I have blogged for almost three years now. I have loved it, but I have felt over the months it is coming to a close. I have sensed a new door is opening in our changing lives.
It is so hard to let go of the familiar. I have loved writing! I have to say, I used to get devotions, scriptures, and articles on a daily basis from the Holy Spirit to write on and it just isn’t that way anymore. I have my own personal time with God daily, and I am always led to the Word of God but lately it seems to be something very personal and private.
Am I going to quit writing the blog altogether? No! I will write as the Holy Spirit inspires me, but not often for now. I think for a while I will be putting it down and waiting on what God has next. Thank you so very much all who have supported ‘simplyjuliana’!!! Oh, I cannot say that enough!! Your likes and comments have been such a blessing to me! You are ALWAYS in my prayers!!
May God bless you richly, dear reader! I pray your life is filled with love, good times, and EVERY blessing!! For now, goodbye…until we meet again. Simply, Juliana
28 We are assured and know that [[a]God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.
Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:23 (ESV)
This morning when I began my prayer time the Lord spoke to me and said, “My Son is coming soon, and it is your definition of soon.” For years, in fact all of my life, I have heard ‘Jesus is coming soon’. I believed it, and I still do, but I do believe some people have given up watch because it has not been our definition of soon that we have witnessed.
God spoke to me and told me to warn the people, and to others get ready, for others rejoice! The ones who are to be warned are those who have denied Jesus and His Lordship over their lives. This is a very stern and strong warning if you fit in this category! Jesus is real, the Bible is true, and one day every tongue will confess Jesus is Lord. Please, don’t do this when it is too late and you can no longer gain access into Heaven. Heaven is real, but so is Hell and the Bible tells us it a tormenting fire that will never be quenched. Don’t spend your eternity there!!
For some time, one of my son’s friends from the past has been on my mind. He proclaims to be an atheist. I decided to make contact with him and ask him where he now stood in his stance concerning God. He let me know that he had read about different religions and decided to give up trying to make the decision about what was ‘real’ to him. He said, “For me, it is a crap shoot. Where I end up, is where I end up.” If you are a Christian, I ask you pray for this young man, but we would be surprised at how many take this approach, or lack thereof to God. Oh, how my heart grieves for people like this!
To those who need to ‘get ready’. You have played church. You put on one face at church and around your leadership, but at home it is a different life altogether. You lack character and you lie to yourself and others, and what sad is you have begun to believe your own lies and now there is a blur in the line of what is true and what is false. You cheat people in your business, yet you never miss a church service or event. You lie to God’s people and put on a front, but there are many closets you struggle to keep closed. You know the revealing of your secrets will be your ruination, but the saddest part is, it is revealed to God and your reward in Heaven is not only dwindling, but is at stake! I pray the eyes of your understanding are opened and you come to repentance and a genuine walk with God! What does it matter if you gain the world, but lose your soul?
The last category is those who are to rejoice! These are the ones who have given, and given up everything to follow Christ! You have been faithful in small things when no one was looking and God would have you know, your reward is great! You have spread the good news of the Gospel and you have done it openly. You never thought to deny your Father before men and you will not be denied before your Father! You have stood, and stood alone, when the rest of the world took easy ways and the popular road. Life has not always been easy for you, but because of your love for God and Jesus, it has been worth it all!!
YOU are the one God will say to, “Well done, My good and faithful servant! Enter in!!” That day is sooner than you think and sooner than any of us know! It will be a day of celebration, such as we have never known! Oh, to see the face of Jesus is more than enough, but God is the God of more than enough, and your reward is great, great, great!! Stay faithful, stay busy with the Father‘s business, but more than ANYTHING, continue in His love!! It will be and is worth it all!!
I have delivered the message God gave me. I know it to be real, and for some a wake up call, and for others a word of encouragement. What category do you fit in? NOW, IS THE TIME!! You don’t have much longer…please, don’t let it run out on you!
I know I am not the only one God has promised great things to. God’s great pleasure is to bless His children and the Bible tells us this in multiple places. I read someone’s post on Facebook not long ago that stated God was not in the blessing business anymore. He was much more concerned with other things and not all Christians lived or would ever live being blessed. Don’t you dare fall for that hogwash! God DOES want us to be blessed, BUT He doesn’t want it to be the focus of our walk with Him!
The Bible doesn’t say money is the root of all evil, but the LOVE of money is the root of all evil. Notice the focus of a person’s heart in this case is the money, not God! When someone’s focus shifts from God and loving Him to money and all it can buy and the false sense of power it can give, it has become evil to this person. When we seek Him first and His righteousness, then nothing is wrong with not only living in the blessing but God expects us to expect to live blessed!
It tells us in Deuteronomy 28:3 it tells us, “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.” Notice God is saying this. He was talking to the children of Israel about what He would do if they honored Him and didn’t go the way of heathen countries with their heathen traditions and cultures.
This same chapter goes on to say they would be cursed if they forsook God and His ways! God is always at the forefront of prosperity. To be blessed by God, you have to delight yourself in HIM. Your primary delight and satisfaction should not be found in your job, your titles, your accolades, but in Him! This keeps our desires and our egos in proper perspective! It keeps us seeking God’s interest, and not our own!
Galatians 3:13-14 tells us we are under the BLESSING of Abraham. It says, ” Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written,“Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”[h]), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”
We are not cursed, but blessed because Jesus took the curse upon Himself, when He died for us so that we COULD be blessed! Why would Jesus die for something God never intended to fulfill? God never would have stood by and let His Son suffer the torment He suffered to deny us anything that was accomplished through that death.
Blessing literally means ‘to empower’. The blessing empowers us to be saved, healed, delivered, and to prosper. In 3 John 1:2 it says, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” God comes right out and says it is His will for us to prosper and be well, AS OUR SOULS PROSPER. Our souls are our mind, will, and emotions. It is spiritual maturity in the mind, if you will.
As we grow in God, seek His will, love others as Christ loved us, and are faithful to all He has called us to, we will be blessed (empowered) with every good thing. God said He would not withhold any good thing from them who walk uprightly! Psalm 84:11 “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.”
The message of ‘The Blessing’ has been taken out of context and has literally been twisted into oversized houses, fleets of cadillacs, and designer purses. The Blessing does indeed make one rich, but not just rich in a monetary sense, but rich in wisdom, health, peace, righteousness, love, and joy! We are to seek God, not the department where designer purses hang! Don’t pull this message out of context and make it into a wish list you would hand a Santa Claus! At the same time, don’t sit around and say, “Well, Mom and Dad never had anything but we were happy. Why should I be any different?” If that is how you want to live, you can. But it isn’t how you HAVE to live!
God wants you to be filled with every good thing because when you have those things by obeying the word you bring glory and honor to Him! Expect to live in the black and not the red. Ask God to give you wisdom concerning finances, career moves, college degrees, and any thing else that comes to mind when praying concerning the blessing in your life. For goodness sake, don’t give up through unbelief the great things God has stored up for those who are called His children!
Google ‘the blessings of God’ and watch how many references pop up! Get your Bible and read the entire chapter it is mentioning. For scripture to be sound teaching it must be found in context and in at least three different places in the Bible!
Remember, dear reader, you are already blessed!! We will be learning how to walk more in the fullness of that blessing in the coming days!