my daughter, that you go out with his young women, lest in another field you be assaulted.” 23 So she kept close to the young women of Boaz, gleaning until the end of the barley and wheat harvests. And she lived with her mother-in-law.

God’s Redeeming Grace (Part 1)

“He said, “Who are you?” And she answered, “I am Ruth, your servant. Spread your wings over your servant, for you are a redeemer.” Ruth 3:9 ESV

There are four simple and short chapters in the book of Ruth – these highlight a redemption story with a genealogy that birth’s the Messiah and redeems the world – Redemption in the small mundane little things as well as salvation for all of mankind and it starts with saving a young foreign widowed woman. 

Dear Heavenly Father – you are The Redeemer! Thank you for caring about the little things in our life and using them for your greater plans. You alone restore. You alone redeem. You alone are to be glorified!  Please open our eyes to see and our understanding to the ways of you. – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

I have a short commute to work every day. I used to catch half a song (maybe half of two) and a bunch of senseless ramblings in the radio morning show – while my mind races around planning all the work I need to accomplish during the coming day. However, I have changed my practice sometime during the last year or so – and now I spend that moment in prayer, giving my day to God and focusing on the blessings He has spoken over my life, and I stay prayerful ensuring I have my spiritual hands firmly holding on to peace so I can walk into work with the right heart and mindset.

Recently, while driving and praying my way into work, a thought interrupted me saying ‘the car in front of me will make a sudden left turn be ready to slow”.  It was a weird and random thought to interrupt. But I was a good distance behind that car and so I just remained, giving a distance between us. I returned to my prayerful thoughts… AND HE TURNED! SUDDENLY! He had to slam on his own breaks in order to do so. I had given space and was easily able to navigate slowing down and continuing on my way without incident. I began to praise God for the warning and I heard a voice: “I have gone before you and I have every little detail in my control.”  

What a day I had! But I had the assurance that God had all these details under control. What a week I had!!! But I have the assurance that God has it all under control.  I keep the verse, 2 Timothy 1:12, next to my desk and recite it throughout the day, mediating on it and working on memorizing it – I have gone back and reread my studies on that verse – God keeps me encouraged as I go through these trials and tests in my work place.  (Which I have come to see as not workplace issues as much as testing and trials God has placed in my life to prepare me and to grow me.)

At the beginning of all this – I said to this mountain “MOVE”. And God answered me saying, no child – climb the mountain, get to the high ground in the battle and get a new perspective. I am to overcome by climbing, reading and praying.  But not by my strength and ability – BUT by grace! By God’s power and provisions! Because HE IS THE REDEEMER and He handles all the little details. (As we see in the book of Ruth and as we see in my morning commute.)

Ruth chapter one begins with hard times for Naomi (a Jewish women whose name means pleasant). The entire first chapter of Ruth follows this blog post for your convenience and reference. I encourage you to read the whole book. These hard times were made worse by famine, made worse by relocating in search of food, made worse by the death of her husband, made worse by the death of both her sons (all of her children), and made worse by having to move/relocate (saying good bye to her daughters-in-law who she loved) and return to her home land as an elderly widow (back then it was a difficult life for a widow). Ruth was not a Jew, but she was loyal and believed in God – so even though she was choosing a difficult path, she stayed with Naomi. And when they returned, Naomi changed her name to Mara, which means bitter…

“She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi;call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. I went away full, and the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi, when the Lord has testified against me and the Almighty has brought calamity upon me?” Ruth 1:20-21 ESV

Oh how I have been there – how about you? There is one thing, then the next, and then the next – it’s like this year, 2020, when all these crazy, unbelievable things just keep coming – one after another after another – plagues and famines (supply shortages), pandemics, fires, weather, earthquakes – not to mention the political unrest, and on and on! Oh Naomi, we have been there! Life can be bitter!

I have lost a child, lost loved ones, and had people I love reject me to the point that they are gone from my life and might as well be dead, since there is no contact. Life can be bitter. Did Naomi forget, though, that she was a daughter of the one true living God? The God of restoration???

I am a foreigner, like Ruth – not a Jew by bloodline but adopted in though our faith and conviction (as promised through the spilled blood of Christ).  I have said: “Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.” Ruth 1:16c

And my God cares about the little things – Ruth and Naomi would get food, clothing and shelter (our God provides), they have a blessed and provided for future (our God restores), and their names and lives would be eternally written in the word of God (our God is victorious)! AND (as if that wasn’t enough) the redemption of the whole world would come from this humble broken beginning. OUR GOD REDEEMS!

Oh Lord I am broken! I have loss! My story has this portion that is bitter, it emptied me, and depleted me. I have nowhere to go but home to you, Almighty God, like Naomi and Ruth! I know in whom I believe, Lord! You are able to keep me and able to redeem me. My story doesn’t end with the bitterness and brokenness!  In the name of Jesus – I bind any bitter spirit in me and in these reader, Lord please forbid bitterness to have a stronghold – and I loose the Holy Spirit to fill us up and help us stand fast in the liberty wherein Christ has made us free!  Because I have stepped out in faith and asked to have a relationship with you – I have experienced you and know now that you are real! And I know the story of Naomi and Ruth ends in redemption and I know my story ends in redemption and I know, oh Lord, that your plans for these readers is for their story to end in redemption! Thank you Lord God! You are great and greatly to be praised! Your grace and undue favor upon us is sufficient to get us through the tough times that deplete and empty us – Lord fill that emptiness with your redemption and your blessings! Continue to pour into us more of you!!!  In the name of Jesus we pray in agreement – 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 ~ I love you and love one another
Watch and Pray ~ Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

Ruth Chapter 1 ESV

In the days when the judges ruled there was a famine in the land, and a man of Bethlehem in Judah went to sojourn in the country of Moab, he and his wife and his two sons. The name of the man was Elimelech and the name of his wife Naomi, and the names of his two sons were Mahlon and Chilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in Judah. They went into the country of Moab and remained there. But Elimelech, the husband of Naomi, died, and she was left with her two sons. These took Moabite wives; the name of the one was Orpah and the name of the other Ruth. They lived there about ten years, and both Mahlon and Chilion died, so that the woman was left without her two sons and her husband.

Then she arose with her daughters-in-law to return from the country of Moab, for she had heard in the fields of Moab that the Lord had visited his people and given them food. So she set out from the place where she was with her two daughters-in-law, and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah. But Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go, return each of you to her mother’s house. May the Lord deal kindly with you, as you have dealt with the dead and with me. The Lord grant that you may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband!” Then she kissed them, and they lifted up their voices and wept. 10 And they said to her, “No, we will return with you to your people.” 11 But Naomi said, “Turn back, my daughters; why will you go with me? Have I yet sons in my womb that they may become your husbands? 12 Turn back, my daughters; go your way, for I am too old to have a husband. If I should say I have hope, even if I should have a husband this night and should bear sons, 13 would you therefore wait till they were grown? Would you therefore refrain from marrying? No, my daughters, for it is exceedingly bitter to me for your sake that the hand of the Lord has gone out against me.” 14 Then they lifted up their voices and wept again. And Orpah kissed her mother-in-law, but Ruth clung to her.

15 And she said, “See, your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods; return after your sister-in-law.” 16 But Ruth said, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. 17 Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.” 18 And when Naomi saw that she was determined to go with her, she said no more.

19 So the two of them went on until they came to Bethlehem. And when they came to Bethlehem, the whole town was stirred because of them. And the women said, “Is this Naomi?” 20 She said to them, “Do not call me Naomi;call me Mara, for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me. 21 I went away full, and the Lord has brought me back empty. Why call me Naomi, when the Lord has testified against me and the Almighty has brought calamity upon me?”

22 So Naomi returned, and Ruth the Moabite her daughter-in-law with her, who returned from the country of Moab. And they came to Bethlehem at the beginning of barley harvest.

God is Still in Control

“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” Proverbs 19:21 ESV

Are you feeling so overwhelmed with everything? Is the news media making you crazy with all their stories and not knowing what the truth is?  Is the election craziness in the United States making you crazy (for those of you who live in the US)?

Dear Heavenly Father – Thank you for your Word, please help us hide it in our hearts to keep us strengthened.  Please open our eyes to see and our understanding to learn more of you. – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

Do not get discouraged! God is still in control. I live in the United States of America and with the election heating up and just a short time away – the news is a circus! It is enough to make you lose faith.  BUT My God and my prayers are greater than the evil in this world.  And I know with confidence that God has selected the next president of the United States. And God has determined the laws of this land. And God has the global impact under control.

How do I know? Well – God has told me:

“Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment. For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval, for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer. Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience.” Romans 13:1-5 ESV

Take a deep breath – pray about who to vote for. It is not a matter of which person as we have seen both has tarnished with flaws (and just as human and sinful as each of us).  Vote for the principles they have shown they support with their record.  If they say they will do something that is against what their record has proven, assume they are lying. At this point wisdom dictates we should vote for what they do and not what they say they will do.

This major election with the power to effect the global landscape is historic and monumental. It is a huge responsibility in the hands of the Christian community. 

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:6 ESV

Literal translation, according to Strong’s, is “in every action to know God”.  Seek His will – let your actions demonstrate deep knowledge of God and His will. God will tell you how to vote and will show you who stands for godly principles.

This also applies with ALL of the other things on our pate that we are juggling.  Work and income during a pandemic, finances, family situations, relationships… everything.  God is still in control. God still has them all in His hands. He is working it all out for His glory and our good.

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

So, let’s not be discouraged. Let’s encourage one another and pray for and with one another.  God is still in control.

“The Lord of hosts has sworn: “As I have planned, so shall it be, and as I have purposed, so shall it stand” Isaiah 14:24 ESV

And the best part – oh how we can praise Him for this – Not only is He almighty God, but we can have a personal relationship with Him, and He care for our tiniest needs (as well as our big needs and all our needs in between).

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 ~ I love you and love one another
Watch and Pray ~ Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

Going Through It

“Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” Exodus 3:10 ESV

Are you feeling so overwhelmed with everything? These are difficult times we live in – we are all going through it. Do you know who else went through difficult times?

Dear Heavenly Father – Thank you for your Word, please help us hide it in our hearts to keep us strengthened.  Please open our eyes to see and our understanding to learn more of you. – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

This week, these messages shall be shorter, as I am awaiting the arrival of some new technology! God has blessed me with a new computer! And thankfully He has also made a way for me to continue to post, albeit shorter posts than you are all used to.

We are all going through things right now. And God continues to make a way. Just like my blessing of a computer – there are blessings in store for each of us as we go through this time and stay encouraged and faithful to Him.

God has seen our afflictions, our trials, our struggles and sufferings, as, on top of it all, we are bombards with the insanity that is going on in the world. He has made a plan for us – it requires we go through it.

Then the Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. 10 Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” Exodus 3:7-10 ESV

The promise is deliverance, salvation, and a land flowing with milk and honey – our promise is deliverance, salvation and heaven! God has done it before and can do it again!

If you are familiar with the story – Moses went to the Pharaoh and said ‘Let my people go’ and Pharaoh said ‘No’.  So God sent plagues upon Egypt.  (Ironically, we are living in a time where there is a global pandemic – a plague.)

God did not spare the Israelites (God’s people). They went through it. First, Pharaoh make them work harder and beat them more! (Exodus chapter 5) And that was before the plagues began – they had to go through it.
In Exodus chapter 7 – the plagues began when water turned to blood!  Then came a plague of frogs in chapter 8 – lots and lots of frogs! And God’s people still resided in Egypt with the frogs and the Egyptians. The frogs died and then came the plague of Gnats and the plague of flies – and maggots too I assume (with all those dead frogs laying around). In the middle of all of this God’s chosen people live beside the Egyptians – they had to go through it.  
Chapter 9 came with a plague on the livestock – but here there is a difference:
But the Lord will make a distinction between the livestock of Israel and that of Egypt, so that no animal belonging to the Israelites will die” Exodus 9:4 NIV
God spared His people’s livestock.

Boils, hail (we had hail here last week), locust, and darkness, and the Israelites had to go through it.
The final plague was death of the first born – and God provided a way to spare His people, again! A sacrifice of a lamb would save them (as we have a lamb, aka Jesus, who was sacrificed for our sins).

Once Pharaoh let God’s people go – he chased after them and cornered them at the edge of the Red Sea, and guess what?!?! Again, God’s people had to go through it.  (God parted the sea and the Israelites walked through it.)

This year, it has felt like one thing after another (like the plagues must have felt) – but if you are a child of God, if you have a relationship with Christ, then (even though you have to also go through all of this), God has a plan. He has made a promise – if you stay the course you shall see the promise land, you shall be delivered, and you shall be saved.

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 ~ I love you and love one another
Watch and Pray ~ Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

Rediscover Your Purpose

“Great are your purposes and mighty are your deeds. Your eyes are open to the ways of all mankind; you reward each person according to their conduct and as their deeds deserve.” Jeremiah 32:19 ESV

Are you feeling so overwhelmed with everything? Are you just rolling through routine and forgotten your purpose?

Dear Heavenly Father – Thank you for your Word, please help us hide it in our hearts to keep us strengthened.  Please open our eyes to see and our understanding to learn more of you. – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

This week, these messages shall be shorter, as I am waiting on a blessing from the Lord which should resolve a few computer issues I was experiencing.  God made a way, where I couldn’t see a way – I couldn’t see how to resolve a multitude of computer issues without spending more money than I had on a number of new devices and programs.  God has resolved it in one answer. Please keep my blessing in prayer that it isn’t delayed – looks like it should arrive on Friday!

Now back to studying what we should do as we are starting to feel numb, complacent, and tired out by the cares of this word, distractions and temptations of sins which are bombarding us so fast and furiously that we are becoming easily overwhelmed. Paul’s answer is laid out in a very simple 2 step process. Step 1 is to flee these thing – run from them. Turn off the news, stay away from the wrong people, stop spending so much time on the internet scrolling mindlessly through social media posts – maybe even stop reading so many blogs! Step 2 is pursue the will of God.
Here it is in Paul’s words: 

11 But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony beforePontius Pilate made the good confession, 14 to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.” 1 Timothy 6:11-16 ESV

Fight the good fight – it is a battle sometimes to hold onto peace – to stand fast in the liberty of our salvation – to not give into sin and temptation – to not be worn down by the constant bombardments against us. Yea – it’s a battle sometimes. We have to fight for it. Sometimes fighting our own mind. 

But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26 ESV
It is possible to hang on, with help from God and Jesus Christ. Paul proved it in His life. Jesus said it. It doesn’t take much faith to believe it. But if you falter in faith – just do it anyway. Time after time in the Bible faith is an action. Just hang on, even in the moments when it is hard to believe. Because it is not only possible to succeed but God can also do exceedingly abundantly above all we could ask or think.

“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us,” Ephesians 3:20 ESV

Even when we are here, so overwhelmed, that we do not even know what to ask. God is still doing abundantly more than we can understand.  He know where we are at – He wants us to be encouraged and build endurance. We are made for such a time as this and He has a plan! Cling to your relationship with Him and He will show you the purpose He has for your life. Pursue His purpose.

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 ~ I love you and love one another
Watch and Pray ~ Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

Don’t sleep – Make Bread!

“But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope.” 1 Thessalonians 4:13 ESV

Are you feeling so overwhelmed with everything that you are beginning not to care – ready to hide your head in the sand? Do you just want to sleep it off? Are you just rolling through routine and forgotten your purpose? How about making some bread, instead?

Dear Heavenly Father – Thank you for your Word, please help us hide it in our hearts to keep us strengthened.  Please open our eyes to see and our understanding to learn more of you. – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

This week, these messages shall be shorter, as I was having computer issues – which God has already provided a solution for!! Praise the Lord! (And fortunately I still have access to at least upload shorter studies! God is good!) Please keep my blessing in prayer that it isn’t delayed in the mail.

The world we live in is so overwhelmingly distracting and it feels like evil is mixed right in with good.  But that is not just a feeling – it is the truth. And we cannot sleep and hide from it.  If we sleep the enemy will sneak in and ruin the harvest!

In the same respect – it is also almost time for the harvest! “His men” fell asleep for a moment and now there are tares in with the wheat!  Therefore, we must ask ourselves: will we be found a wheat unto harvest or a tare destined for the fire? Wake up and finish growing and be found to be a wheat and not a weed!  

24 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, 25 but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weedsamong the wheat and went away. 26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 27 And the servantsof the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, “Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’” Matthew 13:24-30 ESV

I know these times are hard – it’s hard for everyone. We must not get distracted with the daily grind and we must stay focus on the eternal. Are you awake? Are you pursuing His purpose? Are you growing up as a wheat ready for harvest?

How is your relationship with Christ? You talking with Him daily? Are you reading His Word? Are you growing closer to Him? Are you a wheat ready to be made into flour, made into bread?

Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” John 6:35 ESV

What is the bread? Bread represents Jesus Himself! Bread is also the representation of the body of Christ!

And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” Luke 22:19 ESV

And we, the church, are also called the Body of Christ!  So logic reasons that we are to grow into good clean wheat, made to be harvested and made into the flour – the flour that makes the Body of Christ!

Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:27 ESV

If you don’t already, and today you would like to have a relationship with a God and become part of the Body of Christ, 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 ~ I love you and love one another
Watch and Pray ~ Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

Complacent?

“For the simple are killed by their turning away, and the complacency of fools destroys them” Proverbs 1:32 ESV

Are you feeling so overwhelmed with everything that you are beginning not to care – becoming complacent? Have you given up hope? Are you just rolling through routine and forgotten your purpose? Beware – complacency kills.

Dear Heavenly Father – Thank you for your Word, please help us hide it in our hearts to keep us strengthened.  Please open our eyes to see and our understanding to learn more of you. – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

This week, these messages shall be shorter, as I am having computer issues – which God has already provided a solution for!! Praise the Lord! (Unfortunately it will take time – fortunately I still have access to at least upload shorter studies! God is good!)

The world we live in is so broken. Every day I see God exposing evil and evil exposing itself. And at this point with the constant bombardment of news (that has been twisted and headlines designed to keep the masses bound by fear), I find many of us starting to feel numb, complacent, and tired out.

The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.” Proverbs 13:4 ESV

Part of the problem is ‘nice’ churches with ‘nice’ messages – not challenging us to go deeper with Christ – not challenging us to grow into Christian maturity.  This is part of the root cause of what is wrong with the world today. Without a strong, solid, kick in the pants on Sunday (done in love of course), what will keep us in line all week – and while I am on the topic, what ever  happened to mid-week services to refuel us and encourage us?! 

The entirety of the problem is sin. Sin has snuck into our churches – into each of us individually and created stronghold for the enemy. And it grieves me. I know it grieves our heavenly father more. 

So while the world tried to wear us down and get us to give up with the compromise of complacency – there are so many Christians already right on the edge if not already complacent thanks to the dulling down of the church. 
“About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.” Hebrews 5:11 ESV
And apparently this is a repeat problem.

This is not a time for going numb or complacency – and definitely not a time to be tired of it all.  This is a time to build endurance.

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 ESV

It is urgent that we build endurance and not complacency in this time. Use this time to fact check every article, discuss current events with close friends and brothers and sisters so we can share the responsibility of learning the truth. It is time to hit the floor in prayer, diligently and persistently like the persistent widow (Luke 18).  It is a time to read the Bible more and memorize it. It is a time to build endurance in case the time comes when we must endure.

“Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth.” Revelations 3:10 ESV

It is a time to encourage each other in the Lord and the power of His might (Ephesians 6:10). It is time to put aside the temptations of the flesh and the distractions of daily life and look at the big picture.

It is a time to work on our relationship with Christ – maybe take extra time alone with Him. It is time to redeem the time for the days are evil (Ephesians 5:16).

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 ~ I love you and love one another
Watch and Pray ~ Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

Shut Your Mouth! Part 6

“Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.” Proverbs 10:19 NLT
This is the last bit of everything you need to know before you open your mouth again.
I don’t know, though…   there seems to be so much more than just this!!

Dear Heavenly Father – We have seen so many loose mouths spitting out lies, negativity and curses – help us to not participate. Let us discern truth from lies and live in truth. Help us to stand firm in the positivity and hope of our redemption. And please keep and guard us from speaking curses, especially unknowingly. Please open our eyes to see and our understanding to the ways of you. – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

We are still studying the power of our words. Words can give life or death.
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21 NIV

We have covered that the very first Bible story and lesson for us is that “God said” – and the power of words to create, heal, and bring the potential to save the world.  We have studied how through the choice of words we destroy ourselves or bless ourselves and others. We have learned not to curse and to bless. We hopefully have repented of our careless words and purposed in our hearts and minds to use words to bless and bring life. And we are learning about the power and authority we were given to choose words that can transform our world.

Jesus has authority and gave us authority to transform the world as long as we are within God’s will and submitted under authority. First, Jesus gave this authority to His disciples.
“And he called the twelve together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to cure diseases” Luke 9:1 ESV
They were under the authority of God then Jesus – there was no church to submit to at that time. So they submitted and acted under authority to use their authority (as we studied yesterday).  This was the example for all Christian thereafter.

“Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.” Luke 10:19 ESV
We are given authority. First we are under authority, so we can only use our authority as God tells us to.  I am not running out to drink poison saying that it won’t harm me – because God did not tell me to. If God told me to, then I would; because I have authority over it as my Commander gives me instructions to. I added this more for further instruction on the structure of authority (and a reminder of yesterday’s study).  Now back to words….

“It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life.” John 6:63 ESV
As you can see – words can transcend the physical realm right into the spirit realm.

“Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Matthew 18:18 ESV
Always note the “AND” in this verse.  This verse is great instruction on HOW to use the power and authority we were given to choose words that can transform our world.  For example, Jane Doe has a critical spirit.  She has tried everything to stop being critical, it would seem to have a strong hold – what do we do? We bind the spirit! Then because the verse has the word “AND” we must then loose something. She is bound and entangled with a stronghold so we loose her! How do we bind and loose? We submit to our authority, we choose the words, we speak it into the chain of command under us (in the spirit realm) – and it is done.

“And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.” Mark 16:17-18 ESV

Many a time I have questioned people’s salvation and who they serve. For example the other day I essentially said that if you lie you are a child of the devil – but the Bible said so and I gave you the verse. God has given us many verses about how to discern who truly is a believer and who isn’t. This is one of those verses. (Someday I should do a full study on discernment verses judging people.)
Do you really want to know who is and who isn’t living in a relationship with the one true living God – Here it is.  I mean, I haven’t drank any poison yet – But Christians do cast out demons, they do speak in tongues, and they do heal the sick. If not, it is fair to question if they are a believer. And if these signs are not accompanying you, maybe it is time to ask why. 
I can say most assuredly they are not accompanying me to the degree in which God wants them to in the near future.  I was a bit slow to submitting to all authority that I should have. (Part of it was the pride issue I had, and we discussed, as well.) But God revealed it all, and I corrected it, and I am now waiting on the proper structure to move into the position where I will be able to use it.  In my zealousness I may have originally put the cart before the horse! And if not for grace I would be all out of order.
Maybe it isn’t a matter of authority for you – maybe you are afraid of choosing powerful words – afraid of transforming the landscape – or afraid of the power in and of itself.
Maybe you too are waiting on the Lord – growing in wisdom while waiting to be released into the place He has for you to be loosed in.

It is important to ask God where you are at in the process and how to get to the place where you are regularly casting out demons, healing the sick and speaking in tongues.

Let us finish this study with one more exercise in speaking words of life into our life and others:
“Let another praise you, and not your own mouth; a stranger, and not your own lips.” Proverbs 27:2 ESV
So, let us shut our mouths to self-praise and spend the day focused on praising others and praising God above all else!

Praise God! The one true living God! Praise Him from whom all blessings flow! Help us Lord to find opportunity to praise those in our family and within our homes – Help us know when to praise our children, and their children!  – Let us praise our pets – Let us give praise to you Lord for our finances, job and ministries – help us find opportunity to say praise type complements of our leaders and our government officials – Lord we praise you for our nations – We praise you Lord for saving our souls and praise you for what you are doing to reach the souls of the prodigals and the souls of the lost – we praise you for everything in our lives – in the name of Jesus ~amen!

Speak it – pray it – believe it.

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 ~ I love you and love one another
Watch and Pray ~ Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

Shut Your Mouth! Part 5

“Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.” Proverbs 10:19 NLT
Almost everything you need to know before you open your mouth again. I am trying to cover this in only 6 posts – 1 more to come. Are you keeping your mouth shut, when you should be?

Dear Heavenly Father – We have seen so many loose mouths spitting out lies, negativity and curses – help us to not participate. Let us discern truth from lies and live in truth. Help us to stand firm in the positivity and hope of our redemption. And please keep and guard us from speaking curses, especially unknowingly. Please open our eyes to see and our understanding to the ways of you. – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

We are still studying the power of our words. Words can give life or death.
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21 NIV

We have covered that the very first Bible story and lesson for us is that “God said” – and the power of words. We have seen the words of God create, heal, and bring the potential to save the world.  We have studied how through the choice of words we can rob ourselves of our salvation and become children of the devil. We have learned how our words come back to us and the effect of that. We have learned not to curse and bless. We hopefully have repented of our careless words and purposed in our hearts and minds to use words to bless and bring life. Now, let us kick it up a notch and learn to use the power and authority we were given to choose words that can transform our world.

“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, “Be removed and be cast into the sea,” and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.” Mark 11:23 NKJV

This is most likely the most famous verse about choosing words carefully, prayerfully, and in faith, to transform the landscape of the world. God has never asked me to move a literal mountain – but I have full confidence that if he did, I could tell the mountain to move and it would.  I have had a few mountain sized problems which I told to move – they didn’t. But God moved me and changed me and transformed my landscape by correcting the way in which I viewed it. Sometimes we see mountains as something that should not be there instead of as opportunities to climb and to get up above and have a change of perspective.

Back to choosing our words with authority – Let’s go back to take a closer look at the passage about the centurion’s servant (that I breezed by on Monday).

Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him, pleading with Him, saying, “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”
And Jesus said to him, “I will come and heal him.”
The centurion answered and said, “Lord, I am not worthy that You should come under my roof. But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed. For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I say to this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes; and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.
10 When Jesus heard it, He marveled, and said to those who followed, “Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! 11 And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” 13 Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.”
  Matthew 8:5-13 NKJV

As I said on Monday, the centurion understood the rank and file of soldiers and the principles of authority.  In verse 9 the centurion says that he is “also a man under authority”. First things first, being UNDER authority – Jesus was under the authority of God and the centurion is under the authority of the Roman Army. If either of them stepped out from under the authority in which they had submitted, then they would lose all of their own authority.  Therefore to have authority, you must be fully submitted to a higher authority.  This is true. You cannot be partially (half-heartedly) submitted to God and expect to have anyone recognize or submit to your authority.  The authority given to anyone is always contingent on them being submitted to the higher authority.   
Secondly, the centurion acknowledges that once someone is granted authority, that others obey them.  The centurion doesn’t have to do anything, he just says to the people under his authority do it, and they do it. He just speaks into the chain of command beneath him and it is done. The centurion believed (correctly) that the authority Jesus had was built in the same structure. So, Jesus does not need to go do a healing – Jesus can speak it and it will be done. Jesus speaks into the spirit realm, which is a structure of authority, and the chain of command makes it happen. The lesson here is understanding the authority by which we choose words of power (like healing).
As for faith – you see here that faith truly is the essence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). Faith was based on a knowledge of authority and truth – and essence. Faith isn’t blind trust in some fairy tale. Faith has knowledge – knowledge cannot be seen but it can manifest through believing the knowledge you have received. The centurion believed that Jesus had the authority because he had knowledge of authority and believed it.

Once we submit correctly under the authority God has placed above us – God, then Jesus, then Pastor, then head of household….
Under authority we receive the authority – and through the choice of words empower that authority.  We, like Jesus and the centurion do not need to do anything.  We just say it and in the spirit it is done.

The words we speak can change lives – we should be speaking blessing into the lives of everyone – friend and foe. Today, let us focus on blessing others with our words.

“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.Romans 12:14 ESV

Blessings into our family relationships and within our homes – Blessings into our homes – Blessings on our children, and their children and their children! – Blessings to our pets – Blessings in our finances – Blessings in and through our job and ministries – Blessings to our government officials – Blessings to our nations – Blessings to our souls and the souls of the prodigals and the souls of the lost – Blessings into our lives – in the name of Jesus ~amen!

Speak it – pray it – believe it.

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 ~ I love you and love one another
Watch and Pray ~ Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

Shut Your Mouth! Part 4

“Too much talk leads to sin. Be sensible and keep your mouth shut.” Proverbs 10:19 NLT
Here we continue with everything you need to know before you open your mouth again. I am trying to cover this in only 6 posts – 2 more to come. Yes only 2 more to go!!

Dear Heavenly Father – We have seen so many loose mouths spitting out lies, negativity and curses – help us to not participate. Let us discern truth from lies and live in truth. Help us to stand firm in the positivity and hope of our redemption. And please keep and guard us from speaking curses, especially unknowingly. Please open our eyes to see and our understanding to the ways of you. – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

We are still studying the power of our words. Words can give life or death.
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21 NIV
I pray that the words in my posts bring life.  The Bible says the word of God never returns void and always accomplishes what it intended to accomplish (Isaiah 55:11) and this is the grace I live under while posting my Bible studies. Although there is greater accountability for those who teach the Word of God, there is also this grace: that The Word does what it intended to do when it is put out there.  I pray that God blesses those who read this – but it is completely in God’s hands and it is His job to make His Word work.  It is beautiful grace.

This is my 200th grace covered post and Bible study! On average, I type 1,422 grace covered words per post, which go out to accomplish the work of God. Almost 300,000 words – words that I will be held accountable for, words that I pray will bring life and blessings to my readers, and words that I must carefully and prayerfully choose. (Special thank you to those who have read every one of those 300,000 words – may the Lord bless you abundantly for going on this journey with me.)

It seems so fitting that my 200th post milestone would fall in the middle of a study on words. 
The written word is powerful, as it can easily become spoken word and it lasts for a longer time; and how many times have I encouraged you to speak some of these encouraging truths that we study into your life?! All for the Glory of God!

Monday nights around 10 pm (most popular day and time) – most of you open the internet and click on this blog also holding me accountable for studying, posting, and for every word I type. As I compose this and look at the site’s stats, I see someone from France just read a post – may God bless them and speak to them and reveal His love to them. 
My friend from South Africa gets extra prays, because they used to posts comments the most out of everyone – but then stopped suddenly. Praying that all is well and that God’s protection covers them and brings life.
And I do pray over each person who clicks on the blog even though there are too many to keep track of – God knows who you are and is able to reach you, to keep you, and love you, in: India, the UK, Italy, Canada, Nigeria, Uganda, Austria, Russia as well as in the USA.

Words. Words are powerful – they can bring life, set captives free, and bring redemption. Or if we chose to do the works of the devil, then words can bring death, condemn, and bring destruction.

The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.” Matthew 12:37 NLT
Many time we see in the Bible it is the actions of the people that bring acquittal; living holy and upright and letting God defend them. (Have you notice that when we defend ourselves, so many times our words are twisted and bring condemnation?) It is better to keep your mouth shut then to open it and let your own words condemn you!
In Romans 8, and as I say so many times, there is therefore now no condemnation in Christ!!! This is vital to understand. If the world condemns us, then it is not of God! If our minds condemn us, then we sidestepped – because our mind is to be convicted to repentance not condemned to judgment.

Let us learn when to open our mouths and speak words and when to hold our tongue!  
All week I have suggested a type of blessed speech, a word to speak, into your life. I hope each day you tried to speak those blessings. The practice of speaking blessed words will bring you a life you can enjoy (even with trials and persecutions you will see many happy days). I know because the Bible says so:

If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies.” 1 Peter 3:10 NLT

Beside receiving an enjoyable life – and reaping the blessings that we sow – and our faith being built up by seeing the blessing we speak be manifested in our lives and the lives of those around us… besides all these things… there are BIGGER and BETTER things that come from choosing our words carefully and for the glory of God.

One of the biggest rewards of learning to control our words is that others get built up and they benefit. This is the great mission God has sent us on: to share the gospel so others will be saved and to share with the other Christian so they too are build up and encourage and can also go share the good news.
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29 NIV
And this furthers the Kingdom of God! More lives can be saved from the wrath to come and enjoy the blessings of God while here on earth! Praise the Lord!

So be careful, nothing can defile you like words can. Although nothing will stop His love for us (Romans 8:31-39) and nothing will stop God from trying to save us, we ourselves can trade our assured hope for a defiled life with our choice of words.

“It’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth.” Matthew 15:11 NLT

As if I haven’t shared enough verses on this yet –
“And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!” James 3:10 NLT
You do need to know (in case you missed how all week this verse was implied) it is NOT RIGHT for you to both bless and curse. Not right to be cursing all week and going into church at the end of the week and speak blessing and praise – IT IS NOT RIGHT.
Choose who you will serve – repent while there is time to repent – and learn to choose words of life!

Like cold water to a weary soul, is good news from a distant land.” Proverbs 25:25 NIV
Oh the good news – time to proclaim the good news!

“How beautiful upon the mountains Are the feet of him who brings good news, Who proclaims peace, Who brings glad tidings of good things, Who proclaims salvation, Who says to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7 NKJV

Today let us speak the good news of Christ, peace, and salvation!

Peace and salvation into our family relationships and within our homes – Peace and salvation to our homes – Peace and salvation to our children, and their children and their children! – Peace and salvation to our pets – Peace and salvation to our finances – Peace and salvation to our job and ministries – Peace and salvation to our government officials – Peace and salvation to our nations – Peace and salvation to our souls and the souls of the prodigals and the souls of the lost – Peace and salvation to our lives – in the name of Jesus ~amen!

Speak it – pray it – believe it.

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 ~ I love you and love one another
Watch and Pray ~ Seek God & keep your eyes on Jesus!

Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!