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Forgiveness

5.28.15 Well today I want to talk about something I talked about a while back but I don't think people really realize the need to forgive people. You may not forget what happened but God says we have to forgive. Forgiveness in the Bible is a prominent theme. Yet, it's not uncommon for Christians to have questions about forgiveness. The act of forgiving does not come easy for most of us. Our natural instinct is to recoil in self-protection when we've been injured. We don't naturally overflow with mercy, grace and understanding when we've been wronged. Is forgiveness a conscious choice, a physical act involving the will, or is it a feeling, an emotional state of being?

Colossians 3:13
Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Lewis B. Smedes wrote in his book, Forgive and Forget, "When you release the wrongdoer from the wrong, you cut a malignant tumor out of your inner life. You set a prisoner free, but you discover that the real prisoner was yourself."

That statement is so true if you think about it, when you are holding a grudge against someone and not forgiving them it eats @ your very soul. It can actually put you in a state of depression and you may not realize it but it can destroy you.

Forgiveness Quote: "Forgiveness always seems so easy, when we need it, and so hard when we need to give it." --Fresh Start Devotionals

Wow another true quote, have you ever thought about that? It is so easy when you are the one accepting the forgiveness but it''s so hard to tell someone you forgive them. Ever wonder why that is? Maybe it could be our pride which is a sin in itself.

We will know the work of forgiveness is complete when we experience the freedom that comes as a result. We are the ones who suffer most when we choose not to forgive. When we do forgive, the Lord sets our hearts free from the anger, bitterness, resentment and hurt that previously imprisoned us.

Matthew 18:21-22
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

This answer by Jesus makes it clear that forgiveness is not easy for us. It's not a one-time choice and then we automatically live in a state of forgiveness. Forgiveness may require a lifetime of forgiving, but it is important to the Lord. We must continue forgiving until the matter is settled in our heart.

The best reason to forgive is because Jesus commanded us to forgive. We learn from Scripture, if we don't forgive, neither will we be forgiven:

Matthew 6:14-16
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

We forgive out of obedience to the Lord. It is a choice, a decision we make. However, as we do this "forgiving," we discover the command is in place for our own good, and we receive the reward of our forgiveness—freedom.

One of the reasons I choose this topic tonight is because I have a lot on my mind lately and it seems there is so much drama on facebook where people are being done wrong. Family members don't even talk any more for 1 reason or another. People life is to short to not love one another. God knows and sees all the violence and hatred in the world now days. Do you think He enjoys watching everyone destroying people by doing wrong to them, or what about all the killings going on? Do you think God likes seeing people killed over something stupid. Look @ all the little kids that are being kidnapped for 1 reason or another and then they get killed, for what? What did that child do that they deserve that? God made the ultimate sacrifice, He gave His only Son so that we may live. Really people wake up before it's too late.

Brothers and Sisters are fighting among each other, Mothers and Daughters, Dads and Sons. What is wrong with this picture, I beg you if there's someone in your life who you are having problems with don't air it on Facebook but do like the old days and pick up the phone before it's too late. Wouldn't you hate for that person to die tonight knowing that you never made up with them. It even happens in the Church where someone might get mad @ someone and that pride gets in the way and people either keep going to the Church and don't talk to each other or 1 of them may quit going to Church maybe all together. Wow do you think God is happy about what's happening in the world today? Once again I'm begging you if you are having a problem with someone pick up the phone right now and ask for forgiveness. If I have done anything wrong to someone I'm asking right now that you let me know and I will personally tell you I am sorry and ask for your forgiveness.

 

God I come to you asking that if I've done anything to dishonor you please forgive me and I come asking that if there is anyone out there that I've done something wrong to that they will forgive me for that. I ask if there is anyone of my facebook family or friends who has someone to ask forgiveness to then they will call them tonight because tomorrow may be too late. God I think you for giving your Son so that we may live even though we don't deserve it. Now please be with my facebook family and friends and know that I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen

Birthdays

 

5.27.15 Well today is Ernest birthday and so I thought I'd talk a little bit about Ernest since God put us together, and birthdays were in the Bible so we'll take a look at that also. I met Ernest in Stafford Co. VA, I moved there to stay with my sister Louise and I got a job @ the Shell station, Ernest sister in law worked there and so that's how we met. We met in June and got married that same year in November. 
Birthday celebrations are mentioned in the Bible on three separate occasions and, in each case, something terrible occurred. These three accounts bear brief examination.
The first account is in Genesis. Pharaoh, the Egyptian king, celebrated his birthday by executing his chief baker (Gen. 40:1-23). God gave Joseph special understanding of a dream by Pharaoh’s butler and baker, that the baker would lose his life three days after Joseph interpreted the dream. Joseph understood that Pharaoh would use this occasion—his own birthday party—to put his baker to death. As the dream had foretold, the baker was hung at the party.

Genesis 40:1-23 The Cupbearer and the Baker
40 Some time later, the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt offended their master, the king of Egypt. 2 Pharaoh was angry with his two officials, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker, 3 and put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the same prison where Joseph was confined. 4 The captain of the guard assigned them to Joseph, and he attended them.
After they had been in custody for some time, 5 each of the two men—the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were being held in prison—had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own.
6 When Joseph came to them the next morning, he saw that they were dejected. 7 So he asked Pharaoh’s officials who were in custody with him in his master’s house, “Why do you look so sad today?”
8 “We both had dreams,” they answered, “but there is no one to interpret them.”
Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.”
9 So the chief cupbearer told Joseph his dream. He said to him, “In my dream I saw a vine in front of me, 10 and on the vine were three branches. As soon as it budded, it blossomed, and its clusters ripened into grapes. 11 Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes, squeezed them into Pharaoh’s cup and put the cup in his hand.”
12 “This is what it means,” Joseph said to him. “The three branches are three days. 13 Within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your position, and you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand, just as you used to do when you were his cupbearer. 14 But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison. 15 I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in a dungeon.”
16 When the chief baker saw that Joseph had given a favorable interpretation, he said to Joseph, “I too had a dream: On my head were three baskets of bread.[a] 17 In the top basket were all kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh, but the birds were eating them out of the basket on my head.”
18 “This is what it means,” Joseph said. “The three baskets are three days. 19 Within three days Pharaoh will lift off your head and impale your body on a pole. And the birds will eat away your flesh.”
20 Now the third day was Pharaoh’s birthday, and he gave a feast for all his officials. He lifted up the heads of the chief cupbearer and the chief baker in the presence of his officials: 21 He restored the chief cupbearer to his position, so that he once again put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand— 22 but he impaled the chief baker, just as Joseph had said to them in his interpretation.
23 The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.

In the second account, the New Testament figure Herod the tetrarch reluctantly ordered the beheading of John the Baptist (Matt. 14:3-11). Notice verse six: “But when Herod’s birthday was kept…” During the dancing and merry-making at his birthday party, Herod got carried away and eventually made a promise that he did not want to keep. As a result, a great servant of God lost his life.

Matthew 14:3-11 Now Herod had arrested John and bound him and put him in prison because of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, 4 for John had been saying to him: “It is not lawful for you to have her.” 5 Herod wanted to kill John, but he was afraid of the people, because they considered John a prophet.
6 On Herod’s birthday the daughter of Herodias danced for the guests and pleased Herod so much 7 that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. 8 Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.” 9 The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and his dinner guests, he ordered that her request be granted 10 and had John beheaded in the prison. 11 His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who carried it to her mother.

The final account is found in the book of Job. The Bible says that Job’s seven sons “went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them” (Job 1:4) His sons used to hold feasts in their homes on their birthdays, and they would invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. These parties were obviously not centered around any kind of celebration related to God, or Job would not have worried that his children may have sinned during these celebration feasts. He was not exactly sure what was going on in their minds, but the very celebration of their birthdays triggered great concern in him (1:5) When a period of feasting had run its course, Job would make arrangements for them to be purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, "Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed God in their hearts." This was Job's regular custom. Apparently, during the birthday party of Job’s oldest son, God allowed Satan to kill all 10 of Job’s children through what appears to be a tornado (vs. 6-13) 6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. 7 The LORD said to Satan, “From where do you come?” Then Satan answered the LORD and said, “From roaming about on the earth and walking around on it.” 8 The LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job? For there is no one like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, fearing God and turning away from evil.” 9 Then Satan answered the LORD, “Does Job fear God for nothing? 10 “Have You not made a hedge about him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. 11 “But put forth Your hand now and touch all that he has; he will surely curse You to Your face.” 12 Then the LORD said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power, only do not put forth your hand on him.” So Satan departed from the presence of the LORD. (18-19) 18 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “Your sons and your daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 19 and behold, a great wind came from across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people and they died, and I alone have escaped to tell you.”

Well reading these birthday celebrations in the Bible God didn't want people celebrating birthdays, with each acct. people died during the celebration. We don't usually have a big celebration for birthdays, we may get together and have dinner or something but that's about it. I know a lot of people go out and have a drink or something to celebrate, even though we don't drink some people do but I urge you if it hinders your witness you shouldn't take that first drink. I think God may get upset with us sometimes when we celebrate because we are taking our eyes off Him instead of worshiping Him. Especially if there are people out there that may celebrate to the point of not knowing what they did that night and I would pray if you are a Christian you don't do that and if you do I pray God will take it away so that you don't hurt your witness. How are we to witness to people if we are under the influence of other stuff besides God's Word. I will say that I think God does like it when we have gathering so that we may be able to share with those who may not go to Church to hear His Word. So when you celebrate your birthdays make sure Jesus comes into the subject.

God I come to you and i think you for putting Ernest and I together till death do us part. I think you for our 3 kids and I even think you for allowing me to have some time off from work to get some stuff done that needs to be done. God I will wait on you to give me the job you have chosen for me because I know you are a part of that also. I'm glad you are a part of my life because I know life without you would be miserable. God be with my facebook family and friends and know that I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen

What can you do for your country

5.25.15 Well I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day and I hope you remember all those that lost their lives in battle and those that are still defending our country. '

Exodus 12:14 “This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord—a lasting ordinance.

It is now the moment when by common consent we pause to become conscious of our national life and to rejoice in it, to recall what our country has done for each of us, and to ask ourselves what we can do for our country in return.

David had a perfect opportunity to kill King Saul — who was, after all, out to kill David. But David acknowledged to his men that the king had been anointed by God and that no one should stretch out his hand against him. 1 Samuel 24:6 He said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do such a thing to my master, the Lord’s anointed, or lay my hand on him; for he is the anointed of the Lord.”

David credited God with commanding, 1 Chronicles 16:22 “Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm.”
We must hold our leaders in high regard and pray for them every day.
Because David honored and respected King Saul, God honored David, and He will keep that promise to us as well.

So I hope you had a good day on this holiday and remember before going to bed if you haven't already pray for those that are still defending our country and their families.

God I come to you thinking you for allowing people to go and defend our country so that we may stay safe. God I pray that the hatred that is going on in this world stops and they turn back to you. This place would be a much happier and safer place if people would just feel the need to turn back to you. God please be with my facebook family and friends and know that I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

Are you enthusiastic about serving God?

 

5.26.15 Are you enthusiastic about serving God?

Matthew 4:10 Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'"

Are you willing to become a mature, faithful, responsible servant of the Lord? Are you willing to walk in Christ's footsteps or are you determined to keep all your blessings to yourself? Are you willing to choose friends who encourage you to serve? If you want to walk with Jesus, you must become an unselfish servant. You should find a need and fill it humbly. You should lend a helping hand anonymously. And you should share a word of kindness with quiet sincerity. The Savior of all humanity made Himself a servant and if you want to behave responsibly, you must do the same.

No life can surpass that of a man who quietly continues to serve God in the place where providence has placed him. C.H. Spurgeon

1 Corinthians 4:1-2 1 A person should consider us in this way: as servants of Christ and managers of God’s mysteries. 2 In this regard, it is expected of managers that each one of them be found faithful.

Job 36:11 If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment.

“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.” Romans 12:11-12

Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Nothing great is ever accomplished without enthusiasm.”

The way you stay enthusiastic for a lifetime is found in the word “enthusiasm.” The word “enthusiasm” comes from the Greek word en theos. En is the Greek word for the English word “in.” Theos is the Greek word for “God.” So en theos means to be “in God.” When you get in God, you will be enthusiastic. It’s the kind of enthusiasm that isn’t affected by the economy or the weather or your circumstances. It’s eternal because you are tied to the eternal God. You are in Christ. If you want to reach your goals this year, you need to get God’s power by being joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. God will help you maintain enthusiasm. He will help you overcome all difficulties, all tragedies, all sorrows, all heartaches; He will give you victory. The word itself tells us that people with enthusiasm will be full of God and will, consequently, create a better world and have a better life individually. Enthusiasm makes life exciting and creative; enthusiasm helps a person accomplish things.

Stop saying the depressing things. Stop saying the discouraging things, the hateful things, the negative things, the critical things. Think enthusiasm! Talk it, live it, pray it, act it! And you will keep enthusiasm going for you every day. “The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this” (Isaiah 9:7).

Wow well I think a lot of us need to practice being enthusiastic, I see alot of negative and hateful things on facebook so like the above paragraph said talk it, live it, pray it, act it! So let me ask you again "Are you enthusiastic about serving God?

Teach me Lord to be enthusiastic and to humble myself before you. God I want to talk, live, pray and act enthusiastic. I want to serve you and you alone. Now God be with my facebook family and friends and know I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.

Do you ever look for the easy way out

5.24.15 Do you ever look for the easy way out?
How often do we as Christians give up God’s best - to look for the “easy” way out of things? Adam did this in the garden. When the pressure was turned up, he caved in and handed over man’s dominion and authority to the devil.

Well, thank God that Jesus decided not to take the “easy” way out – even when the pressure was on.

Remember that Jesus was led into the wilderness to fast and commune with the Father and be taught by the Holy Spirit right at the very beginning of His earthly ministry. After forty days of fasting, when Jesus was hungry and physically at His weakest, guess who showed up to give Jesus a high-pressure sales job?

Luke 4:3 says, that the devil, Satan himself, tempted Jesus by offering an “easy” way out. “It’s a long way back to town, if you really are the Son of God, you could just turn that big stone into a hot loaf of bread and eat it to satisfy that hunger!” But Jesus answered him, saying, “It is written, ‘man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”’ You know, if the devil had been smart, he would have known that even though Jesus was physically weak from fasting, He was stronger spiritually than He had ever been before – after being filled with the Holy Spirit and basking in the presence of God.

Jesus being so hungry could have given in to the desires of His flesh, manifesting as hunger. Hot bread would have tasted great, but, Jesus would not be swayed to take the “easy” way out, and neither should we. He knew who He was; He knew His purpose and kept His eye on His goal.

When we know who we are (in Jesus Christ) and keep our eyes on our ultimate goal, we make it difficult for the devil to distract us. When he brings the temptations and pressures of life upon us, we don’t have to cave in to it like Adam did. Jesus said, “It, (the written Word) is written!” When trouble comes we have the Word of God to hold on to.

It would have been the “easy” way out for Jesus to have made that bread, and stepped off of the temple and made that deal with the devil! He would have avoided all of the pains and sufferings of the beatings and the cross. But because He suffered, we don’t have to. And because He died and rose again, we have life eternal!

Read Jonah 1:1-17 and see what happened when Jonah wanted to take the easy way out: Jonah 1:1 Now the word of the LORD came unto Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,

Jonah 1:2 Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry against it; for their wickedness is come up before me.

Jonah 1:3 But Jonah rose up to flee unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD, and went down to Joppa; and he found a ship going to Tarshish: so he paid the fare thereof, and went down into it, to go with them unto Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.

Jonah 1:4 But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.

Jonah 1:5 Then the mariners were afraid, and cried every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them. But Jonah was gone down into the sides of the ship; and he lay, and was fast asleep.

Jonah 1:6 So the shipmaster came to him, and said unto him, What meanest thou, O sleeper? arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not.

Jonah 1:7 And they said every one to his fellow, Come, and let us cast lots, that we may know for whose cause this evil is upon us. So they cast lots, and the lot fell upon Jonah.

Jonah 1:8 Then said they unto him, Tell us, we pray thee, for whose cause this evil is upon us; What is thine occupation? and whence comest thou? what is thy country? and of what people art thou?

Jonah 1:9 And he said unto them, I am an Hebrew; and I fear the LORD, the God of heaven, which hath made the sea and the dry land.

Jonah 1:10 Then were the men exceedingly afraid, and said unto him, Why hast thou done this? For the men knew that he fled from the presence of the LORD, because he had told them.

Jonah 1:11 Then said they unto him, What shall we do unto thee, that the sea may be calm unto us? for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous.

Jonah 1:12 And he said unto them, Take me up, and cast me forth into the sea; so shall the sea be calm unto you: for I know that for my sake this great tempest is upon you.

Jonah 1:13 Nevertheless the men rowed hard to bring it to the land; but they could not: for the sea wrought, and was tempestuous against them.

Jonah 1:14 Wherefore they cried unto the LORD, and said, We beseech thee, O LORD, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man's life, and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O LORD, hast done as it pleased thee.

Jonah 1:15 So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from her raging.

Jonah 1:16 Then the men feared the LORD exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the LORD, and made vows.

Jonah 1:17 Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

What did God tell Jonah to do, and what did, Jonah do? If you don't do it God's way, you pay. You can't get away from God. When He tells you to do a thing, be a good soldier and do it. Don't complain. God spoke directly to Jonah, and Jonah disobeyed. God speaks directly to us through His word. He expects us to obey.

So if God tells you to do something don't try and take the easy way out because God sees what your doing and in the end you will do what God wanted you to do in the first place. Sometimes we might think it's easier to take the easy way out but that's not always true.

 

God teach us to not take the easy way out, show us we need to do it your way first without trying to do it an easier way. God I just want to think you for the stories like Jonah or Adam that we have a visual of what happened when they tried to take the easy way out. Now please be with my facebook family and friends and know I love you. I ask these things in Jesus Name Amen.