“Are you trustworthy?” 10/16/2020 Written by Dawn Ivey for “Drawing closer to Christ”

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Are you trustworthy?

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OCTOBER 15, 2020 ~ DAWN

 

Proverbs 11:13 NIV, “A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.”

It’s a blessing when God places trustworthy people in our lives who can keep a secret. Many individuals have been hurt because of people who betrayed them by gossiping. Gossip ruins reputations and destroys relationships. As children of God, one of our goals should be to love and protect people. Gossip does neither.

Before we “share information”, we should take time to think before we speak, and consider our motives for sharing the information with others. We should also consider how our sharing will affect all of those involved, and even more importantly, we should pray regularly to ask God for strength to stay away from gossip and other ungodly conversations.

May God help us all to be trustworthy people who He can depend on to show His love to others, and help fulfill His purposes here on Earth.

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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“Thriving Together” 10/15/2020 Written by Xochitl Dixon for “Our Daily Bread” @ http://odb.org

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Walking with Jesus — Colossians 3:15 NKJV

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Thriving Together

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.

Colossians 3:15

 

 

Today’s Scripture & Insight:

Colossians 3:5–16

My husband, Alan, stood below the towering lights illuminating the athletic field, as a member of the opposing team hit a ball into the air. With his eyes fixed on the ball, Alan ran full speed toward the darkest corner of the field—and slammed into the chain link fence.

Later that night, I handed him an ice pack. “Are you feeling okay?” I asked. He rubbed his shoulder. “I’d feel better if my buddies had warned me that I was getting near the fence,” he said.

Teams function best when they work together. Alan’s injury could have been avoided, if only one of his teammates had yelled out a warning as he approached the fence.

Scripture reminds us that members of the church are designed to work together and watch out for each other like a team. The apostle Paul tells us that God cares about how we interact with each other, because the actions of one person can impact the whole community of believers (Colossians 3:13–14). When we all embrace opportunities to serve each other, fully devoted to unity and peace, the church flourishes (v. 15).

Paul instructed his readers to “let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit” (v. 16). In this way we can inspire and protect one another through loving and honest relationships, obeying and praising God with grateful hearts—thriving together.

By:  Xochitl Dixon

Reflect & Pray

How can you share Scripture this week with others to encourage unity and love in the body of Christ? What does it mean for you to have “the message of Christ [dwelling] among you richly”?

Father God, thank You for using Scripture to instruct me, Your Spirit to guide me, and Your people to keep me focused and accountable.

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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“Drowning in a Desert” 10/14/2020 Written by Beth Andrews for “Deeper Roots”

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Drowning in a Desert

POSTED ON SEPTEMBER 16, 2020 BY BETH ANDREWS

Isaiah 43:16-19

“This is what the Lord says – He who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters” (v. 16); “I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland” (v. 19).

Some days it feels like I am both drowning and wandering through a desert.  I know, you can’t drown in a desert, but let me explain.  My emotions seem like an overflowing river, thoughts rushing this way and that, pulling me under and threatening to take my very breath.  For a split second, I come up for air – “I believe!”  In the next the waves crash over my head again – “But I am afraid!”  God promises to make a way – a path through the waters of fearful thoughts and discouragement that threaten to drown me.  He promises dry ground to cross over to the other side.

Yet I am also in the desert where nothing grows and all seems lost – walking through a season of drought.  Health issues.  Grief.  Family tension.  Responsibilities that shouldn’t be mine.  Financial struggles.  Too much to do and not enough time to do it. They beat down like the scorching sun as I wander looking for an oasis.  God promises to make a way here too – to provide streams in this wasteland.  Mind you not to drown me like the sea, but to refresh and restore me.

Our Father meets our needs for rescue and refreshing.  He gives us dry ground and cool springs.  He never fails to notice us wherever we are – even when we’re in two places at once.  Oh, my drowning, wandering friend – let me throw you a lifeline of hope.  You don’t have to fear because God hears you, He is with you, He fights for you, He will never leave nor forsake you, and He promises to help you.  He knows where you are right now, and He knows what you need right here.  And He will make a way where there seems to be no way.

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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“My Soul, Find Rest in God” 10/13/2020 Posted by David Kitz for “I Love the Psalms”

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My Soul, Find Rest in God

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Reading:Psalm 62
For the director of music. For Jeduthun. A psalm of David.
(Verses 1-8)

Truly my soul finds rest in God;
my salvation comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
How long will you assault me?
Would all of you throw me down—
this leaning wall, this tottering fence?
Surely they intend to topple me from my lofty place;
they take delight in lies.
With their mouths they bless,
but in their hearts they curse.
Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
My salvation and my honor depend on God;
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge
(NIV).*

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Reflection
Jesus concluded his Sermon on the Mount by telling the parable of the wise and foolish builders (Matthew 7:24-29). One man built his house on sand, while the other built his home on the rock. Only the house built on the rock was able to withstand the floods and storms of life. Having Jesus and his teaching at the very foundation of your life will help you withstand all the hardship and temptation the world and the devil can throw at you.

Did Jesus use Psalm 62 as his story prompter as he told the parable of the wise and foolish builders? Until we pass over to eternity and can question Jesus personally, we cannot know the answer with absolute certainty; nevertheless, there is a striking parallel between Jesus’ built-on-a-rock parable and Psalm 62.

According to this psalm, David found his rest in God. God was his rock. His life rested secure on that eternal foundation. Here is David’s confession: Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.

To David’s declaration of allegiance to the Rock, Jesus adds this thought. Our connection to the Rock is established as we put his words—Jesus’ words—into practice. What is your life resting on?

Response: LORD God, you are my mighty rock, my refuge. In a troubled world you are a sure foundation. My soul finds rest in you. Help me put into practice the words of life—the words of Jesus. Amen.

Your TurnIn a changing world has the LORD become your rock of stability? Are you heeding this admonition from James, the brother of our Lord? Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says(James 1:22).

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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“The Power of Redemption and Second Chances” 10/12/2020 Written by Keith Haney for “THE LIGHT BREAKS THROUGH”

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Sermon: The Gospel – God's Power to Save You –

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The Power of Redemption and Second Chances

By Keith Haney

 

OCT 7, 2020

A Missed Opportunity  

I remember this particular couple even fifteen years later. In ministry, I viewed weddings as an evangelism opportunity. There was one couple that caused me to question this approach.

It was evident the bride was a believer, but the husband was not all that interested in connection with Jesus. We went through the mandatory five pre-marriage counseling sessions. I connected with them through the counseling sessions. I could not get him to discuss having faith as an important component in their marriage life.

Nothing seemed to be working. So I stopped pressing. They had a Christ-centered ceremony. But I could tell he was tuning out during those parts of the service. He was waiting to get to the ”I do’s” and to get out of the building as soon as possible. I know it isn’t about me, but I felt as though I had failed. I had a strong feeling he would never set foot in a church again.

He was adamant about his denial of the Savior. I made my standard offer to all my newlyweds, “Just remember I am your pastor. If you need anything, call. If you hit a snag that first year, I am here.” I heard nothing for nearly a year until the wife calls. Her husband requested a visit. I inquired what was wrong only to discover he was dying of cancer. God provided a second chance to proclaim the gospel to him. I visited him often before God called him home. I am confident he died a believer. What appeared to be a failed attempt to be an instrument of God’s grace was a reminder that God has a plan. God has his timing.

A Chance at Redemption

I love the quote from Doug Pollock in a book entitled “God Space: Where Spiritual Conversations Happen Naturally.”
He quotes from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians; The good news is that most of our failures can be reclaimed. There’s no statute of limitations. He also suggests we commit this verse to memory, “So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days” (Ephesians 5: 15-16, NLT).”

So if you have someone in your life that you feel you blew it with them, don’t give up. We serve a God who is great at giving second heck third, fourth and fifth chances. If you feel you have blown it here are a couple of questions to ponder if you get that second chance to share the gospel.”
What do you do when the person you are talking to is so resistant, hurt, or turned off to talk about of God? When there is nothing you say, that appears to make a difference?

Practice patience. Respect their real pain. Acknowledge the hurts they have experienced in life. Realize your conversations may be triggering some deep-seated emotions that they have long buried. If that is the case, your only path at this point may be to pray with them and pray for their circumstances. Pray intentionally for that the emotional turmoil they are facing. That could be the method God uses to open the door to that deeper spiritual conversation.

You are only Called to Plant Seeds

What do you do if you have someone who is not open to these kinds of spiritual conversations? Does their lack of openness mean you should just leave them alone?

Maybe. If your conversations are causing damage to the relationship be willing to take a step back and give the person some space. What you don’t want to do is push the person away from you. Give them some time and keep the relationship intact. Maybe this is not the time for this conversation. Perhaps, down the road, the right opportunity may present itself. In the meantime keep the lines of communication open. Be willing to apologize if your conversation has caused offense. Say “I sense that I might have said something in our last conversation that caused you to shut down. If so, could you help me understand what I said or how you interpreted my message? I value our friendship. I enjoy our conversations, so if I’ve offended you, I’d like to make things right.”

Conclusion

You never know where and when the opportunity to share the gospel will present itself. Be always ready to share the hope that you have in Christ Jesus. You may be the vehicle God uses to share the gospel with someone outside of God’s grace. Realize that God when that happens God will give you the words to say. God is the one who waters the seed and makes the seed grow. We are just called to spread the seed.

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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“Pray for the Health and Salvation of the Presidential Candidate”10/11/20 DomainTruth” Pastor Jim Lee

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Written by Pastor Jim Lee forThe Domain for Truth” @  https://veritasdomain.wordpress.com

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The Church during the days of Corona Virus: Pray for the Health and Salvation of the Presidential Candidate

October 11, 2020 by SLIMJIM

Our “This Sunday” series will be another a Corona Virus edition.  Last week for this series I posted “The Church during the days of Corona Virus: Pray for the President’s Health and Salvation.”  It has generated a lot of discussion.  This springs from last week’s post I thought it would be right for this week to do the following to balance last week’s post: Pray for the Health and Salvation of the Presidential Candidate.

Matthew 16:26 stood out to me from my reading this past week.  It states:

For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?

Among many things in 2020 we have a very heated presidential election in the United States.  Whoever is president is in a very important office that impact the United States but also internationally.  One can argue that the US is a very powerful country around the world.

Yet even to “gain the whole world” by becoming the President of the United States, if that person who will be president isn’t saved then the passage is sobering: That individual will lose his soul.

Now why are we lost in the first place?  We are all sinners (Romans 3:23).  Sin means our penalty is death and separation from God.  After one dies we all deserve to go to hell.

Yet here’s the good news: Those who trust in Jesus as the Savior will be saved!

Last we already talked about praying for Donald Trump.  As application this Sunday, pray for Joe Biden for his salvation.  Pray for his salvation regardless how you feel or think about him in the political arena.  It might also be good to pray for his health given his age.

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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“Are you ON FIRE for the Lord ??” 10/10/2020 Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”

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ON FIRE

Written by bruce r. mills for “God’s group”  @ www.Godsmanforever.com

“Are you ON FIRE for the Lord ??”

I am reposting this writing from 8/01/2020, because it is perhaps the most important post I have made in over 9 years of posting a faith based blog every day…

The title of the post is… “Are You a Christian in God’s Eyes, and ON FIRE for the Lord, or not ??”.    Many people call themselves a Christian…but if they are not filled with the Holy Spirit, by God Himself…”born again” and cleansed by the shed blood of Jesus Christ…then they are only a Christian in their own mind…

Being ON FIRE for the Lord, means that God is absolutely first in your life…  You are filled with the Holy Spirit (Ephesians 5:18-20) most of the time, meaning you are doing your best to live in obedience to the Holy Spirit that God has indwelt in you, to guide and direct your life…  You should be reading the Word (Bible) every day…praying to God to forgive you any sins the Holy Spirit will convict you of…going to a Bible believing & teaching church…using your spiritual gift to help your church body run well…and in general forget about yourself and what you want, by being humbled before the Lord, allowing the Holy Spirit to guide and direct all that you say and do…  Is this easy ??  No, but you will be blessed beyond belief, as the Holy Spirit helps you grow and mature in the 9 fruit of the Spirit the Apostle Paul pens, in…

Galatians 5:22-23…  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law(NKJV)

With God in control of your life, you will be empowered with the Holy Spirit…  And with this supernatural power, God promises this, as penned by the Apostle Paul, in…

Ephesians 3:20…  Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,  (NKJV)       [Note, this power is the Holy Spirit]

God can open doors for you, and help you in ways you could NEVER do in your own strength…  If this sounds like a better way of life…giving God all of your burdens to carry for you…take the time to open and read this post you will find in the following link-

https://godsmanforever.com/2020/08/01/are-you-a-christian-in-gods-eyes-and-on-fire-for-the-lord-or-not/

Gracious God and heavenly Father…I thank You and praise You for saving me by Your grace and mercy…  I pray Father…that anyone not now living as one of your redeemed, “born again” children, with the Holy Spirit in total control of their life…would open this link above, and find out how they too could be blessed beyond belief, when they are filled with all the fullness of Christ…  I pray for Your miraculous ability to change the lives of every reader…in Jesus’ most precious name, and for His sake…Amen…

Blessings in Christ,  bruce

P.S.   If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

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“A Day of Reckoning” 10/09/2020 Written by Mel Wild for “In My Father’s House”

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A Day of Reckoning

I found myself at an interesting juncture, reading 2 Peter 3 while watching 50,000 gathered for prayer marches and solemn assemblies of repentance at our nation’s capital last weekend. It’s good for us to humble ourselves and pray, not just for our nation, but for ourselves. Because, for all of us, there will come a day of reckoning.

This is Peter’s point in chapter three of his second epistle. And his words are very timely to our day, even if it’s not THE Day. But before we continue, let me say this. You may not agree with my interpretation, and that’s fine. What I do ask is that you don’t just bring what you’ve been taught into this reading. Look at it with fresh eyes, letting Holy Spirit speak to you and teach you what you need to know right now. With that in mind, we’ll start in verse 3….

Above all, you must understand that in the last days mockers will multiply, chasing after their evil desires. They will say, “So what about this promise of his coming? Our ancestors are dead and buried, yet everything is still the same as it was since from the beginning of time until now. (2 Pet.3:3-4 TPT*)

I’ve had these very conversations! Mockers indeed multiply, especially in the Internet age where every crazy notion is just one click away. This is why having a vibrant relationship with the Lord is better than being religious (see my last post).

Next, Peter makes this point:

But they conveniently overlook that from the beginning, the heavens and earth were created by God’s word. He spoke and the dry ground separated from the waters. (2 Pet.3:5 TPT*)

Mockers continually try to “overlook” that our cosmos came from something, and that it could not begin itself, or even sustain itself (which would be like saying plugging a power strip into itself will give it power), so they come up with incoherent explanations in order to stay spiritually asleep in some intentional state of myopic self-indulgence.

Peter goes on to explain something we may not fully understand, especially if we take the Bible with wooden literalism:

So, dear friends, don’t let this one thing escape your notice: a single day counts like a thousand years to the Lord Yahweh, and a thousand years counts as one day (2 Pet.3:8 TPT*)

Peter is saying our perspective isn’t the Lord’s perspective. For instance, what He calls a “day” is not necessarily a 24-hour period. This explanation may be an interpretative key to the rest of the chapter, but the clearer and more important point is why the delay.

This means that, contrary to man’s perspective, the Lord is not late with his promise to return, as some measure lateness. But rather, his “delay” simply reveals his loving patience toward youbecause he does not want any to perish but all to come to repentance. (2 Pet.3:9 TPT*)

Two things are clear here. First, God’s delay reveals His heart toward us. His desire is that ALL people be saved. Of course, this implies that all won’t. Second, He’s waiting for us to respond to Him. This means we have free will as human beings to either accept or reject His overture. And this is because love, to be love, requires free will.

This next section is more cryptic, but important for us in order to keep our heart’s properly calibrated toward heaven. Peter is referring to the Day of Reckoning.

10 The day of the Lord will come and take everyone by surprise—as unexpected as a home invasion. The atmosphere will be set on fire and vanish with a horrific roar, and the heavenly bodies will melt away as in a tremendous blaze. The earth and every activity of man will be laid bare. 11 Since all these things are on the verge of being dismantled, don’t you see how vital it is to live a holy life? (2 Pet.3:10-11 TPT*)

First, we see that Peter is referring to Day of the Lord. This always refers to a day of God’s judgment in Scripture. What’s not clear here is what’s actually happening to the physical earth. Like with verse 8, it may be metaphoric language, because the atmosphere being set on fire, melting, and vanishing is tied to “every activity of man being laid bare.” It’s also referring to a complete “dismantling,” which seems to speak of the total demise of the world system in alienation from God and His kingdom.

What is clear is that this “world,” as we know it, will not continue forever. And regardless, if this earth ends, or you and I end, we all will one day stand before our creator and give account for the life given to us.

And the only righteousness that will count is Jesus’ righteousness—the One who holds the cosmos together (Col.1:16-17), and who gave Himself so that we could be with Him forever (see also Rev.5:1-14).

The only question we’ll have to answer is, did we accept God’s invitation into Jesus’ life?  Secondary to that, did we learn how to be loved by Him and give His love away to others? (John 15:9-12). Nothing else will matter on that Day, and everything contrary to love will be dismantled.

13 But as we wait, we trust in God’s royal proclamation to be fulfilled. There are coming heavens new in quality, and an earth new in quality, where righteousness will be fully at home. (2 Pet.3:13 TPT*)

Peter is saying here that everything in heaven and earth will one day be recalibrated to God’s other-centered, self-giving love (1 Cor.13:10-13). There will be no more need for marches or calls for repentance. No more corruption of evil of any kind, only Christ’s reign of love and goodness and peace will remain.

14 So, my beloved friends, with all that you have to look forward to, may you be eager to be found living pure lives when you come into his presence, without blemish and filled with peace15 And keep in mind that our Lord’s extraordinary patience simply means more opportunity for salvation, just as our dear brother Paul wrote to you with the wisdom that God gave him. (2 Pet. 3:14-15 TPT*)

Peter concludes that our wait is not in vain because it means more opportunity for people to accept God’s invitation into His life! And knowing how bright our future is should motivate us to keep our hearts open and pure before the Lord, working out our great salvation in cooperation with Holy Spirit in reverential awe and wonder (Phil.2:12), keeping our heart and mind fixed on what ultimately matters.

* All emphasis added.

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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“Do you have eternal life with Jesus Christ ??” 10/08/2020 Written by Louis Mize, a Facebook friend

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“Do you have eternal life with Jesus Christ ??”

 

And whosoever believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?
John 11:26

Lazarus had died. He had been placed in a tomb, and had been dead for 3 days. Jesus had not immediately came to Lazarus’ family during these hard times for them. But Jesus was aware of what they were going thru, and from verse 30 of this chapter, we learn that Jesus hurt deeply for this family.
Mary and Martha were confused as to why Jesus had tarried in getting to them. But what they didn’t know or couldn’t see, is that Jesus was deeply involved with them despite His absence during the sickness and passing of Lazarus.

When Jesus arrived at Bethany, after the death of Lazarus, He knew the sisters had been given time to mourn their brother’s death, and to reflect on his life and their own souls and hearts. I believe one of the reflections they saw clearly during this hard and difficult time was that Jesus loved them, and He loved Lazarus. Then Jesus tells Martha that Lazarus will live again. When He told her this, Martha had no idea that Jesus was speaking about that very day they were in. Jesus was about to clearly demonstrate not only His unfailing love for all mankind, but His absolute ability to overcome both physical and spiritual death!

Those of us who believe and trust in Christ shall never die. For you see, in the both the physical and spiritual sense, God has power and the will to grant man immortality. It is hard to go thru the times when we must say farewell to our loved ones who have passed over to the other side. But there is comfort and joy for me in knowing this: WHOSOEVER believes in Christ shall NEVER die. And I believe this with all my heart and all my soul. Jesus has absolute power over all life. Do you believe this?

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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“Zeal for Your House” 10/07/2020 Posted by David Kitz for “I Love the Psalms”

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Zeal for Your House

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Reading: Psalm 69
(Verses 6-12)

Lord, the LORD Almighty,
may those who hope in you not be disgraced because of me;
God of Israel, may those who seek you
not be put to shame because of me.
For I endure scorn for your sake,
and shame covers my face.
I am a foreigner to my own family,
a stranger to my own mother’s children;
for zeal for your house consumes me,
and the insults of those who insult you fall on me.
When I weep and fast, I must endure scorn;
when I put on sackcloth, people make sport of me.
Those who sit at the gate mock me,
and I am the song of the drunkards.
(NIV).

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Autumn river walk — photo by David Kitz

 

Reflection
The start of a new month is a time when many of us set goals and consider our progress over the past month. Our personal goals spring from those things we value and hold dear. So what did David, the author of this psalm, value and hold dear? According to his own words, David was motivated by his zeal for the house of God. He longed to be in God’s presence and to seek His face. He placed his love for God ahead of his love for even his family.

I am a foreigner to my own family, a stranger to my own mother’s children; for zeal for your house consumes me…

Many of us would call that misplaced zeal, even fanaticism. But Jesus called for precisely this kind zeal from his disciples. He calls for a radical transformation in the lives of his followers. Are you a disciple, or are you following at a distance? His words are an open challenge everyone.

“Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it” (Matthew 10:37-39).

After Jesus cleansed the temple, his disciples recalled the words from this psalm. His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me” (John 2:17).

Response: LORD God, give me a zeal for your house and your presence. As the months and years roll by, I want my values to be reflected in my actions and my passion for you. Replace my lukewarm heart with a burning desire to know and love you. Amen.

Your Turn: Where does the house of God rate on your zeal meter? Do you value the community of faith to which you belong?

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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !!  If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ??  Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ…   https://godsmanforever.com

To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…

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