God knows our frail form and sent his son Jesus NOT to condemn us but to SAVE us by teaching us a way to live in PEACE with ourselves, everyone, and God. The WORDS of Jesus are LIFE and Strength. MEDITATE on them. You are a child of God and precious in His sight. Do Not believe Satan’s Lies. With Christ’s help you will conquer sin. Progress NOT perfection. God is not finished with you yet! There is a reason for your life, don’t quit before the miracle happens. Believe in JESUS who paid the price for your debt, and receive His gift of freedom from sin. Now GET UP and LIVE for Jesus whose great love lead him to the cross of death for YOU!
I had the following dream on Saturday morning Feb 6, 2021
I had just arrived in heaven and was looking at all the angels and saints in the choir when Jesus passed by.
I ran up beside him and said, “Hey Jesus, why is everyone only wearing white?” He paused and said, “In heaven, . . . no one dyes.”
He chuckled and I laughed along with him! Seeing Jesus so light hearted cheered my soul.
In my dream, Jesus was carrying a chalice and I was concerned that he was spilling the contents, so I exclaimed, “Be careful, you’re spilling the chalice!” He didn’t seem to be bothered by that and splashed some of the liquid on me..
Then I woke up.
Who do you want me to love today?
For whom do you want me to pray?
How can I better show them who you are,
the God of all people both near and far.
Open their eyes that they might see,
the love you have that will set them free.
Open their ears that they might hear,
your words of comfort which dispell all fears.
Jesus Calms the Storm in Me
Jesus is able to calm the storm within you and without you and in those around you.
In what situations do you find yourself drowning? What circumstances are tossing you about? Are you taking on more and more water and becoming afraid that you will drown as the waters rise and the winds continue to blow? If so, then you are not unlike His disciples.
One day he got into a boat with his disciples, and he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side of the lake.” So they set out, and as they sailed he fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water and were in danger. And they went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and the raging waves, and they ceased, and there was a calm. And they were afraid, and they marveled. . . .Luke 8:22-25
Have you ever looked into the face of God and cried, “Can’t you see that I am about to perish? Don’t you care?” If so, then you are not unlike His disciples.
On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And they were filled with great fear. . . Mark 4:35-41
At what point do you cry out to Jesus for help? Do you wait until you are swamped by the waves of life and all your own ingenuity and abilities are exhausted? If so, then you are not unlike His disciples.
And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled. . . Matt 8:23-27
It takes FAITH to cry out to Jesus to save us. And faith grows each time we ask and He responds to us. And we continue to marvel because we have so little faith.
I still find myself marveling at Christ’s ability to calm the storms in my life. But more and more, as my faith increases, I have the attitude of expectancy, waiting to see how Christ will “handle” each situation that baffles or overwhelms me. And what He does is always marvelous and accompanied by a great calm.
Practicing self denial of food, fashion, and fun, does it strengthen our resolve or weaken our will?
Desire stirs deep within, challenging our perception of self and sin. Lust is defined as must have or do what we want to, then. But, gratification delayed eventually wins.
All around us are people who are in-prisoned by desires, fooled by the world’s folly, and ensnared by self will. We applaud mass consumption as good for the economy. Our society glamorizes self gratification with words like “you deserve it”, “just do it”, “eat now, diet later”, or “buy now, pay later”. We are encrusted with clutter, debased by debt, over weight, and in need of constant entertainment.
Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Matt 25:44
All around us are people who are: hungry and thirsty for love, strangers to God’s ways, and in-prisoned by desires.
In whom do you trust? In what do you believe? God’s love is really all we need.
For four weeks I have been blessed with three broken ribs as the result of falling while walking the dog. In my discomfort, God’s presence has been almost palpable and I have been able to reflect more fully on the sufferings of Christ. Somehow, I feel we are able to be a part of His experience and can in some way alleviate His pain. I believe He knew that because of His ultimate sacrifice, that you and I would come to know God, repent of our transgressions, and follow Him. And I believe that He somehow was comforted knowing there was this purpose, that His suffering, death and resurrection was God’s great plan, for the salvation of man.
May God be with you and your families during the Easter weekend.
Is the world so full now, that there is no room for you, Jesus? Are we not able to stop consuming for even one day or is it our duty to the economy to continue to buy and sell, stack and store? Yet Jesus tells us that our lives are more than these: the things of earth that compete for allegiance with God, (paraphrased lyric from one of Rich Mullin’s songs).. We are so much more than all the stuff and such: food, clothes, money and busy-ness!
How are we Christians today any different from other people? Do we really love our enemies or rejoice when we are persecuted? Do we really love our neighbors as ourselves? Do we really love ourselves?
Do we recognize our ourselves in the eyes of God? Do we recognize God in the eyes of our neighbors? Do we recognize God? Are our lives so full now, that there is no room for you, Jesus?
Make time for Jesus,
Take time to love,
Spend some time listening,
Keep looking above.
Jesus is the true “lover of our soul” who longs to make us whole. He sees our pain and knows our sorrow and will walk with us into tomorrow. Jesus knows us completely, better than we know ourselves. And he understands why we are the way we are and why we do the things we do. Our true self is who God intended us to be before the ways of the world conditioned us to certain behaviors.
We have been programmed by the World to respond in certain ways based on our environment. We are in desperate need of reconditioning by our Lord and Savior. It is only His love that can reclaim us as children of God, not children of the world. But, we must first let go of our controlled selves and return to a child-like state, recognizing our weaknesses and relying on His wisdom and strength, not our own ingenuity and determination. We must choose to rely on God’s guidance to direct our path, not the World’s fancies and fads.