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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.

The apple of God’s eyes.

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“Keep me as the apple of your eye…”
(Psalm 17:8, NIV)
We say this a lot, or I should say I say this a lot to my children, “you are the apple of mommies eyes”.

We are living in a time of titles, positions, possessions, self worth, societal approvals and acceptance.

All these may or may not be important to you and for very different reasons.
Little Children seek comfort love, acceptance and wanting from their parents.
Teens and adult seem to want the same but from society.

Everyone at some point or another wants to be someone’s apple in their eyes.
we seek acceptance and solace in every place and in everything except for where we need to.

God looks and values us differently from how we view and value each other.
God Cherishes us, simply because he made us. He made you and I. We are his beloved creation, his children, the apple of his eyes the center of his universe, his world.
NOW your wondering, hey, if you and I and the gazillion people living on this planet are the center of God’s eyes, then what? is he too busy with everyone else or dealing with other important things on his place than to bother with me? with you?
Know this….You are his number one priority.
I am his number one priority
those gazillion other people are his number one priority.

We re equal in his eyes. He is concerned about our lives, our success, our failures.
No matter what we do, there is nothing we can do to make us have more of importance or less importance to him.
HE values us more than we could ever know.
We should take value in that.
I am the apple of Gd’s eyes.
Repeat after me:
I am the apple of God’s eyes.
I am equally important to him.
He values me and everything I do.
He values my success and my growth.
I am the apple of God’s eyes.
I am significant.
I matter.
My life matters.
My life is significant to God.
The things that concern me: concerns God.
My worries are his worries.
I am the apple of God’s eyes.
Know that he carefully watches over every aspect of our lives, nothing we do is too grandeur or too small for his attention.

Everything we do matters to him.
Please take the time today to acknowledge and find the peace and security in god’s love for you.

Do not be afraid, take your concerns, worries, fears and cares to him. You are the apple of his eye.

He is sitting there; arms wide open, watching you, waiting for you to turn to him and say Abba father, here i am, aqui estoy,.

He is going to return by saying, my child, I love you, Here I am always have been, waiting patiently for you. You are the apple of my eyes. I am here, aqui estoy, now lets take care of whats concerning you. Right now is just me and you.
Remember ……
I am the apple of God’s eyes.
I am equally important to him.
He values me and everything I do.
He values my success and my growth.
I am the apple of God’s eyes.
I am significant.
I matter.
My life matters.
My life is significant to God.
The things that concern me: concerns God.
My worries are his worries.
I am the apple of God’s eyes.
I am the apple of God’s eyes.

Father God I thank you for loving me, thank you for keeping my safe. Thank you for keeping me as the apple of your eyes. today I open my heart, my mind and my soul to you. I am here with you, to let you know that I receive your love, I acknowledge your favors, I acknowledge that I am your priority. I am important to you. You are important to me too. Today I receive Your love for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

Arise

"Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you."

(Isaiah 60:1, NKJV)

The Glory of the Lord has risen within you. The glory of the lord gives us the strength to rise and shine the light the lords has given us.

We all have gifts/ talents that were given to us by his good grace. These gifts and talents were given to us for us to grow and use in his glory. They are provided to us so that we can rise up from our circumstance in the flesh. They were given to us so that we can shine in his holy light. It is when we put god first in all of our endeavors, it is when we properly glorify his name, it is when we give him due praise for our success and talents that we can shine like beacons of light in his name.

We shall and can rise up. We shall and can shine bright and let his glory manifest among us. His glory is already with us. All we have to do is wake up, look for it, rise up and we shall shine and be of blessings. We don't have to look far. We don't have to travel the world to find ourselves, we have to search within. We need to look in the depths of our soul, the depths of our hearts. We need to see from within to see what God wants from all of us.

Did you know that the word “glory” in the original language indicates that God’s favor, blessing and splendor is on you in a heavy way.

He has filled us with so much of his glory that it weighs us, its there, in searching for it you shouldn't have to search far, it's there.

Please know that your time is now. It is time to shine bright. It's time to rise. Let that sink in. Let this marinate in your spirit. His glory is with you. It's time to ride and shine because of his glory.

Thank you father for your glory. Thank you for letting your glorify marinate and manifest within me. Thank you for allowing me to rise, so that I may shine. Lord I know I shine because your glory is within me, you placed it there. Many may not realize this my lord. Many may not realize that your glory is with them. I pray for them dear lord, I pray for them dear lord that they may see your glory within them so they too can rise and shine. Amen.

Sluggard or Diligent

The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied.”
(Proverbs 13:4, ESV)
Sluggard or Diligent
Are you a sluggard?
Are you diligent?
That will determine how we will be rewarded in the after life.
Those whom are diligent reap rewards for their favors, for their love, faith, work, compassion and behavior.
God wants to bless us, god wants to give us his favor.
The thing is though we have to be diligent.
We must diligently seek him, diligently follow his commands.
We have to be diligent in our tasks.
We have to be diligent with our time.
We have to be diligent with our resources.
We have to be diligent with every circumstances that arise and opportunities that come before us.
We must always be diligent.
What does it mean to be diligent at all times?
Matthew 25:14-30New Living Translation (NLT)
Parable of the Three Servants
14 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. 15 He gave five bags of silver[a] to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip.
16 “The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. 17 The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more.18 But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money.
19 “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. 20 The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’
21 “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together![b]’
22 “The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’
23 “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’
24 “Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. 25 I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’
26 “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, 27 why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’
28 “Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. 29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. 30 Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
What do we see here? Jesus tells this parable about three men who were
entrusted them with some money. Of these three men, two invested the money handed to them. One hid the money. The two men who invested the money given to them were diligent. They invested and received returns on their investments. The other man who was afraid, buried the money that he was given. This man was a sluggard. All three men were tested, two reaped the benefits on their diligent actions, on was basically fired, he was left without.
What do we learn from this?
Follow the examples of the two men whom invested, they were diligent in what was presented before them. Do the same.
Be diligent in all your endeavors, in everything that you touch, in all that you come across. Whatever it is that you do, do it with the utmost of excellence. It will not go unnoticed. We bless others with our diligent actions, and we become blessed ourselves in doing so Even when you think people do not notice, they do, even when they don’t notice you working diligently at your tasks, God notices.
Do not be a sluggard.
Do not be afraid, do not hide.
Thank you father for blessing me, thank you for the wonderful blessings you have provided me and my family. I choose to be diligent in you and your ways . I chose not to be a sluggard my dear lord. I will work hard, work efficiently, work smart all in your Glory. Amen.

Marital advice … an open letter to my cousin

This is an open letter to my cousin whom is having a destination wedding.
I was unable to go due to timing. My sister just had a baby, as mentioned in prior posts she's a special needs. She is doing well, but I would've felt better being able to be there for her, with her during this new transition in her life.

Juny I don't say it often but I love you…. my first brother, my twin. For many years my other half. I want to congratulate you on your upcoming nuptials. May this day go smooth, may you and your bride be blessed beyond belief, may God our father anoint this union while you say your vows. I pray for your health, years of happiness, longevity, wisdom, strength, endurance, may your love and passion for one another always remain.

Mark 10:9: “Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate."
I pray that you both weather the storm, for there will be good days and there will be bad days, but trust in God, keep faith in God, keep hope in God to ride out the storms to come. Both of you Remember always marriage isn't a one way street, two people, joined together to become one, it's a 50/50. There may be times one or the other have to meet at the half way point. Always stay united.

Ephesians 4:2-3: “With all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."

Love one another with all your night, remind each other often day it, display it, always keep an open Chanel of communication.
Ephesians 5:25: “For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her."
But tell your bride that I said to love you just the same, love your husband the way Christ loves his church.

Remember to always be supportive of one another. Be each other's rocks. Be each other's support system.
Ecclesiastes 4:12: “Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."

As I mentioned before you will have storms (later vs sooner). Always love each other even in the storm. Always talk it out, never go to bed angry at one another, as I said earlier always communicate.
1 Corinthians 13:4-5: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs."

1 Peter 4:8: “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins."

Nothing breaks my heart more than not being able to go to witness this big day for you. Nothing breaks my heart more than not being with my family during this time. I will be there in spirit covering you with blessings. I will be fasting and praying for you and your wife. May god bless you always.
I love you June.

Father God I ask that you cover this union in prayers. May they heed the advices of marriages others provide. May they always put you first my lord, may they always love and honor one another. Lord I ask you to bless them, protect them, let the Holy Spirit manifest in them so that he can guide their every step. I rebuke negativity and Harm in the name of Jesus. May their union be of a blessing, of love and success in their celebrations. In the name of the father, the son and the Holy Spirit Amen.

Left to Chance

So I began to read a book which made me reassess my life and relationships.

Left to Chance
by Amy Sue Nathan

Before I start my review here is a synopsis from goodreads.com where I won this book in a giveaway.

The website synopsis:

From the author of The Good Neighborand The Glass Wives comes an enchanting story of returning home and discovering what truly matters after loss.

No one knows why Teddi Lerner left her hometown, but everyone knows why she’s back.

Twelve-year-old Shayna— talented, persistent, and adorable—persuaded "Aunt Tee" to return to Chance, Ohio, to photograph her father’s wedding. Even though it's been six years since Shay's mother, Celia, died, Teddi can hardly bear the thought of her best friend's husband marrying someone else. But Teddi’s bond with Shay is stronger than the hurt.

Teddi knows it’s time to face the consequences of her hasty retreat from family, friends, and, her old flame, but when she looks through her viewfinder, nothing in her small town looks the same. That’s when she truly sees the hurt she's caused and—maybe—how to fix it.

After the man she once loved accuses Teddi of forgetting Celia, Teddi finally admits why she ran away, and the guilt she’s carried with her. As Teddi relinquishes the distance that kept her safe, she’ll discover surprising truths about the people she left behind, and herself. And she'll finally see what she overlooked all along.

I cried, I laughed and I truly enjoyed reading this book. I can relate to Teddi and why she ran away, why she stood away. Sometimes when we loose people we love, we close up ourselves, we isolate ourselves in our grief, thinking we cannot function with out our departed loved ones…. whether or not they passed away or decided to travel across the country for a new life.

I was able to channel the emotions Teddi under went. I was able to relate to her struggles, her fears, her anxieties and her being around people she has not been around in years. I connected to the character on a deeper personal level, having somewhat been there myself.

I enjoyed this book.
I cried with this book.
I laughed with this book.
I sighed with this book.
I was happy with this book.

Eloquently written, easy read, easy to follow.

I recommend everyone read this.

This book also allowed me to take a step back and reflect on my relationships.
I keep thinking about how much things have changed.
In general.
How much time has passed.
How much I've changed.
How much my friends have changed.
How I went back to being the person I once was, without the same people who were originally there when I was that person.
How different it all feels.
Then I thought if anything happened to my "best friends" I wouldn't ever know.
Their significant others wouldn't tell me because I have no friendship with them.
Not by choice, distance.
They wouldn't even know I existed to contact.

I face my struggles and my challenges alone.
How are my "best friends" dealing with there's?
Teddi' longed for her phone conversations with her deceased Celia, the way I long for talks my friends.
Teddis life was drastically changed when her friend left her life, as was mine when my friends left mine to a start a new elsewhere.

Social media allows for some sort of contact with your loved ones, but it is so impersonal. Nothing like a phone call, nothing like a hey text, nothing like one on one face to face interaction if possible.

We've all moved on with our lives. We all have new friends, some even have new best friends, new things that matter. I am not the same person you once knew, you are not the same person I remembered.

Life is about growth. Some people are meant to be with you at given points in your walk, and then they branch off.
Some people are meant to walk the distance with you and be by your side.
If you love someone's, do not abandon them regardless of the circumstance.

What a nice lesson and reflection from this amazing book. Everyone is mourning, everyone too needs help in their journey. I mourn losses daily. We all wonder about the what ifs.

This book comes out on November 2017. Pre order it. It's going to be a good read and a great way to self reflect your existing and past relationships.

Prayer warriors needed to fight the good fight 

“Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
(1 Timothy 6:12)

We have all been placed here for a specific reason. We all have a specific role to play and a specific fight we need to fight for our creator. Each one of us has a story. Some are simple, some are hard, some are very complex.  
What we all have in common is no matter what our stories are, no matter what struggles we face, we all have the same fight. Yours may be more specific than mine, mine may be more specific than the person sitting next to me on this train, but we all have the same fight.
Our fight is a spiritual fight.

It’s is a fight for our faith.

It’s a fight for acceptance.

It is a fight for hope.

It is a fight for our eternal salvation.
Regardless of our backgrounds. Regardless of our hardships, the fight of faith is one in the same.  
We were chosen to be Gods people.

We were chosen to be his prayer warriors.

We were chosen to spread his word.

We were chosen to defend him against the enemy.
Fighting the enemy could be tiresome.

He comes from Many angles.

He uses different pathways to deter not only your blessing but your faith in God.

He attacks us using our loved ones.

He attacks us using our colleagues:

He attacks us using random strangers.

He attacks us with illness.

He attacks us with stress.

He attacks us with uncertainty.

He attacks us by filling us with doubt.
Our faith is what can help us with this battle. We all have a pivotal role in this celestial fight for our eternity. Are you willing and able to pick up your arms (spiritual) and fight the good fight?

Are you going to continue to fast, continue to pray, continue to praise even during the hardship?  
Job lost it all, was tested, over came his circumstance and in the end was blessed.

As parents, nothing hurts us more than seeing our children in anguish, pain and torment. As I am writing this, I have an uncle who’s son (my cousin) is in a hospital because he was found unresponsive in his room. Several exams were done to see where the problem lies. My aunt and my uncle are desperate in need of prayers. 
We will fight this food fight with you for your son. We will take up our coats of arms, we will hold our shields, we will gather our swords and we will fight this good fight with you.
My grandmother told my uncle, ” he was chosen by God to do his work and that everything he is going through is the battle that he will face against the devil.”

God chose his son for his specific battle. He God will lift him up from this circumstance.
My young cousin maybe unresponsive right now. But I know deep down he is fighting. This poor young child…. whom has been through a lot in his life, please feel our prayers, please feel our thoughts, please feel our words, listen to the voice of God. Follow his lead little one, he will direct you, he will guide you, he will help you in this fight.  
I am praying for you little champ. 

You will come or victorious in Jesus name. 

The lord will guide your doctors to reveal the nature to your current mysterious circumstances. God has he answers and in time will provide. While we wait I will pray. While we wait I ask for prayers. While you fight, we will fight with you. 
Father God I ask you to cover your hands over my cousin and bring forth healing. I ask you to wake him from this nightmare. I am asking for healing and liberation in your name for this child. May he be liberated from the demons holding him down. I ask for strength for my aunt, uncle and family as they face this battle of the unknown. I ask for guidance, patience while awaiting diagnostics, I ask again for healing. I ask that anyone reading this can unite with my family in prayers. May the Holy Spirit move so that we can provide strength and liberation for my family. Lord your will, will be done. Amen.

 

 

 

Hope

“hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls” (Hebrews 6:19, NLT).
What is hope?

As defined by Webster dictionary, hope is:
Definition of hope

hoped; hoping

* intransitive verb

* 1
:  to cherish a desire with anticipation :  to want something to happen or be true hopesfor a promotion hoping for the best I hope so.

* 2
archaic :  trust

* transitive verb

* 1
:  to desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment I hope she remembers. hopesto be invited

* 2
:  to expect with confidence :  trust Your mother is doing well, I hope.

hoper noun

hope against hope

* :  to hope without any basis for expecting fulfillment
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hope

We have personal carnal and spiritual desires in our lives. These desires and aspirations give us the hope we need, sometimes to carry on.

We all depend on hope.

We hope for a better future.

We hope our elected officials can take care of their constituents.

We hope, as children, our parents will take care of us.

We hope, as children, we will get that cool toy we saw.

We hope, as parents, that we are doing a good job parenting.

We hope we are setting an example for our kids.

We hope God will protect and guide us.
We hope, despite our flaws, that god will continue to love and protect us.

As parents we try our best.

Parenting is not easy. 

It’s not easy being a working mom.

It’s not easy juggling work and educating your kids.

It’s not always easy setting your temper aside.

We can hope we are doing the best we can.

We can hope that every effort we make for our families can lead to a better future for them.

With hope, we need faith.

With faith, we need to trust.

With hope, we too need to do our part.
Our hope gives us something to look forward to. Our hope can build our faith, our hope can build our trust. 
Paul writes that hope is our anchor, it is an anchor for our soul. With hope all things are possible to move forward and move closer with God.
When we loose our hope, all is lost.

Desiring God has a sermon written by John Piper. In his sermon he mentions our struggle with hope. He says “Hoping in God does not come naturally for sinners like us. We must preach it to ourselves, and preach diligently and forcefully, or we will give way to a downcast and disquieted spirit.”

He mentions the need to preach to our selves, the Bible helps us with that. Hope in God- psalms 42:5.

He used psalms 42 for its example of struggle.
The author stated “I love the way the psalmists wrestle and fight and struggle to maintain their hope in God. This is normal Christian experience while we are still just saved sinners. And we better own up to it, or else we may grow sluggish and negligent in our fight for hope. And that is very dangerous, as our text plainly teaches.”
Psalms 42:5 says “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God!”
Just like I started with Webster definition of hope, the author mentions we are to not only know websters definition but the Bible’s. He breaks it down in to three parts

1- ” Hope is the desire for something good in the future. The children might say, “I hope daddy gets home early tonight so we can play kickball after supper before his meeting.” In other words they desire for him to get home early so that they can experience this good thing, namely, playing together after supper.”

2. “Hope is the good thing in the future that we are desiring. We say, “Our hope is that Jim will arrive safely.” In other words, Jim’s safe arrival is the object of our hope.”

3. “Hope is the reason why our hope might indeed come to pass. We say, “A good tailwind is our only hope of arriving on time.” In other words, the tailwind is the reason we may in fact achieve the future good that we desire. It’s our only hope.”

He summarized it as follows:

So hope is used in three senses:

1. a desire for something good in the future,

2. the thing in the future that we desire, and

3. the basis or reason for thinking that our desire may indeed be fulfilled.
Then he goes on to mention “The Distinctive Biblical Meaning of Hope”

“Biblical hope not only desires something good for the future; it expects it to happen. And it not only expects it to happen; it is confident that it will happen. There is a moral certainty that the good we expect and desire will be done.”

“When the word says, “Hope in God!” it does not mean, “Cross your fingers.” It means, to use the words of William Carey, ‘Expect great things from God.”

http://www.desiringgod.org/messages/what-is-hope

God teaches us the biblical definition of hope. As I mentioned earlier that:

 With hope, we need faith.

With faith, we need to trust.

With hope, we too need to do our part.
The scriptures teaches that here in Hebrew 6.

Paul shows us the relationship between faith and hope.

He also shows us this in Romans 4:22, discussing Abraham faith.

In romans 6:18 Paul shows how faith and hope go hand in hand “In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations.

Our God is a god of Hope and faith. We can hope for things, but we need to also have faith that God will make it happen, that God will provide, that God will work it out. We need to trust him. Our hope is our Anchor!
Father God, I thank you for another day, another opportunity another moment to take in your greatness. Father I live with not only hope that i will be with you in heaven but have faith that i wil lget there. I trust in you my lord. I trust in you my lord. I ask that you continue to guide me so that I may not steer in the wrong direction regardless what obtstacles are thrown at me. As in pslams 42:5 says, we will hope in God, no matter what. Abraham’s hope in you lead to his faith and trust in you, Paul’s faith in you is intertwined with his hope in you. he says our hope is our anchor. May our anchor remain firm so that we could never loose the faith and hope we have with you. Amen.

Receive Power of the Holy Spirit. 

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me…”
(Acts 1:8, NKJV) 

Receive Power of the Holy Spirit. 

The Holy Spirit is essential in our Christian walk. Once we have received the Holy Spirit we shall be empowered by God. Now I’m not talking about the pinky and the brain I am going to take over the world empowerment. Being empowered by god is being provided wisdom when you lacked wisdom on a given subject. Being empowered means having courage when you fear. Being empowered by god means coming out of your comfort zone and take on a new role for his glory. 
God strengthens us, he equips us with everything we need to move on to the next task he has for us.

Remember your victory is his victory. The scripture tells us that when Jesus ascended to heaven he told his disciples that he was sending his comforter. Who was that? The Holy Spirit of course .

The Holy Spirit doesn’t just comfort us, the bills Spirit I s our counselor, teacher 

And our strength. The Holy Spirit provided for us. In order to receive the power and greatness god had in store for you, one needs to open your heart, open your mind, open your eyes, open your would and be ready to receive.
I challenge you today. 

Receive gods power. 

I challenge you.

Open your heart.

Open your eyes.

Open your mind.

Be ready to receive.

Invite the Holy Spirit and be willing and ready to be filled with gods power and glory.
Let the Holy Spirit do his works in you.

Read the Bible, as you read, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you.

Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal gods plan.

Invite him in.

Open the door.

Be ready to be equipped by the Holy Spirit.
I challenge you today.
Do you accept?
Pray with me.

Father God I want to be empowered by you. I want to feel the warmth of your spirit. I want to be equipes by you. I want to be used in your glory. God help me open my eyes to be able to see your wonder. God help me open my ears to be able to hear the call of the Holy Spirit. God help me open my mind so that doubt doesn’t pass my mind and I can accept your power. God open my heart for I want to be filled with your glory. Lord use me any way you seem fit using the Holy Spirit. I am willing, able and ready to receive your Holy Spirit who will equip me in this walk with you. Amen

A Prayer for Today 

“Father, thank You for the Holy Spirit who is my helper in this life. I choose to open my heart to Your Word to receive power so that I can walk and live in the victory You have prepared for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.”

God’s Satisfaction and Rest

God’s Satisfaction and Rest
“After God has what He desires, He rests. What then brought rest to God? What
was it that gave Him such satisfaction? During the six days of creation
there were light, air, grass, herbs, and trees; there were the sun, the
moon, and the stars; there were fish, birds, cattle, creeping things,
and beasts. But in all these God did not find rest. Finally there was
man, and God rested from all His work.”
The excerpt from above can be found at the link above. I saw this post and I was intrigued by it. It took God 6 days to create the heavens and the earth. It wasn’t until the seventh day that he rested.
Why?
Days 1-5 he made light, the heavens, the earth, the oceans, the animals, vegetation and I am sure he must’ve been tired after all that, but he looked, he still didn’t feel satisfied. He spoke everything from creation into existence. Then he decided to take a seat and handcraft man. He hand craft man. He did not say let there be man and there was man, he didn’t say let there be a woman and proof eve showed up. Everything else from this point of the 5 days of creation were created by mouth. Light boom 🌞there comes the son, boom the moon 🌕🌖🌗🌘🌚🌔🌓🌒🌛🌜there goes the moon, I need earth :🌎🌍🌏, I need heavens ☁️☁️☁️🌈 I need plant life and vegetarians 🌻🌼🌸🌺🌹🌱🌿🌴🌲🌾🍄🍁 animals: 🐎🐫🐘🐩🐾🐲🐋🐬🐟🐠🦈🦀🦑🐢🕷🦋🐛🐞🐴🦆just like that everything appeared.
With man he sat down, he thought specifically how he would design us.
He molded us with his very own hands. He breathed life into us. He took his time: it was a lot of work to make man. Yet he did. I see why he rested on the 7th day. He designed us in his image. Even when he made Eve, he performed surgery, extracted Adams rib and created Eve.
He was satisfied with his creation and then he rested.
He rested after completing us.
I am very grateful for our lord and savior. I thank him everyday.
Everyday that I wake up is a blessing.
Everyday I see my children are a blessing. Every moment I spend with my children are blessings.
My family immediate and relatives are my blessings.
Waking up, standing up, breathing, loving, living, all that sounds simple but is a blessing.. be thankful, be grateful and praise him.