Saturday, March 30, 2013

Easter Testimony from an IHHM member.

I have been watching some shows on JESUS like growing up, when he was beaten and hung on a cross for us!! You know if that doesn’t touch you... something is wrong! People just don’t understand. I was telling my daughter how can people not respond to the call of JESUS!!!!

I know Father God has a plan for OUR lives, I know that so many of us go through the motions w/o stopping for a minute and thinking TRULY what JESUS did for us ... Before Jesus got to the cross he was BEATEN... so severely he could hardly walk... fallen down carrying his beam for the cross. I cannot even imagine how hard it was, the pain, the aching his muscles, tendons, and body was going through.

They got Jesus to the cross and laid him down on the beam and tied his arms down. and started with the nails in his wrist. BAM BAM BAM, the pain as Jesus suffered for us began.... they lifted Jesus up and there he was in agony taking on the sins of me, you, and the world, ALL SIN. He suffered for you.

Jesus called out to Father GOD and he died. They took his body to a tomb and left. The next morning as Mary (his mom) and Mary Magdelene (his friend) went to the tomb they noticed the ROCK HAD BEEN ROLLED BACK.I bet they were thinking WHAT HAPPENED TO JESUS? Then angel came and told them HE HAS RISEN!!!!!!!!!!!

I feel the POWER OF GOD over me as I write this..... We all need to STOP for a few seconds and really realize what JESUS went through for us. When you go into prayer today, stop and let the Holy Spirit speak to you, are you holding onto anything you need to let go off? Do you NEED to FORGIVE ANYONE? Jesus took ALL OUR SIN when he went to the cross.

Over 10 yrs ago, Jesus showed me I had unforgiveness in my heart from many yrs ago that I was carrying. THERE IS FREEDOM IN FORGIVENESS! I got by myself and it took me 3 days and nights to truly FORGIVE everyone and everything. I am telling you, I felt a weight had been lifted off me!

Tomorrow is EASTER! Don’t let another day go by w/o THANKING, PRAISING JESUS for what he did for you on the Cross.... and FORGIVING ALL THAT HAS BEEN DONE TO YOU!  Hope your EASTER is truly BLESSED. Until next time....


Our One Foundation

No one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.   I Corinthians 3:11, NIV

All around us we see lives collapsing with broken hearts and broken homes and broken hopes - with shattered minds and shattered emotions and shattered bodies. What has gone wrong? The foundation on which the majority of people are building their lives is cracked and flawed.

The Bible tells us there is only one foundation for individual or national life that will last, regardless of the crisis or pressure, and it is the foundation of Jesus Christ: "For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ."

Jesus Christ never changes. (Heb. 13:8) He will never leave you nor forsake you. (Heb. 13:5) Nothing can ever separate you from His love. (Rom. 8:35-39) 

So make sure you are prepared for the storms of life because your life is built on the Solid Foundation of Jesus Christ.


Thursday, March 28, 2013

Radical Love

"Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."   John 15:13, NIV

We love others

        who meet our needs,

                 whom we get along with,

                           who make us feel good,

                                      who do things for us,

                                                 whom we like.

In essence, our first concern is for our own well-being and having our own needs met, and we love others in proportion to the extent they fulfill those purposes. 

Our second concern is that others respond positively to our overtures; if they don't, we refuse to continue to love them. 

But Jesus outlined a radically different kind of love - a love that puts the needs and well-being of others before our own to the extent we would sacrifice our time, our energy, our money, and our thoughts in order to demonstrate it. We are to demonstrate it to others whom we may not like or with whom we may be incompatible or who respond negatively or who may never do anything for us in return! Now that's radical!


Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Take Up Your Cross

God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.   Galatians 6:14, NKJV

The cross is not just a symbol of love or a fashion statement. 

The cross is your daily decision to deny yourself,

your rights,

your wants,

your dreams,

your plans,

your goals,

and deliberately, wholeheartedly, unreservedly live out your commitment to His will and His way and His Word and His wisdom. The cross is your decision to live for Jesus. Period. No "ifs," "ands," "buts," or "maybes."

Would you take up your cross . . . every day . . . and follow Him?


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Living with Incompatibility

"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love."   John 15:9, NIV

Is there someone who comes to your mind as being totally incompatible with you? A parent? Or sibling? Or spouse? Or roommate? Or child? Or supervisor? Or employer?

Have you felt incompatibility was reason enough to sever the relationship? Or at least to avoid it at all costs? Yet there are times when we have no option but to live with or work with or be thrown together with someone who totally contradicts our own personalities and natures. At such times the relationship can become so strained that we can even perceive the incompatible person as an enemy. But there is another way . . .

Jesus focused His disciples on His way of dealing with incompatibility. The key is to make our relationship with Jesus the priority of our lives. Jesus reminded His disciples, "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love."


Friday, March 22, 2013

Transformed Into His Likeness

And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory.   2 Corinthians 3:18, NIV

Do you want to experience real, lasting, God-pleasing change so that you are filled with satisfaction, peace, joy, love, purpose-abundant life? Then don't look to

a bottle,

a pill,

a therapist,

a once-a-week trip to church,

Look to God's Word for yourself. Read your Bible every day in order to understand, apply, and obey it.

As we long to grow not only in our faith but in our Christian character so that others can readily see Christ in us, we need to live in the power of the Holy Spirit and in obedience to His Word. This transformation is a continual process that is brought about by daily saturating ourselves in the Scriptures then living it out on the anvil of our experience, until even our friends exclaim, "I see Jesus in you!"


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Instinctive Recognition

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.   Psalm 19:1, NKJV

In his letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul held the entire human race accountable for basic knowledge of God, which he declared "is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse" (Rom. 1:19-20, NIV)

Even tribal people isolated in jungle huts or desert tents have the fundamental testimony of creation. Through the faithfulness of the sun to rise and set, through the orderly pattern of the stars in the sky, through the miracle of reproduction and birth, and through a myriad of other silent witnesses, the human race has been confronted with the truth. And unless we deliberately repress what we instinctively recognize in the silent witness, we would acknowledge and come to the truth.

The real reason many people reject Jesus, at least in the Western Hemisphere, is repression and rejection of what they instinctively know to be the truth - that there is one, true, living God who created us all and has revealed Himself through the Person of Jesus Christ.


Monday, March 18, 2013

The Greatness of God's Power

The Greatness of God's Power

All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.   John 1:3, NKJV

God created:

atoms and angels and ants,

crocodiles and chiggers and clouds,

elephants and eagles and electrons,

orchids and onions and octopuses,

frogs and feathers and sea foam,

diamonds and dust and dinosaurs,

raindrops and sweat drops,

dewdrops and blood drops,

and me! 

And you!

The greatness of His power to create and design and form and mold and make and build and arrange defies the limits of our imagination. And since He created everything, there is nothing beyond His power to fix or mend or heal or restore!


Saturday, March 16, 2013

The Home of Your Dreams

"I am making everything new!"   Revelation 21:5, NIV

We all have dreams of what home should be like. . . . Do you dream of a home with love and laughter and loyalty, with family and fun and freedom?

Do you dream of a home where you are accepted, encouraged, and challenged, forgiven, understood, and comforted?

There is hope! The home you've always wanted, the home you continue to long for with all your heart, is the home God is preparing for you! As John gazed at a vision of the glory of Jesus Christ . . . , he stood in awed wonder of "a new heaven and a new earth" (Rev. 21:1, NIV). 

What he saw was confirmed by the words of One Who was seated on the throne: "I am making everything new!" Imagine it: One day, in the dream home of My Father's House, everything will be brand-new and you will live in the home of your dreams!


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Separate from His Creation

He stirs up the sea with His power, and by His understanding He breaks up the storm. . . . Indeed these are the mere edges of His ways.   Job 26:12, 14, NKJV

God Himself is not in a sunset or in an act of human compassion any more than an artist is in his painting or a musician is in his music. You and I may see reflections of the artist's or musician's personality in his work, but the person himself is separate from it. Likewise, you may see the reflection of God's personality in a sunset or in an act of compassion, but He Himself is not in either one. He is separate from His Creation. What an important truth! 

This means:

When something is wrong, He can right it.

When something is broken, He can mend it.

When something is lost, He can find it.

When something doesn't work, He can fix it.

When something is hurt, He can heal it.

My failures, sins, mistakes, and shortcomings - and yours - in no way dilute or deplete or weaken or harm God!


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Another Counselor

I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever - the Spirit of truth.   John 14:16-17, NIV

Jesus described the Holy Spirit as "Another." The Greek word actually means "another who is exactly the same." So although the Holy Spirit is a distinct person, He is exactly the same as Jesus, but without the physical body. He has been described as Jesus without skin. Or, like an FBI agent, He is Jesus undercover.

We know that Jesus is in heaven.As the first martyr, Stephen, was being stoned to death, he looked up and saw heaven open and Jesus standing at God's right hand, preparing to welcome him home! (Acts 7:56)

But that doesn't mean Jesus has left us to stumble through the darkness of the future on our own. He promised His disciples that when He went to heaven, He would ask His Father to send down to earth "Another." One Who would have His same mind, will, emotions, and intellect. Jesus called Him the Counselor (John 14:16), because He is readily available to give us wisdom for our decisions, direction for our future, insight into our problems, and management for our responsibilities.


Sunday, March 10, 2013

Every Knee Will Bow

God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow.   Philippians 2:9-10, NKJV

The Bible says that one day, "at the name of Jesus every knee should bow . . . in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Phil. 2:10-11, nasb). Whether we want to or not, one day we will all bow before God's only Son.

Who do you know who has set him- or herself against Christ?

A school administrator?

A business employer?

A secular corporation?

A religious institution?

A political agenda?

A government policy?

An entire culture?

Whoever, or whatever, sets themselves against Christ will find themselves sooner or later on their faces before Him! So . . . bow down now!


Friday, March 8, 2013

God as Man

God as Man

He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.   John 1:10, NIV

If we think we can avoid God by pleading indifference toward Him or ignorance of Him, we're mistaken; both choices are indirect rejection. John makes this point when he states, "He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him" (John 1:10, NIV).

 It would be easier to imagine Ford Motor Company not recognizing Henry Ford, or Microsoft not recognizing Bill Gates, or the United States of America not recognizing George Washington than to imagine man not recognizing his Creator!

Just about everybody you and I know fails to recognize Jesus for Who He is. The majority of the world doesn't recognize Him for Who He is. The world talks of and teaches evolution as the beginning of all things. The world talks of and teaches about Jesus Christ as a good man or a well-meaning prophet or a revolutionary zealot. But the world does not recognize Jesus Christ for Who He really is: God as Man!


Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The Desires of Your Heart

Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this."   Psalm 37:4-5, NIV

When you are living your life in commitment to God, He gives you the desires of your heart because they come from Him. God placed the desire for a companion and marriage partner within Adam's heart, then He fulfilled the desire.

In the beginning, Adam was single. Increasingly he longed for a companion with whom he could share his life. He didn't have to beg God or beat the bushes or spend every Saturday night in a singles bar. He just went to sleep in God's will. I wonder if, as he drifted off to sleep, he was praying that God would somehow take away the strange ache in his heart and the loneliness he felt inside, especially when he had observed that every animal had a partner except himself. 

"So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man's ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man" (Gen. 2:21-22, NIV)

In His wisdom, God knew exactly how to meet Adam's emotional needs - by presenting Adam with a wife. And He knows how to meet your needs and satisfy your desires, too. So . . . commit your way to Him and trust Him!


Monday, March 4, 2013

Triumph Over Suffering

In the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me.  Psalm 27:5, NKJV

Believers of every generation have triumphed over their suffering as they placed their faith in God, trusting Him even when they didn't understand why. And every generation has suffered to a greater or lesser degree.
My generation has not been exempt. There has been unfathomable hopelessness and helplessness in the killing fields of Cambodia under the Khmer Rouge, in the massacres under the vicious anarchy of the Red Guard in China, in the senseless slaughter between tribes in Rwanda, in the torture chambers supervised by the butcher of Baghdad. . . . Sometimes it's just so hard to understand!

Yet God is bigger than our suffering. We can have hope as we place our trust in Him - in His faithfulness and in His ability to work out in our lives His purposes that will be for our ultimate good and His eternal glory. So . . . when you suffer, just trust Him!


Saturday, March 2, 2013

Eternally Blessed

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went.   Hebrews 11:8, NIV

"So Abram left, as the Lord had told him; . . . Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out" (Gen. 12:4, NIV). There is no record of any hesitation, fears, or even tears! It was as though Abraham had been waiting all his life for the call from God, and when he received it, he responded immediately with steadfast faith, and hope.

Through Abraham, God began the long process of accomplishing His plan to provide the Redeemer Who would take away man's sin and bring him back into a right relationship with his Creator. Abraham's family became the chosen nation of Israel that provided the audiovisual aid of the sacrifices and ceremonies that pictured for the world God's terms for man to have a right relationship with Himself. It was also Abraham's descendants who recorded the revelation of God through the written prophecy, history, biography, and poetry that we call the Bible. And it was Abraham's descendants who provided the human lineage for Jesus Christ.

I'm so grateful Abraham answered God's call! My life is eternally blessed. I wonder . . . who will be blessed because I have answered God's call?