“Blessed be God . . ., who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God” (2 Corinthians 1:3,4). The Holy Bible, The New Living Translation.
Those of us who have been around the bush long enough have been through the meat grinder once or twice haven’t we. In those times of tribulation hasn’t God comforted you and encouraged you?
Hasn’t He in His divine love healed you?
So, where is your gratitude?
When someone does something nice for you, shouldn’t you return the favor?
When you see someone suffering shouldn’t you go to them and emulate what God did for you?
You know, the most painful and horrible experience in my life was being in an abusive relationship and the healing that took place afterwards.
In my teaching days I witnessed a lot of hurt and pain because of students being in an abusive situation. It broke my heart. I would sit them down and share my experience with them. Because I had walked that mile in their shoes they listened to me. In the end it helped guide many of them to Jesus.
Please for the love of Christ and your fellow men, when you see someone suffering reach out to them.
Not only can it be a comforting and encouraging experience to them, it can also be an opportunity to share Jesus with them. This in turn may help bring them into our Holy family.
If you are experiencing a time of great difficulty and or pain and are reading this, take heart. God is not stupid. Perhaps He is allowing this experience to train you to help others in the future.
Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Uzam (The Lord is our Strength in Trouble) – Is 49:26 for blessing me with Your strength, comfort and encouragement when I endured the fiery times of trouble, anguish and confusion. Please bless me with the opportunity to pay it forward to someone who is experiencing the fire storms of life to help them and to guide them to the greatest Strengthener of all, You. In the name of He who was strong enough to endure the agony of the cross for His love of me, Jesus Christ I humbly ask. AMEN
May your house be filled with joy in the morning and sweet dreams at night. May it be a home where love has come to live. Joseph a son of Jehovah
Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Proverbs 4:7, New International Version
What are you willing to pay for a supreme loving relationship?
God says that we are to seek the kingdom of God first and He will add unto you (which means He will bless you).
So my question is: What are you willing to pay for the privilege of having the preeminent privilege of a true love relationship with God?
Are you willing to walk away from you job?
Are you willing to walk way from your family (Now I don’t believe that means to use this as an excuse for a divorce. That’s not possible as God hates divorce.) But, are you willing to walk away from your parents and siblings?
Are you willing to walk away from your friends?
You see the cost is guaranteed to be high. So will the reward be.
Are you willing to sacrifice your desires for the desires of Christ?
Above all the grace and gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self. Francis of Assisi
Prayer: I know oh Jehovah Kanna (The Lord is Jealous) – Ex 34:14 that You are a jealous God that desires to have no one above You because that makes them or it an idol which takes away from loving You. Thank You for teaching me this and for empowering me to cast aside anything and everything that attempts to upsurge You. I thank You in the name of He who surrendered His own life to do Your will Jesus Christ. Amen
May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love fill your heart today and every day. Joseph a son of Jehovah
Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Galatians 5:24-25 The Holy Bible, The New Living Translation
In order for us to have a deep relationship with Jehovah first we must sacrifice the most important thing in our lives, we must sacrifice ourselves. Self is the opaque veil that hides the face of God from us. It can be removed only in spiritual experience, never by mere instruction.A. W. Tozer
Are you willing to perform that difficult sacrifice?
Let’s face it, without Christ everything we do we do for ourselves isn’t it ?
In our relationships isn’t it really all about ourselves?
Oh we may be dedicated husbands or wives, we may be dedicated parents, but what are our motives?
Isn’t it to satisfy a need to be loved and respected?
When we have all the latest toys isn’t it to satisfy ourselves or to impress people so as to inflate our ego?
On the other hand when we sacrifice ourselves unto God we put Him first.
Christ first, others second, self last is every Christians motto. Joseph a son of Jehovah
Now why would we do something stupid like that you ask?
Every Christian will reply it is in gratitude for His deep divine love for us.
Now, that does not sound stupid does it?
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1 The Holy Bible, The New Living Translation
Only one life, so live it well, And keep your candle trimmed and bright; Eternity, not time, will tell The radius of that candle’s light. —Miller
Prayer: Thank you Jesus Helech ‘Olam (The Lord our King Forever) Psalms 10:16 The Holy Bible, The New Living Translation for blessing me with the honor of being Your humble, loyal servant. Thank you Holy Spirit for teaching me how to always put my Beloved King first and for blessing me with the strength to do so. I exalt You my Holy Beloved in Your majestic name. Amen
May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love fill your heart today and every day. Joseph a son of Jehovah
Those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. —1 Corinthians 12:22 New Living Translation.
Now if we are a family of Christ as Jehovah as our Father then there are big brothers and sisters and little brothers and sisters. The big brothers and sisters are the ones that have a deep understanding and experience with God. Their walk with God is strong. The babies are the new members of our family or the ones through no fault of their own are weak.
The big brothers and sisters should not be critical or haughty of the babies. They should nurture them, encourage them and be respectful towards them.
The more mature Christian is to be loving, patient, encouraging, and mentoring to those who are not as far along the walk to Heaven as themselves. Joseph a son of Jehovah
The babies should listen to and obey their big brothers and sisters. When they speak to them with love about areas in their life that needs to be corrected they should not be insulted or hurt by the actions.
If we all behaved like this in the churches the churches would not decrease. Many churches are losing members because of the mean spiritedness of other members. Those hypocritical members are judgmental and condescending to the babies in the family. The babies are hurt and give the middle finger to the church and walk away. Indeed how many new members of the family walk away from Jesus because of this? I tell you true, their blood will be on the guiltiest hands (yes blood. Because they walk away from Jesus because of you, you are the reason they are going to hell.).
How do you think that makes Jesus feel?
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6:10 The Holy Bible, The New Living Translation
Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Heseh (God is love) for lovingly blessing me with the Holy Spirit to teach me and help me to be the child You desire me to be. Please bless me to emulate Him to come along side those who are not as mature in their walk with You as I am (that does not mean childish but rather inexperienced) and to lovingly guide them to a deeper loving, obedient relationship with You. Thank you for the big brothers and sisters whom You have sent to mentor me and may I emulate them as well. I sincerely request this in the name of the greatest Teacher Jesus Christ. Amen
May the gentle assurance of Jesus’ sweet love encompass you today and every day. Joseph a son of Jehovah
One man pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth. Proverbs 13:7, New International Version
It is said that in China there are three sets of books. One set you show the tax man at tax time that shows you are poor.
One set you show people who want to invest in your company that says you are rich. In reality they are no where near that wealthy.
Next they have a set of book that states that they are one step from bankruptcy. Again it i a lie. They are doing okay but do not want to pay the taxes.
How many times do we see rich people who claim to be poor and bankrupt to cheat investors out of money?
In reality they have tons of money stashed off shore and life like kings while laughing at the suckers they fooled.
At the opposite end of the scale, how many times do wee see poor people pretending to be rich (another phrase may be “Keeping up with the Jones’” Just out of curiosity, who are these Jones’ anyway? I have never met them, have you?) They strut around like they are so haughty and pretend to be wealthy but in reality they are in debt up to their eyeballs playing this stupid game.
It is not the fact that a person has riches that keeps them from heaven, but the fact that riches have them. Dr. Caird
Then lastly there is the real set of books which states how much the man or woman is really worth. That one they try to hide.
My motto is “who are you that I have to impress you?
This is me, if you like me let’s be friends, if you don’t like me let’s try to get along in spite of our differences.”
Now we all want and need attention sometimes, but let’s be wise, not stupid.
If you pretend to be something you are not, when the truth is discovered you will be the laughing stock and will be humiliated.
On the other side of the coin is Jesus. He says: “Come as you are, warts and all. I will love you.”
Speaking from experience I can assure you that no earthly relationship can even begin to compare to the exhilarating and awesome relationship Jesus has to offer and will give to any and all who accept Him.
See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! 1 John 3:1 New Living Translation
Prayer: Thank you Jesus Emet (God of truth) for blessing me with the wisdom and integrity to live the life of truth. You, Jehovah and the Holy Spirit are the only ones I desire to impress.
The gift of love, the gift of joy, the gift of peace, these are the greatest gifts that can be given. They are given in abundance to all those in Christs family by our Heavenly loving Father. May you be blessed with plentiful opportunities to share these with those around you today. Joseph a son of Jehovah
Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt? Matthew 14: 23-31 The Holy Bible, The New Living Translation.
When we take our eyes off of Jesus we are heading for spiritual fall. Joseph a son of Jehovah
What can take our eyes off of Jesus?
Which on of these categories do you fall into: there is problems in my family ( instead of fretting about these problems and being a dingbat and trying to fix them yourself, why not do the wise thing and give it over to Jesus. He will send the best guidance councilor, the Holy Spirit to help you.),
I need money. I don’t think there has been a time since money was made when people didn’t have this concern. Again rely on Jesus to supply your needs. Didn’t He promise He would take care of us when He said:” Seek you first the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added to you.”
I’m sick. Now this is the time to get into deep relationship with God because that is when you are weak and through His divine strength He will help you. He may not cure you but give you the strength to endure it.
When we keep our eyes focused on Jesus He will give us everything we need to handle any crisis.
Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrew 4: 16 New Living Translation)
You know, one time I was going through the most painful experience in my life. It was recovering from a terribly abusive relationship. In my deep anguish I, a broken man, sobbed to Jesus to come and rescue me from this pit of hell. Through an internet Pen Pals site and a Christian radio program I noticed while searching the internet (Focus on the Family I was introduced to loving caring Christian councilors that helped lift me out of that hell and heal me. I am forever indebted to both them and my wonderful Jesus for bringing them into my life at that moment.
Now my whole commitment is unto Jehovah God our beloved Abba.
The greatest honor is to be a servant of the greatest king, Jesus Christ. Joseph a son of Jehovah
Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Ori (the Lord is my Light) Psalm 27:1 for blessing me with being the bright light that guides my life. May I follow it all the way to Heavens Gate. I praise You in the name of the light of the world Jesus Christ. Amen
“Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God” (1 Chron. 22:19). New Living Translation
May the light of Christs love shine brightly in your heart today and every dayJoseph a son of Jehovah
My laptop like most has a battery in it. In the evening I unplug the computer. In the morning when it is turned on it is run on the battery. When the battery is getting low a warning comes on informing me there is ten minutes left, if the computer is not plugged in immediately the computer will shut off.
So too it is with Jesus.
He has given us a warning. There is no salvation except through Him and Him alone. If we accept His invitation we are guaranteed a place in Heaven for eternity.
Jesus said, “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one can go to the Father except by Me. John 14:6 The Holy Bible, The New Life Version
If we reject Him we are also guaranteed an eternal place in hell.
The Bible is our warning light. We should read it and obey the word that God in His divine infinite wisdom, love and grace has given us. It leads us to Heaven.
I have no desire to go to the other destination.
Jesus leads to Heaven, all others lead to Hell. Joseph a son of Jehovah
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:24 The Holy Bible, The New Living Translation
Prayer: Thank you Jesus Go’el (The Lord is my Redeemer) Is. 49:26, 60:16 for paying such a high price as Your suffering and the shedding of Your precious holy blood to redeem this adoring servant of Your. By doing so You have blessed me with adoption into Jehovahs family and being Your humble loyal servant. I laud You in Your awesome name. Amen
May Christ bless you with love, joy and peace today and every day.Joseph a son of Jehovah
God … will be our guide even to the end. Psalm 48:14 The Holy Bible, The New Living Translation
Jehovah is my guide in life (Well actually He sends the Holy Spirit to be my guidance councilor, and He is the best guide.).
I’ll let you in on a special secret: be fore I make any decisions I always wait and pray to God for the answer. He never steers me wrong.
If I foolishly decide on the moment most times it ends in disaster.
He who hurries, rushes to disaster. Joseph a son of Jehovah
If someone tries to pressure you into making a snap decision it is because they do not want you to seek council.
You know why?
It’s because then their wicked veil will be lifted and the truth will be revealed.
And what is the truth?
The truth is it is a con and it will end in your disaster.
Now how does God answer my inquiry?
The answer is really quite obvious, the Bible. The Bible is Gods answer book. Anything you need guidance for is answered with in its precious scared pages.
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,that the man of Godmay be complete, equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 The Holy Bible, The New Living Translation
Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding. Proverbs 23:23 The Holy Bible, The New International Version
Now, how do you buy the truth?
You purchase it with your time and commitment to obey its wisdom.
The Holy Spirit is the answer man to all of lifes questions. Joseph a son of Jehovah
Prayer: Thank you Jehovah for sending The Holy Spirit Rohi ( The Holy Spirit is our Divine Shepherd ) Psalm 23 to be my guide in life. He guides me upon Your chosen path in my life that leads to Your Heavenly home. I praise You in the name of the greatest Sheppard Jesus Christ. Amen
Christ blesses us with love, peace and joy. May you be blessed with many opportunities to share these with others today. Joseph a son of Jehovah
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. Or do you think Scripture says without reason that he jealously longs for the spirit he has caused to dwell in us? But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up James 4:1-10 The Holy Bible, The New Living Translation.
Is it not true, this is what causes so many fights today, the feeling that you are the center of the universe? Because of this, you feel no qualms about stepping all over everybody else because you think you are better than anyone else. You refuse to see anyone else’s point of view. You are rude because again, you think you are the center of the universe. Maybe you are to momma and or granma, but not to the rest of us. Grow up and be a man or woman. Learn to respect others.
How about your relationship with God?
In your communion with Him do you have the gimme, gimme attitude?
Are your prayers centered around yourself? Then you cry baby because God does not give you everything you demand.
So many times I have encountered people who say they don’t believe in God (I say they say they don’t believe in God because I believe we all deep down we all know He exists. Many just refuse to accept Him because He will not give them their every desire like spoiled children and because they are haughty and refuse to submit to anyone). When I ask them why, they reply that it is because He has not answered their prayers. When asked what their prayers are they are always self centered.
Of course God will not answer those prayers (Now there is nothing wrong with asking for Gods help or guidance. That is what He wants us to do.).
My prayer is: Not my will but Thy will be done my God. Show me where You want me to go, teach me what You want me to do. May my words and actions bring glory and praise to You and may they lead the lost little sheep to You.Joseph a son of Jehovah
Now what is friendship with the world?
I believe it is self seeking pleasures, whether it be booze, drugs, sex or commercialism. Again, it’s all about you.
That is the life of a loser. Their life is left with a void that they do not understand why. The reason is because they do not have the heart of a servant of the most regal of kings, Jesus Christ.
The happiest people I have ever met are also the humblest.Joseph a son of Jehovah
Humble: not proud or haughty: not arrogant or assertive Webster’s Dictionary
I love being humble and yes most days I am very joyful (Happiness depends upon physical stimulation, joyfulness depends upon Jehovahs love beating in your heart).
Prayer: Thank you Jehovah El SIMCHAH GIYL (God my Exceeding Joy) for blessing me with exceeding joy as I nurture our loving relationship which is the most joyful experience there is. I applaud You in the name of He who brings the light of joy to my heart Jesus Christ. Amen
May you be blessed with the gift of love, the gift of peace, the gift of joy. May you be blessed with numerous opportunities to share these gifts with others today. Joseph a son of Jehovah
“Am I now trying to win the approval of men or of God? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ” Galatians 1:10 New International; Version.
I remember in the sixties and seventies when the mantra was: sex, drugs and rock and roll. Being an infant in Christ I knew this was wrong and refused to go along with the crowd. Yes I was laughed at and bullied a lot, but still wouldn’t back down.
Now over forty years later when I go back home sometimes I run into that crowd. Boy do they look ancient. Their bodies are all broken down from living in the fast lane. They are shells of human beings. They have no family or real friends. They have no real purpose in life, yet stubbornly cling to those destructive dogmas. Many of them are either homeless or living in decrepit buildings. I look at them and ask them: “So how’s that going now eh, with your sex, drugs and rock and roll?”
It is not that I am being arrogant towards them but am asking if they have had enough of this life and am willing to come to Christ. They all laugh and are proud of their lifestyle (although I do not know why) and mock me for being a Christian.
No man is free who is a slave to the flesh. Seneca
I on the other hand have slowly over decades blossomed into a beautiful flower for Christ. Yes my service to Him has been hard, but He was and is with me every step of the way. We have planted a lot of seeds all over the world. Walking with Jesus brings a life filled with divine love, joy and hope.
If someone is trying to manipulate you into doing drugs or having premarital sex don’t walk away from them, RUN.
As surely as the sun rises is the east so too will the vile wickeds lifestyle lead to pain, emptiness, heartache and loneliness. Joseph a son of Jehovah
Take it from an old fart that has both lived it and seen it. You are too precious to Jesus to throw your life away.
”If we (freely) admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins (dismiss our lawlessness) and (continuously) cleanse us from all unrighteousness (everything not in conformity to His will in purpose, thought, and action)” 1 John 1:9The Holy Bible, The New Living Translation
If you are living that lifestyle now call out to Jesus now. He is always there, He always cares. He loves you.
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him firm in your faith, the God of all grace, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.” 1 Peter 5: 6-10 The Holy Bible, The New Living Translation
Prayer: Thank you Jehovah-Tsidkenu (The Lord is Righteousness) I Cor 1:30 for blessing me with the wisdom of what is righteous and the strength to walk in its path and to not deviate from it. Thank you for being so gracious as to forgive me when I stray from that path and realize it and repent You eagerly help me to regain my footing upon the Path of Righteousness. I exalt You in the name of He who is the epitimy of righteousness Jesus Christ. Amen
May you be blessed with peace and joy every day.Joseph a son of Jehovah