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God is Faithful




God is Faithful

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As of 2:30 p.m. last Thursday, this is how my unit looked. It was covered with what I thought was a very large branch that a strong wind blew onto my unit. It turned out to be 3 large branches which were equivalent to a small tree. Anyone who lives in the South is aware how Live Oaks grow and this is equal to a third of a Live Oak several years old. I was inside the unit when this hit. Presently, I am without a home.

The reason I’m showing this is to let ones know, terrible things happen to me. I’m not writing these articles from a Pollyanna perspective but from a life walked hand-in-hand with God. I can state with all certainty that God is in control and is presently working this to His and my good. Rest assured there is a testimony of God’s great power and glory coming from all this that will stop Satan dead in his track.

If you don’t know your Heavenly Father and are going through life alone, scared, and fearful of what life has in store for you; I encourage you to become acquainted with His Son, Jesus Christ. Stay tuned for the next installment.

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The Wedding




The Wedding

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Our walk with Christ should be a pursuit of becoming more and more like our Savior. To reach perfection will not happen here on earth but that should not deter us from constantly growing and maturing and becoming more pure in heart. Recently I completed a book by Nancy Leigh DeMoss titled HOLINESS, The Heart God Purifies. In the epilogue she places us at a royal wedding that is taking place. The music is starting, the bridegroom and his attendants are anxiously waiting at the front of the sanctuary, the guests are in there place and all eyes are turned to see the bride enter on her father’s arm. At first, it’s hard to see her; but then as she passes you see her gown is disheveled, wrinkled from top to bottom, and badly stained with dark spots; her veil is torn; her face is filthy and has no makeup. It looks like she has taken no care and given no thought about this day. The bridegroom is crushed as he realizes his bride didn’t even care enough to prepare for their wedding.

Nancy points out a Wedding is coming, the bridegroom is a “holy Bridegroom, and he must have a holy bride.” Jesus is the holy Bridegroom who took it upon Himself to be the sacrifice to remove those dark stains from the gown. Nancy asks if we are “ready for that Wedding? If not, what would you have to do to get ready? Is there a sin you need to confess and forsake? Is there a habit you need to give up–or cultivate? Is there a relationship you need to break off–or reconcile? Are there items in your possession you need to get rid of? Are there people whose forgiveness you need to seek? Is there restitution you need to make?” Thank you Nancy for your powerful questions. I encourage each and every one of you to get her book and read it. The questions she asks at the end of chapters 6 and 7 should be printed out and put in a place of prominence so we could refer to them on a regular basis. Myself, that is exactly what I’m going to do.

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Do You Stand Out?

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When I was growing up in the turbulent 60’s, there was a movement that became known as the “Hippies”. The one thing they stood for was not to go along with “The Establishment”. “The Establishment” was government, the business world, and our parents. It was the start of long hair, miniskirts, bikinis, going braless, using profanity in public, and the now infamous peace sign among other things. It was the beginning of smoking marijuana, using LSD, and where getting high was the thing to do. It was the time of “free love” and “discovering your sexuality”.

In John 17, Jesus is calling us to stand out from the crowd. He does not want us to be like everyone else for we have been changed. When I was travelling with my motor home, I was always amazed at the ease in meeting other Christians. Before I would ever start a conversation with somebody, I knew if he/she was a Christ follower. There was something in their demeanor or the peace that filled their eyes and face that told me who I was talking with. This was a life lesson for me because it has made me continually question myself, “What is my personna saying about me? When ones look at me can they see I belong to Christ?”

More importantly, am I constantly changing or have I stagnated? Many of us attend church regularly, pray daily, attend Bible studies, etc. but am I applying what I learn to my life? Am I the same person today in my walk with Christ as I was last year, last month, last week, or even yesterday? At a time when we have people who paint themselves in team colors and wear funny wigs over a sports team, let me not be afraid to stand out and stand up for Jesus.

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Holiness

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In John 17, Jesus, as he talks with his Father about his disciples asks: “…not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world…My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.”

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Forgiveness, a tie that binds us to our Lord Jesus Christ. It’s the first step we take on our journey with Christ. It’s something we ask for when we know we have wronged God, a family member, a friend, or ourselves. It’s the step we take so we can grow in our relationships. Since I last posted, I knew my next post was going to be on forgiveness. These last 9 days Jesus has been teaching me a very important lesson: if there’s a problem with a relationship, forgiveness is usually at the bottom of it. Either we need to be forgiven or we need to forgive.

One of the hardest lesson we learn as children are the words, “I’m sorry”. Sometimes, people never learn to say these words or we say them begrudgingly, truly believing we were not at fault. The wonderful reward of saying “I’m sorry” is the freedom it brings when the cell we’ve been imprisoned in comes crashing down around us. For me, joy and Light suddenly fill my being and a great weight is lifted from my shoulders.

Forgiveness, an act so important, Christ offered Himself as a sacrifice so we could have it. A very important tie in our personal zygology with God.

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