Glad Reaper vs. Grim Reaper

Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.
Galatians 6:7‭-‬8 NLT

http://bible.com/116/gal.6.7-8.NLT

The image of the grim reaper is a fixed icon in most people’s heads. As I read today’s verse of the day I noted that grim reaping does come when we satisfy our own sinful nature. The harvest results are decay and death from that sinful nature; however, those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.

That’s something we can be glad to reap.

Taking Things Personally

Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit. 3 John 1:2 NLT

 That verse is from John’s 3rd Letter. This letter is from John, the elder. He was writing to Gaius, his dear friend (3 John 1:1 NLT).

As I was praying this morning I opened my Bible and read this verse of the day. I heard, as I read to myself,

 Dear Tom, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit (3 John 1:2 NLT).

How precious The Word of God is, and as we take it personally He feeds our spirit.

Have you had this experience as you read the love letters inspired by God? 

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16‭-‬17 NLT

(http://bible.com/116/2ti.3.16-17.NLT)

🎧💿🎹EXTRAS🎹💿🎧


They Will Know By Our Love

Jesus said,

I am giving you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too are to love one another. By this everyone will know that you are My disciples, if you have love and unselfish concern for one another.” JOHN 13:34‭-‬35 AMP

How will they know we are His disciples?

Will the know by our boycotting?

Will they know because of our apparel?

Will they know because our shout on the street corner is louder than the traffic around us?

After Jesus washed the feet of His disciples as they gathered to share His last meal in earth and As soon as Judas left the room, Jesus said, “The time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory, and God will be glorified because of him. And since God receives glory because of the Son, he will give his own glory to the Son, and he will do so at once. Dear children, I will be with you only a little longer. And as I told the Jewish leaders, you will search for me, but you can’t come where I am going. So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.”
John 13:31‭-‬35 NLT
http://bible.com/116/jhn.13.31-35.NLT

Note, Jesus said this as one of His closest followers went on to betray Him.


Here is a song about how He must feel when one of us makes the choice to break our vow with Him, just like Judas’ Kiss…

“Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Peter 4:8 NLT

http://bible.com/116/1pe.4.8.NLT

See & Hear For Yourself (Acts 13)

Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets [who spoke a new message of God to the people] and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon who was called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen who had been brought up with Herod [Antipas] the tetrarch, and Saul.

While they were serving the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul (Paul) for the work to which I have called them.”

Then after fasting and praying, they laid their hands on them [in approval and dedication] and sent them away [on their first journey].

So then, being sent out by the Holy Spirit, they went down to Seleucia, and from there they sailed to Cyprus.

When Barnabas and Saul arrived at Salamis, they began to preach the word of God [proclaiming the message of eternal salvation through faith in Christ] in the synagogues of the Jews; and they also had John [Mark] as their assistant.

When they had traveled through the entire island [of Cyprus] as far as Paphos, they found a sorcerer, a Jewish false prophet named Bar-Jesus, who was [closely associated] with the proconsul [of the province], Sergius Paulus, an intelligent and sensible man.

He called for Barnabas and Saul and wanted to hear the word of God [concerning eternal salvation through faith in Christ]. But Elymas the sorcerer (for that is how his name is translated) opposed them, trying to turn the proconsul away from accepting the faith.

But Saul, who was also known as Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit and led by Him, looked steadily at Elymas, and said, “ You [Elymas] who are full of every [kind of] deceit, and every [kind of] fraud, you son of the devil, enemy of everything that is right and good, will you never stop perverting the straight paths of the Lord? Now, watch! The hand of the Lord is on you, and you will be blind, [so blind that you will be] unable to see the sun for a time.” Immediately a mist and darkness fell upon him, and he groped around, seeking people to lead him by the hand. The proconsul believed [the message of salvation] when he saw what had happened, being astonished at the teaching concerning the Lord.

Now Paul and his companions sailed from Paphos and came to Perga in Pamphylia; but John [Mark] left them and went back to Jerusalem.

Now they went on from Perga and arrived at Antioch in Pisidia, and on the Sabbath day they went into the synagogue and sat down. After the reading of the Law and the [writings of the] Prophets, the officials of the synagogue sent word to them, saying,

“Brothers (kinsmen), if you have any word of encouragement for the people, say it.”

So Paul stood up, and motioning with his hand, he said, “Men of Israel, and you who fear God, listen! The God of this people Israel chose our fathers and made the people great and numerous during their stay [as foreigners] in the land of Egypt, and then with an uplifted arm He led them out of there. For a period of about forty years He put up with their behavior in the wilderness. When He had destroyed seven nations in the land of Canaan, He gave their land [to our ancestors] as an inheritance–this took about four hundred and fifty years. After this, He gave them judges until the prophet Samuel. Then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul the son of Kish, a man of the tribe of Benjamin, for forty years. And when He had removed him, He raised up David to be their king: of him He testified and said, ‘I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart [conforming to My will and purposes], who will do all My will.’ From this man’s descendants God has brought to Israel a Savior, [in the person of] Jesus, according to His promise. Before His coming John [the Baptist] had preached a baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel. And as John was finishing his course [of ministry], he kept saying,

‘What or who do you think that I am? I am not He [the Christ]; but be aware, One is coming after me whose sandals I am not worthy to untie [even as His slave]!’

“Brothers, sons of Abraham’s family, and those among you who fear God, to us has been sent the message of this salvation [obtained through faith in Jesus Christ]. For those who live in Jerusalem, and their rulers, who failed to recognize or understand both Jesus and the voices of the prophets which are read every Sabbath, have fulfilled these [very prophecies] by condemning Him.

And though they found no cause or charge deserving death, they asked Pilate to have Him executed. And when they had finished carrying out everything that was written [in Scripture] about Him, they took Him down from the cross and laid Him in a tomb.

But God raised Him from the dead; and for many days (forty) He appeared to those who came up with Him from Galilee to Jerusalem, the very ones who are now His witnesses to the people.

And we are bringing you the good news of the promise made to our fathers (ancestors), that God has completely fulfilled this promise to our children by raising up Jesus, as it is also written in the second Psalm,

‘You are My Son ; today I have begotten (fathered) You .’

And [as for the fact] that He raised Him from the dead, never again to return to decay [in the grave], He has spoken in this way: ‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings of David [those blessings and mercies that were promised to him].’

For this reason He also says in another Psalm,

‘You will not allow Your Holy One to see decay .’

For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was buried among his fathers and experienced decay [in the grave]; but He whom God raised [to life] did not experience decay [in the grave].

So let it be clearly known by you, brothers, that through Him forgiveness of sins is being proclaimed to you; and through Him everyone who believes [who acknowledges Jesus as Lord and Savior and follows Him] is justified and declared free of guilt from all things, from which you could not be justified and freed of guilt through the Law of Moses.

Therefore be careful, so that the thing spoken of in the [writings of the] Prophets does not come upon you:

‘Look , you mockers , and marvel , and perish and vanish away ; For I am doing a work in your days , A work which you will never believe, even if someone describes it to you [telling you about it in detail].’”

As Paul and Barnabas were leaving [the synagogue], the people kept begging that these things might be spoken to them on the next Sabbath. When the congregation of the synagogue had been dismissed, many of the Jews and the devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who, talking to them were urging them to continue in the grace of God.

On the next Sabbath almost the entire city gathered together to hear the word of the Lord [about salvation through faith in Christ].

But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began contradicting the things said by Paul, and were slandering him. And [at the same time] Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and confidently, saying, “It was necessary that God’s message [of salvation through faith in Christ] be spoken to you [Jews] first. Since you repudiate it and judge yourselves unworthy of eternal life, now we turn to the Gentiles. For that is what the Lord has commanded us, saying, ‘I have placed You as a light for the Gentiles, So that You may bring [the message of eternal] salvation to the end of the earth .’”

When the Gentiles heard this, they began rejoicing and glorifying [praising and giving thanks for] the word of the Lord; and all those who had been appointed (designated, ordained) to eternal life [by God] believed [in Jesus as the Christ and their Savior].

And so the word of the Lord [regarding salvation] was being spread through the entire region.

But the Jews incited the devout, prominent women and the leading men of the city, and instigated persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them forcibly out of their district.

But they shook its dust from their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium. And the disciples were continually filled [throughout their hearts and souls] with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
ACTS 13:1‭-‬52 AMP
http://bible.com/1588/act.13.1-52.AMP

Now, having read, heard this and more, where do you stand? What do you believe and where will you go with this good news?

Looking Through Rose Colored Stained Glass Windows

Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.
Colossians 4:5 NIV
http://bible.com/111/col.4.5.NIV

Use your heads as you live and work among outsiders. Don’t miss a trick. Make the most of every opportunity. Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.
Colossians 4:5‭-‬6 MSG
http://bible.com/97/col.4.5-6.MSG

Attending Church regularly is a good thing. Having friends who share the same faith is good; however, may we never forget that there are many who don’t believe and these Bible verses today point out to us how were should act toward them.

I come into contact with so many who lack faith because someone who claimed to have faith treated them so unkind, judgmental & without care.

This must stop, however, as long as there are self-righteous people it won’t stop.

It is up to each individual to let the light that is within to shine out towards others.

May this blog post serve as a plea from God’s Word not my own

Conduct yourself with wisdom in your interactions with outsiders (non-believers), make the most of each opportunity [treating it as something precious]. Let your speech at all times be gracious and pleasant, seasoned with salt, so that you will know how to answer each one [who questions you]. COLOSSIANS 4:5‭-‬6 AMP

Believer, you are the salt of the earth.

Lyrics to

“Rose Colored Stained Glass Windows” by Petra

Another sleepy Sunday, safe within the walls
Outside a dying world in desperation calls
But no-one hears the cries, or knows what they’re about
The doors are locked within, or is it from, without…

Looking through rose colored stained glass windows
Never allowing the world to come in
Seeing no evil and feeling no pain
Making the light as it comes from within, so dim…

Out on the doorstep lay the masses in decay
Ignore them long enough, maybe they’ll go away
When you have so much you think, you have so much to lose
You think you have no lack, when you’re really destitute

Looking through rose colored stained glass windows – stained glass windows!
Never allowing the world to come in – they won’t lemmie come in!
Seeing no evil and feeling no pain – no feel, no pain!
Making the light as it comes from within, so dim – the light’s so dim!
– so dim – the light’s so dim!

Looking through rose colored stained glass windows
Never allowing the world to come in
Seeing no evil and feeling no pain
Making the light as it comes from within, so dim, so dim!


-EXTRA, EXTRA, READ ALL ABOUT HOW CHRIST LOVES US AND HOW HE WANTS US-

REVEALING TO THE CHURCH IN LAODICEA A TRUE PICTURE OF THEIR CONDITION & COMPARE THAT TO THE CHURCH IN 2017 & BEYOND…

“To the angel (divine messenger) of the church in Laodicea write: “These are the words of the Amen, the trusted and faithful and true Witness, the Beginning and Origin of God’s creation: ‘I know your deeds, that you are neither cold (invigorating, refreshing) nor hot (healing, therapeutic); I wish that you were cold or hot. ~‘So because you are lukewarm (spiritually useless), and neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of My mouth [rejecting you with disgust]. ~‘Because you say, “I am rich, and have prospered and grown wealthy, and have need of nothing,” and you do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked [without hope and in great need],

I counsel you to buy from Me

  • gold that has been heated red hot and refined by fire so that you may become truly rich; and
  • white clothes [representing righteousness] to clothe yourself so that the shame of your nakedness will not be seen; and
  • healing salve to put on your eyes so that you may see.

~‘Those whom I [dearly and tenderly] love, I rebuke and discipline [showing them their faults and instructing them]; so be enthusiastic and repent [change your inner self–your old way of thinking, your sinful behavior–seek God’s will].

~‘Behold, I stand at the door [of the church] and continually knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him (restore him), and he with Me.

~‘He who overcomes [the world through believing that Jesus is the Son of God], I will grant to him [the privilege] to sit beside Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down beside My Father on His throne.

~‘He who has an ear, let him hear and heed what the Spirit says to the churches.’”
REVELATION 3:14‭-‬22 AMP
http://bible.com/1588/rev.3.14-22.AMP

Spiritually ‘Hangry’

As you look at day 3 of the @YouVersion Plan “Christian Music Challenge – The Overflow Devo.” You will see an emphasis on feeding our souls (Check it out here:
http://bible.com/r/zZ)

When we are physically Hungy, Angry, Lonely or Tierd (H.A.L.T.) we find ourselves out of balance to the point that it effects our personality. Spiritually speaking it is the same.

To continue to grow spiritually we need to feed our souls, get on a healthy spiritual diet, exercise our souls, rest in The Lord, remain in a peaceful relationship with our creator and keep our eyes fixed on Him, our Lord.

In our walk with the Lord there are many resources. My whole blog refers to various modes of transportation God uses to feed, guide & strength our relationship with Him.

It is my desire to share the relationship I have with The Lord with those I come in contact with and those who read my blog.

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord , and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers. Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.
Psalm 1:1‭-‬6 NIV
http://bible.com/111/psa.1.1-6.NIV

The devotional thought found in the “Christian Music Challenge – The Overflow Devo”
gives daily Scripture and a link to music by various Christian artist. Go to: http://bible.com/r/zZ for more.

Christian music (music giving glory to God and backed with Scriptural advice & reassurance) can be found in every style (genre) of music known. I challenge you to find the style you like and devour it. You’ll find yourself humming & singing lyrics that feeds your soul.

The Cliff

Have you ever stood on the edge of a cliff? Depending on our mind set we will either look out and up, enjoying the view or we’ll look down and consider if we should jump off or not.

Sometimes we are living on the edge, feeling like it is taking everything in us to keep our balance so we don’t fall off.

There are no easy answers. Simply praying more, reading our Bible more will not cure this desperation. No amount of retreats or hanging out with the right people will snatch us off of this metaphorical cliff edge.

Sure, there is something to be said about how a healthy diet, exercise and rest (both physically & spiritually) can benefit us but inevitably we are all trying to keep our balance and sooner or later we will find ourselves on the edge and it is during those times especially that we’ll feel things pushing us closer to falling off into a deep abyss.

There has never been a time in history like right now, where the resources are so plentiful & so easily accessible, and yet the level of desperation climbs & many resort to self medicating, deception & even suicide.

I’ve personally written a note to myself while in a manic depressive episode reminding myself that this time of confusion will pass, it is not reality, I may feel like the only way out is down so that I am reminded of other options.

If you find yourself on the edge of that same cliff may you look out & up and then may God provide you with the Sanity to turn around, face those things pushing you to the edge & step away from the edge rather than closer to it & off it’s slippery slope.

When on the edge, may you know and grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge. When we’ve exhausted all our resources may we let Him hold us, pick us up and carry us beyond the cliff’s edge.

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Galatians 5:1 NIV
http://bible.com/111/gal.5.1.NIV

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Ephesians 3:16‭-‬21 NIV
http://bible.com/111/eph.3.16-21.NIV

(Reference to day 7 of the @YouVersion Plan The Heart Of Man: Overcoming Shame And Finding Identity. Check it out here:
http://bible.com/r/1BF)

The Cave

As I read,

“The Heart Of Man: Overcoming Shame And Finding Identity”
(http://bible.com/r/1BF)

especially day 5 & 6 shed light in the metaphorical cave I find myself in.

The truth & comfort is that God is actually with us in our cold, dark, most confusing times.

Those times remind us how alone, desperate and in need we are and we don’t need to remain in those times, those circumstances will eventually change.

The father of lies would have us believe there is no hope while The Father of light reminds us that He has created us to live a full life & never really die.

It is my belief in Him, my trust in Him alone, that will continue to be with me in the cave & eventually lead me out of it.

Nothing beats The Holy Spirit. His presences inside us will conqueror & ultimately win all struggles. While in ‘the cave’, stuck inside a body & mind that is failing I hold onto the truth that this is all temporary.

“The Heart Of Man: Overcoming Shame And Finding Identity”

Links below:
http://bible.com/r/1BF (part 5)
http://bible.com/r/1BF (part 6)

Work as a Mode of Worship

This is from day 5 of the @YouVersion Plan “Prayers That Will Transform You.” Check it out here:
http://bible.com/r/OX

Work as a Mode of Worship

God can begin to transform you even while at work! Do you ever feel unappreciated, bored or frustrated at work? Knowing that you are called to work as unto the Lord can give a renewed sense of purpose and value.

You have been called to participate in God’s purposes through the work you have been given to do during your earthly sojourn. Consider how you may do your work with care and excellence in the desire to be pleasing to God. All things become spiritual when they are done in His name.

To put ourselves in the best position to hear from God, we need to set aside a quiet time every day – a time preferably at the beginning of the day – to be alone with God in order to listen to Him, speak with Him, and open His Word. When I follow this prescription, I find the prayer not only changes things, it changes me. It changes my attitude, it changes my priorities, and it gets my life in sync with God’s plan.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters,
Colossians 3:23 NIV
http://bible.com/111/col.3.23.NIV

Check out “Prayers That Will Transform You” by going to:
http://bible.com/r/OX

Lover Of Our Soul

Take a look at day 3 of the @YouVersion Plan “Prayers That Will Transform You.” Check it out here:
http://bible.com/r/OX

This particular day we read:

The Lover of Our Souls

God can transform you as we consider the depth of His love for you and I. Think for a moment of a time today you felt God’s love or His absence. It is only through God’s special revelation in Scripture that we could know that the One who has dominion over all things is also the Lover of our souls.

God’s Word is a love letter to you and I.

God created us to enjoy life forever in loving communion with Him. Drawing closer to understanding that truth will transform us!

As we sit before God & open His Word what a privilege. As we get into His Word may we let His Word get into us.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:16 NIV
http://bible.com/111/jhn.3.16.NIV

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2 NIV
http://bible.com/111/rom.12.2.NIV