Draw Closer To God!!

saturday Lord is a strong tower

 

Have a Wonderful and Blessed day!!! Drawing Closer to God!!!
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Jeremiah 29:12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
Jeremiah 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:14 And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.

Ezekiel 37:1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,
Ezekiel 37:2 And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry.
Ezekiel 37:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.
Ezekiel 37:4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.
Ezekiel 37:5 Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live:
Ezekiel 37:6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
Ezekiel 37:7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone.
Ezekiel 37:8 And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them.
Ezekiel 37:9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.
Ezekiel 37:10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.
Ezekiel 37:11 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.
Ezekiel 37:12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.
Ezekiel 37:13 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,
Ezekiel 37:14 And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live, and I shall place you in your own land: then shall ye know that I the LORD have spoken it, and performed it, saith the LORD.

For so many people, New Year’s Day kind of gives us a new start. It gives us a sense of new hope. Maybe this year will be better than last year. With that comes new dreams, hopes, and expectations. So, what are you dreaming about this year? What is it you want to see happen in your life?

Hopefully for us all growing closer to our lord and Savior Jesus Christ is at the top of the list. We need to focus on who God is calling us to be.
Have you ever felt like there was no hope? You were hopeless . . . lost . . . You looked at your situation and there was no way out. You felt trapped . . . stuck. Can we become people of no hope, when we have a God who is all powerful? When we lose faith, when we fall intpo temptation, when our focus goes to self instead of the Lord we do feel hopeless.

When the odds seem to be going against us, what do we do? Do we just cower down and give up? Do we just see the so-called handwriting on the wall and accept the fact that there’s nothing we can do, so we quit? I have to admit to many times I was ready to quit, and did a couple times, and I will be honest not a place I want to ever go back too.
Or do we look at the situation and keep battling, keep looking for a way to overcome whatever it is that’s not going our way. We can look at many sporting events and see where a team which was getting crushed somehow came back and won. We need to be as that sport team don’t give up but go at our tril head on with prayer, fasting, and trust and faith in our Lord who happens to be far bigger than any of our little trials and the big ones too.

Maybe it’s much closer to home, it’s a physical illness … and you were able to come back and live a full life. Maybe it was rejection, a low self esteem, maybe there was abuse, maybe self doubt – – – whatever it was, and you were able to overcome it. Now I am not saying some of these things are easy, and can just get over them, but we get a lot further ahead striving to win whatever battle we are fighting. This is true regardless what situation it is; health, divorce, family drama, death loss of a loved one, debt, job problems, we will get nowhere by throwing our hands in the air and giving up.

Maybe because of all this you’ve been able to envision a future that in the past you never could. You felt like everything and everyone was against you, but you looked beyond all the outside interferences and you’ve made plans, you’ve allowed yourself to dream to see a future which was good . . . and now you’re working towards that future.
Well, the Israelites were in a bad predicament. In fact, they believed they were stuck in an impossible situation. The northern kingdom had been taken by the Assyrians, and now the southern kingdom, Judah was conquered by the Babylonians. Cities had been destroyed, the temple was destroyed and the entire nation had been exiled into captivity. All hope seemed lost. Yet God still had a plan. In the midst of this impossible situation God reminded the people through the prophet Ezekiel that He is the God of the impossible. Let’s look at what the Lord told Ezekiel in chapter 37 —Read the verses above in Ezekiel!!
Ezekiel 37:1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and carried me out in the spirit of the LORD, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones,

Now, unless you’re a magician, this was an impossible situation. How do you bring life to something which is obviously dead? When was the last time you faced what appeared to be an impossible obstacle? Do you remember feeling hopeless?

Verse 1 tells us that the Spirit of God was upon Ezekiel, which basically means Ezekiel had a very, very deep spiritual experience in which God took him somewhere. It could be a physical place, it could be a spiritual vision. Whatever it was, God brought Ezekiel to a valley filled with dry bones. The bones represented the Israelites. They had been conquered and exiled and any chance of returning to the good old life, even to a normal life, were gone. They had to learn a new culture and ways to live away from home, with foreigners who oppressed them.

Dry bones are as dead as you can get. Face it you cannot bring life back to a bunch of disjointed dead bones. There’s no way humanly possible.

This is far, far worse. This is LONG dead. The body is not just dead – it’s gone! Notice that God makes a point to tell Ezekiel that these bones are VERY DRY! This means, there really is no hope from a human standpoint. You can’t bring life to very dry dead bones! No way! So, can these bones represent you and I? Are we those dried up bones? People of no hope, people with no more dreams? Sadly sometimes we do appear as dry bones, miserable, no movement, no energy, no will to move forward.

It’s one thing to believe in God for a miracle to heal the sick or even to raise a person who has just died. Remember the story when Lazarus died. Martha was hopeful, but by the 3rd day, hope was gone. She told Jesus “if only you had been here.” Her hope was gone!!
Situations in life can be like that sometimes can’t they? There may be issues in your life that seem difficult, but you’re trusting in God to get you through. However, as time goes by these situations don’t change or they grow worse. Still there might be hope. Over time hope fades and at some point dreams die within you and become hopeless situations. Like these dry bones.

God looks at Ezekiel and asks, “Son of man, can these bones live?” Most of us would give a quick and simple answer, “No way!” Ezekiel replies;
Ezekiel 37:3 And he said unto me, Son of man, can these bones live? And I answered, O Lord GOD, thou knowest.

Some say Ezekiel’s words show helplessness. I don’t! I believe he has hope in only the Lord. He knows this is over his abilities. Only God can perform this miracle. So, Ezekiel defers to God. Only you know, Lord. It’s up to you Lord. You are the sovereign God who can do all!
Are you facing any impossible situations in your life? Are there any dry bones you’re facing? Things that seem absolutely hopeless. Dreams that have long since died and been buried within you.

Ezekiel is told to prophesy to the bones — “Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD!” When most people think of prophecy they think it’s like fortune telling or standing out on a street with a sign that says “end of the world near – repent.” Sadly the lost and some saved have said “well if people in the bible would prophesy, then going to a fortune teller, card reader, horoscopes are fine”. NONE of the just mentioned are okay. Them are playing with the occult, demons, evil spirits. Sure some may be able to tell you things that surprise people that they know. Keep in mind demons have some powers. Satan our enemy is the father of lies, and a deciever, and if he can send confusion or make us interested in these wrongful activities, he can do that. To prophesy simply means hearing God’s voice and proclaiming it.

Sometimes it may not make a whole lot of sense. When God calls to us and even speaks to us, we need to learn to listen, to discern . . . is this God’s voice or mine? Is it the voice of evil – passing thoughts and ideas into my heart which go against the will of God. Always know that if something is contrary to God’s nature, then it’s not from God. We need to ask ourselves is this really something the Lord would ask of me. If it seems wrong in anyway (sometimes good things maybe is not want the Lord wants of us at that time), if it doesn’t seem right or against the word of God we need to step away.

I believe God continues to speak into our difficult situations. Sometimes, and I know I can be that way, I see the worst of a situation. Sometimes, I immediately think all is lost, until I slow down. Until I listen to God and catch His wisdom and insight. At first we try to solve what we can on our own, but we need to trust in the God who can bring life to very dry bones.

We can be that way, can’t we? We see the worst – – and sometimes it overwhelms us and takes over in our lives. We end up losing hope and we become like those old very dry bones . . . kind of worthless, not living the way we should, not worshiping the way we should, not able to see hope and a future. As I have said so often if the lost see us without hope, questioning God and what is going on in our life why would the lost want our Jesus?

But – – we have a God of hope! A God who gives us mercy and grace, who came into this world so we could have a home in heaven saving our soul from hell, and gives us so much hope. A God who loves us so much that He sent His Son for you and I. A God who calls you child, holy, dearly loved.

When God reveals His will and plan to us we need to speak those words into the impossible situations in our life. What is God saying to you in your present situation? What is He asking you to do right now?
With God — valleys of dry bones become armies of righteousness. Impossibilities become possibilities. The perishable become imperishable. The dead come to life. There’s nothing God cannot do.
When you say a situation or a person is hopeless, you’re slamming the door in the face of God. There are no hopeless situations. But the people felt that way.

Verse 11 tells us —
Ezekiel 37:11 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts.
They say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are indeed cut off.’

Do you hear the sense of despair from the people? They feel like dried up, dead bones, and their hope is lost. They feel cut off. Is this not how we sometimes feel when life is not going well? But God then tells this to Ezekiel –

Ezekiel 37:12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.
Ezekiel 37:13 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I have opened your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,

God has a plan for your life and He wants to use you. Take God at His word, step out in faith and remember that God is a God of the impossible.

Remember God’s words from Jeremiah 29 –
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Jeremiah 29:12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.

That’s part of the promise from God. God knows His plans! And that’s great news that He has plans for us. They are plans for good, not for harm, even though bad things do happen. God’s plans are to give us hope, to give us a future.
You see, we must call upon the Lord. We cry out, we whisper, we talk, whatever way it is, we call out to the Lord . . . and what will the Lord do? HE WILL HEAR US!

When we seek God we will find Him. It’s not hide and seek. God wants to be found by us. He’s not running from us. He’s always, always there!!
With all our heart. Not half heartedly. But with all that we have.
I believe that when we do that, we will discover a newness, a freshness with God that will surpass anything we’ve experienced before. That’s my hope for us this year . . . that we all will seek after God with our whole hearts and do what we thought could never be done!

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!
Oh, 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.
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.
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 hills 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!
Oh, glorious victory,
That overcomes the world.

Love and prayers
Cheryl

The True Vine!!!

Friday Psalm 27 1

 

Have a Wonderful and Blessed day!! The True Vine!!!

John 15:1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
John 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
John 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.
John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
John 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
John 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
John 15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
John 15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
John 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
John 15:12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

Making His way toward the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus declared that He was the True Vine. Those abiding in Him would bear much fruit. Jesus took time to describe the significance of His position as the Vine and the great care afforded the branches.

Jesus declared He was the Way, the Truth, and the Life, these comments followed their intimate time within the Upper Room. Jesus and the disciples are at this moment making their way to the Garden of Gethsemane. In a very short time Jesus will be arrested and taken to stand before the high priest and Sanhedrin.

While we cannot know for certain, many scholars think Jesus and the disciples likely passed a vineyard as they made their way to Gethsemane. Seeing another moment to teach the disciples an eternal lesson, Jesus used the vineyard as an object lesson. I can imagine Jesus stopping beside a well-kept vine, full of promise for the coming harvest, as He spoke these words. How awesome is our Lord when we look at his life and the awesome example he was, still is, and the examples he gave us. How awesome will Heaven be as the Disciples daily walking with him learning, growing, praising him. We won’t have the wickedness, won’t have death, wicked sins to deal with it will be as this scene we read about walking and it all being about our Precious Lord Jesus and will not have to contend with distractions of which many are evil.

We are some two thousand years removed from the words Jesus spoke on that faithful night, and yet they remain as powerful today as they were then. There is eternal truth that we must consider and embrace as we consider these words. When we see these eternal truths as we consider Jesus’ declaration of: The True Vine.

I. The Authenticity of the Vine (1) – I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Consider:

A. The Vine’s Character – I am the true vine. Jesus declared that He was the true vine. We must consider the context of this statement and the events that had recently taken place. Jesus had lived and ministered in and around Jerusalem for some three and a half years, revealing Himself as the Christ. Israel had often been referred to in Scripture as a vine. The Jews were zealous in their obedience to the Law and felt as if they were doing what was required to be found acceptable to God. Jesus in essence declared to the disciples that the other approaches, and all who had come before Him were inadequate to secure acceptance to God. He alone was the True Vine, the sole means of salvation and reconciliation to God.

The world would have us believe that all religions are the same, that we all serve the same God, and we are all going to the same heaven – we are just heading that way on different paths. That may be popular philosophy, but it certainly isn’t consistent with the teaching of Jesus or biblical doctrine. Jesus is the True Vine. He alone is the source of salvation and reconciliation to God. If we are to be acceptable to the Father, having assurance of eternal life in heaven, we must abide in the Ture Vine!

B. The Vine’s Caretaker (1) – I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Jesus also declared that His Father was the husbandman, the gardener, the one who oversaw the vineyard. He had sent His only begotten Son as the True Vine to secure salvation for the entire vineyard. The Father watched over and cared for the well-being of the vineyard. He is involved in every aspect of the vineyard and cares for every detail of the vine.

Isn’t that a comforting thought? If you are in Christ, the Vine, you are part of the vineyard. The heavenly Father watches over and provides for the needs of the vineyard. Just as we tend to our gardens the Lord tends to us his children and all of our needs.

II. The Attention to the Vineyard – Jesus went on the describe the attentive detail given to the vineyard by the Gardner. He revealed this involved:

A. Pruning the Vine:
John 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away. First Jesus revealed the delicate care given to the branches that were not bearing fruit. Keep in mind, these branches are attached to the vine. They are responsible for bearing fruit and expected to do so. Jesus declared the Father “takes away” those branches that do not bear fruit. (I am thankful the Lord lovingly lifts me up at times!) He takes care of us like we take care of our gardens. He waters us, loves us, prunes us, and he will also remove us if we are contaminating the other branches as we take out weeds, plants that are getting bug eaten and stunting the growth of other things in the garden.

We don’t enjoy the pruning process, but it is necessary at times. The Lord must tenderly remove those areas from our lives that hinder our production. He will remove things that are stopping our growth, and causing harm to the others.

B. Purging the Vine– and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit. This careful action by the gardener is similar to the first, but this actually involves branches that are producing fruit. The gardener carefully purges the branch in order to allow it to produce more fruit. This also includes pruning at times, removing particular portions of the branch in order to make it more productive. It also speaks of cleansing, literally purging the vine. This may include removing a portion of its blooms or particular shoots growing out from the branch. These may eventually produce fruit, but the fruit will be small and less desirable. By purging the vine, the gardener assures there will be an bountiful harvest, and the fruit will be full and desirable.

I love roses and Rose of Sharon trees, but if I let them become overgrown with no care and no pruning they will die out, they will not be as beautiful as they have the ability to be. We have to cut them back and wait for the next growth. Then we can have more flowers, blessings, and ministering opportunities.

This may be the most difficult process for the branch to endure. It has the potential to produce a measure of fruit, but the gardener seeks abundant fruit. The Lord at times purges our lives, removing things we may consider desirable to produce more fruit. This purging may not involve areas of life that are sinful or rebellious, but in fact hinder us from bearing much fruit. Sometimes we find things we want to do for the Lord, and it may not be a bad thing but if the Lord has a different plan for us he may take that idea out of our life and show us “this is not what I have for you”.

C. Purifying the Vine–
John 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Jesus declared the disciples had been cleansed through the words He had spoken. These had heard His word and believed He was the Christ. They had been attached to the Vine and were cleansed in Him. Their hope was not in obedience to the Law or specific traditions, but faith in Christ.

This process has not changed and it never will. In order to be cleansed from our sin, being attached to the Vine, and bearing fruit for Him, we must abide in Christ. He is the sole means of our salvation. Paul declared that we are saved by grace through faith; not of our works, lest any should boast. He also declared that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. Hearing and receiving the Gospel is essential to salvation and being attached to the Vine.
Following salvation, the Word serves to keep our hearts clean before the Lord. The Word searches our hearts, revealing the sin and compels us to repent and seek restoration. The mirror of the Word reveals what is actually there. We must heed the Word and follow its direction.

This is how we grow spiritually:
*Reading the word of God
*Praying daily
*Fellowship with like-minded believers.
*AVOIDING THE THINGS OF DARKNESS

III. The Attachment to the Vine– Here Jesus spoke of those who abide in Him, being attached to the Vine. Consider:
John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

A. The Admonition – Abide in me, and I in you. Jesus admonished the disciples to abide in Him, to continually depend on the Lord and strive to serve Him, so that He would be revealed mighty and providential in their lives. If these were to endure, they must abide in Christ!
Jesus did not speak of our ability to ensure our salvation through works that we perform. He is speaking of continual, continual fellowship as we abide in Him. Our only hope to endure the adversity we face while bearing fruit for the Lord is to abide in Him. We can’t give up the lord because we are offending the lost, the things of darkness, or because our feelings got hurt.

B. The Expectation – Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. Jesus declared the impossibility of bearing fruit apart from Him. If their lives were to be productive, they must continue to abide in Him. If we are serving some sin in our life we will not grow, we will stunt our growth and this is dangerous.

We must not miss the expectation Jesus revealed here. He admonished them to abide in the Vine so they would be able to produce fruit. That is the expectation for every believer. If we are in Christ, we are expected to bear fruit, without exception. If we are in Christ and not bearing fruit, we can expect the Lord to prune us, to remove the areas that have become dead in order to enhance production. If you aren’t producing, you might as well expect pruning!

C. The Production – I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit. After declaring His position in relation to theirs, Jesus declared all who abide in Him will bring forth much fruit. He is the Vine, we are the branches. He is the source and we are the servant. If we abide in Him, drawing from His wisdom, strength, and grace through the Spirit, we will bring forth much fruit. He has promised fruit, growth, JOY for those who abide in Him.

D. The Limitation – for without me ye can do nothing. I believe what He has told us in all his word, and we need to be obedient to his words if we want growth and fruit; Jesus declared we could do nothing apart from Him. We cannot produce fruit. The branch has no ability to produce; it simply reveals what is produced by the vine. If there is any fruit in any of our lives, it is there because the Lord produced it!
We have nothing to boast in ourselves. He provided the means of our salvation. It was given and received freely. If our lives bear any fruit of eternal value, it was produced by the Lord. He alone is worthy of recognition and praise!

This is a powerful and convicting passage of Scripture. Are we abiding in the Vine today? If so, is your life producing fruit? Maybe the Spirit has revealed some areas in your life that need to be dealt with. Bring those before the Lord and allow Him to tenderly prune them away, enabling us to be productive again.

OUR SAVIOR IS SO GOOD, SO STRONG AND SO MIGHTY!!! LETS SEE WHERE OUR LIFE NEEDS PRUNING TODAY!!

Who is on the Lord’s side? Who will serve the King?
Who will be His helpers, other lives to bring?
Who will leave the world’s side? Who will face the foe?
Who is on the Lord’s side? Who for Him will go?
By Thy call of mercy, by Thy grace divine,
We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!
Not for weight of glory, nor for crown and palm,
Enter we the army, raise the warrior psalm;
But for love that claimeth lives for whom He died:
He whom Jesus saveth marches on His side.
By Thy love constraining, by Thy grace divine,
We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!
Jesus, Thou hast bought us, not with gold or gem,
But with Thine own lifeblood, for Thy diadem;
With Thy blessing filling each who comes to Thee,
Thou hast made us willing, Thou hast made us free.
By Thy grand redemption, by Thy grace divine,
We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!
Fierce may be the conflict, strong may be the foe,
But the King’s own army none can overthrow;
’Round His standard ranging, vict’ry is secure,
For His truth unchanging makes the triumph sure.
Joyfully enlisting, by Thy grace divine,
We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!
Chosen to be soldiers, in an alien land,
Chosen, called, and faithful, for our Captain’s band;
In the service royal, let us not grow cold,
Let us be right loyal, noble, true and bold.
Master, wilt Thou keep us, by Thy grace divine,
Always on the Lord’s side—Savior, always Thine!

Love and Prayers
Cheryl

We Have An Amazing Hope!!

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Have a Wonderful and Blessed day!!! Our Hope as Christians!!!

1Thessalonians 4:12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.
1Thessalonians 4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
1Thessalonians 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
1Thessalonians 4:15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
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.

A desperate need, (the need for hope) exists among Christians. I know, because it is true in my life. Christians need to remind themselves constantly that God is on the throne, in control, and moving purposefully in this world. Today the word hope has been weakened to mean an expectancy that something will happen but with much question as to whether it really will. “I hope” carries almost the same meaning as “I wish.” This is not the meaning of hope in the New Testament. Paul used the word in the New Testament sense of absolute certainty. It has been said that hope means being so sure about the future that we can enjoy it in the present.

We need to search the scriptures daily and pray daily. The enemy would have us lose our hope and joy as he knows his time is short. He can’t steal our salvation; HOWEVER if we lose our joy we will not be a light to the lost.

Our hope is not like the world’s hope. Our hope is so sure because it is rooted in God’s ability to do what He has promised. We know Our Precious Father, Our lord, Our Jesus can’t lie, he also never breaks a promise so we need to show this to others. Paul said an understanding of this hope will bring comfort in troubled times. I want you to see what our hope is. We cannot be doubtful at this point. The Thessalonian Christians apparently were experiencing strong anxiety over issues they did not understand. Paul obviously had taught them that Jesus was going to return. From what Paul said in our text, we can conclude that the Thessalonians were concerned about what would happen to believers who died before Jesus’ return. Their ignorance of the hope Paul spoke of had created anxiety for them, and it will create anxiety for us. Hope enables us to remain steadfast in difficult days. Our text suggests three things we should fasten our attention on in these troubled days. These things serve as the anchor that gives us hope. If we don’t show hope or have hope why would a lost person want Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-15
1Thessalonians 4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
1Thessalonians 4:14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
1Thessalonians 4:15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

Our hope is the…

1. Assurance of eternal life.
The Thessalonians were concerned that they never would see their loved ones who had faith in Jesus; but who had died. Very likely they also feared what would happen to them if they died before Jesus returned. Paul made clear to them that death is not to be feared if we are trusting in the precious, holy shed blood of Jesus. Our hope is eternal life, and death is a springboard into personal fellowship with Jesus. In fact, Paul said that when Jesus comes, “God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.” Paul used the word sleep to describe the death of Christians. He spoke of the body, not the soul. As a sleeper continues to exist while the body sleeps, so the dead in Christ continue to exist, though separated from the realm of earthly existence. Our hope is in this promise. We move from this life into a face-to-face relationship with Jesus; but that is not the Christians’ only hope. Sadly some when given the gospel will reject because they know a loved one who has passed was not saved, not born-again. This breaks my heart. The other thing that bothers me much is those without Jesus that say “I will be in hell having a huge party with my friends”. Such an awful statement.

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:
Our hope is the…

2. Resurrection of our bodies.
We have a body, the material part of us; but as I mentioned earlier, we also have a part of us that is not material. The spirit is that part of us that communicates with God. It is this part of Christians that continues on in face-to-face relationship with God after death. This face-to-face relationship is a part of our great hope; but another part of our hope is God’s plan for the body. His plan is to give all Christians another body. The body gets tired; it wears out and breaks down; it is resistant to God’s will. A part of our hope is that when Jesus comes, these bodies of shame will be transformed into bodies that are equal to the needs of the spirit, God’s glorious presence, and the glories of Heaven. A perfect in everyway body!!

Paul said that when Jesus comes, “the dead in Christ will rise first.” The 1st thing that will happen when Jesus comes back is that the saved who have departed this life will receive perfect bodies. What a comfort to the Thessalonians, and to us to know that those who had preceded them in death would not be left out of the glory of the second coming of Jesus. In fact, Paul said,

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.
Our hope is the…
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.

3. Coming of Jesus Christ.
Many have tried to explain away the second coming as being something other than the actual personal return of Jesus. Some say it refers to death; others say it refers to the new birth; still others say it refers to the coming of the Holy Spirit in His fullness at Pentecost; but Paul emphatically stated, “The Lord himself shall descend from heaven.” We all need to remember our greatest enemy wants us to doubt all of the Lord’s promises, and keep us from serving our Father, and stop us from any outreach to the lost.

According to Paul’s words, the coming of the Lord involves two aspects. He is coming to claim His own, and He is coming to restore order to a sin-cursed world.

1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 deals more with this 2nd aspect.
Difference of opinion about the timing of these two events is widespread. Some believe these two events are simultaneous- That Jesus will come, take His own, and judge the world at the same time. Others believe a period of seven years will occur between the 2 events. The correct answer to this is:

HE IS GOING TO BE IN THE CLOUDS AND WE WILL ALL MEET HIM ALL WHO ARE TRUSTING AND BELIEVEING IN HIM.
AFTER SEVEN YEARS HE WILL RETURN WITH HIS OWN TO PUT AWAY ALL WICKEDNESS AND DESTROY ALL EVIL.
1Thessalonians 5:1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.
1Thessalonians 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
1Thessalonians 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
1Thessalonians 5:4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.
1Thessalonians 5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
1Thessalonians 5:6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
1Thessalonians 5:7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.
1Thessalonians 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.
1Thessalonians 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
1Thessalonians 5:10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
1Thessalonians 5:11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

I am encouraging you all today to keep your hope in this promise of our Precious Lord; he will meet us in the clouds before the tribulation and we will forever be with him in Heaven where no sin, no pain, no cancer, no evilness, no harm against children will exist. Please continue in prayer and Bible reading daily!!!

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
And wait for Thee
Sweet hour of prayer

Love and prayers
Cheryl

Believe On Him!!!

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Have a Wonderful and Blessed Day!!! Believe On Him Who Sent Him!!!

John 6:28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?
John 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
John 6:30 They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work?
John 21:24 This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things: and we know that his testimony is true.
John 21:25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

You have to remember that John is glossing over a lot of Jesus’ life because he knows there isn’t enough space in the world to hold all the books it would take to write down every miracle (John. 21:25). His main purpose is that we might believe Jesus is the Christ and the Son of God and that we might have eternal life:

John 20:30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:
John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

And Jesus went up into a mountain, and there he sat with his disciples.
There were a lot of travelers and when Jesus sees them He has compassion because they were like sheep without a shepherd. He spent the whole day teaching them in the wilderness “And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.

Matthew 14:15 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.
Matthew 14:16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.
Matthew 14:17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.
Matthew 14:18 He said, Bring them hither to me.
Matthew 14:19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
Matthew 14:20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.
Matthew 14:21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.

They want to send the people away but Jesus says, “You feed them.” Well, they know they can’t do this because they have so little. But this exchange has a purpose:

When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do. Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little. One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto him, There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many?

And Jesus said, Make the men sit down. Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand. And Jesus took the loaves; and when he had given thanks, he distributed to the disciples, and the disciples to them that were set down; and likewise of the fishes as much as they would. When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost. Therefore they gathered them together, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves, which remained over and above unto them that had eaten.

“Jesus can take whatever you’ve got and multiply it in abundance. So give even your mushy fish sandwich to Jesus.” There is nobody alive or dead that could have ever done this. Only our Lord Jesus Christ, Our God, our Father. I believe even the disciples who had walked daily with Jesus were shocked to see what Jesus had done on this day.

We see all these miracles that Jesus did while here on earth. Walking on water, healing the sick, raising the dead. Yet so many still doubt, in defense even those standing along side of him; still doubted. Yet many did not doubt, and sadly many believed and were afraid of what would happen if they professed what they believed that Jesus is the Son of God, he is God. (like today how often to people not want to talk of their beliefs? How many will hear a street Preacher and be with friends so they will mock with the multitude. I am sure glad Jesus wasn’t embarrassed of me.

The people came and Jesus fed them miraculously for the benefit of the disciples! Later that night He would come to them again with another miracle and they would start putting things together. Maybe they weren’t all that different from the rest of the crowd; maybe they would like to see Him as a king too. But here, in this moment, they realize that the bread-breaker is so much more than what they’d thought. He is the Son of God!

And now it starts to make sense, doesn’t it? There are two kinds of meat: one is just bread. If you eat some today you’ll get hungry later and if you leave it out long it’ll mold and eventually be thrown away. But there’s a “bread” that never goes away and keeps a man full forever. It gives him everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

This everlasting bread comes from the Son of Man because He has pleased the Father. The Father has approved of Him:

John 6:28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God?
John 6:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.
But this bread cannot be separated from the Giver. “I am the Bread of life.” There’s no pleasing the Father on your own. We must go to Christ. We must believe on His name and partake of His flesh and blood; we must be united to Him and co-heirs with Him. Then we’ll find the everlasting sustenance and never really die. Then we’ll find the well of life springing up inside us so we’ll never be thirsty again.

Often times a Pastor a Christian will tell a lost person or a new Christian we need the meat of the Bible, and they will be confused. It is not literal food, it is the spiritual food. We need it to grow, just as meat for our body, without it we will die. If we are truly saved and never read the word of God we will not grow or please the Father. He didn’t tell us to read and study his word just in case we needed something to do. This was something to do before the rest of our daily work. If you have never read the Bible start in John and Psalms.

THE BIBLE STANDS
The Bible stands like a rock undaunted
‘Mid the raging storms of time;
Its pages burn with the truth eternal,
And they glow with a light sublime.
The Bible stands tho’ the hills may tumble,
It will firmly stand when the earth shall crumble;
I will plant my feet on its firm foundation,
For the Bible stands,
The Bible stands.
The Bible stands like a mountain tow’ring
Far above the works of man;
Its truth by none ever was refuted,
And destroy it they never can.
The Bible stands tho’ the hills may tumble,
It will firmly stand when the earth shall crumble;
I will plant my feet on its firm foundation,
For the Bible stands,
The Bible stands.
The Bible stands and it will forever,
When the world has passed away;
By inspiration it has been given,
All its precepts I will obey.
The Bible stands tho’ the hills may tumble,
It will firmly stand when the earth shall crumble;
I will plant my feet on its firm foundation,
For the Bible stands,
The Bible stands.
The Bible stands tho’ the hills may tumble,
It will firmly stand when the earth shall crumble;
I will plant my feet on its firm foundation,
For the Bible stands,
The Bible stands.
The Bible stands every test we give it,
For its Author is divine;
By grace alone I will expect to live it,
And to prove it and make it mine.
The Bible stands tho’ the hills may tumble,
It will firmly stand when the earth shall crumble;
I will plant my feet on its firm foundation,
For the Bible stands,
The Bible stands.

Love and Prayers
Cheryl

PRAISE HIS WONDERFUL NAME!!

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Have a Wonderful and Blessed day!!! O Lord My Strength!!!

Psalm 18:1 I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.
Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
Psalm 18:3 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

How valuable is worship to you ?
Did you know that worship is about value ? Worship demonstrates the value that we place upon God.

The frequency of our worship, the passion of our worship, the nature of our worship declares the value that we place upon the Lord. If our worship is infrequent, and inconsistent, if our worship is cold, and complacent, if our worship is fruitless, and faithless…..then the value that we place upon God is too low ! Look at who the lord is, and what he has done for each of us and continues to do. Why would worship be after all our chores, favorite TV program, coffee with friends. Then If we are not to tired we can thank him. Him who came here to this sin-cursed world to suffer, and die he with no sin, no spot, no blemish but carries our wicked sins into the pits of hell. He made Heaven possible for us no matter what we have done wrong, sinfully in our lives.

Look at Psalms 18
1. I will love thee, O Lord, my strength.
2. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
3. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

When David thought about the Lord, he said he is worthy of my praise. It is only natural that I worship him. When he reminisced about all that God had done in his life David acknowledged he is worthy the Lord alone is worthy. called him out of a field full of shepherds, and sat him upon a throne, kept him secure from his enemies, forgave him of his sins which were numerous……..he and he alone is worthy!!!
Psalm 42:4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.

Is God worthy of your worship ?
Has he done anything for us that makes him worthy of our worship? Has he blessed us? Has he saved us? Is he worthy of our worship? Then why don’t we do it?

If we place great value, worth upon God, then our worship will be more sincere….we will be more sensitive to the Holy Spirit in our worship, and God will be honored in our worship.

1. Determining God’s Worth.
Why is God worthy of our worship ?

a. Because of his character.
Job 33:12 Behold, in this thou art not just: I will answer thee, that God is greater than man.

2Samuel 7:22 Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
Deuteronomy 4:36 Out of heaven he made thee to hear his voice, that he might instruct thee: and upon earth he shewed thee his great fire; and thou heardest his words out of the midst of the fire.
Deuteronomy 4:37 And because he loved thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty power out of Egypt;
Deuteronomy 4:38 To drive out nations from before thee greater and mightier than thou art, to bring thee in, to give thee their land for an inheritance, as it is this day.
Deuteronomy 4:39 Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else.
Deuteronomy 4:40 Thou shalt keep therefore his statutes, and his commandments, which I command thee this day, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee, and that thou mayest prolong thy days upon the earth, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, for ever.
Psalm 86:10 For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.
Psalm 86:11 Teach me thy way, O LORD; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear thy name.
Psalm 86:12 I will praise thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify thy name for evermore.
Psalm 86:13 For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.
Psalm 86:14 O God, the proud are risen against me, and the assemblies of violent men have sought after my soul; and have not set thee before them.
Psalm 86:15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.
Psalm 86:16 O turn unto me, and have mercy upon me; give thy strength unto thy servant, and save the son of thine handmaid.
Psalm 86:17 Shew me a token for good; that they which hate me may see it, and be ashamed: because thou, LORD, hast holpen me, and comforted me.

b. Because of his compassion.
Psalm 78:38 But he, being full of compassion, forgave their iniquity, and destroyed them not: yea, many a time turned he his anger away, and did not stir up all his wrath.
Psalm 86:15 But thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion, and gracious, longsuffering, and plenteous in mercy and truth.
Psalm 145:7 They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness.
Psalm 145:8 The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.
Psalm 145:9 The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.
Psalm 145:10 All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee.

c. Because of his Cross.
John 19:17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:

John 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
John 3:20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
John 3:21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

2. Demonstrating God’s Worth
Having determined his worth…how do we demonstrate his worth ?
a. by our profession.
This is the first and vital step towards demonstrating that God is worthy. We must possess, and profess faith in him.
b. by our participation.

We show God. We demonstrate his worth to us when we obey him by participating in the things that please him. When we assemble together as a church, it is pleasing to him if we worship…..it pleases him, praises him…..honors him that you are here…..that his people have gathered together to worship him.
But our participation in the assembly should not be the end of our worship….but rather the beginning…….we praise him through our activity. When we leave from this place……we are to be actively serving him.

c. by our posture.
The Hebrew word for worship itself tells us what our posture should be towards the Lord. It means to “fall prostrate or to bow down”.
Psalm 95:4 In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also.
Psalm 95:5 The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land.
Psalm 95:6 O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker.
Psalm 95:7 For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. To day if ye will hear his voice,

d. By Our Praise.
Psalm 100:1 A Psalm of praise. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Psalm 100:2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
Psalm 100:3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Psalm 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
Psalm 100:5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Psalm 9:2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.
Psalm 22:25 My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.

e. By our Presents
1Chronicles 16:27 Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and gladness are in his place.
1Chronicles 16:28 Give unto the LORD, ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength.
1Chronicles 16:29 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.
Psalm 96:8 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts.

f. By our Prayers
Psalm 55:17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.
Psalm 55:18 He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me.
1Timothy 2:8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

3. Declaring God’s Worth
We should not only demonstrate God’s worth in our public and private worship, but we should declare God’s worth to others.
Psalm 9:10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
Psalm 9:11 Sing praises to the LORD, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.

I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.

How do we declare his worth ?
a. With our lives
b. With our love
c. With our legacy
d. With our lips

If you see nothing special in these things OPEN YOUR DOOR LOOK OUTSIDE AT THE TREES, SKY, SUN, MOON, STARS, FLOWERS, ANIMALS, PEOPLE AND KNOW ALL WAS CREATED BY HIM, THE ALMIGHTY GOD. HE WHO SAVED US WITH HIS PRECIOUS BLOOD.

HOW GREAT THOU ART
O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the works 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 shall I bow, in humble adoration,
And then proclaim, “My God, how great Thou art!”
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!

Love and Prayers
Cheryl

PRAISE HIM AND ACKNOWLEDGE HIS GREATNESS!!

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Have a Wonderful and Blessed day!!! Let’s Praise The Lord’s Greatness!!!

Psalm 145:1 David’s Psalm of praise. I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.
Psalm 145:2 Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.
Psalm 145:3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.
Psalm 145:4 One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.
Psalm 145:5 I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.
Psalm 145:6 And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness.
Psalm 145:7 They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness.
Psalm 145:8 The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.
Psalm 145:9 The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.
Psalm 145:10 All thy works shall praise thee, O LORD; and thy saints shall bless thee.
Psalm 145:11 They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power;
Psalm 145:12 To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.
Psalm 145:13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.
Psalm 145:14 The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.
Psalm 145:15 The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.
Psalm 145:16 Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
Psalm 145:17 The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.
Psalm 145:18 The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.
Psalm 145:19 He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.
Psalm 145:20 The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.
Psalm 145:21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the LORD: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.

If someone were to ask me what the number one goal of this New Year was; I would say to Praise the Lord far more often. To tell others of his Greatness more often. I would like for others to truly 8understand the magnitude of the Lord’s greatness, and grace. I hope everyone remembers the truth about my God.
I would like the chance to talk of the Gospel and have others say “wow I just want to praise his name”.
Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior of the world, and He’s worthy to be praised.

We need to realize the truth about praise and his greatness. We don’t praise and serve him to become more wealthy, more famous, live in a place where others would be envious. Jesus Christ is worthy of all our praise and adoration.

Psalm 145:1 David’s Psalm of praise. I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.
Psalm 145:2 Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.
There isn’t a day that passes without this psalmist lifting God up and giving Him praise, and there’s no end in sight—it lasts forever and ever.
What does he say in his praise?
Psalm 145:3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.

Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.
The Lord isn’t just great; He’s unsearchable!

I know it is so of a truth: but how should man be just with God?
First we need to trust in his saving blood. We need to trust him and him alone. No Man, Pastor, Speaker, missionary can do what the Lord does for us daily. We also need to realize all men are sinners and therefore are not in any higher standard with the Lord. Sometimes some will latch on to a Pastor and look to him as God. This can be dangerous on many levels. One huge reason for this is:

I belonged to a Church many years ago. The pastor was admired highly by many in the congregation. I knew of at least two women who would take his word over the word of god. Well this pastor fell and in a very wicked way. Some of the brethren admiring him were crushed, they are still out of church because they had their eyes on a man and not God. We need to be careful who we are worshipping.

Only the Lord can give and take life or let me reword that; Only the Lord should give and take away. The wicked of this world killing babies, killing for money, things, acceptance are playing God in saying who should live and who should die. Very dangerous territory.
Psalm 145:4 One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.
Psalm 145:5 I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.
Psalm 145:6 And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness.

People in our day want Jesus to be a buddy who’ll keep them safe and bless them, but this isn’t the God we know from the Scriptures. It makes my heart sad when I hear some refer to our might and Wondrous Lord as “The man upstairs”. The Big guy”, “My pal Jesus”, he is not a fishing buddie, not a drinking buddy, not a card playing buddy, he is ALL MIGHTY, ALL PERFECT, ALL HOLY!!!
When we hear someone say that something’s terrible we usually understand it to mean shoddy or of poor quality. But here it means something that causes fear and is revered. God isn’t some soft cuddly Teddy Bear. In Nehemiah 9:32 we see:

Nehemiah 9:31 Nevertheless for thy great mercies’ sake thou didst not utterly consume them, nor forsake them; for thou art a gracious and merciful God.
Nehemiah 9:32 Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the terrible God, who keepest covenant and mercy, let not all the trouble seem little before thee, that hath come upon us, on our kings, on our princes, and on our priests, and on our prophets, and on our fathers, and on all thy people, since the time of the kings of Assyria unto this day.

He is terrible and majestic. He deserves to be lifted higher and higher and higher and higher with no end. We can’t say enough about His glory or His awesome power.

He is merciful towards sinners, yet He is righteous:
Lamentations 3:22 It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
Lamentations 3:23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Hebrews 4:13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

How can a righteous God show grace? How can a judge be good and let rebels go free?

We know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the Savior of the world; therefore He is worthy to be praised. He came and fulfilled the Law—He alone has done everything required—and yet God poured out all His terrible wrath onto His Son so that we who belong to Him might be saved!

His wrath is satisfied at the cross and the debt is paid. This is how he can have mercy on sinners and be patient with us—our sin is given to Christ, and Christ’s righteousness is given to us. God is righteous and merciful!

We need to be graceful when witnessing to the lost; too often us as Christians get caught up in our feelings and will attack a lost person over their choices, and wickedness. However where were we when we came salvation?

The Lord gives us grace and mercy and we need to do the same. One day I was talking to my son and was upset with someone who was not saved. My son interrupted me and said “Mom she is not saved, why are you expecting her to behave as she is saved”.
His glorious kingdom never ends. We will live and reign with him for all eternity in Heaven.

All the saints make known the glory of His domain and power—His kingdom is majestic and it never ends. The world has seen many great powers—Assyria, Babylon, Egypt, Rome, China, England, France, and the USA are just a few, but kingdoms rise and fall. Who knows who will be in power here in another 1,000 years? Hitler said his Third Reich would last 1,000 years, but it fell in only a few.
But the kingdom of God is not of this world:
John 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
He is worthy to be praised in this, and we can’t keep ourselves from speaking it.
He gives us what we need when we need it and opens His hand up to us.
What we need is a bigger view of God. He isn’t the one who makes our lives better—He needs to be very center and forefront our lives!
Psalm 150:1 Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
Psalm 150:2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.
Psalm 150:3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.
Psalm 150:4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.
Psalm 150:5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.
Psalm 150:6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.
PRAISE HIM PRAISE HIM
Praise him! praise him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!
Sing, O earth – his wonderful love proclaim!
Hail him! hail him! highest archangels in glory,
Strength and honor give to his holy name!
Like a shepherd, Jesus will guard his children –
In his arms he carries them all day long:
Praise him! praise him! tell of his excellent greatness!
Praise him! praise him! ever in joyful song!
Praise him! praise him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!
For our sins he suffered and bled and died;
He our Rock, our hope of eternal salvation,
Hail him! hail him! Jesus the Crucified!
Sound his praises – Jesus who bore our sorrows –
Love unbounded, wonderful, deep and strong:
Praise him! praise him! tell of his excellent greatness!
Praise him! praise him! ever in joyful song!
Praise him! praise him! Jesus, our blessed Redeemer!
Heav’nly portals loud with hosannas ring!
Jesus, Savior, reigneth for ever and ever,
Crown him! crown him! Prophet and Priest and King!
Christ is coming, over the world victorious –
Pow’r and glory unto the Lord belong:
Praise him! praise him! tell of his excellent greatness!
Praise him! praise him! ever in joyful song!

Love and Prayers
Cheryl

The lord Doesn’t Want Us Complaining!!

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Have a Wonderful and Blessed day!!! Let God Work In You!!!

Jeremiah 29:10 For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Jeremiah 29:12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
Jeremiah 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.

Ephesians 4:22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
Ephesians 4:23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
Ephesians 4:24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Ephesians 4:25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
Ephesians 4:26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
Ephesians 4:27 Neither give place to the devil.
Ephesians 4:28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth.
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Ephesians 4:30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.
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.

God has plans for each and every one of us. At times, we may become contrary and fight against them. We may grumble and complain, but we must realize that He knows best. We often times feel like we know better than the Father; WE DON’T.

Philippians 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.
Philippians 2:14 Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
Philippians 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;

I. God is in control of our lives (v. 13) After salvation we become the Lord’s he paid for us and we need to be in obedience in him. Now the Lord doesn’t make us trust him, he doesn’t pick those who will only go to heaven, he gives us our own free will. He wants us to make the choice to love and follow him but never makes anyone do so.
Our Father is not like some people were they will guilt us into wanting to be with them, to love them, to serve them. Our Lord wants our heart honestly and truly. He wants to hear from us, our heart, our mind.
A. God should always be the one in control of our lives, especially since He knows what tomorrow holds. He sees the future and therefore knows what is best for us. We need to thank him for unanswered prayers because he knew ahead of why the prayer went unanswered or not answered according to what we want.

SIDE NOTE Sometimes people will ask the Lord for something get told no and go ahead with our own plan. Although he could stop us he doesn’t. When these times happen it usually doesn’t take long to see why the lord told us no!!!

B. Our lives do not always go as we plan them to. Things are not always easy and at times, we deal with really bad things. Have you ever seen a really good, Christian person (maybe even yourself) go through some really bad times and wondered why? Jesus was speaking to His followers during the Sermon on the Mount and said … He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

Matthew 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

C. Even at moments when it seems so unfair, we must realize that God should always be in charge of our lives – the ruler of our destiny and at the center of our hearts. He truly knows more than us, he is the creator, he sees the whole picture some of us don’t see out our back door.

II. We are bought by God – For God
A. Our purpose is to fulfill God’s purpose. We were purchased by Him with the blood of Christ.

I Corinthians 6:20 tells us
“For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s”.
“You were bought for a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” This tells us we belong entirely to God.

Because of this, we should honor God through:
1. Being faithful to Him through prayer, witnessing, reading his word.
2. Maintaining our purity if not married Saving ourselves for the right person.
3. Refraining from drugs or alcohol, and avoiding places where these are found.
4. Live like Christ, We won’t ever be perfect in these bodies on this earth; HOWEVER THINGS THAT TEMPT US THE LORD GIVES US AN OUT. Avoid things that get us in trouble.

Ill. God has Plans for you

A. God knows what He’s doing! Never doubt your purpose or that you have a reason for being who you are where you are. God has a great plan in mind for us. We just have to realize it and surrender ourselves to His plan.

Now sometimes we put ourselves in places he doesn’t want us and then we will face troubles and problems by rejecting what he wants of us.
Jeremiah 29:11 is a beautiful reminder of the fact that God has awesome plans for our lives. It says;

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end”.
IV. Let’s stop the complaining
“Complaining is like bad breath, you notice it when it comes out of somebody else’s mouth, but not your own.”-Will Bowen
We all know someone who spends most of their time complaining about things… it’s too hot or it’s too cold … the food tastes bad, the traffic is slow … Pastor is preaching too long … the list goes on and on about things we hear people complaining about, but how does this bring glory to God? Do you think He is happy with us when He hears us complaining and groaning all the time?

A. Complaining can actually anger God

1 Corinthians 10:10 is talking about the Israelites while in the wilderness having been set free from Egyptian rule. They complained about everything –

“Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer”.
Jude 1:15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.
Jude 1:16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men’s persons in admiration because of advantage.

Exodus 16:12 I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel: speak unto them, saying, At even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God.

Solomon reminds us in Proverbs 17:22 that “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones”.
Will you be more capable of working for God if you are complaining all the time or when you show appreciation for what He has done? If the world sees and hears us complaining how is that being a light to anyone.

B. Why not complain?
1. To be blameless
2. To be pure
3. Without fault
4. Be different in this world full of bad

Ephesians 4:29 says “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers”.
What does this mean? It means speak in a way that uplifts people, that is good, that brings glory to God – not in a way that makes us seem ungrateful, unhappy and as though a life with Christ is nothing special.

We must remember that as Jesus says in Matthew 5;
5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Become the type of person who in the midst of every situation is able to say that God is good! Regardless of what we are facing, let’s be the type of person who trusts God with our life, our purpose, our future and to help us in every area of our lives. May we develop the mentality in time of trouble that Job had when he made one of the most famous quotes from the bible –

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.

Do you have Christ living in you to lead your life? Are we walking in His plan or trying to go it alone? Do you find yourself always dissatisfied? Pray and lets make a commitment to the father as we begin this New year that we will let him lead us, that we will surrender to Him and that we will walk in the way He wants us to go.
HAVE THINE OWN WAY LORD
Have Thine own way Lord
Have Thine own way
Thou art the potter I am the clay
Mold me and make me after Thy will
While I am waiting yielded and still
Have Thine own way Lord
Have Thine own way
Search me and try me Master today
Whiter than snow Lord wash me just now
As in Thy presence humbly I bow
Have Thine own way Lord
Have Thine own way
Hold over my being absolute sway
Filled with Thy spirit till all can see
Christ only always living in me

Love and Prayers
Cheryl