It’s Who Ya Know

And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”                           Jesus praying in John 17:3

“That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death,”              Philippians 3:10

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Born Again

“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith.” 1 John 5:4 (NKJV)

Jesus says to Nicodemus in John 3

“Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.'” John 3:3

“Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ the wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” John 3:7-8

Asking a book dealer if a DVD titled, “Born Again,” was about what Jesus and Peter spoke of, he said it was a new product and gave me the brush off.  God is not fooled. No coincidence that I found new “Born” leather sandles in a 2nd hand store that day. Thank You Dad!

1 Peter 1:22-23, “Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,”

Friend, Farewell

“The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and He shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, destroy them.” Deuteronomy 33:27

“Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.” Psalm 92:13 (KJV)

They sang “Face to Face” at church the Sunday after I learned a friend passed away; they didn’t know, but God knew. How she cried for and served others!

Father God, You are our sweet consolation. Thou life doesn’t go like we planned and people leave, I know that we’ll see her again.  “Life or death I’m with the Lord!” In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

“And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” Jesus praying in John 17:3 (NKJV).

Seeking Your Glory

Proverbs 25:27, “It is not good to eat much honey; so to seek one’s own glory is not glory”

Dull ears, not hearing the call, not staying for the message, they are unphased, forcing a smile.  Need for someone to agree with them. Not looking inside whether they match God’s word.

Jesus says in John 8:50-51, “And I do not seek My own glory; there is One who seeks and judges. Most assuredly, I say to you, if anyone keeps My word he shall never see death.”

“Glory to God in the highest,

and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

Multitude of heavenly host to the country shepherds in Luke 2:14

Hari Kari Jesus

Jesus committed Hari Kari for the salvation of the people.

Luke 2:34-35 (KJV), “And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary His mother, behold, This Child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (yeah, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

“Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jewish leaders that it would be good if one man died for the people.” John 18:14 (NIV).

When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne.” Matt 25:31 (NIV).

Jesus to Pilate: “Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?” Matt 26:53 (NIV).”

“Born that man no more may die”

“Half here,”

my co-worker said the other day.  I am too.  Jesus also prayed, “I’m no longer in the world,” in the Garden before His crucifixion (John 17:11).

Paul says to live by faith.  I’m here in body, but seated in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6).

Absence in the body is to be present with the Lord (2 Corinthians 5:8).

Hebrews 13:14 (NLT), “For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.”

I heard “be patient” in the Spirit today.  Could it be everything we see is false and everything invisible is real and eternal? (2 Corinthians 4:18).

 

Radical Love

What if?

You loved your neighbor?

You prayed for your ex-spouse?  Your enemy?

You follow Jesus & don’t look back

You believe every word He says & don’t second guess through your trials?

I will give you eternal life, fullness of joy, 100 fold of everything you gave up (Mark 10:30).

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NIV).

“These things have I spoken unto you, that My joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”  John 15:11.

I.D.

“And even to your old age I am He; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.” Isaiah 46:4.

Don’t label yourself, you are not: your job, your diagnosis, your belongings, what others call you or what you look like.  You are a unique, one-of-a-kind person.  “I’mmm innnn herrrreeeee” (a la lost in a cave), we are inside, intangible, we never age and never die.  “You are Spirit” Romans 8:9.  “Death is a lie”, Phillips, Craig & Dean

I rebuke in the Name of Jesus, anything said over you that’s not in agreement with the word of our Father Who made you.   You are clay and are what HE, the Great I AM says about you and what He creates you to be.

 

There is Freedom

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the meek; He has sent Me to bind up the brokenhearted; to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound” Isaiah 61:1

King Jesus,

You are on your throne, but You see us and hear us.  You dwell with us as You say You do.  You are sorrowful for all the pain we feel.  You’re with us through our pain and in our joy in this life and in eternal life.

Please comfort the hurting in Las Vegas right now.  Give strength for the emergency workers, law enforcement and the medical staffs, dear Lord.  Please provide Your peace for all the hurting and all those who lost family members and friends.  You don’t want anyone to perish, but You want all to come to You.

Where can we go and be safe?  Not even on a concert lawn?  People enjoying the freedom this country prides itself in, are killed.  It’s not fair.  Dear Lord, please help us.