We Need To Help Each Other!

The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.” – Isaiah 50:4

Our current society has, sadly, much that is evil. It’s a confusing and scary world that we live in! We need to love and help one another. Especially in today’s world!

Help can come in so many ways. Encouragement, a hug, a listening ear or a bag of groceries… The important thing is to make sure that no one feels alone. We need to share with each other that God is with all of us, (and so are we).

One way we can do that is to encourage one another. God gave us the “tongue of the learned” for a reason. So that we could “speak a word in season to him that is weary”.

There are a lot of “weary” people among us, and there will be more. The kind of courage that it took to overturn Roe vs. Wade is exhausting. To have thousands of protesters outside of your home is intimidating! To have young children forced to live in the midst of such evil is incredibly frightening!

But daily life too can be tiring. Going to work every day in the face of such inflation. Raising your children in such an evil atmosphere, forced to attend schools that would teach them and surround them with even more evil! Then there is the constant onslaught of evil out of Washington…It seems to surround us and the list is endless, and it is exhausting….

That’s why it is so important to encourage one another! To remind each other to hold on. Jesus is Coming and we are going Home to Heaven!

And to remind each other just how wonderful Heaven will be! There will be no more tears, only Joy! No more strife, only Peace. No more fear, only God.

There will be people that we love and deep friendships and deep hugs :). Rivers, homes, flowers, beautiful sights…they truly await us, in our Forever Home in Heaven.

God awaits us in our Heavenly Home! And together, we will meet Him. We need not fear today’s world on earth, for it will not effect Heaven!

Because thanks to Jesus’ Great Sacrifice, we are going Home. And our Home is in Heaven 🙂

The Gospel & The Law: We Need Both!

The relationship between the Gospel and the Law can be confusing. There are many who think that the Gospel, in a sense, replaces the Law, but it does not.

If one truly believes in Jesus and seeks to follow Him than one also seeks to follow the Law. If we love Jesus and believe what He says, than we want to follow all that He did during His time on earth!

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”-Matthew 22: 38-40

Notice that verse 40, the last verse, says, “on these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets”. It does not say that the Law and Prophets don’t need to be followed anymore! Nor does it say the words of the Prophets no longer have meaning. The Bible contains the New and Old Testament for a reason 🙂

We will always need both the Gospel and the Law. Praise God that He gave us both 🙂

The Gospel & The Law :)

“There is no point upon which men make greater mistakes than upon the relation which exists between the law and the gospel. Some men put the law instead of the gospel: others put the gospel instead of the law; some modify the law and the gospel, and preach neither law nor gospel: and others entirely abrogate the law, by bringing in the gospel.”-Charles Spurgeon

He is so right! The Gospel does not replace the Law; the Law still exists! We were sinners before the Law entered the world. The Law simply shed light on our sins and helped to show us right from wrong!

But as hard as we try, we all sin. Thank God, truly, ” Then comes the mission of the gospel: “But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.”–Charles Spurgeon.

Jesus died for our sin so that we wouldn’t have too. He loves us that much!

Gratitude Is A Choice :)

We’ve all heard the story of the Ten Lepers that Jesus healed. They begged for mercy, and He gave it :). Healing them all!

To know just what a wonderful gift His healing was, one has to know a bit about leprosy. It’s a horrific illness. Sores cover your body, including your face! In those days, if you had leprosy, you became a complete outcast, even from your family. No one wanted to catch it! Some became paralyzed; some became blind. It was a horrific disease!

To be healed was truly a miraculous gift that not only healed one physically, but brought one back to their family and friends! Can you imagine how incredibly filled with joy they were?

And yet, only one of the ten healed lepers returned to thank Jesus. He was a Samaritan. And Jesus said to him:

17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”-Luke 17:17-19

But where were the other 9? And how often do we ourselves forget to thank and praise God for the wonderful things He gives us?

Praise and thank God today! No matter where we are in life, there is much we can be grateful for! Gratitude is a choice; given to us by God Himself, choose wisely 🙂

Praising God In The Storm

From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the LORD’S name is to be praised.-Psalm 113:3

We all get tired sometimes, and it’s okay to ask for help. That’s what the song Footprints is about. Asking for, and receiving help :).

There are times when life just leaves us drained, but Jesus will carry us through those times-if we let Him. And even in the storm, we can Praise God with all of our hearts-all the time 🙂

Our Father never intended us to walk alone. He sent Jesus to Save us and the Holy Spirit to walk with us. Life of earth is not without its’ troubles. In fact, Jesus warned us that “in this world we will have troubles”. And we do.

But God is always there to help us. Jesus is always willing to carry us through them and the Holy Spirit is always willing to comfort us. We just need to ask. Amen 🙂

Where’s The Safest Place To Live?

Another great devotion from Worthy Briefs:

Psalm 118:6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

“As some of you may know, a bomb exploded in a bus within blocks of our Jerusalem apartment about three years or so ago. That morning, my wife and I, along with our newborn baby, were heading to the city center to run a few errands when suddenly, we heard the explosion. Within minutes, the sirens were screaming from every part of the city as officials quickly made their way to the scene. Later that month, I was just seconds from getting on a bus which exploded before my very eyes.

People ask us all the time– “Aren’t you afraid to be living in Israel these days?” We’re really not. Truth be told, there aren’t too many safe places in this world anymore, are there? However, there is one very safe place we have found; It’s the very safest place there is. You may have heard of it — the place is called “God’s perfect will”! We all need to strive to make our home and reside there the rest of our earthly days!

You may be afraid to go to those places or do those things that God may be calling you to today. It could be to use your God-given gifts in some far away place or it could just be to walk across the street to share with a neighbor. Whatever the case may be, it’s easy to get wrapped up in other people’s fear, anxiety and criticism — but we have a choice. We can either give in to those fears or stand for the Lord and choose what has called us to do.

Let’s submit all our fears to the Lord today and choose the latter. He will not leave our side when we step forward to do great things for God!”

Praise & Thank You!

“From the rising of the sun unto the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised.”-Psalm 113:3

Can you imagine if you did something really great for someone and they never said great job or thank you? It would hurt!

And yet, how often do we do that with all the Lord gives to us. The beauty of nature, family and friends, a great job, good health. Great Faith. Our lives…The Lord gives us all something 🙂

Our Lord is deserving of our Praise and Gratitude-All Day Long 🙂

Where’s Faith When You Need It?!

Another Great Devotion By Worthy Briefs 🙂

Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God

“I could tell you about countless difficult and drawn-out circumstances over which we have tried to stand firmly in faith until they finally came to pass. Sometimes we made it and sometimes we were weak and began to doubt. But God mercifully came through for us on most of these things, despite our lack of strength to stay faith-ful.

There are some things in our lives that take a lot of prayer and a lot of faith to overcome. But why is it so hard sometimes to stand in faith for those things?

D.L. Moody spent many hours praying for faith. He once said, “If all the time I have spent praying for faith was put together, it would be months. I thought that someday faith was going to come down and strike me like lightning. But faith did not come. Then one day I read in the 10th chapter of Romans, “So then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” I now opened my Bible and began to read God’s Word and faith has been growing ever since.”

Much of what we believers describe as ‘faith’ has nothing to do with Biblical faith. Our faith must not be based on emotion, or want, and not on the latest exciting conference or revival. But it must be centered on God’s Word, on Yeshua (Jesus), His death and resurrection, His salvation. The Living Word is the eternal, everlasting love of God that has been poured out upon our lives.

Let’s read, hear, apply and live the Word today, and we will grow strong in faith! There’s so much work to be done!”

The Gift :)

Jesus gives us so many wonderful gifts, but what can we offer Him? What do you give the Son of God, who loved us so much that He was willing to die an agonizing and extruciatingly painful death just so that we might live? What do we offer our Lord who lovingly paid the price for our sins so that we wouldn’t have to?

But the truth is, we do have gifts that we could offer Jesus, and they are gifts with which He would be well pleased. We could give Him our love, our faith and our time! For loves takes time to grow and faith takes time to build 🙂

As parents, we spend so much of our time working to provide for our families and to give our children every possible opportunity. And so we bring our children to baseball, and soccer and dance, and then sit down with them to help them with their homework. We rush to work and then we rush home to make dinner. From sunrise to long after sunset, we run through our many tasks and activities, buidling our families, careers, and homes.

But in our rush to give our children everything on this earth, how much time to we really spend on building our (and their) Heavenly Home, reading God’s Word, or in simple, quiet prayer seeking God’s Truth and Teaching our children to see it as well? Is that not the best gift possible?

In our Holy Bible, it says that God “delights” in us. So perhaps we do have Gifts that we can offer our Lord Jesus-our love and our time. And we can teach our children to do the same!

And if we wish to have a Faith as awesome and loving as Jesus’ Mother Mary’s is, then perhaps we should ask for it! And our Lord, who grants so many of our prayers on earthly matters, will surely be “delighted” that we love Him enough to ask for what matters most of all – Faith 🙂

The Ten Kings

12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.

13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast.”-Revelations 17: 12-13

In Revelations, we read of the ten kings being given power for “one hour”. Personally, I am not sure what one hour means in God’s time, it could be a while.

Xi, Putin, Erdogan, Biden…Are some of the “10 Kings” coming into place? We can’t know for sure, but do not fear. For they wear tin crowns, only God wears the real one!

Be not afraid, for our Father has not forgotten us and will not. And God is the only King that matters!

Jesus is still our Savior and is wearing the only crown that matters! And He is still bringing us to Heaven.

Prepare, Pray and Be Ready 🙂