Knowing your Gifts from God

  • As we are growing as Christians, God reveals to us our gifts through the Holy Spirit. Mine is helping others anyway I can. I feel so blessed to be made that way. Everyday I have joy knowing I am doing what I was meant to do.

I have been involved in many different areas of being a disciple of Christ. All of us need to know where we can let God’s light shine through us. Just our changed lives are a testimony to His Saving grace. The past five years as a born again Christian were of course full of  trials. Since we trust him in everything we don’t go to pieces and we learn how to overcome those trials and learn to endure.

I had a big one not to long ago. It messed with my medications. I needed to get refills and had to see the doctor first. I should have remembered myself to take care of that but, I forgot again… So in error by both the doctor and pharmacy, I was not given pills until my visit. I was only off one, but what a trial.. Anxiety ridden with highs and the lows. I never want to feel that way again. I felt like I was crying wolf to my Aunt but, I truly needed her help. Needless to say I got straightened out in a few days of being back on the one. This was also a wow moment. When I went to get it refilled, they had a refill still in my file. Yikes, I thought I would lose it. Everyone was retrained to look at all the screens. Praise to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I persevered.

My mission to do my job went on. I had one client that I was working too many hours for as a bipolar. Overwhelmed I believe the Lord was telling me to stop. Sadly, I did but I still regret I could not help her to know Christ and change her life. It is not us that can do that, only God can.

So as other big trials come we know as Christians He will fulfill His purpose in those trials. My mind fights me at times. When somethings hurt too bad, I can’t go back. I forgive them but, It becomes sadly a part of my red buttons for P.T.S.D. Then we think about all the pain and suffering our Lord, Jesus took upon Himself for our sins to redeem a people all His own. We can never surpass His sacrifices for us.

Thank You Lord for Your Mercy.

I have trust in You always.

And what about my sisters and brothers in Christ? They were there praying for me.

 

What’s expected next.

Christians will tell you all prophesies except the second coming of our Lord have come to pass. Before every knee bows, you will witness more terrible disasters you could ever even think of. The seven years of these times of terror are around the corner. This Christmas season look past the commercial Christmas. Our church saw little children presenting the true reason for Christmas. Amazing voices glorifying God.

I thought to myself, how many people know or even want to truly know Christ our King. It’s not a fairy tale people. It is the true word of God written down by men inspired by God himself. Stop saying the Bible is not all true. If you say that you are calling God a liar. If you say you are without sin, you are calling God a liar. If you say, I am a good person, and I think I will go to heaven on my own merits because I don’t hurt anyone, or I do good deeds for others that  look good, I am calling God a liar.

Here is what God says about all of us who say I am good enough.

Romans 3:10-18

There is none righteous, no not one; There is none who understands; Eccl 7:20

There is none who seeks after God.

They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no not one.”

Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”, Ps 5:

The poison of asps is under their lips”. Ps 140:3

Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.” Ps 10:7

Their feet are swift to shed blood; destruction and misery are in their ways;

And the way of peace they have not known.” Isaiah 59:7, 8

There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Ps 36-1

I know that was me before He gave me grace through faith. Take the time to know your Savior Christ Jesus, Our Father, the Son and Holy Spirit within us. Don’t be mislead in this time of deceivers, those denying Christ. You can give them all your money. You can see how they are immensely rich on your money.  Why are they living their best life now? Because their eternity will be the worst life.

Read the parable of the Rich man and Lazarus. Luke 16:17-31.  I pray you understand these things God reveals unto His chosen. Don’t be eternally separated from God, heed His warnings through all true Christians taught by His true Word, the Bible. If you can,  let Him reveal the truth. And you will no longer be calling Him a liar.

May God bless you according to His will for your life. He knows your gifts to give others, in hopes and prayers they will see and believe as you will.

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God’s will for your life is…

My Pastor presented this to us in his message in January. I have been looking for it and found it today in my sermon notes.

God’s will for your life is not

1. Bad
2. Fixed
3. Lost
4. Revealed to others
5. Based on circumstances
6. Contrary to God’s word

God’s will for your life is

1. To be saved               2 peter 3:9
2. To be sanctified       1 Thess 4:3
3. To be spirit filled      Eph 5:17-18
4. To be submissive        1 Peter 2:13-15
5. To endure suffering    1 Peter 4:19
6. To serve                       Romans 12:1-3
7. To give you what you desire       Ps 37:4

God has many provisions in His will in our failures. Knowing His will for our life is by His word.

Thanks Pastor Mark

God Bless!

 

Committed, are You?

I am stressing the importance of total committed faith in the Lord. I attend a small church. We need more involvement from our members. When Christ is your Savior it is very important to be a light that shows others; I am not just attending church on Sunday only. Most of us have a prayer night or bible study night to attend. Sad to say mostly the same members are involved in Awana, youth group and prayer group. Don’t get me wrong this is not the case with all our Christian churches.

Some older people would like to come but, we should offer if possible to bring them. Maybe they cannot come, if they are ill or shut ins. Maybe they are parents working late or they just need to realize how important this is for their children. We can make many excuses. Every week buses go and pick up youth and children who can meet at a central location.

This is not about you only.This about our children’s generation. Who is going to help them to know the Lord as their Savior? What will they pass on to the next generation and so on? It’s a parent that is faithful to the Lord’s plan that will influence them. If we don’t tell them will they every know about anything but, this fallen world. There is a heaven and a hell. You are their example. We will all stand accountable on that day of judgement, every one of us… Make a difference get involved in your church. Remember that is how the truth that Christ is the only way to heaven gets passed down from generation to generation. Be committed to Christ’s our Lord’s plan today.

God Bless!

Promises that cannot be broken this day and forward.

Everyone of these verses can be read in context by reading the whole chapter. I don’t know about you but, these are the promises I could never see or hear myself. Only by God’s mercy can we read, see, and hear the truth. Everyone who inherits heaven through Christ who shed his blood for our sins on the cross will understand these promises. If you read them could it be that you may understand? I just pray that to you this is not all foolishness.

1 Corinthians 1:18-19

For the message of God is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:

“I will destroy the wisdom
of the wise,
And bring to nothing the
understanding of the prudent.”

1 Corinthians 1:26-31

Glory only in the Lord

For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put shame on the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God–and righteousness and sanctification and redemption–that, as it is written, “He who glories, let him glory in the Lord.”

Genesis 12:1-3

Promises to Abraham

Now the Lord had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

John 14:4-16

Jesus Promises another Helper

If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. “If you love Me, keep My commandments.  And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—

Romans 9:3-5

For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh, who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God. Amen

Romans 15:7-9

Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God. Now I say that Jesus Christ has become a servant to the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers, Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us to the glory of God

2 Corinthians 1:19-22

For  the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me, Silvanus, and Timothy—was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes. For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.

2 Corinthians 7:1-3

Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Open your hearts to us. We have wronged no one, we have corrupted no one, we have cheated no one. I do not say this to condemn; for I have said before that you are in our hearts, to die together and to live together.

Galatians 3:15-17

Brethren, I speak in the manner of men: Though it is only a man’s covenant, yet if it is confirmed, no one annuls or adds to it. Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, “And to seeds,” as of many, but as of one, “And to your Seed,” who is Christ. And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect.

Galatians 3:20-22

Now a mediator does not mediate for one only, but God is one.  Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law.  But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.

Hebrews 6:11-14

And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end see that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself,  saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.”

Hebrews 7:5-7

And indeed those who are of the sons of Levi, who receive the priesthood, have a commandment to receive tithes from the people according to the law, that is, from their brethren, though they have come from the loins of Abraham; But he whose genealogy is not derived from them received tithes from Abraham and blessed him who had the promises. Now beyond all contradiction the lesser is blessed by the better.

Hebrews 8:4-13  

For if He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law; who serve the copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For He said,“See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.” But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promisesBecause finding fault with them, He says: “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judahnot according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the Lord. 10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 11 None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. 12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” 13 In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

Hebrews 11:12-14

Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude—innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore. These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland.

Hebrews 11:16-18

But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them. By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,

Hebrews 11:32-34

And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.

2 Peter 1:2-4

Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Life with the Lord is now and forever.

God Bless!

I pray He finds you today ready for His mercy. Amen!

And we know this that scoffers will come.

2 Peter 3:1-18

Yes, some things that are happening now have happened before but, they are happening more and more. I see it do you? We have people demonstrating against the police. We have so many, many, uh natural disasters. Our government and other countries’ governments are going kaput. Not to mention the wars, diseases, pestilences unleashed.

In every generation we are told to watch and be ready for the return of Christ. Every generation of Christians have awaited His return.

In the bible in His words, Jesus answers:  “Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming and the end of the age?” Our hopes as Christians is that you desire to know? Matthew 24:3; Mark 13: 3, 4; Luke 21:7. Jesus gives a complete answer in the same gospels and goes on to forewarn us of what  will be. Mathew 24:4-31; Mark 13:5-27; Luke 21:7-28.

I am not going to write this all down because everyone in this world does or will have heard His words. Many of those being you that have a bible in your own home. I can encourage you to open and read it. And all true Christians encourage you to search the scriptures. Don’t believe that there is one on earth that is your leader because they are just men and women, sinners like us. They have no authority over the bible to tell you what it says and you should never take their words to interpret them for you. Yes, we have teachers, preachers, disciples now and where do they preach the true infallible word from? The Bible.

This Christmas and now forward seek and find the truth and truly it does set you free. John 8:31-36

Have a Blessed Christmas!!!

What stuff can I take with me?

What have you left behind? Did you ever leave somewhere and lost all your stuff? I have several times. All the rest of that stuff is in Lebanon. I brought what I could sixty pounds of clothes and guess what? I have more stuff now. I saw all my brother’s stuff laid out for sale. His whole life of stuff left behind. Not too much of that stuff sold and the rest went to charity. His house sold in a couple of days. When I left the last time I felt sad for he would no longer be there and the stuff was all there and I could no longer look at it. I did choose some of it to go with my stuff in my new apartment. It’s a comfort thing for me knowing it was his. Some of it even was my grandparents, both sides and my dads. I have a collection of baseball hats, dad’s and my brother’s. I have his army jacket and his biking clothes. Maybe I will wear them. He was an avid biker. He really loved it. I have his special treasure here for now. It’s his cat named Myteka. He just jumped up by me. That is truly the most special. I know how much he loved his cat and I love him also. We bonded when my brother was dying. My brother was happy about that. My brother and I in our last months together were strong in our faith in Christ together. I now can go forward and be busy about the Lord’s business. Hallelujah!

He would not be happy with the estrangement in our family. I do think he knew it would be this way. My other brother never wants to see my sister and I again. It’s because of all the stuff we did to him. Like helping all along, you know it does not matter. I told my mom to let it go. She blames him for me moving out and for treating my sister badly also. I told her, God sees all we have ever done. It is all out in open and we are accountable for not repenting and being obedient to him. No matter what you think or say you are going to die someday to the body. Your soul will never die. No stuff is worth being right or in charge or self-righteous over. God says the wise are made unwise because their thoughts are futile. They deny him and believe they are above all rule. They say I control my own destiny. No one is in charge of me. No stuff is worth anything in the hereafter. Your heart and soul, all of you being In Christ is above all else. Pray you can surrender to Christ as your Savior today.

Don’t let yourself be deceived. Don’t be believing that all religions lead to heaven and we all worship the same god. You can not create God to your fleshly standard. We have nothing to say about a thing. He tells us in his word that is why many will be without excuse. All will be accountable because we can look around and see his wonderful creations. Can you look around and truly say this all just came into being. If you can you are denying God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. You must repent or perish. Please don’t be one that He says to: “Depart from me I never knew you”.

Matthew 7:23

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And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

I am asking for prayer for my sister, Jackie. An MRI showed two spots on her pancreas. She is having an Endoscopic ultrasound Monday. Our faith is strong no matter. More and more diagnosis of this cancer is happening. three in my family since 2011. I am advising all to get checked. My family most of us have acid reflux. They say this cancer is not hereditary depending what doctor you see. I think it is. Some doctors say it is a death sentence when it gets there. Maybe earlier diagnosis will help we will get that answer. She is under stage one if it is.

Endoscopic Ultrasound

Physicians guide the endoscope through the stomach to provide visualization of a pancreas tumor(s).Although CT and MRI show many pancreatic cancers, some can be missed, especially when a tumor is small. If one highly suspects the presence of disease, endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) is essential.

EUS is a relatively new endoscopic procedure that uses an ultrasound probe at the tip of an endoscope to provide high-quality, detailed images of structures in and around the gastrointestinal tract. During upper endoscopy, the echoendoscope is placed in the stomach and duodenum to obtain detailed images of the entire pancreas and adjacent structures. Tumors are more accurately detected – or excluded – by EUS as compared to CT or MRI.

EUS also provides a means for tissue diagnosis. Under real-time EUS guidance, a fine needle aspiration (FNA) biopsy can be performed to provide a cytopathologic sample. EUS is a more accurate and safer method to perform biopsies of pancreatic tumors than other methods, including endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) and percutaneous image-guided biopsies.

God Bless, Thank you for prayers.