May 13, 2014

God Speaks I Write: Do You Know My Jesus?

God Speaks I Write: Do You Know My Jesus?: Do You Know My Jesus? Do you know that since the beginning of time, you and I were born into sin?(Genesis 3) Do you know that the punish...

Do You Know My Jesus?

Do You Know My Jesus?

Do you know that since the beginning of time, you and I were born into sin?(Genesis 3)
Do you know that the punishment for sin is death?(Romans 6:23)
Do you know that God the creator of all things loves us inspite of our sins.(John 3:16)
Do you know that 2000 years ago God became man and walked among us, 
just to redeem us from that curse of sin and death?(John 3:16)
Do you know that as a man He was persecuted, He was ridiculed, He was mocked, he was rejected, just for you and I?( Isaiah 53:5)(Matthew 27) 
Do you know that He was bruised and beaten and tortured and hung on a cross and died just because He loves us so very much?(Isaiah 53:5; Matthew 27)
Do you know that He conquered death , hell and the grave, and He arose  breaking the curse of sin?( Luke 24)
Do you know that He is Alive forever more and is coming back one day to 
collect His people, to live with Him forever?( John 14)
Do you know that He is returning to bring judgement on the world for those who reject Him even still and to clean the world for good of all sin and unrighteousness?( 2 Peter 3:10-11)
Do you know that He loves you so much that He chose you from the very beginning of time? (Jeremiah 1:5)
Do you know that all He asked for in return is that you believe in Him( John 3:16)

 Well brother's and sisters, you do now! Will you choose this day to believe and receive His gift of salvation and love?

May 3, 2014

Peter, Satan has desired to sift you.......

        Peter, Satan has desired to sift you....
                      Luke 22:31 &32 KJV
And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat : But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.

I like the way the Message Bible words this scripture with today's understanding in mind. 
Message Bible version: “Simon, stay on your toes. Satan has tried his best to separate all of you from me, like chaff from wheat. Simon, I've prayed for you in particular that you not give in or give out. When you have come through the time of testing, turn to your companions and give them a fresh start.”
I find it really interesting that as a believer Satan finds us so much of a threat that he asks for permission to sift us.  But, even more powerful is the confidence that we can count on Jesus to be pray for us and not leave us to go through this time alone. 
There are at least 2 other places in the word that we find  that Satan tried to sift other believers. (Job 1 & 2) God allowed Satan to sift Job....his test was to prove his faithfulness, (2 Corin.12:7-9) God allowed Satan to sift Paul.....his test was to keep him from pride. Now as with Peter's sifting it was to test his faithfulness and he actually failed but, Jesus knew he would  that is why He told him ... when you come through this testing; (not if , when)  come back and help others with a fresh start a you have received. Failure doesn't have to be the end; it can be the end to self and the beginning of a new life  with Christ living in and through us not self. 
The Message Bible puts it very accurate in meaning. Stan has a desire to separate us from Jesus.
Notice that Jesus had to inform Peter of his coming trial because Peter was completely unaware of the battle for his soul. We tend to pose this question ..... If Jesus knew this was going to happen to Peter or even to any of us why doesn't He stop it from taking place.  Because Jesus knows the beginning from the end and knows that if we endure and trust Him that we will come out the other side a much stronger and more powerful disciple of Christ , wreaking havoc upon the works of Satan's. 
Does Satan want to sift us? Yes, most definitely he does. 1 Peter 5:8 tells us:
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:(KJV) 
Have you ever noticed that you will going about life, things going good  and things all of a sudden seem to come out of left field  almost knocking you off your feet? If we really want to make an impact for Jesus and the kingdom of heaven , then we need to realize that there is going to be a price to pay. We will be tested in a number of ways but, know that if we persevere Jesus will use it to refine us to become even more effective than we have ever been before.
  we can find 3 things that Jesus wanted Peter to learn and I believe we can learn the same from Peter's example. 
1) He had to learn to submit to the Lord with humility.
2)  Jesus wanted him to learn to love others regardless of whether they were Jew or Gentile.
3) He needed to learn submission to the will of God. He had to learn that his will and God's will are not always the same.
When Satan sift's believer's , his goal is to damage their faith so much as to render them useless . We have to learn to put down our pride and put on the Holy Spirit's courage.
And as we go through these tests and trials we need to remember these key things. 
Jesus, said He is praying for us. Jesus said He will never leave us or forsake us. Jesus said ... Fear not, I will be with you even to the end of time. (paraphrased). 
And finally the word says in Ephesians 6:10-17 (KJV)
 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
 Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
 Wherefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God !

And let us not forget the last thing that Jesus says in these verses. WHEN we come through go and strengthen you brothers and sisters.!!!!!!

Sep 14, 2013

Make your Battles Count!!!

As I was reading a good friends status this morning on face book, it really spark something in me. I want to share with you what the Lord showed me through this , but will also show you her status.

Don't allow the enemy to pull you into a battle that God has not called you to fight.

Wow those words speak volumes. 

To often as Christians we see battles going on around us and sometimes even in our own lives and our human reaction is to fight, and although it says in several places in the word that we must fight the good fight and also we are to fear not, we are also called to be wise  and to be watchful. We are also warned that the devil, our adversary is seeking whom he may devour. 

There are some out there whom it is easy for satan to trap and devour but, then there are some Christians that are  firmer in their stand and satan will use a system of small attacks to wear them down to the point where they are not strong enough to stand when he comes in with the big one. 

We are given example after example in the word of how and when to stand and when to fight, and my favorite example is Jesus. 

When He was   going through the 40 days in the wilderness, the devil was on His case badly trying to break Him.  And i am sure that after a few days that old devil was starting to get on Jesus' last nerve but, as easy as it was to just loose it and call down His heavenly authority, he walked it out.  When He was ridiculed and accused and beaten and falsely arrested , He could have spoken up for Himself , He could have  called down all of Heaven  to defend Him. But He stood silent, not bowing to the World or the enemy but, also not fighting . When He was hung on the cross and crucified more innocent then the world has ever known, He stood.
Because in His death He brought each and everyone of us redemption, in His death He conquered  an even greater war, against death, And in His resurrection, He took the victory over Death , Hell and the grave!

No we are not called to be wimps or doormats but we are called to use wisdom so in the time when we need it most we will be able to stand and , fight, being over comers in Christ.  And when we have done all that we can do stand and watch the redemption of the Lord take the victory for us.

In closing , these are how I see it. This earthly world has many evils, many demons doing the work of satan but, we don't need to go chasing after battles. Be guaranteed, if you are living and walking and working the life of Christ, they will come after you. I pray you are not to war weary to stand at that crucial moment but, if you are take heart ... the Lord strong and mighty will fight for you and He never looses. God be with you my spiritual brothers and sisters until we meet again.

Jul 28, 2013

Beauty for Ashes!!!!

                                        Isaiah 61:3 (KJV)

" To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord that he might be glorified."

How many times have we seen or heard this verse and connected it immediately to  God giving us beauty in place of our troubles. Or that when bad things , pain, loss etc. happen to us that God will turn it into beauty.? We tend to often connect this scripture with the scripture that says " What you meant for evil, God has turned around for the good, Genesis 5:20" And I am not saying that that  isn't a meaning for this scripture but, let's take a look at another view of it.

The other day as I was reading this verse I felt led to research it and study it more. I happened upon this particular teaching that really stood out to me and  I felt led to share it with you. Many times when things go wrong or bad things  happen to good people, or innocents are harmed or killed by someone who is evil or being led by evil. We often tend to ask of God; where is the beauty from this ? 

The teaching that I found that really touched me was written by: Goodwin Tam Brisbe, and he brings us another view of Isaiah 61:3.

What does it mean when God says I will give you beauty for the ashes?  Well, let's first understand the meaning of ashes and where they come from.Ashes come from things that are burnt up. They turn to ashes and become an entirely different substance than it began as. They take on a new state that scientist call "irreversible reaction".  Then we begin to realize that our beauty will not come until we are completely burnt up and turned to ashes. When we get to the point of "no going back" to where we came from.  His beauty for us will come when  all of our trials and tribulations have come to an end and we are completely burnt up.

Now at first when I read that I was a bit confused and unsure of what this was saying. It seemed to me that it was saying that when my life is over and I go to be with the Lord, that He will turn all my trials and tribulations into beauty and I will receive my reward.  But, then after bringing it before the Holy Spirit and asking for clarification this is how I understand better. I felt led to read this verse "Galatians 2:20, I am crucified with Christ; never the less I live, yet not I ; but Christ who liveth in me"

Now as I look back on the teachings on Beauty for Ashes , I understand it to mean, when I have completely died to self,  all sin is washed a way and my old nature is completely burned up., when I have allowed Christ to transform me into a new creature and the old person has become completely burned up to ashes. Then I will see the beauty from my ashes as I walk in the new person that Christ created me to be.

This is by no means saying that any other way of teaching this is wrong, only that this is another way to understand this verse. 

Oct 30, 2012

Do we have what it takes to be like Jesus? Part #1

Recently  I was taken back to a book I once read called " In His Steps" and I heard God ask me do you have what it takes to follow in the footsteps of Jesus?

As I started researching the life and ministry of Jesus , i came across this statement and it really stood out to me.
"The life of Christ confronts us with a personality which forbids indecision and neutrality. written by:Bob Deffinbaugh" And if you are paying attention as  you are studying His life, you will notice there was not one time when Jesus was undecided on which way to go , nor was He ever neutral on anything. It was either right or wrong , no grey areas.  Can we walk through our life with decisiveness and walking acocrding to what is right, choosing not to follow or entertain what is wrong?
 We live in a society today that says there are different versions of right and wrong  depending on the situation but, the bible states differently. Matthew 5:37....But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one. In Revelation 3:15-16, God says........I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot,[a] I will vomit you out of My mouth.
 So to move forward here, lets move on to some other characteristics of Jesus  we need to embody  as a Christian.

There are many attributes of Jesus to choose from and this may go into a part 2 but, let's try to look at as many as we can find and if I miss some please feel free to message them to me.

1) Jesus was meek and humble.Matthew 5: 39,But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. Jesus himself  did not resist but  submitted Himself without violence to the abuse of man.John 18... but when they came to force him to a cross, he offered himself; for he came into this world to suffer, and went to the other world to reign.

2)Jesus was compassionate . all through out the gospels you will read of the many many times that Jesus had compassion on the people.Here is but, one example......Matthew 14:14
And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.Matthew 9:36
But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.

3)Jesus was bold. For instance, though hated by those having power and influence, Jesus did not water down what God wanted people to know.

He fearlessly exposed the powerful religious leaders for their self-righteousness as well as for their false teachings. Those men stood condemned, and Jesus told them so in words both direct and unmistakable.

On one occasion, he said: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you resemble whitewashed graves, which outwardly indeed appear beautiful but inside are full of dead men’s bones and of every sort of uncleanness. In that way you also, outwardly indeed, appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”—Matt. 23:27, 28.

 Now since there are many attributes of Jesus that we need to be like , I will be writing a part 2 and possibly a part 3.... But for this one, I am going to end this with a challenge to you.

My challenge :  Can we be compassionate to the lost ,the hurting, the sick, the poor, the hungry?  Can we speak with decisiveness, and not waiver on our  views of right and wrong, no grey areas?  Can we share the gospel of Jesus, the love and compassion of Jesus to the world, boldly, even in the face of ridicule and anger and insults and judgments from others?

Let's make a commitment to ourselves and to Jesus to try to walk in His footsteps.

Oct 22, 2012

“Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

                            Mark 4:40

How many times while Jesus was with the disciples did they see the miracles that Jesus performed? They were there when Jesus turned water to wine, they were there when Jesus feed the 5000. They were there when Jesus healed the blind and made the lame to walk. They were there when Jesus cast out demons and raised the dead. They were eyewitnesses.  So how could they doubt? How could they fear? How could they have such little faith? 
I sometimes think about myself in those same times. Being physically side by side with Jesus. And I say How could they have such little faith in Jesus? But, then i ask the very same question of myself. How can I have such little faith?
Jesus has never left me and He has always been there when I have called out to Him , even when I had rejected Him. Time after time, after time, I have witnessed the miracles He has done in my life and that of others. Time after time, I cry out to Him and He rescues me. Yet, when the next roadblock comes. when the next storm comes, when the next hardship comes; it is always the same responses. Lord , why have you forsaken me?Or Where are you Lord? Or why haven't you fixed this or taken it away, Lord.
Jesus, doesn't want us to be robots, so He will understands that there will be times when we question Him? Moses did, Abraham did. Elijah did. But, when He spoke they believed Him.
God doesn't mind His children questioning, That is how children grow and learn. But, He does want us to have a relationship with Him so devoted and so trusting and so secure that When He speaks we have no doubt it will happen. He wants a relationship with us so close, (as a child is to their earthly father, and more) that when the storm comes we know that our Daddy God will calm it, He will fix whats broken, He will heal our wounds, He will make a way where there is no other way.
And all He asks of us is that we believe, that we have faith . Do we have enough of a relationship with Jesus that when He says, I will provide; or when He says, You are healed; to just take Him at His word and believe? Do we have enough faith in Jesus to stand on His promises no matter what it looks like to the naked eye?
Food for thought,  Can you do this without Him? No, so why struggle? Cast your cares on Him, and believe that He is willing and able to take care of you!