Monday, November 24, 2014

Being Thankful!

"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... 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, January 25, 2014

What About You?

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.
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