Abide In Jesus

This is something  I found in a comment on You Tube and it’s so good I wanted to share and hope that it benefits someone like it has me.
They are depicting the times we live in and are pointing (hopefully to relationship with Christ and not just saying a prayer to go to heaven and to escape what’s coming just based on what I’ve seen in this clip) to Christ. It’s coming and to keep the peace Christ gave us when He came to live in us is to abide in His love for you. Abide (Greek: meno): to remain, to continue in His love. It’s easy to fall into the theological sense that “Jesus loves me, this I know.” But it’s very different when you take time (abide) and receive His love for you daily. When you just simply thank Him for His love for you and for the cross, fear starts to get pushed out by the perfect love that you are receiving. That’s why the literal version of the scripture “be ye filled with the Holy Spirit” is actually translated from “be being filled” meaning, you are already full, but keep filling up because thats when you overflow with what’s in your cup for you and for the people around you. And in the place of being filled, your perspective changes cause you are renewing your mind like the Bible says with what God says about you and all the sudden you are being transformed, not by your own efforts, but by the mighty hands of Gods grace. All because you are agreeing with Him now and not your flesh and the world. And then you start living different towards the people you particularly didn’t like before and are all the sudden finding mercy for them that you didn’t have before because you’ve taken that time to “abide” in His love for you. He is full of love and wants to fill you with that same love of His. He doesn’t want us going into this as scared Christians pretending to be brave by bearing arms. He wants us laying down our lives now so that when this does come, we won’t fear death because we’ve already died to this life anyways and have come to the confident hope of what’s beyond, which is glory forever with Christ. Don’t let the devil deceive you with fear. If you are scared, you have to take the time to realize His love for you on your own, when nobody else is watching, just you and Him. You can’t keep listening to other people tell you that He loves you. His voice has to become real for yourself before you’ll be any benefit to the kingdom of God and others and that comes by reading the word and meditating on it. Take time to just soak in Gods magnificent love. It’s taking the plank out of your own eye first so you can see clearly to remove the speck from your brothers. In Jesus name.

 

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Choose The Better Thing

My readings today are more about fasting so I decided to look up the word fasting and here is what I came up with along with my own understanding. Fasting is defined  as maintaining a firm self control. Fasting is referred  to as going without food for a certain length of time. Jesus did this during His forty days in the desert. This is where we get Lent and fasting from. The forty days of Lent before Easter represent Jesus’ forty days in the desert. The Bible says He was led by the Holy Spirit to do this. He was led to undergo the temptations we all face and to show us we can overcome them too , just like He did. When Satan told Jesus he could turn the stone into bread if He wanted to, Jesus rebuked him saying, man doesn’t live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from God. Matthew 4:4, Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Jesus is saying God’s Word is more important than food. Spiritual guidance and direction comes first before anything else can exist. Even though He could have CHOSEN to make the stone bread, He CHOSE the better thing. Just like Mary, sister of Martha. Instead of cleaning she was at the feet of Jesus to hear Him speak. Luke 10:38-42, As they went on their way, they came to a town where a woman named Martha lived. She cared for Jesus in her home. 39 Martha had a sister named Mary. Mary sat at the feet of Jesus and listened to all He said. 40 Martha was working hard getting the supper ready. She came to Jesus and said, “Do You see that my sister is not helping me? Tell her to help me.” 41 Jesus said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 Only a few things are important, even just one. Mary has chosen the good thing. It will not be taken away from her.”

So fasting could be a way or example of this. By fasting I’m choosing God’s Word over food. I choose to feed my soul and spirit rather than my body. It has to be an individual choice. Just like Jesus was led to do this, so we should be led also. If I don’t feel led by God’s Spirit then I shouldn’t do it. In my case I can’t fast. I am too small and have a sugar problem. I would pass out. So God doesn’t want us to endanger ourselves by fasting. I won’t feel guilty because I don’t fast because I can’t do it physically. But I can do something that would show that I’m maintaining a firm self control. This is what came to me this year for Lent. That I wouldn’t give something up but add something. That something is this study and doing it every morning, every day. I have maintained self control in this hence overriding my fleshly desires and God has met me here. It’s the state of the heart towards Him that matters.

Lent to Repent

The scripture is Revelations 2:1-5 and it’s talking to the churches. This church is doing right but they don’t love God and others like they did in the beginning. They are being called to return to their love and what they did in the beginning of their belief.

Ann says: Today I will come to You before I do anything at all because waiting on You is wisest of all.

Many times in these five and half years since I was saved I have fallen away just like the church in Revelations. When I prayed about what to do, God always directed me: Go back to what you did when you first encountered Jesus. Remember how elated you were and how you hungered for My Word. You couldn’t get enough of singing praise and thanking Jesus. You couldn’t believe Jesus died for you and couldn’t stop thanking Him.

If you find yourself lost and have veered off the path just go back to what you were doing when it first started happening. God will take it where you left off. Time might have been lost but God makes up for it. Don’t feel guilty, trust that it’s happening the way it’s suppose to. God is always with us and He understands our attention span is small. He loves us so much that He doesn’t leave us alone. He will pursue us again and again until we see that life with Him is peace, love, joy, security. I never want to go away from Him again.

God Is Our Ever Present Help

Psalm 70:1,

Hasten, O God, to save me;
    come quickly, Lord, to help me.

 This scripture indicates a cry for help that is needed right away. We need to cry out to God when we are in tempting situations or are frustrated by something. When we are faced with difficulties God is there to help us if we just take the time to ask. I ask God now to please help me remember I don’t have to do life alone. He is there waiting to help me. I don’t have to try to be independent and I should cry out to Him when I am in trouble and He will deliver me.
Trail to the Tree
The scripture reading for today is about Jesus being tempted in the desert. He resisted every temptation with scripture.
Ann says: Father, He was hungry and He ate of the bread of Your Words. Let us too.
He was lured with the glitter of this world and He worshiped You and You alone. Let us too.
He was dared with scripture but He knew all of scripture. Let us too.
He was tempted and He conquered. Let us too.
Because today, please keep us in Him.
When we are being tempted remember Jesus went through it also and conquered it with scripture. Knowing God’s Word is a powerful tool in overcoming the evil temptations we face. Ask God for help and turn to the Bible and see what He has to say for that moment, in that moment. He is our very present help.

 

 

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To Fast Or Not To Fast?

My readings today are more about fasting so I decided to look up the word fasting and here is what I came up with along with my own understanding. Fasting is defined  as maintaining a firm self control. Fasting is referred  to as going without food for a certain length of time. Jesus did this during His forty days in the desert. This is where we get Lent and fasting from. The forty days of Lent before Easter represent Jesus’ forty days in the desert. The Bible says He was led by the Holy Spirit to do this. He was led to undergo the temptations we all face and to show us we can overcome them too , just like He did. When Satan told Jesus he could turn the stone into bread if He wanted to, Jesus rebuked him saying, man doesn’t live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from God. Matthew 4:4, Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Jesus is saying God’s Word is more important than food. Spiritual guidance and direction comes first before anything else can exist. Even though He could have CHOSEN to make the stone bread, He CHOSE the better thing. Just like Mary, sister of Martha. Instead of cleaning she was at the feet of Jesus to hear Him speak. Luke 10:38-42, As they went on their way, they came to a town where a woman named Martha lived. She cared for Jesus in her home. 39 Martha had a sister named Mary. Mary sat at the feet of Jesus and listened to all He said. 40 Martha was working hard getting the supper ready. She came to Jesus and said, “Do You see that my sister is not helping me? Tell her to help me.”41 Jesus said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things.42 Only a few things are important, even just one. Mary has chosen the good thing. It will not be taken away from her.”

So fasting could be a way or example of this. By fasting I’m choosing God’s Word over food. I choose to feed my soul and spirit rather than my body. It has to be an individual choice. Just like Jesus was led to do this, so we should be led also. If I don’t feel led by God’s Spirit then I shouldn’t do it. In my case I can’t fast. I am too small and have a sugar problem. I would pass out. So God doesn’t want us to endanger ourselves by fasting. I won’t feel guilty because I don’t fast because I can’t do it physically. But I can do something that would show that I’m maintaining a firm self control. This is what came to me this year for Lent. That I wouldn’t give something up but add something. That something is this study and doing it every morning, every day. I have maintained self control in this hence overriding my fleshly desires and God has met me here. It’s the state of the heart towards Him that matters.

From what I learned in scripture yesterday, fasting has a whole new meaning for me. It isn’t about going without food or giving up something I like to do. Anyone can do those things for a short period of Lent, forty days. It’s not about the act itself that matters. Most people who do these practices are really miserable doing it or they are prideful thinking they are doing something spiritual and it makes them look good. This isn’t what God is looking for. He wants us to be humble, which means don’t think highly of ourselves. He wants us to be happy serving Him and not miserable. If we don’t have the joy of the Lord then don’t do it. One day this came to me when I was emptying the washer. I felt God saying if you don’t have joy in your work it doesn’t mean anything. When we deny our fleshly desires, which most of the time translates to ” I don’t feel like it”, when we choose to do it anyway it does entail a type of suffering for us. It goes against our nature and it can be painful. So every time we deny our thoughts, our words, our actions, we are fasting from our sinful nature. This is what God wants for us, to break away from the world of “self”. To set ourselves apart from the main stream of today’s society driven by “self”. The challenge of Lent shouldn’t be what food will I give up or T.V. show but how can I deny “self” today to benefit someone else. What difference can I make for someone today. Can I give my time away? This is a hard thing to do when you aren’t thinking of what’s in it for me. When we reach heaven God isn’t going to be looking at what food I gave up in His name or what show I didn’t watch for Him, He is looking at what I did with my time that has eternal value. What it boils down to is what did I do that was through the Holy Spirit. This should be practiced everyday and not just during Lent. It’s actually the daily walk with Jesus that I’m  talking about. Jesus said there will be people He will say, flee from Me, I never knew you. These people are the ones who didn’t walk out their daily lives with Him. Matthew 7:21-23, Not every one who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’ 23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’