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The Boldness of Grace in Love

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God’s Word tells us to speak His truths in boldness, which I do not have much problem with. What He is helping me with is speaking His truths in love. I take my Lord and His holiness and principles so very serious and try very hard to implement them in my own life, and sometimes I sound more harsh than I feel in my own mind when sharing those truths with others. And His Spirit is speaking to me on this subject.😉

I like to search things in God’s Word from time to time at a place called the Blue Letter Bible. Today it was on my heart about sharing His holiness and why we hold Him up on high instead of bringing Him down to our level where we are comfortable, and doing that in a kindly, loving fashion. I found this devotional there and WOW, did it ever speak volumes to my spirit.

I share this now, not just for others who may need it but to help me internalize it and put it to use in my own walk with Jesus:

The Boldness of Grace

Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word…and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness…And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all. (Acts 4:29, 31, 33)

Those who serve God acceptably must do so by grace. “Let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably(Hebrews 12:28). Those who serve by grace find that the boldness of grace develops in their lives.

The early church gave testimony to this reality. Soon after Jesus’ ascension and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the disciples were boldly proclaiming Jesus throughout Jerusalem. This was extremely aggravating to the religious leaders: “being greatly disturbed that they taught the people and preached in Jesus the resurrection from the dead” (Acts 4:2).

When they arrested the disciples, Peter boldly preached Jesus before the Jewish authorities. “This[Jesus] is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved(Acts 4:11-12).

This bold application of prophecy and proclamation of the gospel astonished the religious establishment. “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John…they marveled (Acts 4:13). Yet, in their hardness of heart, they further threatened the disciples.

Being released, they gathered the church to pray for continued boldness. “Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word.” The answer to this prayer was another filling with the Spirit, resulting in further boldness. “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.” This filling of the Holy Spirit brought great measures of God’s grace actively working in their lives, sustaining this powerful witness of the risen Christ. “And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.”

This is the boldness of the new covenant of grace. “Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech” (2 Corinthians 3:12). This hope is new covenant confidence. It is part of the abundant life that God brings to us by His Spirit of grace: “who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life(2 Corinthians 3:6).

“Heavenly Father, I need this same boldness in my life. Please fill me afresh with Your Spirit that I might minister in the boldness of Your grace, while bathed with Your loving kindness. Amen.”

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2016 in Godly Women

 

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Being Aware of Faith-Friendly Companies Helps us to be Better Stewards of God’s Money

So I suppose I should say happy Black Friday. Except I never really cared much for this day. Kudos to those who have the courage to do it.

My thoughts today are strongly on how God intervened in this Presidential election and had mercy on His children. Not only am I certain that God intervened to try and turn this country around for the good and bring Him back into it, but I also believe He woke many of His children up to finally take a stand before the progressives would totally destroy what God began here. It appears that there really are many more Christians in this country than we were sure of over the past couple of decades.

I would encourage my brothers and sisters in Christ to stay strong in doing right and continue to take a stand for Godly values and not expect those in charge to do it for us. God heard our prayers and answered them, because we stood up and said “Enough!” He has won this battle, but there are many more to overcome in the near future. It will take all of us on our knees and attempting to live a truly Christ-like life to bring about the needed changes in this blessed land. “This Little Light of Mine, I’m Gonna Let it Shine!” ought to be a song in all our hearts. Can the Lord continue to count on us to do our part?

It appears that many are not aware of some of the resources at our disposal to stand for Godly principles and really make our country great again. As many are out there trying to get the best deals for their loved ones to have a happy Christmas, I wonder how many are aware of the companies who are “faith-friendly.” We can be encouraged by the fact that for every company used by evil there is an alternative for Christians to turn to.

We must understand that when we give the money that God blesses us with to those companies who attack God’s morals and therefore His children, we are encouraging them to think that it is okay with us that they destroy the lives of those who strive to live out their Christ-like beliefs in these tumultuous times. After all they do not hide the fact that they take our money to further the agenda of the progressive left. It should really bother us that the money God gives us helps contribute to groups, such as the homosexuals, who sue our brothers and sisters out of business, and in the process destroy their livelihoods, because they do not agree with their lifestyle. We know that that group of people is only between 1% and 2% of our total population, yet they seem to get more done for evil than God’s children do for God’s Kingdom. We must also make ourselves aware of those judges who stand for God or evil.

Let us not stop shining for Jehovah God just because the election appears to have went the way we wanted it to. The evil ones are right now trying to influence those in power to try and undo the results of this election. I believe that our mighty God is more powerful than they, and He will not let that happen. But He needs each and everyone of us to live for Him, and continue to stand up and make our voices heard for Him. There are many more of us than there are those influenced by evil.

Some would say, “There are many companies who contribute to the devil’s evil agenda. We can’t know them all, so it does not matter if we spend God’s money there.” (I know, hardly makes any sense at all does it.) Well, there are resources to make us aware, and I will share one shortly. My answer is, “We may not know all of those doing satan’s work, but there are many who are blatantly open about their “agenda.” We have empowered them by saying nothing and supporting their cause with God’s money! So because we do not know all of them, should we still choose to give God’s money to those we are aware of and help them further evil in our country?!” I would say that is just plain laziness on the part of the Christian.

Luke 16:10 “He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.”

When we are made aware of even one who goes against Godly values and furthers satan’s values, we have a choice to make. We can either say no and refuse to contribute to their agenda, with God’s money, or we can say we do not care, like we have in the past, and then when things are gone awry and we suffer the consequences of sticking our heads in the sand, we will again ask, “How did this happen?” Really?!

I have shared this information before, and I feel led to do it again. The Faith Driven Consumer organization works very hard to do the work required to help us be aware of faith-friendly, and not so faith friendly companies that help us to make the Godly choices this country so badly needs to get back to following a Holy God. “Because He is Holy, we are to be Holy.” Although this is just one area where we can choose to make a Godly difference, it is a very important starting place.

If we are putting God first in all areas of our lives, this is not a hard choice to make. Colossians 1:18 “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.”

I am sure there are more organizations like this out there. Please share any that you know of.

 

 
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Posted by on November 25, 2016 in Call to Action

 

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High and Lifted Up

Oh that we would lift our Holy God up as only He deserves to be, instead of trying to bring Him down to our level! Love this post and this song. Enjoy! Thanks Linda❤

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Isaiah 6:1. “In the year that King Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.”

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I don’t believe there is any artwork that can even come close to the reality of what Isaiah saw in his vision. The mind of man simply cannot comprehend the majesty, glory, and beauty of the Holy One of Israel.

In this verse, the title used is Adonai, which means sovereign or absolute Lord. His is sovereign.  No one sits above Him. No one has equal standing with Him. All the angels in heaven and all the people on earth are subject to Him, whether they know it and accept it or not.  He is Adonai. He is God.

High and lifted up almost certainly refers to the throne.  A king’s throne is always elevated above his subjects.  The train is the…

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Posted by on November 16, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

He Knew Me Then

I came across this old Dallas Holm song I have not heard for years and was reminded that I did not have to clean myself up from my sin to make Jesus love me. He knew me when I turned Him away and He loved me any way. Romans 5:8 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” HE LOVED ME BACK TO HIM!

Please do not listen to the enemy’s lies. We do not have to clean up for Jesus to love us. I am so very glad that you love me in spite of me. When I think on the days I was in the world because I believed I was unworthy, I am horrified at the thought of ever going back again. Thank you my Jesus for what you have done and are doing in me.

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2016 in God's Love

 

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Fourth Woe: Apostasy

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Isaiah 5:20. “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”

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The subversion of moral principals had become rampant in Judah and Jerusalem.  You cannot worship some man-created god and still pretend to practice true godliness.  The two things simply cannot exist in the same space.

I keep going back to something a pastor of ours said many years ago:  Sin will always take you farther than you intended to go. It is like a whirlpool–wide and slow-moving at the top, but once you are caught in, and  it circles downward, it narrows and goes faster and faster  until you are without escape.

Any society can legalize sin if they choose to do so, and maybe that makes people feel better about whatever they are doing that is against God’s truth…

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Posted by on November 1, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Pastor Appreciation Month of October

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How much do we really appreciate our Pastors and their wives? They are team for the Lord in His church. We must take care not to take them for granted.

As far as I am concerned, every month should be appreciation month for them. Unfortunately there are always those few, who call themselves Born-Again Children of God, hindering and discouraging their Pastor and his Wife with fleshly behaviour. In their jealousy and desire to be ‘all important in the eyes of man’ I have witnessed them do such sin as totally ignoring their Pastor and his wife, and going over their heads to ‘do their own thing’ without seeking their Leaders’ counsel first. It makes my blood curdle when I hear them address our Pastor by his first name only, without showing due respect of using the title Pastor. Do they not understand the dissension and dis-respect they exhibit with this behaviour?! This is not only discouraging to our Leaders, but to the new members and baby Christians in God’s Church.

I was reminded in my time in God’s Word of how God looks at those who are supposedly mature Christians dis-respecting God’s chosen – Remember how God dealt with Moses and Miriam when they opposed Moses? God knows the heart and He sees everything.

Numbers 12

1 And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.
2 And they said, Hath the LORD indeed spoken only by Moses? hath he not spoken also by us? And the LORD heard it.
3 (Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)
4 And the LORD spake suddenly unto Moses, and unto Aaron, and unto Miriam, Come out ye three unto the tabernacle of the congregation. And they three came out.
5 And the LORD came down in the pillar of the cloud, and stood in the door of the tabernacle, and called Aaron and Miriam: and they both came forth.
6 And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream.
7 My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.
8 With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?
9 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against them; and he departed.
10 And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous.
11 And Aaron said unto Moses, Alas, my lord, I beseech thee, lay not the sin upon us, wherein we have done foolishly, and wherein we have sinned.
12 Let her not be as one dead, of whom the flesh is half consumed when he cometh out of his mother’s womb.
13 And Moses cried unto the LORD, saying, Heal her now, O God, I beseech thee.
14 And the LORD said unto Moses, If her father had but spit in her face, should she not be ashamed seven days? let her be shut out from the camp seven days, and after that let her be received in again.
15 And Miriam was shut out from the camp seven days: and the people journeyed not till Miriam was brought in again.
16 And afterward the people removed from Hazeroth, and pitched in the wilderness of Paran.

Let us lift up God’s chosen leaders in prayer each day for His protection, guidance and direction. Here are a few encouraging things we can do for our Pastors and their wives:

–Most important is to pray for them and their family. D. L. Moody once said, ““Every movement of God can be traced back to a kneeling figure.”

–Send a note thanking your Pastor for how something in his God-led message spoke to you specifically and made a difference in your walk with God.

–Text or email your Pastor’s wife weekly, or whenever the Spirit lays her on your heart, and tell her something that she has done or said recently that was a blessing to you.

–Remember that your Pastor is a husband and father also. Encourage him in leading for his family, and care for them as you care him. And please, do not put unfair expectations on his children and treat them with the attitude that because they are Pastor’s children they should behave a certain way. That treatment will discourage them and cause rebellion in their hearts. I had several Pastor’s kids for friends when I was growing up, and I cannot count the times I heard them say, “People expect me to be perfect because my dad’s a Pastor,” and oh how I witnessed them rebel!

–Your Pastor’s wife needs you to be in your place if you have committed to ministry, by being faithful and responsible in your area of service in the church. When you miss a service, especially in small churches, the Pastor’s wife usually ends up doing what you committed to—such as helping in the nursery or teaching a Sunday School class. Mark 10:37-45 addresses those who begin in ministry because they want to look important, but they do not realize and consider the responsibility that comes with the commitment – “They said unto him, Grant unto us that we may sit, one on thy right hand, and the other on thy left hand, in thy glory. But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized: But to sit on my right hand and on my left hand is not mine to give; but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared. And when the ten heard it, they began to be much displeased with James and John. But Jesus called them to him, and saith unto them, Ye know that they which are accounted to rule over the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and their great ones exercise authority upon them. But so shall it not be among you: but whosoever will be great among you, shall be your minister: And whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all. For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” If you must be absent from your place, please try to give advance notice so that planning can be done.

This is HUGE – Please do not abandon your Pastor when he has to confront wolves or serious sin issues in the church. One of the most deflating and lonely things for a pastor is when he takes a stand on a difficult issue (say, church discipline against a longstanding member) and those he counts on for support run the other way. If your pastor is taking heat for a just cause, don’t make him wonder about where you stand. Support him. Relieve some of the pressure on him. Defend him verbally when you hear gossip, and publicly in church meetings if you need to.

–Surprise your Pastor and his wife with their favorite things. And not just on special occasions. It can do so very much to uplift their spirits by giving a gift card to Pastor’s wife to her favorite spa or a card for their favorite place for dinner together, just because.

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Posted by on October 27, 2016 in God's Truth, Godly Women

 

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Chocolate Sweater Vest

Just to keep you all up on the goings on over at my Anna’s Custom Crochet! And there is much more available for purchase at https://facebook.com/AnnasCustomCrochet . Do not let Christmas sneak up on you!

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I get so much satisfaction when my customers are so pleased with their order. The chocolate sweater vest was a perfect fit and she just loves that is so soft and cozy!

She let me use her as my model to get a pic that really does the vest justice. Thank you my friend.

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Posted by on October 24, 2016 in Uncategorized

 
 
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