AMAZING GRACE!

I can hear the singer Chris Tomlin now sing the words:

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. 

I once was lost but now I’m found, was blind but now I see.

Wow.

Ephesians 2:4, 7-8 says,

“But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us….That in the ages to come He might show the exceeding RICHES OF HIS GRACE in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God….”

OUT OF ALL the things people have given me and the awards people have presented to me. Or anything could EVER receive: the Grace of God surpasses them all!  We can see here that God is rich in three areas:  God is rich in Mercy.  God is rich in Love.  AND God is rich in Grace.

Money, Fame, THAT position on the job, cars, houses in Beverley Hills, and a yacht just won’t satisfy the longing in each person’s heart!

Don’t give me a Car!  Give me a Savior.

Don’t give me gold and expensive jewelry! Give me a Protector!

Don’t give me fame and all the publicity this world has to offer!  GIVE ME A REDEEMER!

— Do not give me things that take up a lot of space in my house, but doesn’t give an inch of satisfaction in my soul! —

The point is I was a Wretch. Sinner. Undone. Quite proud and Very selfish.  Thinking I was righteous on MY OWN acts and account.  But far from redeemed until I heard the good news: Jesus died, that I might live! Jesus took on my sin with his death, and because he arose from the dead, I too will live forever with him and all I must do is BELIEVE on him.

May be you were born Saved! Holy and literally an angel delivered from heaven.  BUT I WAS NOT!

I needed a Savior, I needed GRACE.  Amazing grace from God, to redeem my soul from Hell!

And to think that while I was still in sin, Jesus died for me! What a gift of GRACE!

—-Blessings.

 

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Joy in Sorrow, Patience for tommorrow

Words of Encouragement:

Sometimes our lives feel chaotic, out-of-control. It is messy with repeated heartaches and disappointments.  Sickness and distractions.  And our dreams are put to the back-burner, while our patience is running thinner and thinner. All of these instances are testing our faith and patience! (James1:3).

Unfortunately, life’s trials won’t go away, (John16:33) but although we aren’t promised  an easy road, we are promised that God will be with us every step of the way!  And we are never alone. (Hebrews 13:5) Praise God!

The Prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 61 exclaimed that God has saved us and cleansed us from sins we’ve committed.  He is there “to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for heaviness.”

Your embarrassments and failures, He will turn for your good.

The remnants and “ashes” of a lost job, possessions, lost peace and comfort, and whatever we have allowed to contaminate our lives.  God will beautify it.

Then when tears become apart of your life and depression continues throughout the night: a heart of thanksgiving, praise and gratitude alleviate burdens, cares and worries.

In essence, we are free!  Everyone that claims the God of the Bible as their King and Christ as their redeemer will experience Joy, comfort and safety.  Joy Unspeakable!

Let it Rain!

Enough sprinkles, enough drips, drops.  I WANT RAIN!!!

Bring the deluge of God’s Presence!!!

Jesus was teaching in the temple, exhorting his followers and saying, “I will be with you “a little while longer, and I go to Him who sent Me,” in John 7:33-39.

The crowd grew concerned and began to question, where is He going that we won’t be able to find him!  

Then the next thing Jesus says took place during one of the Jewish Feast. He stood in the middle of crowd and exclaimed,

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.”

If anyone is thirsty, let him go to Jesus and drink!

Mountain-Stream

If anyone is deading, wilting, suffering from the empty wells of this world.  The lack of satisfaction and fulfillment the world, money, greed, lust and pride of life.

“For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life…” – 1 John 2:6

If anyone ANYONE feels robbed of peace, happiness and joy, meaning and significance.  If ANYONE feels burdened with guilt and shame of a life of bad choices, wrong company, and a sins that weigh you down, sins that hold you hostage, like an shackles about ones arms and feet!!

You’ve lost love, you’ve lost joy, you haven’t experienced true peace in ages and your future looks hopeless:

Jesus is saying, “Come to ME and DRINK.”

God told the people of Judah,

“Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow.
Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.” -Isaiah 1:18

No matter what you’ve done, or how dark, dirty and stained you are, Jesus will make you clean, refreshed and BRAND NEW!!

“So if the Son -Jesus- sets you free, you are truly free!” –John 8:36NLT

All we have to do “confess our sins –to Him, and He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Confess your sins, your wrongdoings to God, believe Jesus died and rose from the dead for our atonement, and YOU ARE SAVED!  THAT’S ALL!! -Romans10:9

Watch Jesus and his Spirit-the Holy Spirit- give you indescribable peace.  As you feed on His scriptures, you will find God’s love, God’s power filling up every area of your life until all of YOUR THIRST is QUENCHED.    To God Be the Glory!

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But there is icing as well.

Jesus went on to say,

“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”  (John 7:33-39)

Living water that is fresh and clean, but also satisfying to the soul.  Because this water is LIVING it satisfies forever! It is an endless spring of life that carry on into eternity.  “…that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” -John 3:16.  And Jesus went on in to say in John 7, that this river of living water is referring to the baptism of the Holy Ghost (John 7:39  If you haven’t received the infilling and baptism of the Holy Spirit, get it! For it will empower you to live the “abundant life” by Christ Jesus. (John10:10)

When Jesus said out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. Yes it is a continual stream.

His Holy Spirit will comfort our hearts daily.   -John 14:26

His presence will strengthen our joy.   -Ps. 16:11

His joy will be our strength.   -Neh. 8:18

His love will encourage our souls.   -John 3:16-17

When Jesus said, he who believes in me out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. Know that God love can not be contained.  It is uncontainable, immeasurable, and extends above the heavens (Ps. 108:4).  Only Jesus can satisfy a thirsty soul and only His Spirit can yield the continual flow of this limitless, unending and satisfying WATER!

Why not try Jesus.

Dear God,

I receive Jesus as Lord of my life.  I confess my sins. I believe that

he died and rose again, and now I am born again,

brand new! (John 3:3)  May the well of your Spirit continue

to flow out of my life into the lives of others.  In Jesus’ name.

Restoration is coming to ME

And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.         -Joel 2:25

When God restores, it is BIG, GREAT and MARVELOUS!

There is a man in the bible named Job, who in ONE day went from being very wealthy to poor.  He went from being healthy to sick.  His friends didn’t help his situation; he became depressed and sad; IT DIDN’T LOOK LIKE HIS SITUATION WOULD EVER CHANGE,

but it did…!

Job was a man of integrity and good character.  He gave to the poor and needy, he lived a clean life and he worshipped God how he lived.  Job 1:1 noted that he was “perfect and upright.”  Job was also very wealthy: prospering in ALL he did.  Scripture quotes that Job “was the greatest of all the men of the east.”  He must have been pretty well-to-do afterall.  But one day he lost ALL he had.  Job had seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, to name a few.  Job had ten (10) health children. Scripture states that they were feasting and celebrating together at their eldest brother’s house when disaster struck. 

So one day, one (1) messenger came and told Job, while I was keeping the oxen foreigners attacked us and stole all of your oxen.[paraphrase]

A minute later, another messenger told Job, Fire came from the sky and destroyed all your sheep and their shepherds.

Then a third messenger came immediately saying, an enemy of ours snuck on us and stole all of your camels, ALL your camels.

But then a forth messenger came bearing what I believe was the worst news of all:  all of your children were killed at their eldest brother’s house by a (tornado-forced) wind that hit while they were feasting.

When all was gone, Job had nothing!

No family, no income, no possessions and NO PEACE. The next 36 chapters, Job and his friends wallowed in despair and sadness.

These days many people are without a steady income, have forfeited their careers and dreams. Many students cannot afford going to college, parents struggling to meeting bills much less tuition, employers struggle to pay employees.  Many people have gone without.

But there is Hope!

Job’s situation dramatically turned around. 

In Job 38, the scripture says God gave Job TWICE as many sheep, camels and possessions as he had before.  He regain ten more children. And Job joy was restored.

God will give us everything that has been taken as we serve, turn to and trust him! And like Job, more!

In the end Job could say like Joseph:

 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good. – Genesis 50:20

Jesus paid the price and bore our judgment that we can live “life abundantly.”

– John 10:10, Isaiah 53:3-4, 1Peter 2:24

 

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Women of Virtue and Courage!

Helen Keller- well known writer, educator and disability advocate overcame incredible limitations to make her mark on the world. She contracted an ailment at 19 months of age that left her blind, deaf and mute. The odds of her becoming more than an institutionalized statistic was against her. Yet through the determination for her mom, Kate Adams Keller and the labor of her teacher, Annie Sullivan, Helen Keller was the first blind-deaf person to attend college. She has written 12 books and numerous articles, the first entitled “The Story of My Life” written at the age of 22 while still in college! She overcame supposedly insurmountable obstacles.

Then there is Joni Eareckson Tada- while she went diving at age of 17, encountered an accident that left her a quadriplegic, unable to use both legs and both hands. Yet she has produced some of the most beautiful and intricately detailed art by using her paint brush and her teeth. An outspoken woman of Faith, Mrs. Tada written more than 50 books, is decorated with numerous awards and is the CEO and founder of Joni & Friends, an International Disability Center, ministering to persons with disabilities and taking the message of Christ to over 47 countries!

We established that a woman of virtue is a woman who possesses moral and ethical standards, and is a woman of an honest and righteous character.
There is woman in the Bible that was not only a woman of virtue, but also a woman of courage.

A King of one of the greatest provinces, extending from Africa (Ethiopia) to Asia (India), named King Ahasuerus, had recently dethroned his wife- Queen Vashti, in search for a wife to be queen “better than Queen Vashti.” Queen Vashti had dishonored her husband when while King Ahasuerus threw a feast for all his assistants and officials in his kingdom, he had asked queen Vashti to come and display her beauty for all the guests to see. Well Queen Vashti refused. For whatever reason, she did not want to come forward at the King’s command. She dishonored him, so King Ahasuerus removed her crown and title and began a process of selecting a new queen for his empire.
Many women were selected for this “Royal Pageant.” Women throughout Africa and Asia- were bought before him. The outcome of these hundreds (at least) women selected, screened and chosen, an orphan Jew named Esther was selected to be Queen!
A few years later, Haman, chief prince of King Ahasuerus’ provinces, grew disdain and remorse toward the Jews, because Mordecai, one of the King’s servants, (Esther’s cousin) a Jew, refused to bow down to Haman. Haman wanted to eliminate all Jews in the provinces of the King. He didn’t want anyone to survive. His hate, malice and anger was terrifying.
However, Haman did not know that the Queen was also a Jew. When Queen Esther heard the decree and ransom to kill the Jews, she commanded Mordecai saying, “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me;… And so I will go to the king, which is against the law; and if I perish, I perish!” Esther knew that anyone, no matter the title, wealth or position, if they go in to the King without being requested by him, would be sentenced to death. There was only one exception: the king extend his gold scepter to the person, then they will live.
Just as Esther told Mordecai, after fasting three days, she went and stood before the King. King Ahasuerus extended his golden scepter giving Esther permission to ask whatever she wanted of him. Ofcourse, Esther requested that Haman’s decree to kill all the Jews be stopped. King Ahasuerus not only granted her request, but sentenced Haman and his men to death for conspiracy against the Jews.
Here, one (1) woman’s courage, changed the destiny of an entire nation and people. One woman’s courage, gave glory to God!
Are you showing courage in your life, choices and actions. Are you using your life to honor the King of Kings, Lord of Lords. Jesus himself.
Or are you sitting on your talents thinking “Oh, someone else will do the job…” when God has positioned YOU to do it.

Father, give me strength and courage to honor you, stand for justice and love others. In Jesus’ name.
http://history1900s.about.com/od/people/a/Helen-Keller.htm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Keller
http://www.joniandfriends.org/jonis-corner/jonis-bio/

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Enough ROUTINE, now LIVING!

5pm Monday afternoon five months ago: 

Ken, my husband, walks through the door…

Ken: Hi Hun, what’s for dinner?

Me: Chicken and white rice. 

Ken: What kind of chicken? You know I like it grilled.

Me (interrupting): Hun, it’s already cooked, sorry it’s too late.

Me: So how was work?

Ken: SIGH  Today felt sooo long.  LONG SIGH

5pm Monday afternoon today:

Ken, walks through the door…

Ken: You will be so proud of me, I just had a chicken and ham sandwich, one apple and a bottle of water today. You know, Jovette, let’s go walking this afternoon.

Me: STARING AT HIM  (In bewilderment and awe— Thank you Jesus!)

Me: Anyway, I made beef parmesan lasagna for dinner.

Ken:  Really…

Me: Yes, but I used lean beef.

Ken:  I knew there was a catch.

🙂

Life is short!  Dump the boring.  And you know, I may not be perfect, but I refuse to be boring.  Boring, uneventful, and even worst ROUTINE. 

Routine isn’t bad, but when you no longer stop to smell flowers, when you no longer listen to the crickets and the robins, when you no longer count the stars in the velvet sky or cherish your baby’s cheeks and the cute burps between them. When you no longer see your clients as individuals probably in need of a smile and an understanding ear.  When you no longer eat, exercise and rest to maintain longevity of life- the body God has entrusted you with.  And when you forget His daily provision, you had just enough gas in the car, just enough money to the meet bills, just enough you flour to make your daughter’s birthday cake! It’s amazing how God comes through for the little things too.  When you no longer appreciate life and the God who gave it to you – John 1:3, but rather are caught in what I call the cyclical routine of boredom and nowhere.  I purposefully seek to soak up life- a period time I’ve been given. 

This is your life.  Please don’t make it routine.

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