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It Is Normal to Christians

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 Some Christians believe that miracles do not occur today through Christians.

I disagree and here is why: Jesus Himself promised that we could and would do miracles when we have strong faith. I do not see where he specifically says it will end with the disciples. Indeed does the Bible not state that old men would have dreams as a sign of the end of times? Matthew 10:1, Mark 16:16-18, 2 John 14:12 The purpose of the miracles is to confirm the pastors calling. Exodus 4:3-9, 30:7:10, 12 Numbers 16:28-35 I Samuel 12:17, 18 I Kings 17:24 Mark 9:39; 16:17-18 John 3:2:6:14, 36; 11:42 Acts 2:22 2 Corinthians 12:12

I had one experience in Asia where I was witnessing to a woman. She kept on laughing and questioning what made me so sure there was a God and that he had arranged for us to meet and share a Bible study. One day she informed me she had a friend whose husband was diagnosed with terminal cancer. I informed her I would pray for him. After the third day the doctors examined him only to discover that there was no cancer even though he was not taking any medication. She was ecstatic when she emailed me so that is why I know it is true.

That the message is from God Exodus 4:3-9, 30; 7:10, 12 Judges 6:11-21 I Kings 17:24; 18:37-39 2 Kings 20:8-11 Matthew 11:2-5 Mark 16:2 John 5:36 Acts 2:22; 8:6
Hebrews 2:3-4

That the miracles increase faith. John 2:11, 23; 5:53:7:31; 11:45;20:30-31 Numbers 14:11 Acts 9:42

There was an Asian man who I was witnessing to that was a new believer. One day he shared with me that being middle aged he was afraid of losing his job because the company he was working for was going bankrupt and he would be unable to get another job. After three days of my praying a company called him to offer him a job where he did not have to travel (he was a salesman who was always travelling about the country),had good benefits and more wages. Considering there are millions of younger unemployed men and women in his field with the latest skills and he was nearing retirement age wouldnt you consider that a miracle?

No matter who is the vessel God uses to bring about a miracle or healing,it is God Who is to get the glory for it.

Chronicles 7:3 Matthew _:8; 15:31 Mark 2:12 Luke 5:25-26; 7:15-16:13 13; 17:15-16; 18:43 Acts 4:21; 14:11-15 John 2:11; 11:4

This is a hard one for me. I have had people repeatedly praise me for the wonderful things that occur to them when associating with me. I always inform them to give praise to Jehovah, not to me. I feel very uncomfortable with it.

Prayer: Please Jehovah Jireh (God our provider) bless me to be alert to those with whom You have given signs and wonders to to point us to You. Please bless me to humbly and wisely use these awesome tools You have given me the responsibility to use to point others to You. I sincerely ask this in the name of He who used them in a wise manner Jesus Christ. Amen.

May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day.


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Do You Pout When They Do It?

But to Jonah this seemed very wrong, and he became angry. He prayed to the Lord, “Isn’t this what I said, Lord, when I was still at home? That is what I tried to forestall by fleeing to Tarshish. I knew that you are a gracious and compassionate God, slow to anger and abounding in love, a God who relents from sending calamity. Now, Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.” Jonah 4:1-3 New International Version

Johan went to Nineveh to give a warning that if the city refused to repent they would be destroyed. When his arch nemesis repented he felt cheated and angry.

Do you do that?

When someone does you wrong and repents do you feel cheated and angry instead of filled with joy for them?

When you do wrong and Jesus forgives you, you feel glad as does He.

LET ALL REJOICE

As a Christian should we not follow Jesus’ example and feel glad for them?

Prayer: Please Jehovah Chanan (God is gracious) bless me with a gracious heart to truly celebrate with joy when anyone repents of any offence against me just as I know the angels in Heaven do. I obediently implore You in the name of He who cried “Forgive them Father” from the cross Jesus Christ. Amen

May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day.


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I will Teach You.

Come, you children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Psalm 34:11 New King James Version

In this context fear is not to be afraid but rather to respect.

Yes it is important for parents, grand parents, aunts, uncles and teachers to teach young children about Jehovah.

 

But, do not forget that new comers to the family of Jehovah are like children and not mature. They need mentors to guide them along the path of righteousness both by example and by teaching. It will require a lot of patience as many of them will bombard you with incessant questions. That is another reason why there should be more than one teacher so they do not get exhausted.

Teaching is not just from the Bible but also from personal experience. I believe the personal experience to be the strongest form of teaching. Just as in the New Testament times they met in brothers and sisters houses so should they today.

Just as they shared meals together back then so too is it just as important today (Imagine having a pot luck dinner with brothers and sisters from different cultures. Not only do you have fellowship and Bible study but you are exposed to various different culinary delights from around the world.

CHRIST'S FAMILY

Imagine learning a different language and different songs of praise and thanksgiving to different styles of music from all over the world? Hearing their stories of how they came to Christ and what He has done in and through their lives may inspire and strengthen you as well.

Take turns going to each others homes if possible.

Being in the modern world of course there is online Bible study groups (Skype is free). You can study with brothers and sisters from all over the world. I have and found it very enlightening.  An added benefit is when you study with someone from a different culture and country you can learn another language and varied history.

It does not matter if a baby or a seasoned vet we can all learn from each other, strengthen each other, support each other and encourage each other.

Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Pryyand- God is my friend for blessing me with numerous opportunities to enjoy fellowship, brotherly love and friendship with numerous brothers and sisters in my neighbourhood and around the world. I give thanks in the name of my best friend Jesus Christ. Amen.

May the sweet sunshine of Jesus’ beautiful love bless you today and every day.


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Have You Received This Abundant Free Gift Yet?

Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 2 Peter 1:1-4  New International Version

This is the abundant precious gift Jehovah gives all who receive Christ as their savior and live by Gods Law.

Now what is grace?

1a: unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification b: a virtue coming from God c: a state of sanctification enjoyed through divine grace

2a: approvalfavor <stayed in his good gracesbarchaic: mercypardon c: a special favor : privilege <each in his place, by right, not grace, shall rule his heritage — Rudyard Kipling

disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency Webster’s Dictionary

Isn’t that incredible?  Jehovah is always there to help us and there is nothing too big or complicated for Him to handle. He loves to shower us with His Divine kindness.

Jehovah is always there, Jehovah always cares. Joseph- Anthony: Green

JESUS BRING PEACE

And, we can have it too. It just takes accepting Jesus as our Savior.

What is peace?

Peace : a state of tranquillity or quiet: as a: freedom from civil disturbance b:a state of security or order within a community

: freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions

: harmony in personal relations

These are all provided in generous amounts when we enjoy a loving obedient relationship with Christ. He will bless us with His Divine peace in the roughest of storms and quiet us in His cherished love, comfort, strength and encouragement.

What is Devine?

relating to or coming from God or a god

very good

When we are blessed with a loving obedient relationship coming from Jehovah is it so much more than just good and there are no words to describe it.

All of these definitions are from  Webster’s Dictionary

Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Jireh ( God our Provider) for the abundant magnificent treasure You unceasingly shower upon us as You reveal Your awesomeness to for us to feast upon. In the name of the Heavenly King Jesus Christ we give thanks. Amen

May the sweet sunshine of Jesus’ love bless you today and every day.


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The Best Advice can be Found

David conferred with each of his officers, the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds. 1 Chronicles 13:1 New King James Version                                                                                     

When you need advice where should you go?                                          

Go where the best advice can be found.                                                    

It has been said that an alcoholic will listen to the advice of a recovered alcoholic more than someone who has a piece of paper hanging on the wall.  

 Why do you think that is?                                                                          

Could it be because they will listen to someone who has gone through what they are going through so they understand them?                                  

So too it is with all aspects of life.

 

If you want good advice why not seek it out in Godly Christian councilors that have gone through what you are experiencing now?

This is why it is a sin for Christians to sit on the sideline when they see others suffering what they have gone through and do nothing to help them. Yes we are to help others as we have been helped. If no one helped you through your difficult times think of how much you would have appreciated some help. Then do something about it when you see someone else going through their trials and tribulations, sorrows and snares.                                                                                                           

On the flip side there is a prevailing belief amongst the younger generation that the older generation is useless and holds no wisdom that can help them. That is why they suffer in silence so much. 

             

If you are young and need help do not be arrogant and too proud to seek the advice of the older generation. Do not just whine to them but listen to their advice and obey it. 

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Wisdom, like an inheritance, is a good thing and benefits those who see the sun. Ecclesiastes 7:11 New International Version 

There is an old saying:”The more things change the more things are the same.” 

That means that okay maybe your grandma or grandpa does not know how to use a computer but events that occur in your life are the same as that which has occurred it theirs.                                                           

 “God does not comfort us to make us comfortable, but to make us comforters.” J. H. Jowett                                                            

Listening to wise council has helped me tremendously to deal with some very serious issues in my life. If it were not for their Godly advice I do not think I would have made it through those extremely difficult experiences.                                                                                                 

Prayer: Thank you Jehovah-Jireh  (God is our Provider) for blessing me with many wonderful Godly wise mentors which have guided me through numerous difficult times. I humbly ask my Love that you open my eyes to the opportunity to emulate them when I see other brothers and sisters in need of Godly wisdom, compassion and encouragement. I sincerely request this in the name of the best mentor ever Jesus Christ. Amen.

May the sweet sunshine of Jesus’ beautiful love bless you today and every day.


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You are a Masterpiece.

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 New King James Version

When we accept Christ as our King He begins a process of burning off the dross in our lives that lasts until we reach our Heavenly home. Burning off the dross it the process where the Holy Spirit through life’s circumstances of trials and tribulations, sorrows and snares burns off the undesirable traits in your life to make you acceptable unto Jehovah. We all have numerous undesirable traits which we inherited from our fleshy parents. They must be burned off to make us acceptable to our Heavenly Father. To be sure they are neither fun nor enjoyable. So those who in this world are only interested in having fun and not interested in suffering need not apply. You will not last.  Most times you are not even aware of the changes the Holy Spirit is weaving into the very core of your life but those around you will for sure see it. You are slowly becoming a new beautiful creation in Christ. You are a masterpiece in the making that is unique.

BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS TO CHRIST

Jehovah does not make junk. Joseph- Anthony: Green

During this process your Devine purpose will be revealed to you. It need not be something big and important like going overseas to be a missionary in the jungle. It may be doing volunteer work in a hospital, visiting seniors in seniors homes, helping in the soup kitchen or food bank or any other numerous Devine assignment. Do not believe yours is less important in Jehovahs eyes or that you are too young or old.

There is no small act of love that is not great in Heaven. Joseph- Anthony: Green

You may have one calling or you may have many. Your calling can change over time. I have had four callings so far in my walk with Christ. The first one was preparing me for the second one. The second one was preparing me for the third and fourth one.

We all have a job to do in Jehovahs kingdom, there is no retirement nor unemployment. Joseph- Anthony: Green

Prayer: Thank you Jehovah-Jireh  (God is our Provider) for blessing me with oh so many awesome opportunities to serve You in my walk with You and the amazing way in which You have molded this hard lumpy clay into a beautiful vessel of Yours. I exalt You in the name of the Master Potter Jesus Christ. Amen.

May the sweet sunshine of Jesus’ beautiful love bless you today and every day.


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To Get Riches.

 Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous.1 Peter 3:8 New King James Version

Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.—Sherry Anderson

How would you like the idea of enjoying astonishing riches. 

The best way is to volunteer. The unlimited supply of delightful joy this brings is immeasurable.

I spent ten years of volunteering in Hospitals in Ontario. Those truly were the best years of my life. Yes there was the gratitude of the nurses and doctors. There was a wonderful feeling of the fact that I made the world a better place for those less fortunate than me. But there was also a wonderful sense of the joy that can only be gained by helping someone. 

For those of you who are just graduating from school or the unemployed it is also a great place to make contacts to get a job.

For seniors it is a great place to use the skills you have honed over the years to pass on to the younger generation .

In both cases it also prevent depression from slowly eating away the joy in your life.

SHARING

Come on, there is an unlimited supply of opportunities to serve. Why not volunteer at a food bank or soup kitchen to help you realize how blessed you are. Why not be a reading buddy with a child in a local school. Why not visit seniors or volunteer with meals on wheels. Why not volunteer at your local Salvation Army Thrift store. 

When you begin volunteering it may be difficult at first, but hang in there. If it doesn’t work out try someplace else.
I believe it should be mandatory for all middle and high school students to participate in some form of volunteer work as part of their curriculum.

I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward. Mark 9:41

Prayer: Oh Jehovah our God of love, please guide me to where my skills can best meet the needs to serve others, there by serve You. After all didn’t Jesus say;” Do not think the Son of man came to BE served, but rather the son of man came TO serve. In His kindhearted name I pray. Amen.

May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day.