Step by Step

           

  Step by Step You lead me.  Step by step I follow.

   You lead me in the everlasting way.

 

   Though darkness may surround; the light of Your

    glory illuminates my path.

 

   Darkness is not dark to You,

 in childlike faith I follow.

 

Though darkness may surround; darkness is not dark to You.

 The light of Your glory lights my way.

 

So step by step I follow.

You lead me in the way everlasting.

                                            

 Step by Step You lead me.  Step by step I follow.

You lead me in the everlasting way.

You bore my sins, you wore my pain; in it I am healed.

                           

By the cross You carried all my sins, all my pain &

all my worries are nailed to it.  So step by step I follow.

                    

You rose to glory and left life, liberty and purity behind

Through Your Holy Spirit; so step by step I follow.

 

Step by Step You lead me.  Step by step I follow.

You lead me in the everlasting way until finally those

Steps lead me home.         

                                                                    

 

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What Matters is Attitude

 

 (Luke 18:11-14) “The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector.  I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’  But the tax collector stood at a distance.  He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God have mercy on me, a sinner.’  ‘I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God.  For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”

  

The most important thing to God is the attitude of our heart. (I Samuel 16:7) “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”  It is not merely what we do for God that counts as much as why we are doing it.  (Proverbs 16:2) “All a man’s ways seem innocent to him, but motives are weighed by the Lord.”  The attitude of your heart matters more to God than the outward appearances and what you have or don’t have; He wants to make the inside whole, complete and not lacking in any area. (James 1:2-5) “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”

 

When your heart is right then the actions that follow in what you do and how you treat others will fall into place.  You will want to please God always so you will act with integrity.  (I Chronicles 29:17) “I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity.” (Proverbs 11:3) “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the crookedness of the treacherous destroys them.”  You will tithe and be responsible with your money because you no longer act on your emotions; they will rise up but you know how to put them in their place; therefore the money issues that come will be fewer and fewer.  Your relationships will be better because as the Word says, “have nothing to do with foolish arguments” and “as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” The humility that comes from having a right heart with God helps you to live in peace and you have learned to trash the pride that tries to raise its ugly head knowing pleasing God is more important than being right or having your way.  (Proverbs 15:33) “The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom, and humility comes before honor.”

 

What condition is your heart in?  Is everything still all about you or are you truly focusing on Jesus and keeping Him first in your mind and in your heart?  Is there still more work that needs to be done regarding placing God’s will and the needs of others before yours?  (Philippians 2:3) “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves.”  Test yourself and then go to God and ask Him to help you overcome any areas of your heart that need work.   (Philippians 2: 5-9) “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who being in very nature God; did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to death even death on a cross!  Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name.”

 

What is the attitude of your heart?  God gives grace to the humble, are you there yet?  (James 4:6) “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”  In humbling ourselves to make Jesus the Lord of our lives and obeying Him and placing Him and the needs of others first, by His grace we will have victory in every situation!

 

 (I Corinthians 15:57) “He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

 

Your Trials May Be A Set Up To Witness to Others

(Philippians 1:12-14) “Now I want you to know, brothers, that what happened to me has really served to advance the gospel.  As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ.  Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the Word of God more courageously and fearlessly.”

 

Paul was imprisoned on several occasions.  In the Book of Acts it tells of Paul’s imprisonment and how he appealed to Caesar.  He was taken to Rome.  Paul was aloud to live by himself but under guard.  It did not matter whether in prison or free Paul preached the Word of God and by his obedience the people in his days were encouraged to preach the gospel and many more were saved.  The household of Caesar was saved as well, and we know this by the following verse, (Philippians 4:22) “All the saints send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household.”  Paul delighted in the growing number of saints and his imprisonment did not stop him from witnessing; he did it all the more.  His obedience did not only act as a witness and testimony for the people of his time, but for everyone who reads the letters he wrote in the New Testament; he wrote 13 of the 27 books of the New Testament and 5 were written from prison.  How many of us could be confined to a prison cell and do the work of the Lord?  If you truly love and trust the Lord as he did, you could.  (Philippians 4:11-13) “For I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”

Jesus was beaten beyond human recognition, suffered, hung on the cross and died to rise to glory and all for the salvation of mankind.  So, the next time you are going through a rough trial remember your brothers and sisters in Christ who have gone before you and suffered for gospel of Jesus Christ.  We are God’s children.  As Jesus suffered then rose to His glory, being children of God, we are joint heirs and will share in His glory as long as we persevere and don’t give up.  (Romans 8:15-17) “For you did not receive a spirit of fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.  And by Him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’  The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.  Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.”

Through Jesus Christ you can overcome and through your trials you will not only be blessed as you persevere, but others will be as well.

 (Matthew 5:16) “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” 

 Who Is In Control? You or Your Emotions?

  (I Corinthians 6:12) “Everything is permissible—but I will not be mastered by anything.”

  

Do you control your emotions or do they control you?  (II Peter 2:19) “For a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.”    We will get angry, sad, tired, overwhelmed etc, but it is up to us what we do when our emotions overwhelm us.  (Deuteronomy 30:19-20) “This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses.  Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to His voice, and hold fast to Him.  For the Lord is your life, and He will give you many years in the land He swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”  Life and blessings are found in obeying God.  We can use the emotions that overcome us to teach us how to be more self-disciplined or we can let them rule us and in doing so, we become enslaved and in bondage again.  The very thing that Christ died to set us free from; bondage to sin.  (Galatians 5:1) “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

 

Do you want to be used by God?  How much time do you give Him?  Do you give Him just enough time to get by and get done whatever it is you are doing for Him?  Or, do you truly spend quality time with Him in honor of who He is and what He has done for you?  Do you let your emotional laziness take over when it comes to reading the Word and make excuses?  Or, do you take control giving God the time He deserves and adhere to His command to read the Word?  (John 14:15-17) “If you love Me, you will obey what I command.  And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever–the Spirit of truth.  The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him, for He lives with you and will be in you.”   The Bible is His STORY, His book of love to us, it is our guide in how to live according to His will and it is filled with His promises!  (I Timothy 4:13) “Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.”  He says He will remind you those things He has told you.  In a time of need, how can He remind you of something He has never told you because you have never read His Word?  (John 14:25-26) “All this I have spoken while still with you.  But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

What priority does spending time with God have in your daily life?  Does He hold a place honor, devotion and first place?  Or, are you putting Him on the same earthly level that you place other things in your life that you know you have to do but do not really want to do?  If you are allowing the way you feel or other things in your life to take priority over time with God then you are ruled by your emotions.  (Luke 9:23-26) “If anyone would come after Me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow Me.  For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for Me will save it.  What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?  If anyone is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.”  If we make the choice to die to self daily, then it will not be us that shines, it will be Jesus Christ shining through us.

(II Thessalonians 2:14-15) “God chose you to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth.  He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.  So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.”  You are a saved, born again child of God and your destiny is coming alive in you, but you are still flesh.  Satan will try to use the same things on you that kept you away from God to start with.  (Galatians 5:16-17) “So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.  For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature.”

 

This is the only way for us to control our emotions instead of letting our emotions control us.  If you want to grow spiritually and you truly have a desire to serve God and be used by Him to make a difference in the world then you must develop self-discipline and spend quality time with your Heavenly Father.  The reward will far outweigh the time and effort spent in reading the Word, talking and worshiping God.  We will have continued peace in all circumstances when we stay in His presence.  (Isaiah 26:3-4) “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in You.  Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord, is the Rock eternal.”    That peace will tell us that our Father will keep us, protect and provide for us which also gives us great joy.  (Acts 14:17) “He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; He provides you with plenty of food and fills your heart with joy.”   Our hearts will be filled with an inexpressible joy when we spend time with God on a daily basis and the world will wonder how we stay so joyful!   (Psalm 19:8) “The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.”  But the greatest joy of all is when we look into our Savior’s face.  For that is the day that we will have a peace and joy everlasting for all eternity.

 

(Isaiah 51:11) “The ransomed of the Lord will return.  They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads.  Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.”

 

Hannah: From Barren to Blossom

(I Samuel 1:5) “But to Hannah, he would give a double portion, for he loved Hannah, although the Lord had closed her womb.”

 

In the days of the Bible,  being able to bear children was of great importance and especially giving your husband a son.  The Lord had closed Hannah’s womb and in reading this, I could not get past this verse.  I just love the way you can read through the Bible and every time, you will take something different away from the same passage you have read many times before.  Well, that is what happened to me in this verse.  I got stuck there, the Holy Spirit was telling me that there was more to this verse. So I read it again, including the passages before and after and a few questions came to mind.

First, the Lord had closed her womb, why?  It did not say she had done anything. Had she, and it was just not mentioned here?  Had she done something that she needed the discipline of her Heavenly Father to close her womb?

 

  1. To find the answer I needed to go deeper.  The Word says Elkanah, her husband loved her and gave her a double portion.  This doesn’t sound like something you would do for someone who had done anything wrong.  So, we can surmise from this that she was kind-hearted, for he would not have loved her so much if she were not.   She was not vengeful.   Her rival, Elkanah’s other wife Peninnah, would provoke her.  This means she would ridicule her and make fun of her for being barren.  She probably emphasized the fact that she had borne Elkanah son’s and she had not.  The Word does not say that Hannah argued back at Peninnah but only that she wept.  This does not sound like someone vengeful but more of one who is soft-hearted.  So, from all of this, we can assume she was kind-hearted, loving and humble.
  2. Yet, the Lord closed her womb. So, it must have been for another reason other than discipline, what was it? To discover the answer to this question I had to go deeper.  Why do we go through trials?  Many different reasons; one being consequences of our own free will and bad choices, or that of someone else.  Another is God may want to draw something out of us and give us a revelation that we can only receive going through this particular trial.  And there are seasons of them, there is a beginning and an end and God always promises that we are overcomers!  (I John 4:4) “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

 

To everything, there is a season, (Ecclesiastes 3:1) “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under the heavens.”  So, there must have been a purpose for Hannah to go through this painful trial, one that would draw something out of her and one that would bear much fruit, and in the process bring her great joy.  There will be fruit harvested from your trial as well!  It is promised!  (Psalm 1:3) “That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither– whatever they do prospers.”

 

The fruit she would bear would bring much glory to God and we were all created for His glory.  (Isaiah 43:6-7) “I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back!’ Bring My sons from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth—everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”

 

We all have a purpose and each of us will bring much glory when we are fulfilling our purpose through Jesus Christ.  (Ephesians 2:10) “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”  It may be that God has called you to be a witness in your home and extended family members and the job arena.  Your pastor cannot be everywhere, and you may not realize just how important that is, we see more people in our everyday life than a Pastor will see on a Sunday.  It may be, He has called you to sing His praises professionally, or to be a Preacher, or evangelist.  Whatever it is, every single calling of God is important and all fit together and He makes the seeds planted grow.  (I Corinthians 3:7) “So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow.”

The earth will pass away but where we spend eternity and who we take with us matters.  Eternity–our next life is forever and as we love our children, we were made in the image of God, He loves all He has made as well and wants us all with Him.  (I Timothy 2:3-4) “This is good and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.”

 

  1.   But there had to be more, God had a purpose, what was it?  I kept hearing, “go deeper.” So next I looked up the Hebrew meaning of the word, closed (shut up) and it means, “surrender, deliver, give over, pure, enclose, repair, confined, isolate.”  Wow!  So many different meanings, I would have to look deeper.  So, I looked at the different meanings, surrender, deliver. What happens when you surrender your life to Christ?  You are saved and born again!  What next?  Your lifestyle changes; you have a strong desire to know more about God.  You go to Church, you read the Bible, you pray and talk to Him.  You draw close to Him.  What happened to Hannah?  What did she do when she was overcome with despair at not being able to have children?  She drew closer to God; she sought Him more deeply.  What else happens as we draw closer to God? Your eyes are opened to our past ways and the ways of your “worldly” friends, or those who are not as committed, those of your friends who may not be saved.  The things you once did, like maybe clubbing, does not interest you any longer.  You separate yourself or isolate.

(II Corinthians 6:17) “Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.”  Sound familiar, one of the meanings to closed/shut up is to isolate, enclose.  You isolate yourself from the temptations or bad influences you were once around daily.  You have no desire for it any longer. Your desire now is to please God and to draw closer to Him.  As you do, you begin to grow spiritually.  The trials that you go through in the maturing process remove your character defects, ones that will harm or stunt your spiritual growth. (I Peter 1:6-7) “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer various trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”   This is purifying your heart and soul which is also one of the meanings, “pure.”

(James 1:2-5) “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

In Hannah’s barrenness, she sought the Lord more intensely and passionately.  This might not have happened otherwise, if the Lord had not closed her womb.  God knows the end from the beginning.

(Isaiah 46:10) “I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.”

(Revelation 22:13) “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

He knows exactly what is needed and when to heal, save, deliver and perfect our hearts and what will draw the passion out of us for His purpose and glory.  (Jeremiah 18:6) “He said, “Can I not do with you, Israel, as this potter does?” declares the Lord. “Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Israel.”

He has been through our trials ahead of us. (Deuteronomy 9:3) “But be assured today that the Lord your God is the one who goes across ahead of you like a devouring fire. He will destroy them; he will subdue them before you. And you will drive them out and annihilate them quickly, as the Lord has promised you.”   God knows our hearts and who will passionately pursue Him and serve Him wholeheartedly. The trial you are going through may be what God is using to draw something out of you, just like Hannah. She did not do anything wrong.  If your heart does not condemn you, then it may be God is trying to teach you something or draw a passion out of you for His purpose.

 (I John 3:20) “If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.”

Hannah did not become angry, resentful or bitter at being barren.  Instead, she pursued God even harder.  What a beautiful story God has given us in this one verse.  If you seek Him, if you ask for wisdom and go deeper, He will give it to you!  I would have missed this beautiful story if I had passed this verse by.  This is not only about the great love God and Elkanah had for Hannah, but His great love for us as well.  God knew her heart and knew she had the endurance to see it through and pursue Him on a deeper level.

Elkanah’s love for Hannah represents God’s love for us in that even before we reach our spiritual maturity or our purpose in Him, in His overwhelming love for us He still gives us a double portion!  The double portion is first, the indwelling at conversion.  (Galatians 4:6) “Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”  The other portion is the baptism of the Holy Spirit. As we “surrender,” which is another one of our word definitions, and seek Him with our whole heart, and ask, our Lord baptizes us with His Holy Spirit.  (Acts 1:8) “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  When you are baptized in the Holy Spirit, His Spirit comes on you, totally consumes you!  How great is our God!

In answer to my questions, Hannah’s barrenness was not to discipline her, it was not to punish her.  It was the love and devotion of God to bless her!  Your trial will bring blessings as well.  God saw her heart and humility and through her barrenness, she sought the Lord more intensely in order to bear a son.  In her prayer to have a son, she promised her first-born son to God.  When He answered that prayer, she kept her promise and a great priest, prophet and the last of the judges was born!  Her joy was complete!  (Psalm 126:5) “Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.”

If Hannah had not been barren, this might not have happened, she would not have been so desperate and sought the Lord at a deeper level.  Are you going through a difficult trial?  Call on the Lord, go to Him and prayer and ask for wisdom and strength.  He will help you through it.  (Isaiah 40:31) “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

This is a beautiful love story that speaks to all of us.  The next time you are going through a difficult season, God may be trying to birth something wonderful in you!

Hannah went from barren to blossom in her pursuit of God to bear a son.  She had a child that God used abundantly to help her people.   What will you allow God to take you through in order to birth something wonderful in you and through you?  Don’t give up, rely on His strength to see you through.  You will reap a harvest!

 

(Galatians 6:9) “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”

 

      Zip It!  Don’t Take the Bait!

     

(Mark 14:57-61) “Then some stood up and gave this false testimony against Him: “We heard Him say, ‘I will destroy this man-made temple and in three days will build another, not made by man.’  Yet even then their testimony did not agree.  Then the high priest stood up before them and asked Jesus, “Are you not going to answer?  What is this testimony that these men are bringing against you?”  But Jesus remained silent and gave no answer.”

 

Satan roams the earth looking for someone to take his bait; the bait that causes dissensions, (I Peter 5:6-11) “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.  Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.  Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.  And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.  To Him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.”

He wants to stir up trouble, arguments and steal the joy of the Lord from you, your peace and your testimony.  (John 10:10) “The thief comes to steal, and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  As he baited Jesus, he will do the same with you.  He will cause the meaning of your words to be twisted and the person you are talking to will take your words all wrong and conflict arises!  Don’t take the bait!  Before long that person will be angry with you and especially if they are not a child of God and will say all kinds of horrible things to you.  Satan is using them to bait you into an argument.  Don’t fall for it!  Don’t be offended!  (Proverbs 19:11) “A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense.”

So, when someone offends you, shake it off!  Leave it in God’s hands to bring about justice. He baited Jesus and Jesus kept silent; let us learn from His example and ask the Holy Spirit to remind us in the “heated” times of our life to “don’t take the bait.”  Learn when to speak and when to “zip it.”  God is your vindicator!  Put it in His hands to bring justice and to repay any wrong done to you!  He can do it better!   (Jeremiah 51:56) “A destroyer will come against Babylon; her warriors will be captured, and their bows will be broken.  For the Lord is a God of retribution; He will repay in full.”

The moment you truly give the situation and what is being said against you over to God it will be as a weight lifted off of your heart.  Each time you experience the same type of situation it will get easier and easier to let go and let God.  He is God, but He is also your heavenly Father and He will repay and bring justice to all who have hurt you; (Jeremiah 51:24) “I will repay Babylon and the people of Babylonia for all the wrong they have done to My people in Jerusalem,’ says the Lord.”

 

Let it go, “Zip it” and let God repay!  He will come to your rescue and you will receive double for your trouble!  (Isaiah 61:7) “Instead of their shame My people will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace they will rejoice in their inheritance; and so, they will inherit a double portion in their land, and everlasting joy will be theirs.”

 

 

            My Father’s Eyes

    

The love of a Father wipes away every tear. A never-ending love I always see, deep within His eyes telling me, “If you have a need I’m always here.”

 

As a child, He smiles as He watches me play and grow and His love is there through my parents as they hold me when I’m sick. His protection and watchful eyes are always there to guide me on my way.

 

Through the years I’m a young adult now and my Father’s love stands firm and secure; with all my ups and downs His love calms all my fears.

 

The years pass by, though I’m an adult in years; His love still stands. In my Father’s eyes I’m still His little girl and my heart is forever in His hands. A never-ending love I’ll always see in my Father’s eyes.

 

The love of a Father calms all your fears and wipes all tears away. The love of a Father is protective and firm; His pride shines in His eyes. The love of a Father takes care of all your needs; His love is always there; in good times and bad no matter where you wander or what life throws your way. 

 

You may have many failures and sin that darkens your heart and causes you to stray, but the Father’s love will never leave you. Instead He says come back, I sent Jesus to pay the price; I will always provide a way. You receive Jesus and your sins will be erased and I will turn the darkness into light.

 

A Father’s love is there to stay, firmly planted as all the stars up in the sky.    God’s love is never-ending; and an unconditional love shines forever in His eyes.

 

 

  You Have Been At This Mountain Long Enough!

(Deuteronomy 1:6) “You have stayed long enough at this mountain.”

 

 Have you been stuck in the same situation for a long time?  It seems as if you have gone around the same mountain again and again?  Well, it is time for change!  Wake up!  (Ephesians 4:14) “Wake up, O sleeper, and rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”   It is time you start questioning your actions and the things that you say and even pray for; are they bringing glory to God?  (II Corinthians 13:5) “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves.  Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test?”  Part of growing up and being a mature child of God is being stable; steadfast and immovable.  (I Corinthians 15:58) “Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm.  Let nothing move you.  Always give yourself fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.”

It is also not being tossed around by every bad thing that comes your way.  (James 1:2-7) “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.  But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.  That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.”

God never meant for you to be stagnant in your Christian walk; He sent Jesus that you would have an abundant life!  (John 10:10) “The thief comes to steal, and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”   In order to grow as a Christian, you must have a teachable spirit; how else can God correct the things in you that will only lead to your destruction unless you let Him teach you?  (James 3:13) “Which of you is a wise and well-instructed man?  Let him prove it by a right life with conduct guided by a wisely teachable spirit.”  God will use His Word to teach us.  (II Timothy 3:16-17) “All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  He will use the sermons of your Pastor; He will use a friend in the Lord to guide you through prayerful advice and He will also use the trials of life.  (James 1:2-5) “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”

Our Heavenly Father lets trials come your way for your good, they are to mold you and to change you into a mature Christian. (Jeremiah 18:6) “O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this potter does?” declares the Lord.  “Like clay in the hands of the potter, so are you in My hand, O house of Israel.”  Although trials and tribulations may come your way, to mold you and to strengthen your faith, it is because of the unending love of God the Almighty Father.  He wants to bless you and to prosper you.  (Jeremiah 29:11) “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  (Romans 8:28) “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

Through experience, from the trials that you face, you learn and grow, and your hearts are changed.  (Ezekiel 36:26) “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.”  This is from the abundant love that God has for us.  Step back and examine yourself; being honest with yourself and with God will move you on a lot faster!  I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my victory delayed any longer than it has to be!

 

You have stayed at this mountain long enough move on!  Trust in God’s love to transform your heart and seek out His correction and His direction.

 

(Romans 5:1-5) “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.  And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.  Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us.”

 

My Father’s Eyes

The love of a Father wipes away every tear. A never-ending love I always see, deep within His eyes telling me, “If you have a need I’m always here.”

 As a child, He smiles as He watches me play and grow and His love is there through my parents as they hold me when I’m sick. His protection and watchful eyes are always there to guide me on my way.

 Through the years I’m a young adult now and my Father’s love stands firm and secure; with all my ups and downs His love calms all my fears.

 The years pass by, though I’m an adult in years; His love still stands. In my Father’s eyes I’m still His little girl and my heart is forever in His hands. A never-ending love I’ll always see in my Father’s eyes.

 The love of a Father calms all your fears and wipes all tears away. The love of a Father is protective and firm; His pride shines in His eyes. The love of a Father takes care of all your needs; His love is always there; in good times and bad no matter where you wander or what life throws your way. 

 You may have many failures and sin that darkens your heart and causes you to stray, but the Father’s love will never leave you. Instead He says come back, I sent Jesus to pay the price; I will always provide a way. You receive Jesus and your sins will be erased and I will turn the darkness into light.

 A Father’s love is there to stay, firmly planted as all the stars up in the sky.    God’s love is never-ending; and an unconditional love shines forever in His eyes.

 

 

Tears from Heaven

 

 

 

                       There are tears flowing from my eyes

                        from all the pain I have inside.

                        My heart can’t help but cry.

 

                        I love my children so much that I gave them my Son.

                        He shed his blood and gave His life because the price

                        was just too much for them to pay.  Their debt was just too high.

                        So He came and with His blood, He paid the price and now

                        their debt shows paid!

 

                        So, why do I cry?  Just take a look around and you will see.

                        Do they honor Me for wiping their slate clean?

                        I gave My Son and all I ask is just 2 things.

                        To love My Son and receive His gift of unselfish love.

 

                        But the world and the pain it always ends up causing seems

                        to draw My children away from Me and turn down the

                        gift that I offer for free.

 

                        That is why the tears keep flowing and My heart keeps crying.

                        All I want is for them to love Me so I can set them free.

 

                        But they keep rejecting Me.  The hate and addictions of the world

                        seem so enticing but come with a high price to pay.  Either with a

                        heart turned cold or their health gone bad or a life they didn’t really

                        mean to take.  What a high price to pay for a heartache they don’t

                        even want.  When I can set them free.

 

                        My tears keep flowing because My gift to them is free.

                        But they keep rejecting Me.

 

                        My gift will give the peace.  My gift will give them joy,

                        My gift will make their hearts feel light and free.

                        They would soar on eagle’s wings.

                        My gift would unite all My children an bring them Love and Peace.

 

                        But the tears keep flowing.  They keep rejecting Me.

 

                        But I am very patient.  For I want all of them to be set free.

                        I will keep waiting for just a little while so I can hear their heart sing,

 

                        Brothers and Sisters are we, bound together in Christ, we are free!

                        Then they will be with Me for an eternity!