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Jesus replied, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, before Abraham was born, I AM.John 8:58 (AMP)


Isaiah 9:6– Jesus is the Counselor, come to Him and be guided in His wisdom;

John 3:2- Jesus is the Rabbi, come to Him and be instructed in righteousness;

John 14:6- Jesus is the Way, come to Him and follow to the heart of the Father;

John 14:6- Jesus is the Truth, come to Him and be established in His words;

John 14:6- Jesus is the Life, come to Him and abundantly live;

Matthew 14:36- Jesus is the Great Physician, come to Him and be made whole;

John 13:14- Jesus is the Lord, come to Him and serve Him with gladness of heart;

1 Timothy 6:15- Jesus is the King, come to Him and praise His glorious name;

Matthew 14:33- Jesus is the Son of God, come to Him and worship and adore Him;

Ephesians 1:6 Jesus is the Beloved, come to Him and love Him with all you are and all you have.

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Unto us a Son is given” Isaiah 9:6 (NKJV)


When He came to earth it was the most miraculous thing that had happened since creation. When Jesus entered the world as a baby He was God come in the flesh. He was Mary’s baby, but He was God’s Son.

The Creator entered creation as a man. Why did He do it? He came because His Father sent Him—not to impress us with His miracle power so He could entertain us, not to educate us so we could learn more facts about heaven, and not to provide us with new rituals so we could become more religious.

He came because we had sinned and needed to be forgiven, because God wanted us brought back into a loving, holy, caring relationship with Himself, and because the only way that we could ever be reconciled to God was by His Son coming and offering up His body as a sacrifice for our redemption.

What incredible love is in the heart of God for you. Jesus came as a visible expression of that love…nothing is deeper than that love.

He came so that you could have sweet communion with Him…nothing is sweeter than that communion.

He came to be your companion always…nothing is nearer than that companionship.

He came so that His presence could be within you…nothing is dearer than that presence.

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If you would like to know Jesus in the sweet way that Roy Lessin does, you can start by submitting your will to his.  Below is a sample prayer.  Prayer is talking to God. God knows your heart and is not so concerned with your words as He is with the attitude of your heart.

“Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.”

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“We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.” 1 John 4:16 (NLT)


When love happens, good happens…

Kindness happens when love acts.
Joy happens when love celebrates.
Patience happens when love waits.
Hope happens when love promises.
Life happens when love gives.
Change happens when love prays.
Blessings happen when love cares.
Beauty happens when love grows.
Healing happens when love touches.
Fullness happens when love abounds.
Righteousness happens when love chooses.
Truth happens when love speaks.
Purpose happens when love guides.

Because God is love, love happens…when love happens, something good will always happen!

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But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.” Isaiah 64:8 (NKJV)


Once a potter shapes a vessel upon his wheel it is up to the potter to decide how he wants to use the work of his hands. A vessel cannot use itself. It takes the hand of the potter to lift the vessel, fill the vessel, and use the vessel in the way he has purposed when he shaped it.

A potter may have a hundred different vessels that he has formed upon his wheel. Each vessel may be a different size and shape. Each may be intended for a different purpose and used at different times. One vessel may be used each day and another used on rare occasions. This does not mean that the one used daily is more significant than the vessel that is rarely used. In the potter’s plan, the one that is rarely used has not been deemed insignificant, but kept for a special purpose.

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We are the Lord’s vessels. He is the Potter and we are the clay. He is the One who has made us and shaped us, and He is the One who will use us according to His will. We only frustrate ourselves when we decide how we should be used, when we should be used, or where we should be used. We can also add to our frustration by striving to make things happen.

We must rest in His will and not struggle in our own attempts to be used by God at the time and in the way that seems best to us. In God’s perfect place for us, there will always be God’s all-sufficient grace, His peace, His favor, and His blessing to accomplish His purpose.

Although we are different vessels with different functions, we can all be vessels of honor. A vessel of honor is a vessel that is clean. If we are a clean vessel, we are a vessel that is ready to be used as the Master chooses.

Father, You have formed me and shaped me into the vessel of Your choosing. I ask that You create in me a clean heart and renew a right spirit within me. Wash me by Your word, cleanse me through the blood of Jesus, and set me apart and use me in Your place, in Your way, at Your time. Use me in the way that accomplishes the greatest good, that pleases You the most, and that brings You the highest honor.

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In my trouble God is greater,
In my weakness He is strong;
In my trial God is dearer,
In my sorrow He’s my song.
In my burden God is mighty,
In my storm He calms the sea;
In my tears I know His comfort,
In my life He’s all to me.

If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since He did not spare even His own Son but gave Him up for us all, won’t He also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for His own? No one — for God Himself has given us right standing with Himself. Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and He is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us. Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean He no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.” ) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Romans 8:31-38(NLT)

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Reflections on Galatians 2:20

“My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”  Galatians 2:20 (NLT)

My old self— How I lived without Jesus…my old way of thinking, of choosing, of doing…me at the center, not Him; my will being done, not His; my pleasure being pursued, not His.

Has been crucified with Christ— Not something God will one day do, but something He has already done…When Christ died, my old way of living died with Him. Past tense…“has been”…my old self is a “has been”…thank God it is so!

It is no longer I who live— The old way of living is over…not improved upon, patched-up, painted over, or made better…all things have become new…there is nothing about my old (selfish) self that is worth bringing into my new life in Christ.

But Christ lives in me— Christ…not an “ideal” I try and live up to, but a person who is alive IN me. He participates IN my life as Lord, and I participate in His life as His servant; He participates IN my life as the vine, and I participate in His life as the branch; He participates IN my life as the Light, I participate in His life as the one who reflects His radiance; He participates IN my life as the Shepherd, and I participate in His life by placing my trust in His leading and wholly following Him.

So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me— I have never been so fully alive, free, fresh …new wine, new joys, new purpose. My trust is in Him, not my resources; my confidence is in Him, not my abilities; my victory is in Him, not my accomplishments. I can trust the one who loves me…who gave Himself for me…the one who gives and gives, over and over again.

Buried with Christ and raised with Him, too,
What is there left for me to do?
Simply to cease from struggling and strife,
Simply to walk in newness of life.
—T. Ryder

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When you have laid all things at His feet,
When you have placed all things in His Hands,
When you have entrusted all things to His keeping,
When you have released all things into His care,
When you trust Him no matter what—
Then the peace that passes all understanding will rule in your heart.

You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.

So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages]. Isaiah 26:3-4 AMP

I know the One in whom I trust, and I am sure that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until the day of His return. 2 Timothy 1:12 (NLT)

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Think of it…

You belong to a God who has no limitations.
He is able to do things for you,
be mighty in you, and bring blessings to you.
His provisions are endless,
His blessings are measureless,
and His generosity is boundless.

All that is in His heart (for you)
flows out in waves of love.
They are sent to touch you, to fill you, and to cover you.
You cannot contain them for they are
more than your mind can imagine,
more than your arms can embrace,
and more than your heart can hold.

Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Savior, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” Jude 1:24-25

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I recently read …

Their ships were tossed to the heavens and plunged again to the depths; the sailors cringed in terror. They reeled and staggered like drunkards and were at their wits’ end. “LORD, help!” they cried in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress. He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves. What a blessing was that stillness as He brought them safely into harbor!
Psalm 107:26-30 (NLT)

Which led me to read this…

And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.
Mark 4:37-39 (NKJV)

Which led me to this…

Late that night, the disciples were in their boat in the middle of the lake, and Jesus was alone on land. He saw that they were in serious trouble, rowing hard and struggling against the wind and waves. About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. He intended to go past them, but when they saw Him walking on the water, they cried out in terror, thinking He was a ghost. They were all terrified when they saw Him. But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” He said. “Take courage! I am here!” Then He climbed into the boat, and the wind stopped. They were totally amazed, Mark 6:47-51 (NLT)

Which brought me to this…

How are we doing in our little boat of life—as we sail upon the sea of culture’s changing tide, upon the strong winds of adversity that batter against our sides, upon the coming and going of people’s views and opinions that seek to redirect our course, upon the highs and lows of the world’s pressures and demands that put stress upon our sails, upon the churning waters of rebellion and discontentment that seek to overturn us, upon the undercurrents of opposition and persecution that want to push us back, upon the riptides of the devil’s schemes that want to keep us from advancing, and upon the choppy onslaughts of misunderstanding, misrepresentation and false accusation that want to sink us before arriving on the other shore?

Let’s pray for one another and encourage one another to stay in the boat…and always remember that it is not our boat…it belongs to our Captain. His hands are on the wheel, He has set the course, He has trimmed the sail and knows how to use the winds for good. His compass is true, His bearings are right. The boat won’t sink! He will never abandon His post, and He will safely bring us to the other shore.

Do you find yourself battling against a storm of emotions or opposition that is beating against your soul? Ask your Captain, Jesus, to speak to the storm…He still has the power to quiet the winds and bring calm the storm.

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Take time to pray this prayer for ourselves, and for the children in our lives.


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How precious is Your steadfast love, O God! The children of men take refuge and put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. They relish and feast on the abundance of Your house; and You cause them to drink of the stream of Your pleasures. For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light do we see light
Psalm 36:7-9 AMP

Prayer

I thank You, Lord, that You are Light and in You there is no darkness, no shadows, no confusion, no lies, no deceit. Thank You that You are the Light of the World and the Light of Life. Thank You that Your light never flickers, grows dim, burns out, or goes out.

I pray that my children will see the splendor of Your light—that its beam will shine upon their pathway; that its flame will warm their hearts; that its beauty will lift their spirits, that its glow will shine upon their faces.

Send Your light, Lord, to inspire my children, to build their faith, to renew their hope, to strengthen their courage, to lighten their steps, and to encourage them on their spiritual journey.

Give them clear direction, make straight paths for their feet, give them enough light to take the next step, and lead them in the way everlasting.

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To be a Christian is to be divinely different.—Rev. Ivan Murray Rose

Among you it will be different. Luke 22:26 (NLT)

To live the life God wants you to live means that your life will be different.

It will be different from the times when you lived independent  of His lordship, it will be different from the way the world system wants you to live, it will be different from the way the devil wants you to live, and it will different from the way many of the people you know want you to live.

The life God has called you to live is one that is set apart. It is not a life that is different for the sake of being different, but different because of righteousness sake. To walk in step with God’s way means that you are no longer walking in step with your own way or any other way. It means that you are placing your feet in the exact footprints of the One you are following and not running off to follow side-trails.

There are many differences to be found in a life that is following Christ. These differences are seen in our relationship with God, in our place in the world, in our purpose in life, in our personal goals, in our commitments, in our motives, in our values, in our choices, and in our beliefs.

One of the greatest differences is found in the attitudes of our hearts:

We are lovingly different—extending His love freely and unconditionally to others so they might be reconciled to the One whose love is unfailing.

We are truthfully different—believing the truth and loving the truth, we speak the truth and live the truth so that others will come to know Him who is the Truth.

We are mercifully different…knowing that God’s mercies are new every morning, we extend His mercies to those who have sinned against us, with the desire that each life may be reconciled to God through His Son.

We are prayerfully different…we pray in faith, we pray because of who God is and what He can do, we pray because of what God has said in His promises, we pray because we have the assurance that God hears us and answers prayer, and we pray because God has made a way for us to come to Him through the blood of Jesus Christ.

To open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in Me. Acts 26:18 (NLT)

So whoever cleanses himself [from what is ignoble and unclean, who separates himself from contact with contaminating and corrupting influences] will [then himself] be a vessel set apart and useful for honorable and noble purposes, consecrated and profitable to the Master, fit and ready for any good work. 2 Timothy 2:21 (AMP) 

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“My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. John 10:29 (NKJV)


The other day I was helping clean some valuable antiques that had gotten covered with soot from a house fire. I approached the cleaning job very carefully, making certain none of the pieces got damaged. The first piece was a tea pot with a floral design. I placed it in some warm, soapy water, rubbed it down with a wash cloth, and watched it clean up nicely.

The second piece was a pottery container with a removable lid. It was made in England and was over a hundred years old. I started with the container. After dipping it in the warm, soapy water and applying the wash cloth, the container began to sparkle. When I finished, I picked up the lid. “This should clean up easily,” I thought.

I put the lid through the same cleaning cycle as the tea pot and the container. The soot began to disappear. On the top of the lid was a small raised knob that was part of the design. As I put some pressure on it to wipe off the remaining soot, I felt it move in my hand. I couldn’t believe it! This lid, that had survived more than a hundred years of use, met its end while in the grip of my hands. I felt terrible.

When I began the cleanup project, I was excited to be able to bring these antiques “back to life.” Even though I tried my best to do a good job, and took extra care not to damage anything, I failed to deliver. It was a powerful reminder that even though we have the best of intentions and try our best to please, we can still fall short. None of us has the power to completely control the things we hold in our hands.

Like those antiques, our lives are fragile, but with a far, far greater value. Into whose hands can we place our lives? Who can we trust to keep and protect us? Many have taken the risk of placing their lives into the hands of someone they trusted, only to have that person fail them and leave their lives broken. When someone we’ve trusted fails us, it can be hard to trust again.

Regardless of what our experience has been with people, God calls us to trust Him. People fail. It is God alone who never fails. People err. It is God alone who does not make mistakes. People disappoint. It is God alone who remains faithful.

It is God alone who calls you to place your life fully in His hand. How awesome is God’s hand! His hand formed the heavens, touched and cured a leper, opened the eyes of one born blind, blessed the children, lifted the lame, washed the disciples’ feet, broke bread and fed a multitude.

It is in God’s hand alone that you will be kept, cared for, and protected. It is God alone who can say, “No one can pluck you out of my hand.”

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If you don’t know Jesus in a personal way you can begin a relationship with him today. The first step is a prayer telling him you believe He is who He says He is and a second step is surrendering control of your will and life to him.  These can be communicated in a simple prayer (prayer is talking to God):

“Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make me the kind of person You want me to be.”

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With a dead end before us, Christ showed us the way;
When we walked in the nighttime, Christ brought us the day.
With our faces all hidden, Christ carried our shame;
When we felt so unwanted, Christ called out our name.
With a cup that was empty, Christ brought us His well;
When facing destruction, Christ saved us from Hell.
With our fate like a leper, Christ reached out to heal;
When we lived like a phony, Christ brought what was real.
With our fists in defiance; Christ stretched out His hand;
When our footsteps were sinking, Christ helped us to stand.
With no hope of heaven, Christ came from above;
When our hearts were so empty, Christ poured out His love.

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.”  1 Peter 2:9-10 (NKJV)

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As You

As you lean upon the Lord, lean trustingly.
As you call upon the Lord, call confidently.

As you wait upon the Lord, wait quietly.
As you depend upon the Lord, depend completely.

As you cast your cares upon the Lord, don’t take them back.
As you look upon the Lord, you will see the face of a caring Father.

As you make a decision, have His approval.
As you hear God’s voice, listen with your heart.

As you abide in the vine, you won’t produce sour grapes.
As the deer pants for water, let righteousness create your thirst.

As you ask God for help, know how helpless you really are.
As you ask God to weed the garden of your heart, allow Him to pull up the roots.

As you use your hands to serve the Lord, moisten them with the lotion of joy.
As you pray, speak as a child, not as an orator.

The wise will hear and increase their learning, And the person of understanding will acquire wise counsel and the skill [to steer his course wisely and lead others to the truth], Proverbs 1:5 AMP

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“God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things ,may have an abundance for every good work.”
2 Corinthians 9:8 (NKJV)

His strongest grace
Is for your weakest moment;
His sweetest fellowship
Is for your loneliest journey;
His richest supply
Is for your neediest hour;
His closest embrace
Is for your deepest sorrow;
His brightest light
Is for your darkest day.

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