Joy – Truth revealed

I am so grateful that God called me, has purpose for me, despite having lived for myself most of my life.  I did not come to know Jesus as my Lord and Savior until I turned 50 years old.  I thought I knew Him, I thought I was saved, but didn’t comprehend the love and the grace and the power of God through Christ Jesus until He met me where I was at.  I was attending a local church, but began recognizing that I needed more in my life to be full of joy.  But other than feeling good for a day or two,  I had no change in my life.  I needed more.

I made that decision to follow Christ Jesus and soon discovered that the world had nothing to offer that fully satisfied compared to standing before God worshipping  and praising the One who knows me best.  I made the decision to be water baptized (though I was baptized as a baby) and seek real change in my life, the Holy Spirit filled me and for probably the first time ever in my life, I experienced real joy.

Joy is such a precious commodity that scripture has much to say about joy.

Jesus stated in John 15:11 (KJV):
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

Luke 10:21 (KJV):
In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight.

Hebrews 1:9 (KJV):
“God has anointed the Lord Jesus with the oil of gladness above his fellows.”

Luke 15:7 (KJV):
I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

John 16:24 (KJV):
Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

Nehemiah 8:10 (KJV):
Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

Matthew 25:21 (KJV):
His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.

We live in a society that we keep thinking that the next phone, the next car, the next house, or the next job will complete us.  But the truth is, none of these things will truly satisfy your thirst that your cup of joy would overflow.

The joy of the Lord is my strength,in times of trials, affliction, and persecution for my belief that Jesus is the only way to heaven.  He paid the ransom, full and complete, so that a sinner like myself could receive forgiveness of my sins.  The joy that I have, the joy that I carry, is offered to all who would make Jesus their Lord and Savior.

I encourage you, that if you are in a place of discontent, unable to keep your cup overflowing with joy, that you humble yourself before God.  Ask Him how your joy may be full.  Ask the Lord God Almighty to meet you where you are at and help you through the process of learning about the joy that the world knows not of.  It can only be found in Jesus and being willing to let go of those things that do not bring you joy. Through the process of discovering the love of God through Christ, His Son, you will find that joy.

1 Peter 1:7-9 (KJV)
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

The world has shown hands lifted high to be a show of defeat, as in surrendering to be arrested. But for the true believers it is a show of victory honoring the King of Glory.

If this message speaks to you and you want prayer, please contact me so that I can come into agreement with you.  God is waiting, and all of heaven will rejoice when you make the decision to follow Christ.

God bless you.

All things that can be shaken will be shaken

Have you ever had an encounter where you shook with fear of the Lord God?  I did today.  I have always known on this blog I will have to be transparent, and I knew it would not always be easy.

Today at church Pastor gave a message about “Holiness or hell”.  I have had the head knowledge of heaven or hell, but as believers we are called to be holy.

1 Peter 1:15-16 (KJV)
15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

One of the ways to be holy in all manner of conversation is to tell the unadulterated, unaltered WORD of GOD.  If we’re telling even other believers who confess their sin to us that “It’s all right, God knows your heart”, we are in serious error.  We are not to conform to man’s way of thinking for God’s ways are higher.  We as believers, are called to share the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Within that message is speaking the truth without fear.  Our response should be, repent before God and seek His truth.  We are not called to be flatterers.  To encourage is great, but we are called to a higher standard.

Pastor forewarned us that some may not like to hear the message coming forth today, but glory to God, for His ways are higher. She opened with: “The knowledge of God’s truth overcomes the lies that are with us. A lot of people think they want to hear the truth until it’s served.  There are two realities:  Holiness or Hell.  A lot of people think they want the truth but become superficial.  People want to hear a grace message but not a holy one.”

Before I go further there is something I need to explain.  Growing up, my dad would not discipline children down the street, but because he was my father he did discipline me out of love.  He did not want me to grow up being to be disobedient.  It is the same with God the Father, discipline begins at His own household, the church (us).  It is a process of purification.  He requires that we turn away from our sins.

1 Peter 4:17 (KJV):
For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

Just as being disciplined by my natural father, discipline is not comfortable.  We are promised by God that we will be shaken during the process.

Hebrews 12:26-27 (KVJ):
26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.  27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.

The intent of our Lord God is that we repent (turn from our sins quickly), as He is reserving final judgment for those who choose to reject Him or continue in their sins.

1 Corintians 11:31-32 (KJV):
31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.  32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

So after everyone else had left the church,  I was shaken to the point where I laid before the altar, crying out to God to help me change.  When it comes to sharing the truth with my own family I have remained mostly quiet.  That too, is disobedience, for in reality it is fear of man, fear of rejection.  Now I cannot lie and say it has not been known to me that I need to share the gospel with my family.  But before today I was content to pray for them believing God would do the talking through someone else.  

So here’s the thing… as believers, we will stand before God and give an account of all that we have done, good or bad.

2 Corinthians 5:10 (KJV):
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Not sharing the truth is indeed bad. That is why we need to allow the Holy Spirit to convict us and  then turn away from all sin, including holding back from sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.

Ezekiel 3:18-21 (KJV):
18 When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.  19 Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.  20 Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumbling-block before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.  21 Nevertheless if thou warn the righteous man, that the righteous sin not, and he doth not sin, he shall surely live, because he is warned; also thou hast delivered thy soul.

 I want to be able to boldly share the message of Jesus Christ, especially with family and friends.  If I do not share what was so freely given to me, then their blood would be on my hands.  It may be a risk to lose them for a while, but better to speak truth, than lose them for all eternity.

If this is something that you too have struggled with, I beseech you to pray this prayer along with me:

“Father God, I have sinned against You by remaining quiet with my family and friends about Jesus. I confess that I was afraid and filled with fear that they might reject me.  Help me, Lord God, to profess to my loved ones that Jesus, Son of God, came to earth as God in the flesh.  He who was perfect and blameless, without sin, carried the weight of our sins to the cross.  He died in our place and three days later arose and ascended into heaven.  I want to be able to share what He has done, for all who would believe in Him and make Him their Lord and Savior, that they too, could spend eternity with you.  Strengthen me, Lord God, fill me with Your truth, giving me the ability to share it with my loved ones, without fear.  Help me to be reminded that I have the responsibility to share it with those I love most, as much as sharing it with all that I can.  I don’t want to waste any more time.  And I thank you, Lord God, for I know that I am praying within Your will, that it will be done.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.”

My walk with Christ

Though I haven’t posted in over two months, I continue to walk with Christ.  I admit it has been a season of uncomfortability.  I have had to let go of people near and dear to me.  When a fork comes up in a road, we find that some decide to take a different route, a different path from what we have chosen.  And it isn’t easy letting go of those you cherish, but I’ve come to realize that you cannot take everyone with you when you decide to walk with Christ.

God, in His mercy and grace, prepared me with a prophetic message that I would have a period of loneliness, and I discovered quickly that it was even greater than what I imagined.  I did not foresee a number of women I was close to leaving our church, women I prayed with, laughed with, and cried with.  I believe in this process that God still has plans for each of them.  But I press onward with the helping hand of God, Who promises to never leave me nor forsake me.  There will be people who come into our lives only for a season.  But our reliance always needs to be first and foremost, with Christ.

Jesus made a way for us all to be saved.  He paid the price for all that would come and make Him our Lord and Savior by carrying the weight of our sins upon Him unto death at the cross.  We cannot earn our way into heaven by good works:

Ephesians 2:8-9 KJV – For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.

Jesus sacrificed Himself so that we would have the opportunity to live eternally with God.  I had such a hard time wrapping my head around this.  I had the head knowledge, but couldn’t grasp the understanding of how much God loves us.

John 3:16-17 KJV – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

When I first started this walk, I had to make it personal:  Because of what Jesus Christ has done for me, for my children, for my grandchildren, and future generations, I needed to come to the end of myself quickly so that I could stand in the gap of those who do not know Him, who do not believe in Him, and those who chose to deny Him.  Out of selfishness, I began this journey for my natural family.  I never had a clue how God would enlarge my family.   My church family is nothing like what I had envisioned.  As we closed out 2018 and welcomed in 2019 at a New Year’s Eve service/watch/celebration, I looked around the room in awe of God is doing.  A gathering of people not limited by race, ethnicity or denomination coming together to worship the Lord.

Why would I not want to share the message of Jesus to all who would hear?  This amazing gift of salvation, through Jesus, is the gift that needs to be given to all the world. We all need Jesus. If you know Jesus, please share Him.  If you are unsure how, ask God for His guidance.  Ask for the heart of an evangelist, one willing to sacrifice their time to share the love of Christ.  I know this, God is unfailing.  All His promises are true.

I continue this walk with Christ, knowing that in front of me will lie trials and temptations.  But God is always with Me, always preparing the way before Me, providing for all my needs. God is good all the time and all the time God is good.

 

No More “If only…”

Up til where I gave my life to Christ Jesus, I lived most of my life full of “If only…”.   If only I was kinder and more compassionate with my younger sister in her earlier years I could have strengthened her and helped my mom more.  My sister had heart problems all her life. As a child I was self-centered and remember being jealous that Diane at times received gifts from relatives who would visit. To me at least, Diane was just someone who preferred to rock in a chair listening to music rather than being outside with my brothers and me. That is a huge “If only…” in my life.

Most of us have lived with “If only…” moments.  As a teenager, if only I was an adult, then I could do what I want.  If only I had a different job.  If only I was married.  If only my kids were grown.  Or in Diane’s case, “If only I could have kids.”  Look around, you are surrounded by people who are looking for something but not realizing the answer to “If only…” is God!  We are part of a culture that is never satisfied in the flesh.  We tend to want more:  a bigger house, a bigger paycheck, a new vehicle, a promotion, better clothes, better health.

When you’re stuck in traffic, throw out the “If only we left sooner…”   The “If only…” is a deception by the enemy setting into motion his desire to steal your joy.  Change your focus to Jesus!  When you purpose in your heart instead to be thankful for what you have, you are filled with the joy of the Lord, everything looks different.  We’re given a “new” set of eyes.  When stuck in traffic, we get a chance to glance around look at the beauty of the skies above, the love being shared as the old man walks his feeble body around the car in the parking lot across the street to open the car door for his aging bride, or see the wind blow through the tall trees, making them dance in the breeze.   It’s there, He’s there, all around us.  Throw the “If only…” out the window!  Cast out your cares, your troubles and desires of the world.  Look up to God and thank Him for what He alone has given you.    Thank Jesus for paying the price of your sin debt, having taken your place, and the place of your loved ones, on the cross. We deserved death, but God made a way through his Son that we be reconciled.

Thank you gracious father that you sent your only Son to come down to this world to teach us how we should live life and for His perfect sacrifice that bridged heaven and earth.  Through Jesus we have hope for today, tomorrow, and eternity.  Thank you that we can learn from our mistakes of yesterday but we don’t have to live there.  In Jesus most precious name.  Amen.

 

 

Are you saved?

Are you saved?  You may say yes, but are you sure? Many people believe they’re going to heaven, or are hopeful.  One day your life  will come to an end here on earth and you will spend eternity in one of two places – heaven or hell.

At some point you’ve probably been asked by a friend, “I have news, do you want the good news or the bad news first?”  Let me assure you, friend, what may at first sound bad, will be followed by the VERY good news!

Matthew 7:21-23 (KJV)
  21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.    

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

Reading that scripture may cause fear. You do not want to be part of that ‘many will say to me…. ‘ so how can you be sure you are going to heaven?  First, understand that there is not one of us who is deserving of being able to stand before the Lord God Almighty who is Holy, Holy, Holy!  We have all sinned against God.

Romans 3:23 (KJV) 
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Sin has caused us to be separated from God.  but what exactly is sin?  If you ask one person, their definition will vary greatly from another’s.  But look what the bible describes as sin:

1 John 5:17 (KJV)
All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.

James 4:17  (KJV)      
Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth [it] not, to him it is sin.

1 John 1:9 (KJV)
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

Matthew 5:22 (KJV)
But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

Galatians 5:19–21
Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

 

It may appear hopeless at this point when we examine ourselves through our eyes especially when we read the first part of the next scripture. But there is hope!  God made a way for us not to be separated from Him.

Romans 6:23 (KJV)  
For the wages of sin [is] death; but the gift of God [is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Here’s where the VERY good news comes in!

John 3:16-17 (KJV)
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Luke 19:10 (KJV)    
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

John 11:25 (KJV)
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

John 14:6 (KJV)
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Jesus, Son of God, came to earth, took on flesh, to save us all!  He paid the price for our sins. It is very important to note that Jesus is the ONLY way to get to heaven.  By believing that He alone is the gateway to heaven.  We cannot earn it by our works!

Isaiah 53:4-5 (KJV)
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

Romans 5:6-8 (KJV)
“For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”

2 Corinthians 5:18 (KJV)
And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

1 Peter 3:17-18 (KJV)
For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

Ephesians 2:8-9 (KJV) 
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.

2 Timothy 1:10 (KJV)
But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

Now that you’ve read these scriptures, what comes next?

Romans 10:9-11 (KJV)
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

 

 

God in the Midst

Have you ever had a meltdown at work?  I had a mini-meltdown today.  I lost my vision of God and saw only my reaction to someone’s acrimonious comment.  I did not keep my peace, I chose to become angry, hurt, and unsure I was able to do the task set before me.  But after a friend prayed with me I felt immediate peace from God and continued through the busy day.

imageedit_15_9473772395After work I called one of my dearest friends to meet me at the lake. I was tired of the recent gray, drizzly days and the sun was out. No matter where we meet, we usually walk, talk, pray, intercede, and encourage each other.  But we always invite God to be in the midst of our time together.  This evening’s walk was so awesome!  God was depositing wisdom, bringing to remembrance His Word, and what He had shown us, teaching us as we walked and enjoyed His glorious creation.  And I’m so very thankful He will never leave us, nor forsake us.

Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. (Deuteronomy 31:6)

But what happened at the end of our walk together, I pray dear Lord, that I never forget!  As we approached our vehicles, I said to Kristie, that as I’ve watched or listened to different churches in their worship service, I didn’t understand why like Kristie and another friend, Lisa, how God could just get them to such a place of joy where they were rolling on the floor laughing. While, I on the other hand, was always brought to weeping.  She encouraged me by telling me that maybe it’s because God is giving each person what they need in that exact moment.  She saw me as a happy person, joyful most of the time, so maybe that was why.  I accepted that, thinking I would talk to God about it more when I got home.

Then I felt the urge to have her pray for me regarding my eyes.  I had been seeing small black floaties in my vision off and on in both eyes over the last 6 months or more that came and went.  At times I even batted at the air because I thought one was a bug that flown too close to me.  I have been claiming my healing, declaring God’s Word and reminding God that He IS the Great Physician, He is My Healer, etc.  But Kristie is an Elder in the church and the bibles says:

14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:14-16)

And what happened next, I pray I never forget.  But first read the scripture below:

As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth. And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?” Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him. We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Having said these things, he spit on the ground and made mud with the saliva. Then he anointed the man’s eyes with the mudand said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means Sent). So he went and washed and came back seeing.  (John 9:1-7)

Kristie put her hands on my eyes and prayed. Then went through the motion as if she spit in her hands, picked up mud, applied it to my eyes and prayed once more.  And I immediately began to almost fall backward, grabbing her arms as I kept stepping back and laughed with joy!  I was immediately drunk in the Spirit!

Praise God for who He is!  He is the omnipotent, omnipresent God who heals yet today! He is the God who meets us in the midst!

 

The Devil is a Liar – My testimony of prosperity

 

People say they believe in God, but when are they going to start believing God? (my Pastor JoAnna Davis asks that alot). I have always been considered a nice, good person who believed IN God but I was spiritually dead–with no hope, low self-esteem, living day to day in poverty.  I didn’t BELIEVE God.

36993339_268484710592034_1249217544716288000_nThen I found a good church where the Spirit of the Lord was invited to have free reign, where I found conviction, correction, and not just the encouragement to get into God’s Word, but the truth of the responsibility to read the bible myself. The pastor was radical and on fire to save souls for Jesus.

Jesus came into my life, and delivered me from oppression, healed my back, gave me His peace that passes all understanding when I was going through a rough time believing things would be okay. I am a walking, talking testimony of the love of Jesus. He delivered me, set me free, healed me, AND provided a new roof to my house at no cost to me. Now THAT is prosperity. And I am believing God is able to and will do so much more. And the cool thing is He is not a respecter of persons, what He is doing for me, He wants to do for you. Now you may be thinking how can I say “Jesus” did all that.  Read it for yourself:

“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” (Matthew 28:18) There IS power in the name of Jesus! Hallelujah!

The devil is a liar.  The bible says in John 10:10 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy”: He’s come to steal your joy, kill your hope, and destroy your faith.  But in the second part of that verse lies our victory in Jesus: “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

And as for my Pastor, she continues to grow in her walk and faith! In fact she heard from God so clearly He brought favour upon her to open up a second church and God’s Outreach Deliverance International Church in Creston, IA just celebrated our 6th year anniversary yesterday.  I’m so grateful God drew me to that particular church.

Find a church home that doesn’t just make you feel good, allow yourself to find a place that feeds your soul.  Don’t allow comfortability to keep you in a place where it hasn’t put an urgency to allow God to mold you and shape you.  We all fall short of the glory and we are all sinners in need of Christ.  But remember this:  we will stand before God and give an account of our lives, we won’t have our friends and family standing there with us for support.  You may have to walk away from some people, some family, some friends.  But keep your eyes on the prize:  spending eternity in heaven with God!

Come back to church!

I just posted on Instagram tonight, a beautiful scripture:  “Blessed are the peacemakers:  for they shall be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9).  And as I usually do, I thought about the scripture: what it takes to be a peacemaker.  It sounds easy enough, right?  One that loves (check), one that is not quarrelsome (check), one that is a not a backbiter… (check… most of the time).  OUCH!  Conviction where my speech can cause trouble.  Lord, I still need help from time to time with this!

Just because we may post about Jesus doesn’t mean we think we’re perfect or better than anyone else.  It’s the realization we are sinners and in need of JESUS!  I hear so often that people stop attending church because of the hypocrisy.   But here’s the thing, I am a work in progress just like every other person attending church.

Don’t walk away from church because people fall short of your expectations.  We all fall short of the glory (Romans 2:10).  Come back to church because you have purpose for the kingdom of God!  Come back because you are missed!  Come back because you are needed!  Come back because of the fellowship, to exhort one another (Hebrews 10:25).

Don’t allow someone else’s shortcomings to hinder what God has for you.  Just saying… you’re missed, more than you’ll ever know if you don’t come back.

Today is my victory!

Today is my victory!  You may not believe it, but I do.  For I am victorious in Christ!  His Word says it. so it must be true.  

1 Corinthians 15:57 KJV – But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sounds good.  But how do we know the bible is true?

Proverbs 30:5 KJV – Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV – All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Numbers 23: 19 KJV – God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

You may be asking “What if I don’t feel victorious?”  Many days I don’t “feel” victorious. I’m just keeping this real.  Life happens:  we experience physical pain, get sick, get hit with a whopping bill that we didn’t expect, the roof leaks, the car breaks down, marriages fall apart, jobs are lost, the list can go on and on.  But even then, I am victorious! For I know, God is always with me, He has promised me!

Hebrews 13:5 KJV – Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 

I drive a 2007 Ford Escort.  I would love to have a new vehicle.  And I know it’s okay to want to have something better and more reliable.  But even while I drive this car that is over 10 years old, I am victorious!  How do I  know that?  Because God provides for me, I do not lack.  It doesn’t mean that at this moment I get what I think would be the best car for me, but I know who my supplier is.

Philippians 4:19 KJV – But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

I bet you’re thinking “Hold on.  Why shouldn’t you have the best if God is your supplier?”  I know I already have the best!  I have Jesus as my Lord and Savior!  This time here on earth will pass, but because Jesus died for my sins, I will spend eternity with God!  This short time of natural life is just a grain of sand compared to the time where I will be spending eternity.  I know that my focus may get sidetracked a lot of times by things that happen to me or go on around me, but the important thing is to bring as many as I can to know how wonderful God’s love is.  That He loved each of us enough to send His Son to become flesh, and carry our sins to the cross.   In my sinful state, without Jesus, I would surely die.

Romans 6:23 KJV – For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

But Jesus took my place on the cross.  He paid my sin debt in full! And He did it for you too!

Romans 5:8 KJV – But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

2 Corinthians 5:15 KJV – And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

Matthew 28:6 KJV – He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

Luke 24: 6-7 KJV – For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

Romans 6:4 KJV – Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

John 11:25 KJV – Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

Do you believe that Jesus died for your sins?  No matter what you’ve said or done, if you believe it, now is the time to claim your salvation through Christ Jesus.

 

Romans 10:9 KJV – That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Romans 8:11 KJV – But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

All you need to do is say a simple prayer, something like this;

“Father, I am a sinner in need of a Savior.  I repent of my sins.  I want to turn away from the way I have lived.  I believe that Your Son Jesus, came to earth, carried my sins to the cross, and paid for my sins.  I believe that by Your power, He rose from the dead, and ascended into heaven.  I make Jesus the Lord of my life.”

What’s next?  Find a church with sound teaching.  Make it your aim to read the bible to get to know how wonderful God is and let Him reveal His many promises for you and your life.  And remember, though things may come your way, you are victorious!

Here are some scriptures to help you get started about your victory:

2 Corinthians 5:7-9 KJV – (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)  We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.  Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.

Deuteronomy 20:4 KJV –   For the LORD your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.

John 16:33 KJV – These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

1 John 1:9 KJV – If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

2 Peter 3:9 KJV – The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

1 John 5:4 KJV – For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.

1 Corinthians 15:57 KJV – But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Give a shout onto the Lord for He is good, and faithful, and mighty to save!  HALLELUJAH!

Psalm 23 – A psalm of victory, not just at death but while we’re alive!

I’ve read this psalm on so many funeral bulletins,  but once I studied this out, going back to the Hebrew translations of key words, this psalm has become my psalm of victory for my life!   Please give it a read and then join me as I share a deeper revelation of this psalm as Holy Spirit guided me through it!  I’ll go through each, pick out key words, give you the word in Hebrew and the definition.  Once done, when you read it at the end, you will undoubtedly read it with fresh eyes of understanding.

Psalm 23 (KJV)
23 The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.      
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

23 The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
Shepherd – “Roi”- protector,and ruler of a flock of man.  
In an unenclosed country, early in the morning the shepherd led the flock from the fold to where they would be pastured.  Here he watched them all day, taking care   that none strayed, but if one did he would seek diligently til he found and brought it back.  In lands like Philistine, the shepherd has to lead them to a water source.  At night he’d bring them back to the fold counting as they passed under the rod to     make sure none were missing.  Even then he would have to guard them through the night from the attack of wild beasts or thieves.
want – “XQG”  – to lack, be without, to diminish.   

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
green – “@YC” – young vegetation (Holy Spirit showed it is the best)
pastures – “D@P” – pasture,pleasant place, meadow, abode (Holy Spirit showed it’s a place one longs to be)

He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.  
restoreth
-“AEY” – to refresh, repair, rescue
paths – “LBRN” – entrenchment, track (Holy Spirit said “already established” – this then is a path that He already set in place, a good path)
righteousness – “WCV” – justice in case or cause, rightness in speech, righteousness as vindicated, justification in controversy, deliverance, victory, prosperity, deliverance, victory, prosperity, of God as covenant-keeping redemption, in name of Messianic King, of people enjoying salvation (wow, there’s alot here, it’s important to let this definition sink into your heart)
name’s – “MY” – reputation, fame, glory, the Name (as designation of God’s), memorial, monument

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
walk – “JLI” – to go, come, proceed, move, to lead, march, prosper, pursue, spread
valley – “@IB” – a steep valley, narrow gorge (Holy Spirit showed me this is not something climbed out of easily, this valley may appear to leave us at risk, in the open, vulnerable)
death – “ZENLV” – deep shadow or darkness, extreme danger
fear – “@XI” – to be afraid, stand in awe of, revere, honor or respect
evil – “RX” – affliction, adversity, calamity, distress, sorry, trouble, wretchedness, wrong, unkind, vicious in disposition   (Holy Spirit just showed me “RX” as in “RX prescription” with the definition of RX being recipe… it is more than coincidence that RX needs to be cured or altered back to a state of wholeness or wellness)
rod – “HAY” -a stick (for walking), a club (of shepherd’s implement), a sceptre (mark of authority)
staff – “DPRYN” – support of every kind

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
preparest – JRX – arrange, esteem
before – “MIPT” – serve, shewbread, please, in front of, presence of
enemies – “XXV”- adversary, distress, to be bound or tied up, shut up
annointest – “OYC”-to satisfy
head – “Y@X” -“forefront, chief
oil – “ONY” – often perfumed

cup – “QEK” – as a container
over – “DIEX” – saturation, wealthy

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
goodness – “AEH” – beautiful, best, better, bountiful, cheerful, fair, favour, fine, pleasant, precious, prosperity, sweet, wealth, agreeable, excellent, rich, good understand (of intelligence), right
mercy – “CQG”- goodness, kindness, faithfulness, beautify, favor, good deed
follow – “SCX” – follow after, pursue, run after, eagerly to secure
days – “MEI” – always, daily, everlasting, perpetually, presently, remaineth
dwell – “AYI” – to remain, abide, habitation, seat
house – “ZIA” – dwelling habitation
Lord – “DEDI” – Jehovah – “the existing One”, proper name of the one true God

Now that you’ve read through the definitions, with the Holy Spirit guiding which definitions for me to note, read The Passion Translation of Psalm 23 below.  I believe you’ll agree that Psalm 23 is a song, a melody we need to sing forth as it is David’s poetic praise to God!

The Lord is my best Friend and my Shepherd.  I always have more than enough.
He offers a resting place for me in His luxurious love.
His tracks take me to an oasis of peace, the quiet brook of bliss.
That’s where He restores and revives my life.  He opens before pathways to God’s pleasure and leads me along in His footsteps of righteousness so that I can bring honor to His name.
Lord, even when Your path takes me through the valley of the deepest darkness, fear will not conquer me, for You already have!
You remain close to me and lead me through it all the way.  Your authority is my strength and peace.  The comfort of Your love takes away my fear.  I’ll never be lonely for You are near.
You become my delicious feast even when my enemies dare to fight.  You annoint me with with the fragrance of the Holy Spirit; you give me all I can drink of You until my heart overflows.
So why would I fear the future?  For your goodness and love pursue me all the days of my life.  Then afterward, when my life is through, I’ll return to You glorious presence to be forevermore.