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Thursday
February 20, 2020

God is Love


1 John 4:16 New King James Version (NKJV)16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.

God is love. God wants us to abide in Him and He in us. The problem is not God, it is us. We must choose to walk in the truths of God. Satan makes sin normal and acceptable. Hubby and I saw a drug company advertisement for medication for aids. The ad ended with two men kissing. What's next, commercials with transgenders?

This ad was not to make old people accept homosexual relations. This ad is to influence children and young people to accept what is an abomination to God as normal behavior.

21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.
24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. (Romans 1:21-26)


If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them. – Leviticus 20:13


Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. – 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

It is not a question of judging homosexuals. The Bible is talking about God’s judgment on sinners. Our job is to warn sinners if they reject our warning then we keep praying for them.

The two worse sins of today are homosexuality and abortion. Yet many are marching in parades glorifying their sins against God. My friends, we are indeed living in the last days. Sin is running rampant all over the world. This is a sign to Christians to be looking for the rapture.
Betty


Luke 21:28 King James Version (KJV)
28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

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February 19, 2020
Happy Wednesday,

Seven Things God Hates?

Proverbs 6:16-19 King James Version (KJV)
16 These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,
18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.

I awoke at 4.a.m. Hurting and decided to pray about what my blog should be today. Here I am. It is important for us to know what God hates. We need to avoid these that commit these sins, especially on a regular lifestyle. Our habits are often picked up by those we hang out with regularly.

These 7 sins lead to more and more sins. The person committing them often refuses to listen to the conviction of the Holy Spirit, causing their hearts to hardened and their ears no longer hear the call of the Holy Spirit.

What Does God Love?

1. A cheerful giver

2 Corinthians 9:7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.

2. The world

John 3:16 New American Standard Bible (NASB)For God so loved the world, that He gave His [a]only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

3. Justice

Psalm 11:7 New International Version (NIV)For the Lord is righteous,
    he loves justice;
    the upright will see his face.

Psalm 37:28 New American Standard Bible (NASB)For the Lord loves [a]justiceAnd does not forsake His godly ones;
They are preserved forever,
But the [b]descendants of the wicked will be cut off.

4. Righteousness

Psalm 146:8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)The Lord opens the eyes of the blind;The Lord raises up those who are bowed down;
The Lord loves the righteous;

5. Christians

1 John 4:15-16 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 We have come to know and have believed the love which God has [a]for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

John 16:27 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
27 for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me and have believed that I came forth from the Father.

6. Non-Christians

1 John 4:10-11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another

Romans 5:8 New American Standard Bible (NASB)But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

7. Those who love Him


Deuteronomy 7:9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
9 Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps [a]His covenant and [b]His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments;

8. Those who keep His Commandments

Deuteronomy 7:9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps [a]His covenant and [b]His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments;

9. Those who pursue Godlessness

Proverbs 15:9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord,But He loves one who pursues righteousness.

10. Those who fear Him

Psalm 103:11 New American Standard Bible (NASB)For as high as the heavens are above the earth,So great is His lovingkindness toward those who [a]fear Him.

So, my friends, we do know how to please God. We know what sins to avoid and we know to pray that God will help us walk-in Righteousness. May Prayers and Blessings be given unto you.
Betty

P.S. Still feeding the birds and squirrels

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February 18, 2020
Tuesday,

Do People Know I Am A Christian?

If people who knew me were asked if I was a Christian, what would they say? Am I living my life in a way that others can see Jesus in me? When merchants deal with me would they find my behavior rude and offense?

These are the questions we should ask ourselves. The other day we were checked out by a person who was rude to the person in front of us and us. We chose to stay calm and kind. When we got to the car we discussed the lady and both agreed it would be unChristian for us to act in kind. We did not know if the lady was tired or in pain.

It is easy to repay others the way they treated us. It is so much better to be kind. We all have bad days would we want someone to treat us unkindly? Jesus would tell us to pray for the person who was rude to us. We should pray every day that we treat others with kindness and gentleness.

I have addressed the subject before but I needed reminding that I want Jesus to shine through my life. These days people are rushed and tempers are easily released on others. Christians need to pray that God will help us to allow Jesus to shine through our lives.
Betty

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February 16, 2020
Blessed Sunday

The Good Shepherd

John 10:12-16 New International Version (NIV)
12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.

Our Heavenly Father is our Shepherd. He will never abandon us. When Satan attacks us Jesus will stand with us, even carrying us in His arms to safety. Satan likes to attack our focus so we are staring at our problems to the point we can't see Jesus. We become convinced we are alone and we allow our problems to overwhelm us.

Even in the midst of tragedy and troubles, we must stop and talk to our Shepherd. In the presence of God, we will find peace even in the battlefield.
Even when our circumstances do not change quickly as we wish, we must trust God.

James 1:8 King James Version (KJV)8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.


James 4:8 King James Version (KJV)8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

When we pray we must believe that God hears our prayers. Doubts in our heart will hinder our prayers. We must choose to trust in God. God will not force us to trust Him. Stand firm in faith in God.

Mark 9:24 King James Version (KJV)24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

We can ask God to strengthen our faith. Let us pray that God helps us not to wander. There are many teachers and Pastors. Some with the gift of a great speaking voice, but we must make sure our Spiritual leaders our leading us in the truth of God’s Word. How do we do it? By comparing what they the Bible says. The Holy Bible must be the final Word for us.
Betty

P.S. Still awake at almost 7 a.m. The dementia could be upsetting my sleep patterns. Other than that feeling good.

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February 15, 2020
Happy Saturday,

Our Name Engraved

I got an offer to have my name engraved on a gold plated sign to be posted at the President’s office for a donation. Noting against the President I voted for him and plan to again. Having my name engraved in someone's office is not something I strive for.

There is one place that is parliament that my name be written and that is in the Book of Life. Accommodation in this world will one day pass away. It is what is done for God that will last. My sister is very talented and often works for hours making decorations for Church events and others. While at the time the person appreciates her work they soon forget it but because she does the work out of her love for God her real reward will come in Heaven.

This is why God tells us to make sure our motivation for working hard should be to please Him and to help grow His Kingdom. God never forgets our hard labor.
Betty

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February 13, 2020
Happy Thursday,

God Is Our Salvation


Psalm 24:4-5 King James Version (KJV)
4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
5 He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

Even Christians can get caught up in the belief that somehow we can earn our salvation. God makes it strongly clear no matter how righteous we live, or self-righteous we attempt to live, no one will go to Heaven because of their own righteousness. If we are honest with ourselves we will admit, at least to our bathroom mirror that we like sheep are prone to wander into sin.

We make excuses for our sharp tongue, a tendency to gossip and to hold grudges against others. Yet we judge others for the same sins. We can have clean hands and a pure heart when we choose to live the way God is leading us to do. When we are hurt by another forgive them even if they do not ask for forgiveness. Pray for those who with their words abuse us and spread gossip about us. When we do so this, God will keep bitterness from growing in our hearts.

What a wonderful blessing it is to live for God out of our love for Him. To feel His peace, when we choose to forgive others. Each day we can live in joy knowing that Jesus is coming for His children soon. Until then may God help us to live to please our Heavenly Father.
Betty

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February 12, 2020
Happy Wednesday,

We both had a bad night trying to sleep. I woke up with a cold. Everyone has bad nights. The devil likes to deny us sleep. When we are our short on sleep, we tend to be out of sorts and impatient. This does not have to be so. We can pray that God will help us not to take our lack of sleep out on others.

Silence can be a great way of keeping ourselves out of trouble. This way we keep are angry thoughts from leaving our mouth. Often a smile is the only response needed. If someone gets catty with you, don't respond in kind. Often the best response is to pretend we did not notice and go on our way.

We do not have to spread anger. Let it stop with us by not responding in turn. When we get back in our cars, then we can talk to God about the situation. Let God cover us with His grace, comfort, and love.

Proverbs 15:1 King James Version (KJV)15 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Let us not stir the pot of discord, but pray that we can live in peace with one another, including strangers we deal with.
Betty

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February 11, 2020blet
Happy Tuesday,

My tablet shows what day of the week it is at the top. This is great because I often do not know the day of the week it is. The Bible is our guide to knowing how we should live. We often need direction in our daily living. While it is helpful to seek the advice of others, we should always make sure the advice lines up with the Bible.

When someone has mistreated or attacked us, our friends and loved ones may encourage us to seek revenge because they love us and hurt with us. God loves us too. Unlike our friends and family, God knows our future. He sees how revenge can change us for the worse. Our loving and kind hearts can turn bitter if we react in revenge.

The last thing we want to do is seek the world’s advice for our lives. The world’s standard does not measure up with God’s Word. The very best thing for us is to live in the way that is pleasing to God. God’s way is the best for us.
Betty

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February 10, 2020
Happy Monday,

It Is Not Fair

It is not uncommon to hear a child say ”it is not fair”. This sentence is used by children in a variety of circumstances. The child next door received a new bike for their Birthday and they did not. Children may be unhappy about the discipline the receive.

As adults, we can feel the same way about God. Why do some people live long lives without health issues, while we suffer from many conditions that make life hard for us? It is so easy to question God with many whys. Yet, when we accept our circumstances in grace, God will give us peace of mind and heart.

God never said life will be fair. To achieve a closer relationship and a stronger Spiritual relationship with God, may require suffering on our part. What our suffering is, be it physical or loss of a loved one, are suffering will end when Jesus calls us home, be it through death or the rapture. The question is are we willing to endure suffering to have a closer relationship with God?

Romans 8:18 King James Version (KJV)
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Betty

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February 9, 2020
Blessed Sunday,

False Teaching

There are some who Preach and teach that things will get better and better until our goodness will usher in a utopian where God will come to this earth to reign. Yet, if we are aware of what is happening around us, we can see that evil is abounding and sin is being accepted as normal.

Others have rejected God and embraced sin as normal. If Jesus walked among for us a day, there are those who would reject Him just as they did when He came the first time. Choosing to live in sin rather than accept God in their lives. Led by false teaching and the devil to believe there is no hell and no punishment for rejecting redemption and salvation from Jesus, who gave His life as an atonement for our sins.

The devil makes false teaching seem like Heaven and sadly many eat it up like gourmet candy. Those who have bought into the devil lies see those who choose to believe the truth of God’s Word, as ignorant to the ways of the world. Thank God we are! For God’s Truth, will be what opens up the gates of Heaven to those who choose to humble themselves at the feet of Jesus and cry over our sins and gladly accept redemption from our Heavenly Father.
Betty

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February 8, 2020
Happy Saturday,

”God Will Guide Us With His Love”


Psalm 32:8 New International Version (NIV)
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
    I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

What a wonderful concept to realize God says that He will guide us in His love! Most all have had a boss who could be vicious with their mouths if the least thing went wrong that day. This person created an environment of fear. God guide His children in love.

This does not mean a disobedient Christian will not be disciplined.

Hebrews 12:6-11 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 For whom the Lord loves He chastens,
And scourges every son whom He receives.”
7 If[a] you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. 11 Now no [b]chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

In perfect love, God seeks to guide us in His truths and His ways. It is up to us to choose to accept His discipline in anger or in love. The more we communicate with God and trust His ways, the more we will be following God’s ways, out of a heart of love for God.
Betty

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February 6, 2020
Happy Thursday,

”Focus on God and Not Your Problems”

The devil would like us to fall asleep and wake up with our problems pressing on our minds. Too many weeks of this and our faith in God begins to fade and our hope disappears. God wants us to remind ourselves when we awaken and we go to bed that our hope and trust should be in Him.

Be assured that God does not spend one minute chewing His fingernails and shaking in fear over His children's problems. He has the answers. We often wonder why God allows for our troubles to last so long. Think about it. It is in the time of troubles we spend more time praying and reading God’s Word. When we do this our faith grows. How can we face bigger troubles if we get stuck on the little things? Remember everyone in the world has problems. Only Christians have a Heavenly Father.

Satan will tempt us to wallow in despair, but we can halt his actions when we turn to Jesus and trust in Him. I find singing songs of praise strengthens my faith in God. So let is focus on God and not our troubles.
Betty


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February 5, 2020
Happy Wednesday,

Last night, like many Americans, we watched the President give the State of the Union Address. It became clear at the very beginning how divided this Nation is. A News Outlet who was pro-Democrats pointed out that the Democrats hissed and booed the President. Do we not see how evil people are when they hissed like snakes.

Why is God allowing America to be so divided? I personally believe it is because of the way we have forced Israel to give up her land, little bit at a time over to her enemies over the last twenty plus years. Israel suffering at the hands of her enemies living in her land.

Another reason is that the Democratic party has become so evil that many of its members are demon-possessed. You can see it on their faces when they get so angry that their faces show the rage that boils up within them. They are so determined to keep the killing of unborn babies legal that they refused to stand for the woman and her baby that is alive after being so premature. How soon is it before they start pushing for euthanasia for handicapped and elderly people all in the name of climate control?

Sunday night we saw soft-porn dressed up in pretty lights in the Super Bowl half time. Tuesday night we saw evil as adult men and women boo and hissed the President of the United States. God will not tolerate evil forever. There will be a day of reckoning for all the Nations who support the killing of the unborn.

We need not sit and wring our hands. God is still in control. Soon we will be leaving this earth in the twinkling of an eye and then God will pour out His judgment in this unholy world.
Betty

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February 4, 2020
Happy Tuesday,

Am I A Pharisee?

Luke 18:10-14 King James Version (KJV)
10 Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican.
11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.
12 I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.
13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

We read that and think to ourselves that we could never be a Pharisee, ourselves. Yet, could we? I have been. Once on a Wednesday night a young lady came to our Church in short shorts. I condemned her in my mind. After Church, her boyfriend's mother explained to me that night the girl’s mom had kicked out of her house with just the clothes on her back. The girl asked if she could to to Church with them that night.

I felt condemned and rightly so. I had judged the young lady on the way she was dressed. And I immediately asked God forgiveness. Unlike me the Church embraced her and made her feel loved. After I was convicted, I did the same. Within a week the young lady became a Christian. A couple of months later the young lady was killed in a car crash.

God allowed the circumstance surrounding the situation to bring her to salvation and then took her to Heaven. I learned a valuable lesson. Not to judge someone by the way they looked. Remember pride goeth before a fall. When we think too highly of ourselves we can become a pharisee.

The Church does not need any Pharisees, but children of God who are willing to open their hearts to sinners and share the love of Christ with them. There is enough judgment of one another in the world, let us share the love of God with others and allow God to do the condemning when He sees fit. Instead, let us pray daily that God will judge our hearts and show us any unforgiven sin in our hearts, then seek forgiveness so we serve God with a righteous heart.
Betty

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February 2, 2020
Blessed Sunday,

God is Trustworthy

I fell down yesterday. We went to get some chicken. I was standing on the grass taking a look at the sales on the glass windows. And I just fell over on my right side. I crawled over to a yellow post. Hubby is weak physically and could not help me up. A customer inside came outside and helped me up. My right side of my head had felt numb, so that might have been the cause.

All things considered, I am okay today. Just sore. Hubby dropped a can of food on his foot. His foot is one more big bruise. When I left the house I never knew I was going to fall. God did and He protected me from breaking any bones. We can trust God to go before us and with us.
Betty

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February 2, 2020
Blessed Sunday,

God is Trustworthy

I fell down yesterday. We went to get some chicken. I was standing on the grass taking a look at the sales on the glass windows. And I just fell over on my right side. I crawled over to a yellow post. Hubby is weak physically and could not help me up. A customer inside came outside and helped me up. My right side of my head had felt numb, so that might have been the cause.

All things considered, I am okay today. Just sore. Hubby dropped a can of food on his foot. His foot is one more big bruise. When I left the house I never knew I was going to fall. God did and He protected me from breaking any bones. We can trust God to go before us and with us.
Betty

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Luk 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

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February 1, 2020
Happy Saturday,

Finding Ourselves

We can lose ourselves in a crowd. Too much time in the wrong crowd and we begin to take on the wrong attributes. Little by little, we define sin as what the crowd sees as sin. When we allow the world to be our compass, then little by little we can no longer see what the values of God are.

The world sees fundamentalist Christians as being ignorant. If we spend too much time in the world, we will begin to think and act like the world.

2 Corinthians 6:17 King James Version (KJV)17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.

It is not a question of thinking we are better the sinners. It is the truth that we need to guard our hearts from the world’s influence.

Proverbs 4:23 King James Version (KJV)23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

We must strive to live our lives in a way that pleases our Heavenly Father. Our relationship with Christ is more important than any relationship we have.
Betty

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Luk 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

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January 31, 2020
Happy Friday,


A bad night last. I was still awake at 6.a.m. Then I woke up at noon in pain. Dealing with health issues is hard and can be discouraging. Trying to find a position that doesn't hurt is sometimes impossible. I sang praise songs to God and He brought me peace.

Everyone has struggles to deal with. It is our reaction matters to God. Do we blame God for our distress or do we seek Him for help?

Psalm 121 King James Version (KJV)
121 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.

Learning to lean on Jesus during bad times, increases our faith in God. All the difficulties we suffer on earth will soon pass. We can help ourselves in bad times when we remind ourselves of the future joy in Heaven that awaits, us.

Psalm 30:5 King James Version (KJV)
5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

The group that sets up the world clock for the end on the earth has set it up to 100 seconds to midnight. Even the world sees we are in the last days. Remember Christians, our hope is in God and not in mankind.
Betty

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Luk 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

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January 30, 2020
Happy Thursday,

”Let The Weak Say I Am Strong”

2 Corinthians 12:9 King James Version (KJV)
9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly, therefore, will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

In our weakness, the power of God becomes strong in our individual lives.
When we let go of our control and allow God to work through us, we will see His power shine through us. When we insist on working in our own power, we will fail.

We must humble ourselves and allow God to work through us. God will not work through a prideful person. This is why the Bible warns us that pride goeth before a fall. The devil will tell us that we are useless because of our infirmities and our weakness. God wants to use our infirmities and weakness for His Glory.

When it comes to working for the Kingdom of God, it is our level of obedience that will determine our spiritual growth. We choose for ourselves how far we are going to go with God. We can choose to be a baby Christian or we can choose to be obedient and trusting children of God. Let us let go of our pride and give all the glory to God for the successes we have in our lives and trust Him to see through the dark valleys.
Betty

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January 29, 2020
Happy Wednesday,

What is the Value?

Soon, the Academy Awards will be given out. Many will be seating on the edge of their seats to see if they are one of the lucky ones. What is the value of an Oscar?

How much is an Oscar statue worth?
”Well since they're not solid gold, they're not worth that much. The statues are gold-plated and worth just $629. Of course, their sentimental value makes the case slightly more complicated. This is an award, not a used Buick. ”

While the sentimental value is huge in this world. If the owner of the Oscar gets into financial trouble, by contract, they can only sell it to the Academy for a whopping ten bucks.

Sadly stories are told from the beginning of movie-making of the casting couch. Men and women have sold their pride to be successful in Hollywood. Even children have been sexually abused by directors and agents all for the ’glamour’ of Hollywood.

You can be an Oscar winner and a has been. Looks do not last forever. People are always looking for something new. Only individual winners know how much they have given up for a statue that soon ends up in a closet.

What the world sees as valuable is worthless to God. In reality, God owns all the gold in the world. With the words of His mouth, He could call all the gold on earth to come up to Heaven and it would be so. Gold holds no value to God. What is valuable to God? Is saved, souls. People who have chosen to live for Him over fame and fortune. Fame is fleeting and a fortune can be lost in a day. Let us choose to be valuable to God and not to mankind.
Betty

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January 28, 2020
Happy Tuesday,


Speaking the Truth From The Heart

I sometimes have to stop, in the middle of a sentence because I cannot remember a word. It is frustrating. When God called Moses to lead His people out of Egypt. Moses brought up his concerns about his speech. Moses did not realize that God was not looking for a well-spoken Professor but a willing vessel.

A willing vessel with a speech problem is more useful to God than a man or woman filled with pride. A prideful person is of little use to God. They are less likely to lean on God’s help to accomplish the work of God and more likely to use their own intellect. This makes them useless to God.

God wants someone to speak His truths and Honor the ways of God. God does equip men and women with talent. What is important is the speaker pointing folks to God or are they showing off their own personal skills? Let us pray that God will use us in these last days and help us to reach lost souls. Just always remember we are just the instrument and it is God that saves the loss.
Betty

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Luk 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

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January 27, 2020
Happy Monday,

”How Much Do You Love Me?”

John 14:21 King James Version (KJV)21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

How much do you love me? It is a question that has been asked since time begin. Jesus makes it clear if we love Him we will obey His Commandments. When we love someone we seek to please them. We seek to know them in a way no one else knows them. We want to know more about the person we love.

When we love God, we want to know what pleases Him. Jesus does not leave us in dark on this matter. If we love Him, we will obey His Commandments. We can tell when our love for God is wavering. We pray less. We study His Word less. When this happens, we seek forgiveness and ask God to fill our hearts with love for Him. The more time we spend in the presence of God, the stronger our love for God will be.
Betty

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January 26, 2020
Blessed Sunday,

Where Does My Help Come From

Psalm 121:1 King James Version (KJV)121 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

When we realize that we can trust God with our very lives, we can be at peace.
What if we get hurt? God will be with us through the healing process, comforting us and giving us peace of mind. Sadly sometimes God has to get us off our feet to get us to pray and read His Holy Bible.

What if we get a disease there is no cure? God may choose to heal us or He may use our sickness for His Glory. Either way, God will be with us until we take our last breath. When we place our complete trust in God we can live in peace whatever our state we are in.

There are times that God takes us through the fire, remember gold goes through fire and comes out pure. God is not trying to be mean to us but to make us spiritually pure. It is okay to cry. Cry out to God as many times a day as you need to. God never grows tired of our prayers to Him. God will give us strength and sustain us through the bad times. Even in times of distress, we can rejoice of the knowledge that Jesus is coming for His children.

Philippians 4:4-8 King James Version (KJV)
4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.
5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Betty

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Luk 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

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January 25, 2020
Happy Saturday,

Listening to a little bit from the impeachment hearing, this morning. It is discouraging to hear how evil the Democratic party, has become. We rarely hear the truth on television news, and yet, Hillary said the Democrats should control the news even more. I read about a leader in the SBC say that he wished his wife was a Democrat and more like Hilliary. Being a Southern Baptist for over 20 years, this breaks my heart. Recently, started attending a small none demonatial Church.

The devil has his hands in so many Churches. The Bible warned us in the last days' people would seek Preachers who tickled their ears. It is bad enough that many Churches no longer preach or teach about sin, but too many Churches are condoning sin. ’Christian’ preachers and teachers are leading people to hell while filling their pockets with money. Earthly prestige will not open the doors to Heaven. Sadly too many religious leaders are selling their own souls for fame and money. My heart cries out:”Come quickly, Lord Jesus”.
Betty

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Luk 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

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January 24, 2020
Happy Friday,

Going Home

The Reverend Jack Van Impee went home this week. He was one of the first Preachers I heard speak on end times. He sparked a fire in me to study end times, for this, I am truly grateful. He opened my eyes to the joys of Heaven like no one else had ever done before.

Studying the end times not only brings joy but fear for those left behind. This is why we should be praying for lost souls. We must remember that we can not save anyone ourselves. When it comes to our loved ones we may have the desire to grab them and shake the devil out of them, sadly this is impossible. So we must keep praying for loved ones.

It is not selfish to long for the rapture. The Church is the Bride of Christ. It is normal for the Bride to long for her Wedding Day, with great expectation. Our Wedding will take place in Heaven after the rapture. We cannot imagine the joys of that Day.

There may be hard times before the rapture happens but remember we will not walk these days alone. God will be with us and if we allow Him to, He will guide us. We can trust Him to see each day. Even death can it keep us from God.

Philippians 1:21 King James Version (KJV)21 For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Living should be our joy to work for the Kingdom and through death we enter into the very presence of Jesus. In all things and in everything we do should be for the glory of God. Remembering the joy of Heaven awaits us.
Betty

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Luk 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

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January 23, 2020
Happy Thursday,

If God wanted to, He could demand everyone worship Him and do His Will. The Bible says after the Second Coming, at the Judgement seat of God, every sinner will fall on their knees and declare that Jehovah is God. Until then He gives Christians and sinners a choice. He allows us to live the way we want.

Living our life the way we want to comes with consequences. We will reap what we sow. If we sow evil, we will reap evil. Christians are also allowed to live the way we want to. If we sowed for selfish reasons, our crop will burn away on the judgment Seat of Christ. If we sowed for the glory of God, we will be rewarded by God.

It is easy to get caught up with this life. We all have needs. There is nothing wrong with working so we can eat and have a roof over our heads. There is a special blessing when we work hard out of our love for Christ. We would not want someone to say of us: ”they say they are a Christian but they are the laziest worker I ever had”. Let it be said that we are good workers who do our best.

Many of us cannot do much in physical work because of our health, but we can pray for others. Bring Missionaries to the feet of Jesus. Give our praises to our Heavenly Father.
Betty

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Luk 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

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January 22, 2020
Happy Wednesday,

We Are to Seek Righteousness

Matthew 5:6 King James Version (KJV) 6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

We will not find Righteousness unless we prayerfully seek after it. Seeking requires us to want it. God is not going to pour it down our throats against our will. We must want it enough to seek for it in prayer and Bible study.

Matthew 6:33 King James Version (KJV)33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.

God says for us to seek Righteousness first and then God will provide our needs. This shows us just how important righteousness is to God. Our righteousness does not come from living right, on our own. It comes from the blood of Christ. It is impossible for a sinner to be righteous. When we seek the righteousness of God and seek to live in a way that is pleasing God, then we will live in Righteousness.

Ephesians 4:22-24 King James Version (KJV)22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

Satan will tempt Christians to sin. Tempt us to live close to sin, trying to make us rationalize that a little sin won't hurt. This is not what the Bible says.

Galatians 5:9 New King James Version (NKJV)9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump.

My friend choose to live Holy and righteous lives, pleasing to our Heavenly Father


1 Timothy 6:11 King James Version (KJV)11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.

Betty

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January 21, 2020
Happy Tuesday,

”I Have Chosen You”


John 15:16 King James Version (KJV)16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

Christianity is not a Religion, it is a relationship with God. It marvels the mind to realize that God knew us and chose us before we were born. He chose us knowing we would fail Him. He knew there would be times we would willfully sin. Yet, He never gives us on us. Time, again and again, He calls us back and forgives us. We take no pride in the knowledge that God chose us. Instead, we are grateful to God for choosing us and loving us in spite of our many failures. Christians are indeed blessed people.
Betty

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January 20, 2020
Happy Monday,


24 hours in a day. 24 hours for good, bad, fair, and tragic things to happen. Yet, we can trust God all 24 hours of a day. He is watching over us even as we sleep. He knows what is going to happen tomorrow so we can lay down and sleep in peace knowing, whatever happens, He will be with us. We take for granted His faithfulness in being there for us always.

Psalm 4:8 King James Version (KJV)8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.

John 16:33 King James Version (KJV)33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

Romans 14:17 King James Version (KJV)17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

We can rejoice in the peace that God gives us in this life and our future hope of peace for eternity.
Betty

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January 19, 2020
Blessed Sunday,

”Why Has Thou Forgotten Me”

When Jesus was on the cross, there was a time that God turned away from Jesus. When God placed the sins of the world on the back of Jesus, He could no longer look at Jesus. Up until that point, Jesus had never felt what it was like not to feel the presence of God. This was a dramatic painful moment for Jesus.

Matthew 27:46 King James Version (KJV)46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Jesus agreed to have our sins placed on Himself, but there was no way He could understand in advance how painful mankind’s sins would be. No way He could understand the pain of God turning away from Jesus. The pain was almost unbearable, yet Jesus bore that pain because He loved mankind.

This pain we are not capable of understanding. Even when we suffer guilt for our personal sin does not compare to the suffering of bearing the sins of all of mankind. We need to remind ourselves of the sacrifice that Jesus made in choosing to bear the sins of all so He could bring salvation to mankind. Those who refuse salvation and hardened their hearts so they cannot feel guilt over their sins take a chance on losing their chance of salvation.

What a great blessing it is to be forgiven of our sins and have a personal relationship with God! Life may not be perfect but we know God is with us every day and we rejoice in the knowledge that eternity in Heaven awaits us.
Betty

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Matthew 27:46 King James Version (KJV)

46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

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January 18, 2020
Happy Saturday,

We had lunch with our son, his wife, and their baby. Little Savannah is such a happy baby. There is joy in being around a happy baby. God wants His children to have joyful hearts. Even though we may have problems and sickness in our lives, we can have joy in our hearts.

We have joy knowing that God is always with us. He is with us in good times and in bad. We can have joy even in sickness, knowing that our situation is for the glory of God. Most of all we can have joy knowing our future is in God’s hands and when this life is over we will be with Jesus in Heaven forever.
Betty

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January 17, 2020
Happy Friday,

Probation Period


Luke 23:43 King James Version (KJV)43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Today shalt thou be with me in paradise.

Often when we get a new job, we are put on probation. During this time we our job is temporary. The way we work will determine how long our job will be. When Jesus was on the cross, He was still concerned about sinners.

40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.

When one of the two men on crosses reached out to Jesus with a repented heart, God saved his soul. God did not offer him probation but full salvation.
When we fall and fail God, the devil will say our salvation is lost. The Holy Spirit whispers His invitation for us to come home to God and repeat. Only self-pride can keep us from seeking forgiveness.

We have no right to feel self-righteous at any time. The Bible says that our righteousness is filthy rags in the eyes of God. Just think how filthy we are when we sin. When we sin, we do not enter into the throne of God with self-pride. We enter with a repentive heart.

Let us pray that we will finish our rest with a humble spirit and a gentle heart. May we still be praying for lost souls all the way to the end of our lives here on earth. In these hard times remember the best is yet to come. Our new home awaits on the other side.
Betty

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January 16, 2020
Happy Thursday,

”In Times Like These”

There will be times in our Spiritual journey that we will feel that God has abandoned us. If we allow satan he will pull us away from God. We must remember God is with us. In these times resist the lies of the devil and cling to God. Our Heavenly Father is our anchor. He will hold us steady in the midst of high winds.

The devil seeks to hide the Son from us, but Jesus has not left you. As you cry out to God, we will begin to see Our Savior walking beside us. We choose how closely we walk with God. The closer we choose to walk with God the more we will feel the Holy Spirit moving in our lives. We must choose to pray every day, seeking God’s Will in our daily lives.
Betty

In Times Like These Lyrics
 
In times like these you need a Savior,
In times like these you need an anchor;
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
 
This Rock is Jesus, Yes He's the One,
This Rock is Jesus, the only One;
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
 
In times like these you need the Bible,
In times like these, O be not idle;
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
 
This Rock is Jesus, Yes He's the One,
This Rock is Jesus, the only One;
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
 
In times like these I have a Savior,
In times like these I have an anchor;
I'm very sure, I'm very sure
My anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
 
This Rock is Jesus, Yes He's the One,
This Rock is Jesus, the only One;
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!

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January 15, 2020
Happy Wednesday,


When I am walking in darkness remind me that you have never forsaken me nor shall you ever forsake me. When I feel misunderstood, remind me that you know me better then I know myself. When my load is too heavy for me remind me to take my burdens to you.

As my journey takes me to a strange and unknown lands help to remember that you are going before me and beside me. I did not choose this road for myself, but I trust you, God, enough to know the there is a reason for this particular road. I may not understand Your choice but I can trust Your will, all of my days.
Betty

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January 14, 2020
Happy Tuesday,


Pride

A man’s pride will bring him low, But the humble in spirit will retain honor. Proverbs 29:23

Self-pride will keep a sinner from accepting salvation. It will also cause a Christian to fall into temptation. Self-pride causes a sinner not to see his need for salvation. Self-pride convinces a Christian that they are above sinning. Both sinner and Christian are wrong.


Proverbs 16:18 King James Version (KJV)
18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

When we begin to think our spiritual growth is because of us. When we compare ourselves with other Christians and see ourselves as better than them we are headed for a fall. God allows us to fall so that we can see that any spiritual growth we have is from God.

Our eyes should be on Jesus and not on ourselves. Remember the heart is deceitful.

Jeremiah 17:9 King James Version (KJV)9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

This is why people can live in sin and feel no guilt. They have filled their hearts with self-pride and rejected the sweet whisper of the Holy Spirit until their hearts have become hardened. When we remember that the successes that we do have are because of the grace of God we are less likely to fall into the sin of pride.

Give all the glory to God. Praise him during good and bad times and our spiritual journey will be easier for us. It is hard to praise God when we are going through painful situations, but remind ourselves to sing praises to God. As we sing our hearts will open up and we will receive a blessing from God in the midst of the storm.
Betty

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January 13, 2020
Happy Monday,


I spent an hour and a half writing my blog only to accidentally cut it. It is frustrating because I am not able to bring it back, despite all my trying. Just as words said in anger can never be taken back. In spite of all our apologies and our sorrow, we cannot erase what we have said. When we are hurt by others, our first reaction is to cut them with our words. God wants us to stop. This means for us to walk away. Better to say to the person, I will get back to you after I spend some quality time with God. If they insist on talking, walk away from them or hang up the phone. Do not allow someone to force you to speak when you are angry.

Ephesians 4:26 King James Version (KJV)
26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:

When we take our anger to God He can heal our anger before it turns to bitterness. We then can go to sleep in peace, knowing that God will give us the right words to say in love. Not only must we forgive, but we must choose not to dwell on the situation. When the devil brings us past hurts, remind him that you have forgiven the person through the power of the Holy Spirit.

We also have to forgive ourselves. Too many times, long after God has forgiven us, the devil will remind us of our past sins. We can form a habit where we persecute ourselves over past sins. Remind the devil that God has forgiven you. Listen to praise music to get the devil out of your head.
Betty

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January 12, 2020
Blessed Sunday,


Sing Praises to the Lord

Psalm 30:4 King James Version (KJV)4 Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

Often in the Bible, we are encouraged to sing praises to God. This is something, David talked about often. Singing praises to God in all seasons,
good and bad. We sing in good days as a way of thanking God for giving us good days. We sing sacrifice of praise when things are bad, to encourage ourselves in the Lord.

Singing praises to God in the midst hard times may be done with tears running down your face but as you sing, God will begin to fill your heart with joy.
When my youngest sister died, for months I often cried when I sang songs of praise. Yet each time I did I felt God healing my heart, a little bit at a time.

Psalm 146 King James Version (KJV)
146 Praise ye the Lord. Praise the Lord, O my soul.
2 While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.
3 Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.
4 His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.
5 Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God:
6 Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever:
7 Which executeth judgment for the oppressed: which giveth food to the hungry. The Lord looseth the prisoners:
8 The Lord openeth the eyes of the blind: the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down: the Lord loveth the righteous:
9 The Lord preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.
10 The Lord shall reign for ever, even thy God, O Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the Lord.

The love of God for us is steady. Bad times do not mean that we have been forsaken by our Heavenly Father. Sometimes God chooses to heal on earth, sometimes He heals us in Heaven. It is so easy to want to question God on why He chose to heal us or our loved one in Heaven. We must remember that God knows all things. He is reasoning is far beyond our understanding. It takes strong faith in making it through a loss of one that we loved. Remember God said we must have faith in order to please God.

Hebrews 11:6 King James Version (KJV)
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Hebrews 11:6 King James Version (KJV)6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Cry out to God in the midst of suffering. He will hear our prayers. He will comfort us and help us to stand strong even in the Valley of death.
Betty

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January 11, 2020
Happy Saturday,

”What Would Jesus Do?”

Years ago it was popular to wear a bracelet that had letters on it that spelled ”What would Jesus do”? The idea behind it was well-meaning. In times of decisions, you look at the bracelet and remind yourself to only do what Jesus would do. The concept was good, but we need to take it a further step. We need to live every day in a way that is pleasing to God.

When we make it a habit to live our lives in a way to please God, we do not need a bracelet to remind us. Pleasing God will be like a second skin to us. This does not mean we will never go off rail. When we are living to please God, our hearts will grieve us immediately when we do, and we will be led to repent and seek restoration with God.
Betty

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January 10, 2020

Desires of the Heart

We are often guilty of saying that God wants to give us the desires of our hearts. The truth is many times the desires of our hearts are carnal and can lead us astray.

Jeremiah 17:9-10 King James Version (KJV)
9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? 10 I 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.

We should be praying that God will give us the desires of His Heart. The desire of God for our lives is far better than we can ever dream or hope for. When we choose God’s will over our own we chose what is the best.

Psalm 73:26 King James Version (KJV)
26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

Choosing God’s desires over our own is actually choosing what is best for us. Seeking to please God over our own desires will give us a better future. This is the opposite of what the world teaches. We live in a world that challenges us to do what makes us happy, what gives us satisfaction. Living for self may bring temporary satisfaction but the more we feed our selfish desires the more our hearts demand. A self-serving heart is never satisfied.

As a Christian, we will find fulfillment in living for God.

Psalm 65:4 King James Version (KJV)
4 Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.

Proverbs 19:23 King James Version (KJV)
23 The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil.

Living for God does not mean we will not struggle but we will find satisfaction when we live in a way that is pleasing to God. The path that God chooses for us maybe rocky and rough but the end result will be fulfilling and lead us to a closer relationship with our Heavenly Father.
Betty

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January 9, 2020
Happy Thursday,

Knowing God

Pleasing your mate requires you know them intimately. Knowing them better than others. You need to know their likes and dislikes. Knowing what makes them happy. It takes time and effort to know someone intimately. For us to know God takes an effort on our part. If the only time we open our Bibles is on Sunday, how can we really know God? If our knowledge of God is only what others tell us, we will not have a heart knowledge of God.

We learn who God is by studying His Holy Word. We develop a relationship with God through daily communication with Him. The more communication with God, the stronger our love grows for God. The more we love Him, the more time we want to spend with Him. A healthy growing relationship with God should be our heart’s desire.
Betty

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January 8, 2020
Happy Wednesday,

Ressurection of the Saints


Ressurection is not just something that appeared in the New Testament. God gave Job assurance that he would see God in a brand new body.

Job 19:25-27 King James Version (KJV)
25 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:
26 And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:
27 Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.

I just learned this today. What a wonderful realization to learn that God had a plan from the very beginning to redeem sinners and provide a way for them to spend eternity in His presence. The love that God has for mankind is beyond our ability to comprehend.

We get caught up, focusing on our problems and we are not about to see the truth. The truth that our suffering on earth is just a drop in time, compared to an eternity in Heaven. Wherein there will be no pain, no tears, and no sin. When we focus on eternity we can bear our cross and have complete trust in God.
Betty

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January 7, 2020
Happy Tuesday

Perfect

There are so many Scriptures talking about Christians achieving perfection. These always bother me, because I know I will never be perfect. Today I heard Pastor Adrain Rodgers, on the radio, talking about a definition of perfect that I had never heard of.

Definition of perfect (Entry 2 of 3)
transitive verb: to bring to final form

God is not calling us to be perfect but to grow and mature in Him. We are not surprised when we see a two-year-old throw themselves on the floor in a temper fit. Yet, if a teenager did so, we would be shocked. We expect a different level of maturity of a teenager over a two-year-old. Just as God expects different behavior from a Christian of 20 years from a Christian of a year. How sad it must be when God sees a child of His that should be more mature in their faith acting like a babe in Christ.

I have talked about before how some Christians are content to live their whole Christian life as a babe in Christ. Just as there are pains in physical growth, there are also pains in Spiritual growth. When we choose to stay a babe in Christ, we are cheating ourselves of a more mature relationship with God. We are also cheating ourselves out of spiritual rewards on earth and in Heaven.

Matthew 5:48 King James Version (KJV)48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Luke 8:14 King James Version (KJV)14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

John 17:23 King James Version (KJV)
23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

2 Corinthians 13:11 King James Version (KJV)11 Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

Ephesians 4:12 King James Version (KJV)
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:

Brothers and sisters in the Lord, let us begin each day praying that we will grow spiritually and grow mature in the Lord Jesus. Not so that we can be prideful but that God can use us more for His Kingdom.
Betty

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January 6, 2020
Happy Monday

Past, Future, and Present

The Past

The past can be an encouragement. When things are bad, we can remember the many times God gave us victory over our trials. Our past can be a reminder that we lived through bad times. Unfortunately, the devil can also use our past to torture us in the present. He likes to remind us of our failures and sins. This is when we remind the devil that God has forgiven our sins. We gleam the past for encouragement and leave our forgiven sin, where it belongs in the past.

The Future

Our future in Heaven is a great way to encourage ourselves in the present. We must remember that we cannot live in the future. We encourage ourselves knowing that one day we will be in Heaven, but we must live in the present.

The Present

This is the era of time that we live for God. It is too late to work in the past and the future is beyond us. Today is the time to strive to grow spiritually. This is the time that we press onward towards our rewards in Heaven. If we have not received redemption from our sins, now is the time to repent of our sins and turn our and walk in the redemption power of the Lord Jesus.

2 Corinthians 6:2 New Living Translation (NLT)
2 For God says,
“At just the right time, I heard you.
    On the day of salvation, I helped you.”[a]
Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.

Betty

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January 5, 2020
Blessed Sunday

Discernment

Discernment is a tool Christians need more than ever. The Bible says in the last days many people do not want to hear the truth. I read yesterday that the Methodist Church is close to a split over the issue of gay marriage. To the world, this may seem trivial, but it is not so with God. Who gives mankind the right to change the Word of God? Is it a kindness to give sinners a false hope of Heaven? Under the heading of tolerance, sin is being accepted in Churches and by Pastors who should know the truth of the Gospel.

2 Timothy 3 King James Version (KJV)
3 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
6 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
7 Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

As a woman, it is hard to read ’silly’ women. Yet when I remember the crude and vulgar costumes women were wearing last year as they protested for the right to kill unborn babies, all I can say is ”God help us!” Christians are being encouraged to keep quiet about sin, to avoid offending anyone. How can we stand up for truth in times of persecution when we allow hurting people’s feelings make us keep quiet about the truth?

1 Corinthians 2:14 King James Version (KJV)
14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

Those who choose to deny the truth of the Gospel will not receive the truth of God. When Christians choose to walk in darkness and deny the truth of the Bible, God will allow them to choose to be backsliders instead of obedient children. God help, those who by choice deny the truth of the Gospel in order to be accepted by the world. The world did not accept Christ and they killed Him because they were offended by His teaching. Yet we seem surprised when the world hates Christians for believing in the truth of the Bible.

2 Timothy 4 King James Version (KJV)
4 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

This last weak a person on the news said that Christians were led to believe in fairy tales because we were taught the story of Noah was true. Sadly, it is people who have rejected the truth of the Bible for the lies of mankind, who are believing in fairy tales.
Betty

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January 4, 2019
Happy Saturday,

Seeking God’s Will

As a Christian, we should yearn to walk in the will of God. How do we walk in the will of God? We know God would never lead us into sin. Only the devil will lead us into anything that is against the Word of God.

We seek God in prayer. We pray for God to guide us each day. We can go through tough times and still be in God’s Will. Sometimes God uses things we see as bad to help us grow spiritually. By faith, we continue to trust God even when things are hard for us.

We are days in to a new year. Let us be determined to walk in God’s will. Even through hard times, we can be at peace, knowing God will never abandon us.
As we are faithful to God our faith will grow. Whatever happens this year, we can press onward, knowing Heaven awaits us.
Betty

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January 3, 2019
Happy Friday,

”How Can I Be Sure”
There was a love song named ”how can I be sure” that was popular in the late ’60s. The song questions the love of a girl. A Christian can be assured of many things when it comes to God. His love for us is secure and does not change. God’s promise to never leave or forsake us true.

The love between a man and a woman is not always true. Friends choose to leave us behind but we can always count on God. God will never forsake His children.

John 14:18 King James Version (KJV)18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

Let us choose to be faithful and true to God. We want Him to be able to count on our love for Him. Make it one of our New Year’s resolutions this year, that we choose to faithful and steady with our faith in Christ.
Betty

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January 2, 2020
Happy Thursday,


Looking forward to walking with God through this new year. Lay aside your fear and pray for faith and courage to walk the path that God puts you on. With the world turning against Christianity this year we will have trials and persecution. Yet we can be assured that God will walk each step with us.

Pray that God will surround us with His protection and with His Angels surrounding us in the coming days and months. The more we trust God, the stronger our faith will grow. When we seek the face of God, He will fill our hearts and minds with His perfect peace.

1 John 4:18 King James Version (KJV)
18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

Luke 1:74 King James Version (KJV)
74 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear,

John 14:27 King James Version (KJV)
27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Betty

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January 1, 2020
Happy New Year

New Beginnings

Today, we begin a New Year. Along with our New Resolutions to strive to have a Healthier body, let us strive to make other changes. We should work to have a better attitude. How many arguments are started because we enter a conversation with a bad attitude? Let us pray that God will give us a sweeter and kinder attitude towards others.

Pray that God will remove all anger and bitterness from our hearts so God’s love can shine through us to others. We never want to be the cause of someone turning away from their faith in Christ. Instead let others see the love of God in our words and actions.
Betty

Matthew 5:13 King James Version (KJV)
13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

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December 31, 2019
Happy Tuesday,

New Year's Eve


Tonight people will be gathered together to say goodbye to 2019 and hello to 2020. At this point in many ways, 2020 is a blank slate. It is common for people to make New Year’s resolutions. The plan is to do better. To get rid of bad habits and make better habits. Change is hard and many find their New Year’s resolutions broken and laid aside by March.

Christians also promise to do better in the New Year. To read the Bible more and pray more. These promises are not often kept, either. The issue may be our motives behind our promises. Are we wanting to read the Bible more because we think the is what good Christians do? Are do we want to read the Bible more so we can know more about God? Do we want to pray more so we can strengthen our spiritual relationship with God?

Our motivations play a big role in how successful we will be. Before we make our resolutions let us examine our hearts and look to see what our heart’s desire is. Pray that God will examine our hearts and move us to make the changes He wants us to do.

It is better to read one chapter a day of the Bible and meditate on that chapter, then to rush through five chapters a day. A sincere pray from our heart is better than many words that are not heartfelt. We can grow more steady in the Lord when we acknowledge how marvelous is the God we serve and have a heart that longs to have a better relationship with our God and King.
Betty

Psalm 139:23-24 King James Version (KJV)
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

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