LUKE 6:27-28 ON 6/27 & 6/28

TL 6-27 & 6-28 LUKE 6-27&28

 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.  – Luke 6:27-28

Do you have enemies?  Do some people hate you?  Does anyone curse you?  Have you ever been despitefully used?  What is the natural response to any of these situations?  Fighting, backbiting, back stabbing, blackballing, revenge – wrapped up in a lot of emotional baggage including anger, sadness, feelings of rejection and hurt – big time hurt.

Doesn’t the natural response to this sound…  well – draining?  It sounds like it would take a huge toll on you not only physically, but emotionally and mentally as well.  God wants us to love enemies, do good to the ones who hate us, bless the ones who curse us and pray for the ones who despitefully use us.  God’s way is the best way.  He wants us to give it all to HIM and let it go.  Put it in His capable hands because He is able to deal with a person’s heart and soul.  He can discern motives and speak to them without interjecting emotions into the mix.  The sooner we turn those individuals over to God and pour all sorts of good out on them (which, trust me, will confuse them – it’s funny to watch), the sooner we will be free on all levels – physically, emotionally, spiritually, mentally.  Freedom is what our faith is all about – and forgiveness.  You can’t experience God’s freedom without forgiveness.  Once we make a practice of handing all of that stuff over to God, we’ll find true happiness in our journey! 

THE BAGGAGE CARRIERGod is so smart – He wants to help us through life by carrying our burdens for us.  I’d definitely call a person who hates me a burden, wouldn’t you?  God knows that not everyone in life is going to be a fan of ours – or His.  Sometimes we make enemies because of our faith in God through Christ.  Sometimes we are hated because of our way of life, morals and values.  Our beliefs are not popular, to say the least…  some people don’t understand where we’re coming from.  We really don’t want to make that misunderstanding even worse by reacting to them in a way that doesn’t please our Lord, do we?  It’s not easy, but we need to remember that through Christ, we can do anything!  We won’t get it right every time, but God really wants us to do our very best.  🙂

 

Advertisements

A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

TL A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART (22)I joined a gym.  I didn’t want to go to a gym where Barbie and Ken dolls strut their stuff all over the place and make people like me feel like a fat speed bump.  After careful and prayerful consideration, my husband and I landed at Planet Fitness.  I like the NO CRITICS signs and especially the LUNK sign that says if you drop weights or judge another person, you are a LUNK.  There are also signs around that say THIS IS A NO JUDGMENT ZONE.  Other signs say YOU BELONG.  Please LIKE their facebook page!

https://www.facebook.com/Planet.Fitness.Wichita.KS.Maize/?fref=ts

Even though I don’t feel comfortable in my own skin quite yet, I feel comfortable there – I know I will reach my goals in that kind of environment.

We have been consistent so far, and I’ve not gotten discouraged at all, so I plan to continue this lifestyle for the long haul.  For the first time in such a long time, I feel hopeful about weight loss and finally FINALLY getting my health back!  I have hit the wall…  I have no choice.  It’s either get healthy or pay over $400 a month for the rest of my life to take insulin.  I’d rather pay the gym and do the work.  I can do this – I WILL do this!  I have to do this. 

I have to share what happened on June 3rd.  As I said, there are signs all over the place.  They also have TV’s mounted in the center of the gym so you can watch any station you choose.  There is a PF TV that shows music videos and the PF advertisements in-between videos.

As I was walking on the treadmill I looked up at a sign on the PF TV that I knew should have said, DON’T FORGET TO SPRAY DOWN THE EQUIPMENT.  I know you’re going to think I’m off my rocker, but I promise you, when I looked up at it today, it said, DON’T FORGET TO PRAY.  That’s all – the “S” was too far to the left of the screen to be seen, and the rest of the message was too far down and off the screen completely.DON'T FORGET TO PRAY

Did anyone else see it?  I don’t know.  Did God mean for anyone to see it but me?  I don’t know.  I saw it though and obviously He meant for me to see it.  All I know for sure is my God is so good and so creative!  If He wants to remind you to pray, He’s gonna find a way and do it.

Tears came to my eyes.  If I had been among my own kind – my own “tribe”, I would have said, “HEY, LOOK YOU GUYS!!!”  Obviously, I was not among my own kind, so I showed great restraint and kept walking, wiping tears that rolled down my face (maybe others thought it was sweat).  I had to look up and smile, because for whatever reason, my God cared enough for me to remind me to talk with Him today.

It’s not a hassle, it’s not too time-consuming, it’s not a problem to converse with Him.  Call me crazy (go ahead, I’ve been called worse, believe me) – but at the moment I saw that sign, it was like God was letting me know He really looked forward to our daily conversation, and He would miss me if I didn’t show up.  I love that He loves me and wants my company!  Remember the song that Larnelle Harris sang called “I Miss My Time With You” – ???  Yeah – like that.  ❤

I’m loved, I’m protected and I’m heard by Him!  How many people on this ol’ earth can you say that about?  Most people just wanna talk and never listen.  God hears me – He always listens because He is a gentleman.  When I’m done talking, it’s His turn to talk to me.  I gladly listen, study His Word and look for signs everywhere I go – even the signs at the gym!  🙂

 

SPIRITUAL WELLNESS MONTH

TL MARCH IS SPIRITUAL WELLNESS MONTH

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.  Ephesians 4:32

Is it well with your soul?  March is Spiritual Wellness Month, and today’s post is a reminder that the God of the universe is still in control.  It’s easy to watch political programs, debates, and end up feeling – shall I say, less than optimistic – about how “things” are in America?  Christians, we have to turn our backs to the rhetoric (from the left and the right), and lift our heads toward heaven, lift our hands and pray… a prayer of acknowledgement to our GOD in heaven!

Dear Heavenly Father,

When things go wrong around us, it’s so easy to point the finger at our government and be harsh and critical.  There are proper times to reprove, but please teach us how to love and act based on Your Word rather than reacting with bad attitudes and anger.  Teach us how to walk a higher road as Christians in America and truly love as You love and forgive us.  Help us not to say or do anything that would drive a wedge in our relationship with You.  It’s so difficult to keep our political opinions in check.  We need Your grace in this area so much.  Thank You for hearing and answering our prayer.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

TRUST FOR STRAIGHT PATHSMy minister friend, Harold McKay, used to say, READ YOUR BIBLE AND PRAY.  Harold has been in Heaven for several years, but those words resonate with me still.  So many folks try to make it more complicated than it is.  Imagine if you were told you need to lose 50 pounds and you took everything out of your house and replaced it with a full gym.  Of course, that’s exactly what Kirstie Alley did…  but I digress.  To most of us in the real world, that seems extreme.  Most of us would get a gym membership and workout there, or we would get one or two pieces of equipment and cut down on food consumption.  That seems more reasonable and easier to do.

It’s not difficult to achieve spiritual wellness.  As Lucinda’s beautiful poem says, “Lay all things out before Him.”  It’s really that simple.  Learn as much as you can from God’s Word, the Bible.  Apply the principles and pray for God’s Holy Spirit to help you along.  He will do it.  He will definitely do it.  🙂

 

VALENTINE’S DAY

vintage-1171961_1280Today I’m going to post some writings about LOVE – a simple reminder that God IS Love…  and He loves you so very much!  Grab a cup of coffee and just take it all in…  ❤

THIS MOMENT

GOD'S GRACE MAKES STRONG LOVE

HEARTS

HE KNOWS MY NAMEMOURNING INTO DANCINGAMAZING LOVEI LOVE YOUJEREMIAH 31 3UNSHAKABLETHE ABC'S OF GOD'S LOVELOVEMOTHER TERESA QUOTEWHEN ALL ELSE FAILSTHE GREATEST OF THESE IS LOVETHE LORD GOES WITH YOUMATTHEW 10 311 JOHN 4 19JOHN 15 13MEMOS FROM JESUSTHE BEATTITUDESGOD LOVES MEGOD ALWAYS HASFLESH MAY FAILTHE BEST LISTENERYOU KNOW YOU'RE LOVEDI WILL NEVER LEAVE YOUGOD LOVES YOUYOU ARE RICHGOD SEES YOUR POTENTIALFIRST LOVEHIS LOVE IS EXTRA-LARGEHE LOVED FIRSTHE IS FAITHFULLOVE'S IN THE MIDDLEI SUCCEED IN YOUWHEN YOU LIFT MY SPIRITGOD THE KNITTERGOOD GIFTSLET ME BRING YOUR LOVELIFE4FALL IN LOVECOME ALONGSIDEENCOURAGEMENTGOD LOVES ME WHEN I HURTHE CRIED WITH MEHE'S WILLING TO HELPABBA DADDYGOD CAN CALM THE STORMSGOD HAS YOU IN THESE CHANGESHE WANTS TO HELPI'M GOD'S SOMEBODYHE MADE ME TOUGHERIN HIS ARMSLET ME HELP YOUWHAT JESUS SAIDCHRIST TAUGHT MEMY TREASURE BOXTHE BEST HUGBEING CARRIEDGOD WHISPERS IN THE WINDHE'S ALREADY THEREALL I NEEDGOD STARTS BEFORE MEHIS FAITHFULNESS RENEWS MEMY THANK YOU NOTE TO GODWHEN I THINK OF YOUR GRACEGOD'S AWESOME PLANGOOD THINGS THAT GOD BRINGSLESSONS FOR MY HEARTTHANK YOU GODHOW CAN I THANK YOUTHE CLOTHING OF CHRISTTHROUGH GOD'S WINDOWWE THANK YOU FOR THATI HUG MY SAVIORI SEE GOD'S LOVE IN YOUIT CAME FROM HIMWITH HIMBECAUSE GOD IS LOVEFOR ALL YOU'VE DONEKISSES FROM HEAVENYOU ARE THE POETFOR ALL YOU'VE DONEGLORY TO MY PARTNERGOD'S THEREHE DIED FOR METHANKS FOR BEING THEREDOVES OF LOVEGOD SEES EVERY HEARTGOD IS NEARWILL JESUS BE THEREIMG_0024Smile…  God loves you!  The best part of all…  He loves you 24/7 – not just on Valentine’s Day!  🙂

ZEPHANIAH 2:3 ON 2/3

TL ZEPHANIAH 2 3 ON 2 3

Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, you who do what He commands.  Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the Lord’s anger.  – Zephaniah 2:3

 How careful should we all be to seek peace with God, before the Holy Spirit withdraws from us, or ceases to strive with us.  We are living in the day of Grace right now.  If you have been on the fence – thinking about getting “right” with God – now is that time, because our Lord Jesus is coming back soon to snatch up His own.

I don’t debate the whole pre or post tribulation – if God wanted that to be a big deal He would have made it crystal clear.  I know some post tribulation believers think it’s all spelled out in Matthew, but regardless – it’s best to just be ready no matter what!  It’s more important to be ready than to debate whether God’s children will have to endure the tribulation.

Humility is to make a right estimate of one’s self.  – Charles Haddon Spurgeon

These days it’s not easy to be a Christian because man is constantly changing the rules.  Even the rules are being tweaked in some churches to “fit and accept” certain sinful desires.  Beware of false doctrines in the last days.  Now more than ever we need to remember that God and His rules in the Holy Bible never change.  We can claim to be progressive and diverse and any other description you can dream up – but the truth is that God’s Holy Word is the final authority forever.  By the same token, God is the only judge of man.  Man is not to judge – ever.

HIS LOVE IS EXTRA-LARGE

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.  He died on the cross – one time – for everybody.  You may think you’ve sunk too low or gone too far – but that’s not true.  No matter what you’ve done, it’s not too late to ask forgiveness with a sincere heart and make a U-turn!  He loves you so much and I hope you will do that today.  I don’t want anyone to miss heaven.  I want everyone to be there.  🙂

PSALM 1:6 ON 1/6

PSALM 1-6 ON 1-6                                

For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.  – Psalm 1:6          

As I spend time in prayer for America, my mind goes back to this portion of Scripture.  When it comes to situations and circumstances beyond my control, I have to leave things in the very capable hands of God.  Sometimes it seems as though the wicked are winning in life, doesn’t it?  God says their way will perish, so I have to believe that my faith and trust in Him is not in vain.  I will gain heaven one day for eternity, and in my mind that’s a win.  The rest of the stuff on this earth will all pass away.  Eternity with Christ is the goal.

In 2016 I’m going to strive even more to be righteous and the person that God wants me to be.  I want all of God’s blessings.  I don’t want to be the chaff that blows from the grain when the wind blows.  I pray for the leading of the Holy Spirit in my daily life this year.

HEAVEN'S WAITING

The wicked have a choice to change, and I pray they will before it’s too late.  The blessings from God are only for the ones covered by the blood of Christ.  He died for everyone on Calvary.  My Salvation cost Him His life.

 The righteous.  They that endeavour righteous living in themselves and have Christ’s righteousness imputed to them.  – Thomas Wilcocks, 1586.

The world sees righteous living as a sort of lifestyle that implies that the righteous think they are “better than” others.  I’m not sure where that perception comes from, but I suspect it’s an impression that makes the enemy of our soul laugh with glee.  I assure you it’s a misconception.  As I said, Christ paid the ultimate price to save everyone.  It makes all who trust Him better by virtue of faith, but not better in the sense that we think we are superior in any way.  You can receive Him as your Savior today.  Just ask Him to come into your heart and life.  He loves you and has a great big heaven waiting for you!  🙂

      

              

MATTHEW 10:7 ON 10/7

 TL MATTHEW 10 7 ON 10 7

As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’  – Matthew 10:7

It’s our message every day.  It’s what we say!  Have you ever thought about it… ???  Every day we are closer to the time when Jesus will come back to earth and snatch His own from here and take us home!  If you consciously remind yourself of that truth every morning, you will be more likely to proclaim it to others.

WE ARE ONE DAY CLOSER

There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.  –  Acts 4:12

I was reminded recently that not everyone is ready for the second coming of Christ.  Every soul is not going to be in the ark of safety when God tells His Son, Jesus to come to earth and gather His own.  For them it will not be a happy time.  We need to pray that everyone – loved ones, acquaintances, strangers and yes, even enemies – are given another opportunity to accept the matchless gift that only Christ can give.  He suffered and died on Calvary – it’s the only sacrifice necessary – and acceptable to the Father.  If you will believe – you will receive eternal life in heaven.  You may think you’re too far gone – but no, you are not.

If you truly love your fellow-man, you must warn him of the danger of losing eternal life. Tell everyone you can reach the glorious story of Jesus, that they may be saved in time. The world is full of people who need salvation. It is our job to find them and deliver the message.  – Corrie Ten Boom

You don’t have to fix yourself before you bow before Jesus.  Come just as you are – and let Him fix you.  Some other well-meaning Christian folk may try to help – but just keep leaning on Christ and listen to His voice.  He will lead you in the way you should go.  When He fixes you, it’s forever and it’s done right the first time.

https://youtu.be/Kq-xb-hpylc

People in our busy world often argue that we have said that Christ is returning for His own for many years now and it hasn’t happened yet.  He wants everyone to accept Him and He is waiting so that no one would be denied the opportunity.  But the Bible tells us that He will come again in the twinkling of an eye – it will be super fast and you won’t have time to ask Him into your heart and life when it happens.  I used to think a twinkling was the same thing as a blink – but no – a twinkling is much, much faster!  I hope you will accept Christ into your heart and life today.  🙂