Worship Weekend: I Struggle


Hi Everybody!

I just came across this awesome song sung by Tenth Avenue North  called The Struggle. This song really inspired me to share it today because I know that I still struggle with my own weaknesses despite being a Christian. Just because you are Christian doesn’t mean that you don’t encounter days of weakness. It makes me appreciate my humanity and need of my Savior more. We need to face the fact that each day is a test, each day can be a blessing or a curse by the things we do, think or say. It’s all about how we view the world in light of the knowledge of what we know or do not know about what it means to be Christ-like. “In this world, there will be trouble…but take heart” says the Lord Jesus, “I have overcome the World” John 16:33.  There will be days when you won’t like who you are, but when you are in Christ, understand that you do not serve a God that is unable to sympathize with your weakness, for Jesus also encountered many tests, many temptations, many trials and many opportunities to be offended; however, He overcame each one. It is through Him that we can be redeemed from our weaknesses and failures.

Confess them before  the Lord, and He will set you free from self-condemnation.

Hebrews 4:15

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.

 

When we are weak, Jesus helps us to be strong. Lean on Him today when you know that doing it alone isn’t enough anymore. Seek refuge under the wings of the Almighty and He that guides you into all Truth will help you deal with each issue so that you will be free.

Enjoy this Song Everybody and Be Blessed! 😀

Maintain your Hope for it is the Tree of Life


  

Proverbs 13:12
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.

Hi everybody,

This is going to be rather a short reflection today but I just wanted to say that when we are hoping for something, we can face so much in our life that causes this hope to singe out like a flickering light that burns out like a dying flame.

Hope is a flame and in order to keep it burning, we have to fuel this flame with Faith.

Now, I know that in certain situations where people face serious adversities such as war, famine, terrorism, threats of death, slavery, abuse, human rights violations, loss of loved ones, grief, etc, such hope seems dismal if not completely and virtually non-existent in ones experience to such painful circumstances. Fear traps a heart in this sickness where hope is devoid in a person. When hope comes, the heart heals because it is given reason to believe again. This is the tree of life that is spoken about in this verse posted above from the book of Proverbs. Jesus is the Tree of life for us since He is the True Vine and we are His Branches extended to do the same for our brothers and sisters since we have Christ in us the HOPE of Glory (John 15:1-8). It is our mandate to be the hope that this world needs to see in our lifetime.

Romans 5:2
through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 

Colossians 1:27
To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

The Truth of the Word is the resurrecting power of the Word that we need to use in our lives to fuel hope in people’s hearts.  A longing fulfilled is a tree of life but when hope is absent, the heart suffers crumbling Faith that is devoid of such hope. So when you see someone struggling, when you see the fire in their eyes dimming because of that loss of hope, when you see the anguish and pain of anothers suffering that sees no hope of relief, no hope of salvation, no reason to continue living, God expects us to be faithful enough to step in to fuel that fire of hope in a person again.

This is how we intercede for someone by stepping in the Gap through prayer and action.

 This is the faith that drives us to life individuals back to life since according to the Word we are not only Sons of God but we are also Sons of the Resurrection. So I challenge you today to be the hope for a persons sick heart today. The Resurrecting power of Christ is in us to  fulfill this mandate because Jesus blessed us with the help of the Holy Spirit to satisfy this call.

 Hope stirs people to believe where unbelief was present.

 Hope stirs faith in people where there was lack.

 Hope brings back to life all that seems dead, so as joint heirs with Christ, we must strive to be the hope that this world needs to see.

'THE TRUE VINE' by Anthony James

Hope can only be demonstrated by action. It could be something small like a telephone call, a word of encouragement, a word of knowledge, a visitation, a donation, an embrace, a listening ear, a kind and gentle gesture, a letter, or a helping hand (volunteering), etc. Hope in action is Love in action and perfect love casts out all fear (1 John 4:18).

Love heals, love restores and Love gives rise to hope and Faith  which strengthens ones belief.

If a person has no reason to believe in anything anymore, it is because they have yet to experience this level of Love and this level of hope that can restore ones Faith to believe again.

When I had suicidal thoughts a few years ago, it was because I thought everything was hopeless. But when I pressed on holding onto that one last shred of hope left within me with the little but dying faith I had, it was this hope that I held onto which was that nearly dying flame that maintained my faith in the end. If that flame had blown out during the darkest moments in my life, I think I would not be here today typing up this post to be at least that voice that cries out for another to still keep your faith alive! Keep your hope alive no matter what! So today, I just want to let you know that no matter how bleak your situation may seem, no matter how many people may fail you in this life, keep holding onto that last shred of hope you have in the Lord even in your most painful of circumstances. That shred of hope could mean the difference beween life or death and when I mean Life or death, I mean yours.  

Love preserves Life through demonstrated Hope in Action.  

Jesus loved us enough to die for us in order to be the hope that we needed to see in this life so that we could be redeemed. We all  have that redemptive power in Christ to life people back to life with that same Spirit of hope in us. This Spirit is the HOLY SPIRIT also known as the Helper (John 14:26; John 16:7; John 15:26; John 14:16).

Be that Light that Shines in the Darkness because that Light is what fuels greater Faith.

I have a song for you today to minister to you from Kirk Franklin called Better from his Hero CD. Stay blessed everybody!

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Scriptures to Meditate

Proverbs 11:30
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who wins souls is wise.

Luke 20:35-37

35 But those who are counted worthy to attain that age, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; 36 nor can they die anymore, for they are equal to the angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. 37 But even Moses showed in the burning bush passage that the dead are raised, when he called the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’

John 1:5
And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

John 8:12
Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

John 9:5
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

Philippians 2:15
that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,

Job 14:7
“For there is hope for a tree, If it is cut down, that it will sprout again, And that its tender shoots will not cease.

Psalm 16:1
[ The Hope of the Faithful, and the Messiah’s Victory ] A Michtam of David. Preserve me, O God, for in You I put my trust.

Psalm 16:9
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope.

Psalm 31:24
Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the LORD.

Psalm 33:18
Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those who hope in His mercy,

Psalm 119:114
You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word.

Psalm 119:147
I rise before the dawning of the morning, And cry for help; I hope in Your word.

Acts 15:9
and made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

Acts 16:5
So the churches were strengthened in the faith, and increased in number daily.

Romans 1:17
For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.”

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Written on Your Heart – The Resurrecting Word of GOD


Me as a Jewish Towns Lady for the Easter Cantata Dress Rehearsal

I feel like giving you all a whole new meaning to a Happy TGIF – “THANK GOD IT’S FRIDAY” welcome!

Today is a wonderful day to celebrate Death’s Defeat and A start of all old things becoming New. It’s Spring in this hemisphere and during this time as we remember what our Saviour Jesus Christ did for all of us on that day at Calvary, we must give God All Honor, All Glory and All the Praise for sending His Son to Conquer and Redeem us from the bondage of Sin. He broke the chains and set us free with the Truth. I am in an Easter Cantata today so I just want to bless you this Fine Friday and give you a video and some praise songs to Celebrate what our Lord Jesus did for us. Stay Blessed Everybody!

Here is a video to reflect what should now be Written on the new Heart that Jesus gives to us after washing all our sins away.

This Song is from 21:03 called Spiritual Bizness

This other song is also from 21:03 from their new single called DONE

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Scriptures to Meditate

John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

1 Corinthians 15:55
“O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”

Romans 8:1
[ Free from Indwelling Sin ] There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Matthew 26:28
For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Luke 15:7
I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.

Luke 15:10
Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

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A Word of Encouragement – The Debt is Paid in FULL


Hello Everybody!

So today I’m just going to give word of Encouragement regarding Salvation. This week we are celebrating the Debt our Lord and Savior paid on the cross for our salvation that we find in Him. The Debt that He paid was for all of us who struggle with our weaknesses, failures and mistakes and also includes the heavy sins and offenses we commit that seem unforgivable. He died and paid the full price of our debt with His precious blood for all of mankind including those who are robbers, killers, murderers, thieves, adulterers, liars, cheats, schemers, hustlers, gossipers, abusers, traitors, the proud and haughty, the greedy, the perverted, the narcissistic, etc. and for all who have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of the Lord because of these weaknesses, failures, mistakes and offenses (sin).  As people we find it difficult to forgive each other for such weaknesses and failures that others commit against us because we get offended easily and seem to know how to point out other peoples weaknesses to easily out of bitterness and anger which makes it hard for us to love people, but Jesus says,

With Men and Women it may be impossible to forgive, but with God All things are possible to those that Believe that I, Jesus , Forgives All”.

So In this season, believe today that there is nothing you have done that cannot be forgiven by our Lord Jesus Christ. Some people wrestle with their weaknesses and feel no peace within them because of that feeling of self-condemnation and self-loathing that torments their minds for their wrongdoing, but Jesus says that:

“There is no Condemnation in Me because I overcame the World, I overcame the Grave and I overcame Death and Every Offense (Sin) known to Man”.

His wish is for all people to be set free from self-condemnation and self-loathing behaviours by His forgiveness so that you can enjoy an everlasting life with Him walking in the Freedom and knowledge that Jesus came to set  you free from the torment that condemnation brings when we do things that go against what is right, what is good and what is Godly in the eyes of our Savior.  So if you don’t know Jesus, or if you know of Him but fell away during your journey, here is a little prayer to welcome Him into your Heart. He is the one that will restore you and give you inner peace by His Blood that was shed for you and me.

He is the one that Forgives all, Loves All and Paid our Debt of Sin in Full at the Cross.

Sinner’s Prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus,

I come before your presence and acknowledge all my faults, my failures, my sins and all of my weaknesses, sins I know I have done and sins I don’t know I have committed. I no longer want to live this way feeling like I’m living a life that’s leading me down the wrong path without your guidance and direction to do what is pleasing and what is right before your eyes, so please forgive me Jesus and come into my heart. Restore me Jesus and cleanse me with your redeeming blood that you shed for me at the Cross. I believe that You Jesus, Who Died on the Cross and shed your blood for me, who conquered the grave and resurrected on the third day is my Savior and Lord. Thank you for loving and forgiving me Jesus. Thank you for setting me free from all my mistakes, failures, weaknesses and all of my sins, in Jesus’ Name I pray,

AMEN.

Hallelujah! The Angels are rejoicing in Heaven right now as you read this message! God Loves you sooooo much that He gave His only begotten Son Jesus to die for us so that we can be redeemed. Let the redeemed of the Lord Say SO! Praise the Lord! So, now that you have said this prayer, you have put away the old person and have become a new creation in Christ.  God is soo amazing and He loves you very very much. If you have family members or friends that need this message, then I encourage you to re-blog or pass it along. They need to know that Jesus Loves them no matter what they have done. God’s Love ENDURES FOREVER.

To finish off this encouragement I have a song to bless you today called The Everlasting God. Stay Blessed in God’s Love for you Today.

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Scriptures to Meditate

 John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Matthew 19:26
But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Mark 9:23
Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

1 Corinthians 15:55
“O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?”

Romans 8:1
[ Free from Indwelling Sin ] There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

Matthew 26:28
For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

John 14:27
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Luke 15:7
I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.

Luke 15:10
Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

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