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1 Samuel 16:7 (KJV) But the Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.

In the verse above, Samuel was looking for a new king to rule over Israel, because Saul lost favor with God, and God told Samuel to go to the house of Jesse to look for the next king.   God wanted to make sure Samuel didn’t just pick someone who looked the part of a king, with the right height, and carried himself in the right way, debonair, and all, because God had already chosen the next king, before he sent Samuel.

I liked this verse of scripture, because it shows it doesn’t matter how you look, how you talk, or dress, God can use you, if you will only allow him to, and you will only listen to the call from Him.  You may not think you can do anything, but if you put your trust in God, and allow Him to use you, He can do wonders with your life.  You only have to turn your will over to His will, and it will happen.  You just have to begin to let people see Jesus through you, instead of people seeing you, and you will be amazed at what can be accomplished!

I’m sure when Samuel came to David’s house, he never expected he would be the next king of Israel, because he was just a lowly shepherd boy, playing a harp in a field, watching the sheep.  But, God knew he was there, He knew his heart, and knew what He could do with David as a king.  We all know what kind of psalmist he was, and we know he failed God at times, we all do, but God is a forgiving God, and David knew that, and kept the faith till the end. 

God may choose you to be a preacher, a teacher, a singer, or just a faithful church member that helps at your local church and community, and witnesses to those around you, but whatever God calls you to do, never think that you are unimportant!  God chose you for who you are, and you are important to Him.  He never wants you to go to Hell.  He made you to be with Him in Heaven.  He only made Hell for Satan and his angels, not for us, those he created to worship Him.  He wants us all to be with Him in Heaven.  Ultimately the choice is up to each, and every one of us. 

When you feel that small voice in your head calling you to choose Him, to come to Him, to not do something, and you don’t answer that voice, you are making the choice to follow Satan.  Not making the choice to correct our mistakes, or sins, is making a choice for Satan, and Hell, whether you realize it or not.  If you have not made the choice for Jesus as your personal Savior, I urge you to do so now!  He is waiting for you, loving you no matter what.  If you have made that choice, and you’re not sure you have everything covered under the blood of Christ, make sure it is now.  Make sure there is nothing that will keep you from going to Heaven should Jesus sound that trumpet right now.  He could come any moment.  You don’t want to be left behind! 

I may not know any of you who are reading this blog, but I love you all just the same.  We all have a soul that is going to live on somewhere when we die, or when Jesus comes.  Our soul will either live on in Heaven, or Hell, for eternity, in glory, or in torture.  It is a decision we all must make.   Those that don’t believe in God and Satan, Heaven and Hell, one day will, but I hope you do not wait too late.  I pray you open your eyes before you stand before God’s judgment seat, and hear Him say, “Depart from me I never knew you!” 


A couple of weeks ago, my pastor was preaching about the trials of Job, and he was telling the old story of how Job went from one trial to another, one affliction to another.   His friends thought he had sinned, and kept telling him to admit what he had done wrong, and ask God for forgiveness, and his wife told hime to curse God and die.  But through it all, Job stood strong in his faith, never failing God, or his belief in him.  He kept on serving God to the best of his ability, no matter what  came his way.  We all know the story of how it was God allowing Satan to do all this to Job, because Satan thought he could find a way to make Job turn from God, but God knew Job’s heart, and knew how dedicated Job was to him, just as he knows each of our hearts.

About a week after that sermon, I was riding in my car, listening to the radio, and a similar message was on Focus on the Family, about why Christians have to suffer, so you know that caught my attention.  I thought to myself, “Why do I have to be driving, instead of at home, so I can get my Bible, and turn to the passage they were talking about?”  I tried to remember the passage,  because I knew I wouldn’t be home for a while, and I prayed to God for him to remind me, and you know what?  He did!  It’s 2 Corinthians 1:4, 7, 9, and 11.  Each of these verses explains four different reasons why Christians suffers.  Read each part of the verse, and the answer to the suffering is followed by the word “that“.

4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

7 And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.

9 But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:

11 Ye also helping together by prayer for us, that for the gift bestowed upon us by the means of many persons thanks may be given by many on our behalf.

We suffer afflictions, and tribulations, so that we can help others in their time of need.  The Bible says we are going to suffer for the call no matter what, and we should expect that. (1 Thessalonians 3:3-5)  Another thought you may want to remember about suffering for Christ is, if Christ, being Holy, came down from Heaven, leaving all that he had, to walk this earth and set the example for mankind, died on the cross for our sins, suffering in agony and alone, being rejected by many, after being brutally beaten, are we any better than HE?

HE is royalty, but HE left HIS royal home in Heaven to die for us unworthy sinners.  We are never going to be worthy of what he did for us.  We will never repay the price, never be able to thank Jesus enough for giving HIS life for us, as the ULTIMATE sacrifice for SIN.  HE did it because HE knew it was the ONLY WAY to reconcile us back to GOD!  So many people turn their backs to on Jesus, thinking they have plenty of time, and the next instant, they are in etenity forevermore.  I would hate to face God, and hear him say to me, “DEPART FROM ME, I NEVER KNEW YOU!”  This is something everyone needs to really think about, and not wait another minute before giving their hearts to God.

THE SUFFERING HERE FOR CHRIST IS MINIMAL, AND THE REWARD IN HEAVEN IS BOUNTIFUL, COMPARED TO THE ETERNAL SUFFERING YOU WILL HAVE IN HELL IF YOU DON’T GIVE YOU HEART TO GOD!

DON’T WAIT TOO LATE!  JESUS LOVED YOU SO MUCH, HE STRETCHED OUT HIS ARMS AND DIED FOR YOU!


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Malachi 3:6  For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.

There are so many Christians today, in every church that tries to change God to fit them, and their lives, not change their lives to the will of God.  We have to keep steadfast in the faith of God doing what He tells us to do, not what makes us comfortable, or we will fall short of His blessings, and fall very short of reaching our goal of living eternally with Him in Heaven.

We first have to accept the fact that God can’t change in his essence.  God is the Godhead of everything.  He is the being that never changes, unlike mortals. He is a pure, essential, and ethereal spirit who remains everlastingly the same.  He never ages, no lines mark his brows, no years weigh his shoulders, he sees ages into the infinite future.  He is the Great I Am.  His essence didn’t change when He took on the human form, He was still divinity personified, flesh did not become God, nor did God become flesh, they were just united.  His essence was the same when He was the babe in the manger, as it was when he hung on the cross dying for a world of sinners, and it’s the same when He hold the keys to death and hell.

He hasn’t changed in his attributes.  He is still a powerful God.  He is still omnipotent.  He still is wise in the way he has planned things from the beginning of time, molding creation out of nothing.  He hasn’t lost any wisdom, or skill, although the world seems to think He has, mocking God and what He does, by the way people live, but God will not be mocked, and He will punish those who do not turn form their wicked, evil ways.  God is a god of justice, and that has never changed.  You do wrong, He has always sent judgments.  It’s His way of scolding His children, and punishing his chosen people.

God is the god of truth.  He will never change about that.  God hates a lie and those who lie will ultimately go to live with the father of lies, if they do no repent.  God never changes where goodness is concerned.  He loves giving good gifts to His children.  As it says in Romans 8:32, “He that spared not His own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also feely give us all things?”  So you see, God delights in giving to his children, when they obey Him.  There was no better gift that God’s Son, Jesus, sent to this world, for our sins.  We can never thank Him enough for this priceless gift.

God doesn’t change His plans.  When he sets out to accomplish something, it’s going to be done.  He may want a certain person to do a job, but that’s when free will comes into play.  If that person won’t do the job God asks of them, God will ask someone else.  The plans God has may have to be postponed, but God’s plan will not change.  He will see them carried out.  He will make it happen with or without your help.  If you don’t help, you will just miss the blessing God would’ve given you.

God’s promises never changes.  If He promises you something, never doubt He will do it.  It may not be done in the time you thought it would be done in, but it will be done in God’s time.  A perfect example of this is God’s promise to Abraham.  He told Abraham he would have a son, and they forced the issue, and Sarah gave Abraham her handmaid to get the son.  This is not the way God meant for the promise to be accomplished, and it caused strife.  God later told Abraham the son would come from Sarah, and Sarah laughed, because she thought she was too old, and we know how that story ended.  We need to take God at His word, not laugh, or doubt what He says, because God can do whatever He says He will do.

One thing that people don’t want to believe about God, and Him never changing is, “All that believe not shall be damned.”  This is one thing that is undeniable, if you do not believe on the one and only God in Heaven; you will be damned to Hell.  There is not any way to sugar coat this.  Everybody today wants to only hear good news today, and the Bible is filled with a lot of good news, but it is also filled with what will happen to those who do not believe the Word of God.  Everyone has plenty of opportunity in life to choose who they will serve, whether it is God, or Satan, and those who believe the lies of Satan, when he tells them there is no God, will be damned to spend an eternity with him, and his angels.  Everyone has the opportunity to turn their lives over to God and serve Him.  All they have to do is believe on Him, and repent of their sins.

The last thing God is unchanging on is the object of His love.  The object of God’s love is all that God has called, and that includes you and me, every person who has ever walked this earth.  God loves us, and that will never change.  He loved us so much; He came to earth in human form, to die for us, just so we could be with Him.  That love will never change.


2 John 1

 1The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth;

 2For the truth’s sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.

 3Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

 4I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.

 5And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.

 6And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.

 7For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

 8Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.

 9Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

 10If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

 11For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

 12Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.

 13The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen.

What’s in your “Bucket List“?  What do you want to do before you die?  I only have 3 things I’d like to do before I die, and that’s to visit Australis, Ireland, and Victors, BC. I realize I may never be able to do that, and that’s okay, but they are 3 of the most beautiful places on earth, to me, that I want to see, and always have.  But, you see, there is one destination more beautiful, and precious, awaiting me, and I’m not worried about whether I’ll be able to get to got, because I keep that ticket up to date, and that’s my trip to Heaven.  That is my ultimate destination on my life’s “Bucket List”.  Where does heaven fit on yours?  If you stay faithful to Christ, your destination is just as sure as mine.

How many of you would marry your spouse if you didn’t believe what they said when they told you the loved you?  Afterall, you have to believe there is a truth to the words they are telling you, and that is backed up by their actions.  That’s the same with God, He tells us over, and over, all the times how much He loves us, how much He wants us to be with Him, then He backs it up by showing us, giving us His Son to die for our sins, His Holy Spirit to guide our lives, and a heavenly home waiting for us to look forward to.  All we have to do is show Him how much we truly love Him in return, by living for Him, and bringing other lost souls to Him, through witnessing.  He wants a loving relationship with us, being able to fellowship with us at any time of the day, or night, all we have to do is open our hearts and minds to Him, and He will guide, and help us along our journey.

There is no way a person can claim to be a Christian, and hate anyone!  God is love, period!  This is not a cliché!  Although we here this said time, and time, again, it still rings true.  To say you are a Christian in one breath, and say you hate So-n-So, is contrary to everything God stands for.  This is of the devil, and is meant to put strife in the lives of God’s people.  God commands His people to love one another.  He even tells them to love their enemies.  We are to love people who don’t love us.  This is living a life like Jesus did.  Picture Jesus on the cross.  Was He put on the cross by people who love, or hated, Him?  Yet, He loved them enough to die for their sins.  So, as Gods children, we are to do the same, we are to love everyone, ever those that hate us.

Christians have tobe diligent in their prayer life, and constantly on guard against attacks from the devil.  There are many people today trying to force their beliefs, and opinions, down our throats, saying the Bible doesn’t mean what it meant years ago, times have changed, we have to change with it.  We have to watch out what we latch on to, because we might find ourselves on the fast track to Hell.  The devil disguises himself, and his doctrines in pretty packages, taking away just a word here, adding an action there, and so forth, until the world has you wrapped up in something you can’t get out of.  You have to listen to that voice in your head, when it tell you, “I don’t think you should do that!” , or that cold chill that crawls up your back, just before you do something you have a doubt about, because that’s the Holy Spirit telling you to stop.  We also have to watch who we hang around with, because our so-called “friends” can lead us astray, too.  Just like an alcoholic trying to quit drinking can’t hang around a bar, a true Christian can’t always hang around sinners, or else they’ll fall into sin’s trap.

 


1 John 5:1-21

King James Version (KJV)

1 John 5

 1Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.

 2By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

 3For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

 4For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

 5Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

 6This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.

 7For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

 8And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

 9If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.

 10He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

 11And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

 12He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

 13These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

 14And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:

 15And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

 16If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.

 17All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.

 18We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.

 19And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.

 20And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

 21Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

As we go into this lesson, think about what assurances you’d want when you decide to purchase a life insurance policy, for example.  You want to make sure the company will pay out what it says it will, what the accident clause is to the policy, whether it has a double indemnity, how soon it’s paid out, etc.   These are things we look at when we purchase life insurances, but there’s not a better policy around and one you can have with our Heavenly Father!  He will give you the best assurance you can look forward to, that no one else can offer, and when He promises something to you, you can depend on Him to keep His word, as you will learn in today’s lesson.

A true Christian will keep God’s commandments.  It will be easy and joyful to live a Christian life.  Yes, they will stumble along the way, but as long as they look to God for guidance, asking for help and forgiveness when they make a mistake, they will continue to grow stronger in their Christian walk.  Looking toward God is looking toward “light”, because He is the  “Light”.   When you turn away from God, that’s when darkness and sin begin to enter a Christian’s life.  Once that happens, God can no longer abide, until the Christian rededicates their lives back to him, and becomes His child again.

We have the assurance of eternal life by reading the Bible, opening up our hearts and minds to God’s word, and His Holy Spirit, waiting for Him to speak to us.  We believe, through faith, Jesus came to earth as God’s Son, and died for our sins, arose the third day, and ascended back to Heaven, and now sits on the right hand of God.  By reading the Bible, knowing what has happened years before it did in the Bible, through prophecy, and what is prophesied to happen in the future, why not be assured of your eternal life?  Everyone has an eternal destination.  It’s up to you where you will spend yours, whether it’s in Heaven, or Hell.  God has given you the road map to Heaven, which is the Bible, all you have to do is pick it up, and use it.  If you need help with directions, just ask.

I love knowing that I can ask God for anything, and He will give it to me, but I also know when I do ask, I ask Him to let it be His will, in His time.  I learned from adopting my daughter, things happen in God’s time, not in my time.  I had given up on ever having a child, but God made sure I was I the right position, before I could become a mother.  I became a mother when I was single, after my first marriage ended in divorce, and my second husband had died.  God knew those two would not have been good father material, and he was saving me for my daughter, and my daughter for me, because we were going to need each other.  He answered 2 prayers when he gave me my child.  Not only a prayer for a child, but I always wanted a little girl, and I got that, too!  Now I’m doing all I can to live for God, showing her the way to live a Christian life, and trying to lead my family and all who I meet to the Lord.  God a has given me a boldness I didn’t have before, where I will speak out more about my belief in Him, and I pray I’ll get bolder every day.


1 John 3

 1Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

 2Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

 3And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.

 4Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

 5And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

 6Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.

 7Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

 8He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

 9Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

 10In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

 11For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

 12Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.

 13Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.

 14We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

 15Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

 16Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

 17But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

 18My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

 19And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.

 20For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.

 21Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

 22And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

 23And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.

 24And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.

What does it mean to you when you think to yourself, “I’m a child of God”?  Dor you think of one day going home to live in Heaven for eternity with Jesus?  Do you anticipate the robe and crown you will receive one day?  Being a child of God starts at the moment of salvation, and it’s what you show the world.  How do you portray your life in Christ?  How do you show people how to walk the Christian way?  Afterall, being children of Gad starts a long time before we get to Heaven!

We, being children of God, are not perfect, we are not pure, we still make mistakes here  in this life.  This past week I was sick with the flu bug, which weakened my body’s defenses.  It also made me miss church a couple of times, which I hated.  Missing church will make  your christian defenses weak, too, if you’re not careful, and not in tune to the gentle nudge of God speaking to you.  I had that experience on Friday morning, about 3:30 am.  God was gently waking me up with a phrase, “The Church of Laodicia” over and over again.  It took me a while to full wake up, because of meds I’m on, but once I was awake, I read in Revelation 3:14-22 about that church being lukewarm, and start praying to God, if i have become like that church, to help me, shoe me, strengthen me.  I’d rather be on fire for God, than lukewarm, or cold.  I don’t want to miss my blessing, or be the cause of someone missing theirs.  He also said there may be others in church feeling this way, too, and I should include this in the lesson, so this is why I have.  It’s too late to grow lukewarm, or cold.  Wh have to stay on fire for God, bring other children into the family of God.

It is so easy to tell people who follow Christ versus those who follow the devil.  All we have to do is look at a person’s actions.  People can say anything, but their actions tell what’s in their hearts.  If sin abides in a person’s heart, it will manifest itself in that person’s life.  The may try to put on an act, hide who they really are, but the truth will come out at a critical moment, and usually in a public way.  A child of God should possess love, and be willing to die for their fellow-man, just as Christ died for us.  This is being our brother’s keeper.  We should be there for them when they need us, showing them the love of God, just as Christ would.

When we pray to God, always rejoicing, and there is no condemnation from God, then we should lift our head, and hands, higher, pleased to know we have please the Lord with our life, with our work and worship to Him.  It is our time to commune with our Father, be in he presence, sharing our love with Him, and His love with us.  There is no better feeling when you feel you are being taken on a higher plane, and you are alone with just you and God.  That special connection is so special, it makes you light-headed!  God loves being able to commune with His children like that, and just like you, wished He could do that all the time.  But we know we have Him with us anytime we need to talk, all we have to do is reach out to Him, and He’s there, until one day we are forever changed into His likeness, and be with Him forever.