One Name

One Name

David C. McCasland

At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth. Philippians 2:10

Philippians 2:5–11

Genesis 18–19; Matthew 6:1–18

Cleopatra, Galileo, Shakespeare, Elvis, Pelé. They are all so well known that they need only one name to be recognized. They have remained prominent in history because of who they were and what they did. But there is another name that stands far above these or any other name!

Before the Son of God was born into this world, the angel told Mary and Joseph to name Him Jesus because “he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21), and “he . . . will be called the Son of the Most High” (Luke 1:32). Jesus didn’t come as a celebrity but as a servant who humbled Himself and died on the cross so that anyone who receives Him can be forgiven and freed from the power of sin.

The apostle Paul wrote, “God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:9–11).

In our times of greatest joy and our deepest need, the name we cling to is Jesus. He will never leave us, and His love will not fail.

Jesus, You are the name above all names, our Savior and Lord. We lift our praise to You as we celebrate Your presence and power in our lives today.

I am adding a special prayer to the end of this article:

Father God I thank you for everything you do in my life. I thank you for the blood of Jesus that washed away my sins and saved me from damnation. God I thank you for the love and protection you offer my family and loved ones. The world may know the names of Cleopatra, Galileo, Shakespeare, Elvis, Pelé for their achievements and advancements in their fields of expertise, but your name will be righteous and superior above all names. Thank you father.- Amen

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Happiness

The world is looking for happiness, yet they are looking for happiness in all the wrong places (wealth fame etc).

This was from a peice of a recent sermon by Pastor Hagee.

I was listening to his servie in my living room and this struck out.

He referenced Luke 12;15 [15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”]

We can easily get carried away with our possessions and our quest to happiness in life.

Trust me I know.

I tend to get so fixated on my “projects” that sometimes even though for those brief moments of joy, I get carried away and end up with a surplus of items.

I like to craft with my kids.

My kids have found an affinity to making things.

So what do I do, I buy a cricut.

I turn everything in to a project.

I want to make them everything.

home made cards, home made banners, home made party decors, home made holiday decor.

(I have spent and saved uniquivocally the same amount lol).

My kids have found an affinity in painting.

So what do I do, I order canvases galor, paint, stencils and paint brushes

So what do I have? An Art gallery in their bedroom preserving those few minutes of happiness in self reflection and creativity.

I like to read.

I like to read themetaically.

So what do i Have? a mountain pile of books to read, and a kindle/nook devices filled with books at my disposal to read.

I get lost in my books, I get transfixed in my books, I get happy reading.

Yet I have enough books to donate to a few libraries.

We are always looking for happiness… even in all the wrong places.

Our happiness should come from reading the word. Our happiness should come from our faith trust and love in God. Our happiness should come from praising God. Our happiness should come in praying. Our happiness should come from when our prayers our answered. Our happiness should come from the good deeds we do. Our happiness should come from God not the other places we use as temporary moments of happiness.

Father God I thank you for the sermon you had purposely allowed me to listen to. I know I to use books and other means to find temporary happiness. They are just that, temporary happiness. Nothing can bring me joy and happiness the way you do my lord. Thank you for your love. Thank you for your compassion. Thank you for the never ending joy you give me. Amen.

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Giving credit to whom credit is due

Giving Credit To Whom Credit Is Due By Darla Noble from Daily Bible Inspirations

Two men claimed to have developed a particular variety of apples. One of them was being untruthful, but which one? It wasn’t until the judge asked the men to explain the process they used to develop this new fruit that he knew who was telling the truth…and who wasn’t. The man who deserved credit for his ingenuity and hard work spoke passionately and in great detail. The other man’s explanation was vague, lacked important details, and he misused terminology even a novice botanist would know.

We never have to have a single doubt as to the Giver of life and all that we have. It is God. We never have to have a single doubt as to who the Creator and Master of the universe is. It is God. We never have to have a single doubt as to who cares for us, protects us, comforts us, and showers us with His amazing love and immeasurable blessings. It is God.

Give thanks to God always for these amazing gifts!

Pray: Thank you, God for who You are, for Your mighty power, and Your amazing love. In the name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.

Questions for reflections from the article and my feedback:

◦ Today’s verse tells us to honor God with thanksgiving when he delivers us from our trouble. What trouble has God delivered you from?

Recently (two days before thanksgiving) our car broke down. Perfect timing too right?(sarcasm). Yet that experience though financially painful (not only did we need to replace the engine but we needed a car to get around so had to get a rental), but it was stressful around the holidays when one is trying to get gifts for loved ones. The week before Christmas, 3 weeks after our car broke down, our prayers were answered and God delivered us from this trouble. We were humbled, we were thankful, we were grateful. Our beloved pastor, not knowing the extent of our financial burden, but suspected, was moved to give us a monetary Christmas gift when we needed it the most. We didn’t tell anyone how much was needed to last the week, we didn’t tell anyone we had nothing, no food, no gas money to refuel, we were trying to keep faith and knew it would work itself out. Correction God would help us work it out.

◦ How did you express your thanks to him for doing so?

In our car fiasco we thanked God first, then in an emotional breakdown my husband thanked the Pastor with tears of gratitude for the help he provided us with. Aside from the Pastor my family who knew to an extent what we were dealing with as far as car rentals and cost of repair helped tremendously. We thanked each and everyone one of them, starting with praising God, for moving these hearts.

◦ What are you thankful for?

Make a list and then take the time to say thank you to God for each specific thing.

What I usually do is have a mental checklist of what I am thankful for. In my prayers I tell God specifically what I am thankful for. Father thank you for waking me today, thank you for the fresh of breath air that I breathe, thank you for my spouse, thank you for my children, thank you for my parents, thank you for my siblings, thank you for my in-laws, thank you for my nieces and nephews, thank you for my church, thank you for……

Father you know my struggles, you know my pain, you know my triumphs- because they are your triumphs as well. I thank you for all that you’ve done and continue to do for my family and I. We will forever glorify your name dear lord. 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.

Crying Woman

The crying woman
What does it mean?
A while ago I had a dream, this dream resulted in me getting up, reaching out to someone and praying for them.
I wrote this to the person:
I’ve been meaning to text you all day.
I hope all is well… not sure the obstacles you may be facing but as you know God is in control and if you are facing obstacles it shall soon pass.
The reason for the random text well is because you’ve been in my spirit and mind all day.
I am resting on Med’s and every time I go to sleep, no matter what I am dreaming you have been appearing crying. You talk to vent, though in each dream I couldn’t hear what you’ve said, you continued to cry. Each time I’ve told you the same thing. It will be ok, it will pass. You are stronger than you realize, and I am here for you and love you.
Each time I have woken up from my medication induced naps…I got on my knees and prayed for you. Maybe that’s what you need. Prayers, but know I am here for you.
I do love you!!
I just wanted to share with you.
The recipient responded back with details of their struggles.  Thanked me for the words.
Those words were what she was asking for to be told that it will be ok, and to be reminded that her struggles will pass, she needed to be reminded that she is strong and loved.
What was the point of me writing this?
There are reasons beyond our control why we have certain dreams.
There are reasons beyond our control as to why certain individuals pop up in our mind.
Sometimes we have to follow the instructions.
Reach out to the person and relay the message.
You never know what someone is going through.
You never know the needs that they might have.
You never know what words they need to hear.
What we do know is when we are instructed to do something, we are to follow suit.
We are to listen carefully.
Doing so we can provide exactly what that person needs.
So the crying woman, what does it mean?
It means God put a vision in my sleep of someone I know, who was going through something.
God knew she needed additional prayers.
God knew she needed to hear the words I told her.
God used me to do so.
God can do the same with you.
When I reached out to the person, I had no idea what they were facing, what their burdens were nor their troubles.  When I finished hearing back, I was happy knowing that a difference was made in that person’s day.
Be that difference when the lord speaks to you or shows you signs.
Father God I thank you for any opportunity to do your will.  I am thankful for another day. Thankful for the love you give.  Your are gracious, kind, knowing, omnipresent and omnipotent.  I want to continue to be a vessel for your greatness.  I want to continue to do your great work.  In the name of the father, the son, holy spirit. Amen

“…his favor lasts a lifetime…”

“…his favor lasts a lifetime…”
(Psalm 30:5, NIV)
God wants us to enjoy the fruits of his favors and blessings. These favors if we receive them and use them the way god has intended us for is going to last a lifetime. We need to stop looking and stressing over carnal success stories for inspirations. Our rewards are at the gates of heaven thanks to our logre and savior.
I understand that while we live we need to provide and live. We need shelter, clothing food etc. yes we do need to succeed in the world, though that should not be your sole purpose. Whether spiritually or in the flesh we reap what we sow.
God wants us to live an abundant life as we praise and wishing hkm. He does not want us suffering. He wants us to be whole and love him unconditionally. He also wants us to praise him. He wants us happy. He wants our salvation. We have the free will to choose what we cherish, love and appreciate.
Success is really about living in obedience to gods wlrd. When we live in obedience to god and do what he has called us to do, god will provide all we need to survive here while we are in the flesh. When we are obedient and do as god has called us to do, the Bible says that his favor surrounds us like a shield. When god gives us his favor, everything we need to succeed is within reach because god has allowed it so, because you have been obedient.
Gods favors opens doors, gives you knowledge, feeds you, takes away fear, gives you all you need to accomplish what without him you couldn’t accomplish, for on our own we cannot get very far.
Do not compare your selves to others…. for the favors of others where not intended for you. Each persons favors, talents and success is unique to that individual, because god made it so. We are each special and talented in his eyes.
We need to fill ourselves in his works so we can reap the benefits of his favors.
Father I thank you for your grace and mery in our lives. I praise you today, tomorrow and always for you are abundantly good to us. I thank you for your blessings and favors, i thank you for the talents you have given me. I know you will prepare and guide me in your walk. amen.

Sins and Virtues

Why don’t we talk about the seven deadly sins nor the seven virtues ?
Well, I am going to.
I will open up a bit of myself and share some experiences as well as discuss the 7 deadly sins and the seven virtues and their meanings.
I will have external resources which the links will be provided throughout this document.
So what are the 7 deadly sins and what do they mean?
7 Deadly Sins List & Meanings
Envy = the desire to have an item or experience that someone else possesses
Gluttony = excessive ongoing consumption of food or drink
Greed or Avarice = an excessive pursuit of material possessions
Lust = an uncontrollable passion or longing, especially for sexual desires
Pride = excessive view of one’s self without regard to others.
Sloth = excessive laziness or the failure to act and utilize one’s talents
Wrath = uncontrollable feelings of anger and hate towards another person
from the link above i will quote the article and also give my own stories and input. “Each one of these deadly sins listed above has its root in the desire for more and the human need for excess. Each sin goes against the root of Christianity which is: love for God, love for our fellow man, and love for our bodies (keeping them as clean temples for God, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20). Paul writes in Philippians 4:11-12, ‘I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.’ This strikes at the root of each of these deadly sins. Paul in effect is saying that God can take care of our needs and there is no need to lust or desire after excessive things.”
We are selfish creatures, we are sinful beings, we like to fill the ‘voids’ we have in our lives with anything other than Christ.
Many of us when in the flesh have experienced moments of Envy., Gluttony, Greed, Lust, Pride, Sloth, wrath. I know I have at one point or another, I will admit it.
Envy, I experienced Envy as a child when I saw other kids get materialistic things that I couldn’t (because my folks couldn’t afford them). I also experienced envy when I wanted to conceived and couldn’t, yet the whole world was having children.
Gluttony, I have overly consumed alcoholic beverages in my day to fill a void I thought needed to get filled with alcohol when I tried to drown my worries away.
Greed, I have experienced greed during times of selfishness, where I thought of my self, my possession and nothing else mattered.
Lust, I have had lust for individuals whom were not my spouse.
Pride, I have had plenty of prideful moments in my life.
Sloth, there have been times I have been pure lazy, where i would veg out and not want to associate myself with anyone and just be.
Wrath, I have had feelings of angered and hatred at one point or another to individuals.
Basically without going into full details, yes I too have had moments where I have experienced these moments, regrettably so.
Yet now what? How can we “cure” or fix ourselves from these deadly sins?
The cure, is a new heart which acts in accordance to God’s love and law.
The article i found stated “The cure for these sins is the gift of a new heart that acts in accordance to the love and law of God. This new heart can only come from God. Ezekiel 36:26-27 says, ‘I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.’ Humanity’s only hope is the miracle of a regenerated heart that acts according to the direction of the Holy Spirit to walk in God’s statutes and judgements.”
we need to open up to God, Confess to him our sins, move forward with an open heart, mind and self to move forward to be pure of heart to not sin. It will not happen over night. You need to be open, willing and able to move as God commands you to walk. He will give you this new heart to walk in. “Power does not come from self to change the heart. On the contrary, this verse clearly points out that God alone gives you a new heart and causes you to walk in His ways. As this event becomes a reality in your life, the seven deadly sins of gluttony, envy, sloth, wrath, pride, lust, and greed will lose their power in your life. With the indwelling Holy Spirit in your life, you will instead desire to live a life based upon the principles of the Bible.”
the article gives a History of the Seven Deadly Sins “The seven deadly sins were first compiled by Pope Gregory I around the year 600. They are pride, greed, lust, wrath, gluttony, envy, and sloth. Gregory also compiled a list of the seven virtues: faith, hope, charity, justice, prudence, temperance, and fortitude. The Bible would validate all of these concepts, but nowhere are they recorded in a list like this and nowhere in the Bible are they specifically referred to as the seven deadly sins or seven virtues. They do not pre date the Ten Commandments which were given at Mt. Sinai around 1450 B.C. It is probably true that they were used extensively to teach principles from God’s Word, particularly in the centuries before the invention of the printing press when the Bible was not available for the common man to read and study.”
just in case; the ten commandments are as follows:
You shall have no other gods before Me.
You shall not make idols.
You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain.
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Honor your father and your mother.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet.
In the bible the 7 deadly sins do not appear, yet the bible does mention in Proverbs what is sinful to the lord:
Proverbs 6:16-19, “These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him:
A proud look,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
A heart that devises wicked plans,
feet that are swift in running to evil,
A false witness who speaks lies,
and one who sows discord among brethren.”
Also, In Galatians “mentions several more sins to be on our guard against” , Galatians 5:19-21 “Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”
What now are the seven virtues?
The Seven Virtues
“The seven virtues were originally defined in the poem, Psychomachia, by Aurelius Clemens Prudentius, a Christian governor who died around 410 A.D. Because of the poem’s prevalence the concept and idea of the seven virtues spread throughout Europe. The following is a listing of the seven virtues and how they cure each of the seven deadly sins:”
Kindness = cures envy by placing the desire to help others above the need to supersede them
Temperance = cures gluttony by implanting the desire to be healthy, therefore making one fit to serve others
Charity or love = cures greed by putting the desire to help others above storing up treasure for one’s self
Chastity or Self-control = cures lust by controlling passion and leveraging that energy for the good of others
Humility = cures pride by removing one’s ego and boastfulness, therefore allowing the attitude of service
Diligence or Zeal = cures slothfulness by placing the best interest of others above the life of ease and relaxation.
Patience = cures wrath by taking time to understand the needs and desires of others before acting or speaking.
The seven virtues, though originally defined from a poem the concept isn’t far fetched from the teachings of Christianity.
For example if you think of the 10 commandments tells you how we are to live
You shall have no other gods before Me. – God is your one and only God
You shall not make idols. – Do not make idols since we serve the one true god
You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain. – wash out your tongue and speak words of prosperity in stead of in vain
Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. – praise him.
Honor your father and your mother. – love and honor them.
You shall not murder. –
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet.
We also find concepts of virtue in:
Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is
right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute,
if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on
these things.
Psalm 41:12
As for me, You uphold me in my integrity, And You set me in Your presence forever.
We are to hold his virtue, his commandments, keep pure, we are to love one another, be kind to one another, help one another, be humble with one another, be diligent for one another have patience for one another.
We must do our best not to sin. It really is not easy, for there are many ways we get tempted. We have to learn to not use material means to fill voids only God can fill.
Father God I thank you for bringing this article before me. I thank you for allowing me to share this. We are living in times where we sin more than we would hope to, we are living in dangerous times, scary times, times filled with hatred. I want to be the change I wish to see in this world. I want to bring forth your love and your peace to this world. I want to help any way I can and show your love and good deeds in the world. amen.