Category Archives: God’s Character

2015 Ring In The New Year!!

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Ring in the New Year!

A Word to me from the Lord for 2015…

#1 in my Sermon Series, called:  “Make Me More Like You, Jesus!”

This is what the Lord told me:

“Don’t say “ALL” when speaking of God’s children…Don’t lump them all together like herding cattle…I don’t do that!  I love each and every one of them with a great Love!  I made them all different, with unique talents and gifts!  I’ve even numbered every hair on their heads (Luke 12:7)…I know everything about them…I know their past and their future!  My Father sent Me to give My life for everyone in the world…so NONE would perish!!  NONE!  Everlasting Life!  I’m seeking, and I will find, each individual soul who believes in Me (John 3:16)!  With an Everlasting LOVE!!  (Jeremiah 31:3)

Don’t put your labels on them, any longer!!!  No longer say, “ALL Men, ALL Women, ALL Kids, ALL Teens, ALL Young People, etc.’  No longer say, ‘ALL Married People, ALL Single People, ALL Elderly People, etc.’  No longer say, ‘ALL Working People, ALL Retired People, etc.’  No longer say, ‘ALL Whites, ALL Blacks, ALL Hispanics, ALL Gays, ALL Straight, etc.’  No longer say, “ALL Americans, ALL Asians, ALL Europeans, ALL Indians, etc.’  No longer say, ‘ALL Christians, ALL Jews, ALL Muslims, ALL Atheists, ALL Religions, ALL Congregations, ALL Churches, ALL Synagogues, ALL Mosques, etc.’  No longer say, ALL Working People, ALL Homeless People, etc.’  No longer say, ‘ALL Police Officers, ALL Teachers, ALL Doctors, ALL Lawyers, ALL Clergy, ALL Politicians, etc.’

ALL!  ALL! ALL!  No longer!!

I see each person in this world created by The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as an individual soul…you MUST see them that way, too!!  They’re people…My children…children of the Almighty God…the Creator of ALL!!  My LOVE embraces them ALL!

Media!  No longer can the world think and lump everyone together just to make a news story sell!  Treat people as individuals!

As children of God, be responsible for yourself to do right and expect individuals to do the same…this is a call for children of God to be more like Christ!

Act accordingly!!”  Amen!

Every Praise Is To Our God!!! Oh, Yeah!

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What else needs to be said???

Our God deserves it…

So…

Get to Praisin’

Amen!!!!!

1 Chronicles 16:8

“Give praise to the LORD,

proclaim His name;

make known among the  nations

what He has done.”

Revelation 7:12

“Amen!

Praise and glory

and 

wisdom and thanks

and

honor and power

and

strength

be to our God

for ever and ever.

Amen!”

Jesus, Bring The Rain…Or Whatever Brings You Glory!

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Be careful when you pray this prayer!!

Jesus takes it seriously!!

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Job 13:15

“Though He slay me, yet will I hope in Him;    

I will surely defend my ways to His face.”

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We must come to the place…

Where we will serve Him no matter what!

-Even if life seems to be going against us…

(True faith rises when it’s tested in the valley!)

-Even without encouragement from others…

(Sometimes you may need to stand alone…and say,

“As for me and my house we will  serve the Lord!)

-Even when we don’t understand everything He’s doing…

(Sometimes it’s when you don’t know His plan and purpose

that you build your greatest work for God!)

Do people ask how you can still praise the Lord…

With all that you’ve gone through???

Circumstances can’t possibly change…

Who you are forever in our Lord!

Since your life was changed

Long before the rainy days…

It’s now forever settled in your mind!

I’ll never turn my back on You…

Oh, Lord!

You’re my only shelter from the storms…

I’ll draw even closer through these times!

So I pray…

“Bring me joy, bring me peace…

Bring the chance to be free…

Bring me anything that brings You glory!”

Though there will be days when this life brings me pain…

If that’s what it takes to praise You…

Jesus Bring the Rain!

I am Yours regardless of the dark clouds that may loom above…

Because You are much greater than my pain!

You made a way for me by suffering Your destiny…

So tell me…

What’s a little rain???

You’re Holy, Holy, Holy! 

My Lord God Almighty!!

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This prayer means you take what God gives you…

And you use it for His glory!!

It doesn’t matter what you’re going through…

But that you KNOW He’s going through it with you!!

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John 4:23

“Yet a time is coming

and has now come

when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth,

for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.

God is spirit,

and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

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John 6:66-68

 “From this time many of His disciples turned back and no longer followed Him.

 ‘You do not want to leave too, do you?’ Jesus asked the Twelve.

Simon Peter answered Him,

‘Lord, to whom shall we go?  You have the words of eternal life.'”

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2 Corinthians 4:7-10

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay

to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

We are hard pressed on every side,

but not crushed;

perplexed, but not in despair;

persecuted, but not abandoned;

struck down, but not destroyed.

We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus,

so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.”

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Matthew 5:44-45

“But I tell you,

love your enemies

and pray for those who persecute you, 

that you may be children of your Father in Heaven.

He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good,

and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”

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Deuteronomy 31:6

“Be strong and courageous.

Do not be afraid or terrified because of them,

for the Lord your God goes with you;

He will never leave you nor forsake you.”

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Amen!

When Can God Be Trusted??? Always!!

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Always, Always…

  His help is on the way!!

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(Sunset photo taken at Ponce de Leon Park by my friend Marian!)

Isaiah 41:10

“So do not fear, for I am with you;
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
    I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

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Psalm 37:5

“Commit your way to the Lord;
    trust in Him and He will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
    your vindication like the noonday sun.”

Foes are many…

Rise against you…

Hold your ground!

Don’t fear the wars or storms…

Your help is on the way!!

Our God will not delay…

  He’s our refuge and strength…

Always!!!

His promise is true!

  Our God will come through…

Always!!!

Trouble surrounds us…

Chaos abounds…

My soul will rest in You!!

Lift your eyes up…

Your help comes from the Lord!!

Always from You Lord…

Always!!

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Psalm 124:8

“Our help is in the Name of the Lord,
    the Maker of Heaven and earth.”

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Psalm 121

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of Heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot slip—
    He who watches over you will not slumber;
indeed, He who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    He will watch over your life;
 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.”

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Where does your help come from???

Look to the Lord…

He’s always right here!!

With His Love…

His Promises…

His Strength…

His Help!!

Always!!

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Exodus 15:2

“The Lord is my strength and my defense;
    He has become my salvation.
He is my God, and I will praise Him,
    my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.”

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Joshua 1:9

“Have I not commanded you?

Be strong and courageous.

Do not be afraid;

do not be discouraged,

for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

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Psalm 28:7

“The Lord is my strength and my shield;
    my heart trusts in Him, and He helps me.
My heart leaps for joy,
    and with my song I praise Him.”

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Psalm 73:26

“My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart
    and my portion forever.”

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Psalm 9:9

“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
    a stronghold in times of trouble.”

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Ephesians 6:10

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.”

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Amen!

“Marked By Our Past…Transformed By Love!”

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We are a small group of people humbled by the love of Jesus,”

Read the entire Denison Forum Cultural Commentary on Truth and Culture,

Tattooed Jesus:  Blasphemy or Blessing?

http://www.denisonforum.org/cultural-commentary/856-tattooed-jesus-blasphemy-or-blessing#jesus-tattoo-video

To form your own opinion!!!

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Saved!!!

Accepted

Free

Loved

Trusting

Holiness

Joy

Redeemed

Set Free

Purpose

Cherished

Brave

Humble

Peace

Confident

Child of the One True God!!!!

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No longer…

Outcast

Addicted

Jealous

Fearful

Sin

Hurt

Mistake

Scarred

Worthless

Invisible

Coward

Self-Righteous

Strife

Depressed

Lost!!!!!!

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1 Peter 2:21-25

“To this you were called,

because Christ suffered for you,

leaving you an example,

that you should follow in His steps.

 ‘He committed no sin,   

and no deceit was found in His mouth.

When they hurled their insults at Him,

He did not retaliate;

when He suffered,

He made no threats.

Instead,

He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly.

‘He Himself bore our sins’

in His body on the Cross,

so that we might die to sins

and live for righteousness;

‘by His wounds you have been healed.”

For ‘you were like sheep going astray,

but now you have returned to the

Shepherd and Overseer

of your souls.”

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Isaiah 53:5

“But He was pierced for our transgressions,   

He was crushed for our iniquities;

the punishment that brought us peace was on Him,   

and by His wounds we are healed.”

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1 Peter 1:18-19

“For you know that it was not with perishable things

such as silver or gold

that you were redeemed from the empty way of life

handed down to you from your ancestors,

but with the precious blood of Christ,

a lamb without blemish or defect.”

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1 Peter 3:18

“For Christ also suffered once for sins,

the righteous for the unrighteous,

to bring you to God.

He was put to death in the body

but made alive in the Spirit.”

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Thank you, Jesus…

For taking the marks of my past on Your body…

And transforming me…

 With Your amazing love!!

I’m humbled!!!

Amen!

Lord, What Am I Missing??? Give Me Your Eyes!!

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What’s Wrong With Seeing With My Own Eyes ???

Isaiah 5:21

“Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes   

and clever in their own sight.”

Proverbs 23:26

“My son, give Me your heart   

and let your eyes delight in My ways,”

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What Does God See Through His Eyes???

Job 28:24

“…for He views the ends of the earth   

and sees everything under the heavens.”

Job 34:21

“His eyes are on the ways of mortals;   

He sees their every step.”

Psalm 33:13-15

“From Heaven the Lord looks down   

and sees all mankind;

from His dwelling place He watches   

all who live on earth—

He who forms the hearts of all,   

who considers everything they do.”

Matthew 6:4-6

“…so that your giving may be in secret.

Then your Father,

who sees what is done in secret,

will reward you.”

2 Chronicles 16:9

“For the eyes of the Lord

range throughout the earth

to strengthen those whose hearts

are fully committed to Him…”

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How Does God See Us Through His Eyes???

Zechariah 2:8

“For this is what the Lord Almighty says:

‘After the Glorious One has sent me

against the nations that have plundered you—

for whoever touches you touches the apple of His eye—'”

Psalm 33:18

“But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him,   

on those whose hope is in His unfailing love,”

Mark 8:18

“Do you have eyes but fail to see,

and ears but fail to hear?

And don’t you remember?”

Matthew 6: 22-23

“The eye is the lamp of the body.

If your eyes are healthy,

your whole body will be full of light.

But if your eyes are unhealthy,

your whole body will be full of darkness.

If then the light within you is darkness,

how great is that darkness!”

Looked down from a broken sky
Traced out by the city lights
My world from a mile high
Best seat in the house tonight

Touched down on the cold black tar
Hold on for the sudden stop
Breathe in the familiar shock
Of confusion and chaos

All those people going somewhere
Why have I never cared?

Give me Your eyes for just one second
Give me Your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
Give me Your love for humanity

Give me Your arms for the broken-hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach
Give me Your heart for the ones forgotten
Give me Your eyes so I can see

Step out on a busy street
See a girl and our eyes meet
Does her best to smile at me
To hide what’s underneath

There’s a man just to her right
Black suit and a bright red tie
Too ashamed to tell his wife
He’s out of work, he’s buying time

All those people going somewhere
Why have I never cared?

Give me Your eyes for just one second
Give me Your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
Give me Your love for humanity

Give me Your arms for the broken-hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach
Give me Your heart for the ones forgotten
Give me Your eyes so I can see

I’ve been there a million times
A couple of million eyes just moving passed me by
I swear I never thought that I was wrong

Well, I want a second glance
So give me a second chance
To see the way You see the people all alone

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What Does It Mean To Have God’s Eyes???

Matthew 7:1-5

“Do not judge,

or you too will be judged.

For in the same way you judge others,

you will be judged,

and with the measure you use,

it will be measured to you.

Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye

and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?

How can you say to your brother,

‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’

when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 

You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye,

and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

Psalm 19:8

“The precepts of the Lord are right,   

giving joy to the heart.

The commands of the Lord are radiant,  

giving light to the eyes.”

Matthew 13:13-16

“This is why I speak to them in parables:

‘Though seeing, they do not see;   

though hearing, they do not hear or understand.

In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:

‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;   

you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.

For this people’s heart has become calloused;   

they hardly hear with their ears,   

and they have closed their eyes.

Otherwise they might see with their eyes,   

hear with their ears,   

understand with their hearts

and turn, and I would heal them.’

But blessed are your eyes because they see

and your ears because they hear.”

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When You Pray…

“Lord, Give Me Your Eyes!!”

Be Prepared To See What You’re Missing…

To Really See What God Sees!!

Are You Ready???

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“Yes, Lord…

I don’t want to see…

With my eyes…

They see nothing beyond myself in the mirror…

With my heart…

  It feels nothing beyond my own little safe world…

My arms…

  They touch nothing for eternity…

And only reach for pleasures in this life…

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I NEED…

Your Eyes, Lord…

They see lost and hurting people everywhere…

Direct me to them…

So I can minister through Your Holy Spirit!

Your Heart, Lord…

Which feels deep love for everyone of Your children…

So I can learn to love like You do!

Your Arms, Lord…

That reach around the world…

Embracing all humanity…

With your magnificent and abundant love…

For eternity!

Use me, Lord…

To see, love, and reach!!”

Amen!

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Speak Up! God Can’t Bare Your Silence!!

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Come Closer!!

You’re Too Far Away!!

Break your silence!

Talk to God…

About what you’re experiencing…

Let His Holy Spirit guide you through your life…

When you feel far from Him…

Whisper His Name!

Find a quiet place…

Away from the noise of this world…

Where you can be alone with God!

Speak Up!

Speak to Jesus in Love-tones!

Reach Out!

To have a relationship with Him!

Prepare to receive His Love!

It flows eternally from the Cross!

Seek His Face!

Then, listen!

Hear His Voice!

He’ll hear yours!

He’s delighted that you opened your heart…

To His Presence!

Take His Hand!

He’s already bridged the distance!

By running to you!

By sending His Son to die for you…

Go the distance!

He came to hear you cry out for Him!

He wants to commune with you!

“His eyes search to and fro throughout the earth…

Looking for one whose heart is seeking Him…”  (2 Chronicles 16:9)

Genesis 28:15

 “I Am with you

and will watch over you wherever you go,

and I will bring you back to this land.

I will not leave you

until I have done what I have promised you.”

And when you meet Him???

Ahhhh..

JOY!!!

Mutual JOY!!

(Read Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

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and April 8th-Pg.103)

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“God shows His love

in spanning the canyon between mankind and Himself

with the humble cross.”

-Shawn Craig –

of

Phillips, Craig & Dean

You could’ve waited…

But You couldn’t stand the distance…

You wouldn’t bare the silence anymore

Love broke the fall…

Bridged across to reach us…

You opened Heaven’s door…

‘Cause You couldn’t stand the distance!

You saw the love I needed… 

You ran to where I was waiting…

Your love crossed the canyon between us…

You came to save me!

In Your mercy…

You ran to me…

Your forgiveness embraced me…

It called me by name…

Hallelujah!

You couldn’t stand the distance…

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1 John 4:19

“We love because He first loved us.”

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1 John 4:10

“This is love:

not that we loved God,

but that He loved us

and sent His Son

as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”

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Genesis 5:1

“…When God created mankind,

He made them in the likeness of God.”

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Leviticus 26:12

“I will walk among you

and be your God,

and you will be My people.”

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Revelation 3:20

“Here I am!

I stand at the door and knock.

If anyone hears My Voice and opens the door,

I will come in and eat with that person,

and they with Me.”

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John 15:14-15

“You are My friends

if you do what I command. 

I no longer call you servants,

because a servant does not know his master’s business.

Instead, I have called you friends,

for everything that I learned from My Father

I have made known to you.”

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Ephesians 2:13

“But now in Christ Jesus

you who once were far away

have been brought near

by the blood of Christ.”

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God could never stand the distance between us…

Or my silence…

And when I no longer could stand it either…

He sent Jesus to bridge the gap…

And we connected!

Amen!

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