"Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
~ Philippians 4:4-7
You'll find the piano, equipped with eighty-eight keys, is more complex than its name. The ivories has the ability to create the most beautiful melody with various keyed combinations. The composer sees beyond the basic piano. He creates and corrects until the masterpiece anticipates the audience. Enthralling music grasps the audience while they listen intently to the story as it told through the blending notes. As the finale is punctuated by the last key stroke, the audience rises with applause. Bravo, they nod their heads in sincere approval, well done.
The listeners have felt the sorrow of the lost lover; they knew exactly when the couple was reunited, all within the presentation of the notes. Whether you're an artist, a pianist, or even the connoisseur, each piece enhances your character. A simple piano graciously transforms into a majestic instrument as the master's hands used as implements for the arrangement. You have been in the presence of greatness. You have heard, seen and felt the artist's creation, consequently, you don't view things the same anymore. The piano took on new meaning; it is no longer a mere instrument, but an object of beauty.
You sit there, alone. You feel as if you are nobody worth mentioning. Your claim to fame is that you work just like other people. Life is the same, day after day; children grow, holidays happen and seasons change. You survive.
The Composer sees you, and sees what no other person cared to find. Previously He has constructed a beautiful melody for you. The composition is all planned out and awaits for the opportunity to be implemented. He watches you until you decide to call upon Him. Everything is in place and is ready to move on your behalf as soon as you say the word.
You call upon the name of Jesus, and He hastens to your call. You seem to notice the Spirit of God has just gotten stronger around you. As the Creator touches the correct key points in your life, you, in turn, pray, worship, and do things for God with a special demeanor. Then, before you know it, your life has changed.
Each time you surrender and call on the name of Jesus you grow closer to Him in ways you never believed, thus, your life takes on new meaning. The relationship craves your attention. You desire more of Jesus. Your outlook isn't the same anymore. You have a peace about you that no one can explain away. You have been touched by the Master.
With your compliance, you, a mere instrument, took on an inner beauty as God fashioned a plan and utilized it. Your stunning transformation has become a testimony for the people in your daily life. They stand in awe as they applaud God with their actions. They too have been blessed by God's masterpiece. God benefits, the people benefit, you benefit. You, alone, changed by God, forever.
God nods His head to you in approval. "Bravo!"
Jesus, Thank You!
What is True Love?
What comes to your mind when you think of true love?
Two people who cannot get enough of one another. The man would travel miles to be with that one woman who makes his wheels turn. They look into one another's eyes and know, they just know. Is that true love?
That happens to every newlywed don't it? Didn't we all, when we said our marriage vows, look into one another's eyes and know this one is the one?
How long did it last for you? How long until the honeymoon was over and you started to get on one another's nerves.
Ok, perhaps you are one of the few couples who do not see anything wrong with your spouse. She has supper ready and your slippers by your chair when you get home from work. Everything about her is perfect. His hair is perfect, he remembers your birthday and flowers are sent to you every month for no reason at all. Every bone in his body is romantic. Fact or Fairy Tale?
But for the rest of us, true love is staying with the one you married through thick and thin. In sickness and in health, til death do you part. When everyone else appears to have that perfect marriage, you endure. When abuses become relentless, you endure. When there is no corner of a house to dwell upon, you endure. When you give all you can possible give, you feel as if you have no more to give, you give more, you endure. That is true love.
When your spouse treats the trash better than you, you pray for them, and you forgive them. That is love. When troubles come your way and your spouse just adds to your troubles, you forgive them. That is love. When you need just someone to love you without speaking, your spouse hasn't a clue. You forgive them. That is love.
When your spouse treats every stranger better than you, you forgive them. This is love. When you are accused of various situations that you are not guilty of, you defend yourself. Over and over you defend yourself. You are accused for years. Your spouse actually believes all of the accusations and talks to their friends and family to the point where they believe what is said and they look at you like you are crazy. Your character has been defamed. You feel like a liar, when you are clearly not one. You feel guilty because of the stares because of the judgment in their spirits. You could hate them, you could get even, you could even condemn them, but you forgive them. You see beyond the faults, you see beyond your pain, you see beyond the present situation and forgive them. Now That is True Love.
People all over the world wonder what true love is. They ponder it. Some are even eluded by the reality of it. Study it, lecture it, counsel for it, look for it, yearn for it, but true love only comes from sacrifice. The recipient of true love, probably will never know how much was sacrificed for that love given.
God showed us what true love is. Beyond the pain. Beyond current conditions. Beyond the lack of support. Jesus died for us. Gave His life for us. True Love.
"Greater love hath no man than this,
that a man lay down his life for his friends."
Jesus, My Dearest Best Friend,
How I long to be with You right now. It seems like years has went by since I told You how I feel about You, even though it has only been hours. Your unyielding power is overwhelming. I cannot forget the times when You've made me feel so special, more than just a personal special, but the highest adoration special. And now, I must confess, as much as I want to talk to You and commune with You all day, You must know that I cannot. At this moment, my responsibilities will not accept my total surrender in a worship atmosphere that I so long for. I fear my heart will burst for lack of Your immense presence. I know You hear my every heartbeat and my desire is to be with You. It is true. I love You because You initially loved me. How could I be so foolish not to return that love to You. How could my meager words express the emotions that overwhelm me. Oh the truth of the love that I am engulfed with when I think of You and Your wonderful Name.
You have blessed me physically. You have anointed me. You have established my directions. You turned my trials into an enormous spiritual gain. I cannot deny the fact that I know You so much more now that I ever have before. Am I worthy of such blessings? No. Yet, You've granted them. My thankfulness is greater than I could ever imagine. I cannot totally express the gratitude that I am overwhelmed with. You have protected me from my enemy. Daily issues afflict me that I cannot control, and You sustain me, encourage me and subsequently I am able to shake off that oppression once more. Daily thoughts of You comfort me and steer me in a direction closest to You. Heavenly thoughts replace hurt and anger. How do You do that? How can You take something that is totally wrong, totally hurtful and destroying and make it into a place of beauty and peace. Only You, O Lord.
Every time that I am in Your presence I cannot help but to weep. Because it is so right, because it is so wonderful, because it is so pure. With tremendous understanding I stand in awe of Your very Lordship. With immense wisdom I see Your abundance works. With vast knowledge I reverence Your very very existence. Who am I to question Your mighty plans? No, not I. I am here for You; lead me and guide me. Show me and I will go. With Your foreknowledge I am confident and content that I am protected in your arms; in Your care. You have taken me to places that I've never even dreamed of being. Somehow in Your counting, You have chosen me of such places. I won't question it. No I won't question it.
Our relationship is so precious that I won't risk anything. My soul desires You. I strive to be there in Your existence, always. The very mention of Your name I feel a deep admiration. The power that one name can possess is surreal and yet it is all real. Jesus, You continually set my heart ablaze in complete esteem for heavenly things. You place a profound reverence for all holiness within my being. Yes, You O Lord, the One True God. My Jesus, my father, my Deliverer, no words could ever express my true inner feelings, but I pray that this letter to You is close. And yet I will continually be seeking You, loving You, worshiping You until next time, Precious Jesus, when we shall embrace.
"As the hart panteth after the water brooks,
so panteth my soul after thee, O God."
~ Psalm 42:1
Dad, Daddy, Father. Who is your daddy? You know your dad inside and out. You know his thoughts and beliefs. You know what you can get away with, and what you cannot get away with. You know how he treats the rest of the family. You may know him as the no show father that you only hear about. You may not even know him at all. You may have adopted someone else as a father figure in your life. And that someone is the one you know all about.
Well, then there are people who know your dad in one facet or another. And truly he wouldn't show them how he is at home. Other people just sees what he shows them. They would only see the best of your dad. Perhaps your dad is in fact a good guy.
You know your dad intimately. You know how he ticks. You know his likes and dislikes. You know how far to push him. Other people wouldn't know your dad as well as you know him. Which may or may not be the true image of your dad.
Today at a funeral, I listen as the minister tried to convey a message of what Heaven was like. And he quoted scripture verses. The minister tried to convey what being with Jesus is like. He used scriptures for that as well. He stated that certain people was saved because they received Jesus as their personal Savior.
Then it occurred to me that if Jesus is just their personal Savior, they are missing the big picture. I felt sorrowful for that minister as he described Jesus. I know that after you have accepted Jesus as your personal Savior, Jesus wants a personal relationship with you. You do this with a lifestyle of praying, fasting, reading your Holy Bible. Dying out to self and learning God's ways.
Who is your Heavenly Father? Do you know him intimately? Do you know His likes and dislikes? Do you and Him talk? Do you hear his voice? Beyond simple understanding.
Is your Heavenly Father your daddy? Are you an obedient child? Were you baptized in His name? Did you receive His gift of the Holy Ghost? Do you rely on Him for your sustenance? Do you turn to Him in times of trouble?
Do you know your daddy's name is Jesus Christ. And He loves obedient children. Scripture even says obedience is better than sacrifice.
"Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,
and to hearken than the fat of rams." ~ 1 Samuel 15:22
And because you are obedient, He loves to bless those who choose Him, and choose to get to know Him better.
"But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual."
~ 1 Corinthians 2:9-13
The Lord reveals Himself to those who seek Him diligently. And then, when you talk about Jesus to others, you can speak with great authority.
BTW- Yes, I have a Hoosier Daddy. ; )
LET IT POUR
Ever since the very first shower at my home, I have fell in love with our shower head. It doesn't just allow water to fall upon you. It doesn't just, "do the job" to get a person clean. It gives you a torrential down pour. It's almost like taking a bath standing up. SWEET. And when I stand under that hot water engulfing me, I cannot help but be so very thankful for that shower. I can just feel the presence of the Lord soothing every inch of me. Thank You Lord!
I think about the times that the Lord does that with His Spirit. To engulf me in a torrential down pour of His Holy Ghost. He doesn't do that everyday, however, if Jesus did, I know in my mind, I would common-ize it. And the last thing I would want, is to allow any part of my walk with the Lord to be common. I like the specialness of it. I like the unique way I feel when Jesus sends down that torrential Holy Ghost rain. I stand under it and allow it to fully engulf me to the point where all my inner pains, hurts, confusions, anger and nonsense is washed away.
And when I step out. I may have to dry myself from the tears, but it was well worth it. Life doesn't change, but my attitude does. And with that I am satisfied that God has worked a miracle in my life once again.
Yes, Lord, Pour it on!
"And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful." ~ Colossians 3:15
Your Special Gift from God
Ok. Christmas time is here and we are all getting into the "Christmas Spirit". Let's stop and reflect for a moment . . . what does Christmas mean to you? When you think of Christmas, you think of . . . . .
Lights? Nativity scene? Jesus? Gifts? Family? Food? None of the above? All of the above?
When I think of Christmas, I think of the peace that comes with it.
The Christmas Spirit.
You see, I was 29 when I first met Jesus. So I had plenty of years to experience Christmas in the dark. And when you live in the dark and Christmas rolls around, the first thing you look forward to is the lights.
Now, I know you Bible scholars reading this is doubting that Christmas could bring light because Jesus wasn't even born on that day. True. However, I can picture Jesus, looking at all of creation and their dedication to Him on that day and on the days prior to December 25, and being touched. Then in turn, allowing a pouring out
of His Spirit on the Christmas Holiday Season; blessing it, sanctifying it. And when people get the "Christmas Spirit", they are actually feeling the peace of God flowing.
I know I felt the peace of God before coming to church. Before I knew who Jesus was, I hated for Christmas to end. Oh, how I would loved to have been able to prolong Christmas as long as I could. Just as soon as Christmas was over, that Spirit started to leave just as well and then all we were left with was the dreary winter.
That was then and now; I know who Jesus is and I have that peace all year round. I have that Christmas Spirit living in me, called the Holy Ghost. I am blessed beyond measure because I get to live in the light everyday of the year. That blessing doesn't come with a price tag, it doesn't come with time served, it doesn't even come with contingencies; the blessing of Christmas Spirit all year round comes as a gift.
Just as you love to give gifts to your children and loved ones around you, Jesus, our Heavenly Father, would love for you to have His Holy Ghost this Christmas season. His gift to you. Won't you open it today and have peace all year long?
"For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:
and the government shall be upon his shoulder:
and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor,
The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace."
~ Isaiah 9:6
You'll Find it in the Last Place Looked
We always find what we are looking for in that last place. Yes, that does sound funny as well, because when you find it, that place is the last place you will look. You won't continue to look for something you have found.
When looking for something to fulfill the soul, people look in the last place. It seems many people look through drugs, alcohol, even food. They try various social circles, different activities. Some even fall into depression after that which they sought has failed them.
I know when I was looking, the last thing I wanted to hear is something about the Bible. Because I associated the Bible with Religion, boring church services. I couldn't stand the same old sermons about how bad I was and how I am a sinner. <YAWN>. Tell me something I don't know.
What I didn't know was that everyone was sinners. Some are just saved through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Did I look in the last place? Moreover, the question is: Was I looking? Yes. Tired of living life as a mass robot. Looking for something meaningful in my life, I didn't find Jesus, but Jesus found me, He knew my situation, and knew what I could be. But at the precise moment, When I was looking, is when Jesus made His move for me. He waited until I was done. When I was done with my robot life, done with my own ways, done with the lies of the world.
And when I attended the correct church, my eyes were opened. I realized that not only had I attended the wrong churches before, but I also realized who Jesus is. Jesus knew all along who I was and the things I was going through. But He was bound by His Word to only move when asked to. I didn't realize serving Jesus was so much fun.
The music is live, the Spirit moving, and people are not starched. It is sweet. When I got baptized in the name of Jesus I became more vibrant for Jesus. Then on top of that I received the gift of the Holy Ghost, wow! Then the clarity of life fell into place.
"That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death."
~ Philippians 3:10
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his
righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."
~ Matthew 6:33
"But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." ~ Hebrews 11:6
"God looked down from heaven upon the children of
men, to see if there were any that did understand, that did seek God."
~ Psalm 53:2
"The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children
of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God."
~ Psalm 14:2
Who Am I?
I am not who you think I am. I have no money to make me important. I have no degrees so I am not considered intelligent. I am not popular, so I don't have a slew of friends. I am not pretty, so people do not ask my opinion nor do they care for it. I am not part of the "in" crowd, so I have no idea what is going on. I am not related to anyone famous. I do not come from a family of money. I am invisible.
In short. I am a nobody. I heard nobody is perfect, so that officially makes me perfect. Right? Of course right.
But seriously, I don't have anything going for me. Nothing. Zip, Zilch. Big Zero.
But then, one day, when I wasn't even suspecting, Jesus got my attention. I was wondering around in Nowheresville and there He was, Shining. I saw, in amazement that there was the One who Created me. Who actually wanted to be with little ole me. I have nothing going for me. Yet Jesus seen me, when all others passed me by. I was confused by this: The God of all creation, yes, our Lord Jesus Christ wants to be with me? Knowing my inhabitions, Jesus gave clarity.
I used to be a nobody with nothing going for me, but then, Jesus came and resided in me, creating in this nobody body a somebody body.
No, I cannot boast of myself, because there is no merit. I get to do service for my Creator, King Jesus. I am somebody to gets to work for my Lord and Master. I am somebody who gets to worship the One True God Almighty! I get to be in His presence. I get to talk to Him. And guess what? He loves to listen to me. Yes, little ole me. The One who Created everything that we see and feel, and He loves to be in my presences just as much as I love to be in His.
Jesus and me we make a good team. I am somebody with Him. The Almighty is in me, correcting me, perfecting me.
Thank You Jesus for getting my attention. And being a gentleman about it. : ) The most beautiful relationship I have ever known. Who am I? I am a child of the King. That makes me royalty.
"For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power"
~ Colossians 2:9-10
Daydreaming has it's rewards. Kick back and look at the clouds.
They are magnificent. Look there is a turtle. No, that looks like a whale.
Over there, a ship! Where else can you see a dragon eat an apple?
Don't you just want to ride that fluffy one to wherever it takes you? I am so sure that it would be the softest ride ever!
Life. Do you really want to go through life without taking time for the clouds? Do you want to miss the flowers and aroma? Just sit back and allow the breeze to cool you off. Have you seen the real you lately? Just the pure you. The you that no one else knows about? The you that you keep hidden. Yes, that you.
Get transparent before the Lord. Take all of the responsibilities and all the bills, take all the repairs, and all of the relationships, take all of the frustrations, and all of the failures and all of the joys and happiness, and tell them to Jesus. Fall on your knees and let Jesus have you. You need Jesus and Jesus wants you.
Stop and look at the clouds. Realize that they are in the sky, just waiting for you to relax in their beauty. Jesus painted them . . . . for you!
"The heavens declare the glory of God;
and the firmament sheweth his handiwork."
~ Psalm 19:1
Fruition of Favor
You Are All I Got
“As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the Lord is tried:
he is a buckler to all them that trust in him."
~ 2 Samuel 22:31
I was just thinking, that in my life there are so many needs that I have. I don't have anywhere to turn to, besides God. I don't have any resources, besides God. I don't have any special gifts. I don't have anything going for me. Nothing. Except God.
All who I am is in God. Jesus called me to a higher understanding. He called me out of a dark and dismal world to give me hope. He must have seen something in me that was worth the effort that I could never earn nor merit.
Even if I had somewhere to turn, I am not so sure I would go down that street. I hope I would wait on God to move on my behalf.
Jesus, I trust You. I am putting my whole trust in You. I have nothing on my own. My wisdom is from You. My knowledge is from You. My understanding is from You! And I enjoy the fact that I don't have to worry. I don't have to take thought about the little things. Jesus, You are my everything.
Thank you for being all I got. Because You are all I need.
Do Yourself a Favor . . .
“Seek the Lord and his strength, seek his face continually."
~ 1 Chronicles 16:11
. . . and seek God. Find out exactly Who your God is. I am talking about the One True God. Not those little “g” gods. I am talking about YOUR creator. The creator of this whole earth, universe, animals, plants, humans, everything!
The big bang theory. Yes, it is just a theory. Come on, really? You folks that have intelligence is going to still promote the big bang theory? No one has ever blown something up to create. It is an oxymoron. That whole theory just isn’t remotely logical. So, yes, we must find truth somewhere else.
Evolution- never happened! We would have part monkey-part man today. Nothing exists as such. No creature has ever evolved. So, we must yet find truth somewhere else.
I have an idea, let’s try the Bible. It is the truth after all. We know it has been proven over and over again to be the truth, so let’s start there.
In the beginning . . . .
Yes, we can trust that what we read in the Bible is true. And when we come to the realization that the Bible is true then we know we were created. Not evolved, or blown up to exist, we were created. Created with a thought in mind. The creator designed us to be like Him. Why create man? Because God wanted us to choose Him. While Satan is trying his best to dissuade us, God desires for us to choose Him.
Yes it would be great if He just told us. That would be enough to shake the whole earth and people right and left would be converted. However, that isn’t how God designed the flow of things. We must choose on our own with the influences of Preaching, churches, people who already know, reading the Bible.
There is a part of God in each and every one of us. It is called a conscious. We can snuff out that conscious by ignoring its compelling power. Or, on the contrary, we can receive back that Holy Spirit to regain control through Jesus. It is called the Holy Ghost, Jesus in us. We can be directed by the Director and help others by being ourselves full of that Spirit that dwells within us.
Do yourself a favor and seek out that One True God. Get to know Him. His name is Jesus and He is calling you today. Don’t just go to church and sit on a pew. Find out God’s will for your life today. Find out who He is, His likes and dislikes, what to do to be in His favor, His plans. Jesus is here, today, for us, but we must first desire Him.
Do yourself a BIG favor and get to know Jesus today!
"When thou saidst, Seek ye my face;
my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord will I seek."
~ Psalm 27:8
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