Thought of the Day ...
A spiritual sight of Jesus on the cross under the operation of the Holy Ghost will have an effect on the soul that the movie, "Passion of Christ", could never have which is under the operation of Mel Gibson. Nothing but Christ's blood can make you clean .. nothing can wash away the filth of the depravity of sin but Jesus blood and righteousness. There is no other substitute nor adding to what Jesus has done. When He said on the cross .. "It is Finished" .. He meant it .. He did what the Father sent Him to do.
I would rather be one of God's nobodies than one of the world's somebodies.
Do you know what is wonderful about embracing each other in church .. is that we are embracing The Lord as well. He said it so himself .. see below.
Matthew 25:40 - And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
That is why i love giving great big hugs to the Brethren because i know i am hugging my Lord as well .. and i love that even more. How much closer can we get to the Lord here on this earth while in this flesh but in doing it to each other. :) So remember you are hugging the Lord when you hug a Brother/Sister in Christ. :)
Mary .. the mother of Jesus ..
If Mary were here today she herself would be the first one to say ... don't praise or honour me .. Honour our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. It was HE who was pierced .. NOT i. It was HE who wore the crown of thorns .. NOT i. It was HE who was spit upon and ridiculed and made to be sin for us .. NOT i. It was HIS blood that was shed to make atonement for our sins .. NOT mine!!! It was HE that died and then rose again and who sits on the right hand of the throne of God .. NOT i.
Luke 1:30 - And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
46.) And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
47.) And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
48.) For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
49.) For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.
Does it sound like to you that she was putting herself equal to or above the Lord. She used the word blessed in verse 48 .. "from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed" not "from henceforth all generations shall praise or worship my name". Big difference between the words .. blessed and praised.
Psalms 18:3 - I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised:
1Chronicles 29:13 - Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.
Psalms 66:2 - Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.
Isaiah 12:4 - 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.
John 4:24 - God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
Mary .. the mother of Jesus ..
Mary was greatly blessed in being given the honour of carrying our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in her womb. Just as Mary was blessed we too are blessed of God in other ways. However we are not to put those God blesses on a pedestal to be adored. God blesses one in order to bring glory and Honour to HIS NAME not ours. Mary too .. was a sinner in need of the atoning blood of Christ just like all of us. We are just sinners saved by God's Grace. His servants .. His blessed children .. blessed indeed .. Praise be to God for He is worthy to be praised. :)~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Psalms 18:3 ... I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be
No matter what sufferings i must endure ..
i am still blessed
No matter if my friends and family forsake me ..
i am still blessed
No matter what the circumstances ..
i am still blessed ..
With God the Father who loves me
God the Son .. Jesus Christ .. who died for me
and God the Holy Ghost who quickens me here on
earth/helping and comforting me.
This is more than i deserve .. if this is all the blessings i
receive while here on earth .. it is enough .. it's more than enough as
i don't deserve even this .. but it's the greatest blessing i could ever
receive .. the sufferings are nothing in comparison.
I am still blessed ...
Here's a little self-righteous pharisee tune .. i'm sure they will enjoy it ... My flesh is better than your flesh .. my flesh is better than yours .... Food for thought.
Misinterpretation of the scriptures is so common nowadays and has been throughout all time. God's word is above all and what He says He means. Satan loves to distort God's truth .. turn God's people from giving Him all the glory to glorying in the creature rather than in the Creator .. from trusting and depending upon God to depending on this flesh and the world and the things in the world. He knows He can't snatch them out of God's hand (they are secure) but he can and does try as hard as he can to mislead them. I'm thankful God has provided servants that declare God's truth as it is in Christ Jesus since there are so many preaching and contending for the flesh instead of our Lord and what He has done to procure salvation for us. God makes way for the gospel by preparing man for it .. how is that? ... by borning them of His Spirit. Giving them life in His son .. Jesus .. with that He implants this new man that loves and so desires to serve God .. who is able to hear and receive His word. Manna from above is all he desires. This flesh wants no part in it .. it loves sin and hates God. We are accountable for when we sin .. that is allowing this flesh its way .. when we are born of the Spirit of God we do have a choice in whom we will serve .. either the flesh or the Spirit and if you are born of the Spirit of God you won't be happy serving sin rather than God. So I'm thankful for the writings that God has inspired and blessed to His servants to pass on to us .. we need them too so others may be blessed to hear the truth of what the scriptures really teach .. there's so much untruth out there .. we need the truth declared as it is in Christ Jesus. We are so blessed. :)
Has satan gotten you down in the dumps? Brought charges to your account that God has long ago put away by the blood of His son. That's how he works and won't give up either charging God's people over and over again for sins they've commited. He says guilty .. God says innocent .. my son has met the conditions i require in order to justify freely my people from their crimes. Satan will use anything or one he can to do his dirty work for him. Let's not be found serving him rather than God. So look up not down. :)
Remember that satan is never going to let you be happy without causing you misery especially when one is trying so hard to please God. He really works overtime doesn't he. Anything he can do to smear a child of God's name he will do. He takes ones words and tempts another with misinterpreting what they said .. to mean something they did not. We need to be cautious of where it came from .. this flesh or spirit. That is satan's mission to stop the child of God's mouth .. to stop him from serving God and even using others to stop them as well. Let's pray to God that He will keep us from harming His children and love them as He would have us to do.
When we go out in public do we think to smile .. a smile can be very contagious to others. Just start smiling and being nice and see how others react to it ... especially in a City. You can really make others happy when you do. I remember once when in the grocery store almost colliding into another person coming around the corner with her basket. I apologized to her and smiled at her and out of the corner of my eye I saw a another lady looking straight at me with a big smile on her face. It's contagious. I think she saw something within by the look on her face .. wasn't me.
How can we be so sure of another's motives in desiring to serve God and His people. Can we see within their hearts .. no .. but God can and He knows. We shouldn't mistaken the desire one has to please and serve God by ministering to His saints as wanting to be the center of attention when it is not. They knowing that all they have that is good comes from Him. This being the case what is left for them to glory in apart from the Lord. The same thing could be said of any of us .. are preachers preaching to God's glory or their own .. is anyone that speaks out for the Lord in their writings in whatever form doing it to God's glory or their own. Only God knows so let's be careful not to judge another's motives in serving their dear and loving Father in Heaven. :)
Judge not, that ye be not judged.
Remember that song by Diana Ross .. I'm Coming Out .. Well that's how we should all feel .. "I'm coming out .. I want the world to know .. I got to let it show .. (our words .. "that I love the Lord so") .. I'm coming out. Only our desire is to His glory and not to ourselves or man. :)
Going on a trip .. better make those reservations ahead of time to reserve a room. Isn't it nice to know that you don't need to make reservations for a room in heaven. Why .. because the Lord Jesus has already made them ahead of time and paid the price with His blood .. yes that's right .. it's free .. without cost to you. However not just to anyone mind you .. you see His Father (ours too :)) decided who He wanted to occupy those rooms long ago before we or anything existed .. in other words before HE created it .. yes .. we and everything here was created by God. So there's no need to worry about obtaining a room in heaven because you can't do it yourself. It has to be made for you by and through the Lord Jesus Christ.
We need to take responsibility for our sins .. we can't blame others or satan for what we do. He tempts us but we are the ones that act or don't act upon it.
I was thinking about the poem or a part of it my grandmother wrote ..
Why do we hide within our hearts the things that God has done, For we can be sure He will complete the work He has begun.
I think the first three words should be .. How could we. What do you think? :)
Father please help us by thy dear grace to not just love those who love us but to also reach out as Jesus did and love and help those that have not been with us all along the way. Help us Dear Father to esteem others better than ourselves.
For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
Why are we all here .. because we love the Lord and want others to know it and we want to show it by giving of ourselves of what the Lord has given to us. We can't give each other life but we can give each other love ... Love that comes down from above .. God being the source of it.
I am a witness to God's work .. His almighty power in the salvation of sinners. I'm not here to teach or preach His word but to witness to it as all His children are .. such as Sister Peggy with her poems. Praising and Glorifying God is my only desire as all of you. :) I can just imagine how hot under the collar satan must be because of our praises and adoration to God .. he'll do anything he can to stop the child of God's mouth from praises to His God in prayer or in publicly acknowledging and worshiping of Him. I'm sure he would be happy for us to hide in our hearts what the Lord has done for us.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
What is a preacher .. a man called of God to preach His word .. an instrument used to the blessing of His people. If the Spirit of God does not take and apply the words spoken to the hearts of His people then they are of no avail. A man that is truly called of God does not think .. "i've got the power." He knows it is God who has the power and gives him just what he needs to feed His lambs and His sheep. (We are just God's mouthpiece .. Bro. Gowens) It has to come from the Spirit and not from the flesh or it's nothing. Let's thank our God for those servants He raises up and blesses to comfort and edify us with.
Do you think God is leaving you out when He makes it known He is blessing one. No .. He blesses one to bless many. We all share in the blessing .. just like the preacher who is just God's mouthpiece (As Bro. Gowens would say :)) .. He uses Him to bless others. He has nothing that God did not give Him just as the sheep or lamb God uses. It's wrong if we hide it.
Our desire to be obedient to our Lord should be out of love for Him and not just for a blessing alone. This desire must be our chief motivation in pleasing our dear Lord. Example .. "Father I'll be obedient to you if you bless me." It should be "Father my great desire in obedience to you is because I love you and any blessing you give me is undeserved."
This is the unregenerate way of thinking .. they say a curse word .. you try correcting them for it and get the remark ... "i have the right of freedom of speech" .. they don't understand it is not a matter of freedom of speech but a matter of right and wrong not to mention a matter of respect to those who abhor it.
Don't ever let anyone keep you from declaring the truth as it is in Christ Jesus .. no matter how much opposition you come up against .. you are God's witness and you are not exempt from suffering like Christ. Your reward is in Heaven. If any man Glory let Him glory in the Lord.
Lu 9:26 - For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's, and of the holy angels.
1 Corinthians 4:5
Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.
Instead of finding fault with others .. why don't we take the time and pray to our Lord to open up our eyes to our own. We do .. like everyone .. have them. We've not reached a state of perfection yet. :)
Heaven to the child of God is like one big present/gift just waiting to be opened to see and enjoy what is inside. :)
Satan loves charging God's people with their sins (past .. present and will in future) .. he even engages others to do his dirty work for him. But God says ...
Ro 8:34 -
Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
Ro 8:31 -
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
What difference does it make how many men are for you if God is not. His own.
Lu 21:17 -
And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.
Lu 19:14 -
But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.
Joh 15:18 -
If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.
Php 3:13 - Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.
We may be nothing in man's eyes .. but we are so precious and loved in God's. What more do we need? :)
Even though man may let you down .. God never will. He listens .. He cares .. He loves you. :)
They say home is where the heart is .. heaven is where the child of God's heart is. :)
They say there's no people like show people and we say there's no people like God's people like no people we know.
Mt 5:16 - Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep and doesn't know where to find them. Aren't you glad that's not the case with God. :)
Whenever we feel downcast .. feel spiritually low .. never let satan beguile ... Go on and encourage the unfortunate ones for these are the things worthwhile.
"Over the river and through the woods to God the Father's house we go" .. as long as we are riding upon the rock .. Christ Jesus .. we'll make it there no matter how rough the ride may be.
God's people are made up of imperfect people but made perfect in Christ Jesus. :)
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