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Why the Wise Men Gave

HELP THE WEAK

When they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew 2:10 New King James Version   Have you ever wondered why the wise men gave to Jesus’ family the gifts they gave?

 

Do not forget that Jesus’ parents were so poor they could not even afford at bus ticket to get across town in todays world.

An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.” Matthew 2:13 New King James Version

Now if Jesus’ parents were so poor how could they afford to travel and live in Egypt during Herods blood thirst?

They could sell the gifts for a lot of money which would afford them the travel expenses and living expenses while in Egypt and their return to Israel. As well, the money would be used to buy a house and set up a business.

Now if you are in dire straits and someone gives you a gift you can sell to pay for needed expenses do not be ashamed to sell them.

On the other side of the coin if you give someone a gift and they sell it for necessary expenses do not be angry with them.  Instead, be glad that the gift you so generously provided for them was enough to cover unexpected expenses.

The only thing that is certain in our daily circumstances is that they are always uncertain. Joseph- Anthony: Green

Notice I said for “necessary expenses”.

So, if you have no money to pay for unexpected medical expenses and do not have it or if you are suddenly without a job and cannot pay your expenses then it is okay to sell the gift to help yourself.

If you want to cash the gift in just to get a tattoo or the newest video game that is not necessary and is an insult, disrespectful and rude.

Prayer: Thank you Jehovah-Hoshe’ah (The Lord Saves) for blessing me with bringing those to me with gifts that were used in order to help me through disasters. May I always worship the true gift giver and not the gift. I praise You in the name of the only gift worthy of being worshipped Jesus Christ. Amen                                                                                                                    

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


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To Suffer Emotional Strain.

ESCAPE FROM HELL

Do not fret because of evildoers, nor be envious of the workers of iniquity. Psalm 37:1 New King James Version          

iniquity:       something that is unfair or evil                                                                                                                                envious:    feeling or showing a desire to have what someone else has                                                                                  fret : to cause To Suffer Emotional Strain Mirriam- Webster Dictionary

We who have lived long enough have all experienced fretting because someone is “getting away with it.” Many times it is because we see it on the news.

Why do you get upset?

As a Christian we are to believe God is a God of justice and He will make them pay, if not in this life than in the eternal one.

What is your reward for fretting?

It hurts your relationships and destroys your health (why do you think people have high blood pressure and ulcers?).

I know I did it after watching investigative TV programs.

Looking back there is a realization how futile and stupid this was. It did not change anything. Then a few years later you see it on the news where the perpetrators are caught, put in prison and are living a life of hell or are suffering from some disease that is lowly, painfully leading them to the grave and Hell where they belong.

 

Why in the world would you be envious of someone that is practicing iniquity?

 

You see someone cheating at school and they are getting away with it. No they are not.

 

When they go to get a job and take a test before getting hired the employer discovers they do not know squat and they do not get the job.

Someone is cheating on their spouse and having affairs. They will get sexually transmitted diseases and ruin their marriage. Does that sound like something you want?

The list goes on and on.

Oh for a little while they get away with it but it always catches up with them in the end.

 

Do not be deceived, what you do today you will pay for tomorrow.  Joseph- Anthony: Green

Do not follow them on the pathway that leads to Hell but stay on the course Christ has laid before you which leads to Heaven.

Prayer: Please Jehovah-Tsidkenu  (God of Righteousness) bless me with Your divine wisdom and strength to follow Your righteous path even when it seems as if the wicked are winning. I humbly ask this in the name of my most righteous King  Jesus Christ. Amen

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


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All in the People.

WRONG WALK

It’s all in the people.

But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today Hebrews 3:13 NewInternational Version

People will either bring you up or bring you down.

Are you having problems with your marriage or relationships? Then why do you hang out with people that go through marriages like a turnstile? They will bring down your marriage like an elevator that has its cables broke and you are on the thirtieth floor. Why not learn from people who have been through the tough times? Talk with them, listen to them and emulate them.

Are you working your fingers to the bone and in debt up to your eyeballs? Then why are you hanging out with the “in crowd” that has to have all the toys and gadgets? They are going down so slow they don’t even know it.

Why not make friends with people who are content with little and learn their secrets (which aren’t really secret but you need to learn from them)?

Oh sure these men and women may seem geeky and old fashioned sometimes but they have something you don’t have but want: peace.

Then you will be someone who people will want to get on your elevator because it is going up.

“The next best thing to being wise oneself is to live in a circle of those who are.” C. S. Lewis

Prayer: Please Jehovah Jireh (God our Provider) allocate me with the opportunities and wisdom to be one who opens the door and welcomes in others on the elevator that is going all the way up to Heaven. I ask this in the name of He who was lifted in the sky before His beloved disciples eyes Jesus Christ. Amen.

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


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Is He Preparing Them? Part Two

SPINNING PINK ON GREEN

Please read Deuteronomy 27& 28

In this article we will talk about a relative that loves to gossip and cause trouble. For years she played her wicked little game of being a terrible gossip and was in her most glee when she was causing fights. She then acted innocent.

People tried to council her but she is stubborn and proud (the two always go together) and refused to listen.

In one incident she caused such a terrible fight that it caused a nervous breakdown and that almost lead to suicide with one of her relatives.

First she lost her husband who was her cohort (he was just as bad) and still refused to repent.

Next she lost her eyesight yet still was unrepentant.

After that she became crippled and then lost her dog which was like her favourite child.

How stupid and stubborn people can be amazes me.

Do you think God is breaking her of her stubbornness and arrogance to prepare her to reconcile with her child when she see’s him for the first time in many years?

If you have committed a serious offense against someone may I strongly suggest you repent less you suffer Gods vengeance.

Prayer: Please Jehovah Rohi (God our Shepherd) please guide me to be open and obedient to Your wise guidance in my life so as to not have to experience difficult and painful experiences to discipline me.

I meekly request this in the name of He who taught His best lessons to His disciples through difficulties Jesus Christ. Amen.

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


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The Best Relationship Advice

GODS FAITHFULNESS

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding Proverbs 3:5 New King James Version

God knows not only you but the other person as well. There are many things in the other person that you do not see but He does. So therefore it is best to always trust Him in any and all relationships.   It will prevent a lot of heartache, frustration and suffering later on in your life.

 

That guy may be a smooth talker but in reality is an abusive jerk. Man have I ever met a lot of them.   Personally I have found those who like to dress in luxuriant styles are snakes in the grass.

 

That woman may appear to be sweet and innocent but in reality she is manipulative, domineering and a self centered emotional thief. They will suck the life out of you quicker that a vacuum cleaner.

 

That person may seem goofy because they are shy but when you talk with them you discover they are very wise. Many of the wisest men and women I have had the privilege to become friends with I at first thought they were are brite as a burnt out light bulb but were very intelligent,caring, respectful, loving and wise.

That person may seem like a snob but in reality is just a loner (just because we are loners does not mean we have mental problems either). I am a loner yet most people consider me very deep, caring and supportive once they get to know me.

Prayer: Please Jesus Rohi (God our Sheppard) guide me towards those who are loving, caring and respectful and away from the life suckers (those who suck the life out of you). I sincerely ask this in the name of He who was open to the loving ones and closed to the lurking wolves Jesus Christ. Amen.

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


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He Will Vindicate You.

DEVINE POLICY

 

He is near who justifies Me; Who will contend with Me? Let us stand together. Who is My adversary? Let him come near Me.  Surely the Lord God will help Me; Who is he who will condemn Me? Indeed they will all grow old like a garment; The moth will eat them up. Isaiah 50: 8:9 New King James Version

Whenever anyone challenges you whether it be from family, friends, coworkers, or people on the street as to what makes you think you have your calling that is the time to pray and depend upon God to vindicate you.

 

For me He has shown verses in the Bible and their meaning to me. They are written down and carried with me so that when challenged they are brought out and used in my defense.

Now one of two things will happen.

One: people will be open to what is being said and you will enjoy a good opportunity to witness.

Two: the people are not interested in what you have to say, they are more interested in being judgmental and condemning and will refuse to listen. They will walk away in a huff.  They will stay away from me which means there is less strife and anxiety in my life.

 

These are the only two responses I get.

How about you? Is there any way you successfully handle these situations in a Christ like manner?

Prayer: Please Jehovah KalEl (voice of God) bless me with the wisdom, grace and meekness to present the case of Your holy existence to any and all who are receptive to Your word and to be respectful to those who are unwilling to accept it. I respectfully ask this in the name of He who gave us the best example to follow Jesus Christ. Amen.

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


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He is Out of His Mind.

HE GIVES PEACE

But when His family heard about this, they went out to lay hold of Him, for they said, “He is out of His mind.” Mark 3:21 New International Version

When your family and friends laugh at you, mock you and or consider you crazy for giving up all worldly desires to follow the path Christ has for you in life, just remember, Jesus’ family thought He was nuts too.

 

If you give up a successful career to go work in the slums or when you walk away from the booze, sex and drugs, when you walk away from the malls and walk toward Jesus of course those around you will not understand. What they do not and cannot understand they label as crazy because it does not fit their idea of normal.

I would rather be crazy for Jesus than be normal and in Hell.  Joseph- Anthony: Green

It will be painful to have to say goodbye to those close to you but Jesus will reward you with a solid loving, respectful relationship with Him and with those in His divine family.

Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Ropheka (God our healer) for healing me of the wounds inflicted upon me whose words cut deep because of my choice to walk with You. Please forgive them for they do not know what they are doing. I meekly thank you and ask for this forgiveness in the name of He who forgave those who mocked Him as he suffered upon the cross Jesus Christ. Amen

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


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The Korean and the Japanese.

GENTLE STREAM WINDING THROUGH FOREST

Prayers Answered.

These articles are dedicated to the wonderful and amazing way Jehovah Jireh (the Lord our provider) answers prayers. It is a simple journal that I would like to use as an example for others to list their sincere prayer requests and then how our Beloved answers them.

It will amaze you and create a heart of gratitude and respect for our gracious Jehovah Heseh (Our God of love).

The older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things. Titus 2:3New King James Version                                                                                      

I prayed for my precious little Japanese sister to be blessed with a good mentor to help her through her difficult times of being recently unemployed.                                                 

When she attended her friends church the pastor invited her to her apartment for a meal (in Asia being asked to share a meal is very important and is only for close family and friends so this was unexpected). During the meal my Japanese little sister and the pastor talked for hours and the Korean pastor gave her wise advice and great encouragement.                                                          

It is our Christian duty to be mentors to those who are not as mature in the walk with Christ. We are to lead by example and to help those struggling overcome their difficulties.

Who are you mentoring?                                                                                                             

Editors note: In Asia when there is a large age difference the older is called grandfather or grandmother. If the age difference is not large they are called uncle or auntie. If the age difference is close it is big brother or big sister.   

                                                    

My precious little Christian sister is close to my age but younger so I address her as little sister while she addresses me as big brother.                                                                     

Wouldn’t it be nice if that is the way we in the west addressed each other?                        

Prayer: Thank you Jehovah Rohi (God is our Sheppard) for guiding a younger sheep to an older,  sheep in Your precious flock to guide her, encourage her and strengthen her. I extol You in the name of the most admirable Sheppard of all Jesus Christ. Amen.        

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


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Seldom Do It

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Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house, Lest he become weary of you and hate you. Proverbs 25: 17 New King James Version                                                                             

Have you ever had any acquaintances who call you at all hours of the day and come a knocking without calling first?                                                                                                   

When I was in China I refused to give any students my phone number or address for this exact reason. They would call at all hours of the day and night or just show up and it was almost impossible to get them to leave. They were there to get free English lessons. I ended up being so disgusted with them I could not even look at them, not that they cared.

On the other hand there were those who we talked once a week on the phone or went out for lunch. They were a treat and that was a day to look forward to all week.                        

Which one are you?                                                                                                                     

Prayer: Please Jehovah Heseh (God of love) teach me to have a heart of love and respect for others and to know how and when to give them their space. Just as Your son needed His time alone so do we all. I sincerely request this in the name of the most gracious friend I have Jesus Christ. Amen.                                                                                    

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


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Go to You

“We do not know what to do, but we are looking to you for help” 2 Chronicles 20:12.

 

CHRISTS POWER

 

When I do not know what to do, I always go to You.

Have you ever experienced a time when you were in desperate need of help and no one gave you the help you needed? Your family, friends, councilors and doctors advice seemed empty.

Why do you suffer through that when the first one you should always go to is our beloved Jehovah?

Name me someone who loves you more than Him? Name me someone wiser than Him? Name me someone who has unlimited resources available to help you like He does?  Speak to Him from your heart.

Do not try to manipulate Him by making empty promises you cannot keep (like if you do this for me I will do that for you and then you do not follow through. That is a deadly sin.).

If a man makes a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by some agreement, he shall not break his word. Numbers 30:2 New King James Version

Do not try to give Him the guilt trip. God You said You will help me, now You must do this.

Simply ask humbly, sincerely and with faith that He will answer you.

In my life He has answered in many ways sometimes dreams, many times from the Bible and listening to righteous pastors (Allister Beg, Charles Spurgeon, A.W.Tozer and Vance Havner are my favourites) on websites like sermon audio.com, talking with brothers and sisters (begin with the elders as they have more life experiences under their belt), a Christian song or sitting in a quiet place in nature.

When He answers it is wise to obey Him. What use is it asking for help if you are not willing to obey the advice? Many times it will be something you do not want to do or say but that is where faith come s in.

So many times I thought the advice was crazy but was obedient and obeyed. I praise the Lord that I did because not only was there resolution but if the advice of others was followed it would have led to disaster.

Prayer: Thank you Jehovah KalEl (voice of God) for all Your abundant guidance You have so richly blessed me with in my life. I give thanks in the name of our wonderful Sheppard Jesus Christ. Amen.

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