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Which Destination do You Chose?

Christ, WILL LEAD

 

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10 Holy Bible New International Version.

We all have a predestination but must chose which one we will accept.

There are those who refuse to accept Christ as their Savior. To them their predestination is Hell. That is their choice.

There are the wise who accept Christ as their savior.

Now once we have accepted Christ He has predestined works for us to do. If we refuse to do these works He will punish us, if with nothing else than the refusal to bless us.

Think of a child who is informed that if they keep their room clean they will get an allowance on Friday. It has been predestined that doing their assigned work will be rewarded on a certain day.

When Christ assigns us work our predestined reward may be here and now but definitely will be in Heaven.

When driving down the road we see speed signs. If we go over the limit we get a ticket. That does not mean we cannot drive anymore.

So too it is when we refuse to obey Jehovah’s commands.

He will punish us but that does not mean we will lose our salvation.

If, however, we continue to live in disobedience unto Him, THEN, yes, you will lose your salvation be dammed to eternal Hell.

So my question to you is: which predestination have you chosen?

Prayer: Jehovah Hashanah (Jehovah our maker), thank you for the predestined path You have chosen for my life. Please help me to always stay on Your straight and narrow road. I modestly ask for this blessing in the name of He who is our great Sheppard Jesus Christ. Amen

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


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Coincidences Happen?

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 The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power]. James 5:16 Amplified Bible

Have you ever prayed for something and when Jehovah graciously answered your prayer instead of thanking Him you just wrote it off as a coincidence?

I used to.

Have you ever noticed that some folks prayers are answered more than others and wondered why?

Actually, for me, the shocker came when non-believers asked me to pray for them and then their prayers were answered. They kept on insisting it was because of my prayers because sometimes the almost impossible happened shortly after I began praying for them. I would argue with them that it was just a coincidence and then one day that Bible verse jumped out at me.

Now that does not mean that all my prayers have been or can be fulfilled. Sometimes the prayer involves other souls and they are too hard hearted to surrender their will unto Jehovah so He can not accomplish the prayer request (Jehovah never forces His will upon us, it is up to us to choose whether we surrender to His will or continue down the highway to Hell).

All I know is that when I pray, coincidences happen; and when I don’t pray, they don’t happen. –Dan Hayes

How many “coincidences” have happened in your life and you neglect to thank our gracious Heavenly Father for answering your prayer?

Where fools see coincidence the wise see the hand of God. Joseph- Anthony: Green

Prayer: Thank you Jehovah-Rohi – Shepherd for blessing this difficult precious lamb of Yours. I am grateful that I have placed my life completely in Your wise hands so You can guide me through many strange and wonderful “coincidences”.

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


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That is a Good Thing.

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 And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose. ROMANS 8:28 Amplified Bible

This verse should be the greatest comforter, encourager and strengthener in every Christian life when going through trials and tribulations, sorrow and snare.

“How can you say that?” you may ask.

Think about it.

When we are going through a job loss and we do not know where the money is going to come in to pay the bills and it seems as if God is no where to be seen. That is a good thing. It may not seem like it at the time but through this process you will: A: learn to pray sincerely and deeply like you never have before. In this process you draw closer to Jehovah, which is His purpose. And that is a good thing.

B: it will teach you to depend upon Him instead of yourself or your company or anything else that will fail you. And that is a good thing.

C: this will teach you to love, respect and adore our heavenly Father. And that is a good thing.

The same thing will occur in every avenue of your life if you are a Christian.

Through your hard times you will learn to depend upon Jehovahs unending resources, appreciate Him more and draw every deeper into a Divine loving relationship with Him.

And that is a good thing.

Prayer: Thank you Jehovah-Jireh (God is our Provider) for providing me with Your divine wisdom, providence and assurance in every aspect of my life. The best part of this blessing is in developing an amazing loving relationship with you. I exalt You in the name of He whose sacrifice on the cross and resurrection made this all possible Jesus Christ. Amen.

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


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We Have Been Sanctified

We have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Hebrews 10-10 New King James Version         

Sanctified: to set apart to a sacred purpose or to religious use. Merriam- Webster Dictionary

When we accept Christ’s sacrifice of His precious blood to gain entry into Jehovahs Kingdom we become sanctified.

This means we walk away from all worldly desires such as self centeredness, selfishness, arrogance, and disrespect to name a few and dedicate ourselves to being servants of our Heavenly King Jesus Christ.

You were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 New King James Version

SERVE THE LORD

Yes we are Christ’s servants and yes He has a specific career for each of us.

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

So before you accept Christ as your Savior you had better weigh the consequences of it.

It will mean sacrifices which are very difficult. It means you may have to walk away from family and friends (Yes most of your most strongest opposition will come from your family and friends). It may mean the sacrifice of your lifestyle. You may be called to move to another area and even another country.

Your sole devotion is to be unto our Heavenly King. He is to be above everything and everyone else.

For me it meant sacrificing relationships that I was extremely close with. We still have a close relationship but it was difficult for all involved to come to terms that Jesus came first in my life.

And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him. Luke 14:7-29 New King James Version

If you take up the offer but then realize the price is too high and decide to drop out of Christ’s kingdom you will be laughed at for sure.

There is no such thing as accepting Christ’s offer without sacrifice on your behalf.

Those who are misguided believe falsely that once they accept Jesus they just sit back and do nothing  and wait for Him to take them to Heaven are in for a very shocking revelation come Judgment Day.

Prayer: Thank youJehovah Ezer (The LORD our Helper) for blessing me with Your Divine help and strength to be an obedient child of Yours when it was difficult to do so. I praise You in the name of He who preformed the most difficult taks on the cross for my sake Jesus Christ. Amen.

May the sweet sunshine of Jesus’ beautiful 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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Why is it His Fault?

Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; so she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.”

Abram agreed to what Sarai said. So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian slave Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. He slept with Hagar, and she conceived.

When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress.  Then Sarai said to Abram, “You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my slave in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the Lord judge between you and me.” Genesis 16:1-5 New International Version

When Sari nagged Abram to have sex with her slave to have a child and when the slave became pregnant she lorded it over Sari. Then Sari blamed Abram.

Why was it his fault?

Was she not the one that did not have faith in Jehovah and decided to take matters into her own hands?  Was it not her that constantly nagged Abram to impregnate the slave even though she was told that the blessed child would come from her womb?

When she paid the consequences she blamed someone else.

How many times do we do that?

We do not have faith in Jehovah or patience with Him and take matters into our own hands. When things go wrong we always find someone else to blame.

KEEP YOUR HEART

The mantra of every narcissist is : “This is not my fault, it is your fault!”  Joseph- Anthony: Green

It could be in looking for a marriage partner, looking for employment or a place to live but we always need to take it to Jehovah in prayer first, wait for His reply second and finally to be obedient to His guidance when He answers.

Prayer: Please Jehovah Shalom (God of peace) grant me the wisdom to always be willing to accept reasonability for my reckless actions and to have the wisdom to take the necessary action needed to rectify my mistake so that there is peace with You, my nieghbour and in my spirit. I meekly request this in the name of He who helped Peter become right with the Master on the seashore Jesus Christ. Amen.

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


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Then Why are You a Wuss?

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 New International Version

This is why it is important to read our Bibles every day and talk sincerely with Jehovah. When He directs you either to do something or not do something obey Him.

As your walk with Jehovah progresses in this way you will gain confidence and trust in Him and you will take bigger steps of faith and be rewarded accordingly.                        .

Now of course there are going to come times when we are afraid.

When these times come we would be wise to remember what Jehovah has done before for us and gain strength and trust in Him.

I TRUST GOD

He always starts us out in little steps so that our spiritual legs will be strong for the big steps of faith.

This has happened in my walk with Christ and when you follow this advice it will happen with you as well.

If you believe this then why are you a wuss and not begin to take those steps?

Prayer: Please Jehovah Nissi (the Lord goes out before us-which means he is out in front) bestow upon me the faith and strength to be an obedient servant to Your sanctified calling in both my daily life and in my career. I submissively request this in the name of my King as His servant Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

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