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We Must Crucify it Daily.

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I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20 Holy Bible New International Version

When we are Christians we must daily crucify self for Christ.

Christ first, others second, self last. That is the daily mantra of every Christian. Joseph- Anthony: Green

One of the mantras of Christians should always be: Not my will but Thy will be done my Beloved Joseph –Anthony: Green

In other words we must always be praying, reading our Bibles and listening to sermons online (my favorite is sermonsaudio.com).

After all if we do not read our Bibles and or listen to sermons how is Christ going to speak with us?

Now He may give us instructions to do something we do not want to do. His will not ours take precedence.

Sometimes what is required of us is too great.

That is when we are to pray for the Holy Spirit to empower us to do Christ’s will.

I know for me it was forgiving someone who hurt me really bad. It took three months of praying before the forgiveness flowed.

So do not be frustrated if what is asked of you, you cannot do right away. Sometimes the Holy Spirit must work within your heart to heal the hurt and to teach you.

In my instance it was not just forgiveness but how to deal with a domineering abusive person.

Prayer: Please Jesus Immanuel (God amongst us) You gave the ultimate sacrifice to me. Open my heart and mind to sacrifice self to You in my daily life. I compliantly request this in Your wonderful name. Amen

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


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Lived Moment by Moment.

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 “If Christ does not reign over the mundane events in our lives, He does not reign at all.” Dr. Paul Tripp

For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control]. 2 Timothy 1:7 Amplified Bible

The Christian faith is meant to be lived moment by moment. It isn’t some broad, general outline–it’s a long walk with a real Person. Details count: passing thoughts, small sacrifices, a few encouraging words, little acts of kindness, brief victories over nagging sins. Joni Eareckson Tada

Every morning during morning prayers I ask Jehovah to guide my thoughts, words and actions to bring praise and glory to His beautiful name and to guide the lost to Him.

When in moments of impatience (like in a check out line in the store when someone is taking too much time) I silently ask Jehovah for patience when I want to blow up and scream will you just hurry up (I believe that comes from our hurry up world and instant gratification) and a feeling of peace comes over me and begin talking with someone in the check out line and relieve their stress as well.

When I see someone covered with tattoo’s and body piercing that in my opinion makes them look like freaks in a side show I pray that Jehovah reminds me that He loves everyone and sometimes talk with them and sometimes discover they are nice folks.

When I see elderly needing help with their groceries in the parking lot I gladly help them as an act of civility and silent glory unto Jehovah.

Sometimes I encounter someone who is obviously having a bad day and make a stupid joke to get them laughing and start talking to help relieve their stress and maybe through our conversations I can share resources with them that will help them (like a support group). I also ask them their name and if I can pray for them. The look of shock and gratitude on their faces is priceless.

What ways do you live the Christian life moment by moment every day?

The Christian life is not one to be lived on Sunday in church by in every waking moment of our daily lives. Joseph- Anthony: Green

Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Immanuel (God is with us) for blessing me with Your daily fellowship and guidance so as to bring glory to Your Holy name and to guide the lost unto You. I humbly give thanks for this blessing and pray for it through the name of He who walks with me through Your beautiful garden (nature). 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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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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What is Time

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Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity. –Henry Van Dyke

Have you ever had to wait for a prospective employer or school to call you to inform you if you were accepted or not? I have. Days seem like years and the anxiety causes the blood pressure to reach a point you think you are going to explode. Now, I have learned (the hard way through many decades) to have faith in Jehovah that He will answer in His way and in Him time.

Have you ever messed up at work or school and are waiting to see the head master or boss? I have and a thousand scenarios flash through my head and none of them are good. Now, I have learned (the hard way through many decades) to have faith in Jehovah that He will answer in His way and in Him time.

Have you ever spent time when you were in the presence of our Beloved Father or King? I have. It seemed as if the three hours were an eternity yet a few seconds. My heart wanted to explode saying:” I love you, I love you.” It brought life to my spirit like nothing else can even begin to compare.

The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you they are full of the Spirit and life. John 6:63 Holy Bible, New International Version

Prayer: Thank you Jehovah KalEl (voice of God) for blessing me with teaching to have faith and to learn patience in waiting to hear Your wise voice blessing me with guidance, strength and assurance in all aspects of my life. I exalt You in the name of He who had divine patience with His earthly disciples Jesus Christ. Amen.

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


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Good to Those Who Wait.

HOPE IN THE LORD

The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him.  It is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the Lord. Lamentations 3:25-26 New King James Version                    

It is one of he hardest things we will ever do, wait.                            

How impatient are we waiting in a grocery line (personally, I just grab a magazine and flip through it while waiting)?                                        

How impatient do we get watching the clock slowly tick until it gets to class over or the end of a shift at work (do you find the more you look at the clock the slower it seems to go?)?

                                                

Now, how impatient do we get with Jehovah?                                        

We wait until He guides us to a spouse (for me it never happened) or to get pregnant and keep crying out:”When Lord, when? Do we get tired of waiting and go out on our own (which leads to disaster) and then blame Jehovah?                                                                                                     

Waiting builds perseverance (we will not quit), strength and faith.              

For me many times it has taken years and in some instances decades before He answers my prayers.                                                                 

Sometimes the prayers do not come to fruitation but that is because they would only cause me harm if they did.                                                       

I can think of a few times when I prayed for a certain woman to accept my proposal only to be laughed at. I felt crushed but them see her a few years later and how she treats her husband abusively and silently say a grateful thank you Lord prayer.                                                                    

So brothers and sisters if you are praying and ready to give up, do not. The Lord answers in His time in His way.                                                   

If His answer is not the one you desire have faith that He knows you better than you know yourself and because He loves you is only doing what is best for you.

How many times have we whined to our parents to get something when we were children and if we got them it would make us sick?    

 How much wiser than Jehovah?                                                                                 

Prayer: Thank you Jehovah-Jireh (God our Provider) for blessing me with Your unlimited generosity in supplying all me needs in Your time and in Your way. Please bless me with patience to wait for Your timing and respect to accept Your answer even when it is not the answer I sometimes desire. I humbly thank You in the name of Your greatest gift to me Jesus Christ. Amen                                                                                                               

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


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Experienced the Same Dance

SEEKING JEHOVAHS ADVICE

And Abraham came near and said, “Would You also destroy the righteous with the wicked?  Suppose there were fifty righteous within the city; would You also destroy the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous that were in it?  Far be it from You to do such a thing as this, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous should be as the wicked; far be it from You! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”

So the Lord said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.”

Then Abraham answered and said, “Indeed now, I who am but dust and ashes have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord: Suppose there were five less than the fifty righteous; would You destroy all of the city for lack offive?”

So He said, “If I find there forty-five, I will not destroy it. ”            

And he spoke to Him yet again and said, “Suppose there should be forty found there?”

So He said, “I will not do it for the sake of forty.”

 Then he said, “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak: Suppose thirty should be found there?”

So He said, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.”

And he said, “Indeed now, I have taken it upon myself to speak to the Lord: Suppose twenty should be found there?”

So He said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of twenty.”

Then he said, “Let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak but once more: Suppose ten should be found there?”

And He said, “I will not destroy it for the sake of ten.” So the Lord went His way as soon as He had finished speaking with Abraham; and Abraham returned to his place.Genesis 18: 23- 33 New King James Version

                                                                                                                               

Notice that Jehovah knows that Abraham is pleading to save his nephew Lots life from the destruction of Sodom.                                                                                                                                     

Instead of coming right out and asking, Abraham dances around the bush. He had no doubt known the wickedness in that city and that it deserved to be destroyed but he was concerned about Lots life.                                                                                                                                                               

How many times do we do that with our Beloved?                                                                                                      

He knows what we want to ask but is patient with us as we dance around our request.                           

Most of the time I am polite but direct in my requests to Jehovah and to people.

                                                         

I have experienced the same dance when people want to ask me something. I want to scream at them and say just ask me already!             

Be honest, sincere and respectful in your requests and it will save a lot of time for both of us. Joseph- Anthony: Green                                                                                                

Instead of trying to manipulate Jehovah (which in a way is what Abraham was doing) do you not believe the respectful thing to do is to humbly ask Jehovah for what we want?                                   

Prayer: Thank You Jesus Pryyand (God is my friend) for the amazing privilege of having a loving Devine friend like You that is always available, willing to listen and grant my righteous request. Please remind me to be respectful and direct with my requests unto You. I gratefully ask this in Your awesome name. Amen.

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