Monday, December 5, 2016

His Plan

Morning Glory...

Every time I see this picture, it touches me so.
My imagination goes wild thinking of how this Face of Jesus is made up of humanity.
He created man.
His plan was for this creation to have the most unbelievable relationship with Him.
We all know the story.  Adam blew it.  Sin ruled and man became lost to God.

But, but, but!!!
God became Man.
He personally came to this world to find His creation and restore that which was stolen.

Do you know He has made a place for you?
Do you realize that He is still reaching out for those that do not know His love?
Can your heart fathom Someone as great as God being willing to become human...our kind of human...tempted and order to show us how we could become like Him?

In doing the weekly craft shows, I have watched and listened to people as they browse through the crafts.  Inevitably, a conversation will begin and the heart of that person will be revealed.  Jesus came to the world.  He calls His people to go to the world.  The world around us needs to know this Gracious God.  They need to hear through us, His people, of how able He still is to save and to restore.

Take this Christmas season to give them the True Gift.
Let them see His Face, hear His Voice, be touched by His Grace...through you!
Be available to God.
Be willing to let Him use your life in a way that will change you forever.

Loving Him and you,

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Are You A True Follower?

How do you know that you are a true follower of Jesus Christ?
It is really very simple.
It is when your choices for what you do are not based on what you feel, but rather on what the Word of God commands you to do.
You learn to love to do what He asks.
His ways become your ways.
You enjoy what pleases Him and not yourself.
You find delight in agreeing with Him.
You run from anything that would grieve His heart.

We all need to check our hearts on a daily basis.
We all need to keep a watch over the choices we are making.
If we do this, then we can have peace that we are following Him.
Jesus said, "Abide in My Word".
It means to fix yourself in a spot and live there.
When we LIVE in His Word...His Word becomes alive in our hearts.

Then, we have fellowship.
First with Him and then with one another.

Have a blessed Sunday.

Loving Him and you,

Saturday, September 24, 2016

In The Hands of the Gardener

You gave to me Your Life, O Lord, and planted Grace in me.
You poured into my heart Your Self; a fragrance so rare and free.
Heaven's Rose amidst this thorn, a mercy for eyes to behold.
Nurtured and pruned by Loving Hands, His Story to be told.

Standing through all the tests of life, each petal remained in place.
Battered by rain and hail and wind, always seeking the Gardener's Face.
A Life within a life so frail, and yet with God's Strength given.
Heaven's Rose amidst this thorn sought to draw men's hearts to heaven.

And as this life draws to a close, the heart cry is the same,
That all will know my one desire was to exalt His Holy Name.
This thorn's great joy was to lift the Rose and faithfully to stand.
Until that day when Home I'll go, safely carried in the Gardener's Hands.

Loving Him and you,

Friday, September 23, 2016

God Forgive Us? He Already Has!!!

Morning Glory...

When Jesus was suffering on the cross, He cried out to His Father to forgive.  (Luke 23:34)
When He raised Lazarus from the dead, Jesus made a statement that should encourage all of our hearts when in prayer...You always hear me. (John 11:42)
God "heard" Jesus' prayer then and from the cross and answered.

In I John 1:9, we are taught that "if WE confess OUR sin, He, God, is just and faithful to forgive US of all our sin, and to continuously cleanse us from all unrighteousness".

People all over this nation are seeking God's forgiveness for the sins of America.
God HAS forgiven.  The punishment for ALL sin was put upon Jesus. (Romans 6:10)

I cannot go to God and ask that He forgive you.
He HAS forgiven you.  You need to realize this and accept it.
Each person has to go to God and RECEIVE the forgiveness that is at the Throne Room of Grace, and turn from all wickedness to follow after God.
When Jesus dealt with individuals, He usually commanded them AFTER He ministered to them to "go and sin NO MORE!"
First grace...then accountability for that one who received the grace.
If you and I are engaged in sin, we need to repent, and then GO to God to receive the forgiveness already at the Throne Room.
Then, we need to be so thankful that we are forgiven, that we learn how to live in such a way that it pleases God.

I have to learn how to forgive you the way Jesus HAS forgiven you.
You have to learn that same hard lesson.
Jesus bore YOUR sin, and its punishment. (Isaiah 53:4-5)

I cannot bear the responsibility for your sin.
You cannot bear mine.
Jesus is the only One Who could take on that awful task.
He did. (John 3:16)

But, as I understand the great love that He has for both of us, then I have to apply what I understand towards you.
I received His grace and that should change me.
Grace should change me.

Until I receive the free gift of grace offered by God through Jesus Christ, I will remain unchanged and sin will dominate me.
I need to tell you and others that God HAS forgiven, and that Truth SHOULD begin to change us.

Romans 2:4 boldly declares that God's goodness LEADS men TO repentance.  Goodness leads.

If this nation is going to change; then it is because God's people "walk in the light" and our new life in Christ will be a sharp contrast to those around us.

God did not call us to "understand sin".
God dealt with sin Face to face.  He defeated its power to rule over us. (Romans 6... the whole chapter)
He is now with us to help us deal with our individual sin, and to live a life that brings glory to Him.

So, do we pray?  Yes.
But, not to seek God's forgiveness for others.
It is THERE.  They need to be "led" to God's Goodness.
They are bound in their sin if they are committing acts that exalt sin.

What am I saying?
Stop asking God to do again and again what He has done.
Spend time thanking God for His forgiveness for yourself and for others.
Learn to understand His grace.
Ask God to take that knowledge and LIVE it before others.
Change your lifestyle so that it honors God.

Be accountable before God and man.
Let your light shine.
Walk after the Spirit and not after the flesh.

Loving Him and you,

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Thank You Jesus

Morning Glory...

There are days that praising God is truly like drawing water from an empty well.  I love this song for this reason.  It helps bring my focus back to Jesus.  It helps me to say.."thank You".  The softness and comforting tones of this man's heart and words are like a light guiding me to God's Throne Room, where He waits for me with mercy and grace.

Oh, the tears fall.

Sometimes more than I want.

But, I know the Holy Spirit is washing me, helping me, lifting me, and clothing my soul in such tenderness; which is what I need.

Life comes to drape us in bitterness, fear, hopelessness and sorrow.

The Holy Spirit is with us to clothe us in trust, love, gentleness and faith.

I pray this song will draw you to Him.

He is waiting for you to come.

You don't have to ask Him to come to you.

He is the Open Door.

Go in.

Loving Him and you,