It’s Time for Renewal in Christ Jesus

Every time January rolls around we feel the need to make resolutions and try to put on a new life.  It always makes me laugh when I realize how quickly those “New Years’ Resolutions” dissolved away.  We always seem to choose to change our whole life in one month, even though it took years to get where we are now.  I relaxed this year and choose to allow the Lord to choose my areas of change.  He knows us inside and out and knows where we are in faith and resolve.  He can choose something we can trust Him with and truly affect change in our lives.

My prayer for you all this year is to truly rest in Him and allow Holy Spirit to move your heart to change.  Let His love and conviction choose the places that will help you and those in your life be blessed the most.  I pray His blessings upon you as you allow Him to renew you this year.

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2020 Spiritual Resolves

Can we stop living in the past?  Is it possible to release the old dead ways and look to Jesus to lead us through paths we have never walked before?  Will we be able to trust this new way of doing things in Him?

All these questions roll through us whenever the Lord asks us to change our ways.  We question whether we can do what he asks us to do.  As I prayed and meditated on how to release the past, the Lord reminded me that He was the “author and finisher” of my faith.  It is Holy Spirit who leads us into the truth.  So my choice for this new year is to resolve to allow Holy Spirit to change me.  It is not easy, but things worth while usually are not easy.  The rewards of hearing Jesus say, “Well done, thy good and faithful servant” are worth the battle with our flesh.

Hebrews 12:1-2 New King James Version (NKJV)

1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

John 16:13 New King James Version (NKJV)

13 However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

 

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Focus on the Lord and His plans

The Lord has been speaking to the Body of Christ to arise and take our place in Him.  We have been so focused on what is going on around us, that we have neglected the better part of focusing on Him and the plans He has for us.  It is time to come up higher and stand in our place in Him.

May you be blessed and highly favored by God our Father this year.

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Let’s Make 2020 a Good Year!

From the Sunday Bulletin January 12, 2020

Let’s Make 2020 a Good Year!

The book of Hebrews outlines twelve steps to take that can ensure benefit and blessing
  1. Let us fear lest we fail to rest in Christ. (Hebrews 4:1) The promise of God’s rest.
  2. 2. Let us be diligent. (Hebrews 4:11) Deliberately choose to be obedient to follow Christ.
  1. Let us hold fast to our confession. (Hebrews 4:14) Recognize His position of authority.
  2. Let us draw near to the throne of grace. (Hebrews 4:16) The atonement of Jesus Christ gives us the standing to boldly draw near…
  3. Let us press on to maturity. (Hebrews 6:1) Through the Holy Spirit working in us.
  4. Let us draw near to the Most Holy Place. (Hebrews 10:22) He desires relationship with us.
  5. Let us hold fast our confession without wavering. (Hebrews 10:23) Our hope is secure in Him.
  6. Let us consider one another (Hebrews 10:24)
  7. Let us run with endurance the race. (Hebrews 12:1) Lighten the load for the race.
  8. Let us show gratitude. (Hebrews 12:28)
  9. Let us go out to Him outside the camp. (Hebrews 13:13) We need to daily choose to walk away from the world and toward the camp of Christ as we live.
  10. Let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise. (Hebrews 13:5)

 

 

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Choose to follow God in this coming decade

As we enter the new decade, we have choices to make.  Will we stand firm in the will and heart of God?  Will we follow Him faithfully in the coming days? Our lives are being flooded with so much perverse speech from those who hate God and his people.  Shouting against those who choose God and his ways.

Now is not the time to walk in fear, but to stand up faithful and true to the One who is always faithful and true to us.  His great love is our compass as we navigate the coming days ahead.  It is both exciting and fearful as we have never been here before.  I have heard people making jokes about this being the new “roaring 20’s”.  Maybe so, but I chose to listen to the roar of the Lion of the Tribe of Judah rather than the roar of the world system.

May we all live in the joy of the Lord, fulfilling our life’s call in Him as He leads us onward toward the Great Day of the Lord. Hope and peace be ours as we look to Him, not what we see before us.

God bless all those who have followed our website.  May you be enriched by the Holy Spirit in all your ways.

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Our hearts spill over with praise to You, God

There are so many times in life when our hearts are so full we seemingly cannot contain the joy of it.  A new baby in the family.  Maybe a new job or raise on the job.  A time of thanks given to us for a “job well done”. A love for husband, parents, friends or child, can also overflow our hearts.

The one place we can freely, at any time, overflow our hearts is when we remember all the wonderful things the Father, God has done to and for us.  Our eternal salvation was a costly gift given freely to us through the life, death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ.  Our daily provisions, health, relationships, kindness show unto us.  The wonderful Holy Spirit who is with us here on earth at all times, loving us , teaching us, encouraging us and showing us who Jesus is more and more each day.

There are so many blessings we can outpour from a grateful heart. Maybe it’s time to release some today…oh yes it is.

Praise You Lord!  Thank You for all You have done and are doing for us. We rejoice in God our Father, Jesus our Lord and Holy Spirit, friend and guide.

 

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Seekers of Jesus Christ Will Find Him

The wise men or Magi mentioned in the Bible were students of the mystical.  They looked for signs and seasons by looking at the stars, nature and other means.  When this bright star appeared, they knew it had special meaning.  They followed it until they found the source of the sign in the sky.

It led them to Jesus, now a young child with his mother in a house. They offered gifts to him honoring him as the coming King. There are many prophecies in Isaiah 7 that were fulfilled at Christ Jesus’ birth.

This season of remembering his birth reminds us that if we seek for wisdom, we will find it.  If we continue looking for the Savior, we will find Him.  May your Christmas time be a blessed one filled with His blessings.

 

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The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd

Our Savior, Jesus Christ of Nazareth is our Shepherd.  His heart beats for us.  His eyes watch over us.  His love reaches everyone in the world.  He chose us all and gave His life for the salvation of all mankind.  He feeds us, shelters us, guards us, brings us back from the edge of destruction and carries us when we are too weak to walk on our own.

Our choice to follow Him, opens up all those benefits to flow freely.  He knows His own and speaks freely to them. If you have never chosen to follow the Great Shepherd, please think about it today.

John 3:16-18 ERV

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. 18 People who believe in God’s Son are not judged guilty. But people who do not believe are already judged, because they have not believed in God’s only Son.

John 10:14  (NKJV)

14 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.

John 10:27  (NKJV)

27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.

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Thanksgiving is from the heart

When we can openly give thanks to others for their acts of kindness, we open the door for a deeper relationship with that person.  Our reaction of thanks, causes the person who did the action of kindness or love towards us to open their hearts a little more towards us.

It is the same with God.  Our reaction of thanksgiving shows Him our hearts and we now more about His heart.  His great love for us almost demands a place of thanksgiving.  We cannot neglect that place of giving thanks.  It is not just for His benefit, but also for ours.  Our heart grows with greater love as we express it.

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