Thursday, April 27, 2017

Waiting. Waiting. Waiting.

WAITING on the doctor!  There isn't anything more frustrating than waiting in the doctor's office for him to see you!  You know what I'm saying.

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Most all of us have been there at one point or other.  Whether it is for ourselves, or with the children, or with our elderly parents for their doctors' appointments; you almost want to to just get up and leave!  That is what I am resisting to do right now!  It has been over 30 minutes of waiting!  umpf

BUT... how many times in our lives has God waited on us?
He waits and waits and waits for His child to turn their life around.
Or, waits for His creation to seek Him (Jeremiah 29:13).
Or, waits for His children to set about discovering the plan He has for them.
I bet God gets frustrated, just as we do when we are waiting on the doctor. 

So, as we wait on people and things in our lives, let us remember the mercy and grace God bestows to us, as HE waits.  And, really ponder what "mercy and grace" means.  These are not words to just throw around.  Mercy and grace have significant impact on each of our lives.  Let's extend that same mercy and grace to others, just as God does with us.  Thank goodness, He doesn't walk out on US after 30 minutes of waiting!  Be blessed.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Yellow Light Awareness

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Yellow does not mean speed up.  It means slow down.  

When you get the yellow light in your life, take heed to what is going on. Is it your health, your family, your husband/wife, the children?  Could it be your business, your friends, your spiritual condition, or your finances?  You have gotten the yellow light for a reason.  Don't ignore it, thinking it is unimportant.  Without the yellow light, there would be a whole lot of wrecks!  You have the control of avoiding those wrecks in your life by paying attention to the yellow light... and slowing down and attending to business.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

He's Alive!

(John 11:25-26)... "Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.  Do you believe this?'"

Yes, Lord, Yes!  I believe!  My daddy lived and believed in You, so You're telling me he's ALIVE!

If you believe in the supernatural, then you can believe with me that daddy is still alive.  If you believe in the Bible being a history book of eye witness accounts, then you can believe with me that Jesus arose from the grave.  If He arose from the grave, and you believe in the supernatural, you can believe that Jesus is alive; just like daddy!  AMEN & AMEN!

O, death, where is thy sting?  The grave cannot hold those who die in Christ for they shall live!

Live and Believe in Jesus Christ, and live FOREVER!





Monday, July 25, 2016

Fruit is Sweeter


As children of God, instead of shutting down streets and bridges with divisive and angry protests, use those voices, energies, and emotions in organizing prayer vigils?  Gather together in front of the police stations across this country and pray.  Gather around our youth and pray.  Go into the neighborhoods and pray.  Physically encircle the people who are angry...and pray.  There is more POWER in venting anger through prayer.



Is prayer not more powerful than anger?  Is prayer not more powerful than screaming and yelling?  Screaming and yelling begets anger, does it not?  Does this form of protest accomplish anything positive?  The more powerful and effective answer to anger is kindness, gentleness, and love.  And, are these not "fruit" of the Spirit?  If we are children of God, and are to grow in maturity, then the fruit of the Spirit is our guideline.  And, nowhere in the Fruit of the Spirit is listed dissension and divisiveness....
(Galatians 5:22-23) "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control..."

In fact, Jesus tells us in scripture to "pray for those who persecute you".
(Matthew 5:44) "But I tell you:  Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you."

(Matthew 5:46) "If you love those who love you, what reward will you get?..."  (Meaning:  it is easy to love those who love you.  But, we are to grow in self-discipline, love, and self-control by loving those who are difficult to love.)

Jesus also tells us: "You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.'  But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person.  If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.  And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.  If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles." (Matthew 5:38-41)

"For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins." (Matthew 6:14)

Bottom line is that anger does not settle anything.  Anger is a tool of the devil to divide and conquer.  We, as God's children, are to not react by emotion but by the truth of God's Word.  The "Fruit of the Spirit" is the curriculum for growing in maturity as born-again Believers in Christ.  








Tuesday, July 19, 2016

God... does not get us to heaven

God is God.  God is Father.  And, Jesus is Jesus.  Jesus is Son.
God does not get us to heaven.  Only through His Son, Jesus Christ, can we get to heaven.

"Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." 
(Acts 4:12)

"Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father
except through me.'" 
(John 14:6)

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In the passage found in ACTS 10, we find a Roman centurion named Cornelius who was "devout and God-fearing; giving generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly". (Acts 10:2)

In the passage found in ACTS 16:11-15, we find Lydia, a business woman, who "was a worshiper of God".  (Acts 16:14)

In both of these examples, Cornelius and Lydia believed in God and followed the moral and ethical teachings of scripture.  They were God followers.

But, what scripture goes on to teach us is that both Cornelius and Lydia needed salvation through Jesus Christ.  Being a "God follower" would not absolve them of their sins (heal them) and save them. (entrance into heaven)

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For Cornelius, it is shown in these verses (Acts 10:34-43).....
"You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, telling the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all." (Acts 10:36)

"how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went about doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him."
 (Acts 10:38)

"All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name." (Acts 10:43)

"While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message."  (Acts 10:44)

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For Lydia, it is shown in this verse (Acts 16:14)....
"One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshiper of God.  The Lord opened her heart <to respond to> *Paul's message."


*Paul's message:

The Message is That Jesus is The Christ, that He Was Crucified, and Rose Again!

"Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you have received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures."  (1 Corinthians 15:1-4)



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"Jesus answered, 'I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through me.'" 
(John 14:6)

Entrance into an eternal heaven, and for a relationship with God, is through a saving relationship with Jesus Christ.  


(Romans 10:9-10, 13)
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.  13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”





Saturday, July 9, 2016

Truth: a firm foundation

The hope of this nation is not in gun control or building a wall or protests or the police.  It is not in our government or politicians or in our programs or in people.  The hope of this nation, and for this world, is in Christ Jesus.

 If I had to build my foundation and security on the hope that people will do right and make the right choices, then my hope is built on sinking sand.  And, what kind of hope is that?  It is nothing.  So then, where does that leave me as far as feeling secure and protected.  It leaves me with a lost hope, that's where.

As humans, it is innate in us to hope.  It is what propels us to live.  Hope gives us the foundation to live fearlessly.  If a person has no hope, then why even try?   And, how many times do people take their lives because they have "lost hope"?  We need hope to live.

But, hope based on the ever-changing voices of this world will eventually lead to chaos because trust is lost and no one knows what to believe.  Humans need a foundation of truths in which to depend on.  We need to be able to believe in something, someone, which will instill that hope that we need in order to live.

People are flawed.  This world is in chaos.  But, the only constant is the voice and truth of Christ.  His Word is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.  It never changes, and never will.  Our government's voice changes all the time.  Plus, there are many voices in that realm, so who do you know to listen to and believe?    How can we have hope in that?  How can we tie our hope to people who lie to us, or change what "truth" is?   God's voice never will change.  His truths never will change.  In Him, we can know truth, and have a firm foundation to stand on which gives us....hope.

Our hope in Christ gives us love, calm, peace, security, protection, truth, a firm foundation, direction, assurance, and hope.   Who doesn't want that?  Don't we all want to have internal peace amidst a world in chaos?


Friday, July 8, 2016

Fear not...there is Hope

My soul is overwhelmingly burdened by the escalated killings in our country.  I must speak....


Hate has been with us since the beginning of time.  Hate will never go away and will only increase.
Love has been with us since the beginning of time.  Unfortunately, there will be a waning of love. (Matthew 24:12)  Why?  Because we live in a fallen world.  
The Bible tells us that the devil goes to and fro like a roaring lion, looking for whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8)  He is certainly doing that through instilling hatred into the hearts of mankind.  

The Bible also tells us that there will be wars and rumors of war. (Matthew 24:6)   We are seeing this increase all over the world.  And, now, moving rapidly into our own country, the United States of America.  Sadly, this is our new normal.  

BUT... there is hope.  Yes, hope!  That hope is through Jesus Christ.  He is our ONLY hope.  Death will come.  It is inevitable.  We cannot stop the hatred that is ramping up in our world.  It WILL get worse.  Though, we must all contribute to the combating of this hatred with love.  Love conquers all.  But, our only hope for survival in this world, and for our eternity, is to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. (Romans 10:9-10,13)  Knowing Christ as our Savior gives us a peace beyond our understanding. (Philippians 4:7)   We can live our lives not in fear, but with confidence.  This world is becoming a frightening place to exist.  We're afraid to even step outside for fear of being killed.  But, as apostle Paul tells us in scripture, "To live is Christ, and to die is gain." (Philippians 1:21)  Meaning:  in the living, Christ has me; in death - I will live for eternity with Jesus, in peace, on the streets of gold, and in a mansion He has built just for me! What peace!  What security!  Death will come - it's unavoidable.  But, you can live your life in confidence and without fear through a relationship with Jesus.  He is the only way. (John 14:6)

John 14:1-3, Jesus tells us, "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you.  I go to prepare a place for you.  3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also."

TRUST in Jesus and fear no more.


All my love,

Spruce

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