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Seńor yo te doy gracias

I have moments where I just start writing.

Words come to my mind and I just have to pen them to paper.

If I don’t I loose it.

So on the train the other day, thinking and while i was thinking these words just kept coming.

 

Lo and behold this poem came about.

Hope you enjoy this.

 

Oh Seńor yo te doy gracias,
Por el amor que me has dado.
Tu Me has perdonado,
Y me has liberado
sabiendo mi pasado.
Oh señor yo te doy gracias,
Por su gran misericordia.
Aunque yo te falle
Mi dijiste no desmaye
Y me llenaste de su gloria.
Oh señor yo te doy gracias,
Por su gran bendiciones.
Me regalaste mis hijos,
Mi tesoros, mi vida,
Por supuesto te adorare.
Oh señor yo te doy gracias,
Por las Maravillas en mi vida.
En gratitude te exaltare
Su amor confesaré
Hasta que en tu trono ya yo llegare…
Gracias por su amor
Gracias oh señor
Se que no lo merezco.
Gracias por Su generosidad.
Gracias oh senior.
Gracias señor.
Te amo.
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Help needed.

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additional means to help:

 

I want to apologize first to my lord and savior for not writing and blogging about his word, love and mercy.

Second I want to apologize to the readers whom are lifted up when you read the words that the lord inspired me to write.

Since hurricane Harvey I have been campaigning on stop for relief efforts for all in need. Whether by providing information as to where to donate aid, time, monetary donations or goods. I have family whom recently moved to Texas, my heart was heavy, luckily my family do not live within the regions which were affected. Despite that blessing my call towards servitude never falters. As Christian’s we are called to service. My calling is evermore present right now… the phone is ringing and Lord knows I’m answering any which way that I can.

Then hurricane Irma hit and destroyed Many islands which many of my relatives resides in as well as Florida where I have many relatives as well. Yet again my campaign continued to help any which way I could. Advertising relief efforts, advertising information…. any which way I am able to help I can.  Irma destroyed my father in laws properties in St. Martin.  Irma destroyed my uncles properties in St Thomas and St. Croix.  Irma destroyed many parts of Puerto Rico.

Now Maria…..oh María…. you finished off what Irma started and now, because of you I haven’t had a good nights rest. I can’t complain I have it better off compared to my island folks, compared to my paisanos. My heart is heavy. Still haven’t heard from many relatives. Many are without power, without food, without water, without their shelters.

As I write this I fight back tears which I thought I no longer thought I had any left. I have cried so much since Harvey, I cried ever more since Irma and Maria.  Maria has forced everyone to get down on their knees and seek God.  I have been working non stop and will continue working within the next few weeks for relief efforts for the carribean.  I heard from half of my family in Puerto Rico….Half.  a quarter of them are doing ok, surviving.  the other quarter are struggling….my heart is torn….theres not much I can do for them, I feel so helpless…so I find strength in God and my calling of servitutde to help.

 

As I write this post, the song that came up was Israel & the New Breed.  Oh GOD I cannot control the waterworks. But thank you…thank you.  This is what sticks out…

It’s not over, It’s not finished.
It’s not ending,
It’s only the beginning when God is in it.
All things are new.
All things are new.

I know it’s darkest just before dawn.
This might just be the hardest
Season you experience.
I know it hurts; it won’t be too long.
You’re closer than you think you are;
You’re closer than you’ve been before.
Oh look to the sky, help is on the way

We believe it
We declare it
We decree it over you
It’s not over when God, when God,
When God is in it.
No limits no boundary
I see increase all around here, yeah

God I needed those words…My family needs help. I know you shall provide.

The islands need help, I have faith, I trust in you with all my might that you will provide for them all.

 

God all is in your hands.

Many were forced down on their knees.  I trust in you.!

There is an urgency to give…please give.

If you are trying to contact family members in Puerto Rico, the American Red Cross Safe and Well website allows individuals and organizations to register and post messages to indicate that they are safe, or to search for loved ones. The site is open to the public and available in English and Spanish. You can also contact the Washington, DC, offices of the Puerto Rico Federal Affairs Administration, at 202-800-3133 or 202-800-3134, or email maria1@prfaa.pr.gov or maria2@prfaa.pr.gov. If your loved one needs emergency assistance, you can alert the U.S. State Department by calling 800-407-4747 (in the U.S. and Canada) or 202-501-4444 (from overseas).

https://www.youcaring.com/mexicoandpuertorico-959275

https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php

https://www.ny.gov/programs/empire-state-relief-and-recovery-effort-puerto-rico

https://www.directrelief.org/

https://catholiccharitiesusa.org/

http://www.salvationarmy.org/

https://hispanicfederation.org/unidos

http://unidosporpuertorico.com/en/VkMoZ/

https://www.habitat.org/

http://www.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.6115947/k.B143/Official_USA_Site.htm

Drop Off Supplies VIA NYS

Across the state, New Yorkers are encouraged to drop off goods for donation at the below listed drop-off locations. We are only accepting the following items for donation: batteries, flashlights, portable lanterns, diapers, baby wipes, cases of water and feminine hygiene products. All items must be unopened and in their original packaging.

The drop-off sites will accept donations every day between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Capital Region

Empire State Plaza Main Concourse
Albany

Central New York

Senator John J. Hughes State Office Building
333 E. Washington Street
Syracuse

Finger Lakes

State Police Zone Station
1155 Scottsville Road, Suite 400
Rochester

Long Island

Perry B. Duryea State Office Building
250 Veterans Memorial Highway
Hauppauge

Mid-Hudson Valley

Yonkers Armory
2 Quincy Place
Yonkers

Mohawk Valley

Utica State Office Building
207 Genesee Street
Utica

New York City

Jacob K. Javits Center
655 W. 34th Street
New York

Shirley A. Chisholm State Office Building
55 Hanson Place
Brooklyn

Jamaica Street Armory
93-05 168th Street
Queens

Roberto Clemente State Park
301 West Tremont Ave
Bronx

Department of Motor Vehicles (to begin accepting donations on 9/26)
696 E Fordham Road
Bronx

Southern Tier

Binghamton Armory
85 West End Avenue
Binghamton

Western New York

Connecticut Street Armory
184 Connecticut Street
Buffalo

Please help any way you can, not just to Puerto Rico but the other areas affected.

 

May god bless you all.

 

Father God I thank you for the valuable lessons you have taught us within the past few weeks.  I apologize for not spreading your word in writing, but I have been sharing your spirit of love and compassion.  Father You are merciful, you are loving, you are the alpha and the omega.  God I humbly ask for aid not just for my mother land, but the others whom were affected by all this natural disaster.  As we sit here in the flesh in worry, concerned, with a want and desire to help, GOD know that I trust and have faith in you.  I pray that for many this was a time where their faith in you was restored.  Many were brought down to their knees and Lord I know you have your reasons for which we will not know.  I ask for help for all these people in need. I ask that you who can provide; provide them with the ailments they need to sustain until all these islands are fully restored.  In Jesus name we pray. Amen.

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Why am I posting 3 different maps?
Answer:
Look at the topographic features of our island. High elevated mountainous terrains which are not easily accessible. Each of these mountainous terrains are inhabited by thousands of families per municipality. 78 municipalities total and many are within these hard to get areas. Now add a category 5 hurricanes which they did get, (two to be technical) you find your selves facing debris from all the trees, boulders from cliffs that may have collapsed and been destroyed, utility poles…. all which will need to be moved to reach these families and provide the aid they need.
My people here in the US have not heard from many of these families within these hard to reach areas. I pray, hope and have faith in God that these families will get the aid and relief they need. These are some difficult times on the island with limited resources. Despite these difficult times….. many have placed their faith in God to provide until aid is sent their way. God will provide!

 

If you have been inspired to help; please see my previous post  entitled ‘Help Needed’ on information on how you can help.

Several websites are listed where they will accept monetary donations towards materials, goods and relief efforts.

I may soon update the post with additional information as more agencies for donations come up.

 

Many blessings to you all.

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Topographic map

Capture

 

Why am I posting 3 different maps?
Answer:
Look at the topographic features of our island. High elevated mountainous terrains which are not easily accessible. Each of these mountainous terrains are inhabited by thousands of families per municipality. 78 municipalities total and many are within these hard to get areas. Now add a category 5 hurricanes which they did get, (two to be technical) you find your selves facing debris from all the trees, boulders from cliffs that may have collapsed and been destroyed, utility poles…. all which will need to be moved to reach these families and provide the aid they need.
My people here in the US have not heard from many of these families within these hard to reach areas. I pray, hope and have faith in God that these families will get the aid and relief they need. These are some difficult times on the island with limited resources. Despite these difficult times….. many have placed their faith in God to provide until aid is sent their way. God will provide!

 

If you have been inspired to help; please see my previous post  entitled ‘Help Needed’ on information on how you can help.

Several websites are listed where they will accept monetary donations towards materials, goods and relief efforts.

I may soon update the post with additional information as more agencies for donations come up.

 

Many blessings to you all.

Few seconds of dread

I don’t know about you, but every time my child’s school calls me, My heart sinks, I start to shake, my heart begins to palpitate.  I dread that number when it pops up on the caller ID.

 

No my child is not a problem child.

I am very active in the school, despite being a working mom.

I always react the same way.

It was only once they legitimately called me because he was not feeling well and needed to be picked up early.

 

Aside from that all the calls have been school related for a prosperous event at the school.

 

I don’t know about you but i always get relieved when the caller states; My name and then after, your son is alright…..

 

I quickly calm down and become the bubbly self i usually am and continue my day.

 

I thank God everyday that he has covered my son with his blood and protection. I thank God and pray for him daily for my children’s well being, and all the children.  My children aren’t  inclusive only in that prayer.  We have to pray for all of our children in this day an age.

We are living during times where Schools, which once were known as being safe havens for children, are now possible dangerous territory.  Kids bringing in weapons to school, kids harming others.  People looking to seek vengeance over a love triangle, or whatever vendetta that has stirred up so much hate in their hearts.

 

We do need to bring the message of love, prosperity and God back to schools.  I know the subject is touchy with vast religions out there, but at least the essential message of love, respect, prosperity, peace, helping one another should be taught again.

Today I ask dear Lord that you continue to bless and protect my children academically, physically, mentally, socially and overall.  May you continue to provide comfort, love, shelter and a safe haven every place they step foot in.  May these desires I ask of for my children be extended to all children, across the globe.  May we as parents trust in you to continue to protect our children.  Amen

 

 

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”
(1 Peter 5:7, NLT)
Many of us in the northeast have family throughout the path of Irma. I know we do. We have family in PR, DR, St Martin, St Croix And Florida. We all have family in some of the other islands. Where am I going?
We have been praying for days now for all whom have been affected by the hurricane from when Harvey first popped up. This passed Sunday, before Irma really entered Florida many congregations throughout the nation prayed that it wouldn’t totally destroy Florida.
Our church prayed.
Your church probably prayed.
Many prayed.
What we did is we put our trust in the lord.
What is even more amazing is how this category 5 hurricane suddenly turned into a category 2 in the midst of its path towards destruction.
My friends are safe.
My family members are safe.
I trust and pray that many are safe today.
I trust and pray that the Lord has provided for the residents of Florida.
This is what the power of prayer does.
A call for prayer can block whatever the enemy has planned.
The meteorologists couldn’t even explain the drastic change in category, they couldn’t even begin to explain the sudden shift in the course it was headed.
My answer is plain and simple.
Faith. Trust. Love. God is in control.
We all have our worries to him. What could’ve been a catastrophe he made into a minor destruction.
You may ask why didn’t he get rid of the hurricane all together?
With everything we are to learn from this experience.
With everything God needed to remind us he is here and that we must always confide in him, trust in him and have faith in him.
Know that prayers still get answered.
He still listens to his children.
He protect those whom believe and profess his love.
Know that all things are possible in God.
If recent events haven’t made you realize that the end of times are near, my friend I pray for you.
Thank God for your blessings.
Thank God for your freedom.
Thank God for the simple things in life.
Father God we humbly come before you and Thank you for your amazing works. Thank you for being just. Thank you for being loving. Thank you for all that you provide. I humbly ask that we are able to help and provide for the many afflicted in these areas that were hit by the hurricane. May they find peace, may they be shown love. May they find compassion. May the see the humanitarian efforts being sent their way. May they get food, clothing, water and all the basic necessities to continue to move on. I pray for this nation, our leaders and the constituents as well. I pray that we can all provide for our country folk, I pray that you will be able to show your love and provide for them. Amen.

Singing to the LORD

How I Enjoy Singing to the Lord

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This Past Sunday I had to sing for church.

This article I read a day after.

I must say the timing was perfect.

Though my voice isn’t the greatest, I do enjoy singing for the Lord.

The song I chose was a song which meant alot to me.

It was a spanish Song entitled Adonai.

In Hebrew Adonai means Lord.

the Song Roughly Translates,

Oh ADONAI, Oh ADONAI,

God of the Universe, Lord of allcreations.

The heavens, shout out the lords Glory, the people today shall adore you, for all the marvels that you have done in our lives, Oh Adonai

Its a short song, very powerful, meaningful and straight to the Point.

I know I have much to be grateful for the marvels God has done in my life, so why not sing a song that says just that. I wasn’t nervous like I usually am when I get to the pulpit. I knew god was in total control. I love my lord and savior and am eternally grateful beyond words or songs could ever describe.

The artilce i read is below: it discusses the authors joy in singing to the lord. It describes that bond and connection one gets when singing to the lord. The link is above incase you would like to go to their site, but this was a good read. Worth sharing.

August 21 2017

A BfA staff member shares his experience of singing to the Lord.

In my everyday Christian life I really enjoy praying to the Lord, calling

on His name, and speaking about Him to others. All these things give me a

way to contact the Lord Jesus throughout my day and enjoy His presence.

But one of my favorite ways to touch the Lord is by singing to Him with

my spirit. The apostle Paul wrote about singing in 1 Corinthians 14:15:

“I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing also with the mind.”

I of course need to use my mind when singing to the Lord, but this verse shows that I can sing to the Lord with my spirit also. Since my spirit is my deepest part

and the means for me to contact and worship Christ, exercising my

spirit to sing really brings me into the enjoyment of the Lord.

Singing in the morning

I particularly enjoy singing to the Lord in the morning. Sometimes as I’m

getting ready, a song pops into my head, and I start singing it to

touch the Lord as I go about my routine. Recently, I’ve sung one song in

particular quite often (hear the music at hymnal.net):

“Therefore with joy shall ye draw water

Out of the wells of salvation.

And in that day shall ye say,

Praise the Lord.

Call upon His name,

Declare His doings among the people,

Make mention that His name is exalted.

Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion

For great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee.”

At first it seemed a little awkward to sing aloud like this, especially if

other people could possibly hear me. But I’ve found it’s such a great

way to contact the Lord that now I can’t stop!

Singing to the Lord in the morning is so enjoyable because it’s one of the six ways we can drink Christ as the living water

revealed in Isaiah 12. By singing to the Lord in the mornings I “draw

water with rejoicing from the springs of salvation” (v. 3)! And verse 5

says,

“Sing psalms to Jehovah, for He has done something majestic!”

For me, the mornings are a critical time to draw water from the wells of

salvation. Whether I take a drink or not impacts how the rest of my day

goes. I rarely jump out of bed the minute I wake up, and I’m usually

groggy and spiritually dry first thing in the morning. Because I haven’t

called on the Lord or prayed all night long, I need to contact Him in the morning to be

spiritually revived for the day. The easiest way I’ve found to do this

when I’m still struggling with just being awake is to open my mouth to

sing to Him.

What Isaiah 12 talks about is really true. When I sing to the Lord at the

very beginning of my day, I draw from the wells of salvation and take a

good, refreshing drink of the living water. I’m revived and strengthened

to live in my spirit throughout the rest of the day.

Singing and psalming to the Lord anytime, anywhere

While I love to sing to the Lord in the mornings, I’m so glad I can turn my

heart to the Lord by singing to Him at any time. I’ve found that singing

to the Lord during the day helps me maintain the flow of the divine

life within. In various circumstances throughout the day, I might begin

to feel dry, down, or empty. When that happens, though, I often just

sing to the Lord to touch Him in a fresh way. I can testify that the

Lord has been so real to me at those times.

One particular place I like to sing is in my car. Sometimes instead of

turning on the radio, I take the time to sing some songs or hymns to the

Lord. These are such sweet, personal times with the Lord, and every

time I get refreshed and revived. Sometimes the Lord also leads me to

call on Him or to pray. I might end up praying for someone I know, or I

might confess something I sense the Lord is speaking to me about.

Instead of wasting the time in my car, I’m enlivened when I take

advantage of the privacy to turn my heart back to the Lord.

Try it and see

The psalmists knew firsthand how enjoyable it is to sing to the Lord, as we can see in Psalms 104:33:

“I will sing to Jehovah while I live; I will sing psalms to my God while I yet have being.”

If you haven’t experienced singing to the Lord this way, I hope you’ll

give it a try! While it’s wonderful to sing psalms and hymns in groups

with other believers, it’s also so personal, sweet, and refreshing to

sing to the Lord with your spirit at other times during your day. Once

you experience how sweet it is to touch the Lord by singing to Him,

you’ll find yourself doing it more and more. May we all sing to Jehovah

while we live, and sing psalms to Him while we still have breath!

For more on the benefits of singing to the Lord, you can read this post on 5 Marvelous Benefits of Singing to the Lord in Our Daily Life.

We’d love to hear about your experience of singing to the Lord. If this is

something you personally enjoy, please leave a comment to share your

experience and to encourage anyone who’s thinking about trying it for

themselves.

God what a wonderful article you have sent for me to read.

Father God I thank you for your marvels. Shall we continue to praise you in song and worship, for you ar worthy. God I thank you for all that you do. I am not worthy of your kindness for I sin daily. I rebuke my sins and repent. I am grateful to sing your praises for all that you do for me.

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Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And
don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.
(Romans 13:14)
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I recently began reading a book that has been so enlightening. Mind you I haven’t even fully delved deep into the book and have already found this to be so transforming, so riveting so inspiring and life changing. I will write about the book once I finish reading the full book while making biblical references and completing the self reflection pieces within the book.  This may take some time for these reflection pieces are not only for spiritual understanding but spiritual growth as well.
The book is called:
Women of the Bible: A One-Year Devotional Study
By Ann Spangler, Jean E. Syswerda
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Today as I read this verse, I can not help but think about the passage I read just this morning during my commute from this book.
The Passage states the following:
“This week take some time fora wardrobe check – make sure you aren’t missing anything vital, without which you will be more vulnerable to attack. Here’s a quick checklist for the well-dressed spiritual warrior:
The Belt of Truth – have any small dishonesties crept into your life?
The Breastplate of Righteousness – Are you cooperating with grace to become more Christlike?
The Shoes of the Gospel of Peace – The gospel reconciles us to God and others. Are you willing to receive it, live by it and share it?
The Shield of Faith – Are you responding to life with faith or in a way that shows you really don’t think God is quite as loving or as powerful as he says he is?
The Helmet of Salvation – Salvation is a gift. But like any gift, it has to be received.
The Sword of the Spirit – God’s Word wounds the enemy and thwart his purposes. Reading and praying through Scripture helps us take the offensive.”
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The author included a prayer which i will share at the very end of this piece (before my closing prayer).
In Roman’s we are told to clothe ourselves in the Lord’s presence. We are reminded to stay away from evil desires. Our goal is to be Warriors of Christ.
How else are we to do so without knowing how to dress like these spiritual warriors. I love the description that Spangler provides in her Book on how to do a wardrobe check. What both Paul (the author of the book of Romans ) and Spangler are saying is that we need to be better equipped.  This recipe that she gives us is provided in Ephesians 6, where we see how we are to arm up.  We need to be always ready. We need to check ourselves and our evil desires and put on our coats of arm. We are spiritual warriors of the most high God. Our war is not a carnal war but a spiritual war. The only way we do not become vulnerable in an attack is if we are properly equipped.  The bible provides everything we need to be fully equipped for battle.  We need to just pay attention and listen.
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Check one selves.
Dress accordingly. (Spiritually).
Make sure you not indulging in Sin.
Put on your “Belt of Truth”.
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Put on your “Breastplate of Righteousness”
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Put on and shine your “Shoes of the Gospel of Peace “
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Grab and shine your “The Shield of Faith”
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Secure your “The Helmet of Salvation “.
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Sharpen and carry “The Sword of the Spirit”.
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Spangler’s Prayer:
“Lord, help me to be ready so that any moment I can stand against the enemy and even deal a decisive blow in the battle. Give me courage, discernment, and wisdom and help me to stay close to you in the midst of the fray. Amen.”
My prayer:
Father God your timing is precise. Thank you for being amazing in all that you do and all that you provide. Your timing for this passage in the scriptures and this passage in the Book is purposeful and not of a coincidence. I ask you to help me be ready, I ask you to help me thwart evil desires and sins. I ask or redemption and forgiveness If i have failed you. I want to be ready for battle and not be vulnerable for attack. Help me to help you in the battle field with fellow warriors. I want to stand firm against the enemy and be of use in your ministry. Give me courage, strength and wisdom to carry on your works and to not loose sight of your greatness. I will dress accordingly, arming my self as your spiritual warrior. I will Put on my “Belt of Truth”. Put on my “Breastplate of Righteousness”. Put on and shine my “Shoes of the Gospel of Peace “. Grab and shine my “The Shield of Faith”. Secure my “The Helmet of Salvation “. Sharpen and carry my “The Sword of the Spirit”. In the Name of the father, the son and the holy spirit Amen.
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​ God’s salvation

God’s salvation
I cannot begin to tell you how many times I have read the book of Romans.
Every time I read a study guide, hear a sermon, or receive a devotional I learn something new.
I see a new perspective.
I am opened up to The spirit speaking in a way I didn’t hear before.
A few weeks ago I received this devotional essay in an email. I was moved and read it and I knew from the depths of my heart that I needed to share this.
Romans 8:14New American Standard Bible (NASB)
14 For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.
The author writes that in their previous posts they have discussed how God’s wonderful salvation for us. I know in my own personal posts I have done justly the same. The author continues that in his writings they includes both our redemption and salvation from eternal perdition.
In the book of Romans, the apostle Paul unveils the salvation of God in full.
With the help of some notes in the New Testament Recovery Version, let’s gain an even broader, deeper view of God’s salvation.
Here is the text from the blog/email.:
Romans and God’s salvation
In Romans 1:1-4 Paul tells the believers in Rome that he has been “separated unto the gospel of God.” The Recovery Version note on Son of God in verse 4 gives a brief summary of God’s full salvation shown in Romans, which begins,
“This book tells us that God’s full salvation is to make sinners (3:23), even His enemies (5:10), the sons of God (8:14).”
The rest of the note is rich with important truth and well worth reading,
but in this post we’ll get into three big points from this first
sentence: sinners, enemies, and sons of God.
Sinners—Romans 3:23
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
All have sinned. In unsparing detail, Paul makes it clear in the first
three chapters of Romans that we all are sinners. He leaves us no escape
from the light exposing fallen humanity’s real condition. Our words,
behavior, deeds, and thoughts are infected with the poison of sin.
No matter who we are or what our culture or background is, no one can
stand sinless before God. Whether we’re moral or immoral, ignorant of
God or religious keepers of law, the Bible clearly states that there is none righteous before God, not even one.
Even our good deeds are included in this verse, since having sinned is paired with falling short of the glory of God. A note on glory in this verse helps us see what this means:
“God’s glory is God expressed.
Whenever God is expressed, His glory is seen. Man was made by God in
His image that man might express Him for His glory. But man has sinned
and has contradicted the holiness and righteousness of God. Instead of
expressing God, man expresses sin and his sinful self. Hence, man falls
short of God’s glory. This falling short of God’s glory and expression is sin.
Sinners are not only under the requirements of God’s holiness and
righteousness but also under the demand of God’s glory. All have
offended God’s holy being and have broken God’s righteous law, and all
are short of God’s glory. Therefore, all are under God’s condemnation.”
God created man in His own image so we could have His life and express Him.
But man fell, and fallen mankind can’t express God. Yes, we have sinned
by our evil actions that violate God’s holiness and righteousness. But
we have also sinned by our good actions done without God as their
source. Thus they cannot express God. Falling short of His glory, His
expression, we’re unable to fulfill the purpose God created us for. In
every way we’re ungodly and under God’s condemnation.
Enemies—Romans 5:10
“For if we, being enemies, were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more we will be saved in His life, having been reconciled.”
As fallen sinners, we’re not only under God’s condemnation; we’re even enemies of God.
An enemy isn’t just someone you have a little disagreement with. An
enemy is someone who’s actively hostile to you, opposed to you, and
whose whole attitude is against you. That’s how we are as enemies of
God—in utter discord with God, with no inner peace. This is a big
problem for us and for God, but the note on reconciled in this verse explains what Christ did to solve it:
“Propitiation and forgiveness of sins are adequate for a sinner but not for an enemy. An enemy needs reconciliation, which includes propitiation and forgiveness but goes further, even to resolving the conflict between two parties. Our being reconciled to God is based on Christ’s redemption and was accomplished through God’s justification (3:24; 2 Cor. 5:18-19). Reconciliation is the result of being justified out of faith.”
What a state we were in before we believed in Christ! But thank God, Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price for us, dying as the spotless Lamb of God
to satisfy God’s righteous demands. Because of what Christ did—not
because of anything we’ve done—the righteous, holy, and glorious God can
forgive us and spare us from eternal judgment, and we can be reconciled
to God!
Such a truly magnificent salvation isn’t aimless. Our God is a purposeful God, and His salvation is part of His eternal purpose—to
be one with man and expressed in man, as He originally intended. For
this, God is making sinners, even His enemies, His sons.
Sons of God—Romans 8:14
“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”
Incredibly, God doesn’t stop with us simply not being His enemies anymore. He wants to make us, those who were His enemies, His sons.
The New Testament refers to believers in an interesting progression: as
God’s children, His sons, and His heirs. The verse above speaks
specifically of sons of God, not children. What’s the difference? And why does God want us to be sons? Let’s look at the note on sons of God.
“The central thought of the book of Romans is that God’s salvation makes
sinners His sons, who have His life and nature so that they can express
Him, that they may become members of Christ to constitute the Body of
Christ for His expression. Hence, sonship is stressed in this chapter (vv. 15, 23). Sons here indicates a more advanced stage of growth in the divine life than does children in v. 16, yet not as advanced as heirs in v. 17. Children refers to the initial stage of sonship, the stage of regeneration in the human spirit. Sons are the children of God who are in the stage of the transformation of their souls.
They not only have been regenerated in their spirit and are growing in
the divine life, but they also are living and walking by being led by
the Spirit. Heirs are the sons of God who, through the transfiguration
of their body in the stage of glorification, will be fully matured in
every part of their being. Hence, they will be qualified as the legal
heirs to claim the divine inheritance (vv. 17, 23).”
John 1:12-13 tells us that we who have believed in the Lord Jesus have become children of God. This happened when we were reborn with the divine life of God in our spirit, the deepest part of our being. We can boldly say that we’re children of God.
That was our beginning, our divine birth as God’s children. But children
need to grow. A little baby certainly has the life of his parents and is
a joy to them, but he doesn’t yet express them much. As he eats and
drinks and breathes, he grows, and a trait of his father, or his
mother’s smile, begins to appear. He grows from a little child into a
son, expressing more of the life he received from his parents.
We received God’s life in our spirit, but our soul—our mind, emotion, and will—is how we express ourselves.
In His full salvation, God wants to spread as life into each part of our
soul so our thoughts, feelings, and choices are one with Him and
express Him.
How does this happen? Just as a child needs to eat, drink, and breathe in order to grow and change physically, we need to eat God’s Word, drink the Spirit, and breathe the Lord in prayer in order to grow and change spiritually. This is our growth and transformation
in the divine life, through which we go from being children of God to
being sons of God. The more we grow and are transformed, the more we can
express God as His sons.
If we continue to grow, we will become heirs of God. An heir is a fully
mature son. When the Lord returns, we’ll experience
transfiguration—God’s life spreading beyond our soul into our body—and
will be matured heirs of God, saturated with the divine life in every part of our being, wholly expressing God.
Becoming sons of God today.
God’s full salvation isn’t just for the future; it’s for us today. Seeing
that God wants to make us His sons, expressing Him in every part of our
being, makes us aware of our need to grow in His life now, today, and
every day.
Where are we in our growth? If we’ve believed in Christ as our Savior, then
we’re certainly children of God, reborn in our spirit. But are we daily
becoming sons of God in our soul? How much of the divine life has spread
into our thoughts, our feelings, our decisions? How much has our soul
been transformed into the image of Christ?
We have to admit, none of us expresses God fully quite yet. But eventually, as we choose to spend time with the Lord in our daily lives,
He will transform us—who were once sinners and God’s enemies—into the
many sons of God who will express Him together as the one Body of Christ
for eternity.
Praise God, He’s making sinners, even His enemies, the sons of God!
All verses and quoted footnotes in this post are from the Holy Bible
Recovery Version, published by Living Stream Ministry. Bibles for
America gives away free copies of the New Testament Recovery Version.
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I want to add, God’s salvation is not just for the future as the author mentioned, it is for us, now, today, this second, this instant you could be saved.
Romans 10:13
“Whosoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
This is you. You can be saved.
If you are feeling lost, feel that anchor weighing you down, feel that you want to be saved and let go of that anchor, no longer be lost, I have a simple prayer that I would love for your to recite if you are willing able and trusting to do so in order for you to be saved.
Take a moment, say this prayer out loud right now:
“Heavenly Father, I want to be a part of your family. You said in Your Word that if I
acknowledge that You raised Jesus from the dead, and that I accept Him
as my Lord and Savior, I would be saved. So God, I now say that I
believe You raised Jesus from the dead and that He is alive and well. I
accept Him now as my personal Lord and Savior. I accept my salvation
from sin right now.
I am now saved. Jesus is my Lord. Jesus is my Savior. Thank you, Father
God, for forgiving me, saving me, and giving me eternal life with You.
Amen!”
Just like that…you are saved.
Please find a congregation within your area with a strong bible study and fellowship services.
You are going to shine bright.
They will help you grow.
They will help you build a relationship with God.
They will guide you to where you need to grow.
Father God I thank you for this word, for this blog, the opportunity to share this with others who may be in need. Lord you have asked us to spread your words to the four corners of the earth. Using this platform I have every intention to do so. I thank you for the lives I may have touched, For their blessing is also my blessing. Guide these individuals dear lord so that they can find the home church they need to continue their journey and walk with you. In the name of the father, son and holy spirit. Amen.

​ Christ as Our Forbearance

Christ as Our Forbearance
A few weeks ago I received this email. I thought wow, let me hold on to this. I want to share this.
“If we live Christ as our forbearance, it will not be possible for us to be
anxious. Anxiety is an impossibility for those who have Christ as their
forbearance. Do you know why we are anxious and why we worry? We are
anxious and worried because we do not live Christ. The words live Christ
may merely be a doctrinal term, a way of speaking, not our actual
living in a practical way. But when we live Christ day by day, anxiety
has no ground within us.”
A Life of Full of Forbearance but without Anxiety by Witness Lee, published by Living Stream Ministry (mass-distribution ed., p. 59).
What a way to put things into perspectives. Our natural reaction in many circumstances is to become anxious. Anxiety is not from Christ. He was never anxious, he was calm and collected. He didn’t freak out and have a panic attack when he was taken to judgement, trial, down the path to Calvary nor hanging st the cross. He took it all with grace and strode.
We need to live like Christ. He is with us after all. We should Chanel him, at all times regardless of the circumstances and not succumb to our anxieties. Do not get me wrong it is normal to be anxious. We need to apply more faith and trust in God so we do not have to go through the carnal stages of anxiety.
When we live a life filled with fear, insecurities, doubt and worry we create a life constantly anxious. How do we make Christ our Forbearance?
The author from both excerpts points out that our Anxieties hold us back. Our Anxieties are not natural. We need to live a life with Christ as our forbearance, meaning, we need to remain calm and collective know that he got this. Reassured by the fact that he will take care of us. We will and may stumble; but he got this. Its not just about talking about what we need to get done or how we need to act in doctrinal terms, but to live it. We need to live with Christ as our forbearance. We need to apply our faith, love and trust in him so that anxiety does not take over us.
Father God I thank you for another day, I thank you for the breath of air I am able to breathe. God you are loving, kind and merciful. God I thank you for being so compassionate with me and my loved ones. You have blessed us beyond words can ever compare. God you know my troubles, my worries and my anxieties. I want to live With you as my forbearance. I want to be free of anxieties. I trust in you wholeheartedly. In the name of the father, the son and holy spirit. Amen.
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