Hello, my name is Jeanette, I live in a small country community on a farm that belonged to my great grandmother. I am a wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. I love my family with all my heart but more than that I love my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is not just my Savior, He is my best friend, the one I know I can go to with any problem no matter what time of the day or night. My greatest desire is to show others just how special His love is and to share with them the peace and joy He brings to my days. I want other to realize they to can find that same peace and joy in His love for them. His love is a special love. It is freely given to all. He loves each of us the same no matter what our past has been. We all are Accepted By Grace through Our Heavenly Father’s unfailing Love and Mercy for us.
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Do you ever dwell on your past or allow the things you have done in your past to cause you to feel you can’t do what the Lord has planned for you?
Often times the devil wants to consistently remind us of our shortcoming so we feel we cannot live for the Lord the way we want to. This is a lie of satan the Word of God says we as believers of Christ are already overcomers.
Revelations 2:26 it says “And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:”
Revelations 3:21 says “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.”
I John 5:4-5 says “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?”
I come to the garden alone While the dew is still on the roses And the voice I hear, falling on my ear The Son of God discloses And He walks with me And He talks with me And He tells me I am His own And the joy we share as we tarry there None other has ever known
He speaks and the sound of His voice Is so sweet the birds hush their singing And the melody that He gave to me Within my heart is ringing And He walks with me And He talks with me And He tells me I am His own And the joy we share as we tarry there None other has ever known
I’d stay in the garden with Him ‘Tho the night around me be falling But He bids me go; through the voice of woe His voice to me is calling And He walks with me And He talks with me And He tells me I am His own And the joy we share as we tarry there None other has ever known
Do you ever feel like your in a war zone with the fighting we see all around us? At time we can even feel as though there is a war going on inside of us. Our mind and flesh wants to act one way while the spirit of God is prompting us to follow what the Lord says is right.
The world around us says “times have changed the old ways are outdated” yet God is the same today as He was when He created the earth and His word is truth and has not changed.
Jeremiah 6:16 Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, “We will not walk therein.”
God hasn’t changed, people have changed they want to follow their own fleshly desires as they draw further and further away from God. But we as God’s people are not to follow after the things of this world but after the things of God, the old path. When we accept Christ as our Savior the Holy Spirit comes in to guide us. Even though our flesh is weak and wants to give in to the temptations of Satan the Holy Spirit is constantly trying to direct us away from those temptation toward the life that Christ has for us.
Galatians 5: 16-18
This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.
The Apostle Paul spoke about the war he fought with sin daily. We are no different than he was. Paul was an overcomer and we also can be an overcomer.
Romans 7: 18-25
For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.
Paul was in a fleshly body the same as each of us is. Paul was tempted daily just the same as we are. Paul says my fleshly body wants to sin but the inward man, the spirit, wants to follow God. He knew the battle that was being fought for his soul.
Romans 6: 16 says Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
We have to give our life to Christ just as Paul did. We have to become obedient to Christ and the prompting of the Holy Spirit.
There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
We all want life and to live in peace. If we give in to the flesh and do the sinful things of the world we are not pleasing God this leads us to spiritual death. Yet on the other hand if we are willing to allow ourselves to be led by the spirit we become the children of God and find the peace we need for our soul.
But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Even though there is a war within us we can overcome the weaknesses of our flesh and the temptations of Satan to live in the peace of God’s Holy Spirit.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
How do we crucify the sinful desires the flesh? We crucify the flesh by staying close to God through the studying his word and by praying and talking with him on a daily basis. We cannot pray one time and expect to live a life for Christ. It is a daily battle, one that is fought on a daily basis. Then we must humble ourselves to the Lord’s will and learn to listen to the leading of the Holy Spirit when it prompts us to do something or to NOT do something.
I John 2:15-17
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
Heavenly Father, I pray that all your children will draw closer to you as we see the day of your return approaching. I ask you Lord to fill our hearts with love first for you and then for those around us. Teach us Father your ways and give us the strength we need to overcome the weaknesses of the flesh and the temptations of this world. Fill us with you Holy Spirit and guide us daily. We praise you Father and give you thanks for your ever abiding love and grace. In the precious name your son and our savior Jesus Christ.!
We are heading into a New Year and many will be making resolutions but instead of making resolutions the coming New Year would be a good time for us to take a good look at ourselves and examine the state of our heart and where we stand with God.
How often do we think about the state of our heart or if our heart is pure and clean before God. Jesus said in the beatitudes in Matthew 5 verse 8 says “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”First of all, I want us to consider what the heart is. What exactly is this heart to which Jesus refers? We know the heart pumps blood through our bodies, yet there must be something more Jesus is referring to?
Our heart is often thought of as the center of our emotions and thoughts. We often say “I love you with all my heart.” Or we say “Let us get to the heart of the matter.” In other words we are getting to the very center of the depth of our being. Again Jesus said if our heart is not pure we will not see God.
So how do we know if our heart is pure and clean?
We must example ourselves, taking a good look at what we think about and talk about; at the things we look at or let our mind dwell upon. The things that are most often on our minds are what our heart is set on. Are those things the things of God or the world?
There are so many things in this world that can tempt us and draw out minds and hearts away from God: TV shows, commercials, movies, games, Facebook, our phones, Utube, the people we pass on the street that are not dressed properly, the list goes on and on. All of these things will eventually draw our hearts away from God. If we are not very careful we then begin to think on then look at and do these things not acceptable to God.
Sin is all around us to the point we can become immune it’s effect on us. We begin to indulge in those sins and our heart becomes unclean before God. We no longer see the wrong we are doing and our hearts can become hardened. Matthew 15:8-19This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand:Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable.And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:
Jesus said in Matthew 6:24No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
We may try to hide our sins but the Lord knows our hearts. Nothing is hidden from Him not even out thoughts.
Jeremiah 17:10I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
I Samuel 16:7But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.
The Lord was talking about David here in this scripture.We know David from a young boy had faith in God and often accomplished much through is faith and willingness to serve God. Yet David allowed his heart to be turned from God and be tempted to do things that displeased God.
David Prayed in Psalms 139: 23-24Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Even David, a man God said was a man after his own heart (Acts13:22), had to examine himself and pray for God to forgive him.
Acts 13:22-23 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.Of this man’s seed hath God according to his promise raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus:
If David had not beenwilling to examine himself and recognize that he was sinning against God then God would never have used David again and Jesus would have never been born from his blood line.
Yet David humbled himself, sought God and prayed to God in Psalms 51 for God to create in him a clean heart.Psalms 51:10-13 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
The condition of our heart matters. So how do we keep ourselves clean, and if we know we are sinning what do we do to make things right with God?
We examine ourselves as it says in I Corinthians 11:27-32
Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
We need to daily take a look at our heart and lives to make sure we are living a life that is pleasing to God.
We then confess our sins before God and ask Him to forgive us.I John 1:6-9
If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Romans 10:9-10That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
We repent and turn from those sins Acts 3:19Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;
Proverbs 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
We can’t hide our sins from God and denying them to ourselves and others with not save us from our sins.
Seek God! Jeremiah 29:11-13 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. 13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
Deuteronomy 4:29-31 But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul.30 When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice;31 (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.
5. Fast and Pray if we have sin and boundages that we are having a hard time removing from our lives.
Matthew 17:21 Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
Remember the Lord loves you and only wants the very best for you.
Wishing each of you a Blessed and Happy New Year. MayThe LORD bless thee, and keep thee:The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee:The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.Numbers 6:24-26 KJV