Archive | October 2014

Power in the Word

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13

This has been a favorite verse of mine.

Many years ago, when I was going through a really difficult time, my sister wrote a letter to me with this verse. I grabbed hold of it, and put it in my heart.

This verse leaped off the pages of the Bible, and gave me hope, confidence, strength, and power. It was not my own power, it was God’s strength in me.

That’s what God’s word does! There is real power in the words of the Bible.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the mighty, powerful words that You share with us. At just the right time, You know what we need. Your words give us strength and encouragement, instruction, and wisdom. Amen.

-Dawn-

Monument to Freedom

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13

My son is in eleventh grade. He is home-schooled. For Literature, we read a story about the Concord Battle Monument in Massachusetts.

The monument was a memorial in the shape of an obelisk, that marked where the first shots were fired during the Revolutionary War– the War for Independence. The memorial was not erected until 1836, almost sixty years after the battle.

It is inscribed with these words:

Here
on the 19th of April
1775
was made
the first forcible resistance
to British aggression.
On the opposite bank
stood the American Militia.
Here stood the invading Army
and on this spot
the first of the enemy fell
in the War of that Revolution
which gave
Independence
to these United States.
In gratitude to God
and
in the love of Freedom
this monument
was erected
AD 1836

The monument was erected to show gratitude to God, and to remind us of our love for freedom. Courageous men and young soldiers spent their blood for our freedom. They were finally commemorated years later.

The cross was an instrument of torture and suffering during Roman Times.

It is now “a Christian monument” for us to remember what Christ has accomplished. It was inscribed with “King of the Jews”.-  the crime that Jesus was guilty of. Jesus defeated the cross of death and suffering when He rose from the grave three days later. He made salvation available to anyone who would believe on Him. Because of the courage of Jesus, we have real freedom. Freedom of the eternal soul to have communion with a Holy God!

Jesus Christ won the battle over sin and death. It was a war that made a difference for every human being. Jesus was victorious!

For Christians, the cross is a great symbol of great salvation, available to all who believe in Jesus Christ. Honor and glory and power is due Him. He is the victor of ultimate freedom!

THE CROSS

Thank You, God, for sending Your only Son to die on a cross for me. I give You honor, glory, and praise! Help me to set up a monument in my heart to remember the courage and love of Jesus! Help me to never forget the price that You paid for my freedom. Amen!

-Dawn-

The Truth in God’s Word

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I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. Romans 1:16

God’s truth is what changes lives.

Jesus exposed sin, healed and forgave the sinner, then told them to go and sin no more.

Sin enslaves us, and it dishonors God. When we say we love Him, we want to respect Him. When we do sin, we can confess our sins, and He will forgive us.

The Bible tells us what sin is, and it tells us how to be redeemed and saved from sin and unrighteousness.

Love is a big part of being a Christian, but so is hating evil, and clinging to what is good.

We are warned throughout the Bible that we need to be on guard so that we are not deceived. The first sin was Satan deceiving Eve. The Devil also tried to deceive Jesus, but Jesus was able to combat the lies of Satan with the truth of God. Jesus was victorious!

Paul reminds us what the Bible is good for:

2 Timothy 3: 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

And then John reminds us to be careful,

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 1 John 4:1

We do need to judge what is right and good. If we are deceived, the results can be devastating.

We need to protect our faith in Christ. Many false teachers are trying to deceive Christians.

Watch and pray, and persevere! Read God’s Word, so that You know the truth.

Thank You, God, for the truth of Your words. They bring life, full abundant life to those who choose to obey them. Forgive us for our sins, and lead us in the way everlasting! Keep us from evil. Help the truth to prevail. Make us strong in the Lord, and in Your mighty power. Please shorten these days of deception, and put Your word in our hearts and minds. Amen.

-Dawn-

Nothing can Separate Us From God’s Love:

Nothing separates

Romans 8 King James Version (KJV)

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.

35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

As Christians, we are more than conquerors, even in the midst of suffering.

Jesus does not condemn us. He intercedes for us. Jesus speaks to God on our behalf, defending us. He is our mediator. We can say we have a friend in high places.

We do not have to worry that we will be separated from the love of God. His love cannot be stifled. It is a victorious, strong, all-encompassing love.

Thank You, Lord, for loving us, for forgiving us, and for setting us free from sin and evil. Thank You for interceding on my behalf. I am so glad that nothing can separate us from Your precious love. Help me to love others, as You love me. Amen.

-Dawn-

God is an Amazing Provider

Psalm 145:13-18

“Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations. The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. the eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season. Thou openest thine hand and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. The LORD is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.”

God is good! He provides for every living thing.

So many things we take for granted, like the gift of health, sight, food, the abilities to see, hear, think, smell, taste, touch, and so many more!

I enjoy seeing wildlife. I have been so blessed to see bears, mountain lions, deer, elk, moose, and so many other creatures in their natural habitat. God is such an artist. Who would have thought to make some of the many animals that He has? What beauty!

I enjoy watching the many different birds. I have seen eagles soar high, then dive to grab a fish from the river. I have seen the Flickers, orange and spotted, and like a woodpecker, hammer the cedar on our house. I have seen bluebirds, cedar waxwings, wrens, hawks, jays, and so many other kinds of flying works of wonder!

I love good food. God provided so many kinds of vegetables, fruits, grains, and different kinds of fish and meat. Strawberries, Blueberries, Raspberries, Blackberries, and the list goes on. Bananas, coconuts, papaya, and pineapples, — can one even begin to list all the foods on the earth that taste so good? There is such a variety!

Both those who believe in God, and those who don’t, enjoy the many benefits that God has provided.

I love the fingerprints that God has left on the earth that He created!

Thank You God, for Your many blessings! Help me to appreciate the beauty of Your handiwork, always!

-Dawn-

Unworthy to Some, but Forgiven by God!

Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works : Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Hebrews 10:22-25

This verse tells me that I can, with full assurance, draw near to Him. My heart is sprinkled from an evil conscience, and my body washed with pure water, that precious blood of Christ! I do not need to waver with uncertainty. Instead, I can ‘provoke’ others to love and good works, and assemble together with other Christians, especially as I see the nearness of Christ’s return.

Do others make you feel condemned? Do they know the extent to which you’ve sinned? Is it hard to draw near to God, because you feel unworthy?

Please know that it is only God’s forgiveness that you need to be concerned with. He is the ultimate one who has the power to forgive, through His Son, Jesus.

When you accept what Jesus has done, you’ve been adopted by God, and are an heir with Christ. You are a brother or sister to the LORD, Himself. We are children of the Living God!

Others may have a problem forgiving, but God is willing.

There are so many stories that confirm this.

Jesus told the story of the Prodigal Son. The Prodigal left his father, and went into the world to experience wild living. When he became destitute, and found his friends had abandoned him, and he had nothing left, he returned to his father, thinking he would only be a servant. His father welcomed him with open, loving arms, and a heart full of joy because his son came home! The brother was not quite as happy, but his father rebuked him, and told him he should be happy, because he thought his son was dead, but he is alive!

There is the story of the woman who sat at the feet of Jesus. She was a woman of ill reputation. Others thought of her many sins, and wondered how Jesus could allow her to touch Him. He knew their thoughts, and told these people that she had been forgiven much, and that she loves much. They did not wash his feet, or welcome Him into their presence, but she continually showered her love towards Him.

Jesus told a story about two men who went to pray in a synagogue. The one had many sins, and could not even look to heaven, and the other did not feel he had sinned as much as this other man. The sinner beat his chest and cried out in anguish, and the other man only judged the poor sinner, and thanked God that he wasn’t like him. Jesus asked, “Who do you think went away forgiven?”

Jesus wanted us sinners to know we are forgiven, and that He accepts us, loves us, and He is over-joyed that we have come home to Him. He knows we are grieved about the things we’ve done. Jesus came for the destitute, the broken, and ones who needed Him — me!

Then, He gave us assurance that we could go to the Father, unafraid, and without condemnation.

Dear Lord, thank You for what You have done. There will always be people who make sinners, who have been forgiven by You, feel condemned. You say that when we believe on You, and have confessed our sins to You, that You forgive us and welcome us to be with You. We do not stay in our sins; we try to go and sin no more. However, at times when we fail, You are merciful. If our sins have brought us to the cross, then we do have confidence before the Father. We can know You are happy that we have come home to You. Help us to remember that confidence when others make us feel unworthy. In Your Name, Amen!

-Dawn-

A Mighty Blessing:

And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, “Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, ‘On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them,'”

(The LORD bless thee, and keep thee:

The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:

The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.)

“And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.” Numbers 6:22-27

This is a great blessing for all of God’s people to give and to receive. This is an extreme blessing! The Priests were commanded to bless the children of Israel with these words.

We all could use this mighty blessing, so for all my Christian brothers and sisters, today, I am speaking this blessing for you! Have a wonderful, blessed, glorious, God-filled day!

May He bless you, keep you, shine His abundant grace, love, and mercy on you, watch over you, and give you His peace, and may His wonderful name be upon you. Amen!

-Dawn-