Sharing the Word

I want to share this song with you sung by Jimmy Swaggert. There is a river of living water and all you have to do is drink from it, accept Jesus as your Savior and accept Him into your heart as your Lord. This is the key to salvation. It’s that simple. Too many times we tend as humans to over think things and make them more complicated than they need to be.

Jesus loves you and wants you to accept Him today.

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I pray each one of you knows Jesus as your Savior. If not, please pray today to accept Him. The Holy Spirit will enter your heart and you will have the confidence of salvation. It is very simple.

1. Admit you’re a sinner, we all are.

2. Believe in your heart that He died for your sins and He rose again.

3. Pray for forgiveness and ask Jesus to come into your heart.

If you pray this prayer, please let me know. I’m not a Bible scholar or a Pastor, but a firm believer in the saving grace of Jesus. You can get saved anywhere, at home, in church, while you’re driving your car, no matter where you are He will come into your heart and save you. So what are you waiting for? Go to the River of Life and accept the free gift of His grace.

I received this devotional in my email today and wanted to share it with you all. We may wonder why we need to praise God. Surely He knows who loves Him and who doesn’t. But just like us, God likes to hear praise from his children. Think about the last time one of your children came up to you and gave you a hug, how did that make you feel? Now imagine how much joy it brings to Our Lord when we do the same through praise. May this hymn bless you and remind you of the greatness of the God we serve.

Praise God

Praise God with all your being.

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near;
Praise Him in glad adoration.

Praise to the Lord, who over all things so wondrously reigneth,
Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen how thy desires ever have been
Granted in what He ordaineth?

Praise to the Lord, who hath fearfully, wondrously, made thee;
Health hath vouchsafed and, when heedlessly falling, hath stayed thee.
What need or grief ever hath failed of relief?
Wings of His mercy did shade thee.

Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee.
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
If with His love He befriend thee.

Praise to the Lord, who, when tempests their warfare are waging,
Who, when the elements madly around thee are raging,
Biddeth them cease, turneth their fury to peace,
Whirlwinds and waters assuaging.

Praise to the Lord, who, when darkness of sin is abounding,
Who, when the godless do triumph, all virtue confounding,
Sheddeth His light, chaseth the horrors of night,
Saints with His mercy surrounding.

Praise to the Lord, O let all that is in me adore Him!
All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before Him.
Let the Amen sound from His people again,
Gladly for aye we adore Him.
Amen!

“Praise to the Lord, the Almighty” by Joachim Neander, 1860. English translation by Catherine Winkworth, 1863. Public domain.

Take it Back!

Don’t ever let the enemy steal your joy. This is one of my favorite songs from the Jimmy Swaggart ministry. I pray it ministers to you and uplifts you.

Many blessings!

If you will bear with me this week I am going to get very personal. I don’t do this for attention, but to illustrate God’s greatness. As most of you know my husband of 18 years died almost a year ago. In December my mother passed away. Last year was a bit of a hard year for me and my family. I have been dealing with it like one would expect to. One day I’m fine, the next day all I can do is cry. Heck that happens sometimes within the span of a few minutes. Last night I was getting ready for bed and I saw something of my husband’s on the floor and when I picked it up an overwhelming sense of loss washed over me. What surprised me about it was how angry I was. I was angry because he died, I was angry at God for taking him, and I was angry because our future had been stolen from us. I had a good cry and felt better after wards, but it got me thinking.

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Boo-boo lip

I know some people who think being angry at God is horrible. Like we’ll go to hell if we get angry with Him. Personally I don’t agree. Things happen in life we just don’t understand and as weak humans we need someone to blame and God is sometimes the undeserving target of our anger. It is not a sin to be angry, it becomes a sin when we reject Him out of our anger. If anything good can be said to have come out of the losses I’ve experienced, it is a better understanding of how much God loves me. Okay so I know that may sound a big opposite of what I was just talking about, but let me explain.

I have learned to bear my heart and soul to God. Really open up and let Him know what I’m feeling, anger, sorrow, abandonment, grief – all of it. The flip side of this is the love I have felt from Him. When I learned to truly open up to Him He gave His love and healing spirit to me like a river. One example is I am now faced with the burden of having to support myself. I have gone back to school, tried to seek out some scholarships for women, applied for financial aid and student loans, and thankfully have not had to pay any out of pocket money to return to school. This all came after worrying and fretting about my future. One night I really prayed about my situation and asked God to show me what to do about it. The next day I was enrolled in classes.

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5219/5384699732_0e133d6969_m.jpgIf you’ve experienced a loss or something in your life you don’t understand and feel angry with God, tell Him how you feel. He’s big enough to handle it. If you open your heart to Him, He will begin to heal you. I know for a fact that if I wasn’t a Christian I’d be drowning my sorrows in a bottle of alcohol. It is only by God’s great grace and love that I can carry on each day. I pray you find God’s love and peace. It’s a daily struggle, but He promises to be with us every step of the way.

Salt of the Earth

Have you ever tasted a dish that needed salt? It’s flat and boring. Sure it may look tasty, but it lacks character and flavor. The same can be said for us. Unless we are the salt of the earth, we are flat and lack any character. What does it mean to be the salt of the earth? Well think about it. Salt is a preservative, can be used to prevent bacterial growth, and gives food flavor. As Christians we should be all of these things. We need to preserve the truth, prevent lies from spreading, and be on fire for God. God warns us in the Bible that if we are lukewarm He will spit us out of His mouth. To me this means if we don’t stand up for what is right and spread His good news, we’re useless to His kingdom.

http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4026/4472098979_0222beacbb_m.jpgMany times as Christians we think we’re supposed to be smiling and gentle all of the time. So many churches have this idea of a passive Jesus. Nothing is further from the truth. If you read the account of Jesus’ life you’ll see him getting angry at the temple, calling some of the Jewish leaders vipers, and calling down the apostles for being dense. I’m sure He got frustrated at the way he got the “deer in the headlights look” from the apostles when He was trying to explain who He was and what God’s plan was. Here was a group of men who spent almost all of their time with the Savior, yet many of them didn’t realize who He really was until he rose from the dead and ascended into Heaven.

Being salt of the earth is different from imposing your beliefs onto the world. There is a disturbing trend among conservative Christians to think the entire country should live according to their rules. Many groups are pushing for a Christian theocracy in this country. To me this is as dangerous as the militant Muslim groups that have seized power in the Middle East. The Bible instructs us to spread the good news of salvation through Jesus, but also says give to Caesar what is Caesar’s. It is my opinion that religion has no place in politics. Right is right, and wrong is wrong no matter who or what you pray to.

But I’m getting away from my main point. As Christians we can not be afraid or timid to stand up for what we feel is right. We should get respect for our religious views and give respect to those who believe differently from us. I have a very good friend who does not believe in God the same way I do. We’ve had many discussions about this, but in all of our discussions we’ve respected each other and remained good friends. I personally feel it is more important for people to see Jesus through my words and actions than to walk around and thump them on the head with my Bible. We can be salt of the earth and mirror how Jesus dealt with people, with love, compassion, and respect.

There is a disturbing trend among preachers that I feel the need to touch upon. Prosperity preaching is becoming all too common in pulpits these days. Many preachers and people in the congregation treat God like He is a genie in a bottle. Whatever they desire they believe will come to them if they just pray hard enough. It is like when you’re in college looking for money and you want merit scholarships, you think if you’re good enough, pray hard enough, do enough good works, and bug God enough He will give what you ask for because you deserve it.

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That doesn’t have a Biblical base to it any more than the New Age Attraction Theory which has gained popularity among the world and Christians. The Attraction Theory is a dangerous idea for Christians. It states in a nutshell what you send out into the universe you get back, and if you visualize having money or a new car, you’ll eventually get it. My question is just where is the universe going to get that new car or money you want? This theory loses sight of who created and maintains the universe and the role God and Jesus still play in the universe and our lives. God isn’t going to give you whatever you wish for because He gives you what you need, not necessarily what you want or think you deserve.

God is more concerned with your relationship with Him and with other people, not material possessions. We see this in Matthew 6:19, 20, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.”

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Everything we have on this earth will pass away. We take nothing with us when we pass onto the next stage of our eternal life. This was very evident to me after my father passed away. When we came home from the hospital all of his stuff was still at my mom’s house. It was as if somehow I thought his things would go with him. I knew that wasn’t true, but so much of our identity and who people perceive us to be is tied up in what we own.

I may be getting off track a bit, but my main point stands. Prosperity preaching bypasses the blood of Jesus and its healing power. Instead of focusing on salvation and spreading the Word, it focuses on material possessions and how to get them. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you can use God for a slot machine or a genie. Focus instead on the moving of the Holy Spirit and the saving Grace of Jesus and the power of the cross.

The Way to Salvation

I know I talk a lot about salvation and forgiveness here on this blog. But it occurred to me that maybe some of you don’t know exactly how you can receive the free gift of salvation and forgiveness. The Bible says the only way to the Father is through His son Jesus. When the apostles asked Jesus how to get to Heaven the Bible says he answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5183/5605469308_22b851f821_m.jpgI know some of you may balk at that idea and believe that all roads lead to heaven. No, all roads don’t lead to heaven and if that sounds exclusive, it isn’t meant to be. I believe that only through the acceptance and belief of Jesus as your Savior can you know the true meaning of forgiveness and have a place reserved for you in Heaven. Buddha, Mohammad and all other prophets and supposed messiahs are dead. Only Jesus Christ is alive and sits at the right hand of the Father in Heaven.

How to be Saved 

The term being saved refers to the fact the Jesus already paid for your sins when He died on the cross. When you accept Him as your Savior you are covered with His blood and this blood atones for your sins. You will still have to face the consequences for your sins, but the eternal consequences are already dealt with by Christ’s death and resurrection.

Realize and admit you are a sinner. Everyone born on this earth besides Jesus is a sinner. We have natural sin nature and only by recognizing this and asking for forgiveness from Jesus can we be saved.

Pray for forgiveness. Once you realize you are a sinner, pray for God to forgive you. It’s is as simple as saying, “God I know I’m a sinner and I ask for your forgiveness.” You don’t need long lengthy prayers, just one that truly comes from your heart.

Accept Jesus Christ as your Savior. After you pray for forgiveness, invite Jesus to come into your life and guide you. Ask Him to live in your heart and show you the way God wants you to live. “If you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart man believes unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3540/3464807927_67de6947b0_m.jpgA simple prayer might go like this: “God I know I’m a sinner and I need forgiveness. I know I need Jesus as my Savior and accept that He is my Savior. I now invite Jesus to come into my heart and life to guide and save me.” It is as easy as that. No strings attached, no long rituals, or fancy services. God wants everyone to join Him in Heaven and He offers up His son as a way for you to go to your true home when you leave this life. “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9)

If you prayed this prayer welcome to God’s family! Know that in Heaven there are angels rejoicing and I rejoice for you, too. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have and let me know if you prayed this prayer so I can pray for you. God bless and keep you all.

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