Keep it Simple

choice_mainHi Friends,

I feel my spirit is stirred this morning. So many headlines, video’s, tweets and posts. If we are not careful, we get sucked into the whirlwind of confusion. Who to believe.  What to believe. Who and what to trust. Who to follow.

When we feel overwhelmed by this world, and I feel that way almost on a daily basis, I have to remind myself to keep it simple.  Take a step back.  Breathe deep. Surrender to my Lord Jesus and ask Him to sort it out for me. And it really is that simple.

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Here is a reminder…

1 Corinthians 14:33 King James Version

33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

Read that carefully. “God is NOT the author of confusion, but of PEACE!!!”

He can give you peace when your world is crumbling before your eyes. He can give you peace when your heart is broken.  His word is clear and true. Not confusing or deceiving.

The enemy, that old devil, is the author of confusion and the Father of lies!!!!  Think about that for a moment. He is the FATHER of lies…

John 8:44 King James Version 

44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.

The enemy is all around us, fighting hard to blind us and lead us astray. And when we are caught up in confusion and feel like we don’t know which way to go, that should be a big indicator that we need to re-evaluate our frame of mind and spirit.

Just stop for a moment. Remember, when you are consumed and weighed down with confusion, that isn’t coming from God.  Ask Him to clear your mind. He will.  armour

John 14:6 [Full Chapter]

Jesus saith unto him, am the waythe truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Jesus is the answer.  Plain and true.  That is the best way I know to keep it simple. Keep your eye on Him and when it drifts, and it will. We are all sinners. We are all carnal by nature, call out to Him. He is waiting on you.
~ God Bless
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Still Climbing

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So, here I am. Still moving forward. Upward. Still climbing that narrow path that will someday lead me home to Heaven.  And home is the perfect word. Sometimes I find myself acting like an impatient child. Pouting and throwing a fit…but, I’m ready to go home…to Heaven.

There are days that feel like they will never end. Days where the climb almost seems too much. Moments that I see the spiritual pain and suffering in those around me and it makes me hurt. Needless worry and stress that zaps the joy from the hearts of those I know and love. If we just lay it all at the feet of Jesus, He will take care of it.

Now, grant it, I’m no Saint. I make lots of mistakes and sometimes I lose sight of my journey. I am only human. But, there are other days when the Holy Spirit is so alive in me that I could run right down the middle of town shouting the good news that Jesus is still in the saving business and He is coming back soon. Very soon.

Are you ready? Do you have yourself in order? Did you know that the Bible says…

But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. Matthew 12:36 KJV

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Let that sink in…Every Idle Word!!

Do you know how many idle words I say per day?! It’s overwhelming. Let’s challenge ourselves. If you are reading this, let’s go one full day with no idle words. No speaking under our breath. No judgmental comments. No negative feedback.

Can you do it? I’m certainly going to try.

Let us lift each other in prayer. Let us give thanks for all the blessings we have. Let us rejoice in the day that the Lord has given us. God bless all of you.

Brace Yourself!

Have you seen the news? Heard the stories? It’s not just happening in some unknown region of the world. It’s everywhere! The wind, the waves, the wars, the earthquakes, the be-headings. There is so much death and destruction that life feels surreal at times.

It’s as if there is no peaceful place left on the planet. Nowhere to hide. Nowhere to run. Hate everywhere. How can we go on? How do we survive these hard times?  For me, the answer is simple – Jesus.

When the world around me spins out of control, spiraling into chaos. I look inside myself. Not for some philosophical teaching, or self-help talk. Not to still my mind and calm my chakra. I take refuge and find strength in the one who is an ever present help in trouble.  My Jesus.

I surrender everything to Him. When I close my eyes, when I’m working, driving, eating. It doesn’t matter. He is always with me. He is my rock!! All the Sunday school classes and church services, hymns and Bible studies…His word fills my mind, body and soul. And I know without a doubt…There is Power in the Blood! And Victory in Jesus!

I believe we are so close to His return. So close, that even though I keep looking up and watching, I find myself bracing for the call! How fast we will be changed!  How glorious that moment will be when we are called up to the clouds to meet our Jesus in the air.

I’m excited, scared, anxious, fearful…you name it!  But, I’m also certain, at peace, strong, ready, willing and waiting.

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Isaiah 26:3

In a world of turmoil do you have perfect peace? Do you have an unshakable foundation? Who do you serve this day…right this second?

There are only two answers:     Christ -or- Antichrist.

I serve Christ!! And I hope and pray that you do as well. What kind of eternity will you brace yourself for?

This Ordinary Life

“Brother how far, from the Saviour today

Risking your soul for the things that He gave

Oh if today, God should call you away

What would you give, in exchange for your soul”

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1 Peter 5:8

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour;

 

This world glitters. It dazzles and shines. Beautiful really. And yet, it is nothing more than a deception. It’s no wonder seeing how Satan and his minions are running around like crazy. We have drifted so far from what we were created to become.

Money, sex, drugs and all manner of evil have blinded our eyes. It is so hard to see the real beauty. A new-born baby gently clasping his mother’s finger. A shimmering star as it streaks across the sky. The ocean as it stops at precisely the spot where God has commanded. Oh, how His design is perfect!

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I try to see what the Holy Spirit shows me. However, my eyes are often clouded from the things of this world. I consider myself a follower of Jesus. There are moments when this ordinary life becomes extraordinary. Moments when I feel His presence. I hear His voice. I am drenched in peace and joy unspeakable. Moments when I am so blessed I’m brought to tears. I wish everyone could have those moments. Yet, I remain vigilant.

I know the beast that walks this earth. I have given in to the power and seduction of that darkness. I have sinned and disgraced my Heavenly Father. I have made myself unworthy of forgiveness and grace. My soul has been so ugly…

And yet God became flesh and blood. Lived as a man. A righteous man. A perfect man. The Son of Man. He stepped off His throne…do you get it? He left His Kingdom for me!! And not just me…you too. I can’t wrap my mind around it! He crossed worlds to come save us.

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There is a verse in the Bible that says:

as it is said, Today, if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts.

Hebrews 4:7

If you hear His voice..call on Him! He will answer in the way you need. He is waiting. You don’t know how close we are to the end. And yet He still holds time back…waiting on that last heart to seek Him. Is it you? Maybe you are afraid of the change. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God! Losing your soul forever is even more scary.

Whisper His name…He will hear it! He will come.

Ready Yourself

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And so the end comes quickly.  Like a thief in the night.  Are you ready?  I mean really ready?  Do you know where you stand?  Where your soul is going?

 

The things in this life are just that…things!  They rust, mildew, stain, fall apart or simply get tossed to the wayside.  But, there is a place where time does not exist.  We will no longer be on a countdown to our “golden years”.  We won’t have to worry  about senior discounts.  We will have everything we need!!  I’m talking about Heaven!!

 

That glorious home that awaits us.  That our Jesus, our Savior, went on to prepare for us.  Can you imagine after all Jesus went through on this earth to provide us a bridge to Heaven, He still left and had to go prepare  a place.

 

I imagine not once did He mutter under His breath about us being ungrateful, stubborn, sinners.   So, are you ready?  Have you come to that place in your Christian walk that you can goodbye to all your worldly gain?  Can you say goodbye to family and friends?  Can you let go of that big house on the hill?

The Spirit bears witness.   You will know if you are ready or not!  And, best of all, He will tell you what you need to do to ready yourself.

If you hear His voice…run to Him!!  He is your Father.

Not Enough Time

I’ve been watching a lot of end time prophecy shows lately. Everyone seems to have their own take on God‘s timeline of events. Some I agree with…others I don’t. Either way, the one thing I think we all can believe in is that Jesus is our savior.

I am not ashamed to say that Jesus is my savior…my messiah…my advocate to our Heavenly Father. I am not afraid to say Jesus is the ONLY way to Heaven! There is no other way!

There is not enough time left to sugarcoat things. There is not enough time left to agree to disagree. Jesus is the only way! If you don’t have Jesus…then all you have are things that will fade away.

This was weighing heavily on me this morning. I pray that if this message touches you that you will get to know Jesus on a personal level. He is all you need. He will teach you right from wrong. Surrender your life to Him and be filled with the Holy Spirit.

Time is passing so quickly! Throw down your idols and false Gods. They will lead you to death. Jesus will lead you to life everlasting.

Search for Him today!

Humbled and Feeling Blessed

 

I was listening to the radio the other day and heard this song. It stopped me in my tracks. I felt so small and unworthy. I felt  ashamed and guilty. I try…or do I? I believe that I try. I know I will never be  good enough…so I need to accept the fact that Jesus loves me anyway!

  If you get a chance go listen to this song.

I pray that it touches you as deeply as it did me.  I am so blessed!!  Praise God!  I am so very blessed!

 

 

 

Jesus….thank you for loving me even though…..

I am the thorn in your crown
But You love me anyway
I am the sweat from Your brow
But You love me anyway
I am the nail in Your wrist
But You love me anyway
I am Judas’ kiss
But You love me anyway
See now I am the man who yelled out from the crowd
For Your blood to be spilled on this earth shaking ground
Yes then I turned away with a smile on my face
With this sin in my heart, tried to bury Your grace
And then alone in the night I still call out for You
So ashamed of my life, my life, my life

But You love me anyway
Oh God, how You love me
Yes You love me anyway
It’s like nothing in life
That I’ve ever known
Yes You love me anyway
Oh Lord, how You love me

I found these lyrics on elyrics.net  The group is Sidewalk Prophets.