Friday, June 23, 2017

In The Light of Jesus

May The Lord shine His countenance upon us...expose and drive out any hidden darkness in our hearts, so we may live a lighted life of transparency before God.

May His Holy Spirit burn brightly for all to see what He has accomplished within us, all for the glory of our Holy and Heavenly Father.

And may we be true imitators of Christ, awake in our faith and walking steadfastly in His fellowship of truth and love...the illuminated path of our Lord and Savior.

Ephesians 5:13-14
But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said:
“Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”

Psalm 4:6
Many are saying, "Who will show us any good?' Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, O LORD!"

Numers 6:25
The LORD make His face shine on you, and be gracious to you;

Psalm 31:16
Make Your face to shine upon Your servant; save me in Your lovingkindness.

John 3:21
But whoever practices the truth comes into the Light, so that it may be clearly seen that what he has done has been accomplished in God.

John 8:12
Once again, Jesus spoke to the people and said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life."

John 12:35
So Jesus told them, "For a little while longer, the Light will be among you. Walk while you have the Light, so that darkness will not overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going."

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Fisher of Men

Praise God for His precious, perfect plan to send His Son to dwell among us..to shed His blood as an atoning sacrifice for our sins...to be raised on the third day, that we might be also risen with Him and saved from eternal death.

Thank you, Jesus, that You are a Fisher of men...that You came that the lost may be found; the hurting may be healed; that sinners may be saved.

Thank You, Jesus, that we ALL may call upon You...and in Your Name, be redeemed, restored and reconciled...and dwell in The House of The Lord forever.

John 3:17
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.

Matthew 18:11
For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

Mark 2:17
On hearing this, Jesus told them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners."

Matthew 4:19
"Come, follow Me,'" Jesus said, "and I will make you fishers of men."

1 Timothy 1:15
This is a trustworthy saying, worthy of full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the worst.

Romans 3:23
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God...

Acts 2:21
And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.

Romans 10:9
that if you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

Romans 10:10
For with your heart you believe and are justified, and with your mouth you confess and are saved.

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Patience and Perseverance


Perseverance and patience are virtues that we may not willingly welcome into our spiritual transformation. In order for our character to be honed with these, it means we must face difficulties and hardships. These often occur in clusters, sometimes resulting in whole seasons of despair.

We grow weary and worn from the battle, and sometimes feel as though we cannot possibly proceed another day in this way. We feel frustrated, even angry, and may begin to believe that God is far away and doesn't hear our pleas for mercy.

While these seasons can be tremendously difficult to endure, we must not lose hope. Perhaps the outcome is irrelevant, because the lesson lies in the process of moving through the mountain. Thus, we can pray for God to remove our obsession with the problem and expel our own expectations of acceptable solutions; acknowledge that He alone is on The Throne, has the absolute answers and is equipped for the battle. We can ask the Teacher to reveal what He would have us learn in these trials; pray for Him to strengthen our resolve while we wait upon Him. We can carelessly continue to claw forward, or we can allow Him to carry us; pray for His comfort, rest in His embrace and ask that He pour His refreshment into us. We should reconcile the situation in ourselves; accept His portion, provision, help and healing. We must pray persistently for the fulfillment of His promises over our lives; claim victory with confidence and in Christ's Name.

But most of all, we must persist in our hope and trust in The Lord. We must pray for patience and perseverance, regardless of how we "feel" and get real with ourselves and God in our prayers. He already knows about yesterday, today and tomorrow. He is intimately acquainted with our weaknesses and the struggles we face. He knows the best possible outcome for every problem. He has already designed all the ways He intends to shape us. Regardless of the cause of the issue, He can tailor it to a useful and beautiful benefit for His purpose.

And when He deems it time to prevail and we have our blessed breakthrough, we can reflect on all of the marvelous miracles we are able to see in our hindsight. We must praise Him for sustaining us with His righteous hand...for increasing our faith...for fulfilling His promises...and for maturating our character with spiritual patience and perseverance.

Hebrews 10:36
You need to persevere, so that after you have done God's will, you will receive what He has promised.

Romans 12:12
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, persistent in prayer.

Luke 21:19
By your patient endurance, you will gain your souls.

Romans 2:7
To those who by perseverance in doing good seek glory, honor, and immortality, He will give eternal life.

Hebrews 12:1
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off every encumbrance and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with endurance the race set out for us.

Romans 5:3-4
Not only that, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Romans 8:37
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

1 Corinthians 15:57
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Redeemed!

Redeemed

Let us open our hearts to receive and embrace His glorious gift of grace...freedom, forgiveness, redemption and justification...freely given according to His riches and mercy...never by our own efforts, desires or works.

Praise to The King of Kings!

Romans 3:24
"...and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus."

Romans 9:16
"It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God's mercy."

Ephesians 2:5
"...made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions--it is by grace you have been saved."

Ephesians 1:7
"In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace."

Monday, June 19, 2017

Freedom from Fear

God's immutable Word tells that us He has not given us a spirit of fear. Walking in a state of perpetual fear is bondage; a spiritual battle only conquered through God and His truth.

Reacting to protect ourselves from eminent danger is a healthy fear response. In contrast, being a slave to fear produces crippling hopelessness, doubt and uncertainty...all strongholds of the enemy. False emotions beget a faulty belief system, which robs us of our peace and derails us from our authentic path of freedom.

As with any darkness, a spirit of fear is demolished by light and truth...and that Truth is The Word of God. We must don the Sword of The Spirit...read, believe, absorb and apply The Word. "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:32)

Praise The Lord that He has called us into His marvelous light and that He is with us always!

Joshua 1:8-9
"This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Ephesians 6:17
And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Galatians 5:1
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not be encumbered once more by a yoke of slavery.

John 8:36
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

Romans 8:15
For you did not receive a spirit of slavery that returns you to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship, by whom we cry, "Abba! Father!"

Friday, June 16, 2017

No Fear In Love


Fear. That is a big one.

Fear of the unknown, fear of failure, fear of disappointing, fear of being disappointed, fear of being disliked, of being unaccepted, rejected or hurt, even death… we can go on and on about fear.

But, where does fear even come from?

When I think about all the times I have feared, or begin to fear, it seems like the one thing I am always tracing it back to is, lack of control.

As humans, we are naturally born thinking we have the power to control; but, as we grow, we realize, quick, that we don't; and, naturally, we begin to fear... in fact, it’s those of us that seem to understand this the most, that are often the ones that are doing the most to overcome it; because, in a way, that’s what makes us feel as though we are proving what we subconsciously know to be true, wrong; and, in our minds, our proof is our ability to achieve what we have willed for ourselves to do. We “prove ourselves wrong.” But, of course, that is just false comfort... just like the opposite extreme: feeling safe by doing nothing.

What I’m trying to say is this: because we’ve subconsciously realized our powerlessness, we’ve developed fear; and, that fear is what drives us in life. It’s what makes our decisions and directs our thoughts; we, literally, are controlled by fear.

So, how do we overcome it?

God’s Word says: “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” (1 John 4:18)

We must be made “perfect” in love! And, God is love (1 John 4:8)...

When we’ve finally come to a place to admit that, ultimately, we have no control, we will finally be at a place to be able to receive the One Who DOES have control; and, being one with Him – God – is being one with The Power Who has ALL control.

_ Katie Armstrong

https://whenfaithleaps.wordpress.com/ 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Bread of Life

Let us always be grateful and mindful that in the wilderness of famine or the valley of temptation, The Word of God prevails...it is our soul's food...the means by which our Spirit is nourished and sustained.

Let us praise Him for feeding us the manna of Jesus Christ, that we may be spiritually strengthened, supported and fulfilled all the days of our lives.

May we always be hungry for Truth...comforted by His Rod and Staff - His Word and The Holy Spirit...and rejoice in The Bread of Life, forevermore...

"He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your ancestors had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord." (Deuteronomy 8:3)

"And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst." (John 6:35)

"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me." (Psalm 23:4)

"He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever." (Psalm 111:5)

"I am the bread of life." (John 6:48) No c