The Value of YOU

Many people think Christmas is about Santa and pretty lighted trees and getting gifts.  Most people think Christmas is about giving to others. One Person gave His All as Christmas is really about  the value of YOU.

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We live in a world that no longer values human life. It grieves my heart. How many precious souls with potentials as great doctors, leaders, researchers for medical cures and valued human lives are murdered?  – http://www.worldometers.info/abortions/ 

Many countries and even in some states in America now allow people the right to die. Canada recently joined up giving those who are sick and even those who don’t want to go on living the right to end their life.  Canadians have right to doctor-assisted suicide

Back in the 1980’s a guy by the name of Jack Kevorkian -aka Dr. Death or Jack the Dripper, “helped” 130 people die. Yes, these people were suffering and many had Multiple Sclerosis. I am not belittling suffering. I experience it on a daily basis.  So what is missing in the world today where we causally allow the killing of humans beings without regard to the Great Creator and His plans for these precious lives? If we simply acknowledge the LORD and His purposes for our lives rather than dwell on life from the secular view point perhaps we wouldn’t be hasty to take the gift of life God has given us and take it without regard or fear/respect for our Creator or His plans for us. Regardless, how we think our lives should be; ultimately God has a good plan for our life, one with a future and a hope. We have lost the fear of Almighty God when we don’t value life He has given us or the lives of others.

Multiple Sclerosis along with many other physical challenges remind me every day that I must choose life. Choosing life means purposely living the best day possible. Yes, I am in chronic pain that limits me. I have been paralyzed and blind and didn’t think I would see the age of 30 as the disease progressed quickly early on.  It was when M.S. hit me in my early 20’s I knew I had to find Hope. I found my Prevailing Hope in Jesus Christ.  I came to the point that I knew even IF things got real bad and I was bedridden and could only open my eyes and smile; I would do that for the glory of God. The Word of God gives us a choice and it is this verse in Deut. 30:19  that became real to me:

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life

Besides the many examples in the Bible of those who went through difficult struggles, some to the point of death; I have been inspired by many who live today who face insurmountable odds yet choose life and live for the glory of God purposely with passion.  No life is not easy for them but they recognize life as being the gift it is from our Great Creator. He is the Potter and we are the clay. The following are just a few who have inspired and touched my life by their lives.

Choosing life is no matter how hard life gets is the choice I will make. It is always easy? NO. But God gives us the grace we need as we seek Him. He has put great value on not just my life, but yours. YOU (we) are ultimately the reason Christ came to this earth. He came to redeem us from our sin (for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God) as we needed a Savior.  God made The Way, gave us The Answer and gave us The Life all bundled up in a manger. His Name is Jesus.

For God So Loved the World (YOU)

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

The bottom line is no matter what you face, no matter the trials, no matter the deep hurts or daily chronic pain you may experience your life has great worth and value. So much that God gives YOU the choice of choosing life  everlasting or refusing it. The Word of God even tells us it is His will that we choose life…but He will allow us to choose death.  Dear One, keep in mind the wages of sin is death and it is not simply not existing anymore, it is a place of torment.  I urge you to make the choice for ( Christ) – Life during this Christmas season when God gave His Son as evidence of His great love and value for YOU.

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Christ is The Way. He is The Prevailing Hope we have. Jesus

Christ Jesus is The Only Way.
He is The Prevailing Hope we have.

 

 

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When the Worse is the Best and the Best is Worse

It was a gloomy fall day back in the early 1980’s. At 22 the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis  raged in my body as I laid in the hospital bed, blind, fatigue, weak, partially paralyzed with difficulty breathing. The high dose ACTH  dripped continuously in my vein to fight the MS Attack.

My doctor came in and stood by my bedside. The great part about having a Christian doctor is the Prevailing Hope in Christ we share. Especially when things in the natural don’t look good. It was not exciting to face my prognosis. It was scary. My doctor picked up on my fear and reminded me that as a true born from above daughter of God; the worse thing that can happen to us in this life (death) is the best thing in life-everlasting life with our LORD (at our God appointed time). She look at me and said “Brenda, this life is not all there is.”  The truth is I am not afraid of dying. Living is sometimes the scary part. I can not trust my body and the daily relentless pain challenges continually wears on me. This is when His Grace is sufficient as I choose to remain focused on His promises.

I Cor. 5:9  For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven, inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked. For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life. Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge.Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight— we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.

Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard,
And which have not entered the heart of man,
All that God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Cor. 2: 9

So the good news is as a born again child of God; the Worse thing that can happen (dying) is the Best – everlasting life in His Presence.

When does the Best thing in the big picture of life become the Worse thing? If we dwell on things “under the sun” as Solomon puts it.  When someone we love dearly dies and leaves that hole in your heart. When all we see is the fact they are no longer with us and the lost consumes us and an emptiness sets in. All  the missed opportunities to spend time with and tell that person we love him/her.

My brother, Tom

My brother, Tom

My brother recently died. Even looking at the words as I type brings a lump to my heart. I don’t like the cliche’ “he is in a better place.” Though it be true and it brings a measure of comfort and hope; it is like trying to tape up a gaping hole in my heart with scotch tape. It doesn’t stick very long. God’s Word is living and strong. His Word is the Only Word that has power to comfort and is everlasting.

2 Thess. 2:16  Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace,

1 Thess. 4:13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.

The Only true help and comfort when the best for them seems like the worse for us left in this world that I know of is to spend time in the WORD of GOD and pour my heart out to Him.  Our Prevailing Hope is not in this world. Our Prevailing Hope is in Christ alone and He is the only One Who is able to comfort our human hearts.

Psalm 34:18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

Losing the Battle, Winning the War

Truth is powerful. But truth also hurts. Have you ever felt like you were spinning your wheels? Or like life is pushing you backwards while with all your might you are pushing forward only to be slowly dragged backwards?  Or buried in your circumstances?SnowstormThese are valid feelings. I feel them even as I type. I feel exhausted. I feel weak and my body is in pain. I feel like I am losing the battle in life. Yet, in Christ the war has already been won.

How can I reconcile my feelings to the truth of God’s Word? It goes back to perception. The pain and weakness are feelings that are real and hinder my life in the physical world; from my perspective. The truth is the Word says the weak are strong-through weakness. There is nothing in the Word I can find that says our life here is a failure or we can’t be all we should be because we don’t obtain the promise of healing on this earth. Read the scripture below. The truth is compared to many of my fellow believers– my life is easy.

Hebrews 11:32-38 And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets— 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35 Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. 36 Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— 38 of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

So do I just accept the condition my condition is in? By no means, I expect to feel better and do all I can to be well- that I may continue to fulfill the calling and purpose of God in my life. I do believe in miracles and that we were healed by His stripes. And I will not be dismayed. Yes, sometimes I want to quit- but ultimately I cannot. All I have to do is dwell on the Love of God and the sacrifice of Christ. Keeping a mind renewed in His Word is utmost importance for us. Hebrews 11 gives the truth and perspective most Christians don’t want to think about. We want an easy life. I want an easy life. But we are to be more than conquerors –that means something has to be conquered. You can’t win a war unless there is a battle. We don’t even have to fight our own battles as Deut. 3:22 says You shall not fear them, for it is the Lord your God who fights for you. It is only when I attempt to fight MS or other challenges (them includes every enemy) in life on my own that I am losing the battle.

I wrote the following poem shortly after I was diagnosed with progressive Multiple Sclerosis back in the early 1980’s. Some would look at me and see someone who is not healed.  I know too well where I came from so I am thankful for the abilities I do have. One of my neurologist’s said, “It is a miracle you are still walking.” I was supposed to be bedridden in the 80s according to the doctors. The progression of the M.S. was constant back then. I don’t want to be healed just to not suffer. My heart is to serve God and others with my abilities He has given me.

 

The Best of  Me

Multiple Sclerosis is the disease that’s getting the best of me
It’s very difficult to walk and even more difficult to see
My arms are hard to move, doctor, tell me why
Someone please hold me while I cry and cry and cry
Please, doctor, give me something for the pain
But that’s like asking the weatherman to stop the rain
I can’t move my legs, doc, what’s going on
This can’t be happening, I’m still young
I don’t need any help- get that wheelchair out of here
But before you leave, will you please wipe away my tears
My legs are paralyzed and that wheelchair serves as a friend
M.S. I hate you, when my body dies I’ll live but you’ll end
My faith in God grows stronger daily and will carry me through
To an everlasting life, one without pain, one without you
One day this body of pain will be set totally free

M.S. I decided you cannot have the best of me,

I am giving that to Jesus, the One Who died on Calvary
My life is secured in Jesus, no one can take it away
One day M.S. will be cast to hell forever—where it belongs
As for now, I’ll give my Best to Jesus and sing a joyful song.

My friends, no matter how you feel, do not give up HOPE. Do not Give UP. Not Ever. We are just journeying through this world and we have much work to do. We are to be Light in world in the midst of the darkness and whatever challenges we go through. God uses us for His purposes even when we can’t see it.Blackboard with the text Never give up

Come Closer…CLOSER- Come Closer

Ever have a friend that you haven’t seen in years but when you do see them it is like you were never apart? There is a strong bond between close friends that cannot be explained in words.comecloser

There is even greater news. News that we often take for granted or are too busy in our lives doing stuff; ignoring the Greatest Relationship ever available to man. We have the opportunity to know the LORD and spend time in the most awesome relationship we can ever have. Have you ever pondered on the truth that we can say “good morning” to the Creator of…the morning? We can say thank you to the One Who “knew us from before the foundations of the world!” We have the privilege of knowing His plan for humanity in the Holy Bible. His WORD is powerful and life changing to every person who reads it yet it is a personal, living WORD of GOD that can cut to the core of one individual heart with life changing truth. The Living Word of GOD will move one to weep as His Love often will reach out and touch you unlike any other book in the world. His Word is gives us Prevailing HOPE in the midst of man’s futile attempt to fix the entire world’s problems –that we ourselves created. It is laughable that those who are leaders think they are going to fix the world when they don’t have the power to breathe their next breath without the LORD Who is the giver of Life.

Do you know Jesus Christ as your LORD and Savior which gives you the privilege of being a child of GOD? If you don’t; now is the time. You can go to http://peacewithgod.net/ where there is someone usually available to chat with you,  answer your questions, and videos that go into more detail of what making Jesus as LORD and Savior  means.

God knows who you are, He loves you, and He wants you to know and love Him.

How do you we do that?

First admit that, like everyone else, you are a sinner. Being sinners means that we are imperfect and do wrong; we fall short of God’s perfect standard. It also means we are separated from Him and deserve His judgment since HE is our creator and sustainer of life.

But He loves us! God sent His own Son, Jesus Christ, to die for our sins. He died for your sins. He was punished so you don’t have to be. Not only that; death did not defeat Him. After three days, Jesus rose from the dead, alive again!

The only way to find forgiveness from God and to begin a relationship with Him is to trust in Jesus’ sacrifice for us and repent—turn from our sins. We urge you to take this step of faith today. To do that, simply talk to God—this is called praying—and tell Him you believe in His Son. It is as simple as a short, heart felt prayer like this:

“Dear Lord Jesus,

I know I am a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe you died for my sins and rose from the dead.  I trust and follow you as my Lord and Savior. Guide my life and help me to do your will. In your name, amen.”

Then what? Then you are a child of God and you begin the best journey of your life. It is an exciting journey to know God as your Father. He loves you and knows you – His desire is for us to know Him and we do that on a daily basis by studying His Word, talking to Him-praying and serving Him by being His Ambassador to a world in great need of Hope.

If you have a best friend you know how much you love spending time with him or her. It is no different with spending time with the LORD ONLY HE IS GOD to be respected yet He loves interacting with His children just as a good Father does. Relationships take work whether it is a husband/wife or child and parent relationship or friend to friend. It is the same with the LORD only He gives us His WORD and the Holy Spirit who lives within every believer to guide and help us- when we ask and seek to know the Truth.

The most cherished relationship I have is with the LORD. He is with me 24/7 and I pour my heart out to Him, my hurts, my joys, my tears, my fears and He understands me! I don’t have to spend thousands of dollars for man’s advice- I have the best counsel available in the Word of GOD. So do you.

I totally believe God has a sense of humor—if you heard me sing you would agree. Good relationships are built on trust, respect, love, and loyalty, laughing together, crying together and walking through the hard stuff of life as well as enjoying each others company just because they are  in one’s presence, no words needed.

That is like my relationship with the LORD. He is not a respecter of persons; whosoever calls upon the Name of the LORD shall be saved. YOU CAN KNOW HIM. He already knows YOU.

Every promise of covenant made by God, and angel of the Lord, or Jesus himself begins with: “if you do __________, then I will __________.”

James 4:8

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

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The Perfect Sinner

The other day I looked in the mirror and wept. Not because of the reflection I saw with my eyes (that’s something to cry about too- 🙂 but because of what I know is in my heart. That is the great part…you don’t see my heart. But God does.

SINNER

SINNER

This morning Facebook had an app that you could use in which they take your profile and posts to calculate “how nice you are?” I got a good laugh out of it. These are my results: Brenda, are you actually an angel? It’s just that you’re glowing with goodness. Heavenly! You are such an incredibly nice person. You wouldn’t even be able to tread on a flower without bursting into tears. Stay the lovely person you already are but make sure no one takes advantage of your generous spirit.

I do care about others and am an upbeat person. But I am not an angel and I would not burst into tears if I stepped on a flower- I’d walk around it. Most people would consider me a “good” person but they are wrong.

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He knows our hearts.

Jesus even said He wasn’t good! Mark 10:18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.”

Jesus didn’t die on the Cross to save good people. He died to save sinners –like me. The Word of God says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). I will sometimes admit to making stupid “mistakes” or making “poor choices.” Sin is like a four letter word. The world we live in is evil. Sometimes, I’ll heart is deceitfulmy sin rather than call it what it is. But my heart knows better. “But we are all like an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are like filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6). “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8)

For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 20 These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them. (Mark 15:19-20)

Note the scripture says “out of the heart comes evil thoughts.” It is a battle ground. Most of my battles are against evil thoughts and bad attitudes. This is where sin begins, where it ends is up to me. Words take the sin from “evil thoughts” and put sin into motion. The motion will go further into an action unless I deal with it.

Here is the Prevailing Hope or as Jesus puts it “the Good News.” We’re all sinners. God knows our base, evil nature. He knows that none of us could ever be good enough to have a relationship with Him. So He made a way for us to spend eternity in heaven by placing all our sinfulness on Christ and having Him die in our place. Praise God that He hasn’t left us to our own devices but instead has forgiven us and imputed to us Christ’s righteousness. By God’s good grace, we have Christ’s basic goodness resident within us.

Jesus is my Lord and Savior since 1977 and I know His righteousness is imputed unto me so He sees me like Christ. When we are born from above we are sealed by the Holy Spirit but it doesn’t mean that the war Satan wages against us is over. Satan is the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. We also wage war against our flesh. Apostle Paul puts it like this, “but I see another law at work in me, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within me. 24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? 25 Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Romans 7:23-25)

The truth is I am a Perfect Sinner. I am perfect because the righteousness of Christ Jesus reigns in me. I am a sinner because I fall short, miss the target every day whether in thought or in deed. You will note as you study the Word of God that it is full of sinners like King David who not only committed adultery but plan a murder to cover it up; Moses was a murderer, as was Apostle Paul. The Good News is GOD unconditionally LOVES US and the Power of His Blood to washes away all of our sin- past, present and future. When Jesus said, “It is finished!” on the cross that is what He meant. Our prevailing hope is IN Christ. I am so thankful His mercies are new every morning.

Someone once said, “The greatest saints, down through the centuries, have all acknowledged themselves to be the greatest of sinners.”

When Hope is Beyond Reach

What does one do when h/she no longer sees the light at the end of the tunnel? Is there a burial ground for broken hearts? What do we do when life is shattered by words, stabbed by mistrust, and shot by consuming jealousy and manipulation; until a punch in the face dealt the final blow? What does one do when all that is left is a heart that is bleeding to death?

There are times in life when hope is nowhere in sight. These are the desperate times. Sometimes life brings us to a crossroad.  It is a cross road of making changes we do not want to make. Yet to stay in the same place life would be a mere existence.

Being a child of God doesn’t exempt us from real issues. Along time ago I made the decision to be real with God-He knows me better than I know me- anyway. Even if all I can do is weep before Him; He understands my tears. I can trust Him with my emotions. He is big enough to handle my fears, my broken dreams, and even the truth that I have moments when hope is beyond my reach. I found out God has a much greater reach. He has never failed to reach down with His Presence and love me through the times of writhing pain whether it is physical, emotional or spiritual.Support

The Word of God has many examples of hurting people who were open and honest about the pain in their lives. Jeremiah asks God, Why is my pain unceasing, and my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Will you be to me like a deceitful brook, like waters that fail?” (Jer 15: 18)

The greatest thing that changes when I voice my struggles and heartaches to the LORD is me. If only we knew how Great is our LORD and how much He longs for a us to have a relationship with Him, He would be the first One we run to when we are in pain of any kind and He would also be the One we give our deepest thanks to for being our loving Father. If we don’t give continual thanks to God, why should He continue to listen to our pleas? (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

Jeremiah learns from trusting God with all his emotions as he writes in Jer. 17:7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord.” (note that he not only trusts in the Lord; Jeremiah wrote TRUST IS THE LORD.)

Life can hurt us so bad that we lose hope. Sometimes hope is just behind the veil—we can’t see it. Like Jesus Who said He would never leave us or nor forsake us- we often don’t feel His Presence but He is with us. When we voice our deepest pain to the LORD it changes us. Will we still go through pain in this life? I don’t know how to avoid it while we are on earth. But with the LORD we will go through it.  Hope is often behind a veil we create when we bury our pain deep within our hearts. We need to deal with it by giving it to the One who is well able to help us. As we trust God and share our pain with Him (remember He already knows but longs for a relationship with you and me) our hearts will be filled with His Prevailing Hope. He is the One who loves you. He is the One who can  heal and restore your heart with His love, joy and peace that passes understanding. He will guide you through the deepest raging river of pain and help you find the pathway to safety and place of peace. He is the Only One who can do that. He loves You.

God’s grace is sufficient for all the human race;

God’s grace is sufficient for who are in this place.

God’s grace is sufficient for each of use to see’

God’s grace is sufficient for me, yes even me. -jStark

The Voice of Hope

As soon as we wake up we are hit with all kinds of media from different sources. Cell phones ringing, texts from friends, Face Book, the news and even our own inner voice we call our conscience (self-talk). These “voices” will bombard us. I have found only One Voice that continues to give me Prevailing Hope.

too many voices

too many voices

Our worst enemy is listening to the wrong “voices” of the world. The wrong voice may even be my own voice if I have a bad attitude or am tired of the world’s  system. Not that we are to ignore the reality of the world condition. However, I know without regular study in the Word of God and spending time communicating with the LORD including having a thankful heart  as Paul says to do; my days are dictated by what voices I listen to and believe and act on.

That is why I (we) must renew my (our) mind with the Word of God constantly. The Word of God is the Voice of Hope. It is the Truth and will never fail us. Apostle Paul said to rejoice always, always give thanks and he always prayed. It is God’s will for us as well.

Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NASB)16 Rejoice always; 17 pray without ceasing; 18 in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

The Word of God, not the many words of men; is the solution to every problem we face. God is not religious; He is a loving Father. His plan for our lives is a forever plan with Him because He loves us with an everlasting love. The only way to prevail with hope is to have an ear for the Voice of Hope- The Living Word of God.

Sustaining Joy

Ever wonder how some people have a joy about them even when everything seems against them? Then there are people who seem to have it all yet always complain and seem depressed! What makes the difference? Why are some totally devastated when their car breaks down yet another whose home was destroyed by a hurricane has an amazingly quiet inner peace and sustaining joy?

You will know a true follower of Jesus Christ by the way they live, and respond to difficult and challenging issues. The same is true of someone who is a church goer with no real relationship with the LORD. They are usually focused on self, consumed by their circumstances and live by how they feel rather than staying focused on a greater purpose of fulfilling their destiny in Christ. Knowing the LORD brings joy and the Word of God says for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

Composite image of valentines coupleRemember being in love and all you looked forward to was seeing that special person? It didn’t matter how you felt because as soon as that person showed up everything was okay and you had joy unspeakable! A relationship with a person rarely produces a forever sustaining joy  because we are human and ultimately will let each other down at some time. BUT when we have true fellowship with the LORD this Joy is sustained because He never fails.  The key to sustaining joy in this world -for me, is knowing the reason of my Hope and knowing in Whom I believe. It is that simple. The LORD desires “whosoever will” (choose) –to know Him. Knowing Him gives sustaining joy nothing in this life can steal. Neither disease, not death, not ISIS, nor even a nuclear bomb has the power to steal our joy. Sustaining Joy comes from being intimately involved in an everlasting relationship with Almighty God through Jesus Christ. My future is in His hands so why should I fear?

Hebrews 12:2   fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Know what the joy set before Jesus was? It was doing the Father’s will. The Joy set before Him was knowing that “it is finished” at Calvary’s Cross, making The Way for you to become a child of God (which was God’s plan throughout history) became a reality.

Luke 15:7 I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.

There is a sustaining Joy knowing the LORD. The only way to have this Joy is to get to KNOW JESUS.portrait of jesus holding the world

 

 

Perception of Pain

On my medication bottle it reads “take one every 6 hours as needed for pain.” Problem 1. Pain med seldom work for 6 hours. Problem 2. Even if the pain med worked for 6 hours, they will not prescribe the amount needed to get through a month taking it “as prescribed.” This world is a painful place to live and we all at sometime –seek long term relief -whatever the “PAIN” may be. For this reason temporary solutions do not have the power long term HOPE does. Psalm 38:15 For in thee, O Lord, do I hope

” Our perception is our reality” is a concept I was taught many years ago. Time is an example of how our perception can change. When I was 20 years old, I thought my friend who was 25 at the time was “old.” Now that I am older someone who is 25 is young. What changed? My perception.

Physical, emotional, spiritual - All Pain Hurts

Physical, emotional, spiritual – All Pain Hurts

When the pain is severe a second can seem like an hour and a day can seem like an eternity. We seem to put more emphasis on living the “good life” investing in new homes, cars, raising family and building a future on earth. There is nothing wrong with these things. But we need to not neglect what God says about life.

James 4:14 For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.

Colossians 3:1-2 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

There are many things I do not know. The one thing I do know is to stay focused in the Word of God. His Word is Truth. God’s Word doesn’t change with my perception. His Truth stands unchanged even when everything changes around us. Life is like a vapor – obviously a short time in comparison to Heavens’ forever and ever. I am determined to stay focus to live my “vapor” to the best of my ability to share the Gospel, Good news to the world. John 3:16 Then One Day those of us who have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ will be with Him forever.

Rev. 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Those who do not accept Jesus Christ as their LORD and Savior will experience pain as I cannot describe and it will never end. God doesn’t send any human to Hell, it the choice man makes. Do not reject such a great salvation available by accepting Jesus Christ. Hell is a real place and even if life now is difficult and things we go through are painful; it is nothing compared to spending forever in Hell.

Hell is for the devil and his angels Matt. 25:41 and for all whose name is not written the book of life. Rev. 20:15

Hell is described as: a “furnace of fire…weeping and gnashing of teeth” Matthew 13:50

Hell is forever, never gets better, pain/anguish will have no remedy -“the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever and they have no rest day and night” Revelation 14:11

GOD LOVES YOU and He is gives you the free will to know Him or do your own thing and ignore this great salvation. Choices have consequences so choose wisely.

Pain is a reality of life on earth. Some people go through more, some people have very little, so it seems. My perception of pain has changed and infused with Hope. I know it won’t last forever. God’s Word says life is “like a vapor.” In the midst of it all by God’s grace live my “vapor” well for God’s honor and glory. cropped-cropped-someday-free.jpg

Romans 17 and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.

Forever is a long, long time – I choose Christ, who do you choose?

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Choosing To Use Pain

Pain is a constant companion I despise. It is with me always and seldom goes away. Medication helps me deal with this unwanted companion but like boomerang it keeps coming back.

Pain keeps coming back!

It keeps coming back!

So how do I…we use the pain in our lives? Whether our pain is physical, emotional, or spiritual we can choose to use it. I cannot deal with pain on my own because it is too powerful and overwhelming. However, I know the One Who created me and has never failed. Seeking His wisdom on “using” the pain of our lives rather than becoming a victim of it is how I begin to battle pain. Pain can put us in a desperate place of isolation. I often feel like my body is a prison of pain but that is when my heart is unfocused.

The key that releases me from the grip of pain is focusing on His WORD.  The pain is still there but I will not allow it to have power over me. It has caused me to seek out and find solid Hope, a prevailing hope and purpose in life. I found the ONE Who sustains me through it and by His grace be productive in life and help others.

A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.

63 O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly;
My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You,
In a dry and weary land where there is no water.
Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.
Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips will praise You.
So I will bless You as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth offers praises with joyful lips.

When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate on You in the night watches,
For You have been my help,
And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.
My soul clings to You;
Your right hand upholds me.

But those who seek my life to destroy it,
Will go into the depths of the earth.
10 They will be delivered over to the power of the sword;
They will be a prey for foxes.
11 But the king will rejoice in God;
Everyone who swears by Him will glory,
For the mouths of those who speak lies will be stopped.

Whatever your pain is you can choose to use it. Instead of trying to figure out why or trying run from it, I choose to face it with joy even if mixed with my tears -in the midst of pain.. I choose to worship the One Who Knows and loves me and will never leave me. The Bible never says life on this earth will be easy. But God does promise never to leave us and His Word is Truth. We can go through pain and challenges and even praise Him in the midst of it because He is with us! We don’t have to know why -we need to know WHO will bring us through these times. We need to trust our Creator Who knows the beginning from the end.

If pain is a part of your life, choose to use it -read the Word and really get to know the ONE Who works all things out for His Glory. Do what you can to resolve pain but at the same time know He is well able to bring you through the Storms of this life. One day my friend, He will wipe away all tears and there will be no more pain.

REV3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”

Until then, knowing the LORD and His Word is my Prevailing Hope.