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Resurrection Sunday Thoughts

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Reflecting on Christ death and the loving thing He did for us. Thank you Jesus!

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This true meaning of Resurrection day is:

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Jesus torture, death and resurrection services that we celebrate every April is a blessing because it’s a blessing to reflect on the details of this love provoked set of life changing events for the world. But I have a different way that I celebrate it.

This is my opinion and practice and I’m not pushing anyone to do what I do or I think how I think. I celebrate Jesus sacrificial act a few times a week by having communion by myself. I ask God to forgive me of any wrong doing…reflect with scripture and meditate on the course of events. Then I have Juice and bread. I also thank Jesus daily for what He did…

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Vandals Smash Jesus Statue

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A few weeks ago I did a blog on “Beloved-My very best friend”.  Maybe you read that blog and saw a picture of me and a statue of Jesus.  A few days ago that statue was vandalized.

I was disturbed because that is the statue that I took a picture with.  They gouged out His eyes but I tell you God sees all.  People will try to do everything they can to display their hatred toward Jesus but His story has lasted for thousands of years.   They can symbolically try to gouge His eyes out but one day….It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.'” Romans 14:11

God please touch the ones who committed this vandalism in Jesus name.

 

(Here’s the news article)

https://www.newsday.com/long-island/crime/vandalism-shrine-statue-1.17385882

 

(My blog)

https://godspeaks-i-listen.com/2018/02/05/beloved-very-best-friend/

Could the devil be messin’ with your mind?

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People are succumbing to the most bizarre and evil things. The devil is surely trying to get into people’s minds. I feel my previous blog is needed for 2018. Know the enemy’s tricks…be wise, sharp and aware! Know that Jesus has already defeated the devil! Know the truth of God’s word! That is where the power is!

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Ephesians 4:23-24 and that you be renewed in the spirit of yourmind,  and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.…

 

Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Is the devil trying to mess with your head?  The answer to the question is yes!!!!  Big time!!!

Why? Because…

  1. He wants to make you just like him.
  2. He wants to keep you separated from God if you’re a non Christian. If you’re a Christian he wants to keep you defeated and sinful.
  3. He wants to make your life a living hell!!!
  4. He wants you to worship him and not God.
  5. He’s jealous of you because God…

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Does Jesus Have Tattoos?

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Resurrection Day is in a few weeks….thinking about my Jesus and His sacrifice for us.

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Well no… He doesn’t…just wanted to catch your attention to read my blog….but He does have marks on His body and they are called scars. I have many scars on my body from injuries and surgeries…but that’s not how Jesus got His.

1 Peter 2:4 He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.

Here the scriptures says that Jesus had wounds…..some of these wounds were:

John 20:20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.

He  not only has wounds in His hands and side….but when you think of the brutality of His beatings and torture…. He had to have had scars from the crown of thorns being pushed down on His head and from being…

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When life gives you lemons :-(

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[This blog is dedication to Laurie Ornstein Avona.  I started writing this blog for her 2 weeks ago but she went home to be with Jesus before I could finish.]

 

When life gives you lemons, make lemon aid!
My definition of making lemon aid is “Making the best of life’s challenge with God’s help”.

A few weeks ago I was asked a question by a woman in a wheel chair with a severe disabling medical condition that really touched me.  She asked me “why did God let me suffer with a disease like this”? It truly broke my heart to hear her question because I knew she was a Christian but had suffering so much.  She must have been so frustrated with her extreme disability. I knew what to say to her because I myself have suffered with difficult medical conditions and I’ve had to explore that same question.
When God created the first man and woman…they were in perfect health. There wasn’t one single solitary thing wrong with them. They didn’t get any colds and they weren’t destine to get diabetes, cancer or any kind of disease. We all know Adam and Eve’s story very well. They ate the fruit and sin came into the world and into them. Their perfect DNA suddenly became jacked-up and death and decay entered their cells and the dying process began physically and spiritual.
Every human except Jesus Christ HAS jacked-up DNA. Jesus provided a blood sacrifice for our original spiritual sin but unfortunately our physical bodies are suffering the consequence of that original sin. This is why we are sick. Some people only suffer only a little physically in their life time and some people suffer from very debilitating and painful diseases and deformities.
The big question….How could God let this happen to me, my mom, my sister, my brother, my child, my wife, my husband, my family member, my neighbor, and my friends? Why God? Why? You have all this power! How can you let BABIES and CHILDREN die? You’re supposed to be this loving and caring God? How can I worship a god who would let people suffer so?
One could really sympathize with someone who has suffered to the point of needing to ask these questions. I have asked these questions in the past myself. I don’t ask them anymore because when you have studied God word and have gotten to know God, you come to terms with what has happened in your life and you learn to accept God’s grace. This is not an easy thing to come to terms with in your mind I can tell you that!
First of all we can’t understand the mind of God.
Isaiah 55:9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

These two scriptures makes it pretty clear that we can’t understand why God does what He does. He’s the creator and if this is what He allows then as Holy and superior as He is we have to trust Him.

 
This is how I now deal with the questions above. In my mind I have separated all the suffering from my love from God and His love for me. I LOVE GOD JUST BECAUSE OF WHO HE IS!!! I leave my worship in that special place in my heart no matter what is going on in the world and in my life. This keeps my relation with God on a very good level in my mind and heart. If I begin to let my trials interfere with my walk with God then I start to get mad at God for all the negativity that happened to me.  I know that God doesn’t just sit on the throne and let us squirm in our suffering because He’s too busy or because He doesn’t want to get involved in our problems. On the contrary He knows what we need and has a plan for us for our spiritual benefit. We can’t possibly understand His thought process. We can only try to understand that it will work out for us. If we aren’t satisfied with this limited knowledge of our being able to understanding things, then we will be confused for our lifetime about His reasons for allowing us to suffer. WE NEED TO COME TO TERMS WITH THIS!!!
God can handle knowing all the evil and sins that every human being will ever commit.  He’s God!  God even came down to earth Himself so that we can accept His gift of eternal life WHICH IS THE ANWER TO OUR SUFFERING. Jesus is the answer!!! When our physical bodies stop functioning and our spiritual body makes the transition to His presence, we will never ever suffer again! This IS the answer to our prayers!!! We will have a glorified body and a whole new perfect life with no more suffering! It may not be the answer you want to hear right now but it’s what you have to work with. My husband and I always say this about our difficult trials…”it is what it is”. The Lord will help us with the “it is”.
Now there is help for us while we are here on this earth when we are a Christian.

 

These are the three benefits that can help us in our earth sufferings:
1. Knowledge of the bible.
2. Prayer
3. The Holy Spirit
God didn’t leave us here without any help. He has put in place powerful tools for us to take advantage of. Even so it still depends on His will for our lives. He knows how much we can take. He knows what to do to get us through our earthly life and He prepares us to perfection for our eternal spiritual life. Only Jesus can prepare us to be presented to God. Jude 1:24 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy–

 

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Jesus can get us ready like no other and this is why we go through much of our suffering. God uses trials to purify us. This is something to be happy about. The perfecting process can be painful though. Perfecting entails some form of…”suffering”. We naturally don’t like this process or type of pain. When Jesus Himself was suffering on the cross this happened…. Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Matthew 26:39

Suffering was painful and torturous too for Jesus. He ask His own Father if it was possible to find another way to accomplish His purpose/will. As we all know God allowed His only Son to go through horrible suffering and humiliation. Jesus was also starved for a really long time. He was still human so this was very difficult for Him. Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. Luke 4:1-2
At one point Jesus experienced a great deal of stress about His upcoming crucifixion to the point that He needed help from above to be able deal with it…. An angel from heaven appeared to him and strengthened him. Luke 22:43 Being human Jesus had to make lemon aid (Making the best of life’s challenge with God’s help.) because it was what it was.
If Jesus, Gods Son had to go through suffering what makes us “Gods children” think that we won’t have to suffer? This is Gods way. Suffering just “is what it is”.
There is a way to get through it though. Are you ready for the big answer? Here it is…..
Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 Here Paul asked the Lord to take away his painful situation and God said for Him just to accept His grace because it’s all that he needed to cope with His suffering.

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When Life gives ya’ lemons get them lemons and  mix up a batch for aid with some grace and have that with some bread of life and you’re good to go. Now I don’t want to make it sound easy cause’ it ain’t!!!” Dealing with life’s stress and pain is NEVER easy! But you can make it easier on yourself my making use of all the tools that God has given us to get by. Suffering is bearable when you KNOW you have backup!! If you’re a Christian….YOU HAVE BACKUP!!!!
Since you have backup you don’t need to be mad at God for letting you go through things. This is so important for me to let you know the way I have figured out to get through trials. Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 1 Peter 4:12
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 1 Peter 1:6
These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 1 Peter 1:7 Experiencing many trials do have a great purpose. Trust God to know what He’s doing in your life!

Take note of these bonus points:

1. When you know who God is and why He created you, this information will help you to get through your trials. This helps to put God’s motives and plans for you into perspective and into your mind which is powerful knowledge for you to ponder on.

2. JESUS HAS ALREADY WON YOUR BATTLE AGAINST THE devil!!! You must get this in your head so that you can feel confident that it’s all good with you in your daily life and through your trials. Have NO fear!

3. Know that the devil is so jealous of you and wants to destroy you and keep you from your blessings. You need to make sure that all your armor is on so you can withstand the battle that is against you. Let me remind you that the enemy of your soul HAS been DEFEATED!

4. God is not bringing some great disaster down on you for His amusement or for mean punishment! He can’t because He’s Holy. His motives are ONLY pure and loving toward you!

5. Many of our trials are because God is purifying us for a higher purpose.

6. Remember how much the disciples and John the Baptist suffered? You know how much Jesus loved those faithful men. Your suffering is normal for God’s Children.

7. God has provided every tool you will need to get through every trial that you might ever have!!!

As sour as lemons are they have tremendous health benefits. As sour as life can be trials have tremendous benefits. Whatever life throws at you…make the best of it! You may not think you will but I tell you…you will be able to get through it!!! Read the 23rd Psalms until you get strengthen by the word of God. Also read your bible, study God’s word and get it deep down into your spirit. Talk to God all day long. Don’t wait until trouble arises. Get a GREAT relationship with the one who can help you make lemon aid!! You can’t “do life” without His help!!!
Life gives every single one of us lemons at some point. We can either sit and hold on to all those lemons and let them rot in our lap soil us or we can get up and squeeze out the juice, add some sugar and make lemon aid. In other words… Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. God will help you make that aid. Do the best you can with God’s help and guidance because…Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him. James 1:2 Now that’s some good tasting lemon aid!!! God bless all those who are going through hard trials. Hang in there! You can do this!!! In Jesus name! Amen.

 

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Where does God come from?

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Since the beginning of mankind I’m sure that this is a question that every human being has thought of at one point. It’s truly a logical question. I think about this question often because it always helps to puts God into perspective in my mind. It points to how unique our God is. (This is the God whose Son is Jesus Christ who died and rose again to take away our sin.) It’s a question that should have faith in God be at the forefront. In other words faith is needed to believe that God is real. The bible gives us a lot of descriptions about who God is in our dimension of time.

 
But God doesn’t give us information about Him in His realm. He couldn’t possibly because our minds aren’t capable of assimilating that kind of information. It’s way beyond our realm of coming close to understanding where He came from what so ever!!! I get that about God and I’m good with that. I’m good with that because the Holy Spirit is in me and He has confirmed to me that God is real. So I have settled into being content in what I know about God before “in the beginning”.

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My place of residence, my state, my country, my planet, this atmosphere, this universe and this galaxy are a part of my existence right now and God’s world is not. Not even close! In His world there is no such thing as time, space or any kind of world that we humans could identify with. Why would God try to explain what we could never understand? For right now God requires us to have faith in Him as a requirement for our salvation? And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6

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The first words in the bible says, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Genesis 1:1. That is the beginning for us not for God. The whole part before “in the beginning” is God’s realm! We just have to have faith in God and all that He is and has ever been. If you try to go beyond that in your mind you will come to a big road block and you will know you have just entered into the twilight zone. If you ponder on this thought too long you could even get to the point of denying the existence of God.
i am 2In one of the most popular stories “The Wizard of Oz” was about a world that existed in another realm. Many of the Sci-fi movies and TV shows have a common theme of other galaxies. We are fascinated by this concept. But in our world, this is all true for mankind in our relationship with our unique God and His whole being.

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The Hubble telescope has found at least 100 billion galaxies!!! We are in one of those galaxies!

If you want an understanding about the uniqueness of God…just read these two books of the bible, Ezekiel and Revelation.  Whew! You will understand that we are not in Kansas anymore and God is an extremely supernatural being to us in our world. This world is a micro speck on the map compared to God’s realm. We did not call Him into our world but He created us and allowed us to be somewhere in His realm.
We must see Him as a totally different entity than us. We were created in His image and after salvation can be adopted into His family where we will someday be ushered into His presence and His realm. We have no choice but to be satisfied with the information that the bible provides for now.

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God didn’t come from anywhere…He just is. Exodus 3:14 God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.'” When you refer to yourself as “I am”…That remark just says it all and that’s it and DROP THE MIKE!!! Everything involved with God has no beginning and on top of that will never end. I don’t even want to say that He was always here because even saying that puts Him in a box of a human time frame.  God has promised us so much and has blessed us with incredible love. Let’s spend our time pondering that fact and not worrying about where He came from.
Our God is one God in three persons. That right there should tell you that there is something VERY unique special about Him. It’s impossible to comprehend the concept of our triune God. We are ALL struggling with that fact about God. So why would we think we could understand the concept that God is eternal? He always was and He will always be.
If you do want to travel down the road of “where did God come from?” it should make you shake with fear and wonder.  It should make you want to make sure that you are saved by believing in His Son’s death and resurrection. It should make you want to tell someone the good news of the gospel. Why? Because the fact that God has always been in existence and we can be with Him forever is very powerful thought to rejoice about.
Is there solid proof of His eternal existence beyond what the bible and the heavens reveal? No…we don’t have that information.  I’m ok with that because the fact that there is proof of Jesus Christ existence is good enough for me. That fact helps me to believe that God is real. The ability to accept this information is enhanced because of the presence of the Holy Spirit living inside of me confirming all the information that’s in the bible. Without His help I would fall off the spiritual bandwagon like the Old Testament saints often did. They didn’t have the benefit of the Holy Spirit.
When I read the bible and gather all the facts about who God is and what He has revealed about His Himself like His exquisite living situation and the glorious beings that surround Him around the throne, I get it that He is not of our world. These facts helps me to put into perspective in my mind that God is completely out of our norm and that we are included in His extraordinary world.

i am 5There are many people like me and my husband who are big time fans of Sci-Fi. Not the horror stuff but the out of this world Sci-Fi. I believe that this has helped me think outside of the box when it comes to believing in the complete super-naturalness of God. The more that you understand that God is far above our realm of existence the more you respect who He is. The more you know about God, the deeper relationship will Him will be. Believe the facts and clues God has provided for us to know Him. He says that there is no excuse in believe in Him.
Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.
*So where does God come from? Somewhere.
*Does it matter that we don’t know? Not one drop.
*Does it matter about all that He has done for His creations so that they can be in that special place that He has prepared for us? Yes.

My word to you today….Believe!

John 20:29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

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Beloved-My Very Best Friend

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I suffer with two rare illnesses and I’m also a cancer survivor. I have lost sooo many friends over most of my life time from not being able to keep up, go out and be involved with others. Life has just marched right on by me. Friends have faded away and lost touch. I even wrote a song about it called “You gave me love”. You can find it on Youtube and Itunes. There has been some lonely times in my life but there has always been a person who has been there for me. I’ve had hope, encouragement, love and strength from this friend.

Although my health is still pretty crappy…my very best friend is still hanging tough with me. He is so beloved by me!!! When I visited this beautiful place here on Long Island there was a statue of my very best friend and I begged my son to take this picture. He said “mom that’s just weird.” I didn’t care…because it’s what I feel in my heart about…My very Best friend!

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