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,


Friday, September 16, 2016

Did We Deserve This?

Morning Glory...

Isaiah 53:4-5

Surely our sicknesses He hath borne, And our pains -- He hath carried them, And we -- we have esteemed Him plagued, Smitten of God, and afflicted.
And He is pierced for our transgressions, Bruised for our iniquities, The chastisement of our peace [is] on Him, And by His bruise there is healing to us.
Did we deserve this?  No.
Did He wait to do this until we deserved it?  No
Did He have to hear how good we are or how many people love us before He provided this? No
Did He have to receive a resume of good works on your behalf before releasing the blessing? No.
Does He have to be informed as to what is going to happen if you don't receive what He provided?  No. the "is", the "has or hath".  Past tense work.

Do we need to just believe this?  Yes.
Do we need to SEE that He HAS provided our need?  Yes
Do we need to spend time thanking Him that His work is complete? Yes.

Whatever, again I say..."whatever"...the need IS - God HAS!!!
God HAS granted all answers through Christ Jesus.
God HAS a bountiful supply of grace for the one who will access it by faith in His FINISHED work.

Tough to do?  Sometimes.
We have to get past the flesh, the fear, the horrible teachings that tell us that we have to tell God how deserving we are.

We were dead in our trespasses and sins, and yet He died FOR us!
We were HELPLESS...and God sent Help from Heaven...Jesus!
Has He now changed His mind and waits for us to deserve His help? No, no, no!

He is kind.
He is merciful.
He is willing.
He is ready for you and me.
He is loving.
He is more than able.
He is Jehovah (Nissi, Rapha, Tsidkenu, Jireh, M'Kaddesh)

When you became His child...the Treasury Door opened.
Go in by faith.
Use your belief.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving.
Come into His courts with praise.

He is your Father.
He is your Savior.
He is your Healer.
He is your Provider.
He is your Righteousness.
He is your Peace.
He is your Favor.
He is your Friend.

God's unfailing grace and love to you,

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Bring Joy to the Lord

Morning Glory...

To Confess means to say "the same thing as".
God's Word SAYS all of this about you and me.
When we repeat His Word, and our ears comes.
Faith is a substance created by the hearing and the hearing of the Word.  The Word is an eternal source.  Faith is an eternal source.

You don't even have to struggle to believe it when you confess it.
Just start repeating what the Word says about you.
Then add...."I WILL believe what I am saying!"

Oh, will this ever bring joy to the Father's Heart!

Loving Him and you,