Hidden Agenda & Other Holiday Festivals

Don’t accept a meal from a tightwad; don’t expect anything special. He’ll be as stingy with you as he is with himself; he’ll say, “Eat! Drink!” but won’t mean a word of it. His miserly serving will turn your stomach when you realize the meal’s a sham.
Proverbs 23:6‭-‬8 MSG

http://bible.com/97/pro.23.6-8.MSG

I recall watching Saturday Night Live skits of Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas feast and family gatherings. The families fought & bickered and fussed. That was strange to me. Although I teased my sister endlessly & we had our family disfinctions I didn’t recall any serious problems. Maybe that was because I was the youngest and could usually find the humor in every situation or would often create it.

Today’s verse had me reflect on selfish, stingy people who are unhappy with themselves, even in times that should be filled with joy. Misery loves company so they are unhappy with everyone and it shows.

During the holidays (including New Years) you may have found yourself going to an event or family function & gritting your teeth, watching the clock until it stricks midnight (or sooner) so you can get the hell outta there before you too turn into a sour puss.

I had to think for a moment…stop and consider all this: 

May we realize that there are some people, sometimes even family members, who are not always pleasant to be around but may we let God help us not be that type person.

So clean house! Make a clean sweep of malice and pretense, envy and hurtful talk. You’ve had a taste of God. Now, like infants at the breast, drink deep of God’s pure kindness. Then you’ll grow up mature and whole in God.” 1 Peter 2:1‭-‬3 MSG

http://bible.com/97/1pe.2.1-3.MSG

“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, Philippians 2:5 NASB

http://bible.com/100/php.2.5.NASB

I find myself continually having to consciously let The King of kings be my Lord.

In Christ, Beetle

Don’t forget the humor but also be willing to accept the sad truth… I believe only you can let Christ help you. I use to say only you can control you but the more I try to control myself the more self cetered I become; however, when I ask God for His Spirit He calms & changes me from the inside out, after all He lives in me & from within my flesh He alone is able to truly help humble me & help transform me to what He wants.

 Extras:

 https://youtu.be/6rgNz7TFsE0

The Road To Zion is in your heart.

With all said & done I have just two words

                   “Try God”

We Are Not The Great I AM

(keith Green “He’ll Take Care Of The Rest”)

Doing my best, praying that it is blessed & know that God takes care of the rest.

So many things in life we can not control. We get sick, suffer from ailments both mentally & physically.

When we take a look at our soul we see the need for a savior. We all know how weak and vulnerable we can be to our flesh.

We constantly fall short. If we think that we don’t fall short then our ego is the problem. There is not much worse thing in this world than a person so concieded & overly self-confident to the point of thinking they are just fine and they are in no need of God & His provision.

On the other hand some people feel so unworthy or inadequate that they are not sure they cwn be redeemed or saved.

We may feel like we disappoint ourselves or our families or our boss but when it comes down to God’s love, His unconditional love…I find that I have to go straight to Him in prayer & look again & again at what His word says.

So many of us memorized John 3:16 & we teach children to memorise it. That is the gospel (The Good News) in 1 verse; however, the very next verse is so important too.

I’ve seen too many religious groups shouting John 3:16 while standing and judging others. They make assumptions about stranger’s beliefs and way of life. I’ve heard too many religious groups & individuals make judgmental statements toward others. This pains me and turns a great number of people in the oposite way of the cross.

But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. 

And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation. 

For since our friendship with God was restored by the death of his Son WHILE we were still his enemies, we will certainly be saved through the life of his Son. 

So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God.” (Romans 5:8‭-‬11 NLT)

http://bible.com/116/rom.5.8-11.NLT


(Jars of clay “Love Song For The Savior”)

Moses was so affraid & felt inadequate to go before Pharoh let alone God’s people…

“But Moses protested, “If I go to the people of Israel and tell them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they will ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what should I tell them?” 

God replied to Moses, “ I Am Who I Am . Say this to the people of Israel: I Am has sent me to you.” 

God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: Yahweh, the God of your ancestors—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you. 

This is my eternal name, my name to remember for all generations.” (Exodus 3:13‭-‬15 NLT)

http://bible.com/116/exo.3.13-15.NLT

I will not underestimate God almighty’s power.

I will not strive to please mankind.

I will do “my” best, pray that it is blessed and know that God will take care of the rest.

Resting in Him.

God bless you and you, you bless God.

Let my soul be at rest again, for the Lord has been good to me. Psalms 116:7 NLT

http://bible.com/116/psa.116.7.NLT

“I will bless the Lord who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me. I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me. No wonder my heart is glad, and I rejoice. My body rests in safety.” Psalms 16:7‭-‬9 NLT

http://bible.com/116/psa.16.7-9.NLT

Let the whole world bless our God and loudly sing his praises. Our lives are in his hands, and HE keeps our feet from stumbling. Psalms 66:8‭-‬9 NLT

http://bible.com/116/psa.66.8-9.NLT

“This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life. God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. Anyone who trusts in him is acquitted; anyone who refuses to trust him has long since been under the death sentence without knowing it. And why? Because of that person’s failure to believe in the one-of-a-kind Son of God when introduced to him.”

John 3:16‭-‬18 MSG

http://bible.com/97/jhn.3.16-18.MSG

Extra Reading- 

Jesus said to his disciples,

“We must quickly carry out the tasks assigned us by the one who sent us. The night is coming, and then no one can work.  But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world.” 

Then he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes. He told him, “Go wash yourself in the pool of Siloam” (Siloam means “sent”). 

So the man went and washed and came back seeing! 

His neighbors and others who knew him as a blind beggar asked each other, “Isn’t this the man who used to sit and beg?” Some said he was, and others said, “No, he just looks like him!” But the beggar kept saying, “Yes, I am the same one!” 

They asked, “Who healed you? What happened?” He told them, “The man they call Jesus made mud and spread it over my eyes and told me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash yourself.’ So I went and washed, and now I can see!”

 “Where is he now?” they asked. “I don’t know,” he replied. Then they took the man who had been blind to the Pharisees, because it was on the Sabbath that Jesus had made the mud and healed him. 

The Pharisees asked the man all about it. So he told them, “He put the mud over my eyes, and when I washed it away, I could see!” 

Some of the Pharisees said, “This man Jesus is not from God, for he is working on the Sabbath.” Others said, “But how could an ordinary sinner do such miraculous signs?” 

So there was a deep division of opinion among them. 

Then the Pharisees again questioned the man who had been blind and demanded, “What’s your opinion about this man who healed you?” 

The man replied, “I think he must be a prophet.” The Jewish leaders still refused to believe the man had been blind and could now see, so they called in his parents. 

They asked them, “Is this your son? Was he born blind? If so, how can he now see?” His parents replied, “We know this is our son and that he was born blind, but we don’t know how he can see or who healed him. Ask him. He is old enough to speak for himself.” His parents said this because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders, who had announced that anyone saying Jesus was the Messiah would be expelled from the synagogue. That’s why they said, “He is old enough. Ask him.” 

So for the second time they called in the man who had been blind and told him, “God should get the glory for this, because we know this man Jesus is a sinner.” 

“I don’t know whether he is a sinner,” the man replied. “But I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!” 

“But what did he do?” they asked. “How did he heal you?” “Look!” the man exclaimed. “I told you once. Didn’t you listen? Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples, too?” 

Then they cursed him and said, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses! We know God spoke to Moses, but we don’t even know where this man comes from.” 

“Why, that’s very strange!” the man replied. “He healed my eyes, and yet you don’t know where he comes from? We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but he is ready to hear those who worship him and do his will. Ever since the world began, no one has been able to open the eyes of someone born blind. If this man were not from God, he couldn’t have done it.” 

“You were born a total sinner!” they answered. “Are you trying to teach us?” And they threw him out of the synagogue. 

When Jesus heard what had happened, he found the man and asked, “Do you believe in the Son of Man? ” The man answered, “Who is he, sir? I want to believe in him.” “You have seen him,” Jesus said, “and he is speaking to you!” “Yes, Lord, I believe!” the man said. And he worshiped Jesus. 

Then Jesus told him,  “I entered this world to render judgment—to give sight to the blind and to show those who think they see that they are blind.” 

Some Pharisees who were standing nearby heard him and asked, “Are you saying we’re blind?” 

“If you were blind, you wouldn’t be guilty,” Jesus replied. “But you remain guilty because you claim you can see. (John 9:4‭-‬41 NLT)

 Going on to John 10…Jesus said,

“I tell you the truth, anyone who sneaks over the wall of a sheepfold, rather than going through the gate, must surely be a thief and a robber!  But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.  The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.  After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice.  They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.” 

Those who heard Jesus use this illustration didn’t understand what he meant, so he explained it to them: 

“I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep.  All who came before me were thieves and robbers. But the true sheep did not listen to them.  Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures.  

The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. 

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices his life for the sheep.  A hired hand will run when he sees a wolf coming. He will abandon the sheep because they don’t belong to him and he isn’t their shepherd. And so the wolf attacks them and scatters the flock.  The hired hand runs away because he’s working only for the money and doesn’t really care about the sheep. 

“I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me,  just as my Father knows me and I know the Father. So I sacrifice my life for the sheep.  

I have other sheep, too, that are not in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will listen to my voice, and there will be one flock with one shepherd.

 “The Father loves me because I sacrifice my life so I may take it back again.  No one can take my life from me. I sacrifice it voluntarily. For I have the authority to lay it down when I want to and also to take it up again. For this is what my Father has commanded.” 

When he said these things, the people were again divided in their opinions about him. 

Some said, “He’s demon possessed and out of his mind. Why listen to a man like that?” Others said, “This doesn’t sound like a man possessed by a demon! Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?” 

It was now winter, and Jesus was in Jerusalem at the time of Hanukkah, the Festival of Dedication. He was in the Temple, walking through the section known as Solomon’s Colonnade. 

The people surrounded him and asked, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”

 Jesus replied, “I have already told you, and you don’t believe me. The proof is the work I do in my Father’s name.  But you don’t believe me because you are not my sheep.  My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. 

No one can snatch them away from me,  for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand.  The Father and I are one.”

(John 10:1‭-‬30 NLT)

http://bible.com/116/jhn.10.1-30.NLT

Straight Through


But Jesus defended himself. “My Father is working straight through, even on the Sabbath. So am I.”
John 5:17 MSG

http://bible.com/97/jhn.5.17.MSG

Jesus said,

It’s urgent that you listen carefully to this: Anyone here who believes what I am saying right now and aligns himself with the Father, who has in fact put me in charge, has at this very moment the real, lasting life and is no longer condemned to be an outsider. 

This person has taken a giant step from the world of the dead to the world of the living. 

It’s urgent that you get this right: The time has arrived—I mean right now!—when dead men and women will hear the voice of the Son of God and, hearing, will come alive. 

Just as the Father has life in himself, he has conferred on the Son life in himself. And he has given him the authority, simply because he is the Son of Man, to decide and carry out matters of Judgment. 

Don’t act so surprised at all this. The time is coming when everyone dead and buried will hear his voice. 

Those who have lived the right way will walk out into a resurrection Life; those who have lived the wrong way, into a resurrection Judgment.

 “I can’t do a solitary thing on my own: I listen, then I decide. You can trust my decision because I’m not out to get my own way but only to carry out orders

If I were simply speaking on my own account, it would be an empty, self-serving witness. But an independent witness confirms me, the most reliable Witness of all.

 Furthermore, you all saw and heard John, and he gave expert and reliable testimony about me, didn’t he?

 “But my purpose is not to get your vote, and not to appeal to mere human testimony. 

I’m speaking to you this way so that you will be saved. 

John was a torch, blazing and bright, and you were glad enough to dance for an hour or so in his bright light. But the witness that really confirms me far exceeds John’s witness. It’s the work the Father gave me to complete.

 These very tasks, as I go about completing them, confirm that the Father, in fact, sent me. 

(Note: the very things Christ was doing were the things the religious leaders were upset about, especially because he did them even on the Sabbath. They didn’t understand).

Jesus continued on,

“The Father who sent me, confirmed me. And you missed it. You never heard his voice, you never saw his appearance. There is nothing left in your memory of his Message because you do not take his Messenger seriously. 

“You have your heads in your Bibles constantly because you think you’ll find eternal life there. But you miss the forest for the trees. These Scriptures are all about me ! And here I am, standing right before you, and you aren’t willing to receive from me the life you say you want. 

“I’m not interested in crowd approval. And do you know why? Because I know you and your crowds. I know that love, especially God’s love, is not on your working agenda.

 I came with the authority of my Father, and you either dismiss me or avoid me.

 If another came, acting self-important, you would welcome him with open arms.

 How do you expect to get anywhere with God when you spend all your time jockeying for position with each other, ranking your rivals and ignoring God? 

“But don’t think I’m going to accuse you before my Father. Moses, in whom you put so much stock, is your accuser.

 If you believed, really believed, what Moses said, you would believe me. He wrote of me. If you won’t take seriously what he wrote, how can I expect you to take seriously what I speak?”

John 5:24‭-‬47 MSG

http://bible.com/97/jhn.5.24-47.MSG

Here is what happen before he said all this:

 Soon another Feast came around and Jesus was back in Jerusalem. Near the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem there was a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda , with five alcoves. 

Hundreds of sick people—blind, crippled, paralyzed—were in these alcoves. 

One man had been an invalid there for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him stretched out by the pool and knew how long he had been there, he said, “Do you want to get well?” The sick man said, “Sir, when the water is stirred, I don’t have anybody to put me in the pool. By the time I get there, somebody else is already in.” Jesus said, “Get up, take your bedroll, start walking.” 

The man was healed on the spot. He picked up his bedroll and walked off. 

That day happened to be the Sabbath.

The Jews stopped the healed man and said, “It’s the Sabbath. You can’t carry your bedroll around. It’s against the rules.” 

But he told them, “The man who made me well told me to. He said, ‘Take your bedroll and start walking.’”

 They asked, “Who gave you the order to take it up and start walking?” But the healed man didn’t know, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd. 

A little later Jesus found him in the Temple and said, “You look wonderful! You’re well! Don’t return to a sinning life or something worse might happen.” 

The man went back and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. 

That is why the Jews were out to get Jesus—because he did this kind of thing on the Sabbath.

 But Jesus defended himself. 

“My Father is working straight through, even on the Sabbath. So am I.” 

That really set them off. 

The Jews were now not only out to expose him; they were out to kill him. Not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was calling God his own Father, putting himself on a level with God.

 So Jesus explained himself at length.

“I’m telling you this straight. The Son can’t independently do a thing, only what he sees the Father doing. What the Father does, the Son does. 

The Father loves the Son and includes him in everything he is doing.

 “But you haven’t seen the half of it yet, for in the same way that the Father raises the dead and creates life, so does the Son. 

The Son gives life to anyone he chooses. Neither he nor the Father shuts anyone out

The Father handed all authority to judge over to the Son so that the Son will be honored equally with the Father. 

Anyone who dishonors the Son, dishonors the Father, for it was the Father’s decision to put the Son in the place of honor.

John 5:1‭-‬7‭, ‬9‭-‬18‭, ‬20‭-‬23 MSG

http://bible.com/97/jhn.5.1-23.MSG

Note:

Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!” (John 5:8 NLT) Regardless of what day it was and what was allowed according to religious rules.

So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.  For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing. In fact, the Father will show him how to do even greater works than healing this man. Then you will truly be astonished. (John 5:19‭-‬20 NLT)

 Be Amazed by Jesus.

The Big Fight (What Weapons We Have)

Ever heard, choose your battle? 

 There are plenty of battles worth fighting…

The world is unprincipled. It’s dog-eat-dog out there! The world doesn’t fight fair. 

But we don’t live or fight our battles that way—never have and never will. 

The tools of our trade aren’t for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that entire massively corrupt culture

We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ

Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.
2 Corinthians 10:3‭-‬6 MSG

http://bible.com/97/2co.10.3-6.MSG

Our fight, our battle, our war, is not against flesh & blood.

May the love of Christ radiate through us continually as we mature in Him.

Children, do what your parents tell you. This is only right. “Honor your father and mother” is the first commandment that has a promise attached to it, namely, “so you will live well and have a long life.” 

Fathers, don’t exasperate your children by coming down hard on them. Take them by the hand and lead them in the way of the Master. 

Servants, respectfully obey your earthly masters but always with an eye to obeying the real master, Christ. Don’t just do what you have to do to get by, but work heartily, as Christ’s servants doing what God wants you to do. And work with a smile on your face, always keeping in mind that no matter who happens to be giving the orders, you’re really serving God. Good work will get you good pay from the Master, regardless of whether you are slave or free. 

Masters, it’s the same with you. No abuse, please, and no threats. You and your servants are both under the same Master in heaven. He makes no distinction between you and them. 

And that about wraps it up. 

God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. 

This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. 

This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. 

Be prepared. 

You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. 

Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. 

Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words.  Learn how to apply them

You’ll need them throughout your life. 

God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. 

In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. 

Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. K

eep your eyes open. 

Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out. And don’t forget to pray for me. Pray that I’ll know what to say and have the courage to say it at the right time, telling the mystery to one and all, the Message that I, jailbird preacher that I am, am responsible for getting out.

-Ephesians 6:1‭-‬20 MSG

http://bible.com/97/eph.6.1-20.MSG

From Paul

From Paul, an apostle (special messenger, personally chosen representative) of Christ Jesus (the Messiah, the Anointed) by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, 

To the saints and faithful believers in Christ [who are] at Colossae: 

Also applicable to faithful believers alive to…

Grace to you and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being] from God our Father. 

We give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, as we pray always for you, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus [how you lean on Him with absolute confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness], and of the [unselfish] love which you have for all the saints (God’s people); 

because of the [confident] hope [of experiencing that] which is reserved and waiting for you in heaven. 

You previously heard of this hope in the message of truth, the gospel [regarding salvation] which has come to you.

 Indeed, just as in the whole world the gospel is constantly bearing fruit and spreading [by God’s power], just as it has been doing among you ever since the day you first heard of it and understood the grace of God in truth [becoming thoroughly and deeply acquainted with it]. 

You learned it from [our representative] Epaphras, our beloved fellow bond-servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf and he also has told us of your love [well-grounded and nurtured] in the [Holy] Spirit. 

For this reason, since the day we heard about it, we have not stopped praying for you, asking [specifically] that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom [with insight into His purposes], and in understanding [of spiritual things], so that you will walk in a manner worthy of the Lord [displaying admirable character, moral courage, and personal integrity], to [fully] please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing in the knowledge of God [with deeper faith, clearer insight and fervent love for His precepts]; [we pray that you may be] strengthened and invigorated with all power, according to His glorious might, to attain every kind of endurance and patience with joy; giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints (God’s people) in the Light. 

For He has rescued us and has drawn us to Himself from the dominion of darkness, and has transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption [because of His sacrifice, resulting in] the forgiveness of our sins [and the cancellation of sins’ penalty]. 

He is the exact living image [the essential manifestation] of the unseen God [the visible representation of the invisible], the firstborn [the preeminent one, the sovereign, and the originator] of all creation

For by Him all things were created in heaven and on earth, [things] visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities; all things were created and exist through Him [that is, by His activity] and for Him. 

And He Himself existed and is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. [His is the controlling, cohesive force of the universe.

He is also the head [the life-source and leader] of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will occupy the first place [He will stand supreme and be preeminent] in everything. 

For it pleased the Father for all the fullness [of deity–the sum total of His essence, all His perfection, powers, and attributes] to dwell [permanently] in Him (the Son), and through [the intervention of] the Son to reconcile all things to Himself, making peace [with believers] through the blood of His cross; through Him, [I say,] whether things on earth or things in heaven. 

And although you were at one time estranged and alienated and hostile-minded [toward Him], participating in evil things, yet Christ has now reconciled you [to God] in His physical body through death, in order to present you before the Father holy and blameless and beyond reproach– [and He will do this] if you continue in the faith, 

  • well-grounded and steadfast, and 
  • not shifting away from the [confident] hope [that is a result] of the gospel that you have heard, which was proclaimed in all creation under heaven, and of which [gospel] 

I, Paul, was made a minister. 

Now I rejoice in my sufferings on your behalf. 

And with my own body I supplement whatever is lacking [on our part] of Christ’s afflictions, on behalf of His body, which is the church. 

In this church I was made a minister according to the stewardship which God entrusted to me for your sake, so that I might make the word of God fully known [among you]– that is, the mystery which was hidden [from angels and mankind] for ages and generations, but has now been revealed to His saints (God’s people). 

God [in His eternal plan] chose to make known to them how great for the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in and among you, the hope and guarantee of [realizing the] glory. We proclaim Him, warning and instructing everyone in all wisdom [that is, with comprehensive insight into the word and purposes of God], so that we may present every person complete in Christ [mature, fully trained, and perfect in Him–the Anointed]. For this I labor [often to the point of exhaustion], striving with His power and energy, which so greatly works within me.

COLOSSIANS 1:1‭-‬29 AMP

http://bible.com/1588/col.1.1-29.AMP

Because God tells me in His word Who He is and how He works I can now that He is in control of everything. He has a plan & time set for everything.

I need to accept the fact that I may not be happy or want to wccept things I think are bad or obsticals when really God can handel those things. He is big enough. The “bad” things are not bad, although maybe mot pleasant to mevfor a time, sre all part of a bigger picture & plan and He is in charge & will work it out.

A New Day Is Coming

History shows that the world has tried to stomp out The Creator. I find in this day & age one of the biggest discouragements for people I meet & talk with is religious groups & people who cloud their judgment toward Who God really is and what He is really like.

Look back with me at what is written in Isaiah: At that time, this song will be sung in the country of Judah: We have a strong city, Salvation City, built and fortified with salvation. Throw wide the gates so good and true people can enter. People with their minds set on you, you keep completely whole, Steady on their feet, because they keep at it and don’t quit. 

Depend on God and keep at it because in the Lord God you have a sure thing.

 Those who lived high and mighty he knocked off their high horse. 

He used the city built on the hill as fill for the marshes. 

All the exploited and outcast peoples build their lives on the reclaimed land. Isaiah 26:1‭-‬6 MSG

http://bible.com/97/isa.26.1-6.MSG

Stick to your faith. Keep on growing because a new day is coming.

Chasing Jesus

Part of the @YouVersion Plan Christian Music Challenge – The Overflow Devo. Check it out here: http://bible.com/r/zZ

Paul stood up, paused and took a deep breath, then said, “Fellow Israelites and friends of God, listen. God took a special interest in our ancestors, pulled our people who were beaten down in Egyptian exile to their feet, and led them out of there in grand style. He took good care of them for nearly forty years in that godforsaken wilderness and then, having wiped out seven enemies who stood in the way, gave them the land of Canaan for their very own—a span in all of about 450 years. “Up to the time of Samuel the prophet, God provided judges to lead them. But then they asked for a king, and God gave them Saul, son of Kish, out of the tribe of Benjamin. After Saul had ruled forty years, God removed him from office and put King David in his place, with this commendation: ‘I’ve searched the land and found this David, son of Jesse. He’s a man whose heart beats to my heart, a man who will do what I tell him.’
Acts 13:20‭-‬22 MSG

http://bible.com/97/act.13.20-22.MSG

Regardless of our circumstances, our job, our family, who your boss is, who the president is, who the king or queen is, … I find I need to not only seek the savior but to chase after Him. 

It is easy to feed the flesh & mind but feeding our spirit is a bit harder. Through God’s word I find nourishment for my soul.

If we seek Him & His Kingdom we will find Him.

As I read Matt. 6 if find God reminding me, ““If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? 

What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting , so you can respond to God’s giving . 

People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works.

 Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. 

Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. 

“Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. Matthew 6:30‭-‬34 MSG

http://bible.com/97/mat.6.30-34.MSG

He will lead & provide.

He truly satisfies.

Wise men still seek Him.

Follower of Jesus (1st To Be Then To Do)

I gathered this from “The Biblical Meaning Of Success” (http://bible.com/r/Qj)

Stewardship and Calling
How exactly do we go about becoming good stewards? 

Unlike the servants in the parable of the talents (Matt. 25:14-30) , our ‘resources’ are not as obvious as those given by the master in the story. 

One key to good stewardship lies in understanding the word “calling.” 

We usually do not use the terms “calling” and “stewardship” together, but we should. 

Not understanding the biblical relationship between these two important concepts has spiritually handicapped many evangelical Christians in the church today.

In his book The Call, Os Guinness identifies calling as:

The truth that God calls us to himself so decisively that everything we are, everything we do and everything we have is invested with a special devotion and dynamism lived out as a response to his summons and service.

Guinness then suggests that while our primary calling is to be followers of Christ, that call works itself out in four distinct, practical areas:

The family
The church
Our community
Our vocations

Our primary calling leads to these secondary callings, as we follow and serve Christ in each of these areas.

We discern the difference between our primary calling “to be” and our secondary callings “to do” when we fully integrate God’s call to follow him into all areas of life.

For followers of Christ, living into these secondary callings should lead us to find our unique life purpose, in order to use our particular gifts and abilities to their utmost for God’s glory. 

Being a good steward means carrying out our callings in all of these secondary areas.

This is the essence of “whole-life stewardship:” to live out all of our lives according to God’s design and desire, fulfilling his original intent for his creation.

By being good stewards and in working with others, we, through the power of Christ working within us, transform the world by bringing about greater levels of flourishing for all of God’s creation.

We will only fully appreciate the value and potential of our work in all the areas of our calling when we see it in this light.

In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul reminds them that the basis for reward is faithfulness: “it is required of stewards that they be found faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2).

May each one of us be found as faithful stewards in carrying out our callings within our families, our churches, and our communities.

Additional Elements:
Do you feel free to pursue your individual calling? Be encouraged by this video from the Institute for Faith, Work & Economics. 

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: 

Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. 

Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. 

Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.

 Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. 

Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. 

Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” Romans 12:1‭-‬2 MSG

http://bible.com/97/rom.12.1-2.MSG

Celebrating His Birth Year Around, Beetle (a follower of Jesus)

I Hear The Bells

And in despair I bowed my head

There is no peace on earth I said
For hate is strong and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good will to men

But the bells are ringing (peace on earth)
Like a choir singing (peace on earth)
Does anybody hear them? (peace on earth)
Peace on earth, good will to men

Then rang the bells more loud and deep
God is not dead, nor does he sleep (peace on earth, peace on earth)
The wrong shall fail, the right prevail 
With peace on earth goodwill to men.”

 May the bell you ring ring loud and clear, peace on earth goodwill toward me.


God bless you and you, bless God.

Do You Hear What I Hear? (Elevator Musik and more)

So many songs out there, flying thru the air waves to the point where we find ourselves with some tune or lyrics caught in our heads…

Singing: “I’m stuck on ‘bandaide brand’ cause ‘bandaides’ stuck on me.”

We subconsciously hear things, picking up what has been put into a clever jingle.

I stopped to think abour what is going into our ears & sticking in our minds?

This took me back to some old songs that talk about this and offer a solution…here are a few…

Rez Band (Resurrection Band) with Elevator Musik:

“Just What I Need” by Prodical:

I remember Barry Manilow talking about how he got his break into music by writing commercial jingles. I wish I had a video clip of him doing those live. You’d be amazed by all that he wrote. Those short 8 to 16 measures (30 seconds or so) ditties that call out the name of some product that claims to make the world a better place. I’ve found my self smiling as I break out into a song, ‘I like to buy the world a ‘Coke’ and keep it company!’  When ever I hear the original tune to that I regress back to the clever Coke commercial…

Here is what I’m mean for those who don’t remember or missed out on growing up in the same generation: 

Original:

https://youtu.be/6a8F28WVXlk

Commercial: 

https://youtu.be/ib-Qiyklq-Q

We have great musicians and music in this world and music is probably one of the most powerful tools for learning, selling & celebrating things.

Music. It’s up to us what to do with it.

Barry Manilow song “I Write The Songs”:

https://youtu.be/KMLj5WBzl3k

Music. Given as a gift. What do we do with it? What do we say in our songs?

I’ve been going back to Music that helped me through my teen years, to consider what I really need, what I want to focus on and what I want to join in saying.

“What you need” by Joe English (The English Band): 

https://youtu.be/DrYxNz9OAOA


“Don’t Stop The Music” by DeGarmo & Key (The D&K Band): 

https://youtu.be/3YjOgcLyJjM

What ever season you are in may music add to your life not take away.

What this world needs Is music that feeds, Not elevator musik” -Rez Band

Extra: 


https://youtu.be/mA9DYdP2U6w



We are not slaves to others advice. Daily seek the truth & fill your mind & heart with the good things God has for us. Read the book, don’t wait for the movie.

Tonight i’m publishing a post along the same lines’ “I Heard The Bells”.