Source: LOVE IS WHERE GOD IS
James 1:17 NIV “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from Above, and comes down from the Father of Lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning”
Father, Your best gift is Jesus Christ my Savior…of whom there is no shadow of turning.
In the shadow of darkness; in illness, starvation, wars, hatred, lies from evil; Jesus keeps us in His hands, we cannot see the light shining best except to take over the darkness around it.
Psalm 4:3-5 NKJV “Why are you cast down O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.”
My God, You have once again reminded us …You are our one true Hope. No one on this earth is sin free, and as I look at my own wretched self in this, I know with others that Jesus gave us a new life…He has always washed away our sins. Each and everyday there we are surrounded in the sins of this world, with Satan’s help in others, trying to pull us down. But there you are…our most Powerful Lord, attacking the darkness away with Your Light!
Romans 15:13 NIV “May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Many times we find ourselves, in the storms again. Really it is nothing new. It is surrounded by the darkness, a continual darkness that includes a stifling abyss below it. Yet, You are with us dear Jesus, exerting our Fathers great Power to us. You give the same Power to your loved ones, the same Power that God used to pull You from the Grave to Your Resurrection. There is no greater Power than Yours, dear Jesus!
We will continue to fix our eyes on You, dear Lord. If we falter and look elsewhere, we will fall apart. Hold us close, please continue to be our shelter when there is nothing left…but You!
I Corinthians 12:26-27 NKJV “And if one member suffers, all members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.”
Forgive us Father, if our sisters and brothers, Your children are feeling the same suffering as many of us are. How often we forget the oneness that we share in both the sufferings and the rejoicing. We will continue to pray for our church, they are our family! You have blessed us with them, and they are praying with you also. We don’t always agree, and sometimes we quarrel, but we know dear Jesus, You are our Reconciler!
Your Word to us; “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” This is hard to swallow…what if they are so “unlovable” that our heart says they are evil? Still we pray to allow us Your Perfect Love to share! In You, we actually have no excuse…
Now, the grace that is wonderfully given from You dear Lord; we pray for the peace, love, light, and joy that can only come from You. Help us, your children, to be strong in Your strength.
We Love you with all our hearts, and souls, and spirits. Each of us in our spirit with your Spirit says:
“YOU, DEAR LORD, ARE OUR LIGHTHOUSE”!
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I Corinthians 15:51 & 52 NIV
“Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed – in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet, for the “trumpet will sound.”
Faith is like a seashell…
That is washed in the heart…
A promise that is heard…
And never will depart…
It is by faith that we see the unseen, and know the unknown. The faith to believe that this life here on earth, is not all there is. We are only here for a short time, our spirits cannot remain here forever. Our forever is with Jesus Christ, our Savior.
Can we see the stars during the daylight? Can we see the moon behind the clouds? Even though we cannot see them, we know they are there. We cannot see our brains unless a neurosurgeon provides surgery, yet we know we have one. Have you ever seen your heart? We can hear it, just like we can hear God when we are silent enough. That is faith…a promise that is heard, and never will depart.
In Florida, it is known that due to the weather systems, there are hurricanes available in each year. They even have a start and stop day as to the possibilities. It is not just Florida, the threat encompasses all of the Gulf of Mexico States and countries, and even along the Atlantic perimeters up to Canada along the sea-coast. So, during each year, people take in a deep breath, add to their supplies with additional water and food “just in case”. During a conversation with these folks of the ensuing area, they will tell you they have purchased not only home insurance, but flood insurance as well. If you were to ask why, their response would be; it is not a matter of “if”…but a matter of “when”.
Matthew 24:30 &31 NIV
“At that time the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and all the nations of the earth will mourn. They will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky, with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.”
You see! Jesus is returning soon; this is not a matter of “IF”…but a matter of “WHEN”! So, prepare as He has given us a list. His purpose in our lives, is to Love one another as He Loves us. In sharing His Love, you will share His Story of the Gospel, because, He lives within you.
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Matthew 5:23 NIV
“Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the Kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.”
In today’s world, the news is so wrapped up in overwhelming topics. It seems now that anything that causes emotions of any type are the big winners! So much of it is terrifying and causes great pain.
But, then, there is Jesus Christ, our Savior. Jesus is the Good News! He died for our sins on the cross, He was resurrected from the grave, He has offered us a new life for eternity with Him! HE is the GOOD NEWS! He is our Great Healer and has broken the chains of darkness, through His Brightest of lights. This history is better known as His Story.
There is a story of a young man, who attended high school. Since he was the valedictorian of his class, he was asked to speak during the graduation ceremony. So many of his graduating class had struggled through desolations along with accomplishments, and he wrote his speech accordingly. The principal had requested to read the words for his approval. At the end of the young man’s speech, he had written, “God bless you all”. The principal had crossed this out, saying it was not allowable at the ceremony. The young man said nothing, but had an idea.
At the graduation, the young man had been called to the podium to speak to the thronging group. At the end of his speech, a young woman who sat up front, next to him, sneezed very loudly. She was sitting so close, the sneeze echoed throughout the arena. Suddenly, the complete graduation class said in synchronized harmony, “God Bless You!”
Romans 1:1 &2 NIV
“Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle and set apart for the gospel of God; the gospel He promised beforehand through His prophets in the Holy scriptures.”
Paul is writing to the Romans who at the time only had the Old Testament because the circulation of the gospel and not yet been delivered there. This was written to both the Jewish and Gentiles. The Good News!
The cliché that is listed on the header of this message, is one that so many in the world uses. However, if we believe what is being addressed, it is not true. Not all news; is formulated as, “no news”. We cannot silence His Gospel…it is Good News, worthy news…not bad news.
As we present the Good News, many would subject themselves to say, it does no good, they are not listening. My reply to that is this:
“Don’t feel bad if people rebuke or shun what you say to them. Feel privileged that you are like a candle that comes to their mind when there is darkness.”
I John 3:1 NIV “How great is the Love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God. And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him.”
There is a children’s story about a small deer, named, Bambi. Everyone falls in love with this little one, from his birth. He has fun with butterflies in the meadow, meets his mother’s friend, and cheerfully plays with another animal, the bunny rabbit. In the ending of this story there is a fire, and Bambi has to make a crossing to get away from it.
Just like a deer crossing, we have what I like to call a “dear crossing” in our lives. Jesus did not promise a life without trials and disappointments, but He does promise eternal life with Him. He promises that we will always be with Him, here or in Heaven.
As we follow His Path, we are crossing many interruptions along the way. We have new additions to our families, unforeseen damage to our homes and our health, and so many more trials and happy times as well. This can be enough to make us cry. Still God is like any father and more; He lavishes us in His Love!
When we cry, does it matter to Him, if so then, why? That question came when a friend of mine told me about her morning promenade that happened with the Lord.
She was taking her early morning walk with Jesus, singing and praying with Him. Then a billowing form of clouds came overhead, and a soft rain came down unexpectedly. The warm soaking rain made small streams trickle down her face. She realized that Jesus was answering her prayer, to console her grief from the day before. His empathy towards her weeping, cleansed her heart. His tender and compassionate Love wrapped itself around her.
No matter the hardships, our crossings on the way; through the valley and up to the highest mountains; He is with us. He makes a gloomy step, a “dear crossing” with Him. Along the way, during a respite, stop and ask Him to speak with you. He can hear you; He is alive. Then in your silence, He can whisper a Love, like none other you will ever
Psalm 103:13 NLT “The Lord is like a father to His children, tender and compassionate…”
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