Johns Vision of Heaven Beautiful :)

Friday revelation 4 11

 

Have a Wonderful and Blessed Day!!! Johns Vision On Heaven!!!

Revelation 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.
Revelation 4:2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
Revelation 4:3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
Revelation 4:4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
Revelation 4:5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
Revelation 4:6 And before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal: and in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts full of eyes before and behind.
Revelation 4:7 And the first beast was like a lion, and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle.
Revelation 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
Revelation 4:9 And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,
Revelation 4:10 The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,
Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

 

God had John write Revelation to show us some things we would see in Heaven.
Revelation 1:19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;
Revelation 1:20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in my right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.
John heard the following invitation:
Revelation 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

The following is a picture of the rapture, and what a beautiful picture:
1Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
1Thessalonians 4:17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
1Thessalonians 4:18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

WHAT SHALL WE SEE IN HEAVEN?
We will see a glorious God/Father/Savior sitting on His throne.
Revelation 4:3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
Shinning and glistening like jewels in the sun.
Beautiful clouds like a rainbow.
Revelation 4:4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.
Revelation 4:5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.
A perfectly calm sea in front of the throne that was crystal clear
Four angels constantly praising God, “Holy, holy, holy, day and night”
We will be able to see our Lord, look upon his face WHY? Now in Heaven we will not have our sinful flesh, we will have our new bodies, no sin. AMEN
We will Be praising Him day and Night!!!
No Sin, No Tears, No More Death…AMEN
The one thing God doesn’t do, worship Himself. People worship themselves but not God.
The one thing we are created to do, worship God.
Our Father In Heaven, Our Precious Lord does everything for a reason He created us to Praise him to honour him.
The Precious Stones He picks to surrond him and for other things, he picks for a reason that being;
These were highly valued stones
Chosen for their
*Beauty
*Clarity
*Brilliance

Would it be appropriate to represent to finite man’s mind, God’s infinite beauty and worth in this manner? – there seems to be no other way
Another Beautiful Symbol he used was the Rainbow for his promise to Noah.
The very first mention of the rainbow is found in Genesis 9:13 as a symbol of God’s covenant with Noah never to destroy the world by flood again
Genesis 9:13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.
Genesis 9:14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:
Genesis 9:15 And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.
Genesis 9:16 And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.
Genesis 9:17 And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.

The emerald rainbow would be a sign to remind God of His covenant with David, the emerald, that God has established his throne forever
And that promise is kept in Jesus Christ
God, the sovereign Lord of creation sitting upon the throne, the symbol of His authority to rule and to reign.
The precious stones representing Israel and the royal line of the Messiah and God’s infinite beauty and worth
And, the rainbow, the reminder to the covenant maker to keep those covenants
This reminds us of God the father and:
*His sovereignty
*His Lord ship
*His faithfulness

.We are privileged to participate in John’s vision of God, seated upon His throne
1. Above all other thrones.
2. The supreme seat of honor and majesty.
3. Of sovereignty and power.
4. God, the creator, the absolute Lord of the universe.
a. The One who controls and Holds all the events of history in His hands.
b. He is the supreme authority over all the world.
(1) All that has happened.
(2) All that is happening.
(3) And all that will, of necessity, happen; because it is divinely decreed.
*God rules, His throne set in heaven.
*God reigns, forever.

HOW GREAT THOU ART
O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the *worlds thy hands have made,
I see the stars, I hear the *rolling thunder,
Thy power throughout the universe displayed:
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee:
How great thou art! How great thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee:
How great thou art! How great thou art!
When through the woods and forest glades I wander
And hear the birds sing sweetly in the trees,
When I look down from lofty mountain grandeur,
And hear the brook and feel the gentle breeze:
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee:
How great thou art! How great thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee:
How great thou art! How great thou art!
And when I think that God, his Son not sparing,
Sent him to die, I scarce can take it in,
That on the cross, my burden gladly bearing,
He bled and died to take away my sin.
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee:
How great thou art! How great thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Savior God, to thee:
How great thou art! How great thou art!
When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home, what joy shall fill my heart!
Then *I shall bow in humble adoration,
And there proclaim, My God, how great thou art!

 

Love and Prayers
Cheryl

 

 

 

 

 

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He Is Coming Back Isaiah 35

Monday Isaiah 35 1

 

 

Have a Wonderful and Blessed Day!!! Love To Tell The Story!!!

Isaiah 35:1 The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.
Isaiah 35:2 It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God.
Isaiah35:3 Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.
Isaiah 35:4 Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.
Isaiah 35:5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
Isaiah 35:6 Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.
Isaiah 35:7 And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.
Isaiah 35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.
Isaiah 35:9 No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; but the redeemed shall walk there:
Isaiah 35:10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

 

We see by verse 4 our Precious Father, our Lord will be coming back with a vengeance. When he came here the first time he was as a lamb. He was gentle went to the cross without a fight, went there with the purpose to die for our sins. The next time he is coming to take back what is his; he is coming back to get rid of evil.

He is also making all things new, not leaving anything old, sinful. We are suppose to be encouraging one another. The things we say to encourage or lift others up with we must believe and be encouraged by them ourselves. We need to give out real hope. You see, there are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown hopeless about them. If we are saved, and his children; we have no need to worry. We need to give out real hope. You see, there are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown hopeless about them.
The author, Isaiah the prophet, often seemed to have no hope about the situation that Israel was in. Much like today, we look at Israel and see no peace, no solution, no hope for a country that has terrorism and war every other day. We do need to remember it is God’s favorite, he will protect Israel and for those causing harm and death things will not go well.
Isaiah was not just a prophet of doom and gloom. He knew that the people always had a choice. Just like us today we have a choice of how we will encourage each other. Verses 3 and 4 do that. They talk of strengthening weak hands and shaky knees. Isaiah talks about helping those who are in fear all the time. He encourages them by saying that God will come with justice and a vengeance on the enemies of God.
The Good News is he has given Salvation to those who are believing, so if your a believer no need to worry, if however your not a believer then huge reasons to be very concerned. If your a believer and have NEVER bothered o tell others I would be somewhat concerned of the embarrassment and shame you will feel when standing before him. Now I am in no way saying we will lose our salvation. However I am sure for those of us that did nothing we will face some shame.

See if these words sound familiar – Luke 4:18, 19:
Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Luke 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

Very Clear he expects us to tell others. I truly believe this means he will have something to say if we don’t tell at least one person…….
Yes, we have weakness. Yes, we have spiritual disabilities. But Yes, we have a Savior. As believers we are experiencing Isaiah’s prophecy well almost. God’s final judgment has not come. But you see, Jesus has come. He has provided salvation. He has set people free from the bondage of sin. He has healed the spiritually blind, deaf, dumb and lame.
Yes, when He comes again there will be a new creation and a new earth but right now we can have that Living Water that will make our dry and thirsty souls overflow with fresh and clean springs of life. With the Living Water of Jesus Christ we will not only have our thirst quenched but there will be growth, a Spiritual Growth. There shall be grass with reeds and rushes.” If you’re looking for growth and a rich, fertile life then you need to drink the Living Water of Jesus Christ. Let Him show you the Way and water your thirsty soul.
Redemption is the answer. Isaiah knows this. He knows that God still sees we are worth something even when, like the Israelites, we are captives to the world and sin around us. It comes to a choice: Will we continue to be spiritually blind, deaf, dumb and lame? Spiritually handicapped because we have lost sight of the Salvation he has offered to us. Or will we see the Great Need for Salvation, and call upon him.

Jesus is the only way. He made that way to Heaven , he paid our sin debt in full. It is so sad that many would perfer to stay blind over trusting the Lord. Many will take the Lake of Fire over the beauty of Eternity in Heaven.
He is Coming Back Soon…If You Need Salvation Take Care of That Today!!!!
If Your Born-Again But Have Never Told Anyone Start Today…..

 

LOVE TO TELL THE STORY
I love to tell the story
Of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and his glory,
Of Jesus and his love.
I love to tell the story,
Because I know ’tis true;
It satisfies my longings
As nothing else can do.
I love to tell the story,
’twill be my theme in glory,
To tell the old, old story
Of Jesus and his love.
I love to tell the story,
For those who know it best
Seem hungering and thirsting
To hear it like the rest.
And when, in scenes of glory,
I sing the new, new song,
’twill be the old, old story
That I have loved so long.
I love to tell the story,
’twill be my theme in glory,
To tell the old, old story
Of Jesus and his love.

Love and Prayers
Cheryl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

True Thankfulness and Praise :)

Friday blessings 1 Chronicles 16 11

 

Have a Wonderful and Blessed Day!!! True Thankfulness and Praise

1Chronicles 16:8 Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.
1Chronicles 16:9 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.
1Chronicles 16:10 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
1Chronicles 16:11 Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.
1Chronicles 16:12 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;
1Chronicles 16:13 O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob, his chosen ones.
1Chronicles 16:14 He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth.
1Chronicles 16:15 Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations;

There’s something within us that resists giving thanks, isn’t there? It’s far easier to complain and be in conflict than it is to live a life of thanks. Maybe we need to practice this word and tough exercise. Thanksgiving is coming up maybe if we start now we can actually say it and mean it.When we acknowledge the presence of Jesus, our lives can move from a forecast of being lukewarm and unthankful to a lifestyle of Thanksgiving, and on fire to serve our Lord.

Friends, we can forecast our future faithfulness based upon whether we gravitate toward grumbling or we’re growing in gratitude for God’s amazing grace. We’re faced with a dilemma in this regard because most of us are natural born grumblers and a few of us are year-round residents at the residential land of complaints. Many of us whine more than we worship and we gripe more than we express gratitude.
The purpose of Chronicles is to explain the events of history and to set the record for families as they re-entered the land of promise. If you want to do some extra reading, much of this chapter also shows up in Psalm 105.
Psalm 105:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.
Psalm 105:2 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.
Psalm 105:3 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
Psalm 105:4 Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore.
Psalm 105:5 Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;
Psalm 105:6 O ye seed of Abraham his servant, ye children of Jacob his chosen.
Psalm 105:7 He is the LORD our God: his judgments are in all the earth.

The Ark of the Covenant, which symbolized the presence of God, is being brought back into the center of life. For a long time, God had not been front and center in the life of Israel. I suspect that some of us have drifted spiritually as well. It’s time to get the Lord back as the focal point of our lives.
The opening verses tell us that after the Ark was brought back, the people presented “burnt offerings” and “fellowship offerings” before God. After the offerings were made to God, part of what was offered went to the Almighty God.
We read in verses 2-3:
1Chronicles 16:2 And when David had made an end of offering the burnt offerings and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD.
1Chronicles 16:3 And he dealt to every one of Israel, both man and woman, to every one a loaf of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine.

He was entitled to eat this Thanksgiving meal by himself but instead he shared it with “each” man and woman. While we might not think much of a loaf of bread and some fruitcake, the key is that David shared his plenty with those who did not have much.
Look with me at verse 4:
1Chronicles 16:4 And he appointed certain of the Levites to minister before the ark of the LORD, and to record, and to thank and praise the LORD God of Israel:
1Chronicles 16:5 Asaph the chief, and next to him Zechariah, Jeiel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Mattithiah, and Eliab, and Benaiah, and Obededom: and Jeiel with psalteries and with harps; but Asaph made a sound with cymbals;
David put a worship team together and they helped the people do three things. These three words serve as a framework for this chapter.
* Praying – “to make petition.”
* Praising – “to praise the Lord, the God of Israel.”
* Proclaiming – “to give thanks.”
* Once we comprehend all that God has done, we can’t help but break out into song.
* “Tell” carries with it the idea of “pondering.” Before we can proclaim, we must ponder.

We need not to just sy “Thank you Lord” But we need to mean it from the bottom our hearts…We need to Praise him with heartfelt Praise.
Proclaim his Holy Name to all we come in contact with!!!
How will the Lost Know him without Being Told?
The Witness Of:
*Creation
*A Preacher
*The Light and Testimony Of Us His Children!!!
How Can We Have That Testimony Without Our True Thankfulness, and Praise coming from Our Hearts???
Psalm 105:1 O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people.
Psalm 105:2 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him: talk ye of all his wondrous works.
Psalm 105:3 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
Psalm 105:4 Seek the LORD, and his strength: seek his face evermore.

 

HOW GREAT IS OUR GOD
The splendor of a King, clothed in majesty
Let all the earth rejoice
All the earth rejoice

He wraps himself in Light, and darkness tries to hide
And trembles at His voice
Trembles at His voice

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God

Age to age He stands
And time is in His hands
Beginning and the end
Beginning and the end

The Godhead Three in One
Father Spirit Son
The Lion and the Lamb
The Lion and the Lamb

Name above all names
Worthy of our praise
My heart will sing
How great is our God

How great is our God, sing with me
How great is our God, and all will see
How great, how great is our God

 

Love and Prayers
Cheryl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Did David, Joseph and Job Do????

Thursday 1 samuel 22 33

 

Have a Wonderful and Blessed Day!!! What Did David, Joseph, and Job Do!!!

2Samuel 22:31 As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.
2Samuel 22:32 For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?
2Samuel 22:33 God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.
2Samuel 22:34 He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet: and setteth me upon my high places.
2Samuel 22:35 He teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
2Samuel 22:36 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great.
2Samuel 22:37 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet did not slip.
2Sa 22:38 I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them; and turned not again until I had consumed them.
2Samuel 22:39 And I have consumed them, and wounded them, that they could not arise: yea, they are fallen under my feet.
2Samuel 22:40 For thou hast girded me with strength to battle: them that rose up against me hast thou subdued under me.
2Samuel 22:41 Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies, that I might destroy them that hate me.
2Samuel 22:42 They looked, but there was none to save; even unto the LORD, but he answered them not.
2Samuel 22:43 Then did I beat them as small as the dust of the earth, I did stamp them as the mire of the street, and did spread them abroad.
2Samuel 22:44 Thou also hast delivered me from the strivings of my people, thou hast kept me to be head of the heathen: a people which I knew not shall serve me.

Between “The Rock” and a Hard Place……

Has life ever dealt you a hard blow? Has there ever been a time where no matter what you did life just kept getting more difficult? You just felt like you were standing in quicksand….
We need to look at a few people in the Bible:
David; as a young boy he had to fight off bears, lions, wolves. Look at the faith in God he had. Then he stepped in when adult men didn’t want to and fought Goliath and he won.

1Samuel 17:33 And Saul said to David, Thou art not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him: for thou art but a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.
1Samuel 17:34 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:
1Samuel 17:35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.
1Samuel 17:36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.

Then David fought Goliath:

1Samuel48 And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.
1Samuel49 And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth.
1Samuel50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David.

Joseph;
His own Brothers sold him to the enemies.
Genesis16 And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks.
Genesis 37:17 And the man said, They are departed hence; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan.
Genesis 37:18 And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.
Genesis 37:19 And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.
Genesis 37:20 Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.
Genesis 37:21 And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him.
Genesis 37:22 And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again.
Genesis 37:23 And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on him;
Genesis 37:24 And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.
Genesis 37:25 And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.
Genesis 37:26 And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood?
Genesis 37:27 Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content.
Genesis 37:28 Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.
Genesis 37:29 And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.

Potiphers wife accused used him of trying to have his way with her and it was the other way around. Genesis 39:4-21
Can you image Joseph and how broken his heart had to be? Yet no matter what he would have said it would not have gotten him anywhere. This is an example of why we need to be so careful on our surrondings and where we allow ourselves to be.
Genesis4 And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand.
Genesis 39:5 And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field.
Genesis 39:6 And he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured.
Genesis 39:7 And it came to pass after these things, that his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.
Genesis 39:8 But he refused, and said unto his master’s wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand;
Genesis 39:9 There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
Genesis 39:10 And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.
Genesis 39:11 And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within.
Gen 39:12 And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.
Genesis 39:13 And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth,
Genesis 39:14 That she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto them, saying, See, he hath brought in an Hebrew unto us to mock us; he came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice:
Genesis 39:15 And it came to pass, when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled, and got him out.
Genesis 39:16 And she laid up his garment by her, until his lord came home.
Genesis 39:17 And she spake unto him according to these words, saying, The Hebrew servant, which thou hast brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me:
Genesis 39:18 And it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled out.
Genesis 39:19 And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled.
Genesis 39:20 And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.
Genesis 39:21 But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.

What did we go through yesterday? Were we thrown in prison for some false accusation?
Did a Family Member try to sell us to the enemy?

Job;
Where to even begin?
* Lost His Whole Family.
*Lost all He Owned.
*Sores All Over His Body.
*Wife tells him Curse God and Die.
*Friends question what sin He Has In His Life.
Job 1:1 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
Job 1:2 And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.
Job 1:3 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.
Job 1:4 And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.
Job 1:5 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.
Job 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.
Job 1:7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
Job 1:8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
Job 1:9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
Job 1:10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
Job 1:11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
Job 1:12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.
Job 1:13 And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house:
Job 1:14 And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them:
Job 1:15 And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
Job 1:16 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
Job 1:17 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
Job 1:18 While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house:
Job 1:19 And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
Job 1:20 Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped,
Job 1:21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
Job 1:22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

Got any enemies? Limitations?
David had killed a lion, a bear and a giant as a young boy. (Invincibility of youth?)
David’s enemies had taught him his strengths, limitations and God’s character.
Age and experience ought to make us wiser. Psalm 37:23-40
Psalm37The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
Psalm 37:24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
Psalm 37:25 I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
Psalm 37:26 He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.
Psalm 37:27 Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.
Psalm 37:28 For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.
Psalm 37:29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.
Psalm 37:30 The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment.
Psalm 37:31 The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.
Psalm 37:32 The wicked watcheth the righteous, and seeketh to slay him.
Psalm 37:33 The LORD will not leave him in his hand, nor condemn him when he is judged.
Psalm 37:34 Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.
Psalm 37:35 I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree.
Psalm 37:36 Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found.
Psalm 37:37 Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.
Psalm:38 But the transgressors shall be destroyed together: the end of the wicked shall be cut off.
Psalm 37:39 But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD: he is their strength in the time of trouble.
Psalm And the LORD shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in him.

We all have things we go through that are difficult. Now today I used some very extreme things. However sometimes when going through things we may feel like David, Joseph or Job. However we need to learn to have faith as them. We need to pray as they did; ask the Lord to be your rock, to deliever you. Ask the Lord what you can do to be a blessing to please him through these difficult times. When in the hospital I have to try to look at others and say Lord they are going through much more serious things what can i do to bless them. Lord Please open a door so that I may give them the gospel.
Sometimes these are not afflications as much as divine appointments.

 

REVIVE US AGAIN
We praise Thee, O God!
For the Son of Thy love,
For Jesus Who died,
And is now gone above.
Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
Hallelujah! Amen.
Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
Revive us again.
We praise Thee, O God!
For Thy Spirit of light,
Who hath shown us our Savior,
And scattered our night.
Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
Hallelujah! Amen.
Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
Revive us again.
All glory and praise
To the Lamb that was slain,
Who hath borne all our sins,
And hath cleansed every stain.
Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
Hallelujah! Amen.
Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
Revive us again.
All glory and praise
To the God of all grace,
Who hast brought us, and sought us,
And guided our ways.
Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
Hallelujah! Amen.
Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
Revive us again.
Revive us again;
Fill each heart with Thy love;
May each soul be rekindled
With fire from above.
Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
Hallelujah! Amen.
Hallelujah! Thine the glory.
Revive us again.

 

LOVE AND PRAYERS
CHERYL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get Ready To Love Like Christ

Wednesday 1 Peter 3 12

 

Have A Wonderful and Blessed Day!!! Get Ready To Live In Love!!!!

1Peter 3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
1Peter 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
1Peter 3:10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
1Peter 3:11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
1Peter 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
1Peter 3:13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
1Peter 3:14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness’ sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;
1Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
1Peter 3:16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
1Peter 3:17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
1Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
1Peter 3:19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
1Peter 3:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
1Peter 3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
1Peter 3:22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

Much of life is about getting ready: Getting ready for school, getting ready for Church, getting ready for work.
We all need to get ready. And the most important thing anybody can ever do to get ready is receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Christ died on the Cross for our sins and rose again from the dead to rule as King of kings and Lord of lords. So, you will never be ready for eternity until you trust in Jesus. To die without Jesus is an eternity in Hell and that is so very sad. This is something I do not want for my worst enemy.

First: Get Ready To Live In Love.
1Peter 3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
1Peter 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

When Peter wrote these words, he must have been thinking about something he said back in 1 Peter 2:23-24
1Peter 2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
1Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

God wants us to live in love like that. And it makes sense, because everybody needs love! We all need to get it. And we all need to give it.
This reminds us that sometimes we drop the ball. And sometimes we get the ball dropped on us. So, we need to get Christ-like love. And we need to give it. In these two verses Peter helps us understand what this Christ-like love is like.
For example, Christ-like love harmonious. That’s why in vs. 8, Peter says, “All of you be of one mind.” “Be ye all of one mind.” God wants us to be like-minded, living together in unity as believers.
Christ-like love is harmonious. And it’s compassionate. Peter tells us in vs. 8 to have “compassion for one another.” The idea is having sympathetic feelings for other people. And in fact, the original word here is where we get our word “sympathy.”
Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Love must be communicated, and it must be demonstrated. Again, Jesus Christ is our example, as we see in Romans 5:8, which says that “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
God demonstrated His love for us, and he wants us to demonstrate love too!
-So, get ready to live in love.

Second: Also Get Ready For Bountiful Blessings.

This is Peter’s message to us in vs. 9:
1Peter 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

Christians: We are called to inherit the blessing of salvation.
*We are called to inherit the rich blessings that come through the cross of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ:
-Forgiveness of sins.
-Fellowship with God.
-Fellowship with God’s family.
-And forever in Heaven.
We have the blessings of salvation. But God also wants us to have the blessings of sanctification.
*Sanctification is a life set apart by God and for God, a life of holiness and righteousness. That is the blessed life. And this is Peter’s message to us in vs. 10-12:
1Peter 3:10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
1Peter 3:11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
1Peter 3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

*We also have the joy of knowing that a great reward is coming our way. You see, that word “blessed” is the same word Jesus used when He talked about Christian suffering in Luke 6:22-23. There the Lord said:
Luke 6:22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.
Luke 6:23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.

But Peter is not finished talking about our suffering for Christ. Starting in vs. 16, Peter says that we should be:

1Peter 3:16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
1Peter 3:17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

*Christians: We’ve all come up short from time to time.
-Maybe we were distracted.
-Maybe we were afraid we would say the wrong thing.
-Maybe we were just caught off guard.
But no doubt, we’ve all missed opportunities. I know I have. God wants us to be ready:
-To speak out for Him.
-To live in Christ-like love.
-And even to suffer for the cause of Jesus Christ.
*We need to get ready. We Need To Take God’s word SERIOUSLY!!!
We Need to Take OUR WALK SERIOUSLY!!!
We Need To Take Our Love towards Our Savior and Others SERIOUSLY!!!

 

THE LOVE OF GOD
The love of God is greater far
Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
It goes beyond the highest star,
And reaches to the lowest hell;
The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
God gave His Son to win;
His erring child He reconciled,
And pardoned from his sin.
O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song.
When years of time shall pass away,
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
When men, who here refuse to pray,
On rocks and hills and mountains call,
God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
All measureless and strong;
Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
The saints’ and angels’ song.
O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song.
Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made,
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade,
To write the love of God above,
Would drain the ocean dry.
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.
O love of God, how rich and pure!
How measureless and strong!
It shall forevermore endure
The saints’ and angels’ song.

 

LOVE AND PRAYERS
CHERYL

 

 

 

 

 

Never Be Ashamed Of The Gospel

Thursday blessings 2 timothy 1 2

 

Have a Wonderful and Blessed Day!!! Never Be Ashamed Of The Gospel!!!

2Timothy 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus,
2Timothy 1:2 To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
2Timothy 1:3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;
2Timothy 1:4 Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy;
2Timothy 1:5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.
2Timothy 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
2Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
2Timothy 1:8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
2Timothy1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
2Timothy 1:10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:
2Timothy 1:11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles.
2Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
2Timothy 1:13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
2Timothy 1:14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.
2Timothy 1:15 This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.
2Timothy 1:16 The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain:
2Timothy 1:17 But, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, and found me.
2Timothy 1:18 The Lord grant unto him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day: and in how many things he ministered unto me at Ephesus, thou knowest very well.

God’s Goals for Our Lives
*We need to be thankful that God hasplans for our life, and we need to pray what his will is. The truth is that we never really know where life is going to take us. As In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.
*Even so, it is a good thing to set goals in life, especially spiritual goals. And today’s Scripture shows us four goals God wants all of us to make.

1. The first goal is: Seek to communicate your love towards the Father.
*God wants us to communicate our love for him, and other people. Make the effort to express your love. Keep in mind The Father says if we don’t love others we don’t love him.
*In vs. 2, Paul made it clear that Timothy was dear to him. And he did this when he addressed his letter, “To Timothy, my dearly beloved son.” Paul wanted Timothy to know, and God wants us to let people know that we care for them dearly.
*Also let people know that you are dedicated to them. Paul did this in vs. 3:
2Timothy 1:3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day;
That’s the kind of dedication we need too. Let people know that you love them, that they are important to you.
*And let them know you desire to be with them. In vs. 4, Paul let his young friend know that he was “greatly desiring to see” Timothy. In all of these ways, Paul was communicating his love for Timothy. And God wants us to do the same.
*There are all kinds of ways to show your love. Paul wrote at least a couple of letters to young Timothy. Cards and calls are good today. You could also send emails or even texts. A short note can go a long way to express your love.
*We Don’t have to spend money many things we can do that cost nothing. However they mean so much to others when we think to do something for them.

2. And seek to be a contagious Christian.
*Set a goal in your life to be a contagious Christian. That’s the kind of Christian who spreads their faith to other people. Bill Hybels wrote a book about being contagious Christians, and that’s what had happened in vs. 5. There Paul told Timothy that he remembered “the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.”
*Timothy’s grandmother and mother were contagious Christians.
First: faith has to dwell in us.
*In order for us to be contagious Christians, real, transparent, sincere faith has to live in our hearts: faith in God’s Word, faith in God’s love, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and what He did on the cross for us, faith that Jesus rose again from the dead, and that He will give eternal life to all who put their trust in Him.
This kind of genuine faith has to dwell in our hearts. And it has to be developed.
*This was another reason why Paul wrote this letter to Timothy. Paul was trying to develop and strengthen Timothy’s faith. And for us to be contagious Christians, our faith has to be developed.
*Genuine faith dwelt first in Timothy’s grandmother and mother. But they didn’t keep it to themselves. They passed it on. And the more we develop our faith, the more we will be able to deliver our faith. There will be a fragrance about our lives that comes from our living faith, and we will be contagious Christians.

2Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.
2Corinthians 2:15 For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:
2Corinthians 2:16 To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?
2Corinthians 2:17 For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.

*What kind of spiritual view are we giving out to the world? What do the lost see when they look at us? Do they see Jesus? The Lord tells us they need to see Jesus.

And seek to be a contagious Christian.
*Set a goal in your life to be a contagious Christian. That’s the kind of Christian who spreads their faith to other people. Bill Hybels wrote a book about being contagious Christians, and that’s what had happened in vs. 5. There Paul told Timothy that he remembered “the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.”
2Timothy 1:5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.

*In order for us to be contagious Christians, real, transparent, sincere faith has to live in our hearts: faith in God’s Word, faith in God’s love, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and what He did on the cross for us, faith that Jesus rose again from the dead, and that He will give eternal life.
No room for worldliness, no place to be ashamed the lost pick up on these things real quick.
But we should also seek to build courage in other believers.
We need to encourage others, lift others.
*Paul wrote those words, because young Timothy was afraid, and he needed help. Remember that bad things were going on when Paul wrote this letter. Paul was a prisoner of Rome, about to be executed.
*This was Paul’s last letter, and many have called it his last will and testament. In Chapter 4, the last chapter of this short book, Paul said:
2Corinthians 4:3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
2Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
2Corinthians 4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.
2Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
2Corinthians 4:7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
2Corinthians 4:8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
2Corinthians 4:9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
2Corinthians 4:10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
2Corinthians 4:11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
2Corinthians 4:12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.
2Corinthians 4:13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;

*Paul had been suffering, and Timothy was suffering too. That’s why Paul was mindful of Timothy’s tears in vs. 4. I am sure Timothy was discouraged and under a lot of stress. Maybe he felt like he wasn’t going to make it, but that’s not true! If we belong to Jesus Christ, we are children of the King, we are on our way to heaven, and God will give us all the strength we need!
*But sometimes we all get discouraged, and Paul wanted to help build up Timothy’s courage. How did he do it?
2Timothy 1:4 Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy;

2Timothy 1:6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.

*When we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, when we open our heart and invite Him in, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. And the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ is like a good fire in our hearts.
*But here Paul tells us something very important about the Spirit of God. Christians: He IS in us, but sometimes we need to stir Him up. That means we need to focus on Him, and lift Him up in our hearts. We need to turn the things of God over in our hearts, and fan the flames of our spiritual life.
*When a Christian friend needs more courage, urge them to rekindle the flame.

*You can encourage yourself by remembering God’s gifts. And you can encourage other Christians the same way.
*Remind them of God’s gifts: The gift of God’s Word, the gift of His Son who gave His life on the cross for us, the gift of salvation for all who trust in Jesus, the gift of forgiveness for all of our sins, the gift of eternal life, the spiritual gifts God gives us to serve the Lord, the gift of a home in Heaven, and the gift of God’s presence in our lives through the Holy Spirit of Jesus Christ.

2Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

*And Church: We are all called to make vs. 12 our own:
2Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

*Our confidence in the Lord Jesus Christ! That’s why Paul could say, I “am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that Day.”
*Paul was persuaded, and we should be too, persuaded that Jesus loves us, died on the cross for us, and rose again from the dead, also persuaded that Jesus is preparing a home in heaven for us.

He has done so much for each one of us. What can we do to show our gratitude unto our precious Savior. We have been given things he asks of us; are we doing them?

FAITH IS THE VICTORY
Encamped along the hills of light,
Ye Christian soldiers, rise.
And press the battle ere the night
Shall veil the glowing skies.
Against the foe in vales below
Let all our strength be hurled.
Faith is the victory, we know,
That overcomes the world.
Faith is the victory! Faith is the victory!
O glorious victory, that overcomes the world.
His banner over us is love,
Our sword the Word of God.
We tread the road the saints above
With shouts of triumph trod.
By faith, they like a whirlwind’s breath,
Swept on o’er every field.
The faith by which they conquered death
Is still our shining shield.
Faith is the victory! Faith is the victory!
O glorious victory, that overcomes the world.
On every hand the foe we find
Drawn up in dread array.
Let tents of ease be left behind,
And onward to the fray.
Salvation’s helmet on each head,
With truth all girt about,
The earth shall tremble ’neath our tread,
And echo with our shout.
Faith is the victory! Faith is the victory!
O glorious victory, that overcomes the world.
To him that overcomes the foe,
White raiment shall be giv’n.
Before the angels he shall know
His name confessed in Heav’n.
Then onward from the hill of light,
Our hearts with love aflame,
We’ll vanquish all the hosts of night,
In Jesus’ conqu’ring Name.
Faith is the victory! Faith is the victory!
O glorious victory, that overcomes the world.

Love and Prayers
Cheryl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Give Thanks In All Things!!!

wednesday beautiful day

 

 

Have a Wonderful and Blessed Day!!! Giving Thanks Always Unto God!!!

Ephesians 5:10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
Ephesians 5:12 For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
Ephesians 5:13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
Ephesians 5:14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
Ephesians 5:15 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,
Ephesians 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
Ephesians 5:17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
Ephesians 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

The Benefits of Thanksgiving
We are told to give thanks always but what exactly does that mean? Do we just say “Thank you” 24 hours a day 365 days a year? We need to be careful because sometimes our “THANK YOU” becomes generic, becomes a habit, becomes redundant. Our Prayers, our Thank yous should never become any of the above….

God’s will is for you to give thanks. This is something he wants from all of us his children. Just as we have expectations from our children, our Father has expectations from us. Thanksgiving grows from a heart that is overwhelmed at what God has done, is doing and ultimately will do for His children and creation.
Be Thankful We Don’t Get What We Deserve – Judgment
The modern catch phrase is “don’t judge me.” The sad thing is that it is according to Hebrews 9:27:
Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.and sealed by Jesus Christ. Those that have never confessed Jesus as Lord and received Him as savior are already judged and condemned. We can be thankful that according to Paul and Romans 8:1:
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
The most mature believers are warned that they will experience conflict with sin’s nature until Jesus returns. The weakest believers who stumble and fall into sin are promised that they will experience victory over sin in the life to come. Sin no longer has dominion over those in Christ Jesus. Even when sin strangles us there is no condemnation if you are in Christ Jesus!! Make sure that you have received Jesus and confessed Him as Lord and you have reasons to give thanks!!
When you struggle with some sin begin to give thanks to God for your victory over it. Praise, pray with thanksgiving and God’s power will strengthen you!

Be Thankful You Are Not Alone
Exodus 3:12 And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.

Joshua 1:5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

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

In a time when people abandon children, family, friends, responsibilities God clearly and loudly tells us from the pages of His word. I will never leave you! Keep in mind he never lies, he keeps his promises. He never leaves us, he is our Father after salvation and will continue to be.
If we were to obey God and think about the promises tied up in His being present with us we couldn’t help but be grateful. We shouldn’t even have to be told to be thankful just thinking of all he has done and continues to do should make us thank him on our own….
“Thank you Jesus that you are always near.”

Be Thankful Everyone Doesn’t Know What God Knows About Each One Of Us
God is a revealer of the unseen. Proverbs 28:13:
Proverbs 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

The one who conceals his sin will not prosper. God covers what we confess but uncovers what we hide. God reveals Himself through His word and His Son. When we come in contact with God’s Spirit and word He reveals who we are as well.
We should be very grateful that God doesn’t on a daily basis reveal to those around us the depths of our heart. There would be no way for any of us to have friends, families or relationships of any kind if God were to allow others to know everything He knows about us.

Be Thankful We Can Enter God’s Presence
“Enter into my gates with thanksgiving”
A grumbling spirit guarantees and opportunity for the devil. When grumbling begins the gate is opened wide for the devil and his deception, destruction and division. The children of Israel complained about no water, no bread and finally no meat. This lead to them worshipping an idol and being judged by God. Prayer is unfortunately minimal today but our own desires and plans will lead us to prayer. Thanksgiving will come from only one place, Love of God!
We have a priceless opportunity before us. We can ignore what the Lord wants from us; or we can be obedient be thankful go before his Holy Throne, with thanksgiving with a loving and thankful heart and thank him and praise him….
A grateful heart is a sign of a Spirit filled believer:
Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
Ephesians 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
Ephesians 5:20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Ephesians 5:21 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.

A grateful heart is powerfully developed as you learn to depend on God’s Spirit
Thankfulness grows the more we think about what God has done for us. The reason that more of us are not grateful is because we focus on what we think we have missed or we deserve.
Actually if we think about what we truly deserve honestly we truly deserve nothing.
It is not only the sign of a spirit filled believer to give thanks. Praise, prayer and thanksgiving are strong vital signs of a vibrant spirit filled church.
A thankful heart is recognition of God’s good hand and presence in whatever situation we face. We often ask God to change the circumstances and forget to thank Him for being with us in every circumstance.
Be Aware Of What Keeps Us From Being Thankful
A) A Critical Spirit
B) A Prideful Spirit

Be aware of the benefits of thanksgiving
A) If you are giving thanks you are in God’s will
B) If you are giving thanks you are living in God’s presence
C) If you are giving thanks you are overcoming circumstances

What are some ways we can give thanks?
Share what we have with others.
Spend time in the ministries God has grown in this body.
Whatever we do we need to do for God’s glory.
Share the gospel with those that don’t know Jesus.
Surrender our plans, desires and opinions to God’s will.
Shout Thanks, and Praise to God.

 

TO GOD BE THE GLORY
To God be the glory, great things He hath done,
So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,
Who yielded His life our redemption to win,
And opened the life-gate that all may go in.
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the earth hear His voice;
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,
Let the people rejoice;
Oh, come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,
And give Him the glory; great things He hath done.
Oh, perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,
To every believer the promise of God;
The vilest offender who truly believes,
That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.
Great things He hath taught us, great things He hath done,
And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;
But purer, and higher, and greater will be
Our wonder, our transport when Jesus we see.

 

Love and Prayers
Cheryl