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Because of Them.

SPIRITUAL STRENGTH

 I thank God, whom I worship and serve. 2 Timothy 1:3 Amplified Bible

We all know that Paul suffered a lot during his ministry and I believe all true ministers (we do not have to go through seminary school to be ministers) of Christ do as well. I believe this is done on purpose.

The purpose of it is when any accuser steps forward and asks us what do we know of suffering we can give life experiences.

As well, who better to reach the suffering than those who have walked the path before them.

Faith is realizing that I am useful to God not in spite of my scars but because of them. –Pamela Reeve

It is said that a drunk that desires to be free of alcoholism will listen to an ex alcoholic before he listens to someone with a degree on the wall.

So, even though we may not enjoy our trial and tribulations, sorrows and snares whilst enduring them, please look at the big picture: Chances are, Jehovah is using this experience now to prepare you to use it to help others some where, some time in the future and that through this you may be the catalyst that brings a lost soul to Christ.

There is nothing anybody else can do that can stop God from using us. We can turn everything into a testimony. Corrie ten Boom

Prayer: Thank you Jehovah-Tsori – Lord my Strength for blessing me with Your divine strength to endure the suffering and pain that is inflicted upon on Your faithful servants. I praise You in the name of He who endured six hours of agony on the cross for me Jesus Christ. Amen.

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

 


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Only if You Let It.

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Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee. Holy Bible , American Standard Version

I am a caregiver for my elderly mother. She is extremely stubborn and independent. Because of health reasons she has lost a lot of her independence. This causes a lot of friction between us. Many times I feel like I am going to explode and I have to get away from her. The only thing to calm me down is a cigarette. As well she is stubborn and refuses to listen to listen to anyone. She is right and the whole world is wrong (even though she does not know what she is talking about). Then when things go south she always blames everyone but herself. I go almost a month without smoking and then she gets into one of her moods and look out. Then I need a cigarette and we do not talk with each other for a few days. This has been going on for three years. Each time I prayed for wisdom on how to handle her and then read an article on how a man was stressed out and was told that the reason for his stress was because only if you let it stress you out it will. Now that sounds reasonable but then how do you handle the situation? Later while reading the Bible this verse suck out to me: Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee. Holy Bible , American Standard Version

It makes perfect sense.

When stress comes I remove myself from the situation and allow it to drive me to my knees where I belong in prayer. And Jehovah answers my prayer with peace and strength.

Prayer: Thank you Jehovah-Machsi – Lord my Refuge for blessing me with the privilege of entering into Your holy sanctuary where You bless me with peace, healing, comfort and fortitude to carry on in my duties (duty is an act of love) to You and my mother. I praise You in the name of the Prince of Peace Jesus Christ. Amen.

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

 

Cleavet: It has taken a year and a half but mom has finally settled down and there is a lot less problems now. She has even begun going back to church regularly for the first time in forty years. I have almost kicked the nicotine habit and know by Gods grace one day it shall be permanently conquered.


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Shall We not Accept Adversity?

I TRUST GOD

 Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” Job 2:10 Holy Bible, New King James Version                                                                                  Sorry to bust the bubble of those who believe Jesus is a genie who only live to give us our hearts desires but when you are a true Christian expect to experience a lot of adversity in your walk to Heaven.                                                                                                                                                                                                               “Persecution for righteousness’ sake is what every child of God must expect.” Charles Simeon That however is a blessing not a curse.                                                                                                                                                                                                                        You see in my life this is the pattern that has been with me since my walk to Heaven began: The closer you get to Jehovah the more satan is going to torment you and persecute you in the belief that you will be weak and the suffering too strong and give up your walk with Christ.                                                                                                      That is partly true.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 We are weaker than satan but nothing or no one is stronger that Christ. So when persecution and hard times come it drives a Christian to our knees in prayer to Christ. He will abundantly supply us with the power to overcome. That in turn creates a heart that overflows with love and respect for Jesus which draws us closer to Him.                                The closer we get to Christ the more we are going to suffer. The more we suffer, the closer we get to Christ. Joseph- Anthony: Green                                                       When I was in Asia and informed Christians there that I was a Christian the first question they asked was:” How much have you suffered for Christ?”                            Returning to the west it is sad to say that the majority of so called Christians I have met are marshmallow Christians. They want the blessings of Christ but are not prepared to endure the sufferings.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         “The early church was married to poverty, prisons and persecutions. Today, the church is married to prosperity, personality, and popularity Leonard Ravenhill                Although I do not enjoy the suffering I am eternally grateful for them because it is through them that I have been blessed with a close intimacy with Jehovah, Jesus and the Holy Spirit that could not and would not have occurred any other way.                                                                                                                                                           Prayer: Thank you Jehovah-‘Uzam (The Lord is our Strength in Trouble) for blessing me with Your divine strength, comfort and peace during the times of satanic attack by his wicked disciples. I praise You in the name of He who defeated satan in the empty grave Jesus Christ. Amen.                                                                                                                                                                                                            May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day.


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Only if You Let It.

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 THOU wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee. Holy Bible , American Standard Version

I am a caregiver for my elderly mother. She is extremely stubborn and independent. Because of health reasons she has lost a lot of her independence. This causes a lot of friction between us. Many times I feel like I am going to explode and I have to get away from her. The only thing to calm me down is a cigarette. As well she is stubborn and refuses to listen to listen to anyone. She is right and the whole world is wrong (even though she does not know what she is talking about). Then when things go south she always blames everyone but herself. I go almost a month without smoking and then she gets into one of her moods and look out. Then I need a cigarette and we do not talk with each other for a few days.

This has been going on for three years. Each time I prayed for wisdom on how to handle her and then read an article on how a man was stressed out and was told that the reason for his stress was because only if you let it stress you out it will.

Now that sounds reasonable but then how do you handle the situation?

Later while reading the Bible this verse suck out to me: Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee. Holy Bible , American Standard Version

It makes perfect sense.

When stress comes I remove myself from the situation and allow it to drive me to my knees where I belong in prayer.

Prayer: Thank you Jehovah-Machsi – Lord my Refuge for blessing me with the privilege of entering into Your holy sanctuary where You bless me with peace, healing, comfort and fortitude to carry on in my duties (duty is an act of love) to You and my mother. I praise You in the name of the Prince of Peace Jesus Christ. Amen.

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

Cleavet After a year and a half mom has now settled down and our relationship has improved tremendously. She has even begun to go to church again for the first time in about forty years. The lord has taught me how to deal with stress. Mom has not smoked in about a year and I rarely smoke now (I am confident one day my Lord will permanently smash this chain of addiction)


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He Himself Has Suffered.

For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted. Hebrews 2:18 New King James Version                 

When you are tempted no matter how big or small take it to Jesus.             

He himself has suffered temptation.                                                                 

Think about how hungry He must have felt after fasting that long yet He had the power to resist temptation. Although He was, is and always will be God immortal, He was also human so He understands your temptation.                                                                                                                  

Have you been betrayed by someone close to you and it cuts you close to the bone?

 He Himself has suffered betrayal.

Think of how Jesus felt when He was betrayed by both Judas and Peter? Think how much that must have pierced His loving heart?

Are you being mocked and deserted by family and friends since coming to Christ?

He Himself has suffered rejection.

Think how Jesus felt when His brothers mocked Him in front of crowds of other folks? Do you not believe that cut deep?

A CUTE LITTLE SNOWBALL

Has a loved one recently passed on to the other side?

He Himself has suffered loss.

Think of how Jesus felt when He saw all that sorrow and intense grief at Lazarus’ grave? Do you not think that weighed heavy on His heart?    Are wicked characters viciously gossiping about you, slandering you and unfairly criticizing you?

He Himself has suffered the venom of sneaky snakes. Think about how Jesus was constantly attacked, criticized and demonized by the Pharisee’s (who should have known better)?

Are you being treated unfairly for doing what is right?

He Himself has suffered injustice.

Think of how Jesus was brought unfairly to a kangaroo court that had already determined His death sentence before He even walked into the court room.

Think of how Jesus felt when He hung on that cross for all of us through out time?

You are afraid, think of how Jesus felt when in the garden before His trial, beating and excruciating death.

No matter what you are going through, you can always take it to Jesus because He has been there, He has been through it.

We can always take it all to Jesus, He has been there, He cares. Joseph- Anthony: Green

Prayer: Thank you Jesus-Shammah  (The Lord is Present) for blessing me with Your comforting,  strengthening assuring presence and for enduring all the pain that we experience so as to understand what we are going through. I exalt You in Your loving name. Amen.

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


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My Amazing Sevens.

LET US ALL REJOICE

 

Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me. Psalm 139:10 New King James Version

 

You will find that sevens are a special number in the Bible. Look at the blessings and curses it Deuteronomy and you will see that the blessings and curses always come in sevens.

When I first walked away from Christ as a teenager in very troubling times in my life it was for seven years.

 

Then I felt Jehovah calling me away from the farm to the city. There I was blessed with learning of Jehovah and the Law of the Old Testament. As well I learned Natural Medicine which I have been using for thirty years to help people. Another thing I learned in those seven years was to serve Christ by serving others. I spent seven of the most cherished time doing volunteer work in a hospital.

The next seven years was a move to a different city because of racial discrimination against whites in the city I was living in. In this city I again walked away from the Lord and got into the wrong crowd for seven years.

From there the Lord called me to go tree planting. In those first three years I learned how to plant in the forests in the mountains. After that I began to teach rookies while at the same time learning how to plant tree’s on the coast (which is much more difficult and dangerous and another season). After that there was seven years teaching rookie planters and foremen.

This was preparing me for the next move which was to go to China to be a teacher.

It took me three years to learn how to teach them because they learn different from us in the west.

 

After that was seven years teaching in one city instead of moving from city to city every six months. Here the Lord taught me how to share the Gospel with others.

Then the Lord called me to teach by being a writer, which took me three years to learn everything necessary while honing my style.

Have you ever thought of how the Lord works in sequence in your life?

Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Rohi (God is our Sheppard) for all the incredible guidance You have abundantly blessed me with throughout my walk with You on my journey to Heaven. I joyously salute You in the name of the most wise, graceful and meek Sheppard Jesus Christ. Amen.

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


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One Baptism, Many Filling.

JESUS IS THE LIVING WATER

 

One Lord, one faith, one baptism. Ephesians 4:5 New King James Version

We only need to be baptized once but we need to be daily filled with the Holy Spirit. When we are baptized we have the Holy Spirit dwelling with in us.

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. Acts 2:4 New King James Version                                                                                                                                                 

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders of Israel. Acts 4:8 New King James Version

Do you see here Peter needed to be filled with the Holy Spirit to preach at different times?

 

I believe we are baptized into Jehovah’s family with the Holy Spirit when we become baptized but that the Holy Spirit guides us on what to say and do in our daily lives and in specific times and places.

When I was baptized I definitely felt the Holy Spirit enter into my soul. But there were many times I needed Him to guide me on what to say in delicate situations. It stunned many who knew me because they were shocked that I was able to speak so boldly (they knew me as shy and quiet) with such wisdom (I was not very knowledgeable at times about the topic being discussed) and eloquence (I was a country hick).

You will be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles.  But when they deliver you up, do not worry about how or what you should speak. For it will be given to you in that hour what you should speak; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you. Matthew 10:18-20 New King James Version

It is the same with my writing.

Many times a Bible verse will jump out at me and I begin writing with out thinking what is being written. I never have to think of what to write next as the words flows like a gentle stream onto the page. Sometimes I am shocked at what is written and read it with great interest as if reading it for the first time. Yes after reading the article I put my own limited insight into the article but I firmly believe the article was guided by the Holy Spirit.

Prayer: Thank you Jehovah-‘Immeku (The Lord Is With You) for the amazing blessing of the daily filling of the wisest teacher and guidance councilor there every was, is or can be in the Holy Spirit. I exalt You in the name of He whose ultimate sacrifice made it all possible Jesus Christ. Amen.

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