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Sunday, March 9, 2014

TRUSTWORTHY SAYING

SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY

"This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance (and for this we labor and strive), that we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, and especially of those who believe."    1 Timothy 4:9-10  (N.I.V.)


PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father God, thank You for saving me and for Your mercy and grace. Thank You for blessing me with all good things, especially good health and happy children and grand children.... Help me to share Your Word with others and help them to understand the truth that is in Your Word for us to know and learn that we will be set free from guilt and condemnation associated with our sins and weaknesses. I love You Lord God and I love Your Word. Help me to be a better follower of Jesus and bring glory and honor to Your name... Help me to believe the right things and cast out wrong thoughts and ideas that may damage my standing with You.... I pray that I will always be in Your favor and You will be my Protector, Provider, Healer, Councilor, and Friend. I thank You for Your Word, in the name of Jesus, Yeshua, our Savior. Make it so...........   

Monday, February 24, 2014

HELP ME LORD!

HELP!   PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father God, sometimes I feel like I'm loosing my mind... Help me Father, to understand myself and why I do the things I do... Why I do the very things I don't want to do and I feel so helpless when I succumb to the temptations that grip me. I am embarrassed, and ashamed, and I feel so weak and pathetic. My joy seems to be stolen and my strength is drained. I feel liked I've failed everyone I love and that loves me, especially You, Father. I feel so guilty and condemned. I do not deserve Your love or any love. Why do I feel so useless and sad and worried? I feel like Your Spirit has left me and I'm being punished for my selfishness and insensitivity and my lack of self-control. Help me get my joy back Lord. I know I don't deserve any good thing You do for me and I am sorry for the way I am, for all my weaknesses and wrong behavior. Sometimes I feel like You have stopped loving me and I'm all alone in this world. Tell me what I need to do and help me do it because I just feel so weak and helpless. I need You Lord, to be my Protector, Healer, Provider, Counselor, and Friend. I just don't understand myself, how I can claim to believe in You and still have all these thorns and thistles in my life... I want to be free from all this guilt and shame and embarrassment. What is happening to me? I need peace in my heart and mind... Thank You for hearing my prayer. In the name of Jesus, Yeshua, my Savior and Lord... Make it so

SCRIPTURE  FOR TODAY

"Do not put your trust in princes. Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help. His spirit departs, he returns to his earth; in that very day his plans perish. Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help. Whose hope is in the LORD his God, Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them; Who keeps truth forever, Who executes justice for the oppressed, Who gives food to the hungry."    Psalm 146:3-7   (N.K.J.V.)      

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

LATER IN LIFE LOVES

SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY

"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned we make Him a liar, and the word is not in us."  1John1:8-10  (N.K.J.V.)


LATE LIFE LOVES

When we get passed the age of 50 or so, most of us have been either married and or divorced with children. Personally, I've had two failed marriages and I am not proud of that but in our culture we are brought up to believe that divorce is always an option if we are not happy with our spouse for any reason.... God hates a divorce and He says so in His Word and the only grounds for a divorce are adultery.
I hear about couples being married 20, 30, and 40 years and just up and get a divorce because "they just aren't happy," or, one partner did something to cause the other to loose trust, maybe lied to them or stole from them, even disagreements about children and grandchildren. Some of us who became believers later in life are even using the Word to justify divorce using the scripture that says "let us not be unevenly yoked" referring to one of the couple being a non-believer. There are many "reasons" in our society today by which we justify divorce.... That does not make it right and I believe God punishes us in certain ways when we go against His Word.

So, now if you are happily married or unhappily married considering divorce this post is for you and if you are divorced and single and in a girl-friend, boyfriend kind of a union then maybe you will relate to this post.
Generally, people, at least one out of the two who divorce find themselves lonely after a while and really not very happy. So they will pursue another partner and try to get back something they've lost. Companionship, even with an undesirable partner is still sometimes better than loneliness and lack, and separation from family members that they still love, children, grandchildren, in-laws, family friends who have know them for years. Now the punishment starts. The heart ache begins.
So, to try and fill the void, we will look for someone else to help relieve the pain. Some of us try out new partners and sometimes we are blessed to find the "one" that works the very first try. Others of us struggle, building walls around us that no one can climb and calling ourselves justified and happy without regret or concern. But, we still want the benefits of love without the commitment. We crave intimacy, closeness, conversation, and yes, sex... Now anxiety, loneliness, fear, doubt, uncertainty, and if you are a believer, guilt and condemnation.... Of course, God will forgive us our sins if we confess our sins but the problem does not go away, we still yearn for what was missing or lacking. Just someone eat dinner with or to hold at night, to tell your darkest secrets and your deepest thoughts... Now, let's say you find someone that you are attracted to and fall in love. Right away you start thinking "forever" thoughts. Now, maybe another marriage should be in order. Wow, are you sure? What about the kids? The grandkids? Friends and other relatives? Money?  Is everyone else in your life going to approve of your new found love? You may say, "it doesn't matter what they all think," well hold your horses now, when you're in your fifties or sixties and you are established in life, maybe retired, things can get real complicated. They are all kinds of issues to consider.
By this time in life most of us are set in our ways and where we live and we devote our time accordingly, be it with a career, a job, a hobby, friends and other family, or maybe grand kids. If we have been alone any length of time we are set in our ways and some of us are perfectly content to just leave everything the same, except for the desire for intimacy and closeness with someone we can relate to and just be with, without that "forever" commitment. Here's where someone's gonna get hurt.....
So, we look for, and find that someone and we give them all the love and affection we can, we go 'all the way,' if you know what I mean. For a believer, we have committed sin and knowing this, the guilt and condemnation moves in and with it, changes in behavior. If it continues, week after week, then month after month, and still no commitment... At least one of the two will require and need some kind of reassurance that this relationship will be a permanent, lasting, a secure thing... Marriage. Here's where the heartache comes for one or the other or both... One rejects the idea of marriage and leaves the other discouraged, insecure, and heart- broken. Now what? Apologies come. Because one of the partners will not give the other what they need to feel whole and happy and secure in life resentment grows and things change. Heart ache sets in and maybe it's time to call it quits and try again.......? More apologies.  But hopefully there is no hatred or hard feelings and that couple can still be friends and stay in touch even though the love they shared with each other fizzled out for what ever reason... Late life loves are not that easy to manage, and far more complicated than we can realize and maybe we should consider no love at all. No love at all?

I think that is easier said than done for most of us. We are created to love and be loved. God made us the way we are. We are His handy work and masterpiece. I thank Him everyday for the blessings he rains down on this sinful person that I am. And I pray that He will take away wrong desires and thoughts from me and let me bring glory and honor to His name. But He made me with these desires and tendencies. I have these weaknesses in my flesh that seem uncontrollable and He has yet to relieve me of these and I struggle with them everyday. I know not everyone can relate to this post and I pray that if you are facing this kind of challenge, be careful, and be prayerful, maybe in the not to distant future God will set us free or give us what we need to fill the void in our lives we so urgently desire. We are all "works in progress." He is not finished with us yet...... I trust in Him....

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father God, I thank You for all my blessings. For the beauty that surrounds me and all the family and friends and loved ones in my life. Help me not to hurt anyone You put in my life. You direct our paths Lord, help us to be where we need to be to do Your will and bring glory and honor to Your name. Protect us from the schemes and plans the enemy makes to destroy us and let us have victory in every area of our lives. Peace, security, health, and freedom. Give us our hearts desire if it is in line with Your Word and help us to understand You and forgive us where we fall into sin and wrong behavior. Help us to believe right things and reject the wrong thoughts that creep into our minds.... Thank You for forgiving me for all my sins and for being my Father and my God... In the name of Jesus, Yeshua, our King and Lord... Make it so...                          

 

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

THE BLESSING

THE AARONIC BLESSING

I believe these are very powerful words. They are recorded in the book of "Numbers" found in the "Old Testament." I was listening to a Messianic Jewish Rabbi teach this prayer this morning on "Discovering The Jewish Jesus" and if I was hearing him right, it's OK to add pronouns, (us, me, you,) etc..... And the words, (is, will.) So it reads like this:
 "The LORD (is) blessing you and keeping you; the LORD is making His face shine upon you and is being gracious to you; the LORD is lifting  up His countenance upon you. And is giving you peace."  Numbers 6:22-26 (N.K.J.V.)

From what I understand, the Hebrew language is complicated and can have a wide range of meanings for certain words found in the Old Testament..... Hence, variations in translations.... Compare N.I.V., N.K.J.V. and others.... Certain translations bring a different meaning to these scriptures and this could be why many people believe the Bible is not accurate.... At any rate, I believe the Word of God is true and the Holy Spirit guides our understanding of it...

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Thank You Father God, Yahweh, for Your Word in Jesus' name. Help us to understand Your Word. Help is to know what You are saying when we read and study it. Thank You Father for this great blessing, for the peace and joy and comfort it brings us... Help us to follow it and be strong enough to stand up for it and share it with others, to know You through Your Word and make You known to others according to Your Word... Thank You for all my blessings and for being my, Provider, Protector, Healer, and for our Savior Jesus, Yeshua, and the Holy Spirit, and the gift of righteousness.... In the name of Jesus, Yeshua, make it so.....            

Thursday, February 13, 2014

ANSWERED PRAYER

SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY

"Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him?"   Matthew 7: 9-11  (N.I.V.)


PRAYER FOR TODAY


Lord God Yahweh, in Jesus' name I thank You lord for this day and all the beauty that surrounds me. Thank You for my good health report that I received recently, I should have thanked you sooner.... Thank You for forgiving me for being so neglectful and selfish.. Thank You for the gift of righteousness that You freely give all those who believe in You and put their faith in You... Father, I ask that an agreement be reached in our favor concerning a land opportunity that would increase my resources and enable me to have more freedom and freedom to give more to others and demonstrate Your Kingdom here on earth.... I put my faith in You alone for this thing to happen in our favor. Thank You for always answering my prayers and knowing what is best... Help me to be a better person and bring honor to Your name. Thank You Lord, in the name of Jesus, Yeshua, my Lord and Savior, make it so.........

Saturday, January 25, 2014

LET THEM GO HOME?

SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY

"But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body."   Philippians 3:20-21  (N.I.V.)

I hear about a pregnant woman being kept alive on artificial life support for an extended period of time in hope that a recovery may take place. I can only imagine the heart ache her husband and family must be going through watching and hoping for her to open her eyes and come to life again. She has been declared "brain dead" and her chances of ever recovering are near 0. Where is she and where is her baby? Are they laying there in that hospital bed bound to a non-functioning body of flesh? Are their "spirits" in limbo, stuck where they are  desperately wanting released to be welcomed into their heavenly home. When there is no hope of recovery, it seems to me to be the most humane and compassionate thing to do would be to let them "go home," return the God who created them and take their places in heaven where there is no pain or suffering, fear and anguish, only the unspeakable joy, beauty, freedom, and love like we here on earth will never know until we take our places there in the presence of our loving heavenly Father.
 If it was me confined to a body that doesn't work, a mind that can't think, and a heart that only beats with the help of a machine I would want to go home and be with my Creator and all my relatives who have lived and died before me and wait for those who were part of my life before I got hurt or sick or what ever caused my death. Death is only a gateway to a better more meaningful existence. It's only scary to us for time until we actually go. Then it's a glorious existence in the presence of our Father God, Jesus, the Angels, and all our friends and relatives with whom will be reunited with when that time comes. When it's time it's time and we must let them go home.

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father God, I thank You for my health and the health and well-being of all my family and friends. Protect us Lord, from all the attacks by the enemy, sickness, disease, accidents and every sort of malady that comes upon us. Comfort those who are bed-ridden and in pain and those who are experiencing the loss of loved ones and touch them with the power of Your Holy Spirit, heal them and help them to understand Your will and purpose for their lives now, and the lives we will have with You in heaven when You call us home. Help us to know love and compassion and to hear Your voice. In the name of Jesus, Yeshua, our Lord and Savior.. Make it so..        

Thursday, January 23, 2014

FORGIVENESS?

SCRIPTURE FOR TODAY

"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive what ever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you."   Colossians 3:12-13  (N.I.V.)


PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father God, I thank You for hearing my prayers and for Your love. If I have hurt or offended anyone by my speech and actions put it in their hearts to forgive me. Especially my family members. Let there be no strife in my house and let there be joy in my house always and in the hearts of all my family members and friends. I pray also that everyone I love comes to know You, love You, and serve You until the return of Jesus and Your Kingdom on earth. Thank You Father. Let Your will be done. In the name of Jesus, Yeshua, make it so.....