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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Holy Spirit

John 20:21-23
21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me,(A) I also send you.”(B) 22 After saying this, He breathed on them(C) and said,[a] “Receive the Holy Spirit.(D) 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.”(E)

(Lk 6:27-37

Love Your Enemies
27 “But I say to you who listen: Love your enemies, do what is good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.29 If anyone hits you on the cheek, offer the other also. And if anyone takes away your coat, don’t hold back your shirt either. 30 Give to everyone who asks you, and from one who takes your things, don’t ask for them back. 31 Just as you want others to do for you, do the same for them. 32 If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 If you do what is good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do what is good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is gracious to the ungrateful and evil. 36 Be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. 37 “Do not judge, and you will not be judged.(Mt 7:1-5) Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.(mt6:14;28:23-35) 38 Give, and it will be given to you; a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over—will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.”
Footnotes:
  1. John 20:22 Lit He breathed and said to them

Cross references:


I was lead to read John 20:21-23 (again J).  Jesus filled the apostles with the Holy Spirit? So, if the disciples/apostles (11) received the Holy Spirit prior to Acts, then Acts was for all the other followers/disciples and a refilling, another gift for the 11?  They were filled w/H.S. and began speaking in tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Overwhelmed by love...

Lord,
Thank you for my family, my parents, and for loving me.  My Honey suprised me and took me out to eat last night: yummy and sweet!  How neat to open my present from Mom and Dad -a day early- and find shirts (which I won't buy for myself) and lotion (one that smells like mom and makes me miss her all the more) and a Chick-fill-a COW!!!  Wow!  I told one of the girls last week that I wanted one of those cows, but I didn't need one. :)  Thanks for listening.  I am overwhelmed by your love, support, and friendship. Thank you for everything. I am so blessed to be a part of Your family. I love you!  Help me to live each day for you and as if it were my last. I want to rely on you for everything and not do it all on my own. Help me to become to woman/mom I am meant to be. Help me to train the children and not grow weary.  Help me to take care of myself, so that I can give to them.  I know when I exercise, I have more energy, but I don't know what to do w/my hips bothering me. Please heal them or tell me what to do. (stretch)  Thanks for waking me up and our time alone.  I treasure it, even when I don't want to get up at times.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Humbled



Luke 3

Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River, God was well pleased with Him and lead Him by the spirit into the desert for 40 days where he ate nothing and was tempted by Satan. When Satan tempted Him to turn stones into bread Jesus made reference to Deuteronomy 8:3 that man should not live by bread alone. Later after Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well, the disciples uged Him to eat. He told them "I have food to eat that you know nothing about."
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Deuteronomy 8

2 Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. 3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.  (Luke 4:8)

Should this not lead us to a life of worship and obedience.  We can do nothing of ourselves. Everything is from God. We can not "make" our food without Him; it is He who made everything and He made all that we have. Should we not fear and tremble because our life is in His hands?  Should we not worship and obey Him because He is All Powerful and Worthy of our praise?  Are we such fools as to think we don't need God?
God may I live in such a way, humbled and living on every word that comes from You.

Friday, February 3, 2012

God's Pain

“And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Go, get down! For your people whom you brought out of the land of Egypt have corrupted themselves. . . . They have made themselves a molded calf, and worshiped it and sacrificed to it. . . . I have seen this people, and indeed it is a stiff-necked people! Now therefore, let Me alone, that My wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them’” (Exodus 32:7-10).
“Then Moses pleaded with the Lord his God, and said: ‘Lord, why does Your wrath burn hot against Your people whom You have brought out of the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? . . . Turn from Your fierce wrath, and relent from this harm to Your people. . . .’ So the Lord relented from the harm which He said He would do to His people” (verses 11-14).
In reading this passage, many Christians mistakenly attribute more grace and mercy to Moses than to God. They think, "Moses is pleading for great mercy upon Israel, while God is ready to destroy them." Nothing could be further from the truth. The only reason Moses could pray as he did was because He knew God's heart of mercy.
God’s justice demanded that the people be consumed but Moses knew it would pain God too much to destroy His children, so he lifted this plea to God, "I know that Your justice is crying out and these stiff-necked people should be wiped out, but I know You would not be able to stand the pain if You did that. I know Your heart, God, and I know You cannot destroy Israel—because You love her."
The Bible says God "relented", which means He changed His mind about how He would judge Israel. He was not going to destroy them; instead, the people would waste away in the wilderness. Although the people would continue to pain His heart for thirty-eight more years with their unbelief, the Lord would still protect them, lead them, feed them and clothe them to their dying day.
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Double Pain
The first part of God's "double pain" is when we sin in His presence, against His light and love. The sin itself is not what grieves God, however, but the fact that He knows the consequences of our sin. God knows our sin is going to drive us to grief and misery.
The second part of God's "double pain" is that our sin compels Him to keep His Word in judging us. He has to stand by like a loving father and listen to our cries of anguish as He chastens us—all for the purpose of producing godly character in us.
At one time I came to a crisis—to the end of my rope. Slanderous things were being said about me and after this had gone on for some time, I began to remind God of His Word:
  • "A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who speaks lies shall perish" (Proverbs 19:9). 
  • "A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful (destructive) tongue" (17:4).
After some time, I cried out in despair: "Oh, God, how long will You let this go on? The lies keep changing so much, I don't even know what they are from day to day. You are my defender, Lord, and You say You will avenge Your people. But I don't see You working any justice.”
As I thought of all the slander coming against me, I began to think of other beleaguered pastors and servants. There are many righteous people today who are enduring awful trials because evil words are being spoken against them.
"Why, Lord?" I prayed. "Why do You continue allowing Your people to be hurt?”
The Lord answered, "David, I am merciful, longsuffering and slow to anger because it pains Me to mete out My justice. If you could feel My pain, you would never, ever, desire to see My judgment fall. You would understand why I wait so long to bring it down. You know how painful it is to discipline your children. It is the same for Me. It pains Me to chasten those I love!"
 

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Faith

And without faith, it is impossible to please God. because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. *Heb. 11:6

'Trust  Me. Depend on Me, until you depend on Me, you will continue to run in circles. I love you.Trust Me (how?).  Know that I am working everything out. Trust begins in the heart. You just do  it. You know I've taken care of you, know that I love you, now know that I am working everything out.'

Should I teach the anger method? 'It's fine. It is about self-control and discipline.'

I love you.

'I love you. 
I love you with an everlasting love.
I love your quirks, your tendencies.
I love it most when you surrender to Me.

You are to walk by faith and not by sight.
You are to trust and depend on Me.
 I am working everything out for good.
Trust me; I will lead you.'