Archive | March 2015

Writing and Sharing Your Testimony:

If you believe in Jesus, You have a testimony. If you are like me, your testimony is difficult to put into words.

Paul had an amazing testimony of his conversion. He was a religious zealot, a Pharisee, who persecuted, and helped put to death, many professing Christians.

His testimony is found in Acts 26. Some of his testimony is as follows:

15 “Then I asked, ‘Who are you, Lord?’

‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,’ the Lord replied. 16 ‘Now get up and stand on your feet. I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen and will see of me. 17 I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them 18 to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

Paul’s testimony almost convinced King Agrippa to follow Christ.

If you would like to write a testimony of your faith, I found an excellent WordPress article, by ‘My Song in the Night‘.

The article contained some help on how to write your testimony with six main points:

1. Read A Testimony From The Bible

2. Pray For The Spirit’s Help

3. Remember

4. Outline It In Three Steps: Before, But Then, After

5. Be specific.

6. Most importantly, remember it’s all about Christ.

I love to read testimonies. It helps my faith and encourages me to tell others of the wonderful things God does.

When I was single, over twenty years ago, I was so interested in how people met their spouses. I loved to hear of how people fell in love. I still do. Our testimony is a love story. It helps other people on their journey to find and receive love. Jesus has done so much that is worthy of telling and retelling. I urge you to tell your story, and share with others how you met the love of your life.

Thank you, dear Lord, for everything You’ve done. You are such a hero to me, and You are the love of my life. I would like to write my testimony, but am not sure how, so I pray for guidance from You. I know that faith comes by hearing the word of God. It is inspiring and encouraging to hear and read about the work that You continue to do in people’s lives. I pray for workers for the harvest, and for Your presence and love to continue to reach hearts. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

-Dawn-

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We are Clothed Because He was Stripped:

I thought I would share a devotional written by Anne Graham Lotz. You can find more of her daily devotions here: http://www.annegrahamlotz.org/category/joy-of-my-heart/

Clothed in His Righteousness

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And when they crucified Him, they divided His garments, casting lots for them to determine what every man should take.Mark 15:24, NKJV

When Jesus finally arrived at the place of execution around nine o’clock in the morning, if His treatment followed standard procedure in those days, He was stripped of all His clothes. Possibly He was allowed to retain a loincloth.

Yet because Jesus was stripped “naked,” you and I can be clothed! The Bible tells us that all of our righteousness, including the very best things we ever do, are so permeated with sin and selfishness that they are like filthy rags in God’s sight
(Isa. 64:6). But at the Cross, Jesus gave us His perfect, spotless robe of righteousness and took our filthy garments of sin in exchange (Phil. 3:9). On Judgment Day, you and I will be dressed in His righteousness before God because He wore the filthy garments of our sin. We will be clothed because He was stripped!

From Just Give Me Jesus


I am so glad that Jesus clothed me with righteousness. I am so appreciative that he took away my filthy rags!

I thank God for the gift of salvation through Jesus, His Son.

-Dawn-

‘Stablish’

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The word ‘stablish’ is an earlier form of the word ‘establish’.

According to the dictionary, ‘establish’ means to make firm or stable, to gain full recognition or acceptance of, or to put into a favorable position.

We have so many wonderful promises of God.

 God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
 though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.

Psalm 46:1-3

Dear God, Thank you! Let Your perfect will be done! Keep us from temptation and deliver us from the evil one. Send workers for your harvest. I pray for Your presence and protection. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

-Dawn-

Hiram:

I was reading in the book of 1 Kings about Solomon.

In Chapter 7, the building of Solomon’s palace is recorded. It is really interesting to read.

Using The Message version of the Bible, it was a little easier to understand about the measurements of the beautiful rooms, colonnades, the foundations of beautiful huge stones, and the ‘pool’ or sea that could hold approximately 11,500 gallons of water.

Solomon’s temple must have been very beautiful. It took him thirteen years to build it.

Here is a link in case you would like to read Chapter 7: 1 Kings:7 (The Message)

Solomon hired a man who had the skill of working with Brass.

13 And king Solomon sent and fetched Hiram out of Tyre.

14 He was a widow’s son of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in brass: and he was filled with wisdom, and understanding, and cunning to work all works in brass. And he came to king Solomon, and wrought all his work.

Hiram’s workmanship was noticed by a great King. Hiram was a skilled worker, filled with wisdom, and understanding, and had amazing talent in working with brass.

We can learn a lesson from Hiram, — to do our work well, to gain wisdom, and understanding, and to pick something, and do it well, even when we think no one sees.

Hiram didn’t sound like a man who had a ‘no care’ attitude, he had a ‘can do’ attitude. He accomplished great things, and became part of the history told about in the Bible.

Dear God, please help me to do my work well. Help me to gain wisdom, and understanding. Give me skillful hands, and a willing heart. Help me to do my work to please You. Thank You. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.

-Dawn-

A Conversation about Being Born Again:

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For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. John 3:20

Do you know who the conversation was with, when Jesus spoke the words of John 3:16? He was speaking to Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews, who came to visit Jesus one night.

I have memorized John 3:16. It is such a beautiful verse of scripture. Jesus said, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Jesus was speaking to Nicodemus about how to be born again.

I wonder if Nicodemus came to Jesus at night so that no one would see him? How would it look for a ruler, a Pharisee, to acknowledge Jesus privately?

Nicodemus called Jesus, ‘Rabbi’, and said, “We know you are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”

Jesus told Nicodemus, “Most assuredly; I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Nicodemus is confused, and jokes a little about this, by asking Jesus, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”

Jesus answers sincerely, partly by saying, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, “You must be born again.’

Nicodemus is still confused, and says, “How can these things be?”

Then Jesus chides Nicodemus a little, and says, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and do not know these things?”

Jesus used the words of John 3:16 to help Nicodemus know about the way of salvation. That is one of the verses that Jesus used to teach about being born again, and about believing on the Son of God to save us.

But there are many who will not accept Jesus. Some are afraid that their evil deeds will be exposed.

Light that shines in the darkness it exposes the intricate details within.

Jesus is willing to forgive, save, heal, and redeem us. The evil things we have done should bring us to the cross, where we can find the light needed to expose, and cast away the darkness.

Thank You, Lord, for everything You’ve done for us. How wondrous, how marvelous. how merciful You have been to me. Just as Nicodemus came to You in the darkness, and You revealed the light of salvation to him, I pray that You would save the lost, and help us to show sinners the way of salvation through You. In Jesus’s Precious Name, Amen.

-Dawn-

Deception, Even From a Prophet:

There is a story in Kings, Chapter 13, that has an interesting lesson in it.

… “Thus says the LORD: ‘Because you have disobeyed the word of the LORD, and have not kept the commandment which the LORD your God commanded you, but you came back, ate bread and drank water in the place of which the LORD said to you, “Eat no bread and drink no water.” your corpse shall not come to the tomb of your fathers.'” Kings 13:21,22

A man of God went to Bethel from Judah, and pronounced judgment on Jeroboam while he stood at an altar burning incense. Jeroboam was a king of Judah who led the people astray from God, and made priests of whoever he wanted to. He set up altars and worshiped other gods, and got the people to follow along.

This man of God who pronounced judgment on the king, was told by God not to eat or drink in this town, or return by the way in which he came.

Another prophet heard about this man’s acts of judgment, and about his mission from God. This prophet, for some reason, lied to the man of God, and told him that an angel spoke to him, telling him to bring this man of God to his house, to give him something to eat and drink.

The man of God, believed the prophet, and ate and drank at his house. While he was eating, the LORD came to the prophet who lied, and had him tell the man of God that he disobeyed the word of the LORD, and that his corpse would not be buried in the tomb of his fathers.

The man of God was attacked by a lion while riding his donkey after he left the prophet’s home.

He was buried in the prophet’s tomb who lied to him. His name is not mentioned in the Bible. However, the prophet said that everything the man of God said would be fulfilled concerning Jeroboam.

The lesson here is that when God tells us something, we shouldn’t take someone else’s word on what they say God told them. We should let nothing turn us from the truth of God’s word.

We need to be careful what we hear, and who we listen to.

One other thing I learned from this story is that God’s word prevails.

Finally, when a nation has an evil king such as Jeroboam, the whole nation suffers.

Another prophet in Chapter 14 is quoted as saying “but you have done more evil than all who were before you, for you have gone and made for yourself other gods and molded images to provoke Me to anger and have cast Me behind your back”—

“Therefore behold! I will bring disaster on the house of Jeroboam every male in Israel, bond and fee; I will take away the remnant of the house of Jeroboam, as one takes away refuse until it is all gone.” Kings 14:9,10

Just as we are blessed when we have Godly leadership, we are also in danger of disaster when our leadership is ungodly.

Dear God, sometimes it is easy to be deceived. Even good people might tell us the wrong thing to do. Help us to stay true to You, seeking Your council, and following You wholeheartedly. Let nothing separate us from Your love.Keep us from being deceived. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

-Dawn-

Know Where to Go For Help:

In Psalm 69, David starts by asking God to save him. David feels as though he is drowning, sinking in deep mire, where he cannot even stand. It is as though deep waters are flowing over him. He is weary from crying, his throat is dry, his eyes fail, while he waits for God.

People hate him  without a cause, they are so numerous, more than the hairs on his head. They are mighty and want to destroy David. These mighty men want David to give them something he never took from them.

He feels like a stranger, an alien, and there is no one to help him. He is full of shame and reproach.

He has fasted, wept, and prayed.

Towards the end of this Psalm, David asks God to let His salvation set him on high, even though David is poor and sorrowful.

David says that he will praise God with songs and magnify Him with thanksgiving.

He knows the Lord hears the poor and despises not his prisoners.

The Psalmist’s heart must be singing when he says, “Let the heaven and earth praise Him, the seas, and every thing that moveth therein. For God will save Zion, and build the cities of Judah…

David is not hopeless, because he knows that God builds, God saves, God hears, God raises the lowly,poor, and sorrowful, even the foolish. God is a God of action and help. When David is sinking in the deep waters of the problems of life, he knows that he needs to go to God, who will lift him up and help him.

Dear God, thank You for being active in our lives. Like David, help us know that if we wait on You, You will lift us up and help us. I pray that You would help us not to lose hope. Like David, let us praise and magnify You, and help us to know that You will save us and build us up, that You will set us on high, above the waters that overflow us. In Jesus’s Name, Amen.

-Dawn-