18Jun

Have You Seen Him?

“We were eyewitnesses of His majesty.”  1 Peter 1:16

Jesus. The man. The bronzed Galilean who spoke with such thunderous authority and loved with such childlike humility. The one who claimed to be older than time and greater than death…Have you seen Him? Those who first did were never the same. ”My Lord and my God!” cried Thomas. “I have seen the Lord.” exclaimed Mary Magdalene. “We have seen His glory.” declared John. “Were not our hearts burning within us while He talked?” rejoiced the two Emmaus-bound disciples. But Peter said it best. “We were eyewitnesses of His majesty.” (God Came Near)


01Jun

Psalm 34:17

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02May

You Shall Overcome!

 

Living for God doesn’t mean that we will be sheltered from difficult times. It’s part of being human, everyone experiences hardship. In the book of John, God lets us know that in Him we have perfect peace and confidence, and in the world we will have tribulation and trials, distress and frustration, but we should be of good cheer (take courage; be confident; certain) for Jesus overcame the world (He deprived it of power to harm us, and He conquered it for us). In obedience we surrender our will to the Lord because He has provided a way for us to overcome all trials and temptations that come against us. We must trust that He is working all things for our good. When you go through hard times of testing and suffering, remember to keep His Word close to you, even in your heart. Trust in every promise. Pray, worship, praise, stay connected to the saints of God, continue to be faithful to HIs House. Repent, confess, and lift up your head, stand strong on the rock of your salvation. For He cares for you and He knows what you’re going through. He loves you more that you will ever know and He will never leave you nor forsake you.


24Mar

Love God With All Your Heart

“You will never cease to be the most amazed person on earth at what God has done for you on the inside.”  Oswald Chambers quote

“You will never cease to be the most amazed person on earth at what God has done for you on the inside.”
Oswald Chambers quote


10Nov

A Little Leaven…

In science class we were learning about protein, cells, viruses and how they are all associated. Cells and viruses have protein in the majority of their mass. Cells are living, but viruses are not. Although both of these structures are made up of protein, viruses do not have the same living properties as a cell. When viruses are introduced to a cell, the cell is deceived because it’s made of the same stuff, and invites it in. Once the virus is in the cell, it develops the living properties of a cell. Once it develops the living properties, it multiplies and multiplies until the cell explodes. Then it starts trying to attack and infect other parts of the body. It’s amazing how a virus can go from a nonliving agent, to contaminating a body.

Spiritually, we are the cells. Satan and his harmful, corruptive influences are the viruses. If we aren’t prepared for an attack, we let little things in our life that seem harmless, such as a bad friend, a bad habit or ideas of rebellion. These deceiving properties do not have dominion over us. Little do we know, that when we let even the slightest bit in, it can develop living properties. Once it develops these properties, it tries to multiply and multiply. Until we lose any control we might have had previously. Before we know it, that seemingly benign idea is taking over our lives. This example, shows us as saints why we must be so careful with what we let into our lives, what we entertain and even what we want.

 

Gal. 5:7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?

Gal. 5:8 This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.

Gal. 5:9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.


20Jun

The Wise Know The Interpretation

Eccl. 8:1 Who is as the wise man? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? a man’s wisdom

maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed.

 

Who is enlightened?  Who knows the meaning of a thing?  A man’s illumination makes the things he

encounters reflect light and cause him to excel, the hardness of what he encounters will become

different and cause him to entirely transform.

 

Who is as the wise man- Who is enlightened?

 

Wise-having or showing experience, knowledge, and good judgment; intelligence, clever, learned,

ENLIGHTENED, smart, sensible, discerning, rational, logical.

 

And who knoweth the interpretation of a thing-Who knows the meaning of a thing?

Interpretation- the action of EXPLAINING the meaning of something; explanation, MEANING,

analysis, rendition, evaluation, examination.

 

A man’s wisdom maketh his face to shine- A man’s illumination makes what he encounters reflect

light and excel. Wisdom- intelligence, sense, common sense, smartness, quality of being wise.

Face-used to express emotion, OUTWARD ASPECT of something, the surface of a thing, to

confront and deal with, overcome something someone or something, have in prospect, cover the

surface of with a layer of different material. Countenance, expression, side, appearance, FRONT,

respect, beset, brave, ENCOUNTER

 

Shine-to give out a bright light, make bright by rubbing it or polishing it, quality of brightness in

REFLECTED LIGHT, emit light, radiate, polish, EXCEL, glow. And the boldness of his face shall be changed.-the hardness of what he encounters will become different and entirely transform him.

Boldness- HARDNESS, the quality of being impudent, insolent, heavy, thick, so confident as to

suggest a LACK OF SHAME OR MODESTY.

 

Changed- to make or become different, ENTIRELY TRANSFORM, take or use another instead.

 

The wisdom and interpretations coming from the Word that are inside of us will give us light and

illumination (wisdom) so powerful that when we face the challenges around us (face, hardness), we

will excel (shine) and entirely transform (change) for the better.

What would be hard for us to do(boldness, hardness), is a light burden now because of the

wisdom and discernment that God has given our spirit(change).


11May

The Power From The Lamb Being Slain

The victory was already obtained

It is up to us to maintain

Every weapon the enemy throws our way

Cannot be proven effective

Unless WE allow it to stay

When fear knocks at the door

Salvation is waiting to restore

There are so many blessings that we haven’t activated

Even though the Lord has made them all accessible

So many good things we have traded

For weakness, confusion and loss

Because of what the devil whispered in our ear

But, we cannot forget the Cross

We must remember that the Lord predestinated us to be superior

He shed His Blood for our triumph

And, for the devil’s defeat

Sin, fear, and death are all obsolete

We cannot let His sacrifice be in vain

We must always remember the power

Coming from the Lamb being slain


17Apr

Pressure Brings Perfection

You can’t be the champion without opposition

You can’t conquer without an enemy

You can’t win unless you have something to fight against

Strong currents can cleanse

Fire can purify

The struggles of this life can break us

Or leave us with more strength and might

Though it may not be easy to see

In the heat of the moment

Pressure can turn your most difficult time

When your sword is bent

And you feel like you have nothing left

Into something that is perfect

If we learn from affliction

If we try harder after each trial

We will soon realize

That every pressured moment

Is worth our while


29Mar

All for His Remnant

Blood shed

Peirced sides

A crown of thorns

A sacrificed life

All for a remnant,

Though the blessings of this sacrifice

Are accessible to all

There are few He has truly called

Persecution

Deceit

Betrayal

Slander that was fatal,

All for his remnant

He gave his everything

So all could receive

And reach their full potential:

What He has called us to be

But only few, take advantage

Of this opportunity

To live free of iniquity

Though all could be part of this

If they asked their sins to be forgiven,

God’s true heritage,

Is but a remnant


11Mar

The Power of Perspective

perspective • a view or prospect.

a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view : most guidebook history is written from the editor’s perspective.

• true understanding of the relative importance of things; a sense of proportion : we must keep a sense of perspective about what he’s done.

The other day in math class I was taking notes off of the overhead screen. The notes were easily read off of the projector screen; when I tried looking at it from the overhead itself, (from where I was sitting) I couldn’t read a thing. It was the same exact information, just displayed in different forms. Both forms were right in front of me, but unless I was looking at the screen I wouldn’t have been able to understand what the notes were saying.

This is how life can be, there are multiple forms of an answer.  You can be staring at one form for an eternity and not be able to understand, when a more accessible answer is standing right in front of you. This just goes to prove that your perspective determines how you see everything; we must make sure we are looking in the right direction.

This example could also show us that perspective not only determines how you perceive answers, but situations as well. When a challenge comes your way, it can be perceived either as a difficulty or an opportunity. Problems can either be a help or a hindrance. Difficulties and struggles along the way can discourage or inspire. The beautiful thing is that it is all in your hands, it’s how you want to see it, using your power of perspective.

Prov. 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Another aspect of perspective shows that how we speak, and our attitude, affects our perspective.

Matt. 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

Our “tree” so to speak represents what we say, our words (Prov. 18:21). And, because death and life are in the power of the tongue, we will eat the fruit of our “tree.” We will reap what we say, whether it is corrupt or good. What we reap can make or break our perspective, this shows us how important it is to speak positively.

Matt. 12:37 For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

Our outlook on life is more powerful than we think. Our perception dictates the path that we will follow in this life and the one that will lead us to our eternal home.