To be like Jesus 50

Today

“There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he crieth and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: For I have five brethren; that they may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.” Luke 16 v19-31 AKJV

To be like Jesus. We shall not trust in the riches of this world, but trust in God. Status has not part in the final destination, eternity. We overcome here by the blood of Christ-the one who has risen from the grave, and our testimony. Many are sent, Preachers, in the calling of God to share of this truth. Heaven, is a reality that is easily excepted for the most part, Hell, not so much easily excepted but yet the same reality.

…”Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, and dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” Jude v21-25 AKJV

…”So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Isaiah 55 v11

…”Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.” Isaiah 55 v5 AKJV

Keep on keeping on. Tell of the truth, with compassion, and with respect for the judgement of God that is to come.

Lord, this day is yours. I thank you for your word, for your mercies, and for your truth that keeps us all in your graces. We give you thanks. Amen

February 19

To be like Jesus 49

Today

“And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him. And he said unto them,

Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it. And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one title of the law to fail. Whosever putteth away his wife, and married another, commiteth adultery: and whosever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.” Luke 16 v14-18 AKJV

To be like Jesus. To understand nothing is hid from God, he knows the heart. Our hope is in him, which is strengthened by the use of our faith. His word will not fail. His plan for life, eternal life, will not fail. The boundaries of heaven are held in place by the choice of trusting in God, accepting eternal life through confession of Jesus Christ as Lord, and being born again. Renewed to a new spirit of mind and soul, that is manifested through the continuing moments of life.

Lord, bless this day, as I know you already have, for it is yours. Amen.

February 18

To be like Jesus 48

“And he said unto his disciples,

There was a certain rich man, which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. And he called him, and said unto him, How is it that I hear this of thee? give an account of thy stewardship; for thou mayest be no longer steward.

Then the steward said within himself, What shall I do? for the Lord taketh away from me the stewardship: I cannot dig; to beg I am ashamed. I am resolved what to do, that, when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.

So he called every one of his lord’s debtors unto him, and said unto the first,

How much owest thou unto my lord? And he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty.

Then said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy bill, and write four-score.

And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.

And I say unto you, Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations.

He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man’s, who shall give you that which is your own?

No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Luke 16 V1-13 AKJV

To be like Jesus. To know right up front, God’s mercy to me as an imperfect is to know that in time, his blessings will come. For in this body, in this nature of a sinful world, I do fall short. TBLJ42 Life is to understand the Love of God, and to share that love with others-“thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just” TBLJ 43 “Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.” TBLJ 44 “Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?…He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” TBLJ 45 “go after that which is lost” … “seek diligently till she find it?” -shall we not take care of our own? TBLJ 46 from our place in life -“thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine.” to the place of the one who desires to come to the fellowship of home, “thy brother was dead, and is alive again, and was lost, and is found.” there is a huge divide, until the healing of the father is come. TBLJ 47

To be a friend, is said to have a friend. Even more, to love beyond a friend. Understanding the motivation {the driving force] of life in this world is challenging at times and often leads to the wrong conclusions of others.

I must begin with me, and understand that others are motivated in the surviving of life as well as me. Shall I not expect them to do as best as they understand, to take care of themselves? My starting place, to show grace (forgiveness) to others as grace (forgiveness) was shown to me.

Today-draw me closer Lord, and never let go. Bless the ones that I know. Amen

February 17

To be like Jesus 47

Today

“And he said,

A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and too his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him. And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends: But as soon as thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf. And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meat that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again: and was lost, and is found.” Luke 15 V11 – 32 AKJV

…there’s more

“And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.” Revelation 21 v6,7

“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the lambs wife.” Revelation 21 v8,9

“And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as a crystal; And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, and emerald; The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eight, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was one of pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honour of nations into it. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” Revelation 21 v10-27

I know of a man, once alone and desiring a company of restoration. As he sat on a beach looking out across the gulf, a certain memory came of a poem he had seen at a house within the family. This story came to this man beginning the end of a certain journey, [all journeys are not good journeys, such as the journey of riotous living]. For many reasons of the journey had come and gone, and he found himself passing through the city called, Corpus Christi-which means-the body of Christ, and on a beach called Padre Island.
The poem spoke of the ‘footprints, footprints in the sand, reminding him of the story of another who had felt alone, and whom realized the true reason for the times of only one set of footprints in the sand, that is when Jesus was carrying the man through the difficult times. His turn in life came when the hope of Christ was restored to him, the next journey begins to build in a call to come home, to the home of the church of the Living God, in those who believe and know that there is hope beyond the circumstances of this world, and to know there is a place in heaven, described to a measurement unimaginable almost in the reality of this world, but assured in the ability to just look up in the heavens and see, we do not see the ends of the universe, and even more the universes beyond, but our God does.

…a prayer, sent by a child, and an expectant mother, and those once of the unseen order of Christianity, bearing in the mind, the soul, a passion for another, to another place long away from home…

“After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen” Mathew 6 v9-13

Lord, this day is yours. I thank you for the prayer, and a special prayer for those who sent it far away to one away from home. That one returned home, before he came home. I give you thanks, and pray once again for a renewed spirit of mind, … Amen

February 16

To be like Jesus 46

Today

“Then drew near unto him all the publicans and sinners for to hear him. And the Pharisee and scribes murmured, saying, This man recieveth sinners, and eateth with them. And he spake this parable unto them, saying,

What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbors, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my lost sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. Either that woman having ten pieces of silver, is she loose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. Luke 15 v1-10 AKJV

To be like Jesus. Shall I ask where have those others been, for I have not seen them in going on four years now? Those of the unseen order of Christianity, bearing in the mind, the soul, a passion for another.

To live, I am to move on from that control, desired from the depths of that process of thinking, and know that “I am” a child of God. By his redeeming grace “I am” his. That really has not been the question nor the concern but the real concern is the masses of those making the profession to which they bring little or no empathy.

Confused, by relying on an overload of information, maybe… unreliable, by an ever-growing dependence on the constant shifting affliction of materialism, maybe…deceived, by the constant need for inclusion or approval to give a false measure of assurance, only to find a place of what seems to be implicated as total solitude when in the depths of needing support or hope.

That is not the end, thank goodness, nor is it even a situation that we have to contend with. As I said before, “I am” a child of God. The very faith of drawing a breath from what cannot be seen in the air gives life. Life is good. Beyond that, the hope of helping others to know even a renewed spirit in life. Have I fallen short, absolutely.

-the ability to understand and share the feelings of another…

-perception in the absence of judgement with a view to obtaining spiritual guidance and understanding…

Just above, the definition of two words derived from a google search and how closely related they can be, the two words, empathy/discernment. Both share some measure of what Christianity could bring, but far above in the writing lay the most simple, action innovated solution for experiencing these two deeply implied spiritual connotations of Christianity.

To be like Jesus. …I have seen some, just not the expected ones. Our Lord is merciful, and those who have been wondering-where have I been-the release…maybe. I press on, to the fullness of restoration, my measure of many is enough already, distorted-the plumb line cannot be made crooked.

Even I, Lord, keep in me the the right understanding…

“And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses: they fed him with grass like the oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven; till he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he appointeth over it whomsoever he will.” Daniel 5 v21 AKJV

I am so very thankful for those who have gone before me. I am so thankful for those you have sent to me over a lifetime. I pray for those, and even me who need to go where you would have us to go, as we say we are guided…Today, the stranger I encountered from a far away place, even tells me of her thanks to those who have gone to the far away place, in your name. Their song of the people, “We are so very, very, thankful for all that you have done for us.”

As we pray, this day, the restoration of our nations church, let it be found with great empathy, and great discernment, and that is beyond the words. Amen

February 15

To be like Jesus 45

Today

“And there went great multitude with him: and he turned, and said unto them,

If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish. Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. So likewise, whosever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill: but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.” Luke 14 v25-35 AKJV

To be like Jesus. Trust God.

“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1 v6 AKJV

Holey, beyond even our own selves is to trust the Lord, and he will finish what he has began with our lives. While many things and people in our lives are of extreme importance, our first importance must be him in order for him to bless the things and people in our lives. Trusting in his way, will bring blessings to the ones we love.

“Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3 v2 AKJV

“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Colossians 3 V15-16

Lord, this day is yours. We thank you for all the blessings you have added to this day. Bless those we love this day with your peace. Amen

February 14

To be like Jesus 44

Today

“And when one of them sat at meat with him heard these thing, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God. Then said he unto him,

A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a place of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray the have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind, And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the Lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.” Luke 14 v15-24

“And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.” Revelation 19 v9

“And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither what-soever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” Revelation 21 v27

>..Question is, What about you?

Lord, this day is yours, your word stands as it is, always before, always now, and always after. Prepare our hearts to walk with you, We give you praise this day. There is no given territory to the enemy of the cross. A day will be when all will be what it is. We give thanks to you for this day. Amen

February 13