To be Spared from Evil

“The righteous perish, and no one takes it to heart; the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil. Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest”

Isaiah 57: 1-2 NIV

How are you doing?  Me and my house, we are doing well (we were doing great until a sudden non-viral death in the family brought mourning. We mourn as we must, but we are doing well overall.) This pandemic has not robbed the joy of our salvation or our peace. 
During this pandemic I am speaking with (telephone, texts, DMs, PMs, etc) so many who are not followers of Christ who do not have peace. I understand that, they do not know hope and do not have the revelation of grace.  I speak my testimony and pray for them. It’s such a blessing to participate with. I am blessed to be a blessing and I am blessed by being a blessing. You see, I am able to because I have peace.

“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3 NKJV

This peace is a gift from God – but we have to work for it. We much discipline our minds to be “stayed on Him”.  (Go back and read my post – Grace for the battle over your mind – if you need more help with this)
So I have conversations with my fellow Christians and find two things:
1. They want a magic pill – God to do the work and they want to just receive it without any growth, work or disciple. But with somethings the Bible is very clear we must participate in achieving. Like peace – we keep our minds on Christ – he gives us peace. 
2. Lack of understanding God’s gracious plan through this pandemic. God’s wisdom isn’t like conventional human wisdom. It takes us asking God to open our understanding to it. I pray this over this post – so you may understand and have peace.

Let me give you an example of God’s wisdom.  This is a testimony of my life – a small thing God has done to provide. I pray you understand.  I have feet that are two different sizes.  So I usually buy cheap shoes because I have to buy 2 different pair (sometimes I can find one pair that will stay on both feet comfortably but that is usually boots and sandals).  With my Asperger’s syndrome I also have sensory issues and MANY of them are on my feet. Add to this that I am poor – literally and do not have the money for this nonsense.  So, my winter boots – I wore them until the sole fell off. I said: God, please provide. And I found superglue in my desk drawer and glued them back together.  This was a blessing and gift from God. And people tell me wasn’t because he did not give me new boots – But, he did! My boots that are comfortable and do not bother me are temporarily made new and I can finish the season.  However I did notice that the season for boots was ending and it isn’t yet sandal season, so I said: God, please provide. He said “Stay home until sandal season and enjoy wearing your socks!”
And again I heard “but God did not get you new shoes”.  And I say: He did exceeding abundantly above all I could ask or think! You see, God’s wisdom and his plan is NOT the conventional wisdom of man.

In Isaiah 57 – Isaiah is trying to explain God’s wisdom and that God has a plan for each of us. And each of us he plans to protect and provide for differently, but to all of His follows he wants peace. Let’s read it again:
“The righteous perish,” I am sorry, but some will – He has brought them home to His glory because it is his plan. Knowing that all things work together for good (Romans 8:28) we must submit out minds and wills to His will.
“and no one takes it to heart” Let the understanding of your heart (Esp. 1:18) be opened!
“the devout are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.” During this pandemic the majority of the world must stay home – be taken away.  It is you that I am speaking to right now – You are safe in your home covered by God’s protection and spared from evil. Are you waking up saying this is easy and a blessing! What if the answer was to sleep naked in a tree top?!?! That would be hard.  God has spared you with the easiest task possible. Stay home.
As for essential employees running out into this to keep the minimal vital processes and healthcare functioning – You are separated by your faith – you are in this world, but not of it (John 17:14-16) and God has also spared you from the evil – this takes more faith and I am sure it would take another post to fully explain. But He has you.
And finally “Those who walk uprightly enter into peace; they find rest”. Keep your eyes on Jesus not on what is happening around us.  We should be aware of what is going on – but focused on the prize!  The whole point of being a Christian is having a relationship with Him, telling others about Him, and watching and praying for His return.  Just focus on that.

This post is very wordy – but Isaiah (as we continue studying this chapter) has a lot to say. It is important to realize the blessing of ‘being taken out of this’ and ‘peace’ found in verse 1 and 2 comes with the rest of this chapter.  It should be digested and thought about together.

“But you—come here, you children of a sorceress, you offspring of adulterers and prostitutes! Who are you mocking? At whom do you sneer and stick out your tongue? Are you not a brood of rebels, the offspring of liars? You burn with lust among the oaks and under every spreading tree; you sacrifice your children in the ravines and under the overhanging crags. The idols among the smooth stones of the ravines are your portion; indeed, they are your lot. Yes, to them you have poured out drink offerings and offered grain offerings. In view of all this, should I relent? You have made your bed on a high and lofty hill; there you went up to offer your sacrifices.
Behind your doors and your doorposts you have put your pagan symbols. Forsaking me, you uncovered your bed, you climbed into it and opened it wide; you made a pact with those whose beds you love, and you looked with lust on their naked bodies. You went to Molek with olive oil and increased your perfumes. You sent your ambassadors far away; you descended to the very realm of the dead! 10 You wearied yourself by such going about, but you would not say, ‘It is hopeless.’ You found renewal of your strength, and so you did not faint.
11 “Whom have you so dreaded and feared that you have not been true to me, and have neither remembered me nor taken this to heart? Is it not because I have long been silent that you do not fear me? 12 I will expose your righteousness and your works, and they will not benefit you.
13 When you cry out for help, let your collection of idols save you! The wind will carry all of them off, a mere breath will blow them away. But whoever takes refuge in me will inherit the land and possess my holy mountain.”

Isaiah 57:3-13 NIV

Oof! In quick summary (which cannot do this justice) Isaiah is pointing out that the people are acting righteous and doing ‘good works’ but have hardened their hearts and compromised in sin. The focus of the people is on things (provisions if you will) and not focused on The Provider – and he relates it to idolatry.  Isaiah covers all sorts of sins throughout this passage – be careful not to find yourself in there – and if you do, then repent! Because God will NOT save you – he will let your collection of idols save you.
Do not say, but this is Old Testament and does not apply to me – the Old Testament is the prophesy of grace the same grace that is the redemption story we celebrated yesterday. This salvation is salvation from the enemies in our lives (sickness, disease, trials, tribulations, etc.) and is also salvation from the wrath to come and the judgment of God, and eternal damnation.

Take heart. This chapter is a positiveity sandwich! A blessing, a reprimand, and promise!

14 And it will be said: “Build up, build up, prepare the road! Remove the obstacles out of the way of my people.” 15 For this is what the high and exalted One says— he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite. 16 I will not accuse them forever, nor will I always be angry, for then they would faint away because of me— the very people I have created. 17 I was enraged by their sinful greed; I punished them, and hid my face in anger, yet they kept on in their willful ways. 18 I have seen their ways, but I will heal them; I will guide them and restore comfort to Israel’s mourners, 19creating praise on their lips. Peace, peace, to those far and near,” says the Lord. “And I will heal them.”

Isaiah 57: 14-19 NIV

Praise the Lord! He points out our sins, and how we are NOT focused on him – and reminds us that doing that has grave consequences!  AND then he reminds us that if we repent he is faithful and just to forgive us (John 1:9)!!!!  And we shall have peace – we shall survive and even thrive through this. It will be for the glory of God and others will ask (and have asked me): how are you so peaceful and positive? And it opens the door to give God the glory and share my testimony.

Isaiah isn’t done there. And neither am I.  I found myself in a situation where I shared with a Christian how I am doing great – and she said I cannot be implying I am lying. I shared what God is doing and a prayer request – which she filtered through her fear and stress and projected it onto me. She prayed for me and it was SO FAR AWAY from what I had asked. She prayed that I had peace and wisdom – ah well, I guess I can use some more. But my heart breaks for her and others like her.  Lord, she needs the peace!

If you are a Christian and you think your mind is stayed on him but you are still without peace – I challenge you to do some soul searching to see if there is any wicked way in you. And we finish the chapter:

20 But the wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire and mud. 21 “There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.”

Isaiah 57:20-21 NIV

ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS:
I also have a different perspective on this pandemic – it is not a trial for me.  I have lived a difficult life and have survived so much more than staying home (with a job to go back to), a loss of value in my 401k (403b, stocks, bonds, money market, etc.), and an order to wash my hand and not touch my face.  This is easy (even being an essential healthcare worker, who is blessed with the ability to work from home most of the time).  I also understand that other than 9-11, which shook our nation, and the recession of 2008 – many of you have been blessed and lived a peaceable life without the struggles I have survived.  I understand that this can shake a person, but let me encourage you to just stay on the path God has you on and keep moving forward and it will pass. God has promised he is responsible for fixing it – not you. He said he will, but in His will, and through His wisdom, which is not or own.  Just keep your eyes on Jesus!
And brothers and sister – I have read the end of the Book, and I know the signs of the times and I know we are here for such a time as this – so remember this is nothing compared to all that is on its way. Learn now to fight for your peace and keep your eyes on God. If Jesus doesn’t return for his sheep soon – we will only see things getting harder and God separating us more from the world.  Be of good cheer – this is all part of the plan.  Read the Bible and be encouraged.  God is Good.

~Peace~
~Grace be with you ~Thank you for reading ~ be healthy and blessed ~ Pray for our nation ~ pray Psalm 91 ~

The Significant Sheep

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.3 He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.  You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

Psalm 23: 1-6 ESV

When I first returned to the Lord, this passage kept being unintentionally recited in my head. The benefit of having so much of the Bible memorized is recall when you need it (and that is usually when I can’t think of it)! The flip side is passages will run in my mind, even when it isn’t something I am thinking about. And this one played like a catching jingle, over and over.  It seemed trite.  I struggled to find any comfort, peace or message that directly applied to me.

I went to my cousin’s church and a lady spoke a word in the spirit – she said something down the lines of: You are My sheep which I have prepared a table for – you are worthy of eating the whole thing, yet refuse and feel unworthy of even my table scraps. But this table is set for you and it overflows. Come to the table and eat. I have restored you by the work of the cross.

I spent much time searching the Bible for verses on sheep and tables looking for a meaning that was right in front of my face – I just hadn’t pulled my chair up to the table at first. And in case you are also as slow and literal as I am – it’s me – I am the sheep – the table is set for me. (Also it’s you – you are also sheep with your own table prepared.)

With Passover, Good Friday and tomorrow is Resurrection Sunday – I have been reminded of these sheep passages again – as Christ is our Passover lamb.  There have been lots of images on the internet with sheep, sermons with verses with sheep, etc.  So I recall my own reconciliation story and how the sheep were so integrated in it and then I think about my ever growing list of people I am praying for who are in that place of knowing/yet not knowing – they need reconciliation – they are like sheep who have gone astray.  

“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”  Isaiah 53:6 ESV

I had turned my own way and was lost.  Jesus sought me, long before I sought him. He loved me and wanted me back and when I came back he prepared the table like in the story of the prodigal son.  But unlike the earthly father in the prodigal story who stays home waiting – Jesus says in the parable before that, that a good shepherd leaves the other sheep and goes searching for the one lost one.  Jesus’s love was that much more – great!

So he told them this parable: “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.”

Luke 15:3-7 ESV

Heaven rejoices when anyone turns to Jesus – and many times it seems to us that we reached out to him and turned to him (and even use that terminology). However, Jesus made us, and then chased us down until we finally turn.  Did you notice that when we turned he was right there? Because Jesus followed us, calling us back.

Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”

John 10:1-21 NIV

I have watched the enemy sneak into our pens, climbing over the fences and not using the gate – and steal, kill and destroy. Especially lately. Many are without peace, overwhelmed, afraid and worried. But Jesus came to give us life and life more abundantly!

Wow, sheep. Usually not the smartest of animals – but they have been raise up by God to be a significant creature throughout the Bible. Granted a large portion on the Bible was written for sheep farmers, but God raised this lowly animal up and it is now identified with Christ himself. Christ in this study is the shepherd – 2 days ago in that study he was the Passover lamb. But he became flesh, became man (and if man = sheep, then Jesus became sheep) and rose again as the shepherd!

I am always in awe at the artistry of the Bible.  When a theme carries throughout from Old Testament to New. I could write an entire book on sheep through the bible and it seems to always relate back to the reconciliation story of the cross. So, today – the day in between the death and the resurrection. I sit here grateful for the grace God has given to the sheep, my good shepherd, my own restoration story, and the table we shall all sit down at together when we finally get to heaven and feast. I am a significant sheep. You are a significant sheep.

Grace be with you ~Thank you for reading ~ be healthy and blessed ~ Pray for our nation ~ pray Psalm 91

Reconciliation; a Good Friday Story

“For if, while we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” Roman 5:10 NIV

According to the dictionary (googled the meaning of reconciliation):
Reconciliation –
1. the restoration of friendly relations.
            restoration [reclamation, re-creation, recovery, mending, repairing, rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection, resuscitation, revitalization, revival]
2. the action of making one view or belief compatible with another.
3. the action of making financial accounts consistent.

I don’t think I have ever seen such an anointed dictionary definition!

God is the God of Reconciliation. Jesus is the work of Reconciliation. The Holy Spirit is Reconciliation. Today is Good Friday – and all good things come from the Lord God (James 1:17).  As a child I never understood why we call it good.  (In case you do not know, Good Friday is the day we as Christians remember the death of Jesus on the cross. Three days later is Easter Sunday; the day he rose from the dead.) 
Have you read about the death of Jesus? It’s horrible. It’s terrifying that humans can be so cruel.  He was blameless and did not deserve death, let alone the beatings, abuse, mocking – physical and emotional trauma.
He suffered it all so that we all could have the opportunity for reconciliation with God. This grace is why we call it Good Friday – and all good things come from the Lord God (James 1:17).

And we should not forget the Holy Spirit’s work I this – God planned it, Jesus did it, and Jesus said he leaves us a comforter, one Spirit through which we can access the father:
“15 by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16 and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17 He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18 For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.” Ephesians 2:15-18 NIV

So the first part of that dictionary definition is fairly easy to understand; God wants a relationship with you, through Christ Jesus and in the baptism of the Holy Spirit. 

Now on to the second meaning in that definition: “the action of making one view or belief compatible with another”.  Making my view and belief compatible with God.  This sounds impossible as we all have sinned, our spirit is willing but our flesh is weak, and we do as we ought not to do and not as we ought to do. If we could make our views and belief’s compatible with God – then Jesus would not have had to die that horrible death! Not by our works, but by grace that Christ can be glorified!

“20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. 21 Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation” Colossians 1:20-22 NIV
Enemies in our minds because of our evil nature. The blood of Jesus and the act of taking on our sins and accepting the judgment of sin, death, has created a means to reconcile our views and beliefs. AMEN!

Finally, “the action of making financial accounts consistent”. Another old hymn comes to mind: “I had a debt I could not pay, He paid a debt He did not owe, I needed someone to wash my sins away.”
Sin put me at a deficit, a term we use for finance. But if morals were money I found myself with a debt larger than New York State’s debt.  I don’t have the resources to pay it back.

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding” Ephesians 1:7-8 NIV
Not only has he paid the debt but with the riches of God’s GRACE (Oh blessed grace!!!) He LAVISHED on us. LAVISHED, because he came to give us life and life more abundantly! (John 10:10) Only my glorious heavenly Father would sacrifice his son to pay my debt – and after it was paid he’d lavish more abundance upon me! Grace!

What do I do with all this glorious reconciliation?  Well, if you do not have a relationship with God and have not asked for forgiveness and asked for this new redeemed life, then you most certainly should. (A simple conversation with Him will work, a prayer)
And if you are walking a redeemed life – I challenge myself and you to really walk it.  Far too often lately I find that daily prayer is missing from people’s lives.  Did you read the Word (Bible) – it is the inspired word of God, His revelation to us of Himself and His plan of salvation. So if you haven’t read it what are your directions for the day? If you haven’t read it, did you even try to listen to God today? Have we as Christian prayed for the reconciliation of others to God? Have you prayed for the reconciliation of yourself with others?  Now that we are reconciled we, are in the ministry of reconciliation with God.

“18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:18-21 NIV

Even from your home during social distancing, you can be spreading your testimony and the word of God.

Grace be with you ~Thank you for reading ~ be healthy and blessed ~ Pray for our nation ~ pray Psalm 91

Power in the Blood

There is an old hymn called, “Would you be free from your burden of sin” written somewhere between 1865 and 1936, they say.  It has been playing in my head, over and over.

Would you be free from your burden of sin?
  There’s power in the blood, power in the blood;
Would you o’er evil a victory win?
  There’s wonderful power in the blood.

There is power, power, wonder-working power,
  In the blood of the Lamb;
There is power, power, wonder-working power,
    In the precious blood of the Lamb.

Would you be free from your passion and pride?
  There’s power in the blood, power in the blood;
Come for a cleansing to Calvary’s tide,
  There’s wonderful power in the blood.

Would you be whiter, much whiter than snow?
  There’s power in the blood, power in the blood;
Sin-stains are lost in its life-giving flow,
  There’s wonderful power in the blood.

Would you do service for Jesus your King?
  There’s power in the blood, power in the blood;
Would you live daily His praises to sing?
  There’s wonderful power in the blood.

This song – it’s powerful, even today.

So, what is this power in the blood of Christ – what did his death, spilled blood and resurrection accomplish that there is now, still, power in His blood that was spilled about 2000 years ago.

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” I John 1:7
It forgives and forgets sins – takes us in our dirty earthy skin of sin and washes us white as snow. It rips the veil of the old temple that kept everyone except priests from entering the Holy place and having any interaction with God. Now we can fellowship with Christ. I have a relationship with Christ, and with Abba Father through the blood of Christ (because I have been made clean).
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” Ephesians 2:13
Being cleansed means we are saved from the wrath to come and God’s judgment.
Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” Romans 5:9
I have been saved!

Not only did he take upon himself our judgement, but the ‘stripes’ from his beatings (the long bloody lacerations caused by the whip) have healing power…
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
Healing our health, minds, hearts, souls, and spirits. And then this verse was referred to in the New Testament…
…who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sin, might live for righteousness—by whose stripes you were healed.” I Peter 2:24
I have been healed, and in some areas I am still healing.

The blood of Christ conquered death, overcame sin, and won victory over principalities, powers, demons, and satan himself.
Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” Colossians 2:15
And Christ invites us to share in the victory through His blood and our testimony; here read the rest:
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the death.” Revelation 12:11
My battles are won through the blood! I share in the victory!

Of course, finally, one of my favorites – Grace…. Grace all tangled up in with the Blood and Redemption.  The redemptive powers of the blood are an act of grace. And if not for grace, I would not be here right now.   

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace” Ephesians 1:7

being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed…” Romans 3:24-25

“in His forbearance God had passed over the sins” – passed over like the blood of the Passover lamb.

Grace be with you ~Thank you for reading ~ be healthy and blessed
Pray for our nation ~ pray Psalm 91

Happy Passover

“Get rid of the old yeast, so that you may be a new unleavened batch—as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.” 1 Corinthians 5:7

Passover, the death/resurrection and redemption work of Christ, and the coronavirus

I think everyone can easily see the correlations here. In case you cannot, I will try to share the thoughts on it today, before Passover starts (at dusk, tonight).

Here is what the Bible says regarding the Passover:

21 Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go at once and select the animals for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb. 22 Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. None of you shall go out of the door of your house until morning. 23 When the LORD goes through the land to strike down the Egyptians, he will see the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer to enter your houses and strike you down. 24 “Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance for you and your descendants. 25 When you enter the land that the LORD will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony. 26 And when your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’ 27 then tell them, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the LORD, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.’ ” Then the people bowed down and worshiped. 28 The Israelites did just what the LORD commanded Moses and Aaron. 
29 At midnight the LORD struck down all the firstborn in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock as well. 30 Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night, and there was loud wailing in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead.

Exodus 12:21-30

The Israelites were told to “Stay Home” – this sounds like the same thing we are being told.  They went through 9 plagues and the 10th one was the Angel of Death who came and took all of the first borns throughout the land.  The Israelites marked their door with the blood of the sacrificial lamb and were safe – they were covered with the blood. The blood was the way to salvation from both Death and the Egyptians.
The Coronavirus is moving like a plague and Christian are staying home praying the power of the shed blood of Christ over their families and selves. And we are praying Psalm 91.
“Because you have made the LORD your dwelling— my refuge, the Most High—no evil will befall you, no plague will approach your tent.” Psalm 91:9-10
And today is Passover.  Friday is Good Friday – the day we remember that Christ died and the work he accomplished through death. Then Sunday is the day we remember his resurrection and victory over death and sin; the ripped veil in the temple and the separation from God restored; and the new covenant, not under law, but through grace! (ah, yes, that blessed Grace that saved a wretch like me!)

It was on Passover approximately 2000 years ago, that Jesus had his ‘last supper’ with his disciples.  Knowing full well Judas was a traitor, he none the less ate with him and all of the 12 and…
“26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” 27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:26-28

This powerful salvation blood! Sin leads to death and the blood redeems!

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” John 3:16-17

The parallels between Passover lamb and Jesus have been made since Paul wrote to the first century church – but how much more it seems alive and applicable while we all ‘stay home’.  There are never coincidences with God – this is obviously a sign of something, but I can only speculate what it could be.

“And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.” Romans 13:11 NIV

Yes – the hour has come to wake up.

Chag Pesach sameach! ~ Grace be with you ~Thank you for reading ~ be healthy and blessed ~ Pray for our nation ~ pray Psalm 91

Let’s pray…

16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Ephesians 1:16-23 NIV

I pray for anyone who reads my blog, I pray for my friends and coworkers, and I pray for my family and loved ones.  I pray for me. I pray for my churches and pastors along with the workers, I pray for the government and our land. I pray.

So, let’s talk about prayer. There are a million ways to pray – through songs, worship, playing instruments, talking, crying, making noise, asking for things, giving thanks, etc.  Maybe there is not enough room in this unlimited blog to thoroughly review prayer.  So, let me focus on how I pray for others.

Intercession.  I spent a lot of time last year learning about intercession (reading the Bible and other books on the subject). My goal was to be so good at intercession that my sweet friend would have a change in his life like Saul had on the road to Damascus – transformed into Paul.  Whoever was praying for him, I wish they had wrote a book.

My intercession for my sweet friend has not yet worked out so well. Today he messaged that he redecorated his island on Animal Crossing game. – This is not a Paul like report.
This is the news that my eyes see.  But my spirit sees God busy working. Sees the Angel with my answered prayer delayed due to spiritual battle like in the book of Daniel. Sees that God is setting the stage so that when he does this great miracle – no one will doubt it was an act of God and many will be saved.  (Cause I couldn’t just pray that he got his act together – oh no, I had to pray for the miracle!)   

Verse 16, above – “not stopped” and ‘remembering” and verse 17, above “I keep asking”.  Some days it is the same exact prayer. Like my pastor gets on social media prays psalm 91 every day during this pandemic.  There is something comforting to people to pray the same – Although, I wonder if God tires of hearing the same prayers.  (If he does, then he better hurry up and answer them – as some times I am tired of praying them – lol) Most days I mix it up a bit, the way I word my prayers and the verses I use to affirm my prayers.  But the essence of my prayer is the same – Save, revive, and do a mighty work in anyone who reads my blog, my friends and coworkers, my family and loved ones, me, my churches and pastors along with the workers, the government and our land and everyone.  (Praying for revival before Jesus returns for us!)

And then, continuing verse 17:  “may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.”
Wouldn’t it be great to have more wisdom right now, during this pandemic? Maybe some revelation about the big picture and God’s plan? How about all of that and knowing “the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father” better? Well, according to these verses we can pray this for ourselves and others! Amen! And since We are told to, we know he will hear us and it will be answered with a great big YES!

Let us also “pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe” (verses 17-19)
No matter how much I study, my eyes are opened in different ways to different things each and every time. I pray that for you, and over everyone I pray for. That God lets the eyes of your understanding be open, that you can hear him speak to you through the reading. That it’s always timely and applicable to your life. That you fall in love with the word of God!

And “that you may know the hope to which he has called you”. We are here, because we are called for such a time as this.  I pray that you understand that and lend your hand to the good work you are called to do.

And Paul finishes up this passage with explaining who it is that we are called by. Who has called us?  I keep saying this generation needs a mighty God and Paul says here that he prays for people to understand God’s might and power! Here it is again: verses 19 -23
“and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.  And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.”

I know, since the Bible tells me to pray this way – that my prayers are effective and I will soon see the mighty hand of God transform anyone who reads my blog, my friends and coworkers, my family and loved ones, me, my churches and pastors along with the workers, the government and our land – and everyone I pray for.
And I have heard – what about those who use “free will” and those who ‘refuse’? Someday I will tell you about Jonah who not only refused, but ran away! And as for the “free will”?
Yes – we have free will and God will not force us to love him. And I have one dear friend who always, stubbornly says because of his free will he will not obey God.  Will not obey the same Holy God who raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come? Does he really think he is more powerful than God? (I say he isn’t even more powerful than my prayers!) Maybe I need to pray that first part for him more – because Jesus is still in control, and when your understanding is opened you will freely choose the great Might and Love (and grace) of God.

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us” Eph 3:20 KJV
And so I use this verse to end most of my prayers. I say, Lord please do what I have asked or do exceeding abundantly above all that I ask or think! In Jesus Name!

We are called for such a time as this – as here we are and it is this time. Pray. Pray. Pray.
Some of us will be preacher and some teachers, some will be servers and some will be prophets, but all of us are to pray. And pray effective prayers that shall not fail!

Grace be with you ~Thank you for reading ~ be healthy and blessed ~ Pray for our nation ~ pray Psalm 91

Warnings that give grace

7 So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice, 8 do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness, 9 where your ancestors tested and tried me, though for forty years they saw what I did. 10 That is why I was angry with that generation; I said, ‘Their hearts are always going astray, and they have not known my ways.’ 11 So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’ ” 12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness. 14 We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. 15 As has just been said: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.” 16 Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt? 17 And with whom was he angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies perished in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did God swear that they would never enter his rest if not to those who disobeyed? 19 So we see that they were not able to enter, because of their unbelief.

Hebrews 3:7-19 NIV

We were warned. So many examples of times when humanity has hardened their hearts.  I participated as well. My heart was so hardened, I could not understand love.  I have and continue to work on understanding love.  It is the essence of all things Holy. It is the very thing the enemy uses to try to separate us from God.

This plague across the globe is not God’s wrath and judgment – Our God is LOVE and GOOD. These things are the consequences of being ungodly and compromising – it is the result of the hardening of our hearts.  It’s (as a bigger picture) exactly what the author of the book of Hebrews is warning against. 

The book of Hebrews is all: Hey, guys! You should be super strong Christians, out there healing and casting out demons – but instead you need a refresher in the basics like a fat baby! Pull your acts together because you are heading towards the hardening of your hearts and will fall short of entering His rest. – So here are the basics, again. Sign.

Seriously – this book is no joke! 

While social distancing I look on Facebook to interact with others and I see so many share Bible verses of hope and memes of prayers – followed by other memes that make my spirit cringe! I have so many friends who claim to be christian because they were always told they were Christian – but the bible says we can discern the spirits, testing and seeing that just professing it and having never opened a Bible, themselves, does not a Christ follower make.  Where is the evidence of an actual relationship with Christ?  

“Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed.”

Hebrews 4:1-2 NIV

As for those of us who profess we are Christians, read His Word, and prayerfully have a relationship with Him – are we obeying so that we do not lead others astray?  We all must find the line in the sand in which we will not cross. We all must set examples so they may “share the faith of those who obey”.
Are we out on social media sharing fear, anger, and promoting the works of the devil?  Are we protesting and going out and showing our disobedience (the Bible says to follow the laws of the land and the law says to stay socially distant) – With such protest testing God himself, as you say: God will protect me! (God forbid! He has protected you as the Jews where protected during Passover – INSIDE their houses!)

“Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.”

Hebrews 4:11 NIV

Our jobs as Christians is to be examples. 
I post very positive post on social media ones of love, peace and hope – and about what is happening in my life. I have had Christian criticize me for not putting out the gospel and forcing my beliefs on others.  And I wonder, how many lives have been changed by that approach?  My approach is to share the love of Christ through hope – it works, I have been approachable.  I am a sinner saved by grace and by not being in their face, they are able to also forgive my transgressions when I have fallen.  I get messages from others needing hope begging me for the secret of my peace, of my hope and of my love.  They have asked and then I have the opportunity to not only share – but customize it as God would have for that person’s specific needs.  At that point I can share the Word of God without apology as they are the ones who have asked for it.  God is good.

12 For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Hebrews 4:12-16 NIV

While we are social distancing – we can either:

  • Sin in private and no one will know – we can harden our hearts and become lazy in our walk with God – we can compromise – we can fill our time with entertainment streaming into our homes – we can easily spout off on social media forgetting that our standards then enter other people’s home and spread a virus more deadly than the pandemic we are social distancing to avoid. – yes, our compromise, sin and disobedience spread death as others follow our lead (the wages of sin is death – Romans 6:23)

Or

  • We can take this time to grow strong in the lord and in the power of his might (Eph 6:10). We can be an example of Christ. We can share the gospel. We can be part of this great revival that is happening. Yes, it is happening! People want and need a REAL God, a Powerful God, and a Life Changing God. We have that God – share Him!

When we get to heaven and have to account for the actions of our life – what will we tell God we did during this time? He says: Dear child, you were created for such a time as this; so what did you do to further my kingdom? Did you permit distractions to keep you from your great project (my post on Saturday)?

Remember I am writing to myself as well as anyone who stumbles upon this. God is still working in me, by grace! Oh how I love that word!

”Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Hebrews 4:16 NIV

Yes, I wrote that verse 2 times today (and how many times thought these posts?). We need his mercy and grace to get through this time. Learn these lessons and this verse as we will need it all the more as we get further along in these last days. His grace is and will be sufficient.

Grace be with you ~Thank you for reading ~ be healthy and blessed ~ Pray for our nation ~ pray Psalm 91

(Also, I am no longer posting on Sunday – please find a Church online to get the Word of God from and spend it with your family and with God – Love you)

Doing a great project

6 When word came to Sanballat, Tobiah, Geshem the Arab and the rest of our enemies that I had rebuilt the wall and not a gap was left in it—though up to that time I had not set the doors in the gates— Sanballat and Geshem sent me this message: “Come, let us meet together in one of the villages on the plain of Ono.”
But they were scheming to harm me; so I sent messengers to them with this reply: “I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?” Four times they sent me the same message, and each time I gave them the same answer.
Then, the fifth time, Sanballat sent his aide to me with the same message, and in his hand was an unsealed letter in which was written:
“It is reported among the nations—and Geshem says it is true—that you and the Jews are plotting to revolt, and therefore you are building the wall. Moreover, according to these reports you are about to become their king and have even appointed prophets to make this proclamation about you in Jerusalem: ‘There is a king in Judah!’ Now this report will get back to the king; so come, let us meet together.”
I sent him this reply: “Nothing like what you are saying is happening; you are just making it up out of your head.”
They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.”
But I prayed, “Now strengthen my hands.”
10 One day I went to the house of Shemaiah son of Delaiah, the son of Mehetabel, who was shut in at his home. He said, “Let us meet in the house of God, inside the temple, and let us close the temple doors, because men are coming to kill you—by night they are coming to kill you.”
11 But I said, “Should a man like me run away? Or should someone like me go into the temple to save his life? I will not go!” 12 I realized that God had not sent him, but that he had prophesied against me because Tobiah and Sanballat had hired him. 13 He had been hired to intimidate me so that I would commit a sin by doing this, and then they would give me a bad name to discredit me.
14 Remember Tobiah and Sanballat, my God, because of what they have done; remember also the prophet Noadiah and how she and the rest of the prophets have been trying to intimidate me. 15 So the wall was completed on the twenty-fifth of Elul, in fifty-two days.

Nehemiah 6:1-15

As I sit to do my bible study, I received some terrible news. A man I know, who lives in my community, has passed away due to complications from the coronavirus.  I am sad and grieve for (and with) the family.  I think by this point we all know someone who has it or has had it. A large percentage of us know someone who has passed from this. 

I want to keep yelling from my roof top – fear not! Please go back and read the post about overcoming fear if you are still struggling with it.   

It is time to be the great intercessor that Nehemiah was in the early chapters of the book.  We need to pray like it’s our job, pray for God to save and restore us.  In the above passage – we join the story when Nehemiah is appointed governor and is rebuilding the Wall around Jerusalem.  And when I shared about finding our calling in Christ not too long ago, I think it has now become obvious that it’s time to work – Nehemiah was building the Kingdom that God said to build and we are to be building the kingdom of God, Heaven; as in building up his people and saving souls. Verse 3 says “I am carrying on a great project”.  And what greater project is there then building for Christ?!

“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:19-20 KJV

The great commission.

In Verse 2 (above comes the first potential distraction) – lets meet about this.  Nehemiah sees it is time to work, not talk to plan and talk about it, and figure it out, or make compromises to please everyone. These distractions were designed to halt the work.  When I started blogging my personal bible studies here – I had a few people who said to wait, to take classes on writing or to go to school first to be a pastor. I may, someday take classes or whatever, but I know God said to start it now.  I do not have many followers – I can see how many people read this daily – But I am not doing this for follower, but because God told me to.

Verse 4 said the invite to stop working and meet about it happened 4 time. Then the 5th time, they threatened them, using lies and fear to discourage them.

“They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.” But I prayed, “Now strengthen my hands.” Nehemiah 6:9

Nehemiah called them out, speaking the truth – and prayed to God for strength.
Look around us, so many have fallen for this distraction. So many have not been able to overcome the fear of this pandemic or found creative outlets to spread the news of what Jesus is doing and can do.  This is just a distraction tactic designed to pull us away from the work. 
We overcome fear with the Power of Christ’s blood and work of redemption, with Love, like the kind of Love that God has for his creation, and a sound-mind, bathed in the understanding of the Word of the Lord. (2 Timothy 1:7)

We pray Psalm 91and pray for grace to endure – we should also, like Nehemiah, pray for strength to complete the tasks he has given us and overcome evil and the distractions of the enemy.

Verses 10-12:  The next distraction is the one who comes in the name of the Lord, but is a false profit. Nehemiah has the gift of discernment.

“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led. Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; 10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: 11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will. 12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

1 Corinthians 12:1-12 KJV

I know I have posted briefly about the gifts – we each have our own and they work together.  And it is important to review as we all work in our gifts to build this wall, during this critical time in world history. We aren’t made for such a time as this to observe – but to work.  And although some have the gift of discerning of spirits we are all instructed to try the spirits to discern if they are from God.

1 John 4:1 KJV – “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”

And finally – the wall was completed in record time.   God is moving and in his time he will do it quickly.  We are here at such a time as this:  Either this pandemic will birth a great revival – or – a last hurrah among God’s children to call in the sheep before Jesus shows up in the clouds to take us home.

It’s time to pray – to share what God has done in your life – to make a difference in the world.  We are here for such a time as this. 

Grace be with you ~Thank you for reading ~ be healthy and blessed ~ Pray for our nation ~ pray Psalm 91

God’s Rest

By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” Genesis 2:2-3 NIV

I started a good reading in Nehemiah – I did not have a chance to write it out.  I spent my evening speaking with others and encouraging them in the Lord. Which is a good thing and appointed by God.

Fear not, my friends. 

“Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” Mark 6:31 NIV

My last phone call was a friend encouraging me and rebuilding me.  It’s wonderful how that works.  God uses me then refills me and does the same for others.  So at her wise council, I found a quiet place with God (my bed) and prayed and worshiped myself to sleep. Therefore, this is all you get today.

Feel free to rest. Or go back and reread previous posts.

Grace be with you ~Thank you for reading ~ be healthy and blessed ~ Pray for our nation ~ pray Psalm 91

Grace; yes more grace

the gospel he promised beforehand through his prophets in the Holy Scriptures regarding his Son, who as to his earthly life was a descendant of David, and who through the Spirit of holiness was appointed the Son of God in power by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord. Through him we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake.

Romans 1:2-5 NIV

Today I am saddened.  So many I know are just getting overwhelmed by stress, the unknown, fear, worry and this pandemic.  You all are breaking my heart.
My friends who have personal relationships with Jesus – have and hold onto that peace. Be the light in this darkness – show others the peace and love of Christ.  God has given you the grace to get through this and lead others.
And to my friend who do not have relationships with Jesus – He has given you the grace to draw close to him and he can save you from your anxieties (as well as eternal damnation).  
Here is a prayer to pray and “give your life” to Christ: “Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner, and I ask for Your forgiveness. I believe You died for my sins and rose from the dead. I turn from my sins and invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust and follow You as my Lord and Savior.” That will begin your relationship with him – but like any relationship, you must talk with him daily (you pray – he talks back through His Word, the Bible).

22 righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.

Romans 3:22-26 NIV

Jesus makes us justified, sanctified, redeemed, righteous, and heirs to all the promises of the Father through him! Stop focusing on a virus you may or may not get.  If you do not get it, then you have worried and stressed for nothing, so focus on God, Jesus, and His kingdom.  If you do get it, then focus, not on it, but on God, Jesus, and His kingdom!  He is the healer, protector, and He is still ultimately in control! He has given us the grace to get through this no matter what this is in our lives.

“But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.” Ephesians 2:4-5 NIV

By grace we are saved. Saved from the troubles of this world. Psalm 91 says that no disease will come to my house (read it and pray it).  Saved from the need to fear. We, through grace have Hope and Faith!

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26 NIV

As children of God, through the redemption power of Jesus, we not just get saved (although, honestly that is good enough) but then there are the blessings, the changes in your life for good, the miracles, and the peace! Yes, peace.

I have said it in previous posts – the way to overcome fear is with Jesus’s Power, God’s Love and a Sound Mind. (2 Timothy 1:7) 

You say: “Well, it is not all like that – I am disheartened. I grow weary.”  

“…is good for our hearts to be strengthened by grace…” Hebrews 13:9 NIV

Grace, the same grace that helps us get through, the same grace that covers us so we can find our way to God, the same grace that got you here – can and will strengthen your heart!!! Seriously.  See why I call this blog “If Not for Grace”?  Because Jesus has been so abundantly gracious with me – It isn’t me, but Him by this powerful grace!

God gives it freely and sufficiently enough.

Be encouraged in the lord – focus on him. Be thankful for all his blessings and promises fulfilled. Thank him for the ones that are still to come.  Set your mind on things eternal and praise him.

“The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.” Revelations 22:21 NIV

Grace be with you ~Thank you for reading ~ be healthy and blessed ~ Pray for our nation ~ pray Psalm 91