REVELATION 2:19 ON 2/19

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I know what you do. I know your love, faith, service, and endurance. I also know that what you are doing now is greater than what you did at first.  – Revelation 2:19

God knows everything.  I could stop there and it would be a profound truth we all need to hear.  God knows our level of love, our level of faith, our level of service and our level of endurance.  He also knows that we are trying to do better than we did when we first believed.

What has to come your way to make your level rise?  God loves us so much He will not leave us lacking anything we need to be the best follower of Christ we can be.  A continuous progress towards and in all good of every sort is the very law of the Christian life.

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If you read the rest of the chapter, you will see that it’s not all glowing.  But so many times in my life the news, or the “letter” I get from my Savior is not always positive.  He loves me enough to want to help me be better than I was yesterday.  He does see our strides forward and He takes notice of every one.  We are not saved by these efforts, but we are made to be Christians with a right attitude and humility toward our Lord.

Let’s all commit our ways to the LORD and strive to be even more dedicated than ever to His work.

Father! — to God himself we cannot give a holier name.  – William Wordsworth

Today let’s agree to pray for one another and bear one another’s burdens.  Let’s call sin by its rightful name and admonish and reprove it, restoring others and comforting the distressed, for it is not too late for any of us yet.  Let’s build one another up in faith as we exhort and stir up each other to the work that needs to be done.

Traveling light means trusting God with the burdens you were never intended to bear.  – Max Lucado

May we do better today than we have ever done before. 

 

 

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WAY OF ESCAPE
Yesterday I was in a small Kansas town antiquing with my husband. I walked around looking at all the goodies in the store and at the back of the store was a sign that said “EMERGENCY EXIT ONLY”.
It seems like there are ways of escape all around us. Sometimes we all seek a way out of a painful or sinful situation.

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. – 1 Corinthians 10:13

The best escape is the one that our heavenly Father provides for us. We don’t always get to “escape” but Christ will help us to endure. Some situations we just have to go through. but those are the ones that make us stronger as we lean more on Christ. I think we need to be reminded that it’s Christ we need to depend on, don’t you?

It’s painful to have to go through tests when you’re praying for an escape hatch. I’m thankful for tests I have to go through, but not until afterward – usually a long time afterward!

I’ve always found that anything worth achieving will always have obstacles in the way and you’ve got to have that drive and determination to overcome those obstacles on route to whatever it is that you want to accomplish. – Chuck Norris

Remember Paul had a thorn in his flesh. We don’t know the details of that, but we do know that instead of removing the thorn, God gave Paul enough grace to endure and stand up under it and get the victory over it. The Apostle Paul was triumphant and we can be too. There is not a crooked path in life that God cannot help you either endure or escape. Yes there are days when it’s difficult to really believe that, but it’s true.

For because he himself has suffered when tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. – Hebrews 2:18

Christ was tempted but was able to resist. We belong to Him and should do the same because we rely on His help. He will lovingly guide us to His safe place so we don’t end up in a hot mess. That’s my heavenly Father.

NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER

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FINDING RESILIANCE ON OUR KNEES

In a world that turns to everything from shopping to drugs to hoarding behaviors to cope with the stresses of life, I don’t think getting on my knees to pray to God is a bad thing. Jus’ sayin’…

Today is National Day of Prayer. Christians all over are praying for the world, the country, states, cities, churches, friends, family members and themselves. The needs are many, but God is good and we need to remember that this is His timing and His plan. I have to remind myself of that fact every day.

Intercessory prayer can penetrate the hearts of those we cannot open and shield those we guard.  It can teach where we cannot speak, and comfort where our hearts have no power to soothe.  Prayer, with its unseen hand, can enter where we cannot.  – Lila E. Torres

Why should we pray? God knows everything already, right? Well, I believe there are many reasons to fall to my knees. I’ll share three of them with you:

1. God wants me to. Prayer is not simply something suggested by our heavenly Father, but a command. In fact, one portion of scripture tells us to pray without ceasing. Our relationship with Christ begins with the sinner’s prayer and we keep on praying from that day forward.

Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. – James 4:8

2. Prayer increases my faith. What if I came to a saving knowledge of Christ one day and prayed that first prayer of repentance, then ignored the Lord for the rest of my life? Can a person claim to be saved and just go through the outward motions? Sadly, yes, however, one day that pretend Christianity will show in a big way when troubles come along.

Prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers. – James 1:22

3. There is Holy Ghost power in prayer. I love how the Holy Spirit puts fear where it belongs! The fears we face every day are vanquished next to the power of God! We don’t have to fear failure or rejection as long as we keep the lines of communication open between ourselves and God.

My dear friends, don’t let public opinion influence how you live out our glorious, Christ-originated faith. – James 2:1

So keep on praying every day! Stay resilient!  Wink!  😉

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WIND

Back then, Topeka got to know the wind a little too well.  Here in Kansas we hardly notice it because it is so commonplace. The wind. We just wear our pony tails to keep our hair from blowing in our faces and go on. There was a mighty wind in God’s Word, the Bible – in the book of Acts. Now that was a wind that would not be ignored – could not be ignored!

Part of the Holy Trinity, the Holy Spirit (or Holy Ghost) is the comforter that Jesus left with us when he ascended into heaven. The Holy Spirit is God’s power, discernment, wisdom and the strength we gain as believers. In Galatians there is a passage that talks about what the “fruits” of the Holy Spirit are:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. – Galatians 5:22-23

Later in verse 25 we are reminded to not only live in the Spirit but to walk in the Spirit. We are to not only talk the talk, but walk the walk. What a concept.

As we go on to Chapter 6 we are told to restore one who has fallen with a spirit of meekness so we don’t go down with them. We are to bear one another’s burdens and have a humble spirit. We learn that God is not mocked. Whatsoever we sow, we will also reap:

For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. – Galatians 6:8

We are admonished to continue doing good and reminded that we will reap in due season if we “faint not” – we are to do good to fellow believers in particular.

But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. – Galatians 6:14

Welcome Holy Spirit! ❤