Meekness does not mean weakness

Meekness does not mean weakness

Meekness is the ability to be submissive to authority without losing your own.  Jesus was called “meek and lowly”, yet He had the Holy Spirit without measure, was able to heal the sick, cast out demons, and raise the dead. If meekness meant weakness, He could not have accomplished the surrender to the Cross of Calvary.  It took a man, totally submitted to God, controlled by the Holy Spirit and filled with that power to be able to complete the work He was sent to earth to fulfill.

We can be like Jesus.  We can be Holy Spirit-filled, surrendered to the call and anointing of God in our lives, and still be meek.  We seek not our own way.  We follow after Him.  We obey the laws of the land.  We prefer one another.  Meekness is a choice that demands self-discipline and the Holy Spirit to help us.

Matthew 5:5 New King James Version 

 Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

2 Corinthians 10:1 New King James Version

Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you.

Matthew 11:29 King James Version 

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

Let us allow the Holy Spirit to show us how to be more like Jesus in meekness and humility of heart.  Be blessed this week.

Welcome to All Our International Visitors

Welcome to all our international visitors

It is an honor to have you come and visit our website.  We pray you are blessed by something you find here.  We realize there are Christians all over the world, so we have brothers and sisters everywhere. We want to follow Jesus, who died for all, lives to intercede for us and is coming again to take us to be with Him in Heaven.

2 Corinthians 5:1-5 Easy-to-Read Version 

We know that our body—the tent we live in here on earth—will be destroyed. But when that happens, God will have a home for us to live in. It will not be the kind of home people build here. It will be a home in heaven that will continue forever. But now we are tired of this body. We want God to give us our heavenly home. It will clothe us and we will not be naked. While we live in this tent, we have burdens and so we complain. I don’t mean that we want to remove this tent, but we want to be clothed with our heavenly home. Then this body that dies will be covered with life. This is what God himself made us for. And he has given us the Spirit as the first payment to guarantee the life to come.  No matter your circumstances, please remember the Lord Jesus died for all mankind.  There are no special people chosen to receive Him as Savior.  All you need to do is say yes to His invitation and salvation comes into your life.  He will help you through every crisis, every painful place, and every loss.  My own life is a testimony of that fact.  Through every loss, sickness, and painful place, Jesus has brought me through.  He will do the same for all you call upon His name.

John 3:16-18 The Passion Translation 

16 For this is how much God loved the world—he gave his one and only, unique Son as a gift. So now everyone who believes in him will never perish but experience everlasting life.  17 “God did not send his Son into the world to judge and condemn the world, but to be its Savior and rescue it!18 So now there is no longer any condemnation for those who believe in him, but the unbeliever already lives under condemnation because they do not believe in the name of God’s beloved Son.

Romans 10:8-13 Easy-to-Read Version

This is what the Scripture says: “God’s teaching is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart.” It is the teaching of faith that we tell people. 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. 13 Yes, “everyone who trusts in the Lord will be saved.”

 

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.

Be the watchman on the Wall

When you are alert and watching in the Spirit of God, you will see things others may miss.  Some things you are responsible to pray for and wait to cry out the warning.  Others you are responsible to speak to those you have influence with.  It is a serious time in the world today.  There are many enemies seeking to destroy many.  As God’s watchmen we can shout the warning to prevent the destruction of others.

We are also required to shout the Coming of the Lord.  We are the Heralds placed in the Lord’s House to proclaim the Word of God to all those who will listen.  We need to share our own testimonies, pray for others and give them the same hope we received to bring us through.

We encourage you today to reach out to hurting people with the Hope of the Gospel of Jesus.  Bless you today as you follow Jesus.

2019 Resolves

 

2019 Resolves

re·solve definition:

verb
1.
settle or find a solution to (a problem, dispute, or contentious matter).
“the firm aims to resolve problems within 30 days”
synonyms: settle, sort out, solve, find a solution to, fix, straighten out, deal with, put right, put to rights, rectify; More
2.
decide firmly on a course of action.
“she resolved to call Dana as soon as she got home”
synonyms: determine, decide, make up one’s mind, make a decision
“Bob resolved not to wait any longer”

noun
1.
firm determination to do something.
“she received information that strengthened her resolve”
synonyms: decision, resolution, commitment
“he made a resolve not to go there again”

When we choose to take actions towards a goal or take actions against problems, it takes a measure of resolve to do it.  Instead of making “resolutions” which is a “firm decision to do or not to do something”, we need to make a resolve to find solutions to the issues at hand.  For the most part, resolutions last about a month or so.  Then life steps in and we return back to the way we were doing things.

Resolving things on the other hand involves a seeking for answers, investigation to the roots of problems and a hope to find the solutions.  It can be just one person or a group of people determined to find a better end result to life’s issues.

Here are some Scriptural resolves:

Exodus 23:2 You shall not follow a crowd to do evil; nor shall you testify in a dispute so as to turn aside after many to pervert justice.

Luke 9:23  Then He said to them all, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.

2 Timothy 2:2-7; 14-19 (NKJV)
2 You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. 3 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. 5 And also if anyone competes in athletics, he is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. 6 The hardworking farmer must be first to partake of the crops. 7 Consider what I say, and may the Lord give you understanding in all things.

14 Remind them of these things, charging them before the Lord not to strive about words to no profit, to the ruin of the hearers. 15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 16 But shun profane and idle babblings, for they will increase to more ungodliness. 17 And their message will spread like cancer. Hymenaeus and Philetus are of this sort, 18 who have strayed concerning the truth, saying that the resurrection is already past; and they overthrow the faith of some. 19 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity.”

Philippians 4 :1,4-9 (NKJV)
1 Therefore, my beloved and longed-for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, beloved.4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.    6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Meditate on These Things
8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Let us resolve to follow after the Lord

We are the deciding factor for failure or success in life.  Our life choices bring us through hard times or allow total failure.  We want sometimes to blame others for our misery and while they certainly can add to our problems, they are not the end of the problems.  In Christ Jesus, we have hope and help in all kinds of life issues.

Let us choose to seek Him first, allow the Holy Spirit to direct our thoughts and lead us to the answers we need to live a godly and joy filled life!  One of my favorite verses in the Scriptures is:

Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Yes, Amen!  My prayer for all of you is a blessed, Jesus-filled year in 2019.

Witnessing Jesus’ Style

Acts 1:8  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

Act 10:43  To him all the prophets bear witness that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.

We were taught that witnessing was us doing the action.  We were to go out and tell everyone we meet about the Lord Jesus.  There is truth in that statement, but it is not all the truth.  We are to go to those in need, be available to all those we meet and ready to be used of the Lord to minister His Grace.

The unique thing about these Scriptures is what we are witnesses to.  We are not the ones doing the actions.  We are only the instrument of His Grace.  It is not what we are doing that is the “witness” part.  What really is happening is we are “witnessing” His love in action.  We are at the time of our sharing the Gospel, laying hands on the sick, interceding for troubled souls, bringing light and life to those in darkness—witnessing the Lord moving into all those situations and meet the needs of the people.  That is our part of the witness.  We are there, first hand, on-the-scene witnesses to the love of God being shed abroad on the earth!

What an exciting place to be!  Being led by the Holy Spirit, watching God love his people, heal them, comfort them and indeed save them from their sins.  I love witnessing God in action!