REJOICE IN THE LORD!
As believers in the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ, WE ARE the light of the world.
Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of [Christ to] the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and [recognize and honor and] glorify your Father who is in heaven." Hallelujah!
As believers in Christ, we know from scripture that temptation is common to human (mankind) experience, but that God will not let us be tempted beyond our ability to resist. Hallelujah! Praise God.
We also know that if we remain steadfast until the end (resist the temptation of sin), we will be saved. Thank you, Jesus!
1 Corinthians 10
13 No temptation [regardless of its source] has overtaken or enticed you that is not common to human experience [nor is any temptation unusual or beyond human resistance]; but God is faithful [to His word—He is compassionate and trustworthy], and He will not let you be tempted beyond your ability [to resist], but along with the temptation He [has in the past and is now and] will [always] provide the way out as well, so that you will be able to endure it [without yielding, and will overcome temptation with joy].
14 Therefore, my beloved, run [keep far, far away] from [any sort of] idolatry [and that includes loving anything more than God, or participating in anything that leads to sin and enslaves the soul]."
Pray that we all remain steadfast under the trials and tribulations and temptations of human life, life in the flesh, for we know that if we persevere in righteousness (repentance, obedience to God) until the end, we will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised:
"Blessed [happy, spiritually prosperous, favored by God] is the man who is steadfast under trial and perseveres when tempted; for when he has passed the test and been approved, he will receive the [victor’s] crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him." James 1:12
11 "Many false prophets will appear and mislead many.
12 Because lawlessness is increased, the love of most people will grow cold.
13 But the one who endures and bears up [under suffering] to the end will be saved.
14 This good news of the kingdom [the gospel] will be preached throughout the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end [of the age] will come."
Pray that God's children have a renewing and a refreshing of Spirit, so that we do not become salt that has lost its taste, but that our light always shines brightly, so that men may see our good deeds and glorify our Father who is in heaven! Praise God! Amen!
13 “You are the [d]salt of the earth; but if the salt has [e]lost its taste (purpose), how can it be made salty? It is no longer good for anything, but to be thrown out and walked on by people [when the walkways are wet and slippery].
14 “You are the light of [Christ to] the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;
15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.
16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good deeds and moral excellence, and [recognize and honor and] glorify your Father who is in heaven."
Finally, no matter what life throws at us, we know that no mountain is too high because the Lord is our strength, and he has made our feet steady.
A Prayer of Habakkuk
A Prayer for the Times
Habakkuk 3 (AMP)
17 "Though the fig tree does not blossom
And there is no fruit on the vines,
Though the yield of the olive fails
And the fields produce no food,
Though the flock is cut off from the fold
And there are no cattle in the stalls,
18 Yet I will [choose to] rejoice in the Lord;
I will [choose to] shout in exultation in the [victorious] God of my salvation!
19 The Lord God is my strength [my source of courage, my invincible army];
He has made my feet [steady and sure] like hinds’ feet
And makes me walk [forward with spiritual confidence] on my [e]high places [of challenge and responsibility]."
He is my rock and my fortress
And I will choose to
REJOICE IN THE LORD!
Praise God! Hallelujah! Thank you, Jesus. Amen
"Then He [Jesus] said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear. By your own standard of measurement [that is, to the extent that you study spiritual truth and apply godly wisdom] it will be measured to you [and you will be given even greater ability to respond]—and more will be given to you besides." Mark 4:24
I started writing this some time ago, but I have been hyper-focused since August on reading the Bible from start to finish. I am now up to Ezekiel 40. Hallelujah! Praise God!
But, the question that had been on my mind when I first wrote this blog some time ago, is why do I often receive "snapshots" only? Why would I get a vision or word in my sleep, and then snap awake, like literally a snapshot photo?
A few months ago, the light bulb went off, and I realized I only get snapshots, because, as I have said before, You Get As Much As You Give.
"Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over [with no space left for more]. For with the standard of measurement you use [when you do good to others], it will be measured to you in return.” Luke 6:38
You Get As Much As You Give.
"And I say unto you,
Ask, and it shall be given you;
seek, and ye shall find;
knock, and it shall be opened unto you." Luke 11:9
"Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." Philippians 4:6
I N E V E R Y T H I N G! Prayer is not a one-time, thirty-second thing, or when we feel like it deal. I saw a great evangelist, Mario Murillo, the other day in a video. Mario, God Bless his heart and his ministry, is bringing 300 people per night to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, in his tent revivals, in some of the worst neighborhoods in southern California. Hallelujah! Praise God!
Mario said that there is no way he can get off a four-hour flight, and walk into one of those revivals and start healing and preaching, unless he was walking and talking with God all day, every day, no matter where he is or what he is doing. Hallelujah! Amen.
And, of course, Mario is right. God's Word tells us just that. (See Philippians 4:6 above.)
"Whether therefore you eat, or drink, or whatsoever you do, do all to the glory of God." 1 Corinthians 10:31
13 "Come now [and pay attention to this], you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and carry on our business and make a profit.'
14 Yet you do not know [the least thing] about what may happen in your life tomorrow. [What is secure in your life?] You are merely a vapor [like a puff of smoke or a wisp of steam from a cooking pot] that is visible for a little while and then vanishes [into thin air].
15 Instead you ought to say, 'If the Lord wills, we will live and we will do this or that.'
16 But as it is, you boast [vainly] in your pretension and arrogance. All such boasting is evil.
17 So any person who knows what is right to do but does not do it, to him it is sin.'"
Therefore, let us strive, from this day forward, every one of us, to walk with, talk to, give all glory, thanksgiving and praise to God, the Most High, every day, all day. And, to make our words spoken kinder, and for the greater good, for we will all be judged by every word spoken. "But I tell you, on the day of judgment people will have to give an accounting for every careless or useless word they speak." Matthew 12:36
We are all being changed, from one degree of God's glory, to an even higher degree of God's glory, whereby everything on earth is moving step by step towards the perfection of Jesus, our Savior.
I heard a prophet describe it recently like this: God brings us perfection. We bring God imperfection. God turns what man means for evil into good, and that imperfection elevates closer to the perfection of God, so that everything in the world is moving towards God's perfection.
Of course, since the Bible should always be our fact checker, the Scripture says in 2 Corinthians 3:18 (AMP):
"And we all, with unveiled face, continually seeing as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are progressively being transformed into His image from [one degree of] glory to [even more] glory, which comes from the Lord, [who is] the Spirit."
Salvation is promised through the blood of Jesus Christ, but our eternal rewards are not promised. They will be based on our words and our works.
1 Corinthians 3
14 "If any person’s work which he has built [on this foundation, that is, any outcome of his effort] remains [and survives this test], he will receive a reward.
15 But if any person’s work is burned up [by the test], he will suffer the loss [of his reward]; yet he himself will be saved, but only as [one who has barely escaped] through fire."
Don't let your rewards be lost to the fire. No matter what, it only ends one way:
"For it is written,
As I live, saith the Lord,
every knee shall bow to me,
and every tongue shall confess to God." Romans 14:11
Chose God Now!
Hallelujah to the Lamb of God. All Glory to God the Most High. Thank you, Jesus.
Amen Amen Amen!
Faithful and humble servant of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.