"And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given to us."
through day to day lives, many saying, “no one loves me,” but the Bible says
there is one who loves us, more than we love ourselves. There is one that
sticks close to us, even when we don’t always feel his presence.
We can live
our lives, going through each day, not hearing a word of encouragement from
anyone, but that isn’t what God intended for you to do. Even if there is no one
in your life who will offer it to you, know you can go to the one place where
you can receive encouragement each day. Affirmation after affirmation of God’s
love and His desire for your life… It is in His Holy Book, the Bible. It was
intended for daily use…
He will tell
you every day, you are loved, you are cared for, that you are fearfully and
wonderfully made. He promises to walk with you, talk with you, lead and guide
you… God is good and His love is never ending.
"Nor height, nor depth, nor any other
creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."
It is funny how life changes and it ends up not looking like you thought it was going to look like. You
see your children growing and following their own paths, and your own life changes are just as surprising to you than what you ever thought it was going to be for yourself. You see yourself another year older, and haven't done all the things you thought you would, you find yourself experiencing things in life that you didn't expect to experience, and yet you keep on going.
You take each step by faith, knowing that God has a plan, not your plan, not what you thought it was going to be, but a plan. You know tomorrow will be another experience, another challenge, and maybe even a new blessing. Take what you are given and praise God for a new day, He will show you the right path if you are listening to Him and letting Him lead you.
II Corinthians 5:7 - For we walk by faith, not by sight.
Joshua 1:9 - Have I not commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neighter be though dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersover though goest.
I love to read the Bible, read about all the people that God led through the wilderness, how He brought them
out of Egypt and the bonds of slavery, how He saved the widow and her son from starvation. I think about how He placed Esther into the King's Court as the King's wife, for "just a time as this." How He was there for David through his youth, through being chased by King Saul, to being crowned king of Israel. I think about all the prophets, the disciples, and the early church, who stood for God, some never had a pillow to lay their head on as they went from city to city sharing the gospel of Christ.
I think about His deliverance of each person in His word, how He chose a time and a place to show up and show out His goodness for all to see. To show others that He is real and He will do what He promises. I have seen some good times in my life, prosperity, health, love, strength, and blessing. In the same respect, I have seen poverty, weakness, sickness, hatred, ignorance, and homelessness. There were times we asked, "I thought you promised an abundant life..."
Here's what I have learned in all of this... "...In whatsoever state you are in, therewith be content..." Phil 4:11 and "In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God, in Christ Jesus, concerning you." I Thes. 5:18
It is not easy to sit alone, in the middle of a storm and just say, "Okay God, this is happening to me, I am okay with it and I am trusting in you. I know you have allowed this, now teach me what you want me to learn through this trial." It is the hardest thing to do... first of all, you aren't okay with it... it hurts, it is hard. Second of all, it isn't fun or easy to sit and wait to find out what you are supposed to be learning through it all. You want to say, "why are you doing this to me?" I know Bob and I have had a hard time with trials and struggles. I am one who says, "Okay this is happening, what can I learn, I have to be patient, and I know God is going to show up in this somehow." Where Bob is the one who wants to know, "why this trial, why now? What more can I possibly learn from this mess?"
Somewhere in the middle of all this, we both come together in the name of Jesus, seeking His will and way and wait patiently on Him, together, standing on God's promises, and waiting on Him to do something amazing in our lives. What about you? How do you handle struggle? Do you ask God to help you through or do you try to figure it out on your own? The Bible says to "wait patiently on the Lord..." which is one of the hardest things to do. He tells us to take Him at His word, to trust in what He has promised and to stand, even when you can't stand. In the face of your deepest fear, trial or distraction, do as Jehoshaphat did, he feared, but in the face of fear, He lifted his eyes to the Lord and stood, worshiping His God and waited on God for His answer.
He will deliver you, and at the end of your madness, your trial, you will have an amazing testimony that someone else may need to hear to encourage them. If God delivered the children of Israel, time after time, through their doubts, fears, and disobedience, their love, devotion and strength. Imagine what God is going to do for you, His loving, faithful servant, standing strong, waiting on Him... What God did for His children then, God will do the same for you and me.
"I will Bless the Lord at all times, His praises shall continuously be in my mouth."Psalms 34:1
I have so much to be thankful for, even when I do not realize it. I try to make it a point every morning, when I first wake up to thank the Lord for the day. I was thinking about that this morning... Not just saying, "Good morning Lord, thank you for the day..." but literally, thanking Him for the little things I have already noticed about the day as I open my eyes, begin hearing the sounds of the morning, and realizing I still have breath inside of me for another day.
This morning was no different than other days... I woke up, I began to say my usual, "Good Morning, Lord!" Just as I began to get the words out of my mouth, there was a great light in my eyes, before I could even get them open all the way. I was thinking to myself, what is that light, since I knew the weather was still wet, cold and gloomy, but as I opened my eyes and let them focus, it was as if God, Himself was saying "Good Morning." to me first.
The clouds were everywhere, the sky was gray and the rain was still hitting my window, but just for a few moments, the clouds swirled around and they thinned out enough that the sun was shining through my bedroom window, falling right on my pillow. I felt His warmth and strength around me, as I lay there thanking Him for my day and praising Him that He saw fit to give me one more day to live here with my family.
What are you thankful for in your life?
When I cannot remember what to be thankful for, I remember God's promises, things He has given me, through His Word, through my faith in His Son, and when I get to the point when praises just won't come for the things in my day... I sit back and think on these things.
I am the Righteousness of God - II Cor. 5:21
I am Loved - John 3:16
I am Strong - Isa 40:31 and I Cor 16:13
I am Armed - Eph 6:10-18
I am His - Isa 54:50, Heb 13:5
I am Protected - Ps 61:3 and Ps 57:1
I am a Child of God - John 1:12
I am Known - Ps 139:1-2
I am Redeemed - I Cor 1:30
I am Transformed - Rom 12:2
I am Fearfully and Wonderfully Made - Ps 139:13-14
I am Saved - Rom 5:9 and 10:13
I am Trusted - Prov 31:11
I am Content - Heb 13:5
I am Justified - Rom 5:1,9
I am a Good Work in Christ - Phil 1:6
When you feel you have nothing to be thankful for, take some time to search the scriptures and see what God has done for you and what you have become In HIM...
God is so good, even when we aren't watching sometimes, He is just there, working behind the scenes and never always telling us His whole plan for our lives, but gently leading us, talking to us, and wanting us to listen to His voice, to be able to walk beside Him, holding our hand...
I can't wait to see what each day holds for me, what He has in store for each day that I get to wake up and serve Him.
What about you? Do you know that you know, that you know, that He is with you today? Do you want to know? He is always there, call on Him, Repent, BELIEVE He is the Christ, the Son of God and be free from your sins, your past, and live a life that leads to Heaven, everlasting... I can show you how...through the word of God.
Romans 3:23 - For all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God. Romans 5:12 - Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon ALL MEN, for that all have sinned: Romans 6:23 - For the Wages of Sin is Death, but the Gift of God is Eternal Life, through Jesus Christ Our Lord.
From the beginning with Adam, when he chose to fall into sin, death became a reality, a very sin nature was born in all of us, that we did not have before that very moment. Now, we all face the side we call, "the flesh," which is the part of us that draws us into sin, that causes the conflict from within that struggles with us in all decisions for good and bad. He told us that from then on, WE ALL of us have sinned, no one is good enough to "get by" on our own, but God has done something wonderful to give us a way to find salvation and forgiveness for our sins, so we can live for an eternity in Heaven with Him. How did he make this way for us?
Romans 5:8-9 - But God commendeth His love toward US, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ Died for US. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. 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.
Not only did God create us, but He loved us so much, that though we were sin, He wanted to give us a way of redemption, a way to repent, clear our name, and be saved forever. So He sent Jesus, His one and ONLY SON, to be born on this earth, to a VIRGIN, Mary, and to live on earth as a man, to suffer and go through the same things that we go through here on earth, the temptations, troubles, trials, disappointments, joys, building relationships just like we do, to be a living example, to show us how to live here on earth.
The bible says "He knew no sin" and Jesus CHOSE to be our example, and to be our sacrifice, He CHOSE to give up His life as King of Kings, to live as a Man, to bring the Word of God here to us, to live out the Word of God before us, and He CHOSE to die on the cross, whose blood has become the covering for our sins, His blood cleanses us and covers us so God sees us as nothing but Pure and Righteous. He rose again three days later, to show Death and Hell the power He has over them, because if He had not rose again, then we would not have eternal life.
Romans 10:9 - That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe with thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
What does this mean for you? It means that you have a way to be saved, that even though God knew the evil would come, He made a way for you and I, He gave us the easiest way to have this life in Him that He has promised.
Jesus did die on that cross over 2000 years ago, as I stated above, but so many people doubt that He is alive today. The bible tells us, He not only rose again, but He came back on this earth, presented Himself to His disciples, commissioned them as apostles to go out and preach the Gospel, he also appeared to others, and a group of 500 people, to show that He was a live and real after His burial. He ascended to the heavens, where God says, He sits at His right hand watching over us, waiting for the day of His return, but also, Mediating with the Heavenly Father, God, on our behalf for every situation we face, everyday of our lives.
All you have to do, to accept this gift of salvation is to call on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, confess you are a sinner, and that you believe that God is the God of all, Lord of our lives, and that Jesus Christ is the Son of God who lived, died and rose again the third day, to give us a way of salvation. Ask Him to come into your heart and be Lord of all you do, all you have, and all you are. He loves you, He WANTS to hear from you, and He wants to make a home for you in Heaven. All you have to do is call on Him today.
If you believe that Jesus Christ did all this for you, that you want to be saved, just call out to Him today, but if you are unsure what you want to say, I have put a sample prayer here for you to use as a guide. You put it into your own words if you want, but just do it today, you don't have much time, and I would hate to see you miss out, thinking you will do it tomorrow. We do not know how many tomorrows we have left, NONE of us.
Pray something like this... Dear Heavenly Father, I call on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, to come as my savior, forgive me of all my sins, as I realize I am a sinner and there is nothing I can do to get to heaven without you. I believe you are God, I believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that He lived here on earth, died, and rose again to save me from my sins. I ask Lord, that you cleanse me from the sins in my life, forgive me Lord for the wrong I have done before, and help me to put you first as Lord of My Life, and to live the way you would have me to live. Lord I know you love me, I will do my best to show my love for you by the way I live each day of my life. In Jesus Name I Pray, Amen.
Know this, now that you are a child of God, you are now beginning a new relationship with your Heavenly Father, something new, but so wonderful. He has many plans for you, you need to read your Bible, use that word of God to show you how you are to live, how He wants you to walk and talk. Talk to Him everyday, pray, ask God to speak to you, through your heart, mind, and in His word, and let Him lead you in your way. Find a local church, a good pastor who will help you, pray with you, and teach you through the Word, how to be a child of God and know that we are always here for you, you can contact us anytime for prayer, guidance, and help anytime.
If you prayed this prayer, please email us, or contact us and let us know how you are doing, that you have prayed this prayer, so we know to pray for you, I would also like to send you a small gift to help you in your journey. Remember, this isn't just a prayer to pray, you are now building a one on one relationship with the Lord your God. Have fun, enjoy this path you are on, not all of it is easy, but you will find fellowship with God is sweeter and sweeter as the days go by.
Our Family: Madi Cox, Pastor Janet and Pastor Robert Clausen, and KayCee Cox
This IS Living Sacrifice Ministries!
Here we are, simple, Loving the Lord our God with all Our Heart, Mind, Soul, and Being. Evangelists, Singing for the Joy of the Lord, Singing Praises and for His Glory, and in 2008, He has gave us the most amazing outreach that is touching so many lives, hurting, sick, and the castdown, through our Prayer Shawl Ministry. Why do we do what we do?
Because God told us to...
He has given our family not only the great commission to "go into all the world and preach the Gospel, to every Creature." Mark 16:15. He charged our family a long time ago, about the people in our own community, but also all across the nation, that NEED to hear REAL TRUTH, HEAR the GOSPEL of Christ, and we have been told to go out, bring the lost people to Christ, bringing the wandering and hurting souls that know Christ, but feel too far removed that they will never be restored, and to RESTORE them back to the Kingdom of God. To find the families, friends, spouses, and others who feel like their lives have spun so out of control that they will never be able to have a REAL FAMILY, be able to talk to their kids and share with their spouses ever again. That it is too far gone. We are here for the Pastors, Leaders, Shepherds, Evangelists, and other Men and Women of God who have and are facing the hard place instead of Leaning on THE ROCK. We are here to help rejuvenate, restore, and rebuild, encourage, and bring back to life the heart and soul of those men and women who have been called by God to preach the Gospel, Redeem the Lost and to Shepherd the flock they have been given in the Bride of Christ.
How do we do this?
Oh well, there are many ways that God has shown us how to do these things, He has given Bob and I a heart for others and has shown us what is to come in our ministry, our community, our city, state, and in our nation. He has called us to bring the Word of God to our community in an honest, loving way, to tell the TRUTH, of God's Word, and to show others what they are missing out by having Religion, INSTEAD of a RELATIONSHIP with God. He has given us words to share and a voice to sing, prayers to pray, but what we need are EARS TO HEAR. He has told us to share with everyone who wants to know more about Him, to Grow in Him, and to Live a Life FREE, and we have spent the past 6 years, PREPARING Our HEARTS, Our MINDS, and Our Family for this full-time ministry, to help rebuild and restore families, to help others rebuild and restore their marriages, and to help others find God in a VERY REAL WAY. He has burdened our Hearts for the Pastors, Evangelists, and other Men and Women Called of God who are tired, weary, burdened but cast down, who have all but given up, and to rejuvenate, encourage, build up, and help them find rest in the Lord.
Well, you know what we do, why we do, and how we do this... NOW we need to tell you, at this time is... Howyou can help our ministry.
So many people ask us how they can help with our ministry, and what is our greatest needs, as this is a full-time ministry we have many needs, we would love to see our ministry growing with partners, people who will give to the ministry to help get our ministry out in media, traveling church to church, and other speaking and singing engagements, and we would love to have others to help us in our Prayer Shawl Ministry, but What we WANT OTHERS TO KNOW ABOUT US IS... We would never assume to know how God wants to use you. If you have a strong desire to help our Ministry, and we hope you do, we ask that you pray and ASK GOD HOW YOU can be used of HIM, Ask God how He would have you to help our ministry and how to be an effective tool for God's work.
We pray daily that through some help and partners that we will see bookings for our singing ministry, through others we will be called on for Various Seminars and Conferences God has placed on our hearts for Marriages, Families, Parents, Individual Ladies and Mens groups, engagements for speaking or preaching for various events for Ladies Groups and Meetings and Men's Prayer Groups, Revivals, Camps, and Many Other Events that churches and communities offer, some will want to give to us financially, which we would greatly appreciate and honor their giving, and many more will want to partner as Prayer Partners, to come together in agreement and pray with us for the many people we pray for in our outreach, pray for our family, and pray for our health and strength to continue on in this endeavor. We NEED PRAYER CONSTANTLY, for sure. We want and need your help, we appreciate any and all forms of giving and partnering with our Ministry, but we truly WANT your part in our Ministry to be Ordained and Blessed of God, How He DESIRES for you to do your part. We pray for you daily, and we ask that God will bring sincere hearts and dedicated lives to become a part of Living Sacrifice Ministries, How ever You decide to take part in it, we just ask that you take part, in SOME WAY, GREAT OR SMALL, all giving of self, is great to us, and to God.
Please contact us via Email at LivingSacrifice2003@gmail.com, to see how you can help us or for booking an event with Living Sacrifice Ministries. We are here and have several dates open for the fall of 2013 and much of 2014 and we would love to share our hearts with you and your church or group. Thank you for your time, your prayers and support, May God richly bless all who reach out, and who help the ministers of God.