His love endures.

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God is so amazing! I think about things I have done, and while not as bad as some, worse than others. BUT, really doesn’t matter how one sins, since sin is sin, and we are all sinners.

For [there is] not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not. Ecclesiates 7:20

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned:  Romans 5:12

And, because of that sin, we deserve punishment, we deserve eternal damnation, but God does not want that for us.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  John 3:16

He gave us Christ, so that we don’t have to be punished for the sins we commit, IF we confess those sins and ask for forgiveness.

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:9

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

Romans 3:23-26

We are justified and made righteous. Not because of us, but in spite of ourselves, through the forgiveness, grace and mercy Christ paid for on the cross. Its there waiting for us…..all we have to do is ask for it. Once it is asked for, it is given….and we are made new and perfect in His sight.

O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Psalms 118:29 (KJV)

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.  Psalms 136:1 (ESV)

Now, if that is NOT AMAZING, nothing comes close. He loves us with a love that endures forever. His love does not falter because we fail. He loves us in spite of our sins and has gone to the furthest of measures to give us a way to be forgiven. I stand in awe of our Lord. A love that endures all the pain we cause Him; a love that persists no matter what we do; a love that will forgive us even though we turn our backs on Him.

How would the world be if we all had that kind of love or even a fraction of it? Definitely would be a better place. I aspire to have that kind of love, that kind of forgiveness. I will strive to love the way God loves us.

A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.  John 13:34

 

Lord, I thank You for the forgiveness and love You give me. Things I don’t deserve, but You still give it. I praise Your Holy Name. I pray in the name of Jesus that You work in my heart and help me to have that kind of love. I ask that You teach me to know and live the heart of Christ. Please, draw me and my loved ones closer to You. Teach us all to have that kind of love and to have the forgiveness that You give us. Draw us all to You that we may all know the salvation You have for us.

Amen

I hope all have a blessed day and weekend. And, as always, please try to be a blessing to someone else.

Thank you for your visit.

 

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Sorrow

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Have you ever looked at someone and known by the look in their eyes that they were unhappy? I don’t mean not happy at the moment but unhappy with their life and by appearance they are extremely sorrowful and emotionally in, well, pain. Something in their life is not good. Maybe they realize it and know what that is but maybe they don’t. They are just unhappy. Oh, there may be moments of happiness but those are few compared to the hours, days, weeks and months of sadness. It seems to me it would almost be like drowning and managing to get a quick breath of air only to sink underwater again. Sometimes when I have seen people like that they seem to have given up hope for true joy. Many times people in such circumstances start out looking for happiness and joy only to realize once they get what they thought would bring happiness instead brings sorrow. This happens many ways: use of alcohol, drugs, pornography, pursuit of wealth, nicer clothes or nicer home are a few examples. But by trying to find happiness in those things one finds the opposite: health and financial problems from using drugs and alcohol, mental issues and relationship problems from watching pornography, relationship problems from being so motivated by wealth one loses their family, the financial difficulties many face when spending too much on clothes, housing or other things all bring more long lasting pain and suffering than any joy obtained. The shattered self esteem that goes with trying to have one thing but realizing the cost and impact on one’s life is not worth any benefit that can be realized.

Too many people are sad for a variety of reasons and find ways to try to decrease the sadness but the worldly pursuits will never give true joy. Those things cannot fill a void that these people have in themselves. They cannot find joy from outside themselves and if a person is not happy with themselves, they can’t be happy with things. There are many ways to find joy and peace for oneself, but the only way to find true joy and peace is through Christ. I found myself in similar circumstances to many, for a variety of reasons I had a lot of sorrow and pain in my life, some things helped but even the things that helped did not give the true joy I found when I quit fighting against God and came to Him to confess I was a sinner and asked for His forgiveness. And, just like that, He gave it to me. Oh, there are times I am not fully joyful, there are times when I have pain and sorrow for one thing or another. It is part of human existence to have pain and sorrow at times. But now, those are minimal and the joy is the vast, vast majority of the time. When I am facing difficult times I have Christ to help me through the hard times and the joy and peace of knowing what waits for me in eternity with Him.

 

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.  Revelation 21:4

 

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory which shall be revealed in us.  Romans 8:18

 

The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.  Proverbs 10:22

 

But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.  1 Peter 4:13

 

He tells us there will be sorrows, but He also tells us that when we have sorrows, we will have Him there to take our pain, as Christ did on the cross and that all sorrow and pain will be replace with joy, not just joy but exceeding joy. What a magnificent Lord we serve.

 

Lord, I praise You for all You are and thank You for the joy You give me and for giving me hope and comfort in times of sorrow. More than anything I thank You and praise You for the salvation and forgiveness that Christ gave Himself for that I would be able to have that joy and life eternal. I pray that You show all those in pain and sorrow, for whatever reason,  that they do not need to suffer and hurt, no reason for them to be miserable but that instead there is a reason to rejoice and that You offer salvation from whatever situation in their lives that cause the suffering and that You will help them find a way out of those circumstances and that You will give them joy in times of pain and sorrow. I pray in the name of Jesus that anyone going through hard times learn to look to You for their joy and salvation from the sorrows they are enduring. I pray that You draw us all to You and that we learn how to glorify Christ in all we do and show us all the forgiveness and mercy You have for us.

Amen

Thanks to everyone for stopping by and taking time to read my post. I hope all have a blessed and joyful day and that you find a way to spread your joy and to bless someone else today.

 

The Porch Light

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I like to find similes, ways that real life experiences can help me better understand the Bible and how to apply it to my spiritual life. Maybe sort of like parables that Jesus used to teach people things. It just makes the concepts easier to understand for me. Some of these concepts, thoughts, should be and often are, things I learned as a child. Maybe similar lessons in Sunday School, maybe the same concepts taught other ways. Regardless if the lessons He teaches me are the simple ones, the more complicated, or if He is reteaching me things that I know, but sort of put way in the back of my mind and He wants them brought more to the front; He does remind me, teach me and I praise God that He is able to use so many things to show me what He wants me to know and think about.

And, the most recent of many lessons.

 

 

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The other night I went outside after it was dark and as I went out the door I turned on switch for the porch light, but it didn’t come on. So, I step back inside because, well, maybe I only thought I turned it on, but nope, switch was on and realized the light bulb had burned out. I went inside, got a new bulb and using a flashlight to see I replaced it. When the new bulb came on I noticed the cobwebs in the fixture as well as all the bugs that had been trapped and consumed. First thought was that I needed to clean it, but decided to wait until it was light outside so I could see better. Then, I went about what I was going to do initially (which sadly when I get distracted by one thing, I forget what I was doing to begin with and end up not getting it done, is that age? Naw, always been that way, maybe some attention deficit. BUT, I digress.) I finished and as I was going back inside I noticed that the new light was surrounded by insects, moths, gnats, flies, mosquitoes and whatever else. I thought about how many had been attracted to the light before and ended up consumed. As I thought about it more, I thought about my recent post on spider webs.

I thought about how the insects were attracted to the light. I always wondered why they do that. Why do moths fly to and into flames sometimes? Is it for warmth? Security? Do they for some reason think the colors are some sort of flower and as such food for them? I may have learned in school what instinct draws moths to the flames, but I can’t recall why at this time and as I think about it, I don’t believe they have definitive proof of why, only different theories. But, they are attracted to the light, the flame, and once there, despite what, they often find themselves either in a flame, trapped in a web or in some other way consumed and destroyed by what attracted them.

Further thoughts and the analogy of humans being drawn to what we think is light often leads to our destruction. Why are we lured by the false light of the world? What is it about the human psyche that makes us want things that, from a different perspective, one should know would lead to our spiritual demise? Why do we worry so much about the things of this world such as money and the things it can buy like fancy clothes, new cars, fancy houses and such? What instinct or desire is it that inexplicably lures us into destruction? All over media whether that be television, radio, magazines, billboards are advertisements that promise so much and cause us to want those things. Cars, clothes, perfume, alcohol, and endless other things. Trying to obtain these things, or obtaining and proceeding in the lifestyle necessary to obtain and “enjoy” all the things promised in the ads takes us down paths that in the long run are not in our best interests.

I see others lured into situations and lifestyles that as I look from a distance it is easy to see is going to be harmful to them in the long run. I know in hindsight I have taken the wrong path while seeking a false light. One gets so fixated on things that one is not able to see what is truly happening. We are being lead to our destruction. We compromise ourselves, our values, knowing initially that something is wrong, but somehow we justify our actions as we seek whatever we are seeking, whatever light is attracting us at the time, that we ignore the dangers until we are pulled in too closely and either get consumed by the flames, trapped in a spider’s web close to the light or some other way are destroyed as we try to move as close to the light as possible. Maybe we think we will only “almost get burned” and can enjoy whatever benefit we think we can derive from whatever light we are focused on at the time. But, it ends up the closer we get, the harder it is to resist and we realize too late we are unable to escape. Things that for whatever reason held such promise for us end up causing our destruction.

Well, as I think further, part of the lesson He was teaching me is that one needs to be ever vigilant, to be on the look out for possible traps, for things that may attract us and lure us into the flames.

13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

2 Corinthians 11:13-15

 

But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.   1 Timothy 6:9

 

Of course, it would even be better if, rather than get trapped or nearly trapped, we watched and avoided the temptations of the world that is not always the case.   But, if we remember that there are many perils and temptations, watch for them and constantly seek Him, those things are easier to avoid.

Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.  Matthew 26:41

 

But, being warned, sometimes we still fall victim. When we find ourselves in these situations, where we thought we were proceeding to something good, when we realize maybe it isn’t so good for us but that we can still escape without harm but then too late find we are not so easily able to escape, when we are first tempted by something, we have someone that WILL BE THERE to help us escape and save us from our foolishness. Regardless of how close we get, when we know we need Him, He will save us.

 

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.   1 Corinthians 10:13

 

Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.   Revelations 3:10

 

He is there to help us fight temptation and to deliver us from the temptations that we find ourselves too weak to resist. When we are lost because of that, He will deliver us. What an amazing Lord!

 

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9

 

It is far too easy to get attracted to “the porch lights” of the world and then it can be difficult to escape but He can help us avoid those things and should we not avoid them He will save us from whatever trap we find ourselves in. All one needs do is ask Him. Such a simple concept but at the same time difficult for humans and that’s why we need Him. I have been caught up in things and very nearly destroyed by them but He has saved me from them and is working to save me from others. Praise God for His faithful dedication to me and all of us.

 

 

Lord, I praise You for all the life lessons, the simple things that You use to help me better unsderstand what You want me to learn. I praise You for the grace, mercy and forgiveness You give me. I pray in the Name of Jesus that You continue to teach me, help me understand, use me to help others see You. Help me better understand the heart and mind of Christ. I pray that You help me know the temptations in life that will draw me away from You and lead to my destruction. Help me recognize that the lifestyle I as a human may want is the wrong thing and will only serve to harm me and my Christian walk. Show me what things I am allowing me to move towards the fire, towards damnation and eternal death. Help me walk away from those things and know how to seek the true Light of Christ. Thank You for my salvation and the forgiveness that Jesus earned for me. Please, draw us to You and teach us all the mercy You have for us.

Amen

 

Thank You all for the visit and time to read my post. I hope something is helpful and blesses someone. Sometimes, He teaches me things in strange ways. But, I do hope that all are blessed somehow today, and are a blessing to others in the process.

 

The Fountain

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I was given this bottle from the Fountain of Youth that Ponce de Leon discovered in Florida. I haven’t tried it, but was told the water had a sulfur taste. Maybe youth has a price to pay in the foul taste. Thinking on the fountain of youth, and the efforts that so many go to in life to stay young, or at least young looking. Exercise and diet, coloring gray hair, make up, botox injections, and even surgery for some. All those involved trying to stave off the inevitable effects of aging. Oh, some aspects, particularly a healthy lifestyle with appropriate exercise and a proper diet actually help some, the rest are just bandaids to try to maintain the appearance of youth, but don’t actually do anything to keep one young. All, barring some horrible event, will age and eventually die. I have not seen any information on the life prolonging effects of this water, but would anticipate that it doesn’t do much. If I drink it, I’ll have a bitter taste in my mouth and eventually, get thirsty again.

BUT, there is a true fountain of youth, in a manner of speaking. It doesn’t keep me young physically, but the joy it gives me does keep me young spiritually and mentally. And, no bitter taste! Even better than that, I can try all I want, but I can never drink from the fountain of which I speak, but will NEVER drink too much. On top of that, I won’t get thirsty again! Such an amazingly refreshing and thirst quenching drink I get from the true fountain of youth. No, maybe not physical youth, but this fountain gives me life eternal and how can any pretense at youth be better than that?

For with thee is the fountain of life: in thy light shall we see light.  Psalms 36:9

 

Bless ye God in the congregations, even the Lord, from the fountain of Israel. Psalms 68:26

 

And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. Revelations 21:6

 

Many fountains in the Bible. He is the Fountain of Life, not simply youth, but LIFE! Without the waters He gives me, I would cease to exist.

10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.
11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?
12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?
13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again:
14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

John 4:10-14

 

THIS is the true and only fountain of LIFE! Life eternal with Christ. The fountain of youth, IF it were real, would only give me an extended life on earth, but it is not the life giving waters that Jesus has for us who confess that He is the Son of God, the He sacrificed Himself to die on the cross for our sins, rose from the grave and that we have sinned and ask Him for forgiveness of those sins.

If we do those things, WE ARE FORGIVEN! And, we can drink all we want from the Fountain. WHAT A GLORIOUS GOD WE SERVE! I never fail to be awed and amazed by His love, mercy and grace that He shows me, regardless of how undeserving I am to receive it.

Lord, I praise You and thank You for the Living Waters that You provide for us. That You used a bad situation to bring me to You and let me drink of those waters. That You sacrificed Your Son, Christ, to give me life eternal with You. In Jesus Name I pray that continue Your work in me, help me better seek Christ and be a better vessel for Him. I ask that You draw loved ones to You, show them Your true will and way for them, reveal Your plan for their lives. I pray You further clarify Your plans for my life as well.

In Jesus Precious Name, Amen

 

Thanks for your time today. PLEASE, take a minute to read the Bible, Pray and DRINK DEEPLY from the fountain of life He has for you. Have a most blessed day and be a blessing to someone else as well.

 

 

 

 

 

Perfect Love

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Sometimes, dealing with relationships with other people, one can get to feeling pretty unloved. At least I can get to feeling that way. Others, even those you once thought had true feelings for you, show through actions they care very little. They say they love you without limits, without condition and nothing will ever change that love. But, it is a sad fact of human existence, people either lie about their feelings or for some reason, maybe they don’t love themselves enough, they seem unable to actually show love. Perhaps I am silly to believe in the kind of love that one sacrifices for the other and continues to sacrifice, no matter if the other is unable to do everything we want exactly when we want. They are unwilling, or unable, to give that kind of sacrifice without question. I guess the notion of unconditional love for humans is a fallacy.

But, the unconditional, limitless love of God, that is NO FALLACY. It is true. No doubt in my mind about that. There are so many verses about His love for us that it was hard to find the best ones, but here are just a few.

 

John 3:16 – For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

1 John 3:1 – Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.

Hebrews 13:8 – Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

 

God sacrificed His Son. Jesus Christ sacrificed Himself. And, he does not change.

 

Isaiah 41:13 – For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.

He is also there to hold us, protect us and help us not just when we need Him, but always.

Jeremiah 31:3 – The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, [saying], Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee.

The Lord gives us an everlasting love and kindness that humans are unable to even come close to having for each other.  The never ending love that we have no ability to understand.

Ephesians 3:19 – And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

 

Lord, Praise You and Your Holy Name, I worship You for all You are, for the Love You give without condition, without limit and in spite of my failures. Thank You for the sacrifice of Your Son Jesus who died for my sins that I could be redeemed. I praise You for the forgiveness of my sins and my salvation. I ask in Jesus Name that You work in my heart and the heart of others that we be better examples for You and have the love for one another that You expect of us. I pray that any who feel I have wronged them forgive me as they have been forgiven. Teach me to have the heart and mind of Christ, that I be a better servant for You. Show us all Your way for us and Your plan for our lives. Please, draw loved ones nearer to You and make them sensitive to Your call to them that we may all be saved and live the life eternal with Christ.

 

Amen

 

Thank You all. I hope all remember He loves us, no matter how much or how little other people do. Have a blessed day, and pass on the blessing to others.