Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Jesus Saw People as God Does

He had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.   Mark 6:34, NIV

Jesus looked out at the approaching crowds and saw people who were seeking God but instead had received hundreds of man-made legal burdens.

He saw people who wanted truth but had received political posturing and religious platitudes from the Pharisees.

He saw people as more important than His own plans and need for rest.

He saw people not as an interruption, but as an opportunity to reveal His loving care and His Father's compassionate power to meet their deepest needs.

He saw people as sheep who needed a shepherd. He saw people as God saw them.


Blessings

Monday, October 28, 2013

He Will Be Looking for You

"If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am."   John 14:3, NIV

On the day when Jesus returns, everyone will be looking at Jesus. But have you ever considered where He will be looking? He will be looking for you! He has told us, ". . . I will come back and take you to be with me. . . ." His eyes will be searching the crowds of upturned faces, looking for you! While others mourn because His coming brings their judgment, you and I who have been redeemed by His blood will be rejoicing because His coming fulfills all our hopes and dreams!

Praise God for the deity of Jesus Christ! Praise God for the humanity of Jesus Christ! And praise God for the eternity of Jesus Christ!


Blessings

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Accepted in Heaven

God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.   Hebrews 11:16, NKJV


After the long journey of life, we are going to look up and see heaven. We're going to hear voices lifted in songs of praise. We're going to see the glory of God radiating from within, and we're going to long for home. But we will be forbidden to enter. Heaven is closed to us because we are too dirty in our sin to enter it.

However, because Jesus found us in our hopeless, helpless state and offered us His hand at the Cross, we can be welcomed into heaven. If we accept His offer and put our hand of faith in His, He will walk with us hand in hand, not only through the remainder of our journey, but through the gates of heaven that will be opened wide for us. We will be as welcomed and accepted in heaven as He is, solely because of our relationship and identification with Him. Praise God! Jesus is the One, and the only One, Who makes heaven available to the sinner, not only through the cross, but also through His resurrection.


Blessings

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Turn on the Light!

The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.   Psalm 119:130, NIV


In the beginning there was no dawn to end the night,

no sun to warm the day,

no moonlight reflected in the swirling water,

no horizon,

just a never-ending night!

God didn't leave our environment in a murky, dusky twilight. "God . . . separated the light from the darkness. God called the light 'day,' and the darkness he called 'night'" (Gen. 1:4, NIV).

While the light described was literal, it has wonderful analogy and personal meaning for you and me, because light in the spiritual sense represents the truth, clarity, spiritual understanding, and discernment we receive from God's written Word. So . . . read your Bible and turn the Light on!


Blessings

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

King of Hearts

The kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.   Romans 14:17, NKJV


The Jews had many preconceived ideas about the Messiah based on their interpretation of Scripture and what they wanted. When Jesus of Nazareth came on the scene with His public ministry, He was neither the Messiah they had been expecting, nor the Messiah they wanted. 

The Jews wanted someone Who would:

raise their standard of living,

grant them privileges without responsibility,

and restore them to the world power they had known under King David and King Solomon.

They wanted someone who would meet their physical and material and emotional needs.

They expected a glorious, victorious King who would rid them of the Romans and establish them in national peace and prosperity and prominence. But the first time He came, He came to establish the kingdom of God, not in the world, but in the hearts of men. He was born to die. And so He was rejected as the King of Hearts.


Blessings

Sunday, October 20, 2013

SPEAK TO MY HEART HOLY SPIRIT




WE SAY WITH OUR MOUTH THAT WE ARE CHRISTIANS, WE ARE SAVED, WE LOVE THE LORD, ALL WHILE FORGETTING THAT GOD READS YOUR HEART AND REALLY KNOWS WHAT YOU ARE HIDING. 

TO SIMPLY PUT IT, IF YOUR LIFE IS NOT LINING UP WITH THE WORD OF GOD SOMETHING'S WRONG!

IF YOU ARE CONFESSING YOUR LOVE FOR GOD AND SECRETLY DESIRING TO HAVE WORLDLY POSSESSIONS, POSITION AND POWER; SOMETHING'S WRONG! 

WE CAN'T HAVE THE WORLD AND DENY OURSELVES AT THE SAME TIME, JUST AS WE CAN'T SERVE TWO MASTERS WITHOUT LOVING ONE AND HATING THE OTHER.

SPEAK TO ME AND THROUGH ME HOLY SPIRIT, IT'S TIME TO REALLY TURN FROM ANYTHING THAT'S NOT OF GOD'S WILL AND PURPOSE. 

GOD SAID IN HIS WORD, "MANY WOULD CALL TO ME AND I WILL SAY "DEPART FROM ME YOU WORKERS OR INIQUITY, I KNOW YOU NOT."   WHAT A SHAME THAT WOULD BE ESPECIALLY IF WE HAVE BEEN SAYING WE ARE A CHRISTIAN.


LET US RE-EXAMINE OURSELVES AND OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. 

GOD IS A HOLY GOD, A FORGIVING GOD. THAT DOESN'T MEAN WE DON'T HAVE TO LIVE A CHRISTIAN LIFE-STYLE, OR DO THE THINGS HE ASK OF US AS HIS CHILDREN. WHEN WE ACCEPT CHRIST AS OUR PERSONAL LORD AND SAVIOR, WE BECOME NEW IN CHRIST. THERE'S NO WAY WE SHOULD BE DOING THE SAME THING AS IF WE WERE NOT BORN AGAIN.

IF UNSAVED PEOPLE CAN'T TELL THAT WE, AS CHRISTIANS, ARE CHILDREN OF A HOLY LIVING GOD, WOE TO US, WE ARE LOSING THE WAR TO LEAD OTHERS TO CHRIST.

THESE ARE THE WORDS AS I HAVE RECEIVED THEM FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT, BE BLESSED IN CHRIST JESUS. AMEN

DEBRA

Choosing to Trust

"Do not let your hearts be troubled."   John 14:1, NIV

"Do not let your hearts be troubled" is a command you and I are to obey! Deliberately calming ourselves is a choice we are to make in the face of shocking setbacks,

catastrophic circumstances,

abrupt accidents,

irritating interruptions,

devastating dissension,

agonizing addiction,

frequent failures,

all of which cause us to be terrified of the consequences and repercussions. In the midst of the swirling, cloying fog of fear, Jesus commands, "Stop it!"

How in the world is it possible to obey a command that involves so much of our emotional feelings? Our obedience begins with a choice to stop being afraid, followed by a decision to start trusting God.


Blessings

Friday, October 18, 2013

TESTIMONY From one of our members in Wyoming

B.W. Campbell 
Casper,Wyoming, USA

I was brought up in a home where my mother, Sherry, followed Jesus.

When I was about 8 years old a friend invited me and my brother Brent to summer bible camp where I came forward and gave my life to the Lord.

Though I've had ups and downs in my life I have never doubted the power of God.

I almost died in 2 situations where I feel angels were looking after me.maybe other times I had no knowledge of.My sons are a blessing to me and they love Jesus.The Lord is moving in my life by teaching me forgiveness and love for others.

Though I am not a rich man in the worldly way I am rich in that God has gotten me through tough times.

Receiving His Resources

Jesus went up on a mountainside and sat down with his disciples.   John 6:3, NIV

As Jesus and His disciples rested together on the mountainside, we have the beautiful picture of the Good Shepherd, making His sheep lie down in green pastures, leading them beside the still waters, that He might restore them on the inside. Jesus knew the demands that would be made on the disciples and Himself that very day, and He knew in order to meet those demands, they had to have some time alone together.

Again and again, I have been amazed to discover that the verse of Scripture or thought or insight that God seems to give me in my early morning quiet time with Him is the very same verse or insight or thought I am called on to give to someone else during the day. Many times I have wondered how I would have been able to speak a "word that sustains the weary," had I not first received it for myself in those brief, early morning retreats. Jesus offers us ample resources, but we have to receive them from Him in order to impart them to others.


Blessings

Thursday, October 17, 2013

A Praise Report From Our Bay Area Rep.

WHAT A BLESSED MORNING IT IS, ONCE MORE MY HEAVENLY FATHER BLESSED ME TO SLEEP PEACEFULLY, FULLY PROTECTED, WAKEN TO SEE A BRAND NEW DAY WITH NEW GRACE AND MERCY. I WILL PRAISE MY GOD WITH ALL THAT'S IN ME, I WILL TELL OF HIS GOODNESS AND MERCY TO ALL, I WILL SHARE MY GOD! HE IS A LOVING GOD WHO CARE AND LOVES YOU VERY MUCH, HE WOULD LIKE VERY MUCH TO BE YOUR LORD AND SAVIOR.

SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE ON THIS DAY NEED TO KNOW THAT GOD IS WAITING FOR THEM TO CONFESS AND ACCEPT HIM, THEY NEED TO KNOW THE LOVE OF A LIVING AND TRUE GOD. I ASK OF ALL MY FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHOM EVER YOU CROSS PATH WITH TODAY, PLEASE SHARE THE WORD OF JESUS CHRIST WITH THEM, FIND OUT IF THEY ARE SAVED IF NOT LEAD THEM TO CHRIST AND BE THE PERSON THAT HELP THEM COME TO CHRIST ON TODAY.

BE BLESS IN THE HOLY NAME OF JESUS, LET ME SAY THIS, I STILL HAVE MY JOY IT'S A WONDERFUL FEELING TO HAVE DAILY, JOY AND PEACE AS ONLY GOD CAN GIVE.

DEBRA

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The Light of Heaven

I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.   John 8:12, NKJV


Jesus said, "I am the light of the world," and He also said we are the light of the world. (Matt. 5:14) The sole light in Heaven will be the light that comes directly from God through Jesus Christ, and that light will be reflected in the life of each one of His children! The entire city will be saturated with the glorious light of His life, truth, righteousness, goodness, love and peace - through you . . . and me!

Praise God! The Light of the World is the Light of Heaven!


Blessings

Monday, October 14, 2013

One Life

If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.   Romans 10:9, NKJV

Today, in a world where the role models are entertainers, athletes and politicians, many of whom lack morals, integrity and even common decency . . . in a world where no one seems to stand for anything unless it is to stand for selfish, self-serving rights . . . in a world where anything is compromised if it impedes success . . . in a world where pleasure takes priority over principles . . . in a world where we care more about public opinion than about what God thinks . . . in a world where there are no absolutes, where what is right is what works or what feels good . . . in a world where character no longer seems to count . . . In such a world, the testimony of one life lived for Christ is powerful! One life cleansed through faith in the blood of Jesus. One life that confesses, "Jesus is Lord." One life that has the courage to stand for godly convictions in the midst of moral compromise. One life that tells the truth. One life that lives the truth. One life that lifts high the Light!

You can be that one life!


Blessings

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Free at Last

Being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death - even death on a cross!   Philippians 2:8, NIV

Christ "made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death - even death on a cross!" (Phil. 2:7-8) How awesome to consider that the Creator of the universe, unbound in time and space for all eternity, chose to be bound

by a woman's womb for nine months,

by the body of a man that knew weariness and hunger,

by a Roman cross, with His hands and feet pinned by spikes,

by a borrowed tomb . . .

Why? So that you and I might be set free from the problems that threaten to bind us and keep us from fulfilling God's intended purpose for our lives.

Praise God! We can be free, truly free at last, from all that binds us, because the One Who is gloriously eternal, unbound by time and space, was willing to be bound!


Blessings

Thursday, October 10, 2013

When There Are No Answers

These [trials] have come so that your faith . . . may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.   

1 Peter 1:7, NIV

What, or who, has . . .

turned on the tap of your tears,

and tossed you in your bed at night,

and preoccupied your waking thoughts,

and blackened your hopes for the future,

and broken your heart,

and wrenched an agonized "Why?" from your trembling lips?

To our heart-wrenched cries of Why? God's ultimate answer is, "Jesus," as He is glorified and magnified in our lives through our suffering. Trust Him. When guilt takes the edge off every joy . . .
when there are no answers to your questions . . .

trust Him when you don't understand.

Trust His heart.


Blessings

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Time Alone with Jesus

Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.   

Luke 5:16, NIV

Often when I am under stress and pressure, I feel one of my greatest needs is to get a good night's sleep. But I've found that physical rest alone is not enough to revive my flagging spirit. I need the spiritual revival that comes from spending quiet time alone with Jesus in prayer and in thoughtful meditation on His Word.

A careful study of the life of Jesus reveals that as pressed as He was, He "often withdrew to lonely places and prayed." If Jesus felt He needed time alone in prayer with His Father, why do you and I think we can get by without it? How is your prayer life? Could some of the exhaustion you are feeling be the result of simple prayerlessness? How motivating it has been for me to view my early morning devotions as times of retreat alone with Jesus, Who desires that I "come with Him by myself to a quiet place" in order to pray, read His Word, listen for His voice, and be renewed in my spirit.


Blessings

Sunday, October 6, 2013

You Are On God's Mind

"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty."   Revelation 1:8, NIV

This title describes the eternal omniscience of Jesus Christ. The alpha is the first letter and the omega is the last letter in the Greek alphabet. Through the alphabet all of our words, all of our wisdom, and all of our knowledge are expressed. Jesus is the beginning and end of the alphabet, the summation of all wisdom and knowledge.

What does the omniscience of Christ mean to me personally? It means I have always been on His mind. Think of it: The most important Man in the universe has always been thinking of me! Wonder of wonders! I have never been out of His thoughts! Even as He hung on the cross, He was thinking of me by name! Dying for me by name! And when He was raised from the dead on that first Easter Sunday, He was raised with me on His mind!


Blessings,

Friday, October 4, 2013

Created for Commitment

The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.   Genesis 2:15, NIV

Apart from understanding the work of God in our creation, there is no real meaning to human existence. If there was no Creator, then you are some cosmic accident, having come from nowhere and on your way to nowhere. You are just a nobody with no ultimate accountability or eternal value. Now that's depressing! Praise God, it's not true!

Where are you seeking lasting satisfaction? You may find temporary satisfaction in things and people, but permanent, deep, full satisfaction of your very being is only found in a right relationship with God for Whom you were created.

Not only is your being created for God, but your doing is created for God also. You and I were created for commitment to serve God. The Garden of Eden was not only a place for man to live, but it was a place for man to serve.


Blessings

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Forgiveness for All

"Let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ."   Acts 2:36, NIV

To clarify their choice, Pilate asked the mob a question that has reverberated through the centuries, "What shall I do, then, with Jesus who is called Christ?" They demanded with one voice, "Crucify him!"

Whom do you know who is rejecting Jesus today? Whoever those people are, regardless of the vehemence of their words, or the hardness of their hearts there is still hope.

Because some of the very men who had rejected Jesus on the Friday morning of His crucifixion did repent of their sins and receive His forgiveness and salvation! This astounding turnabout took place fifty days after the rioting mob screamed its rejection of Jesus. In the very place where Jesus had been condemned by the religious leaders, Peter preached a sermon to a crowd of thousands at the Feast of Pentecost. Three thousand people responded with deep contrition to Peter's powerful proclamation of the truth. They repented of their sins and claimed Jesus Christ as their own Savior and Lord, receiving His forgiveness.


Blessings