This Is The Day The Lord Hath Made :)

Psalm 118 24 great scene

 

Have a Wonderful and Blessed Day!!! This Is The Day The Lord Hath Made!!!

Psalm 118:23 This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:25 Save now, I beseech thee, O LORD: O LORD, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.
Psalm 118:26 Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD: we have blessed you out of the house of the LORD.
Psalm 118:27 God is the LORD, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.
Psalm 118:28 Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee.
Psalm 118:29 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

God is in Control
Life isn’t easy. Some may agree, some may say life is fine, some may say “hold on I thought we are suppose to be thankful”. Life isn’t easy, but it’s good. Is it possible to still greet each day with a smile, to be excited about the possibilities, excited about life, excited about what God is doing, even when you’re in the middle of a tough time. A long time ago I learned a valuable lesson from my daughter:
She had a awful seizure disorder, broke my heart. After some years she needed brain surgery. We went to the Cleveland Clinic many tests, a lot of blood work, IV’s, and tears. Most important PRAYERS!! One day when I was really sad, crying and feeling sorry for myself, and my Toni Lynn, she looked at me; said to me” Mom look around in this place, how many of these kids have so more wrong with them than I do. She was so right. I felt selfish, and humbled. We had seen so much down there, and many were so much worse than my daughter. Now did that mean I could be concerned? No but it also meant I needed to put all that selfishness in the trash and pray and thank the Lord for the day and the medical knowledge that was available.
We live in America yes lots of wickedness going on and a whole lot of things as a christian we need to be praying about. However look at other Countries. How dare we complain. We sure do have unwelcome and sometimes unexpected complications that have a way of coming our way. Often times these were caused by your own mistakes, maybe it was caused by someone else, maybe it’s the result of circumstances beyond our control. They come in all shapes and sizes. They can be financial problems, work or school problems, health problems, relationship problems — or, sometimes it seems, everything at once.

If you believe God is for us then we should be able to trust him and be willing to endure anything. In the other countries people face prison, persecution, poverty, sickness, loneliness, as they lose family. They aren’t even allowed to have a Bible. Often times we have 5 or 6 Bibles and don’t bother to read on a regular basis they would love to have 1 or part of one. We need to realize just how privildeged we are here, and enjoy it and be thankful we never know when it could be taken away.
I think we would all agree – – the world seems like it’s totally out of control. It doesn’t feel like the good guys are winning. The reports on crime and war and unrest all over the world. Add to that the declining influence of church in society.
But I want you to know, in spite of how things may appear, God is in control. No situation is beyond His grasp. No situation is beyond His power to save. When we read his world all we see is in his word. We need to be getting ready for his return. We need to be giving the Gos[el to the lost. We need to be reading and praying. Do less complaining, and Praising and thanking him.

Today isn’t an accident. God made this day in your life. This is the day the Lord has made, and He intends to accomplish one of two things in the next 24 hours ~ He will carry you through whatever situation you’re facing, or He will deliver you from it. He made this day to strengthen you. He made this day to empower you. He made this day to change you. He made this day to move you one step closer to the person He designed you to be.
You can celebrate today, and every day to come. No matter what troubles may be around the corner, you can make a choice to celebrate this day in anticipation of what God is going to do. We can get up each new morning and ask the Lord what he wants you to do, and Thank him ahead of time. pray for the whole armour to be put on so you are ready. What not to do is for us to look at each day as “I know this is going to be another bad day” and be defeated before we start. Ask the Lord before we even get out of bed, “what do you have for me today my Dear Father” before even getting out of bed. Lets keep in mind no where does he tell us each day is going to be flowers, choclates and red carpets. He tells us some days will be tough, so is it really fair on our part to complain, mumble, and complain.
This is exactly what Jesus did. We see an example of it in:
Mark 1:35 And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

Let’s make it a point to remember this throughout the day. The Lord made this day and look for signs of His presence. Look for opportunities to grow, look for solutions, look for the possibilities. It’s God’s day. He made it for you to experience Him.

Life isn’t easy. We all know that. We face challenges, big and small, and sometimes things seemingly spin out of control. No matter how things look today, we can find a place of peace in the presence of God. We can get centered in Him, because He is for you, because He’s in control of every situation.
It’s our choice. It always will be. Trust God is with you. He loves you Look at what He did for all of Us. He will never take his love from us.
Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Thank him each day for this new day!!! Thank him for never leaving you!!!

DAY BY DAY
Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He, whose heart is kind beyond all measure,
Gives unto each day what He deems best,
Lovingly its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.
Every day the Lord Himself is near me,
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear and cheer me,
He whose name is Counsellor and Pow’r.
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
“As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,”
This the pledge to me He made.
Help me then, in every tribulation,
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation,
Offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E’er to take, as from a father’s hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till with Christ the Lord I stand.

Love and Prayers
Cheryl

Pray In Secret!!

Wednesday may your heart trust in the Lord

Have a Wonderful and Blessed Day!!! Pray To The Father In Secret!!!

Matthew 6:1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 6:2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
Matthew 6:3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
Matthew 6:4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
Matthew 6:5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
Matthew 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
Matthew 6:7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Matthew 6:8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
When we pray the Lord tells us:
Matthew 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
“And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.”
Hypocrites pray to be seen by men. Pagans babble on and on. Jesus emphasizes private prayer. I think we all know someone who is the big shot who has to pray to impress, well if we aren’t praying to the Lord for the Lord, and for the right reason we are losing out big time, and making the Lord angry.
Jesus tells us about private prayer being a very good thing. Of course at Church, or a ladies meeting, a funeral service we are going to have public prayer; there also it needs to be done correctly. Not repetitive or to impress, and done to allow others to understand. A for instance some religions speak in latin, well I only know english so what good does speaking in latin do for me.

Sadly many times we allow other things to become a trap for our alone time with our Father. I teach Sunday School, well we need to pray while preparing our lessons. That prayer time should never be substitued for my private prayer time with the father. Or a Pastor preparing his message, that is a whole different time and prayer time. Some will get a message pray for Mrs Brown she went to the hospital. Well we all pray; that doesn’t count for our private prayer time.
We should look forward to our private prayer time with our Father. I am not young anymore but the young couples should appreciate this example:
You and your spouse have not had much alone time, the kids have been sick, working overtime, lots going on at church. Someone offers to watch the kids, and you have a gift card for a nice resturant. Are you going to say well we got out last month, or are you going to be thrilled and dressed ready to go in ten minutes? Well our time with the Father should be the same. We should have time set everyday and look forward to it, and not find ways to avoid it.
Matthew 6:6 is part of the Sermon on the Mount. This is the first time Jesus taught his first disciples about prayer. His first lesson was, “Spend time alone with the Father in prayer.” If we don’t follow his first lesson, we are not following the example or the command of Christ.
Jesus did not allow an active ministry to prevent private time with the Father. He continually went away alone to pray. Are we busier than Jesus was? If Jesus needed time alone with the Father, how much more do we? For Jesus, time alone with the Father was his first priority. He never skipped it.
I’m sure you agree that private times of prayer are important, but you will never “find” the time for it. You must “make” and “take” time for private prayer. It is possible to “make” time and not “take” it. We can make time, but become distracted and then give the time to something else. We must make and take time for private prayer.

Some things important for our Private prayer Time are:
1. Sit comfortably with your prayer list, Bible, paper, and pen handy.
2. Begin with adoration and praise.
3. Next comes confession.
4. Thanksgiving.
5. Supplication.
Most of the time, I think this is the easiest part for us. It’s amazing how hard it can be when we have made and taken the time for private prayer. Our minds goes blank. That’s why a prayer list made in advance is helpful.
6. End your devotional time meditating on a short passage of scripture.
Maybe a Psalm, a Promise
These are common questions. As you read the scripture, ask:
Is there an example I should follow?
Is there a command I should obey?
Is there a sin I should avoid (or confess)?
Is there a promise I should claim?
Is there a prayer I should pray?
Is there a lesson I should learn?

You don’t have to make notes on every question every day. Just make a note of what comes to mind as you meditate on the scripture. Meditating on the same passage every day for a week may seem tedious, but it is a surprisingly valuable way to end your devotional time.
When you build personal, private time with God into your life, you’re building on a sure foundation. You’re building on the Rock. When the storms of life come, and they will, you will stand strong. Matthew 6:6 is part of the Sermon on the Mount. Do you remember how it ends? Jesus says in Matthew 7:24 that anyone who hears and does what he teaches will be like a wise man who builds his house on a rock. He goes on to say that when the floods and stormy winds come, it stands.
Matthew 7:24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
Matthew 7:25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
Matthew 7:26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
Matthew 7:27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

When you build personal, private time with God into your life, you’re building on a sure foundation. You’re building on the Rock. When the storms of life come, and they will, you will stand strong. When friends and family disappoint you, you will stand strong. When life turns against you, you will stand strong. When hell itself unleashes its fury against you, you will stand strong. Personal, private time with the Father is that important.
PRAYER, READ, AND PRAY SOME MORE

SWEET HOUR OF PRAYER
Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
That calls me from a world of care,
And bids me at my Father’s throne
Make all my wants and wishes known.
In seasons of distress and grief,
My soul has often found relief
And oft escaped the tempter’s snare
By thy return, sweet hour of prayer!
Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
The joys I feel, the bliss I share,
Of those whose anxious spirits burn
With strong desires for thy return!
With such I hasten to the place
Where God my Savior shows His face,
And gladly take my station there,
And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!
Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
Thy wings shall my petition bear
To Him whose truth and faithfulness
Engage the waiting soul to bless.
And since He bids me seek His face,
Believe His Word and trust His grace,
I’ll cast on Him my every care,
And wait for thee, sweet hour of prayer!
Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
May I thy consolation share,
Till, from Mount Pisgah’s lofty height,
I view my home and take my flight:
This robe of flesh I’ll drop and rise
To seize the everlasting prize;
And shout, while passing through the air,
“Farewell, farewell, sweet hour of prayer!”

LOVE AND PRAYERS
CHERYL

Delight Thyself In The Lord!!!

Psalm 37 4

Have A Wonderful And Blessed Day!!! Delight Thyself In The Lord!!!

Psa 37:1 A Psalm of David. Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity.
Psa 37:2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
Psa 37:3 Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
Psa 37:4 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Psa 37:5 Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
Psa 37:6 And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.

I heard a message on the subject of worry and anxiety that seemed to be tailor made just for me. Have you ever heard a message and were afraid to look around thinking everyone is looking at me because this message is for me. Unfortunately this is not the first time the Lord has spoken to my heart about this subject. He has done it through sermons (just mentioned) the counsel of friends and a variety of other ways. The fact that I have had so many reminders means either I am a slow learner or very stubborn. We all know that being stubborn is not a good thing.
Interestingly enough the Bible has a great deal to this subject, and the Lord Jesus addressed it on several occasions in His preaching and teaching. It needs to be said that all worry and anxiety is rooted in fear. It is also a sin. David is admonished three times not to “fret,”
I. We Are to Refrain from Fretting
The word fret is translated “worry” and the Bible has a lot to say about this subject, especially our Lord and we find this passage in the first Gospel Matthew:
Matthew 6:25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
Matthew 6:26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
Matthew 6:27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
Matthew 6:28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
Matthew 6:29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Matthew 6:30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
Matthew 6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
Matthew 6:32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matthew 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Let me give you three good reasons not to worry or fret:
Fretting corrupts your spirit
It robs us of sleep, rest, contentment, peace etc…it causes us to waste time, our testimony worrying when we could use that time for something constructive! God has not given us the “spirit of fear”…but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind:
2Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Some people buy things on the “lay awake plan.” They lay awake each evening trying to figure out how they will pay for it!
Fretting is contagious to the saints
Have you ever been around someone who could “rain on your parade “in just a minute? I mean that you can be perfectly fine and with just a word they can have you all upset and fretful. I have and believe me it is no fun! They walk around with a black cloud hovering over them and gloom and doom in their words!
Fretting is confusing to sinners
Unsaved people see and hear professing Christians who fretful, fearful and worrisome. Let me tell you that this is a terrible testimony!
II. We Are to Rely on His Faithfulness
Rely on Him to supply what we don’t have
Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

YOU CAN WORRY TO DEATH
Chronic worry can cause serious physical problems, such as ulcers, heart attacks, and high blood pressure. Dr. Charles Mayo, of the famous Mayo Clinic, wrote, “Worry affects the circulation, the heart, the glands and the whole nervous system. I have never met a man or known a man to die of overwork, but I have known a lot who died of worry.” You can literally worry yourself to death.
Rely on Him to sustain what we do have
Deuteronomy 29:5 And I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes are not waxen old upon you, and thy shoe is not waxen old upon thy foot.

1Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
1Timothy 6:7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
1Timothy 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

One of the things that we will do in heaven is to thank God for prayers when He said no!

III. We Are to Rejoice in His Fellowship
Ever heard the expression, “first things first?” That is a principle that certainly is true when it comes to the antidote for anxiety. If we keep life in perspective with all things in their proper place we will be able to live a relatively worry free life! In our text we are given a priority and if we will put “first things first,” it will work. If:
Our delight should be in His person
The antidote to worry and anxiety is God himself, to “delight” yourself in Him, to give Him first place in your life; that is the answer!
Psalm 73:28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.
Our desires will be consistent with His purposes
Psalm 84:10 For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
Psalm 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
Psalm 84:12 O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.

“Worry about nothing…pray about everything, and rest”

TRUST AND OBEY
When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way!
While we do His good will, He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away;
Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay;
Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,
But is blessed if we trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
But we never can prove the delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay;
For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.
Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet.
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way.
What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;
Never fear, only trust and obey.
Trust and obey, for there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

LOVE AND PRAYERS
CHERYL

DECISIONS AND CHOICES!!!!!

Sunday blessing Joshua 24 15

Have A Wonderful and Blessed Sunday!!! We All Need To Make A Choice!!!

Joshua 24:14 Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.
Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
We all have decisions and choices to make daily. We can choose to work or not to work. We can be lazy, or active. We can marry or remain to be single. We can be kind and loving or be miserable, and unfriendly toward others.
GOD HAS GIVEN US THE FREE WILL TO MAKE OUR OWN CHOICES. BUT I MUST REMIND US THAT THERE ARE CONSEQUENCES FOR MAKING THE INCORRECT CHOICE, AND THERE ARE BLESSINGS FOR MAKING THE APPROPRIATE CHOICE.
The following are some verses to show what is truth. Working, we see in 2 Thessalonians if a man shouldn’t work he shouldn’t eat.
2Thessalonians 3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

Remember the word of God is never changing, just because man sinful man tries to change it means nothing. What our Precious Lord has put in his word is the same forever.
To be lazy to sit around and do nothing. Look at Proverbs 1o:

Proverbs 10:4 He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich.
Proverbs 10:5 He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame.

Now he gives us a free will we can be lazy, not work here are just two verses, plenty more.
This next one always gets many people. I have been called a prude, old fashioned, and lots of things. Its not popular. To marry or not to marry. We can choose not to marry. However if we do not marry, that also means no intimacy with anyone. That is something our Precious Lord gave to us only in marriage. I know our world has turned this beautiful thing into a game, a lets see how often, how many, it is a disgrace. So if we choose not to do this God’s way lets look at some verses.
1Corinthians 7:1 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
1Corinthians 7:2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
1Corinthians 7:3 Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.
1Corinthians 7:4 The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.
Hebrews 13:4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.

To be kind, loving, caring:

Psalm 112:4 Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.
Psalm 112:5 A good man sheweth favour, and lendeth: he will guide his affairs with discretion.

Romans 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
Romans 12:11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
Romans 12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
Romans 12:13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
Romans 12:14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
Romans 12:15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
Romans 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
Romans 12:17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

JOSHUA WANTED COMMITMENT WITH FULL UNDERSTANDING THAT ANYTHING LESS WAS DISOBEDIENCE. HE CHALLENGED THEM TO LOOK HONESTLY INTO THEIR HEARTS.
FOLLOWING CHRIST IS A CHOICE AND A MANDATE. YOU ARE SELF-CONDEMNED IF YOU CHOOSE YOUR WAY!
The Lord does give us free will. He won’t make us do anything. However he also gives us his word, and tells us what will happen when we make the wrong choice!!!

 

COME THOU FOUNT
Come, thou Fount of every blessing,
tune my heart to sing thy grace;
streams of mercy, never ceasing,
call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount I’m fixed upon it
mount of God’s redeeming love.
Here I find my greatest treasure;
hither by thy help I’ve come;
and I hope, by thy good pleasure,
safely to arrive at home.
Jesus sought me when a stranger,
wandering from the fold of God;
he, to rescue me from danger,
bought me with his precious blood.
Oh, to grace how great a debtor
daily I’m constrained to be!
Let thy goodness, like a fetter,
bind my wandering heart to thee:
prone to wander, Lord, I feel it,
prone to leave the God I love;
here’s my heart, O take and seal it;
seal it for thy courts above.

Love and Prayers
Cheryl

A PROMISE AND A MIRACLE :)

Acts 1 5

Have A Wonderful and Blessed Day!!! A Promise and A Miracle!!!

A Precious Promise;
1Chronicles 16:34 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.
Gratefulness should characterize all of us, not just on special holidays but every day of our lives. You may have things that are tough to deal with, but things could be worse.
BE GRATEFUL FOR THE GOODNESS OF GOD
2Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
BE GRATEFUL FOR THE SALVATION OF GOD
Be Grateful from the depths your heart for the things we have considered.
When he tells us his mercy endureth forever that is exactly what he means. His promises are never broken. When he gives his word, it is never taken back.

LOVE DIVINE
Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heaven to earth come down;
Fix in us thy humble dwelling;
All thy faithful mercies crown!
Jesus, Thou art all compassion,
Pure unbounded love Thou art;
Visit us with Thy salvation;
Enter every trembling heart.
Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit,
Into every troubled breast!
Let us all in Thee inherit;
Let us find that second rest.
Take away our bent to sinning;
Alpha and Omega be;
End of faith, as its Beginning,
Set our hearts at liberty.
Come, Almighty to deliver,
Let us all Thy life receive;
Suddenly return and never,
Never more Thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
Serve Thee as Thy hosts above,
Pray and praise Thee without ceasing,
Glory in Thy perfect love.
Finish, then, Thy new creation;
Pure and spotless let us be.
Let us see Thy great salvation
Perfectly restored in Thee;
Changed from glory into glory,
Till in heaven we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before Thee,
Lost in wonder, love, and praise.

A Precious Miracle;
Acts 1:1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
Acts 1:2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:
Acts 1:3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:
Acts 1:4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
Acts 1:5 For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
Acts 1:6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
Acts 1:7 And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
Acts 1:9 And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
Acts 1:10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
Acts 1:11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

Christ rose from the dead. He is now physically gone, but very much alive. Now the disciplies must go do their job:
Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
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.
John 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

Most would say we believe Christ is alive: But do we live like it?
This is a spiritual challenge: impossible to do spiritual things without being directed by the Spirit
This must be done by all believers to go out into the world and tell others of the GREAT NEWS:
JESUS LIVES, ROSE FROM THE DEAD AND DIED FOR ALL. WE MUST BELIEVE ON HIM IN ORDER TO HAVE ETERNAL LIFE!!!
The task is important because Christ will return one day
When Christ returns, the call to be transformed will be over and those who failed to embrace the Gospel will be eternally lost
Christ first came as a Savior; he will come again as a Judge

TELL ME THE STORY OF JESUS
Tell me the story of Jesus,
Write on my heart every word;
Tell me the story most precious,
Sweetest that ever was heard.
Tell how the angels in chorus,
Sang as they welcomed His birth,
“Glory to God in the highest!
Peace and good tidings to earth.”

Tell me the story of Jesus,
Write on my heart every word;
Tell me the story most precious,
Sweetest that ever was heard.
Fasting alone in the desert,
Tell of the days that are past,
How for our sins He was tempted,
Yet was triumphant at last.
Tell of the years of His labor,
Tell of the sorrow He bore;
He was despised and afflicted,
Homeless, rejected and poor.
Tell of the cross where they nailed Him,
Writhing in anguish and pain;
Tell of the grave where they laid Him,
Tell how He liveth again.
Love in that story so tender,
Clearer than ever I see;
Stay, let me weep while you whisper,
“Love paid the ransom for me.”
Tell how He’s gone back to heaven,
Up to the right hand of God:
How He is there interceding
While on this earth we must trod.
Tell of the sweet Holy Spirit
He has poured out from above;
Tell how He’s coming in glory
For all the saints of His love.

Love and Prayers
Cheryl

Thou O Lord Art Worthy!!!

Revelation 4 8

Have a Wonderful and Blessed Day!!! Thou Art Worthy O Lord!!!

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.

John see the Ancient of Days on His throne. A door was opened. A voice commanded John to “come up here”. John was then in the presence of God. John begins to describe his vision.

John saw a vision
Five things happen in rapid succession
First, there was a door, standing open before John
(a) This is the third door mentioned in the Revelation
1.) The first was the door Christ opened before the church at Philadelphia
a) Which was the door to evangelization and missions – that door is still open to us!!
2.) The second was the door to the Laodician church that Christ was knocking upon
a) Christ is still standing there knocking, hoping to be allowed to enter into many of these local churches and institutions today
3.) This third door was opened to John and it is the door to the Revelation of Jesus Christ
b.) This door is open to all who are indwelt by the Holy Spirit
c) The main difference is that today, the door lies in the Word of God
d.) The Holy Spirit illuminates these revealed truths to our hearts
e.) Second, a commanding voice calls to John
f.) This is the same voice that John heard in the beginning of the Revelation

Revelation 1:10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,

1.) And here, “And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said,”
2.) Third, the voice said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”
3.) Fourth, John is immediately in the Spirit, in heaven.
4.) Paul describes an experience much the same, however, he did not know whether his experience was a vision or he actually went into heaven

2Corinthians 12:2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.

Revelation 4:2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.

1. In verse 4, John sees twenty four other thrones surrounding the central throne
2. This throne symbolizes everything concerning the authority and rule of God

a. Here John sees a throne
(1) A symbol of the king of heaven
(2) Central to all others
4. There, the person of God the Father, revealed as the sovereign ruler of all
a. Seated on the throne of His authority

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.
1. In John’s vision there are three precious stones mentioned
a. These stones are:
(1) Jasper
(2) Carnelian which is actually the Sardius
(3) The last is emerald
(a) The first mention of these stones is in Exodus 28
b. Remember our principle of letting Scripture interpret Scripture?
(c) In verse 15 we find the occasion of the mention of these stones; the making of the breast plate of the High Priest of Israel

Exodus 28:15 And thou shalt make the breastplate of judgment with cunning work; after the work of the ephod thou shalt make it; of gold, of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine twined linen, shalt thou make it.

2) God will not forget; but, this is a way of honoring, the tribes of Israel will be ever before Jehovah
a) On the heart of the High Priest, the worship leader
b) But, our High Priest, our worship leader, Jesus Christ, does not carry stones on His heart; but, the names of each believer in His heart and He is ever before God
This reminds us of God the father
(1) His sovereignty
(2) His Lord ship
(3) His faithfulness
(4) The ruler of all creation who keeps His promises to His people
3. Now, lets look to Revelation 4:4
D. The twenty four elders
1Corinthians 6:2 Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
1Corinthians 6:3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
1. Do you not know that the saints will judge the world?
2. Further we should notice that these elders are dressed in white, which is the righteous acts of the saints

Our Lord Jesus Christ and him alone deserves praise, and worship. As we study his word, we see we are not to pray to or worship anyone but him. We are never to make any idols in the form of anyone living now or in the past.Our Lord is perfect and Holy in everyway and yet a very jealous God, we do not in anyway to offend him by loving anyone or anything any more than we love him. Keep in mind he loves us so much he died for us paying our sin debt in full.

WILL JESUS FIND US WATCHING
When Jesus comes to reward His servants,
Whether it be noon or night,
Faithful to Him will He find us watching,
With our lamps all trimmed and bright?

Oh, can we say we are ready, brother?
Ready for the soul’s bright home?
Say, will He find you and me still watching,
Waiting, waiting when the Lord shall come?
If, at the dawn of the early morning,
He shall call us one by one,
When to the Lord we restore our talents,
Will He answer thee, “Well done”?
Have we been true to the trust He left us?
Do we seek to do our best?
If in our hearts there is naught condemns us,
We shall have a glorious rest.
Blessed are those whom the Lord finds watching,
In His glory they shall share;
If He shall come at the dawn or midnight,
Will He find us watching there?

Love and Prayers
Cheryl

ONLY ONE MEDIATOR JESUS AND HIM ALONE :)

1 Timothy 2 5-6

Have a Wonderful and Blessed Day!!! One Mediator One Only, Jesus!!!

1Timothy 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
1Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
1Timothy 2:6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.

Jesus Christ Is Our Mediator:
What does it mean to be a Mediator?
To be a mediator means to be an umpire or an arbitrator. It means to be placed in the middle. In other words, we have Jesus standing between us and God.
Timothy doesn’t need to strive with authority because God has saved some rather wicked men and will continue to do so. This salvation isn’t a result of strife but of God’s grace which is a result of the one Mediator standing between God and man.
Why do we need one?
It’s bad enough that we all stand guilty as sinners, but it’s made worse that even our righteous acts are filthy rags before God. So much of modern doctrine wants to see and show the good side of men but there are none. How do we expect to approach the throne of grace as sinners? Those who approach apart from a Mediator end up crying out to the rocks to fall upon them just at the sight of His face.
I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (Jn. 14:6).
How is Jesus qualified?
He was appointed by God from everlasting:

Jesus is there for us to help interpret our prayers. He is going to the Father for us. He is perfect and holy in everyway; we are not so he being Holy can take it right to the Father.
Sadly some religions pray to Mary, other people that once lived this is not just wrong, but these people can’t hear their prayers. The Lord tells us not to pray to anybody else. This is against the Lord and yet Priests teach their congregations to do this very thing.

Hebrews 9:15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

Hebrews 8:6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.

2Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.
2Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

If you are praying to any one other than Jesus, PLEASE stop. We are not to pray to anyone else. If you are worshipping anyone but The Lord PLEASE STOP!!! We are to worship the Lord Jesus Christ and him alone!!! He had nobody on the Cross with him. No where in the word of God does it tell us to worship or pray to anyone but Jesus.
Exodus 20:1 And God spake all these words, saying,
Exodus 20:2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
Exodus 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
Exodus 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:
Exodus 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
Exodus 20:6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

LOYALTY TO CHRIST
From over hill and plain
There comes the signal strain,
’Tis loyalty, loyalty, loyalty to Christ;
Its music rolls along,
The hills take up the song,
Of loyalty, loyalty,
Yes, loyalty to Christ.

“On to victory! On to victory!”
Cries our great Commander “On!”
We’ll move at His command,
We’ll soon possess the land,
Thro’ loyalty, loyalty,
Yes, loyalty to Christ.
O hear, ye brave, the sound
That moves the earth around,
’Tis loyalty, loyalty, loyalty to Christ;
Arise to dare and do,
Ring out the watchword true,
Of loyalty, loyalty,
Yes, loyalty to Christ.
“On to victory! On to victory!”
Cries our great Commander “On!”
We’ll move at His command,
We’ll soon possess the land,
Thro’ loyalty, loyalty,
Yes, loyalty to Christ.
Come, join our loyal throng,
We’ll rout the giant wrong,
’Tis loyalty, loyalty, loyalty to Christ;
Where Satan’s banners float
We’ll send the bugle note,
Of loyalty, loyalty,
Yes, loyalty to Christ.
“On to victory! On to victory!”
Cries our great Commander “On!”
We’ll move at His command,
We’ll soon possess the land,
Thro’ loyalty, loyalty,
Yes, loyalty to Christ.
The strength of youth we lay
At Jesus’ feet today,
’Tis loyalty, loyalty, loyalty to Christ;
His Gospel we’ll proclaim,
Throughout the world’s domain,
Of loyalty, loyalty,
Yes, loyalty to Christ.
“On to victory! On to victory!”
Cries our great Commander “On!”
We’ll move at His command,
We’ll soon possess the land,
Thro’ loyalty, loyalty,
Yes, loyalty to Christ.

Love and Prayers
Cheryl