Hanging out with my Jesus because I can

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me and Jesus

Yes…That’s me hugging this symbolic statue of Jesus praying at the garden of Gethsemane… but I took this photo to make a point on today’s blog. I tell you though I really feel like this…in my heart, mind and soul .

 

 

I was listening to R.C.Sproul the other day and he had on his radio program a Muslim who converted to Christianity.  He was explaining that Muslims don’t believe in a god in three persons and they don’t consider god as a father.  They respect their god but they don’t have an intimate relationship him.  Other religions who worship a monotheistic god also don’t have that kind of relationship with their god.

We Christians worship our God who is one God in three distinct persons… who is God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.  Because of God’s unique character…we Christians are able to have the experience of having a very intimate relationship with Him.

I was at a place on Long Island called Our Lady of the Island in Manorville NY where my son took the picture you see at the top of this blog.  My mother in law was Catholic and she took us to visit this beautiful place many years ago and we still visit there today.  The landscape in the summer is unbelievably beautiful and peaceful.  So as we drove around to the different displays there…I wanted to take that picture with the Jesus in the outdoor display.  I know… I know it’s not really Him…but I just felt like I wanted to take that photo so I can….you guessed it… put it on my blog!  So… this is the scripture that I want to focus on:

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John 13:23-25   Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.

24 Simon Peter therefore beckoned to him, that he should ask who it should be of whom he spake.

25 He then lying on Jesus’ breast saith unto him, Lord, who is it?

In this scripture it is believed John the apostle was the one whom Jesus loved because there were other scriptural references to him being the one Jesus was referring to.  Why did Jesus single John out?…I don’t know…but I can tell you that Jesus loves all of us like that!  We can all lean on Jesus like that spiritually by the power of the Holy Spirit.  It’s amazing that our God is so special that He is one God containing 3 distinct persons within Him and we can have a very deep and personal relationship with all three persons.  That God even lets us get that close and personal with Him is a wonder in itself.  That our God adopted us and made us His own children to rule and reign with Him forever is mind blowing!!

 

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As powerful and mighty as our God is…He allows me to be very personal with Him.  Do we take advantage of that?  I can tell you this about me….I HAVE BEEN ALL OVER GOD since I became a committed Christian!!!  I can’t get enough of Him!  For the first 10 years of my relationship with Him a talked with Him for about8 hour a day every day.  Ask my husband and kids.  I prayed a lot.  I wanted to know everything about Him…God talked back to me…He showed me visions and has shown me so much love.  Why would I not want to throw myself at His feet?

This is the scripture that opened my eyes and caused me to run after God:

1 Corintians 2:10-11 For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. 11For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God.…

When I read that the Holy Spirit knows the deep things of God…I was like…”Holy Spirit tell me as much as this human girl can stand!!!”  I bugged the Holy Spirit so much to tell me what He knew and to help me to speak with my God…and He did!  I knew The Holy Spirit was the wonderful way for me to connect with my God.  I also had to know God’s word so the enemy could not trick me with false visions and words.  I say his because it’s very important and the enemy did try to intervene.

Why would God say He so loved the world and then would not want to communicate with us?  He loves me…He loves you and He wants to talk to us and have a relationship with us!

 

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I am obsessed with God!!  I’m so in love with Jesus!  I yearn like mad for the presence of the Holy Spirit!!!

Why?  There is a song that Cee Cee Winans sings and these are the words and a link to the song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uq8VP9osGrg

 

Alabaster Box

Verse

The room grew still
As she made her way to Jesus
She stumbles through the tears that made her blind
She felt such pain
Some spoke in anger
Heard folks whisper
There’s no place here for her kind
Still on she came
Through the shame that flushed her face
Until at last, she knelt before his feet
And though she spoke no words
Everything she said was heard
As she poured her love for the Master
From her box of alabaster

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And I’ve come to pour
My praise on Him
Like oil from Mary’s alabaster box
Don’t be angry if I wash his feet with my tears
And I dry them with my hair
You weren’t there the night He found me
You did not feel what I felt
When he wrapped his love all around me and
You don’t know the cost of the oil
In my alabaster box

Verse

I can’t forget the way life used to be
I was a prisoner to the sin that had me bound
And I spent my days
Poured my life without measure
Into a little treasure box
I’d thought I’d found
Until the day when Jesus came to me
And healed my soul
With the wonder of His touch
So now I’m giving back to Him
All the praise He’s worthy of
I’ve been forgiven
And that’s why
I love Him so much

Refrain

And I’ve come to pour
My praise on Him
Like oil from Mary’s alabaster box
Don’t be angry if I wash his feet with my tears
And I dry them with my hair
You weren’t there the night He found me
You did not feel what I felt
When he wrapped his love all around me and
You don’t know the cost of the oil
In my alabaster box

 

Jesus has done so much for me but the thing that touches me the most beside the number one thing of my salvation is that… God loves me for me.  I don’t have to try to impress Him.  He just loves me so much and I know and really feel His love for me!  Sometime I just cry out of the blue because of this.  I love my husband and I love my kids and granddaughter…but I’m obsessed with my Father God and He’s just fine with my obsession with Him.   I will be this passionate about God until the day He calls me home to be with Him.  Then my obsession will end and my procession will begin because the groom will meet His bride.

Saints of God…we should feel like David did……..As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God. (Psalms 42:1)

As I stated in the beginning of this blog…other people have monotheistic gods that you can’t have a relationship with…but we have a very unique God that has an unusual characteristic that allows us to interact with Him intimately. How great is that?  How great is He? This is a gift that God has given us…let us open our gift and enjoy Him and worship Him.

 

 

Mathew 22:37 ....'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind

Mathew 22:37 ….’Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind

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Message for today 9/19/14

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GOD HAVE MERCY ON US

 

GOD HAVE MERCY ON US   GOD HAVE MERCY ON US  

 

GOD HAVE MERCY ON US   GOD HAVE MERCY ON US  GOD HAVE MERCY!

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2 Chronicles 7:14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

 

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Psalm 60:

1You have rejected us, God, and burst upon us;

you have been angry—now restore us!

2You have shaken the land and torn it open;

mend its fractures, for it is quaking.

3You have shown your people desperate times;

you have given us wine that makes us stagger.

4But for those who fear you, you have raised a banner

to be unfurled against the bow.

5Save us and help us with your right hand,

that those you love may be delivered.

 

“that those you love may be delivered”

 

“God have mercy on us…in Jesus name…amen”

 

 

 

 

 

Fear Not!

 

 

 

 

 

Fear Not!

 

 

 

            Fear Not!

 

 

Pray!

 

Why the heck all this suffering?

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There are areas of suffering that are so unexplainable.  It takes “supernatualness” to be able to understand suffering.  God see’s everything that goes on this earth…good and evil.  He’s see’s every evil act done publicly and those done in secret.  So you might have asked yourself…how can God look upon a person being severely abused or tortured or at a horrific catastrophic event where hundreds or thousands of people are killed?

Well I can tell you for sure….it takes a “supernatural being” to be able to handle seeing severe suffering.  This is why we humans are so perplexed about this subject.  We are NOT supernatural so things like that greatly affects us.  We cannot possibly understand suffering.  All we can do is hold on to the words in the bible and know that the power of the Holy Spirit can bring us the grace and comfort that we need to hold it together during difficult times.  We are NOT going to make sense of it.  This seemingly perplexing thing is something about God that people don’t understand.   Some people even get really mad at God because they think He’s turned a blind eye to human suffering.

 

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God hasn’t done that.    He has a plan.  He has a way out.  He promised it would be worth it in the end for those who have chosen to receive His Son Jesus Christ and for those who have graciously accepted taking up the cross (denying themselves) and have endured in their suffering.  It’s God’s way and either you can accept it or reject it…deny it…or fight it.  It’s His world!  He created us and He made the rules.

1Peter 4:12-13 Friends, when life gets really difficult, don’t jump to the conclusion that God isn’t on the job. Instead, be glad that you are in the very thick of what Christ experienced. This is a spiritual refining process, with glory just around the corner.(MSG)

I have suffered a great deal in my life and I’ve recently been through a lot suffering and have come to some conclusions about this subject….

1Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

My suffering has done a lot for me spiritually.

  1.  I’m a gospel singer and I select songs that minister to people. When I sing…everything I’ve gone through and all the times God saw me through a difficult situation comes through me through that song. I get very emotional when I sing. My signature song is His eye is on the sparrow. I sing that from the depths of my heart. Because of my suffering….this song and music means so much to me.  If not for my suffering, my music ministry would not be the same.
  2. My suffering has shown me God, it’s revealed Jesus to me in ways I could have never experienced and it has allowed the Holy Spirit to minister comfort and miracles to me personally.
  3. It has taught me how to pray, how to wait on God and trust Him no matter what.
  4. It has allowed me to see God at work in my life and has allowed me to store my past rescues up for future encouragement. ( Remembering how God brought you out in the past… will help get through present troubles.)
  5. Suffering is never easy… but it has made me a stronger Christian.
  6. Suffering keeps Jesus very near to me and I have to keep very close to Him for my support and peace of mind.
  7. My Suffering is spiritually maturing me. Earlier in my Christian walk I complained and whined to God about my suffering. Now I know that suffering is a normal part of my Christian walk and that the Lord will be with me every step of the way and see me through it.  I know I can pray and that His incredible grace will cover me, hold me up, and sustain me.

Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

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You have to take suffering for what it is.  What is it?  It’s what God has designed to perfect us and to make us into what He wants us to be here on earth resulting in how we will be in heaven.  I keep my mind on this thought and not on trying to understand God’s philosophy for His type of perfecting us.  It’s strange to us but not to God.  If I stray from His word on this subject and try to gain my own understanding… I will become disillusioned with my faith in God and I will doubt and get angry at the way I think He treating me.  I always say to myself…It’s His way… it’s His world and I’m His creation.  I need to stay within His program and not my own idea’s and thoughts.

Everything God does for me is out of His love for me…even my suffering.  If crucified Jesus suffered…if beheaded John the Baptist who was doing a great work for God suffered…If beaten up Paul and all the harassed disciples who also did great work for the Lord and suffered horrible deaths had to suffer….then what makes me think I won’t be required to suffer as I live for and serve the master.  Can I get an Amen here?

God made us promises about what He will do for us if we endure suffering:

GOD PROMISED - 1 Corinthians 2:9 However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him.

The part “no human mind has conceived” Sends chills through me!!!  We can’t even imagine how great our eternal life will be!  All suffering is temporary!!!  Before you know it… you will have a supernatural awesome life.  Keep this in your mind when you are faced with great difficulty in your life.

Here are some of the most encouraging scriptures…….

GOD PROMISED -  Revelation 21:4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

JESUS SAID – John 14:2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?

JESUS SAID - Numbers 23:19 God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?

So what do I know about suffering?  That is normal…there is help… that there is… or will be a way out of your suffering.   There is also a BIG reward for your suffering.  I KNOW this life is hard right now!  I know suffering is a hard pill to swallow.  I know Jesus will be there for you every step of the way and that we should trust Him no matter what the circumstance.  God has been good to us in our lives and we are so thankful.  We should be thankful for the rough times too because they have a purpose.

Job said to his wife…..Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.  (Job 2:10)

(Sidebar here about some types of suffering….Sometimes God uses suffering to correct us but He will let you know about that when you seek Him for the cause of your suffering and He will give you a way out after your repentance.  This is done out of His love for you.  This is not your everyday suffering and you should not look for this to be the answer for all your suffering. Hebrews 12:6-8 )

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Over the past 62 years of my life… I have suffered a great deal from all kinds of things.  I would say 60% would be physical/illness and 40% other stuff.  In the past few years I can look back and see the benefits of my suffering.  It has done something inside of my spiritman that I just can’t describe to you.  It’s a supernatural work of God and only He knows how to bring this type of outcome out of  my pain and suffering.  A sports coach or any kind of coach or trainer knows just the right strategy and type of exercises to make his student a pro.  Well God knows the right things to make us into what He wants us to be and what He wants to produce in our lives.  God wants us to endure and be faithful until our earthly end.

Romans 5:3 (NLT) We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.

Another thing about suffering is that I trust God in everything  in my life.  I know that He knows what’s going on with me and He’s not going to let go of me.  I know that He can sometimes be very silent during hard times when we feel we need Him the most…but… I KNOW HE IS NEAR because His word…the bible says He is!!!   So even if I don’t feel Him…I just know He is there!!  He’s not a liar!!! I know He will and does help me.  I sit and wait.  Yes sometimes I might cry because the trial or suffering is very hard…but I trust Him.  Every hard trial I’ve gone though and am going through…His grace is there every second of every day!  If not…I could not still be positive in writing this blog and still Loving Jesus the way I do after all I’ve been through.
1 Corintians4:17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

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Even if all earthly things fail and I’m in the shadows of death…I know the Holy Spirit is in me and will help me to cross over into my eternal wonderful life with God. I win if I stay and I win big if I go.   I feel very blessed that I’m God’s child.

How I chose to deal with my present suffering is up to me.  I can deal with it by walking with the Lord, holding His hand and keeping my eyes on Jesus….or I can be doubtful, fearful and feel hopeless.  I know that life is hard sometimes…I’m living that…but I also know the miracle and supernatural ability of God to sustain me and others who have gone through and are going through extreme difficult circumstances, hard trials and suffering.  It’s a miracle because through loss and grief….pain and suffering…disappointments and failures…we still believe that God is great and God is good!  How is that possible?  Why aren’t we kicking God to the curb?  Because the bible is true and God is Good, Jesus has power and the Holy Spirit is attached to us to help us and it’s all….Supernatual!  It’s a fact! Period!!!!

Dear God…there are so many people who have suffered and who are suffering.  There is probably someone crying as they are reading this blog.  Please comfort them and send them your peace.  Please help them to deal with their suffering and help them to study and receive the help that they need from your word the Holy Bible. Please assure them of your supernatural ability to sustain them with your power.  Help them to keep their eyes on you and trust you.  Heal them…help them, bless them and answer their prayers according to your will.  I thank you for getting them through their suffering thus far and I thank you so much for all present and future answered prayers.  All the praise and glory belongs to you oh Lord.  We love you!  I ask these things in Jesus name…Amen.

 

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God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called!

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camary1996:

This blog spoke to me and blessed me yesterday.

Originally posted on Walter Bright:

call to freedom the_wide_t_nt Isaac was a day dreamer, Jacob was a cheater, Peter had a temper and denied Christ, David had an affair and tried to cover it up with murder, Noah got drunk. Elisha was suicidal, Jonah ran from God, Paul was a murderer and he was way too religious.

Timothy had too many ulcers, Gideon was insecure, Miriam was a gossiper, Martha was a worrier, Thomas was a doubter, Sara was impatient, Elijah was moody, Rehab was a prostitute, Samson – he liked prostitute. Isaiah preached naked for three years, John the Baptist ate bugs and had second thoughts about the very Messiah he baptized.

Jeremiah was way too emotional, Moses stuttered, Zacchaeus was too short, Abraham was old and Lazarus was dead. God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called!

I picked this up from a friend’s Facebook status. I don’t know if it is his original stuff, but it…

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9/11 Prayer and Reflection

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camary1996:

Just thought I’d post this again today. God bless and protect America!

Originally posted on God Speaks I Listen:

 

 

11 years ago at 8:46 in the morning began an attack on Americans that lead to mass destruction and a huge loss of life.  Many committed to never forgetting and this country and its citizens have not forgotten.  Our family loss a very close friend, in fact he was a hero who went back to help others.  This senseless killing still hurts after all these years.  I watched a movie the other day and the twin towers were in the movie.  I put the TV on pause for a few minutes to look at the towers and just to ponder the loss. 

It’s hard to move on when we know the attackers still want to do us harm.  The only way that I’ve have been able to deal with this is by remembering to forgive my enemies and reminding myself this battle is the Lords.  I thank God for keeping us…

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Why God let’s us go through difficulty

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James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Dictionary.com  -

1.steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, etc., especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.

2.

Theology. continuance in a state of grace to the end, leading to eternal salvation.
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Hanging tough through your rough times because God is doing something in you by way of His amazing grace.  When you are being blessed that way God will help you make it through and will reward you with eternal life with Him and you will never suffer again!!  So hang in there girl!….Hang in there guy!  These trial are doing something amazing in you.  You can’t really see it…but look back in your memory right now and think about all the hard times you’ve come through.  Yup…that’s what I’m talking about….ooh yeah…that’s God’s grace at work!
God bless and keep you as you …persevere!

God is so….approachable

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As Great as God is…As Holy as He is….In His nature as Spirit as He is….He is so approachable!!!.  I was communicating with Him this morning and I’m so overwhelmed that I can just talk to Him ANYTIME I want to!!!  I thank God that He loves me so much.  I thank God for the Holy Spirit living in me.  I thank God for Jesus my intercessor and my friend!

 

God is so approachable and I’m taking full advantage of that!

 

Hebrews 4:16  Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

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