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The Love of God

How I loved to hear George Beverly Shea sing to prepare the hearts of the listeners before Billy Graham would preach.

The Love of God truly is difficult for the human psyche to grasp. Over the last 55 years I have sat under a few different pastors, and God has taught me different things that He wanted me to know about Him and His love for me through each of those men of God.

Over many years I have read in God’s Word about how Jesus understands everything we go through because He has been through it too. I always had this question in my mind, “How could a sinless God know how I feel when I am feeling burdened and shameful of sin?”

God reminded me of another aspect of His love for me through Pastor Denson’s preaching of how it effected Jesus and how He must have felt when He was bathed in the whole world’s sin, from the beginning of time unto the end of days. Add to that the fact that He was separated from His Holy Father for the first and only time throughout all time.

I say reminded because this is exactly what led me to the Lord on Easter Sunday 1965. In my grandmother’s church, a Sunday School teacher taught on just that subject – how sad it must have been for Jesus when all of our sins were dumped on Him on the cross of Calvary, and how sad He must have been especially when His Holy Father had to turn away and could not look on Him because of all that filthy sin. It is so true that some of us who have been saved for a long time can forget some things about that miracle God did on our day of Salvation. I am thankful for this reminder.

This past Sunday Pastor Denson preached about the betrayal of Judas from John 13. Verse 21 says, “When Jesus had thus said, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.” In times past when I have read or heard those words, my reaction has been to become angry at the thought that Judas, who had spent 3 1/2 years with our Lord and was one of His disciples, could so betray the Lord like he did. Anyway, there is a lot more to that verse that we can miss if we are not careful.

I always thought that the words, Jesus was troubled in His spirit, meant that Jesus was disappointed in Judas for what he would do. BUT, our pastor pointed out that the word troubled is very significant here. Jesus was feeling overwhelmed and sad for Judas because, number 1, He of course knew what Judas would do, He knows everything, and number 2, He knew how Judas would feel after he had done it. He knew that Judas would be so convicted that he would not be able to forgive himself and that he would end his own life. I am sure Jesus wanted with all His heart to spare Judas of all that pain. Did you get that? Jesus felt more sorrow in His heart for Judas over the grief He knew it would cause him than He did for being betrayed or even what Jesus knew He would have to endure to save a lost and sinful world.

For us parents/grandparents we can surely relate to this when we see our children/grandchildren heading down a path that we know will cause them much pain and heartache. We know because much of the time we have been on some of those paths ourselves, and we know how it feels when we come to ourselves and we realize our sin and are overwhelmed with the conviction of it. Like Jesus must feel when any one of us heads down a wrong path, we want to spare them of what they will experience for their choices. But we have to understand, as He assuredly does, everyone has free will and has to face the consequences of our actions, even though we would like to spare them such pain.

JESUS TRULY DOES KNOW AND UNDERSTAND HOW WE FEEL.

 
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Posted by on October 6, 2020 in God's Love

 

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God is Faithful

How wonderfully less stressful it can be for us if we truly understand that our great God Jehovah is indeed faithful to His children. He may not always answer when or how we think He should, but remember, He knows everything. We do not.

Today’s verses are more of God’s faithful promises to us as expressed by David the Psalmist. Isn’t it uplifting that with all of God’s promises, come His blessings as well?

Psalm 40:1-4:

1 “I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.” (It can be very difficult for us humans to wait patiently on the LORD, especially in times that we think are times of dire need. If we will stop in those moments and turn to His promises in His Word, we will see these promises and therefore we are more able to wait patiently. I could not help by notice how David used the word ‘inclined’ -Bend or turn (one’s ear) towards a speaker in order to listen well. I am ever amazed at how our Lord God and Creator of all things values each and every one of us so much that He is ever listening well to our petitions and our thoughts. Oh how He loves us!)

2 “He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.” (There are times in ALL our lives when we may stumble or wander off the straight and narrow. The consequences can hold us in sinful bondage that is likened to a horrible pit of miry clay. When I think back on those times in my own life, I still experience the darkness that came with the sin of having returned to the evils of this world, and I tremble and pray, “Lord please never let me go there again, no matter what happens in this life.” It was His Spirit that convicted and convinced me of my need to repent and remember my First Love in Christ, and He did indeed set my feet upon His Rock, just as we as parents pick our children up when they fall, and set them back on their feet. He establishes my goings each day. I just need to spend time with Him and listen.)


3 “And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.” (Oh my, how He does put a new song in our hearts, and when we sing it, or live it out in our lives, others notice and have a reverencing fear that leads them to trust in God also. They want what we have. “Oh How He Loves You and Me!”)


4 “Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.” (Once we decide to accept Jesus Christ as Lord of our lives, we will be constantly attacked by our enemy and God’s enemy whom I will not even name. We all know who that is. Many times he will work through the pride and lies of others. But, if we make the LORD our trust, and give no ear to them, His power will overcome. The enemy is very good at placing thoughts in our minds, but we must remember that Jesus gave us His helmet at our Salvation. He won the battle of the mind on the Cross! We must daily put on the whole armor of God as laid out in Ephesians 6. At the name of Jesus and Jehovah God, evil MUST flee!)

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Posted by on February 19, 2020 in God's Love

 

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God is Our Refuge and Strength

Wow! Another wonderful promise from God’s Word! How comforting and stress-free it is when we take hold of promises like this instead of trying to muddle through life on our own. I am trying to get better at memorizing verses God leads me to in areas He knows I need help in; things I need to totally give to Him. He calls them to my mind when I need them most.

I also started a little book of promises from His Word that has been so very helpful to me when my mind will not shut up and listen. This is one of them:

Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.”

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Posted by on February 4, 2020 in God's Love

 

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If the Lord is for me Who can be Against Me?

We can all take much comfort from this promise! We must really try and understand that God is always in control, even when we go outside of His protection. He allows all things, sometimes to teach us lessons and sometimes to make us more like Jesus.

The LORD truly is on our side. Man can only harm us emotionally if we allow it. Thank you Jesus for this reminder:

Psalm 118:6 “The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?”

I am learning more and more that when I am feeling hurt or offended by others, I can just lift the others and the situation up to the Lord and He always, always takes care of it. Sometimes it is to teach me to be a better friend, and sometimes it is to teach me that maybe I should not be so quick to call some friend. The only true friend we will ever need is Jesus.

Scriptural Rosary: A Novena of Meditations on God's Protection
 
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Posted by on January 13, 2020 in God's Love

 

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Loving God’s Promises

Each New Year brings me reminders of the many wonderful promises God gives us in His Word. I cannot think of a better way to begin afresh than to look at some of those promises.

Today’s promise comes from Psalm 145:13, 18

“Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations…The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.”

Isn’t it great to know that God’s Kingdom is everlasting (forever and ever) and that His dominion (God has all power and authority) endures throughout all generations.

Notice how David did not stop at, “The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him,” he added “to all that call upon him in truth.” God is always near and ready to hear and answer our prayers. If God answers the desires of all living things, as it is written in verse 16 of this chapter, how much more will He fulfill the desires of those who fear (reverence and obey) Him?! As Matthew Henry said, “…he that feeds his birds will not starve his babes.” He will hear the prayers of His children who are striving to live right and obey His Word. We cannot hold on to any sin and expect God to hear our prayers. All sin breaks our fellowship with our Holy God.

So we can trust that God Jehovah will always be in control and have all authority over all things in this world. I know there are times when we find that hard to believe. Times when it may seem as though evil is winning. Trust me, it is not! God promises us that He is THE authority. And we know how the story ends!

Thank you Lord for your promise that your great kingdom and your control and authority will reign forever! We have an enemy and he knows that his time is short. We have a wonderful hope that his time will end and he is the great loser!

AND GOD NEVER LIES!

 
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Posted by on January 8, 2020 in God's Love

 

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An Everlasting Joy!

It may be difficult for our human psyche to grasp the word everlasting. Our finite minds just cannot completely understand. It is forever and forever and forever…

I am reading Isaiah and part of this morning’s reading was Chapter 51:9-11:

“9 Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon?
10 Art thou not it which hath dried the sea, the waters of the great deep; that hath made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over?
11 Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.”

Now if those words do not get your hearts pounding with great hope for our eternal destiny as children of God Jehovah, I don’t know what ever would! And look at the last phrase – “sorrow and mourning shall flee away.” What great hope we have in God’s wonderful promises!

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Posted by on December 1, 2019 in God's Love

 

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Healing from Shame

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God wants us to have a right understanding of self. When we let Him heal us, He gives us that understanding. Those who know me and my testimony are aware of my past abusive relationships. There were times that some would say to me, “No one can make you feel a certain way, it is up to you if you choose to feel ashamed or hurt or guilty.” To a point that may be true, but when you share your life with someone who repeatedly says abusive things to you and/or repeatedly physically abuses you, you will start to believe those things are true and that you deserve to be treated that way. When we decide that we do not deserve that treatment, and stick close to “the one who is closer than a brother,” and His Word, He will bring us up out of those relationships and lies that we end up believing about ourselves. God does not want us to be hurt by others and I do not believe He wants us to stay in those kinds of relationships.

Guilt is a God-given emotion that takes place when our mistakes and faults are revealed in our own minds or publicly exposed. It may be a personal reminder of our own limitations and sinfulness.

Shame, however, says that the individual person is bad, of no value, or unworthy to exist–that we are hopelessly abnormal, unlovable, of no value, and worthless. Shame begins externally with a subtle implication through silence and neglect or with verbal condemnation through words of abuse. When such messages are repeated often enough, whether through words or actions, they become internalized into a false belief about ourselves: “I must be bad to deserve such terrible treatment.” This becomes the heart and soul of our identity and the beginning of thousands of future, wrong choices for the one who is suffering from shame.

We can begin to heal from our shame when we identify and confess the lies that we have believed about ourselves. Then we must start to replace those lies from satan with God’s Biblical truths. Truths about who God is and who we are as His beloved children. We are of immeasurable worth in God’s eyes, righteous through the blood and Jesus and, therefore, without condemnation.

Romans 8:1 “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

Romans 8:31-39 “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

II Corinthians 5:17, 21 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new…For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”

Sometimes when we have been victimized over time, we become so shame-filled that we are emotionally bound by that shame, even though we may think that we mentally understand our worth in God’s eyes. Or, if we have actually committed shameful acts, a deep sense of shame may remain even after confession and repentance. Those acts, by others and/or by ourselves, must be brought into the presence of Jesus, and perhaps more than just one time. We need to remember that we suffered the abuse over a period of time, and it will not just go away suddenly. Ultimately, only God brings full emotional cleansing and freedom from such bondage.

I know that I would not be where I am in my walk with Jesus today had I not made the decision to leave the abuse relationship and cling to the Lord. There truly is a light at the end of the tunnel if we only trust Him.

 
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Posted by on August 23, 2019 in God's Love

 

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