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Isaiah 29:13

These people come near to Me with their mouth and honor Me with their lips but their hearts are far from Me. Their worship of Me is made up only of rules taught by men.

I’ve discussed this topic before but, since we are heading into the 500th year of the Anniversary of the Reformation. I thought it would be worth discussing again. There is a huge difference between religion and faith. Religion by the way is a risk to us all. This is not pin pointed to just one sector of faith. The problem with religion is man (female and male). Man likes to add to the Word of God, their list of do’s and don’ts. This is what bothers God about religion. This is what the Reformers were angered about. The rules, that were man made rules and applied to the people as if they were given to us by God. When in fact they were not.

The passage of Isaiah teaches us this~

God sees the people coming to Him. They say the words of honor they’ve been taught. God is not fooled by religious people. He sees that what they are doing is just out of habit. There is no real thought in the words. They are not speaking from their hearts but from memory.  The problem with memory is this: words tend to lose meaning when we memorize them. We spend more time on trying to recall the words and less time on who we are speaking too. Making sure we say each word correctly. God sees this and He is not impressed.

The Reformers saw this and a many other issues with the Church and decided to address them.  They wanted the people to have a relationship with God. A relationship with God should be a prayerful life. Prayers that come from the heart. Think about it this way. When you met your spouse, you spoke to them words of love. You didn’t recite to them words you memorized! You spoke from your heart. You understand the importance of that. You may have chosen to say your own vows at your wedding. This is how important it was for you to speak those words. God is asking the same for Himself!

When the Church established rules and required prayers, they took from the people God. They removed faith and replaced it with religion. They sold to the people their religion idea for control of their devotion and money!  God didn’t send Jesus so we could follow a religion. God sent Jesus so we would follow Him. Jesus isn’t a religion, He is God!

Is is it possible to be in a religion and have a relationship with God? To be a person of faith? Yes! It’s hard but possible. But why be in anything that says you must do this: Then lists several do’s and dont’s? When Jesus says “Come follow Me”!

Today is Reformation Day. I would like to thank our reformers for stepping out and bringing us into a  relationship with God.

So that our worship of Him Who is worthy to be praised, comes from our hearts and not just our lips!

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Dealing With Dissapointment

 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11 

 

As I drove to work today I was listening to a Christian radio station. A song was on, and one sentence of the lyrics went something like this, “He is for you.” Then I thought, ‘Really?’ I mean is God really for us? Or is God for God and His kingdom? Well truth be told, God is about God and His kingdom. Now this doesn’t mean He won’t give us the  desires of our heart. This does mean that if the desires of our hearts are not a part of His plans, then NO.  Of course, we all know we can ask God enough or assert our own authority and take what God doesn’t want us to have. We’ve learned the hard way, that is a wrong way. You know the saying, “be careful of what you ask for, you might get it.” Still, it nagged at me, “Is God for me?”

Then todays verse came to me. “For I know the plans I have for you.”

The plans for us are His. They are not ours, they are His. He knows the plans, we don’t. As God spoke these words to the people of Israel, they are going into captivity. Those are His plans for them. How can captivity be God’s plan? How can this illness be God’s plan? How can this tragedy be God’s plan? How can any, and all disappointments be God’s plan?  The answer is found in this: How was the Cross for Jesus a part of God’s plans?

The plan is of God, when it is to show His love and glory to others. God will use us, if we are willing, to lead others to Him. This doesn’t mean that we are always happy about what God plans. Especially when the plan is a disappointment. We can, however, rest in the assurance that what occurred is still His plan.

Now what about the other half of today’s verse? How can captivity bring about prosperity, and what future is in it?

  1. God will hear our prayers and listen to them
  2. We will seek God with all our hearts and He will be found by us
  3. We will build houses
  4. We will settle down
  5. We will marry
  6. We will have children

We will continue to live, but not just live, we will thrive as we live, and the disappointment will never overtake us!

Not once will God allow anything to overtake you. It may alter your life, and your idea of life, but it will not overtake you. God expects you to live, and thrive where you live, regardless of what you are living.

Some days are harder, some are sadder, some just shatter your heart. All are a part of His plan. None can take you over. They can and will knock you down, or even feel like it knocks the stuffing out of you. We always get back up. That is God in us.

We can be scrappy, God loves scrappy, God loves us. He knows the world is fallen and there is a natural evil that occurs. None of that will interfere with His plans. He will work with, and around what happens. Even if we rebel and go opposite of what He wants, He has a plan. What we need to do is learn to absorb what happens. Let it have its time to sink in. As it sinks, stay in prayer with God and let Him help you accept the good with the bad. Ask Him to help you stay open to the new plans. God is so faithful. God loves us and it is always His desire to give to us His good plan. Not always what is good for us. Good for His purpose, for His kingdom. Let that be what is well with your soul, and you will overcome disappointment.

 

 

 

 

 

Do Not Be Afraid

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.

Matthew 10:28

 

This isn’t Jesus puffing out His chest. This isn’t a threat to all of us. This is a point Jesus is making. He is stressing how much God loves us. He wants us to know how valuable we are to God. He wants us to know that God will, and does take care of us. This is being said to bring us comfort. That the One who loves us is greater then the one in this world who will do us harm. Jesus can puff out His chest, but He isn’t. He is stating a fact: do not be afraid!

Live this out. Learn it and live it out.

I know that it is difficult when we are hit with trauma for us to face it with courage. I will confess, many times I don’t. I will further confess, that courage is not my ‘go to’ response. My ‘go to’ response is worry and fear. I’m human, and it’s what we do. However, the amount of time I spend in worry and fear is completely dependent on me. This is what I learned:

Go to God: Trauma comes quickly, and takes our breathe away. Learn in that moment to call out to God. God is there, and we will know when our breathe returns.

Stay focused on God: All kinds of negative and scary thoughts race to be first place in our brain and hearts. Stop them in their tracks. Stay focused on God, and He shoos them out.

Listen to God: God will direct you to Scripture, action or prayer. Do as God says. He knows what you need, and He provides it quickly.

Trust God: That even if the worse were to happen, God is still God. God will only allow that which is needed for His kingdom and His glory. Regardless, of what it is, it is being used for Him

Rest in God: Allow God to fill you with His Spirit and Peace

Recently, our family went through a trauma and I was able to put this into practice. I heard the news and began to cry. As soon as the tears hit my eyes, God called out to me “read.” I did just as He said. Within minutes I was claiming verses and writing my prayer in the Bible. I had no way of knowing how God would answer that prayer. I was just sure that fear would not overtake me. I would not fear what doctors said. I would remember God is the One who is in control. I remained focused and in peace. Later on that night we learned that God answered the prayer favorably for us. We were elated, not surprised.

Now would I be writing this even if God didn’t answer it favorably? Yes and this is why. The peace came before the answer, and the fear was addressed and removed. So that no matter how God answered it, I knew it would be the best answer for His Kingdom purpose.

Is this coming to you at a difficult time? Are you facing something so frightening that you can’t even take in a breath? Believe me when I say this: Go, Stay, Listen, Trust and Rest in God. Bad things can happen, but if you are a child of God, the worse thing that can happen to others, will not happen to you. This is what Jesus is trying to tell us.

 

Solar Eclipse

Genesis 1:14

And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years,

Yesterday was a good day. Yesterday on Social Media, at work, and all around the neighborhood, we all were doing the same thing. We were looking through something to view the eclipse. We were excited about seeing the moon cover the sun. After years of hate messages, violent protests. and senseless fighting, we came together and did the same thing. Yesterday was a good day.

Yesterday was brought to us by God. In the beginning God said, “Let there be light.” Then God made the sun, moon and stars. All of them delight us. Thank you God. We needed this day.

 

 

He’s Alive

The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.

Luke 24:7

 

JESUS IS ALIVE

On the third day, the stone is rolled away and Jesus our Resurrected King comes out. But why the third day?

Well as I asked that question to God, He put on my heart this passage of Scripture:

Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.

On the 3rd day of creation, God created a continuation of life. On the 3rd day of Jesus’s death, God gave to us, a continuation of life.

I love when God teaches me something new. I love when God brings to my heart a new way to look at His word. I love that as God brought this to me, I was overwhelmed by His Spirit, and instantly knew I would share this.

 

Jesus is alive, Jesus overcame death. Jesus brings to us new life, a continuation of this life, to live with Him. The Father sees all this and it is good, for it is His will for our lives to continue.

Happy Resurrection Day-He is alive!

Overcoming the World

Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into Your Hands I commit My Spirit.” When He had said this, He breathed His last.

Luke 22:46

 

In John 16:33, Jesus prays for us to have peace in this world. He is telling us that we will have trouble. He is reminding us to take heart, because He has overcome this world. Now in the past when I would read that my brain would automatically go to Resurrection Morning. However, this time as I prayed through Scripture during my season of Lent. God shared something with me, and this is today’s verse.

In today’s verse Jesus is on the Cross. As He takes His last breath He calls out to His Father. He releases His Spirit into His Father’s Hands. Right there, at that this exact moment is where Jesus has overcome this world. Go to John 16:33 and read again what it says

In this world you will have trouble. But take heart I have overcome the world.

Jesus is not telling us, ‘pray and I will take the trouble away.” Jesus is telling us that the trouble will remain with us. It will not go away, and when it doesn’t go away don’t lose heart. Now go back to today’s verse. Jesus is on the Cross. He is not praying for His Father to take Him down off the Cross. Could God do that? Absolutely! Did God do that? NO! Jesus knows His Father isn’t going to remove this trouble. So Jesus shows us how to overcome it, He releases His hold onto His life, and He places it in the Hands of His Father.

We then learn from Jesus through His death on the Cross how to overcome this world. Death is not the end, and we know this. Jesus overcomes death through His Resurrection. Jesus overcomes this world through His death.

Overcoming this world is the peace which surpasses all understanding. It is the calm we feel in a storm. It is the Presence of God in that moment. It is when we realize that the trouble won’t go, so we tell God

It is well with my soul

 

 

Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter.  If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us[c] from Your Majesty’s hand.  But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

Daniel 3: 16-18

I’m going to continue today with my study on the Book of Daniel.  As I told the ladies this morning during our ministry time. “How did someone read the Book of Daniel. A Book on Jewish captivity. A Book about overcoming. A Book about Prayer and Prophecy and take from it a diet? The answer is simple. They took a worldly view of what they read and applied vanity to it and there you have it-The Daniel Diet.

Today’s Chapter was 3 and in this Chapter we read about, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. We wondered were Daniel was during this time. We figured that the other royal officials chose not to point out that Daniel didn’t bow down because he was highly regarded by the king. Instead they chose the 3 men who were just administrators for the king. A tad lower on the pecking order of officials. The king then orders these 3 men to bow down before his statue at the sound of … the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music. They decline and explain why and those are today’s verses.

The men are captives and they are being ordered by the king, the one who is ruling over them. The one who has them in captivity. That king is the one ordering them to bow down. The 3 men are not disrespectful. They state the reason why they can’t and won’t. They belong to God and they shall bow to no one but God. This of course makes the king so angry that he orders them to be killed. In the haste some of the soldiers are burned alive. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, live through this test. When the king looks in the fiery furnace he sees them. They are no longer tied up. They are free to walk around. They are walking around in the flames. They are not alone. God is with them.

Now before this miracle occurs I want us to back up just a bit and re-read what the 3 men said to the king before they are put in the furnace.

If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us[c] from Your Majesty’s hand.

The 3 men are telling the king that God is the One and the Only One who is in control of what is happening. If God chooses for them to go into the furnace they shall go in. This verse starts with ‘if’. That if tells us that these 3 men knew that the only way they would go into the furnace is if God permitted it. They also tell the king that they know that same God who is in control can deliver them from the kings hand. Either before they are placed in the furnace of even after they are placed in the furnace. Nothing is impossible with God.

 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”

The but in this verse isn’t a convenient out for God. They are not making excuses for God just in case He doesn’t come through with a miracle. They are telling the king, they are teaching us, that the God they belong to is a God who can, but He is the same God who won’t. Do you get that? He is the God who can save them from the fire. He is the same God who can let them burn. Either way He is God and Nebuchadnezzar isn’t.

Sometimes just understanding that God can but won’t is difficult. That is because we want a God who does what we will and not His. Today’s lesson is teaching us that no matter what we face we don’t face it alone and God is always going to be with us. The 3 men and Daniel, along with others are still going to be in captivity. God didn’t change that for them. We also learn that the greatest fire, and for us that would be hell- well that fire is no match for our God. When you read Daniel 3 you will discover that the men were thrown into the fire bound up and tied together. The king sees them walking around freely and with God. The fires of hell will not harm us child of God, we are no longer in bondage. We’ve been set free and hell is no longer a threat.

Now how wonderful is that? I mean today when you read this, this is the best news you will read today! This is such a great lesson to learn. That is what I love about the  Book of Daniel. This is what we should take from it, and not a diet.