Keeping One’s Peace

Lately, I’ve determined to stay quiet, as much as possible, and listen to others sometimes. Today, I spent some time with the Lord and I thought he said to listen to a friend when I saw her in the afternoon. She didn’t show up to walk and I missed her text message saying she wouldn’t be able to walk and when she did arrive so we could go to our reward for organizing our homes, she had words of wisdom that blessed me.

When she didn’t show up I began to wonder if I really heard from the Lord. Yet, as she spoke about feeling resistance from the enemy of our souls and to her that was proof that these changes we’re making must be close to being accomplished, I felt a whoosh of joy almost like a whoosh of air but inside of me!

Thank you, Jesus.

I have been going to the two doctors that I usually go to when I’m wondering if something is up with my body. The last time I went she suggested I have a scan at the hospital so she’ll know if I need medicine. She’s young enough to be my daughter. Usually we talk about my writing or some other subject for a little bit. Not this last time. I’m telling her I don’t want medicine and she’s telling me the risks of not taking the medicine and of course, she tells me it’s my choice. If I don’t, I may just DIE! A horrible death, I’m sure, so I meekly say, okay, I’ll take the test. Okay, I’ll stay on the medicine. Brother.

Now that I’ve had the test, I think I’ll exercise more and eat a little bit better. I had two kinds of soup today, one our leftovers, the other at a friend’s home. We did not walk either – this is another friend – because of the rain. Healthy soup should help, shouldn’t it? I believe food makes a difference in people’s health. I told that to the dermatologist last week. He doesn’t think so. If I ate blueberries and apples and broccoli and red cabbage every day, I think my dermatologist would see me less often. When I juiced carrots two-three times a week and drank carrot juice every morning, my eyes improved – small cataracts disappeared.

I thank God for doctors, I really do, but I don’t think they spend enough time on the benefits of good nutrition in their studies, from what I’ve heard over the years. God made our bodies with healing properties inside us, but if we sabotage them with unhealthy foods and drugs and excess alcohol and bad habits they will age more rapidly and get sick.

One day we will all die and we can impact that date and the quality of our lives to some degree. God talks about us disappearing like the lilies of the field and that we should live our lives to the fullest while we have the opportunity to do so. Unlike the devil and people that live for themselves and Satan, God wants us to do good to orphans and to widows and to the poor.

Jesus spoke here:

Luke 14:12, (ESV):  He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid.

Luk 14:13  But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,

Luk 14:14  and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

John 14 talks about eternity and our heavenly home, but the verses near the end of chapter 14 are of Jesus teaching His disciples about love and obedience and of His mission to return to the Father for our benefit:

Joh 14:24  Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me.

Joh 14:25  “These things I have spoken to you while I am still with you.

Joh 14:26  But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

Joh 14:27  Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

Joh 14:28  You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I.

Joh 14:29  And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe.

Joh 14:30  I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me,

Joh 14:31  but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.

 

My prayer for all of us is to reside in God’s peace. He stands ready to help us and to encourage us and to strengthen us no matter what comes our way if we will call on Him and then wait patiently for Him to show Himself strong for our defense.

I’m also learning to “hold my peace,” as my parents used to say back in the day. “Keep quiet.” Holding onto my words as one of six children surely gave them a measure of peace and quiet. 🙂

God bless!

Blessed Are the Merciful

Mat 5:7 (TLV) “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy.”

 

Jesus speaks of mercy, a subject He and the Father know well.

After I pondered this verse, then I read Mary’s praise of God in Luke chapter one to her cousin, Elizabeth in the King James Version of the Bible:

Luk 1:46  And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

Luk 1:47  And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

Luk 1:48  For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

Luk 1:49  For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.

Luk 1:50  And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

Luk 1:51  He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

Luk 1:52  He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.

Luk 1:53  He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.

Luk 1:54  He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy;

Luk 1:55  As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.

Mercy is a pardon when I deserve a punishment. Kind of like grace, I think. Grace is undeserved merit. So, since Jesus is merciful to us, He wants us to be merciful to others. He took on our punishment so we’d be okay in the Father’s eyes. He wants us to be kind and forgive others, merciful.

As we sow, so shall we reap, it says in Galatians.

Gal_6:7 (KJV) says: Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Gal_6:8  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

Gal_6:9  And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

It’s not easy to be kind and merciful and forgiving when others are being just the opposite, but if we ask Jesus to help us, we can do it. It makes our world a better place, and others may come to Christ if they see us obeying God’s commandments. I know I’ll never be perfect this side of heaven, but when I seek to obey Jesus, He gives me joy.

I remember being really mad at my children and deciding I would not punish at the moment so the punishment was not overly harsh. When it came time to punish, I’d be apt to take them on my lap and explain why I was so mad. Then when I felt they understood, I’d say, “Don’t do that again!”

It took me a while to learn how to discipline. I learned a lot over the years and wish I’d learned sooner rather than later. Thank God that He is all knowing and there is no learning curve with God’s parenting skills. There’s a song out that says, “He’s a good, good Father…It’s Who You are…And I’m loved by You, it’s who I am, it’s who I am…”

I love that song, sung by Chris Tomlin. I’ve also heard it sung by Casting Crowns, excellent as well.

Our merciful, loving God, perfect, absolutely perfect!

Home Safely

We had a great opportunity to visit family for Christmas in another area of New York State. We held our plans loosely because one never knows what a day will bring. After a great Christmas and day after we made our way home. But this is not our home.

In two cases, this is not my home. My home belongs to the church that my husband pastors at. It feels like home, but once he retires, on we’ll go to another dwelling place.

Also, there is a great Christian song that talks about going to the Father’s house that’s fun to listen to: “Big House” by Audio Adrenaline.

Another song I tried to find is kind of a rock and roll song that talks about this world not being home, meaning the planet earth.

I searched for Scriptures to back up this idea that’s not really mine.

1Peter 1:17 (CEV): “You say that God is your Father, but God doesn’t have favorites! He judges all people by what they do. So you must honor God while you live as strangers here on earth.
1Peter 1:18 You were rescued from the useless way of life that you learned from your ancestors. But you know that you were not rescued by such things as silver or gold that don’t last forever.
1Peter 1:19 You were rescued by the precious blood of Christ, that spotless and innocent lamb.
1Peter 1:20 Christ was chosen even before the world was created, but because of you, he did not come until these last days.
1Peter 1:21 And when he did come, it was to lead you to have faith in God, who raised him from death and honored him in a glorious way. That’s why you have put your faith and hope in God.”

Jesus said in

(John 14:1-3),
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.
There are many rooms in my Father’s house. If there were not, would I have told you that I am going away to prepare a place for you?
And if I am going away to prepare a place for you, I will come back again and welcome you into my presence, so that you may be where I am.” (ISV)

gerhardy.id.au posted this photo:

 

 

So, I figure God wants us to enjoy our life here on earth, but not to get too attached to it. My paraphrase of Philippians 4:4, 6-8; one of Paul’s epistles. 🙂

 

 

 

 

Hearing from God

Do you ever hear a Scripture over and over again, through prophesies, preaching, and/or casual conversation? I’ve been hearing and reading in the Word, Isaiah 64:6. Here it is in the Amplified Version of the Bible:

For we have all become like one who is unclean (ceremonially, like a leper), and all our righteousness (our best deeds of rightness and justice) is like filthy rags or a polluted garment; we all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away (far from God’s favor, hurrying us toward destruction). (Leviticus 13:45, 46)

Then I hear that even though all fall short of the glory of God, (Romans 3:23), it is for sinful man that Jesus Christ came from heaven to earth. He took the curse of sin, and the sin itself, upon Himself (He who knew no sin), took my sin on Himself so I could be washed clean. Then Father God says, “I see you my beloved child, free from sin,” because I repented and believed on Jesus, God the Son.
When I die, God will say, “Come into My heaven, your home. Your mansion awaits. There’s no crying here. Enter into rest and be free of all aches and pains. Experience the joy and love of God forever.”

Why do I keep on hearing about “none are righteous, no not one.”? Maybe so I’ll be less hard on myself when I miss the mark of the high call of God. Maybe because pride is the basis of all sin, C.S. Lewis thought so. Then I’ll know any good thing in me is because of Jesus Christ, the Savior.

Isaiah 9:6 (KJV) says: For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, the everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

To stay rooted and grounded in Jesus, I must live a repentant lifestyle. When I sin daily, hourly, moment by moment sometimes, I need to repent daily, hourly, moment by moment. God forgives and I must forgive myself. To live in God’s joyful presence, what a privilege. Grace – not striving, not legalism – but grace!

We are able to hear from God because of His grace.