Rejoice

Luk 21:25-28  “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.  People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

I don’t know about you, but many times I am tossed as to what to pray for.  I see people praying for safety in the world.  We see the storms, earthquakes and mess that this world is becoming because of the bad weather, the garbage, the chemicals that are getting spilled.  We hear scientist claiming if we don’t do something right now then our world will become a terrible place where we can not live anymore.

Now we have the fear of the Covid-19 virus, and it is causing kayos all around the world.  People are not able to go to work or school and much the world is closing events and even work.  What are we supposed to do?

REJOICE!!!

I don’t know about you, but I notice that God knew this was going to happen.  Instead of fear aren’t we supposed to rejoice, not because this is good for us, but because they are signs that the end time is near.  And we know when that happens that Jesus will return.

When I was younger, I kept saying the end of the world is coming are you ready?   I am.  I have Jesus and I know where I will be.  And ever since my mother had passed away, I keep reminding myself, a lifetime is just the beginning.   There is a lot more to come.

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Words of Promise

Taken from Lucado’s book “When God Whispers Your Name”

 

God has given a son to us… His name will be Wonderful Counselor, Powerful God … Prince of Peace. —Isa_9:6

Every Christmas I read this reminder that came in the mail several years ago:

If our greatest need had been information, God would have sent an educator. If our greatest need had been technology, God would have sent us a scientist. If our greatest need had been money, God would have sent us an economist. But since our greatest need was forgiveness, God sent us a Savior.

Christmas cards. Punctuated promises. Phrases filled with the reason we do it all anyway.

He became like us, so we could become like him.

Angels still sing and the star still beckons.

He loves each one of us like there was only one of us to love.

When God Whispers Your Name

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A Treasure Map

Today’s devotional taken from Lucado.

 

In the beginning there was the Word. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. —Joh_1:1

The Bible has been banned, burned, scoffed, and ridiculed. Scholars have mocked it as foolish. Kings have branded it as illegal. A thousand times over it the grave has been dug, and the dirge has begun, but somehow the Bible never stays in the grave. Not only has it survived, it has thrived. It is the single most popular book in all of history. It has been the best-selling book in the world for years!

There is no way on earth to explain it. Which perhaps is the only explanation. The answer? The Bible’s durability is not found on earth; it is found in heaven. For the millions who have tested its claims and claimed its promises there is but one answer—the Bible is God’s book and God’s voice …

The purpose of the Bible is to proclaim God’s plan and passion to save his children. That is the reason this book has endured through the centuries… It is the treasure map that leads us to God’s highest treasure, eternal life.

The Inspirational Study Bible

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Entering His Presence

Today’s Devotional from Lucada. Awesome to remember this.

 

 

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. —Php_1:21 NIV

Just as a parent needs to know that his or her child is safe at school, we long to know that our loved ones are safe in death. We long for the reassurance that the soul goes immediately to be with God. But dare we believe it? Can we believe it? According to the Bible we can.

Scripture is surprisingly quiet about this phase of our lives. When speaking about the period between the death of the body and the resurrection of the body, the Bible doesn’t shout; it just whispers. But at the confluence of these whispers, a firm voice is heard. This authoritative voice assures us that, at death, the Christian immediately enters into the presence of God and enjoys conscious fellowship with the Father and with those who have gone before.

When Christ Comes

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Set Apart

Taken from Lucado’s devotional today. Enjoy.

 

 

The Spirit produces the fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. —Gal_5:22-23

In the third century, St. Cyprian wrote to a friend named Donatus:

This seems a cheerful world, Donatus, when I view it from this fair garden… But if I climbed some great mountain and looked out … you know very well what I would see; brigands on the high road, pirates on the seas, in the amphitheaters men murdered to please the applauding crowds…

Yet in the midst of it, I have found a quiet and holy people… They are despised and persecuted, but they care not. They have overcome the world. These people, Donatus, are Christians…

What a compliment! A quiet and holy people

Quiet… Not obnoxious. Not boastful. Not demanding. Just quiet…

Holy… Set apart. Pure. Decent. Honest. Wholesome…

The Inspirational Study Bible

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The Fear of the Lord

“The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom.”

Psalm 111:10a(NASB)

 

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, fools despise wisdom and instruction.” Proverbs 1:7 (NASB)

 

“If You, LORD, should mark iniquitites, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, That you may be feared.”

Psalm 130:3-4 (NASB)

 

“There is nothing to fear but fear.” – Francis Bacon

 

“The fear of the LORD is the instruction for wisdom, And before honor comes humility.”

Proverbs 15:33 (NASB)

 

 

I have been studying the bible and working on my book about Paul. One of the openings for the book is entitled “The Fear of the Lord.” We find the bible says how “The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom.” What would you think that means? Leave a replay if you have any ideas on the subject.

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From Heaven Itself

(The devotional for the day from Max Lucado, enjoy)

God made you alive with Christ, and he forgave all your sins. He canceled the debt, which listed all the rules we failed to follow. —Col_2:13-14

All the world religions can be placed in one of two camps: legalism or grace. Humankind does it or God does it. Salvation as a wage based on deeds done—or salvation as a gift based on Christ’s death.

A legalist believes the supreme force behind salvation is you. If you look right, speak right, and belong to the right segment of the right group, you will be saved. The brunt of responsibility doesn’t lie within God; it lies within you.

The result? The outside sparkles. The talk is good and the step is true. But look closely. Listen carefully. Something is missing. What is it? Joy. What’s there? Fear. (That you won’t do enough.) Arrogance. (That you have done enough.) Failure. (That you have made a mistake.) …

Spiritual life is not a human endeavor. It is rooted in and orchestrated by the Holy Spirit. Every spiritual achievement is created and energized by God.

He Still Moves Stones

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Sacred Delight

Devotional taken from Max Lucado. Enjoy.

 

February 16

 

Those people who know they have great spiritual needs are happy, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to them —Mat_5:3

[God] promises [sacred delight]. And he promises it to an unlikely crowd:

  • “The poor in spirit.” Beggars in God’s soup kitchen.
  • “Those who mourn.” Sinners Anonymous bound together by the truth of their introduction: “Hi, I am me. I’m a sinner.” …
  • “The merciful.” Winners of the million-dollar lottery who share the prize with their enemies.
  • “The pure in heart.” Physicians who love lepers and escape infection.
  • “The peacemakers.” Architects who build bridges with wood from a Roman cross…
  • “The persecuted.” Those who manage to keep an eye on heaven while walking through hell on earth.

It is to this band of pilgrims that God promises a special blessing. A heavenly joy. A sacred delight.

The Applause of Heaven

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Everyone Will…

For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,  so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.  Philippians 2:9-10

  1. In today’s world we find so many people arguing and even fighting over religious rights. They tend to argue for their own point of view and will kill others in the name of _____ (you fill in the blanks.) We also find people who are working so hard at closing religion all together. The demand it be revoked from our lives and that we accept the idea of there being no life after death.

It is fascinating then when we come to this verse in the bible. We are told that in the end everyone will confess to Jesus Christ and claim he is Lord. Does that mean everyone will go heaven? No. But they will realize in the end who Jesus truly is.

We will all be accounted for in the end times for what we know and were taught. And many, who we did not even suspect, will be sitting in heaven. However, accepting him is not only for the afterlife. He is here today to help you through all things. He sent his Holy Spirit to be here to comfort all people through their times, for we do live in a sinful world. But in the end every knew will bow and every tongue will confess that he is Lord. Accept it now while you can still reserve your place in heaven, or accept it then when it is too late. God did not make hard; the choice is up to you.

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God’s Great Gifts

Today’s devotional taken from Lucado, enjoy!!

 

Thanks be to God for his gift that is too wonderful for words. —2Co_9:15

Why did he do it? A shack would have sufficed, but he gave us a mansion. Did he have to give the birds a song and the mountains a peak? Was he required to put stripes on the zebra and the hump on the camel? … Why wrap creation in such splendor? Why go to such trouble to give such gifts?

Why do you? You do the same. I’ve seen you searching for a gift. I’ve seen you stalking the malls and walking the aisles. I’m not talking about the obligatory gifts… I’m talking about that extra-special person and that extra-special gift… Why do you do it? … You do it so the heart will stop. You do it so the jaw will drop. You do it to hear those words of disbelief, “You did this for me?

That’s why you do it. And that is why God did it. Next time a sunrise steals your breath or a meadow of flowers leaves you speechless, remain that way. Say nothing and listen as heaven whispers, “Do you like it? I did it just for you.”

The Great House of God

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