We see her at church or work or down our street and she is nicely dressed, clean and smiling as we talk. But let us not forget that the battle is real.
What we don’t know is that she’s been under attack. Maybe it was a terminal diagnosis of her loved one or maybe she just found out that her child was hurt by someone she trusted or she lost her job this week. What we don’t know is that it’s not been just one of these, but a series of things that now have her bloodied and bruised.
We see her at the market and she hurls painful words at those around her. She is mean and hateful. We, too, want to lash out at her, or someone, when she said spiteful things to us! But let us not forget that the battle is real.
What we don’t know is that she’s been under attack. Maybe everyday she’s told by her husband that she is not good enough and never will be, or she found herself in a compromising position and she compromised or she was betrayed by someone she never thought would betray her. What we don’t know is that it’s not been just one of these, but a series of things that now have her bloodied and bruised.
The battle is real – but the battle is not with them.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12
Therefore, let us take up the whole armor of God:
- the belt of truth
- the breastplate of righteousness
- the gospel of peace
- the shield of faith
- the helmet of salvation
- the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,
Let us pray at all times in the Spirit, to keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints. (Ephesians 6:13-18 paraphrased)
Don’t leave her to stand alone. The Battle is Real.
For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:6-8 NASB
Easter. What a glorious celebration! Jesus FINISHED everything God required for our salvation. He conquered Death, Hell and the Grave. He paid a debt He did not owe. THE debt we could NEVER pay. Why? “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21.
This POWER can do anything – everything! This Jesus paid your price and mine to redeem us from sin, from the penalty of eternal hell, for new and abundant life in Him NOW! Just say “Yes” to Jesus. Admit you’re a sinner and confess your sins as you agree with God. Ask Him (Jesus) to come in to your heart and save you. Commit to follow Him all the days of your life.
9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 13 for “Whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:9-10; 13(NASB)
Get a Holy Bible and read the book of John, then all four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) to get to know our Saviour! Find a Bible believing Church to join and be baptized showing the world that you have died to yourself and have been raised to new life in Jesus Christ.
Experience the PEACE OF GOD that only Jesus can bring!
He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. Matthew 28:6
Hallelujah, Easter! Hallelujah!
That is a Tung Oil tree in my son’s yard. I love the blooms it puts out! They are pink and white and the tree is covered until the leaves come. Then the flowers fall and fade away. As you can tell, the leaves are coming out. If you’ve ever seen my yard, you know I love flowers. I try to have something blooming from spring through fall.
Blooms remind me of new life. Every year I think I’m not going to plant ANYTHING ELSE. And my husband whole heartedly agrees. But then spring comes and birds sing and blooms pop out AND I PLANT! I just can’t seem to help it. I really try to plant mostly in pots instead of the yard, but…well…let’s not go there.
I think God gave us four seasons (maybe not Louisiana) for a reason. We tend to get bored with things, don’t we? Just when you think you can’t take one more day of cold, dead winter, a little shoot of life pokes its head out of the ground or tree trunk. Before you know it, spring is here and we are reminded how our great God makes all things new!
Throughout this year, as you enjoy God’s beautiful creation, think about what you see and how the grass withers and the flowers fade but one thing stands forever…The Word of God.
The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever. Isaiah 40:8
John 1 verse 1 tells us ” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” The ‘Word of our God stands forever’. John was talking about JESUS!
What sets your soul on fire? What are you passionate about? What do you long to be passionate about?
We all pursue something. Jesus said the greatest commandment is to …”love the Lord your God with all you heart, soul, mind and strength”. Now that’s a great pursuit.
Scripture also teaches us to ask and we will receive. I’m pretty sure if we ask God to kindle a flame in our heart for Him, His people and the lost, He will do just that!
We used to sing a song in Church titled “Set My Soul on Fire”. It talks about asking God to burn His Word deep within me. Isn’t that what we are to do? Don’t you know that what is in the heart comes out?
We should be fearless in the pursuit of what sets our soul on fire – Jesus! If we fearlessly pursue Him we will love Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength AND we will love others. We will express that love by sharing our faith with those who don’t know our Lord and we will encourage those who do.
Join me in fearlessly pursuing Jesus! We only have one life so live that life of purpose. Choose this day Whom you will serve.
Last week we were reminded of the greatest commandment – to love God with all our heart, soul and mind.
Jesus went on to say that the second is like it. “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:39
Most of us know this as the “Golden Rule”. If you’re my age or older, your mamma probably taught you this as a child when she was teaching you to play nice.
If we are being intentional in our relationship with Jesus like we talked about last week, then we should also be intentional with this second command. We are to be a conduit, if you will, for the love of God to others. This may sometimes happen in passing as the love of God “spills” over onto others that we are near. But to live on purpose, we will have to plan some opportunities for the love of God to “wash” over someone we are with. After all, we are asking God to “Make It Count”, right?
You don’t have to look far to see someone in need. I am finding there is NEVER a time that I can’t do something…I can always pray for them. And that is the most important thing we can and should do for anyone. Often times I find that there is usually something I can physically do for them, too. It may be a word of encouragement or a helping hand. But if I’m not being intentional about serving God by serving others, I’ll miss it.
I am working on intentionally reaching out to someone I don’t know or don’t know well so I can build a relationship with them. In that relationship, I’ll have more opportunities to share the love of Christ with them. And that’s what life is all about.
In case you haven’t figured it out, life is an active sport. We are to be on the track running the race not on the sidelines. I heard a gentleman say the other day that when you see the finish line in a race, you kick it in gear. He said he was reaching his retirement time and didn’t know how long God would leave him on earth, but that he felt like this was the final stretch of his race. So he was kicking it in gear to serve more people than ever for the glory of God. He is a physician and he started a free medical clinic in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
I don’t know about you, but that spoke volumes to me. Let’s love God with everything we’ve got so we can love our neighbors as ourselves!
Well it’s January 6, 2017. Can you believe it? I’ve heard so many people say they are so glad 2016 is over. Done. Finished! I can understand that if 2016 was a hard year for you. I’ve certainly had them. But what if 2016 was great? Are you going to make 2017 even better?
My pastor always says that we should ask Christ to “Make it Count” rather than make it better. (For the record, I think he’s right.) If we are going to truly mean it when we ask God to ‘Make it Count’, then shouldn’t we be intentional about our relationship with Him?
Jesus said the greatest commandment is, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all you soul, and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37)
Our relationship with Christ is first! It must be on fire if the love of God is going to pass through us onto those we meet. But how can we love God more? We spend time with Him – alone – everyday. We read His love letter to us – that’s the Bible. We memorized scripture so we can recall it in hard times. We listen to His ‘still small’ voice and we obey it – immediately. Everyday we should be getting to know Him more intimately than the day before.
I’ve been married over 31 years. (I know that’s hard to believe, but he robbed the cradle! Anyway, I digress.) Let me tell you that when we got married, I was IN LOVE with that man. All these years later I LOVE him even more! I know him better. We’ve been through good and bad times together. The longer we’re married, the more alike we become – well, I’ll use that loosely…
Jesus compared His relationship with His followers to the relationship of marriage. He is the groom and we are the bride. When I gave me heart to Jesus at salvation, I loved Him so much for saving me. I’ve been saved (His bride) now for 37 years. I know Him better now than back then. He has been with me – never leaving me – through good and bad times. The longer I belong to Him the more I (hopefully) am becoming like Him.
This year, I’m going to live on purpose. I want everything I do and say and become to COUNT for the kingdom of God.
Won’t you join me? Let’s make 2017 even better than any year before…let’s make it count for the Kingdom of Christ!
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1.
Worry is mental distress or agitation resulting from concern usually for something impending or anticipated : anxiety.
I confess, I have struggled with worry and find myself there again from time to time. But I read a book that put God’s command to trust Him in a very clear perspective. You see throughout the Bible, God’s love letter to us, He reminds us that He loves us more that we can imagine. And He proved it by sending His Son, Jesus, to pay our debt to Him on the cross.
When I finally understood that God, my Savior, Jesus loves us so much that He took our place; I realized there is nothing He would do to hurt us. Now, understand, He never said He would take away all our troubles or sufferings. He said He would go through them with us – He would never leave nor forsake us.
Therefore, if we trust His love for us, then we do not have to fear anything He may call us to do. Even if trouble or suffering comes our way in our obedience, He will never leave us. He will go through the storm with us. And if we do not obey Him, trouble and suffering will come anyway (but with added consequences for our disobedience) because the Word of God says “in this life you will have trouble.”
So the bad news is that if you are alive, you will have trouble. But the good news is if you trust in Jesus, He will be with you through all of it! So have faith. Don’t worry!
Trust in His love and do not fear.
Blessings, Wendy <><
Do not be afraid of them; the Lord your God himself will fight for you. Deuteronomy 5:5