Reasoning with People and Reasoning with God

My husband said, “I think the greatest miracle ever is when someone receives the Gospel of Jesus Christ and gets saved.”

I had to ask, “What do you mean?”

“For a person to turn from their normal way of doing things, repenting of sins they enjoy and trusting God with their lives and their eternity, I think it’s a miracle.”

In (John 6:26-29, NKJV) it says:

Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. 

Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.”

Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”

Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”

                   Jesus is speaking of Himself as the One whom God sent. Not only did Jesus tell the people that He was God the Son, for which they tried to kill Him as a blasphemer, but read what it says in (Matthew 4:17, NKJV): From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” 

                   Jesus’ Second Coming is after wars and rumors of wars, when there are famines, pestilences, the love of many growing cold, people going to and fro over the earth, the increase of knowledge, and many will be persecuted because of the name of Jesus. There will be false prophets and false messiahs or christs. I found most of this in Matthew 24.

 And references for Signs of the End of the Age were noted in the NRSV Bible as (Mark 13:3-8; Luke 21:7-11).

                   Are these uncertain times causing you to look to God? In Isaiah 1:18-20, God said, “Come, let us reason together. Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall become as wool.”

                   In (Isaiah 1:19, NRSV): “If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured by the sword; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

                   If you are not born again, as Jesus exhorted Nicodemus about in John, chapter 3, I pray you’ll consider it, even if life on this side of heaven is difficult at times following Jesus. There are many pluses, too while alive. God’s love surpasses anything on earth.

                   May God bless you!

Finding Relief

Do you ever find yourself overwhelmed with all the changes going on and all the negative news? Wednesday was one of those days for me, so I sought out a favorite song on YouTube performed by The Martins: “The Promise”. https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=YouTube+The+Martins+singing+%22the+promise%22+song

After that song played, a medley of songs by Mercy Me and other artists came up, one after another. I remember “Holy Water” by We The Kingdom and Tasha Cobbs started and that is a praise and worship song. I must have pressed the +50 button. Some of those spiritual warfare songs rising up got me dancing. The next one was Mercy Me’s “Even If”.

In the Bible in the Psalms somewhere close to Psalm 150, it mentions fighting the adversary of our soul. I believe I learned that singing to Jesus and dancing for Him makes the enemy flee. Lisa Bevere taught many years ago at a Ladies’ Retreat offered by Bethel Full Gospel Church on East Avenue in Rochester, NY. The ladies traveled to Watson Homestead in Coopers Plains, west of Corning, NY. Maybe that’s when I learned it.

The next song may have been “Raise a Hallelujah” by Bethel Music. I remember “Chain Breaker” performed by Zach Williams and “Redeemed” by Big Daddy Weave and “Eye of the Storm” by Ryan Stevenson and “Surrounded (Fight My Battles)” by Michael W. Smith.

Earlier, I was asking God, “What’s the matter with me?”

Were tears brought on by being overtired, not getting the right nutrition, because after all this alone time-meetings starting three to four a week, what was it? Or maybe a combination of it all? Company staying over for days on end, as much as I love the people involved? Reading the book of Job in my daily devotions?

Heart breaking from my country attacking itself from within. Disbanding police is the most ludicrous thing I have ever heard of. Dear God.

After a few songs, a few worshipful dances I began to realize whatever was bothering me was completely gone! Lifted! As long as I’ve been a Christian, there are still times when I don’t recognize spiritual attacks. The enemy of my soul threw salt into wounds. Looking to God, Who is in control-even if I can’t see the way things will work out for people, gives me back my peace and my joy. Repentance and then prayer moves the hand of God!

May God bless you!