Peace be still…

Our only Peace

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1 John 3.1a“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we
should be called 
children of God! And that is what we are!”
1 John 3:1a

I woke up this morning so thankful to be counted among the children of God! My faith is sure and certain and no…you can’t make me doubt Him! I know because of His Word and my own experience. The old hymn writer declared, “He walks with me and He talks with me and He tells me I am His own! This truth allows me to breath in the midst of the storm. Surely, His grace is sufficient!

I am reminded of the old hymn as sung by Jame Cleveland, Peace Be Still. In my spirit, I am believing that someone is needing to be reminded that His Name is Immanuel, God with us. God with us in every season of life, never to…

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united in the same mind…

Unity of the Spirit

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Ephesians 4.3I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me. John 17:23

We are graced to hear the heart of God in John 17:23. Unity is important to Him. We should know this from His Word. Unity was costly and we should not take it lightly. Perhaps the story below will help us…and the Scriptures confirm its importance in our hearts. 

“The story is told of two men riding a tandem bicycle up a steep hill. After much effort, they finally made it to the top of the hill. The front rider said, “That was a tough ride.” To which the second rider replied, “Sure was, and if I hadn’t kept the brake on we might have slipped backwards.” ~Author Unknown

I appeal to you, brothers, by…

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Always be prepared…

Living unashamed

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1 Peter 3.15“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect”

Blessings today! Praise God, it’s Monday! A brand new day and week. An opportunity, a most gracious opportunity, to live life in worship of the True and Living God who came to my rescue. I was reminded of this beautiful truth as the following song was playing on the radio on Friday. Yep, it is the story of my life and the Most High, Loving, Gracious, Merciful and Compassionate God who looks past fault and sees need. He drew me unto to Himself and I came to Him with so many bruises and scars, so deep that I thought I would never recover from…BUT GOD! And yes, He is the One I adore…

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Just in time…

Strong tower

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Psalm 46.10And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18).”
There are times that are more challenging than others, times that you must simply take to God and rest in His promises. The struggle is real and the battle can be fierce as the enemy throws dart after dart with hopes that one will land. There are times that we must simply stand firm believing by faith that we shall see the salvation of the Lord.
Oh my, how faithful is our God to bring the encouragement we need to stand firm, to not grow weary and know that this battle right here belongs to the Lord. My, my, my- His grace is sufficient for our need. The Lord walks…

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wisdom from God

True Wisdom

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1 Corinthians 13.18-19aBlessings today and happy Friday. This is the day the Lord has make let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Many of us have heard the story below many times but since it is Friday, I thought I would share it. It just doesn’t pay to become too smart or wise apart from God. 

A doctor, a lawyer, a little boy and a priest were out for a Sunday afternoon flight on a small private plane. Suddenly, the plane developed engine trouble. In spite of the best efforts of the pilot, the plane started to go down. Finally, the pilot grabbed a parachute, yelled to the passengers that they had better jump, and then he bailed out.

Unfortunately, there were only three parachutes remaining. The doctor grabbed one and said “I’m a doctor, I save lives, so I must live,” and jumped out.

The lawyer then said, “I’m a…

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Placing my trust in the Lord!

He is our strong tower, everything we need is found in Jesus❤️

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Psalm 20-7Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
Psalm 20:7

So what is the name of your horse and/or chariot?
Is it possible, that you and I might own a horse named:

    • money
    • intellect
    • education
    • earthly power
    • family
    • family name
    • position
    • status
    • connections
    • emotions
    • tradition
    • human reasoning
    • drugs/alcohol
    • self

Exodus 3

13 Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”

14 God said to Moses, “I Am Who I Am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I Am has sent me to you.’”

15 God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers—the…

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Wisdom Wednesday 100119

#Depression

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Psalm 3.3Blessings today! It is Wisdom Wednesday and oh my, how I thank God for His Holy, Magnificent Wisdom. Wisdom that He dispenses generously and without reproach to all who will ask and receive. There has been much discussion in the Christian blog world of late regarding suicide and depression and certainly much love and prayer is needed. 

I thought of Charles Spurgeon who was know as the “Prince of Preachers” and at times is known to suffer depression and no one should get it confused, God used him mightily just as He did David, Jeremiah and Paul. 

“Anyone of these qualities; evangelistic zeal, theological integrity, or evangelical activism would have been sufficient to earn Charles recognition as an exemplary Christian man. Yet, God was pleased to work all these things through his chronically depressed, arthritic, and gout smitten servant Charles Haddon Spurgeon. It was not Spurgeon who made Spurgeon great, it…

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Hope for today: love and then love so more

Love and Love some more.

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Hopefortoday3Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.  Romans 13:8-10

Salvation

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confidence in the Lord, not self

Our Hope is in Christ Jesus alone.

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1551405456343_image5899536028012221805.jpgFor You are my hope;
O Lord God, You are my confidence from my youth. Psalm 71:5

I stumbled across this post on Saturday and am compelled to repost it for the message is so needed… 

Our Bible Study last week was an introduction to a new unit, “Overcoming Personal Challenges.” The first lesson will be on Gideon and has a title of “From Scared to Healthy Self-Esteem.”

A Google search yielded a definition of self-esteem as “confidence in one’s own worth or abilities; self-respect.” Merriam-Webster defined self-esteem as “a confidence and satisfaction in oneself.” It listed synonyms as: ego, pride, pridefulness, self-regard, self-respect.

The simplicity of the definition above lets us know that the topic needs to be re-titled. 

Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”
James 4:6b

One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will…

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WHY AM I HERE?

Why am I here?  Beholding Him Ministries

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 In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil. He had seven sons and three daughters, and he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the East. Job 1:1-3

Job along with his wife lived in the city of Uz and had 10 children. He was a rich man as God had blessed him with much cattle and many servants. The Scriptures tell us that Job was blameless and upright, a man who feared God and shunned evil. Now, just for clarification, it does not say that Job was a perfect man but it does appear that he was a man who had placed His in trust in the Lord and faithfully lived a God-honoring life of integrity. A life that pleased God so much so that one day as the Lord was holding court in heaven with His angels, satan showed up…and it was on.

One of Job’s statements/questions to God is found in Job 10:8-9,  “Your hands shaped me and made me. Will you now turn and destroy me?  Remember that you molded me like clay. Will you now turn me to dust again?”  In other words, Job is asking ‘Why was I born… did you create me just to destroy me?’ It is the age-old question of why am I here?  The only safe place to get that answer is the Word of God which tells us that we were born for relationship with Jehovah God, the One, True and Living God (Matthew 22:37) and we were created us for His Glory (Isaiah 43:6b-7).  In all that Job went through, God was revealing more and more of Himself, drawing Job into greater relationship that would be a greater reflection of God’s glory.

It’s no different for any true believer. God is transforming us into His image. What we are moaning about, thinking we will never survive, God says, ‘yes, you will. Satan means it for harm but I will use your suffering for good.’ Trust Me, when I get through with you, you shall come forth as pure gold. 

In the end the Lord  restored to Job his prosperity and family and gave him another 140 years of life and twice as much as he had before, The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. Amen.  But the best part is below, Job knew God in greater and deeper ways – Blessed in the Name of the Lord:

42 Then Job replied to the Lord:
“I know that you can do all things;

    no purpose of yours can be thwarted.
You asked, ‘Who is this that obscures My plans without knowledge?’
    Surely I spoke of things I did not understand,
    things too wonderful for me to know.

“You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak;
    I will question you,
    and you shall answer me.’
My ears had heard of You
    but now my eyes have seen You.
Therefore I despise myself
    and repent in dust and ashes.”

Father, You are glorious! Awesome in all Your ways. Open our eyes that we would see You! We bow and worship You and You alone! Blessings and honor and glory and power belong to You! Thank You for Your salvation that we would be Your sons and daughters. Use us for Your glory, may Your Name be hallowed in the earth as it is in heaven and may it begin with me. Your Kingdom come. Your will be done in our lives!
In Jesus Name, Amen!