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God is faithful to us in our old age

God is faithful to us in our old age

Psalm 71:18 Easy-to-Read Version 

“18 Now that I am old and my hair is gray, don’t leave me, God.
    I must tell the next generation about your power and greatness.”

From the moment we are conceived in our mother’s womb, God is with us.  Some people will never know that fact.  Some will learn of Him and rejoice in His care.  No matter what group we are in, He is still faithful.  It is when we hear about God and His son, Jesus, and accept Them into our lives that our awareness is opened.  God is always looking out for His creation.

When I was a little girl, I heard about Jesus in Sunday School.  He sounded way off in Heaven and I was not sure about how we could know God and His Son here on the earth.  Yet my heart was softened by the Holy Spirit, to hope in the truth that God loved mankind so much He sent His Son, Jesus, to die for all mankind. When my teacher read John 3:16 to us, I decided to believe that and accept Him into my heart. I was 8 years old at the time.  He came into my life and through the Bible, His Word, I have come to know Him in a deeper relationship.  Over these years since, we have become friends.  He is always available for any conversation and fellowship.  The only time there is a break in that fellowship, is when I walk away for a season.  He never leaves me.

Sadly, so many people have never met Jesus Christ of Nazareth.  He came to earth, born of a virgin called Mary, lived and died as a man, filled with the Holy Spirit.  He rose from the dead, after paying the price for all mankind’s sin, and He is coming back to earth again to claim all those who believe in Him.  Today is your day to open your heart to Him.  Today is the day the Holy Spirit is drawing you to Him, just like He did for me when I was an 8-year-old girl.  If you open your heart today you can be redeemed from sin and death.

John 3:16-17 Easy-to-Read Version 

16 Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him would not be lost but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world. He did not send him to judge the world guilty, but to save the world through him.

John 14:6-7 KJV

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.

John 16:7-15 KJV

Nevertheless, I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:  Of sin, because they believe not on me;  10 Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;  11 Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged. 

12 I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.  13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.  14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.  15 All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

Romans 10:9-12 Easy-to-Read Version 

If you openly say, “Jesus is Lord” and believe in your heart that God raised him from death, you will be saved. 10 Yes, we believe in Jesus deep in our hearts, and so we are made right with God. And we openly say that we believe in him, and so we are saved.

11 Yes, the Scriptures say, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disappointed.” 12 It says this because there is no difference between those who are Jews and those who are not. The same Lord is the Lord of all people. And he richly blesses everyone who looks to him for help.

Trade Weariness for Trust in Jesus

Matthew 11:28 The Passion Translation 

“28 “Are you weary, carrying a heavy burden? Then come to me, I will refresh your life, for I am your oasis.”

All of us have times of weariness.  Life’s struggles are real.  No one is exempt from troubles and trials.  The difference between us is how we react to life’s issues.  Will we allow our souls to get so wearied that we crumble under the strain?  We can choose which way we react, good or bad.

I have had many times of great stress and fear.  Weariness and overwhelming reactions tried to take over my life.  It was when I cried out to the Father in Jesus’ Name that I was rescued and able to go through the struggles with success!  He is for us.  He is listening for our cry out to Him. Whenever we turn to the One who is able, He will lift us up, open doors of understanding and help us become victorious in life.

Over and over the Bible tells us to call upon Him, to cry out to Him, to “fear not” because He is with us.  Our part is to believe that and obey it!  Why we think we have to shoulder all our burdens is a mystery of life.  We have a Savior who died for us and is always interceding for us before the Father. Let us go to Him in all our times of need.

Be blessed this week in His care.  He loves you and wants the best for you always.  Let Him take your cares, worries and woes and replace them with hope, faith and love.

Jeremiah 33:3 New King James Version 

‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and [a]mighty things, which you do not know.’

Psalm 12:5 New King James Version 

“For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy,
Now I will arise,” says the Lord;
“I will set him in the safety for which he yearns.”

Psalm 72:4 New King James Version 

He will bring justice to the poor of the people;
He will save the children of the needy,
And will break in pieces the oppressor.

Matthew 6:6-13

But when you pray, you should go into your room and close the door. Then pray to your Father. He is there in that private place. He can see what is done in private, and he will reward you.

“And when you pray, don’t be like the people who don’t know God. They say the same things again and again. They think that if they say it enough, their god will hear them. Don’t be like them. Your Father knows what you need before you ask him. So this is how you should pray:

‘Our Father in heaven,
    we pray that your name will always be kept holy.
10 We pray that your kingdom will come—
    that what you want will be done here on earth, the same as in heaven.
11 Give us the food we need for today.
12 Forgive our sins,
    just as we have forgiven those who did wrong to us.
13 Don’t let us be tempted,
    but save us from the Evil One.’

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Our God reigns over every nation

Psalm 47:8 The Passion Translation

Our God reigns over every nation.
He reigns on his holy throne over all.

Psalm 18:49 The Passion Translation 

49 This is why I thank God with high praises!
I will sing my song to the highest God,
so all among the nations will hear me.

Honor God in every nation

We need to remember to honor God in every nation.  He is Lord over all the nations.  In whatever nation we live, we can praise and worship Him.  Our love and honor comes from our hearts.  In some nations it is a dangerous thing to openly praise and worship Him, we realize this.  Yet we can always do so in our hearts with uplifted eyes.  God sees the heart of man and all its ways.  We honor Him by our own outward actions toward Him and others.  Do we love our neighbor?  Do we live honestly and uprightly before the world?  Do we forgive those who dishonor us?  All these actions reflect the love of God toward mankind.  When we act like God our Father towards others, we are worshipping and praising Him by our very deeds!

Let this be a week of revealing the holiness of our God by our heart actions both to Him and to our fellow mankind.  God bless you all in this most Holy Week before Easter Sunday.

God is Most Holy

God is Most Holy

We are living in perilous and trying times.  Our hearts must look toward God our Creator and Lord.  There has never been a better time to get our lives right before God.  Cleansing our hands and hearts before Him should be a priority.  He is always available to His children.  His heart is open to their cry.  Nevertheless, when we are in rebellion and anger towards Him, we cannot walk in faith toward Him.  Our own hearts are not open to hear His response to our cry.

God does not get angry at our anger against Him.  He knows our understanding is darkened in some area causing us to see through a veil of anger and bitterness.  We cannot see Him as He truly is.  It is when we have a contrite and repentant heart that we see who He is and what He has planned for us.

Let us take this time of trials to check our own life out through His eyes.  Let Him clean out the places of pain and rebellion in us, so He can heal us, forgive us and the flow of relationship become restored between us.  When this happens those prayers and declarations we speak in faith will be answered quickly.

Psalm 2 Easy-to-Read Version 

Why are the nations so angry?
    Why are the people making such foolish plans?
Their kings and leaders join together
    to fight against the Lord and his chosen king.
They say, “Let’s rebel against them.
    Let’s break free from them!”

But the one who rules in heaven laughs at them.
    The Lord makes fun of them.
He speaks to them in anger,
    and it fills them with fear.
He says, “I have chosen this man to be king,
    and he will rule on Zion, my holy mountain.”

Let me tell you about the Lord’s agreement:
He said to me, “Today I have become your father,
    and you are my son.
If you ask, I will give you the nations.
    Everyone on earth will be yours.
You will rule over them with great power.
    You will scatter your enemies like broken pieces of pottery!”

10 So, kings and rulers, be smart
    and learn this lesson.
11 Serve the Lord with fear and trembling.
12 Show that you are loyal to his son,
    or the Lord will be angry and destroy you.
He is almost angry enough to do that now,
    but those who go to him for protection will be blessed.

Matthew 3:2 King James Version 

And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Acts 3:19 King James Version 

19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.

Psalm 86:5 King James Version 

For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

Christ Jesus is our solid rock

“On Christ The Solid Rock I Stand
All Other Ground Is Sinking Sand…”

The words to this old hymn written by Edward Mote and music by William Batchelder Bradbury, bring such a place of hope and faith expressed.  The firm declaration of personal trust in the  foundation found in believing in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior is such a testimony of faith.

Would that we all had reached this place in Him.  Are we able to stand and declare such a firm belief in His care for us?  Some of us can say, “Yes! I believe and have seen His tender care and mercies given to me many times over.”  It is interesting to note personally, there are so many areas where I have known faith’s rewards through God’s provision.  And others where my faith faltered and missed the mark.  Yet, I will not quit going back to the Bible to find more and more of His ways, deeds and love made available to me by the finished work of the Cross of Christ.

Our “standing on the Rock” is our faith extended as far as we can send it…the rest is up to God to fulfill.  Without Him, we can do nothing.  Our very breath is supplied by Him.  What a reassurance to realize He daily supplies to us all the necessities of life without prejudice. We all have an atmosphere to breathe, rain in season, harvests of food and so many other things we take for granted.  Perhaps our declarations at this time should be ones of praise and thanksgiving as well as expectations for future provision.

God is so good to us.  His ear is open to our cry and his love is extended to all mankind, even those who hate and reject Him.  Let us lift up some Hallelujahs today!.

Psalm 68:4 The Passion Translation 

Let them sing their celebration-songs
for the coming of the cloud rider whose name is Yah!”

Psalm 18:31 The Passion Translation 

Could there be any other god like you?
You are the only God to be worshiped,
for there is not a more secure foundation
to build my life upon than you.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fix Your Eyes on Jesus

Fix your eyes on Jesus

Berean Bible Hebrews 12:1-3

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off every encumbrance and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with endurance the race set out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

Choose who you will listen to

It is our choice who or what we look to with intent.  Will we look at the newspapers, TV news programs, Facebook, Twitter, other media platforms, our family and friends?  When life gets really hard to deal with when there seem to be enemies all around us, who do we look to for help?

The book of Hebrews in the Bible tells us to fix or focus on Jesus.  He has already gone where we are going.  He already conquered sin, sickness, and death.  He has released his anointing through Holy Spirit to be used by his saints in His name.  It is time to stop looking around us and start truly looking at the Master and Lord, Jesus Christ.  He is the answer.

John 14:6 King James Version

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

The challenge before us today is, follow Christ and be at rest and in peace.  Or follow the blast of negative words around us and walk in fear and distress.  There is such a wonderful place of rest once we choose to listen to the Bible instead of the world around us.  God loves us so much and wants the best of life for us.  When we can let Him lead us through the trial, we will succeed!  Praise God.  One of my favorite Scriptures which had led me out of so many places of fear and distress is:

2 Timothy 1:7 King James Version  

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

When we confess the Word of God out loud, in faith, God steps in to answer us.  Let’s join in the “I believe God” team and start winning this battle!

 

 

God’s Love Breaks the Clawing Beast of Fear

The Love of God breaks the clawing beast of fear

Fear is like a raging, clawing beast, destroying peace and love in our lives.  It tears at us, rages and shoves against us.  It can come day or night without warning.  Sudden events can trigger it quicker than any other thing.  Learning about a serious disease, an accident, loss of job or relationship, money needs being more than the present supply can open the door for fear.

God has spoken over and over in the Bible about conquering fear.  He would come into a group of people or speak one-on-one and speak faith and life into a place of fear and loss.  We walk by faith and not by sight, yet that faith must be acted on to become alive in our hearts.  We can speak to fear and tell it to leave our presence in the Name of Jesus and the power of His blood-bought Covenant.  The only fear we are to walk in is the fear of the Lord.

Declare the Word of God to overcome fears voice

2 Timothy 1:7 King James Version 

7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Romans 8:10-17 King James Version

10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  11 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.  12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.  13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.  14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.  15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

Proverbs 19:23 King James Version

23 The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.

Isaiah 50:10 King James Version

10 Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God.

1 John 4:11-18 King James Version

11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.  12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.  13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.  14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.  15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.  16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.  17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.  18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

We must pull down any wicked imagination of fear in the Name of Jesus

2 Corinthians 10:3-6 King James Version

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds;)  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;  And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

Anytime fear tries to war against you with lies and temptations, choose to speak out against it by declaring what the Bible says about it.  Take your Holy Spirit given authority and send fear packing.  That sounds easy, doesn’t it?  It may take you a few times of declaring out loud the Word of God, but keep doing it until you see the victory in Christ Jesus!

I pray you rout fear out of your lives, one day at a time. Thereby growing in faith in God’s provision for all things in your life.

 

 

If God Seems Far Away, Who Moved?

Meditation for March 24, 2020

“If God seems far away, who moved?”

“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” (James 4:8 NKJV)

It is a good time now (as it is always) to seek after the Lord through reading the Bible and praying to Him in the Name of His Son, Jesus Christ! Drawing close, and staying close to God provides overcoming strength to keep on “keeping on!”

As a young man, my developmental years were spent in a church with my family that was a “country church”. There were a lot of good people in the church body and more good people in the community where I lived. Many of those people, in addition to my family, spoke into my life and helped me grow in my personal faith. One such person was a man by the name of John Tharp. Brother Tharp was not a typical “worshipper” in the church where I grew up, but, he was a very profound thinker. I do not know who originated the statement, “If God seems far away, who moved”, but, it was Brother John Tharp that impressed it upon me. A dear sister from my church created a poster with that message on it and the poster was placed in a shadow box. As far as I know – over 50 years later – it is still there to remind worshippers of the need to seek after God in order to stay close to Him.

Some messages are enduring for a reason. As Christian believers, our faith is the most precious treasure we have on this earth. If God seems far away from you today, you can find Him in the Scriptures. Faith comes from reading and obeying the Word of God. Faith encourages us to pray, engaging the journey of faith for the glory of the Name of our God and of his Son, Jesus Christ.

It is my hope that a voice from my past – that of Brother John Tharp – will give you newfound inspiration and courage to face your day with God. Most importantly, I want God to come near to you today. I believe He will as you read His Word given to all of us, and as you pray to Him about your needs in the Name of His Son, Jesus Christ.

COVID-19 How Covenant Life Cog is Responding

COVID-19 Warnings and information

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Covenant Life CoG’ Response  to the Virus

  1. Pray for God’s intervention on behalf of the world’s population.  We are standing on Psalms 91 for God’s protection.
  2. We are adhering to the President’s instructions for gathering of groups of people of more than 10. Because of these preventative measures laid out by the President, we will not have regular church services through April 12, 2020.
  3. We will be live-streaming the pastor and a few of the worship team on Sunday mornings at 10 AM on Facebook Live.   Covenant Life CoG Facebook  
  4. We are standing in faith for all of us to get through this test by faith and see God move in our midst.
  5. Any changes to this schedule will be posted both here and on our Facebook page.

Psalm 91  (TPT)

Safe and Secure

91 When you sit enthroned under the shadow of Shaddai,
you are hidden in the strength of God Most High.
He’s the hope that holds me and the Stronghold to shelter me,
the only God for me, and my great confidence.
He will rescue you from every hidden trap of the enemy,
and he will protect you from false accusation
and any deadly curse.
His massive arms are wrapped around you, protecting you.
You can run under his covering of majesty and hide.
His arms of faithfulness are a shield keeping you from harm.
You will never worry about an attack of demonic forces at night
nor have to fear a spirit of darkness coming against you.
Don’t fear a thing!
Whether by night or by day, demonic danger will not trouble you,
nor will the powers of evil launched against you.
Even in a time of disaster, with thousands and thousands being killed,
you will remain unscathed and unharmed.
you will be a spectator as the wicked perish in judgment,
for they will be paid back for what they have done!
9–10 When we live our lives within the shadow of God Most High,
our secret hiding place, we will always be shielded from harm.
How then could evil prevail against us or disease infect us?
11 God sends angels with special orders to protect you wherever you go,
defending you from all harm.
12 If you walk into a trap, they’ll be there for you
and keep you from stumbling.
13 You’ll even walk unharmed among the fiercest powers of darkness,
trampling every one of them beneath your feet!
14 For here is what the Lord has spoken to me:
“Because you have delighted in me as my great lover,
I will greatly protect you.
I will set you in a high place, safe and secure before my face.
15 I will answer your cry for help every time you pray,
and you will find and feel my presence
even in your time of pressure and trouble.
I will be your glorious hero and give you a feast.
16 You will be satisfied with a full life and with all that I do for you.
For you will enjoy the fullness of my salvation!”

 

Living a fruitful life

Productive people are planted people

We all want to be productive in some area of life.  Whether as a father or mother, a business person, in a ministry or even in relationships.  There is a standard in which we can achieve this successfully.  The main way is by being planted in relationship with God.  With His guidance by the Bible and the wonderful Teacher, the Holy Spirit, we can grow in faith in Jesus, our Lord.

If we plant ourselves in the river of His love and allow ourselves to be fed by His Word, the Bible, we can see growth and strength.  Peace will rule our hearts and consciences.  Our hearts will grow to love people rather than things.  Our motives will become more pure and less selfish and we will want to please God more than other people.  In living a lifestyle like that, we will succeed more and more each day.  Our outflow of living will be productive and bear fruit in every direction of life.

When we love, we won’t fight as much for position.  When we care more for people than things, our need to accumulate things will grown less and less. Our need for attention will diminish as we think of others first.  And our hearts will be full of love by seeing the results of our life laid out before us.

Growing takes time

It is not an “overnight success” story.  It is a daily laying our lives at the feet of Jesus and allowing His love to change us from the inside out.  I love the Scripture in Romans 5:5, “ Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”  It is the love of God-his own understanding, emotions, selflessness that is poured into our hearts to be able to learn to love others.

May we start and continue this journey of being planted by God’s own river and allowing Him to changes us into His kind of people.