What is it that I ask for?

What is it that I will ask for? From the one who has given me life-two times. What is it I need? What is it I ask of the one who has everything to give? Is it my health as I do grow older in age-my physical body? Have I or am I required to do all I can do for my health before asking? My sin has caught up with me-almost overtaken-yet there is still hope.

Shall I grieve over this flesh or shall I live in peace in my spirit, with the Spirit of God living inside of me? Shall the world destroy me, flesh and soul? I think not. To gain the world is no exchange for the soul.

My peace is with me daily from this meditation-the mind upon the Lord. So again, what is it that I ask? The anger now subsides me-in this moment of thought and meditation. I hear the anguish of others near me-I do not have to go there. If I choose, let me choose rightly.

The calm of understanding grows well with the thought of who God is and what he has already done. If my thoughts can remain, there is the key.

Lord, let my prayer be a right one.

Confession

Yes, the day does go by and the distractions attempt to steal from me what the Lord has for me, and successfully so at times. Only because I let it be that way. The distractions of anger, frustrations, desires, expectations, and just natural things in life such as aging, hunger, thirst, and then the entitlements I have grown so accustom to having such as clean water, any food I desire, warmth and enclosed from the elements-should they all fall in place and if they do not my mind is drifting to the encapsulation of that thought. Where is my thought in what God’s purposes for me are?

My eyes have become on others and to much so. Tis even difficult for the television to find its right place-and it does not choose-I choose for it. Shall I let that steal my right place in what brings peace to my life? I have.

Lord, this day is yours, and I thank you for it. I fall so short, and with many a reason, yet it is not necessary except for my weakness’s. I am thankful for your grace and in your mercy I do live-I am thankful, for I do truly know what sustains me.

Nothing is impossible with God.

Genesis 15

After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. And Abram said, Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given me no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir.

And behold, the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, so shall thy seed be. And he believed in the Lord: and he counted it to him for righteousness.

And he said unto him, I am the Lord that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it. And he said, Lord God, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it? And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon. And he took unto him all these, and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not. And when the fowls came down upon the carcasses, Abram drove them away. And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. And thou shall go to thy fathers in peace: thou shall be buried in a good old age.

But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full. And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between these pieces.

In the same day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphratess: The Kenites, and the Keniizzites, and the Kadmonites, and the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Hephaims, And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.

Lord, this day is yours. All the nations are yours to do as you are pleased. Lord, your mercy is good and I thank you. Forgive us this day-and let our hearts, our mind, our spirit-go beyond our own self and be that of a servant to you-becoming a servant to others. Amen

The Color Purple

“For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life. NOw he that wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given us to the earnest of the Spirit. Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:

For we walk by faith, not by sight:)

We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.” II Corinthians 5 v1-9

Walking the edge between light and dark, Look up. See the peace of God.

Can’t tell the way the water is flowing, waves coming in, river going out-both are filled by the one beyond us. …Our father which art in heaven…give us this day…

We thank you. Amen

Wednesday 1/22/2020

To be like Jesus 365

Today

For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” Mathew 16 v26 AKJV

 Not just a populist movement. To be like Jesus would require an understanding of his life, who he really was, what his character of life revealed. Another very important resolve is to answer the question, Why? Why do I want or need to be like Jesus? My answer to that is eternal life begins with Christ Jesus. Which leads to the idea that if I truly care for humanity, I would want them to share in the good side of eternal life. The one that is found by having faith, believing in the whole story, the life, death, resurrection, and return of Christ. I believe that one way of sharing that truth is by living out our own lives in the principals and characteristics of Christ. 

     In today’s cultures around the world we have grown acceptance for idolizing characters on the opposite side of the spiritual realm of Christianity. That acceptance, through a subtle but great push for tolerance has taken hold in a way that it now brings great pressure to one who really chooses  a  lifestyle of Christianity. To talk of God as he exist in the book of Christianity, ‘the Holy Bible’ in many cases brings mockery and an outright cry of a new-founded measure of unbelief. Christians, even in their own circles of life, are continually pressured to be more tolerant, more open and acceptable to alternative lifestyles. The worst part of that is the part of allowing what is directly contrary to what has set the standards of Christianity since the time of Christ Jesus, the scriptures-the Holy Bible- to now dictate or heavily influence the doctrine’s of Christianity. In admittance, it is true that we should not be small minded or closed minded to new thoughts, but even under that everyone has an opinion, and let you know them, they do. With that thought, like everything else we seek to find truth. We start with one standard studying and reviewing the Holy until the truth of the matter becomes solid in our thoughts and we are “renewed in the Spirit of our minds.” 

That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And the ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.” Ephesians 4 v22-24 AKJV

     In the writings of Paul we find ‘press on toward the mark of the high calling.’ Is that the calling only of Christianity or can we say there is more?We automatically relate that charge Paul gave in most cases to a life of Christianity. In Christianity, there is a genealogy  (i.e. a blood line of relatives) that can be found in the scriptures all the way from the beginning of time to the birth of Christ. Christ Jesus told some who were challenging him at one point, ‘If you do not recognize me, you have not known my father.’ The father of Christ is God. The genealogy is a trace of humanity. So we do go a little farther here. 

     The birth of Christ came through a virgin birth, humanly inconceivable. God, the creator of all humanity by the holy spirit brought that conception to be. God if the father of Christ Jesus. 

But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” Mathew 1 v20, 21 AKJV

and there’s more…

Jesus answered, and said unto him,

Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3 v3 AKJV

Lord, I thank you for this day and for this year. I pray and know according to your word that “all things work together for those who love you”, and that we put our faith and trust in you. Lord, as you are the only beginning and end that has no start or finish we give you praise. We thank you for this year-all the people that have touched paths with one another and ours as well. Lord, ” let all our ears hear what your Spirit is saying to us as the church”. Amen

December 31

To be like Jesus 364

Today

And it came to pass, when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me as the appearance of a man. And I heard a man’s voice between the banks of Ulai, which called, and said, Gabriel, make this man to understand the vision. So he came near where I stood: and when he came, I was afraid, and fell upon my face: but he said unto me, Understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be a vision.

Now as he was speaking with me, I was in a deep sleep on my face toward the ground: but he touched me, and set me upright. And he said, Behold, I will make the know what shall be in the last end of the indignation: for at the time appointed the end shall be. The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia. And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king. Now that being broken, whereas four stood up for it, four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in his power.” Daniel 8 v15-22 AKJV

Understand-“the end shall be” as in knowing “the last end of the indignation:” …As me focus on rights and injustice per their thought or their way- Lord, help us this day to hear what your Spirit is saying to the church. Amen

December 30

To be like Jesus 363

Today

Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And the heathen shall know that I Lord do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.” Ezekiel 37 v26-28 AKJV

and the word of the Lord stands-forever. Lord, I thank you for this day.

December 29

To be like Jesus 362

Today

And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.” Luke 2 v21 AKJV

As this day goes forward let us be thankful for the child who’s name was called JESUS-God’s plan long before any one person thought of having a plan. We thank you Lord. Amen

December 28

To be like Jesus 361

Today

But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.” Luke 2 v19, 20 AKJV

Dear Heavenly father, as you have allowed us to see many things in a short time of life, we thank you for the greatest gift of salvation. I thank you for this day. Amen

December 27

To be like Jesus 360

Today

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us go now to Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us. And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child. And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.” Luke 2 v12 – 18 AKJV

Lord, we thank you for this day. Amen

December 26

To be like Jesus 359

Today

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were more afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

For unto you this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2 v8-11 AKJV

Merry Christmas

December 25

To be like Jesus 358

Today

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazereth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2 v1-7 AKJV

and around 800 years earlier…

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgement and with justice from hence-forth even for ever. The Zeal of the Lord of host will perform this.” Isaiah 9 v6, 7 AKJV

And we find ourselves here in 2019, the world and its governments, and their economy does recognize the stopping moment of this significant prophecy then, and the real time birth of Christ then, and his celebration now.

We live and are witness to the times of the importance of calling witnesses to the action that has thought to have been taken place of others-with there own accounts of how it happened.

The witness has stood, and will stand forever of the Christ Jesus to the world. His word is in our hands and the world sees. Can I get a witness?

December 24