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A Beautiful Day With My Beautiful Mother!

a beautiful day

Today was a great day!  My mother had to drive to Houston to pick up my niece for Christmas shopping tomorrow.  She called me and told me about it and told me that she wanted to shop at Sam Moon (a fantastic bling store with great prices!!).  That was all it took.  I was in.  It is about two hours there and, naturally, two hours home.

We shopped great deals, got gifts, stocking stuffers and I swore to Mother God had to have a  Sam Moon in heaven and we were definitely getting a taste of it!!  Most of my heaven though is the fact I had my mother all day, all to myself!   We talked, laughed, and talked about the great things God is doing in our churches.  But the best part was, I had Momma all to myself!

This is the same one who almost died 3 months ago, the same one who was in total heart failure, the same one the doctor said it would be a miracle if she lived!  Yes, that one!!  We walked every inch of that store and it is thousands of square feet!  We looked at every earring, every bracelet, every ring, every necklace that place had.  My mother never missed a step!!  She actually drove, too!  Did I mention we did all this after she drove us to her beauty shop and she got her hair done?

We went and got my niece and had a wonderful Texas barbecue dinner and headed home.  We never stopped talking going or coming home!  This was one of the best days of my life!!  God gave me something no amount of money can afford…time with one of the people I love more than anything or anyone in the world.  Today, God gave me a beautiful day with my beautiful mom!

Goodnight, precious reader!  I hope you had a beautiful day, too!


Galatians 6…Carry One Another’s Burdens

Galatians 6

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Carry One Another’s Burdens

6 Brothers, if someone is caught in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual should restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so you also won’t be tempted.2 Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone considers himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But each person should examine his own work, and then he will have a reason for boasting in himself alone, and not in respect to someone else. 5 For each person will have to carry his own load.

6 The one who is taught the message must share all his good things with the teacher. 7 Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap, 8 because the one who sows to his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. 9 So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, we must work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith.

Concluding Exhortation

11 Look at what large letters I use as I write to you in my own handwriting. 12 Those who want to make a good impression in the flesh are the ones who would compel you to be circumcised—but only to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 For even the circumcised don’t keep the law themselves; however, they want you to be circumcised in order to boast about your flesh. 14 But as for me, I will never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. The world has been crucified to me through the cross, and I to the world. 15 For[a] both circumcision and uncircumcision mean nothing; what matters instead is a new creation. 16 May peace come to all those who follow this standard, and mercy to the Israel of God!

17 From now on, let no one cause me trouble, because I bear on my body scars for the cause of Jesus. 18 Brothers, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.


Private, Personal, and Public Sin and How to Handle Each One

Years ago we had a pastor who was just a genius in the Lord!  I have never seen so much wisdom in anyone as I have in him.  He is retired now but His messages still resonate in my mind and God has used them many times to pray for and counsel others.  This particular message  is one I will never forget.  He taught how God expects us to handle sin in our lives.  Grab a  cup of coffee or tea and let us delve right in!

1.  Private Sin- Private sin is sexual sin.  Many people who have committed this sin feel indescribable guilt!  In order to rid themselves of the heaviness of this guilty feeling they feel the need to confess their transgression to their spouse.  DO NOT DO THIS!!  You have already caused extreme hurt and put yourself into horrific circumstances, why bring the innocent mate into the nightmare with you?  You DO need to confess, but confess to God and ask forgiveness and NEVER fall in that area again.   The heaviness you feel is conviction and the need to “confess” what you have done is to be made to God and no one else.   Let me remind you of 1 John 1:9:

1 John 1:9

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

I love this scripture because it says not only is the confessed sin forgiven, but other wrongs that are in you that you don’t even realize is there is cleansed as well!  He starts to make you anew all over again!   God is good.  You are forgiven…move on and away from it!

2.  Personal Sin-  Personal sin are the everyday vices of life.  It may be resenting someone, white lies, cutting corners at work, etc..  Let me give you an example.  If your friend has on a new outfit and you told her how smashing she looked in it when in fact you hated it, you told a white lie.  Do not go to that person and say, “You know that outfit you wore Sunday to church?  I am so sorry I lied, I actually hate it and you looked terrible in it!!”  What have you caused then?  Conflict and hurt feelings.  Again the confession you make is to GOD and Him alone!  Another example is if there is someone you disliked at one time and God has dealt with you and you have made it right with the Lord, don’t go to that person and say, “Hey, there was a time I couldn’t stand to see your face, but I got it right with God and you aren’t so bad after all!”  Again, this gives the person a reason to fall out of peace and into bitterness  with you and we are to be peace makers not strife instigators!  Keep it between you and God!!  If you have had a disagreement with someone, then you should go to that person and make it right.  You don’t tell the whole world how stubborn and what a jerk they were or the disagreement would not have happened!  You keep it between you and the person it occurred with.

Matthew 5:23-24

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

23 So if you are offering your gift on the altar, and there you remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

Again, we see it is between only two people, not the whole world!

3.  Public Sin-  This sin is the ONLY sin you confess publicly to.  This is when sin is exposed publicly that someone has committed.  I will use a true example but not the real name because, for all I know, this minister may have made this right with God and I would be wrong to dredge up his past that has been covered in the blood.  There was a “minister” who spoke out against sexual sin.  This pastor was literally famous!  He was caught with a woman who was not his wife and exposed in the media.  He then  went on television asking forgiveness from the public as he had supposedly done with God.  This was necessary.  This man stood for what was right and he did the very thing he told others not to do!!  This HAD to be handled publicly because he hurt not only his wife and congregation, but those who he had ministered to weekly all over the world.  He had wronged many by turning his back on his convictions and it had to be fixed or others could have been so hurt they could have given up on their own walks with God!  This is the ONLY time you admit sin publicly is when you have hurt others publicly with a wrong!  There is a scripture that says:

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you
may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.  James 5:16 NLT

This is public sin that is being confessed!  Something that is already exposed.

I hope this has helped you, dear reader!  Wisdom should always be used even when we ask forgiveness for a wrong.  Thank you for stopping  by and I will see you soon!


Galatians 5…Freedom of the Christian

Galatians 5

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Freedom of the Christian

5 Christ has liberated us to be free. Stand firm then and don’t submit again to a yoke of slavery.2 Take note! I, Paul, tell you that if you get yourselves circumcised, Christ will not benefit you at all. 3 Again I testify to every man who gets himself circumcised that he is obligated to keep the entire law. 4 You who are trying to be justified by the law are alienated from Christ; you have fallen from grace. 5 For through the Spirit, by faith, we eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision accomplishes anything; what matters is faith working through love.

7 You were running well. Who prevented you from obeying the truth? 8 This persuasion did not come from the One who called you. 9 A little yeast leavens the whole lump of dough. 10 I have confidence in the Lord you will not accept any other view. But whoever it is that is confusing you will pay the penalty. 11 Now brothers, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been abolished. 12 I wish those who are disturbing you might also get themselves castrated!

13 For you were called to be free, brothers; only don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in one statement: Love your neighbor as yourself.[a] 15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out, or you will be consumed by one another.

The Spirit versus the Flesh

16 I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. 17 For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious:[b][c] sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, 21 envy,[d] drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar. I tell you about these things in advance—as I told you before—that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith,[e] 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 Since we live by the Spirit, we must also follow the Spirit. 26 We must not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.


Betrayal

Jeremiah 29:11

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

11 For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

Romans 8: 31-39

The Believer’s Triumph

31 What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He did not even spare His own Son but offered Him up for us all; how will He not also with Him grant us everything? 33 Who can bring an accusation against God’s elect? God is the One who justifies. 34 Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the One who died, but even more, has been raised; He also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. 35 Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or anguish or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: Because of You we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered.[o] 37 No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that not even death or life, angels or rulers, things present or things to come, hostile powers, 39 height or depth, or any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!

Have you ever been betrayed or as some may say ”sold out” by someone close to you, someone you loved very much?  There are three people in the Bible that come to my mind that were “sold out” by people who should have loved them and cared for them, but instead betrayed them.

Esau was sold out by his own mother, Rebekah who helped and plotted to steal away Isaac’s blessing so his brother (her favorite) child could have it.  Joseph was sold out by his brothers because of their jealousy of their father’s great love for Joseph and because God had shown to Joseph He would one day use him mightily.  Jesus, by his own disciple Judas, to be crucified for thirty pieces of silver. 

Betrayal is a hurtful thing, but when it is done by those who are family or a close and dear friend, it is even a more bitter thing!  As the Lord began to speak to me about this subject, I began to research what happened to Esau.  He was the only one I could not remember to the full extent what happened to him after he was betrayed.  His father told him he would have the “fatness of the land and the dew of heaven”.  In other words, though he had no other blessing to give he would still be blessed richly and would have a good life that laid before him. 

Esau was still so angry at what his brother had done he was going to find Jacob and kill him.  When his mother heard the plan she warned Jacob and he ran for his life and had to serve in hard labor for someone for several years.  Esau did become extremely rich and Jacob did as well over time.  But, ironically, Jacob (whose name means “trickster”) was tricked by the man he worked for into marrying the sister of the woman he loved.  He had to work a total of 14 years of hard labor to have the woman he loved dearly before she could become his wife.  He had been tricked and betrayed by his father-in-law, just as he had tricked his father and his brother.  What goes around does indeed come around!

Joseph was sold out (literally) by his brothers.  They hated him so much they were going to kill him and then thought they could sell him and at least make a profit off of him.  Is this where human slavery starts?  I am not sure, but I do know that is exactly what they did!  He was falsely imprisoned, but he rose to the top of the Kingdom in which he served as a slave and became second in command.  As the years rolled on a horrible drought came to the land, but because of Joseph’s position he was able to feed his family and lived a life of richness and luxury himself, even more so than the ones who sold him out to be rid of him.

Next, we find Jesus.  Jesus our Saviour, the Son of God, perfect in all of His ways, yet hated and despised by men!  Judas, His treasurer, sold him out for a mere 30 pieces of silver.  But, we all know how that ended up as well.  At the end of the crucifixion, those who crucified and mocked Him said, “Surely this IS the Son of God!”  Jesus was not defeated.  He went into hell and retrieved the keys to death, hell and the grave and bore all of our sins, sicknesses and guilt.  He bore all things that would steal our peace and gave us His authority and power to continue His work by the Holy Spirit after He ascended into heaven where He sits at the right hand of the Father and His enemies are His FOOTSTOOL!! 

Each one of these who were so betrayed, went on to have full, rich, meaningful lives!  What if they had become bitter and carried out sinful revenge?  What if they had not let God exalt and raise them up?  Their stories would have changed drastically and gone in a very wrong direction! 

Maybe you have been betrayed and feel your life is over.  Maybe it was by your spouse, a child, YOUR mother, like Esau experienced!  Maybe you have not been the favorite of your parents.  That is extremely painful and children, even when they are grown, deal with much rejection, shame, and anxiety due to it.  They think there has to be something wrong with them if the one who was to love them the most pushed them aside for another!  They never realize that it isn’t what was “wrong” with them, but what is wrong with that parent that did such a horrible deed!!

Whoever it is or was, don’t let them steal the blessings of God from you!  God has a good plan for your life and if God be for you, and He is, who can be against you??  Nothing can separate you from the love of God that we have in Christ Jesus!  Love only gives the best!  God is your source not people.  Look to Him and let Him bring restitution to your life.

Blessings in abundance, my precious reader!  They belong to you anyway!!  See you soon!


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