“Then he said to them all: ‘Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.'” – Luke 9:23 The Holy Bible, The New International Version.
When we become Christians that means we accept Christ as our King. Because Christ belongs in the spiritual realm and the world belongs to the physical world, because Christ dedicates Himself to others we must follow His lead and dedicate ourselves to serving Him by serving others where He directs us to.
That is contrary to the world which serves themselves.
This means we are in a constant battle with the world (including ourselves at times when we want to serve self instead of Christ . The cross was a place of torture and intended shame. That is what we can expect from those walking the Highway to Hell. They will daily mock us and try to shame us. They will do everything they can to make our lives miserable. This will be a daily experience.
Even though it is not enjoyable, we should thank them for this treatment. Because, the more they make us suffer, the more they drive us into Jesus’ loving arms.
Torture me as you may, you will not destroy me but make me an ever stronger servant of my loving King Jesus. Joseph a son of Jehovah
Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Immeka (Judges 6:12 The LORD Is with You ) for the tormentors in my life because they draw me ever closer to You which is the greatest blessing of all. I esteem You in the name of He with whom I love to commune with every day, Jesus Christ. Amen
May you be blessed with drawing from the spring of living waters of comfort, strength and encouragement to extinguish the fiery arrows of the wicked, Jesus Christ. Joseph a son of Jehovah
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“But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. Luke 6:27-28 The Holy Bible, The New Living Translation
Are you willing to?
It is our natural inclination to close our ears to words we do not wish to listen to.
Are you willing to suppress that and listen to The Holy Spirits voice as He convicts you?
It is our natural inclination to hate our enemies and make them suffer as much as we can.
Are you willing to love them?
That is not the mushy nonsense you see in movies or on TV.
It is an effort that can only be accomplished by surrendering to the power of The Holy Spirit. It does not mean that you condone nor tolerate abusive behaviour. If you love them you will help them to understand why they are abusive ( many times it is because of abuse they have suffered and have not been healed of ) and help them get counselling. If you love them you will not empower them by allowing this behaviour to continue but will allow them to suffer the consequences of their actions.
Purge yourself of toxic folks less their poison kills your love and you are rewarded with nothing but misery in return. Joseph a son of Jehovah
Are you willing to pray for Jehovah to open your eyes to the problem and to the solution ( including the fact that the problem may not be them but may be you ).
When others hate us it is natural to hate them back.
Are you willing to love your enemies by understanding why they hate you and seek reconciliation in the relationship. If they refuse are you willing to love them enough to behave in a respectful manner towards them. Are you willing to pray for Jehovah to open your eyes to the problem and to the solution ( including the fact that the problem may not be them but may be you ).
“The Bible tells us to love our neighbours, and also to love our enemies; probably because they are generally the same people.” — G. K. Chesterton Prayer:
Please Jehovah ELOHIM YAKOL (God, the Most Able 2 Corinthians 9:8 ) bless me to enable me to conduct myself towards difficult folks in the noble manner in which Your gracious son Jesus Christ did. I wish not just for peace in this relationship but to use this situation to glorify You and to bring the little lost sheep into Your Heavenly fold. Please bless me with the strength and healing of ostracizing myself from toxic folks until they accept that their behaviour is not loving nor acceptable.
It is in the name of He who exemplified Christian behaviour towards others, Jesus Christ, that I humbly beseech You. Amen
May you always be receptive to and obedient to The Holy Spirits guidance in all of your relationships. Joseph a son of Jehovah
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We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 Holy Bible New Living Translation
As Christians we are in a continuous war.
There is of course, war with those that are liberal minded (if it feels good do it, there is no absolute right or wrong, there is no God).
There is the constant was against demons who relish nothing more than destroying our loving relationship with Jehovah, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
But, the most brutal of all wars is raged in our hearts and minds.
Thoughts of lust, greed, anger, fear and worry are our ever present foes.
That is why it is so important to be in continuous prayer.
When these thoughts and emotions enter our minds and hearts we are to immediately call out to Jehovah to send the Holy Spirit to sweep these thoughts from us like you sweep dirt out of a house.
Then, to fill our house with the sweet fragrance of love, joy and gratitude to our loving Father Jehovah our precious Savior Jesus Christ and our strong Deliverer the Holy Spirit.
“Who sits in solitude and is quiet has escaped from three wars: hearing, speaking, seeing; yet against one thing shall he continually battle: that is, his own heart.” St. Antony
Prayer: Thank you Jesus Gibbor Milchamah (Psalms 24:8 The LORD Mighty In Battle) for blessing me with the weapons required on a daily basis for the continual battle in my mind and heart. Thank you that through Your strength and wisdom victory is guaranteed. Thank you that when I lose a battle and call out to You, You sooth my soul while blessing me with healing balm for my heart. You are such a wonderful Warrior King. I praise You in Your majestic name. Amen
Wishing you a house full of sunshine, hearts full of cheer and love that grows deeper each day of the year. Welsh blessing
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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
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Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. Luke 6:12 Holy Bible, New King James Version.
There are two important equations in this text.
The first one is that Jesus went out to a quiet place to commune with Jehovah.
For me the best place to pray where there is deep personal conversation with my Beloved is in Jehovahs Cathedral ( nature). After all where can you not be closest to Him except in His creation where the trees, flowers and streams sing of His peace and beauty while the birds are singing praises unto Him. It fills me with peace and calm. Being relaxed with Him allows me to not only be more open and personal with Him but also where the hustle and bustle of the city does not drown out His voice speaking to me.
The next part is where Jesus prayed all night.
Have you ever tired that? I mean praying all night.
I have prayed for a couple of hours but all night, wow. The only time I can remember praying continually is during intense agony in my life. Then I prayed continually for a week. Throughout it all He gave me strength to endure it and comfort that He was there with me.
Of course we realize that this was the time of Christ’s time of agony before His torture and horrible death on the cross.
So whenever you are in a intense crisis perhaps then you will be able to pray not only all night but for days at a time like I did. Then you too will be strengthened and comforted during your intense time of tribulation.
Prayer: I immensely thank you Jehovah-‘Uzam (The Lord is our Strength in Trouble) for Your patience in listening to the cries of anguish of a cherished child of Yours when we are enduring trials and tribulations. I thank you for Your Divine strength, peace and comfort that enabled me to not only endure them but to grow spiritually and mentally because of them. I exalt You in the name of He who sweated blood during His time of agonizing prayer Jesus Christ. Amen
May the gentle assurance of Jesus’ sweet love encompass you today and every day.
Come and hear, all you who fear God, And I will declare what He has done for my soul. Psalm 66:16 New King James Version
The greatest witness we can perform to helping others understand the Christian walk is to share our personal testimony of what Jehovah has done in our lives and through our lives. Joseph- Anthony: Green
Remember when you first came to Christ and you could not and would not shut up about Him?
Do you still do that?
Now do not be a pain in the butt and shove Jesus down others throats because that will just cause them to walk away from Christ. I know it certainly did me for many years.
Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you to the proper place, time and audience to share what Christ has done in your life and through your life.
Going my own way leads to disaster, depending upon and being obedient to the Holy Spirits guidance leads to success. Joseph- Anthony: Green
To be sure most will laugh at your testimony but when you speak at the Holy Spirits guidance there is always one that will listen. Then they will be open to listening more and be more open to learning of Christ. When I was a teacher in Asia there were fifty five students in my class. Out of the class five would come to Christ.
Do not expect to save everyone in the world. That is not your duty. Our duty is to share what Jesus has done in our lives and through our lives. It is the Holy Spirit’s job to move any recipients to accepting the call. Now be fair warned. Once someone has become interested and desires to hear more you now have the commitment to be their mentor. This is very challenging and sometimes lasts for years.
On the flip side of the coin, when you see a brother or sister experiencing a trial or tribulation that you went through it is your duty (duty is an act of love) to come up along side of them and share how Jehovah guided you through those trials and tribulation, sorrows and snares. It is your duty to help strengthen them and encourage them. This also takes commitment and can be very challenging.
But, in both instances it is well worth the effort knowing that you have blessed another through your witness.
Prayer: Please Jehovah-Jireh (God is our Provider) bless me with the wisdom, grace, meekfulness and humbleness to share all of the amazing things you have done in my life and through my life. May my testimony guide others to you and be a help to others who are in Your wonderful family. I exalt You and humbly request this in the name of He who revealed You for generations to come Jesus Christ. Amen.
May the sweet sunshine of Jesus’ beautiful love bless you today and every day.
In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. Ephesians 1:13 New King James Version
In the time of this writing when you owned property you would put your personal seal on it.
We were bought with the precious blood of our Beloved Jesus. There is no other way. There is nothing we can do or say to receive the Fathers seal.
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 New King James Version
So what this verse is saying is that the Holy Spirit has sealed you with Jehovah’s ownership. You belong to Him and nothing or no one can take you away from Him.
Except for one of course that shall be discussed later in this article.
Notice that in order to receive this blessing you must have heard the gospel and believe that Jesus died for your sins and was raised again to sit at the right hand of our Father. That is the only way.
Do not believe any other lies that are spewed by the anti-Christ’s in the world (and that especially includes many so called Christians and their churches).
Now when someone was bought (and we were bought with the precious blood of Christ) you were expected to be obedient to your masters rules.
Yes here are rules and they must be obeyed (again this is contrary to what the anti-Christs teach).
If you refuse to obey the rules the master will throw you out of His house. In this you voluntarily lose your salvation.
Now how are we supposed to know what the rules are and how to obey them?
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Ephesians 4:30 New King James Version The Holy Spirit is our teacher and guidance councilor.
To grieve the Holy Spirit is to refuse to listen to and obey His instructions. You do this to your own folly. You can only grieve the Holy Spirit so many times and He will depart from you.
Prayer: Thank you Jehovah-Go’el (The Lord is my Redeemer) for redeeming me through Your cherished Sons precious blood and thereby adopting me into Your divine holy family and making me Your cherished possession.
Please Jehovah Rabbi (God our Teacher) always teach me to be an obedient student to Your wise teacher The Holy Spirit. I always have a deep desire to please You and never grieve You because I of my enormous love for You, Your Son and Your Holy Teacher. I thank you and ask You for these blessings in the name of my Redeemer Jesus Christ. Amen.
May the sweet sunshine of Jesus’ beautiful love bless you today and every day.
” But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”James 3:17 New International Version
The greatest education is not to be found in some Ivy League school not a famous technical school. It is to be found at one single source, The Holy Bible. Oh you can become an egg head, but still be a loser in life. What we sorely need to be taught in all our schools throughout the world is good morals. The only place to find that is in the Bible. You may go to school to learn economics but do you have the knowledge between what is right and what is greed. Do you have the scruples not to make bad deals which may cheat seniors out of their retirement funds? You need the knowledge of the Bible in every aspect of your life, from choosing a friend, to choosing a mate to choosing the right choices in your business dealings.
“If I could choose between a knowledge of the Bible and a college education, I would readily choose the knowledge of the Bible.” William Lyon Phelps
I have been to many schools where a useful education was gained that is carried with me to this day. But, the greatest education I ever received was in studying the Bible. You know something great about the Bible? You can read and hear a Bible verse many times and it means nothing to you. Then, when it is needed in your life the verse will jump out at you and its secret revealed to you to help you deal with a situation I your life where you need its wisdom.
If we lack wisdom, God’s wisdom, we need only ask of Him and He will grant it when we ask in faith, according to His promise in James 1:5.
It is the greatest teaching tool in life. Use it generously. It is Gods gift to you. It is free and is useful in every aspect of your life. It will prevent a lot of troubles, heal you and bless you with peace during the troubling storms.
Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Rabbi (God our teacher) for blessing us with the best guidance book that is chock full of the best life advice there ever was. In the name of the greatest teacher Jesus Christ. Amen.
May the sweet sunshine of Jesus’ love bless you today and every day.
For God is not the author of confusion but of peace. 1 Corinthians 14:33 New King James Version
Worry is a thin stream of fear that trickles through the mind, which, if encouraged, will cut a channel so wide that all other thoughts will be drained out. Author Unknown
Are you in a financial pickle? What are you going to do? Are you going to go to a financial advisor (some have given me some very bad advice and I wonder if they have your best interest at heart or the financial institution they work for as well as their bonuses?) Do they not offer so much advice that many times it is confusing to know the right course to take? Does this not cause fear, worry and physical health problems?
Why not go to the financial advisor which is the smartest of all and truly has you best interests at heart?
His name is Jehovah. He loves you, cares about you and will never lead you wrong. It has worked for me and has brought about a lot of peace into my life as a consequence. The same holds true for every aspect of your life.
There are two catches however.
One is obedience.
When Jehovah speaks to you, you are to be obedient unto His voice. Many times what He has advised me to do seemed crazy but at the other end of it I saw His infinite wisdom and was overjoyed that I obeyed Him. He can and will speak to you through Bible reading, talking with Godly councilors, listening to Christian sermons and through other means as well.
There is no sense asking for Jehovahs advice of you are not willing to listen to it or obey it. Joseph- Anthony: Green
The second part is just as hard and that is to have faith in His leading. Many times He leads you into unfamiliar territory and it is pretty scary. Even us seasoned vets face the challenges of faith in our walks.
There are times when all of our faith shall be challenged no matter how long we have walked with the Master and there is not just one challenge but many on our walk to Heaven. Joseph- Anthony: Green
Prayer: Thank you Jehovah-Jireh (God is our Provider) for always blessing me with the correct path to take in all aspects of life. The added blessing of this is an amazing peace that envelopes my life. I praise you in the name of He who always provided for His disciples Jesus Christ. Amen.
May the sunshine of Jesus’ sweet love bless you today and every day.