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FOLLOWING GOD AND HIS CALL ON YOUR LIFE!

FOLLOWING GOD AND HIS CALL ON YOUR LIFE!

Separation will oftentimes be part of your development as a Christian. Before you can take on something new, the Lord may ask you to let go of something you already have. Obedience is meant by saying goodbye to relationships and things dear to your heart. A life you’ve known… left behind. Strong faith will enable you to say yes to what the Lord commands.

Moving ahead in the mist of uncertainty can be another aspect of following the Lord. Unwavering trust in your heavenly Father will enable you to answer the Divine call wholeheartedly – even though specific details aren’t given.
Following God requires living by obedient faith. That means: trusting the Holy Spirit to be your guide; when you don’t see how all the pieces fit together (John 16:13-15); believing that God always works for your good and His glory (Romans 8:28); and having a desire to please your Father.

Question: Will you be ready when He calls?
Personal bible study
Sista Darlene Clark
3/14/2017

 

Brought to Life

Jesus, I had no idea where it was all going. All of my broken dreams and scars along the way. Your thoughts are so much higher. My plans were not yours, but now looking back at all the years, I see the Hand of Almighty God at work in my life. Your supernatural protection and Guardian Angels. The Comfort of The Sweet Holy Spirit to sooth my soul in the weariest of moments. I never knew love until I surrendered to You, oh Lord Jesus. Thank you for wooing me back to You. Every tear was worth it just to know You the way that I know You now. Thank you for not leaving me there…Thank you, Oh my God and my King!

Be set free, weary one..

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Are you hurting?

You may be thinking right now, “I’ve made a mess of my life.” Listen to this truth. GOD uses our mistakes, the broken pieces of our hearts and our pasts for His Glory! If you simply surrender to Him, acknowledge you are a sinner and Jesus is The Son of GOD, the only Way to The Father. And repent, turn from your old ways, the things you used to do. The things that led to your downfalls and sufferings. The things that make you cringe. You can be made new. The scars remain on your body, but on the inside of you something so POWERFUL and SUPERNATURAL happens when you call upon the Mighty Name of The LORD JESUS CHRIST! The Son of The LIVING GOD will set you free! The things that have held you back from so long will be set aside by The Most High. You will never be the same. Salvation is free for ALL who thirst. Since I first tasted that Living Water I’ve never been the same…oh there IS POWER in the NAME of JESUS! BE set free today, precious one! Save not only this life, but what matters. ETERNAL LIFE. Where will you spend eternity? There’s so much more than this life. Even if you’re one of the few that make it to 100. This is nothing compared to forever with no end. Don’t put it off. Make the best decision of your life right now while you still can. Jesus is waiting in anticipation, listening in matchless love. Be blessed in Jesus’ Name.

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Are You Watching?

Are you looking for Jesus? Or..are you caught up in the things of this world? Many are sleeping and not watching for The Master’s return. When Jesus catches His Bride away in the air, it will be like in the days of Noah and Lot. Life is carrying on as normal before The Tribulation. People are eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, buying & selling, planting and building. People are busy in their plans concerning this life on earth, forgetting that at any moment now the sky will part as the Trumpet of God sounds and the dead in Christ rise first. Do not be caught up in this world. It could occur any moment & the “left behind” multitude realizes that the Bride of Christ is gone with the Bridegroom.

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The Book of Revelation is a literal book and nothing is clearer than the company of Tribulation saints in Revelation 7. No picture in the Book of Revelation is more graphic than this multitude of dying or dead saints, martyred for their faith in Jesus Christ. This vast number is clearly the multitudes that missed the Rapture but repented and became willing sacrifices for Christ.

The cost of discipleship today does not touch the cost of discipleship after the Rapture. The devil will have lost the prize of the “Bride of Christ” he had so determined to destroy. Being left behind, then in order to follow Christ and make it to Heaven, the only way will be dying for Him, as a martyr. The Mark of the Beast that enables people to buy or sell in their right hand or forehead is a guarantee for Hell once you take it. It’s easy to say you wouldn’t take the Mark of The Beast for Jesus in the Tribulation…but think about starving to death for instance. Read Revelation Chapter 13.

Matthew 25:6-10 King James Version

6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.

9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

Are you shining bright for Christ, or are you lukewarm? Are you living with one foot in the world and one with Jesus? This is so serious!

Mark 13:32-37 King James Version (KJV)

32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.

33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

34 For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.

35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning:

36 Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.

37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

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Luke 21:34-36 King James Version

34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.

35 For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.

36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

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With God I Can

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Romans 8:14-18 KJV

14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

 

Praise God for The Holy Spirit reminding me tonight that I need not feel condemned and guilty for lack of servitude. There is great need and opportunity in my very path to serve and to help others, but I am not doing so.  I was reminded tonight that I cannot do it of my own strength. Thank you Jesus! I need to ask God to change me from the inside out and make me able to serve. You see, in listening to the enemy (the accuser of the Brethren), when pointing out my shortcomings I became very depressed. I went to sleep confounded without words.

After I got up, the sweet Spirit of God reminded me of this truth: Father God will finish what he began in me by Himself. He doesn’t need my help. I need His. I cannot change things myself by my own strength. It begins with my personal well-being. The devil has been attacking my entire daily life. I have been going around in a negative circle.  My body clock is off with poor sleep. I am napping around the clock without an actual nightly sleep cycle. Because I am exhausted, I am not exercising, not to mention the poor diet. I am not equipped for the job without my Heavenly Father doing the work in me necessary.  I may be weary and worn but I know that God can turn all of this around. So I give it to Him.

Not by might, but by His Spirit.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”   Philippians 4:13

I Should Not Be Surprised.

Sitting here alone tonight and it’s almost 2 a.m. There’s so much going on in my life right now, so many things on my mind. I see the whole world gone mad and increasing rapidly day by day. So I guess you could say it’s like this great whirlwind of heartache and chaos from beneath my very own roof extending all throughout this world. Today I took an extra nap. I admit I’ve been feeling defeated with all of these problems and people that I cannot control nor fix. But then it dawned on me tonight…

I’m still in His hands. My God, my Father reminded me of how my 14 year old Chihuahua’s health has perked up and how she has come so far in but a couple of months. It was revealed to me by Him of just how far she had come and how bad her pain was. I recalled crying in my husband’s arms a couple of months ago when it looked like there was no hope at all. My baby was walking around with her tiny frame all contorted and whimpering along. I just knew she’d have to be put to sleep, forever… But we took her to the vet to get checked out. The X-ray showed that her spine was bent in the middle (the arch of her back) and the cartilages between the disks had worn so thin at the top. He didn’t mention putting her to sleep and I held my breath.

That day my husband, my mom and I returned home with some pain medication and antibiotic for her stomach and diarrhea episodes. We’ve went back a time or two for refills on the pain meds. She still requires maintenance but looks normal now. Sort of thin. There are days when she needs her meds…but my oh my, My God breathed on my dog, my baby!!!  And some days, she runs like a puppy. I can hardly keep up when I try and meet her at the mailbox! I know she is still elderly at 14 yrs old. If the Rapture of The Church doesn’t happen first, I will experience her loss. But not like I would have. I truly believe she will be in Heaven forever with me.

I now see that I have taken this all for granted. This MIRACLE! Of course The Lord knew all about our special bond and how she’s been there all along. Since before my Bipolar diagnosis and through the loss of my dad she has always been there. Sitting here tonight in the quiet gave me the ability to really think. The Lord reminded me that if He could do such a great thing for my  tiny dog, Little Bit, how much more great things could He do in the rest of my life. I was discounting Him. The Creator of The Universe. I am learning to walk by faith and not by sight.  All for His glory. God is love itself. God is compassion. All good things come from above.

I am so grateful for the hundreds of people that cared enough to respond in prayer during that time for me. PRAYER is so powerful. It is so important. It’s so awesome that The Lord has brought me into networks with all sorts of Brothers & Sisters in Christ. In these dark times we really need one another to keep that fire going. I just wanted to share this with everyone in hope that it blesses you and may bring encouragement to a hurting soul.

If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ, He is only a prayer away! Find love beyond measure, peace that surpasses understanding, and the comfort of The Holy Spirit today! Don’t put it off. We never know what day may be our last.

Revelation 3:20  King James Version (KJV)

20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.

 

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Romans 10:9-13 King James Version (KJV)

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

 

God bless ♥  †  ♥

 

The Transplant

When I take a moment and pause to think about my life, I am overcome with joy and quiet laughter.  It’s because of the glory of God being revealed to me each day. His miracles are the sweetest things I’ve ever known. Every time with Jesus. He gives me butterflies.

Acts 2:25-28  King James Version (KJV)

25 For David speaketh concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:

26 Therefore did my heart rejoice, and my tongue was glad; moreover also my flesh shall rest in hope:

27 Because thou wilt not leave my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

28 Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance.

He knows we have little strength.

Revelation 3:8  King James Version (KJV)

I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.

But He takes care of us!

Matthew 11:28 – Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Isaiah 40:31 – But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 41:10 – Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Matthew 6:33 – But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

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Accepting the free gift of Salvation  (which comes through The Lord Jesus Christ, The Son of God, and He alone) CHANGES everything! With The Holy Spirit inside of you, a new heart and a new perspective… The Bible, God’s Word, will come to life unlike before you were saved! In Jesus you will find purpose. In Christ there is a peace that surpasses understanding. You are never alone.

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Ezekiel 36:26-27  King James Version (KJV)

26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.

27 And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do them.

If you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, I encourage you to see Him now because the soul goes on. You were created by Almighty God and will exist forever either way. Jesus is the only way. I pray you will make Him your way today. God bless. ♥

Romans 10:9

“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
He’s listening and waiting eagerly to hear from you.

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It hurts that it has to be this way. I am blessed with my eyes wide open to the truth of this world and just how things really are. My entire perception of reality has changed, and sometimes it can get to me and reality hurts. I have this brokenhearted feeling within me. Tears from the depths of my soul. If only people would listen. If only everyone would pause for a moment to take it all in and to see just how we take everything for granted.

Life is fragile and all is uncertain. Nobody knows when their last breath will be drawn or when they will see someone for the last time. When it really is goodbye. If we would all come to understand what it really means to show others that they matter and are really valued… If we could forgive as easy as the grudges that we hold are so quickly formed… People get offended. We hold onto bitterness which robs us of the precious time that we have on this earth as human beings. We take others for granted, living like they’ll always be there, when the truth is, nothing stays the same. We are not promised another day or breath. It hurts to think about how we just go through the motions day after day, when people need to know they are loved and they matter. They need to hear and also see how much we care for them.

Just let it all go. These dark, heavy feelings you have toward others are truly silly and childish when you step back and look at your life. Keeping harsh feelings and a negative outlook on life and other people (for whatever reason) is robbing you of this very short, precious life on earth. The devil comes to lie, kill, and destroy. He loves gossip and whispering lies into your mind, causing confusion to create strife in your mind and among others. Planting seeds of doubt, there is an assault on your faith! Satan gets great satisfaction from causing division and creating conflict between people. However The Lord Jesus Christ came and died for our Salvation, to give us peace and show us how to forgive.

Remember The Cross.

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Why Do I Have So Many Issues?

By Lysa TerKeurst

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There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Romans 8:1 KJV

Have you ever looked at other people and thought to yourself, “How does everyone else have it all together? And why is it I seem to have so many issues?”

I understand. For most of my life, I’ve struggled with my weight and committing to a healthy lifestyle. My soul was rubbed raw from years of trying and failing.

I wanted something to instantly fix my issues.
I wanted to stop calling myself awful names I’d never let another person call me.
I wanted to be naturally thin like my sister.
I wanted to stop crying when I walked into my closet to get dressed in the morning.

So when I lost 25 pounds a few years ago and kept it off for the first time in my life, it was a huge victory.

But my real celebration hasn’t been over the smaller clothing size and reduced numbers on the scale. My real celebration is over the spiritual insights I gained while losing the weight and maintaining my healthy progress.

For me, this has been a spiritual journey — a significant spiritual journey with great physical benefits. I had been overweight physically and underweight spiritually and finally tying those two things together was life changing.

One of the richest lessons has been realizing the amount of mental and spiritual energy I wasted for years just wishing things would change. All the while, I was beating myself up for not having the discipline to make those changes.

If you have an issue with weight and food, you know what I mean. But no matter what issue you are currently dealing with, can I offer a bit of encouragement?

Jesus wants to help you with that issue. He really does. But you’ve got to stop beating yourself up about it and determine to follow His lead.

We like to identify our shortcomings, form them into a club, and beat the tar out of ourselves mentally. Over and over and over again. We label ourselves and soon lose our real identity to the beaten and bruised fragility we call “me.”

We compare, we assume, we assess, we measure and most times walk away shaking our head at how woefully short our “me” falls compared to everyone else. How dangerous it is to hold up the intimate knowledge of our imperfections against the outside packaging of others.

If there is one thing that living 40-plus years has taught me it’s this: All God’s girls have issues. Every single one of us.

But we can make the choice to identify our shortcomings and instead of using them against ourselves, hand them over to Jesus and let Him chisel our rough places.

The grace-filled way Jesus chisels is so vastly different than the way I mentally beat myself up.

My mental scripts are too often full of exaggerated lies that leave me feeling defeated. His chiseling is full of truth that sets me free.

Oh what a difference.

Jesus doesn’t compare.

Jesus doesn’t exaggerate.

Jesus doesn’t condemn. Our key verse, Romans 8:1, confirms this.

He simply says, “Hey, I love you. I love you just how you are. But, I love you too much to leave you stuck in this. So, let’s work on it together. You can do this.

There is something so powerful in really believing that with Jesus’ help you can do this. Say it with me, “I can.” I can is a powerful little twist for a girl feeling deprived and defeated.

I can helps me walk into the dinner party and find the conversation more appealing than the food table. I can helps me stay on the perimeter of the grocery store where the fresher, healthier selections abound and smile that I know this.

I can helps me look at the drive-thru menu and order a fruit tray without even giving a thought to the fried foods I used to snack on. I can reminds me to look online for a restaurant’s nutritional information before going out, ensuring wiser choices. I can reminds me no food will ever taste as sweet as victory does.

Having issues isn’t the absence of victory in our lives. It’s simply a call to action reminding us victory is right around the corner. Today is a great day to start believing you were made to walk in victory and to say to Jesus, “Yes, with Your truth as my guide, I can.”

Dear Lord, help me see myself the way You see me. Remove the lies that defeat me more often than I want to acknowledge. You have set me free. Help me live like I truly believe that. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

TRUTH FOR TODAY:
2 Corinthians 4:17, “ For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;” (KJV)