"He is not here, for He has RISEN, as He said..." (Matthew 28:6)
Love to all,
"... fervent in spirit, serving the Lord."
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"A lying tongue hates those it wounds and crushes, and a flattering mouth works ruin." (Proverbs 26:28 AMP)I once heard it said of someone that, if you flattered them, they would drop their pants. That's one of the unkindest statements I've ever heard, and the sentiment itself exposed the speaker's insidious heart and motives. So many times when folks think they're mocking someone (even if what they say is accurate), they're actually exposing their own hearts.
"But he said to them, 'Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid Him. But go, tell His disciples - and Peter - that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you'." (Mark 16:6)Merciful God. There would be no life without Christ (Who IS Truth) and His empowering encouragements. Friends, all it takes is a little encouragement to cause someone to see the light of day. And given the explosive rejuvenation edification carries, is there ever really such a thing as a little encouragement? I think not.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.” (John 13:34)
"The effectual, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Elijah was a man of like passions as we are, and he earnestly prayed that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months." (James 5:16b-17)Suddenly, my heart filled with desperate faith. I knew this was God's lifeline thrown out to me.
"O, give thanks unto the Lord, for His is good! For His mercy endures forever." (Psalm 136:1)That is a simple, pure, and rich verse from the Psalms' melodies which, in truth, is also loaded with critical keys for dynamic, successful living in relationship with Daddy. Gratitude in itself is born of humility - give thanks unto the Lord - and a humble heart then declares the truth about God - for He is good - we know that He alone is good. Then the best part for souls like me is that, out of the goodness of God's heart proceeds the mercy that purchased my salvation... the covenant between Daddy and me (and all His kids) which, through faith in Christ Jesus, is everlasting: His mercy endures forever.
"Nevertheless, the Lord will wait so He can be gracious to you; and thus He will rise up to show you mercy. For the Lord is a God of justice. How blessed are those who wait for Him." (Isaiah 30:18)Daily celebrating the heart of praise and blessing He's given me...
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"Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades, or loose the belt of Orion? Can you bring out constellations in their season? Or can you guide the Great Bear with its cubs? Do you know the ordinances of the heavens? Can you set their dominion over the earth?"
"Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that an abundance of water may cover you? Can you send out lightnings, that they may go, and say to you, 'Here we are!' ? Who has put wisdom in the mind? Or who has given understanding to the heart? Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can pour out the bottles of heaven, when the dust hardens in clumps, and the clods cling together?"
"As I live, says the Lord, every knee to shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God." (Romans 14:11)
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"He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty..." (Psalm 91:1)Totally Loving Him,
"To them, this is the highest that they can go. To their thinking, they have arrived to the way of utmost prosperity and grace. Being here IS their 'promised land', and they think there is no more to the circumstance or additives of life."My mind went off in a million directions, but its surmising was delayed by the continuation of Abba's words...
"That is why I am trying so hard to convince those who hear My voice to speak to those who are lost - through Godly living, through prayer and supplication, through showing unconditional love to their circumstance in unbelief, and by coming to My Throne on their behalf. What if it were you who was dying, beloved? Wouldn't you want someone to continually plead your cause on My behalf? On behalf of what My Son did at Calvary for you? That is why I ask you to continue praying for them, showing them that a life does not consist in the drudgery against laziness and the perceived opinions of men. Rather, Life in its complete console of holiness and pleasures and righteousness and good, clean living - is in Me. It is only found in Me."Well, any "publican and sinner" thoughts I might have had in response to what God began to say got completely crushed after this. After He finished His entreaty to my soul to pray for the lost and dying of this world - and not solely judge them for their frenetic pace in living - I was humbled and repentant. But I was also enlightened and blessed.
"... and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel... that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak." (Eph. 6:19-20)To me, the very least I can do is resolve to SHOUT HIS NAME and saving power from the rooftops - with my mouth and through my writing - under His direction, no matter what it costs me. My reasonable service in Him is to submit to His will in all things, so that others might be saved, as I was, by His Mercy and Grace.