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!

Sacrifice of Praise

 

Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it, (KJV).

 

Philippians 4:4  May you always be joyful in your union with the Lord. I say it again: rejoice!

Php 4:5  Show a gentle attitude toward everyone. The Lord is coming soon.

Php 4:6  Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart.

Php 4:7  And God’s peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus.

Php 4:8  In conclusion, my friends, fill your minds with those things that are good and that deserve praise: things that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, and honorable.

Php 4:9  Put into practice what you learned and received from me, both from my words and from my actions. And the God who gives us peace will be with you, (GNB).

 

I am choosing to praise God today after hearing some bad news. A lady that mentored me a little, with a love for God and for her husband and for her family and for her friends had two brain surgeries. The first seemed to go well and then lately they decided something was wrong and so they went in again. Last night my husband told me she was in Palliative care and not expected to live. I prayed for her and midway through I got the distinct impression that her time here on earth was over.

So, I prayed more in case I was mistaken. I prayed more for us than for her. Heaven is a wonderful place from what I’ve read in the Scriptures. There are more warnings about hell than there are descriptions about heaven in the Word of God. I’m thinking if God put too much about heaven in there, we may get so homesick we could hardly function down here. He wants us to be joyful even in the midst of hard times.

 

Jer_33:11  The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the LORD, (KJV).

 

Jeremiah was a prophet to Israel warning them of the upcoming takeover of their land and their people by the Babylonians. They didn’t believe him and they persecuted him. In the years to come, he turned out to have preached the true Word of God. Israel got punished for turning to the gods of the other nations that practiced things that God hated: Offering their babies to a false god by putting them through the fire, enjoying the temple prostitutes of these other faiths, and telling God they would release their Israeli slaves and soon after putting them back into slavery, etc.

The verse of Jeremiah 33:11 tells the Israelites that they will be returned to their homeland. My husband is teaching the book of Daniel on Sunday mornings. Daniel prayed near the end of the seventieth year of their captivity because it was prophesied that they would return after seventy years. Daniel prayed humbly and beautifully to remind God of His promise. Indeed, God rose up a king that wanted to bless the Israelites and help them be restored to their land, as Jeremiah had said.

Our God is a God of justice and a God of hope. Those who may think God is too kind to punish someone have not taken the time to read the whole Bible. He rewards those who obey Him and love Him; He punishes those who disregard the sacrifice of His Son for our sins and live selfish lives.

I’m so glad my friend knew Jesus, God the Son. I plan on seeing her again.

Be blessed.

United

Today, I went to a Bible study at a nursing home and we read John 17. It talks of believers being united. Jesus longs for His followers to be one in the Spirit.

John_15:12, (KJV) “This is my commandment: that you love one another as I have loved you.

As we visited and read Scripture and prayed together, we came to realize we are family, sisters in Christ.

Then tonight, I got to see friends that I haven’t seen in quite a while. We sang songs worshiping God and caught up on our news, laughed and ate dinner together.

I told her that another reason I look forward to heaven is that I’ll get to see friends from different towns where we’ve lived. No separations in heaven.

Tomorrow, our denomination is hosting a gathering for women from different areas of New York. I’ll enjoy seeing people that once again, I haven’t seen in a while.

Isn’t it amazing how life goes along and then God provides opportunities to see others that blesses big time?

As a believer, we are told to get along with all of our family in Christ. When I’ve been on the outs with friends, it feels like a dark cloud follows me until I get things taken care of.

Really, the “Our Father” prayer tells me to forgive anyone I have unforgiveness toward. God helps me with this. I know, I’ve had to ask in the past.

God bless!

Wonderfully Made

Psalm_139:14 (ASV) “I will give thanks unto thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: Wonderful are thy works; And that my soul knoweth right well.”

This is the psalmist thanking God for making him in such an intricate manner. The human body is amazing. Healthy water, good food, exercise and the right amount of sleep causes the body to heal itself often times.

In addition, God tells us in Exodus 15:26, (KJV), “And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.”

I made Italian meatballs today and used jar sauce and homemade sauce for a group of friends and my husband. We ate a salad that someone else made. I enjoyed the food. We worship God and we read Scripture and discuss what we read. Tonight we prayed over a situation at one of the couple’s church. What a privilege to get together with like-minded friends to talk about God and His Word. We don’t see each other often, but enough so that there is a trust built up. That is precious indeed.

It surprises me that I fret over whether the sauce will be good, the meatballs flavorful enough. Wanting to please and then, a  matter of pride, I suppose, kept me adding this spice or that sweetener or a jar of tomato paste and three parts of water.

The most enjoyable part of the evening was discussing how God does His loving part of keeping us in the faith and helping us to find our purpose in life:our works. Then we looked at Scriptures in Phillipians and Hebrews and elsewhere that tell of us choosing to turn from sinful pursuits and to walk in a manner worthy of our calling in Christ Jesus. Col_1:10 (ASV) says: “so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”

We have our part and God has His part in this relationship between Creator and His created. How marvelous our God is to love us and fashion us and to interact with us. Be blessed!