THANKFUL FOR GOD’S GRACE……… PERIOD.

In pondering what should be written for you today, I have come to the conclusion that my mind is cluttered with the needs of the gift shop that I manage here in this retirement village, and all the music that needs to be practiced and memorized.   Whoa….has my precious time with God been pushed aside because of “busyness”? Forgive me Lord.  I am so thankful, not just at this season of thankfulness, but every moment of every day for Your unfailing Grace!

What better gift of life words could I give you than the words from the Book of Life? So glean strength from these words of encouragement.

Romans 5   We have been made right with God because of our faith. So we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Through our faith, Christ has brought us into that blessing of God’s grace that we know enjoy.  And we are happy because of the hope we have of sharing God’s glory.  And we also have joy with our troubles because we know that these troubles produce patience.  And patience produces character, and character produces hope.  And this hope will never disappoint us, because God has poured out his love to fill our hearts  God gave us His love through the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to us.

Christ died for us while we were yet sinners and weak.  We were living against God, but at the right time, Christ died for us.  Very few people will die to save the life of someone else.  But Christ died for us while we were still sinners.  In this way God shows His great love for us.

Sin came into this world because of what one man (Adam) did.  And with sin came death.  And this is why all men must die …. because one man sinned against God.  But there is a great difference between Adam’s sin and God’s gracious gift.  For the sin of this one man brought death to many.  But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and His gift of forgiveness to many through this other man, Jesus Christ.  And the result of God’s gracious gift is very different from the result of that one man’s sin.  For Adam’s sin led to condemnation, but God’s free gift leads to our being made right with God, even though we are guilty of many sins.  But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and His gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ.

Yes, Adam’s one sin brings condemnation for everyone, but Christ’s one act of righteousness brings a right relationship with God and new life for everyone.  Because one person disobeyed God, many became sinners.  But because one other person obeyed God, many will be made righteous.

God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were.  But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant.  So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

PERIOD

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THE King of kings is Greater than any president

In just a few hours we will find out who will be the next President of the United States of America. This campaigning has been insanity and the country is divided in a way that I have never personally witnessed. People are fighting, calling one another names, and cutting off relationships due to this polarization in opinion and thought in a fight to join one band wagon or the other.

This is what I know:

– The God I serve is bigger than any person or election process.

– Life will continue no matter who sits in the White House for the next four years, and it is my duty to live a life that Christ would approve of by loving all people as much as myself, practicing gratitude and giving of my time and resources to make the world a better place.

– Many people are now at least using their right to vote in what appears to be record numbers. This means more people are paying attention to the issues, which is great news. When life rolls along “well enough” we become complacent and lazy. I see a new spark.

If you read through the Old Testament you will see a roller coaster ride of good and bad kings. God would give the people a good king and there would be wealth and prosperity in the land. Then, the people would rebel in some way and beg for a different king. Then, God would allow the people to have what they wanted so that the new generation would learn and come back to Him. It is a definite pattern.

Perhaps this is happening now. We can see in the candidates a culmination of the collective views and values that citizens in the U.S. share. We will reap what we sow, always. This election has put a lot of topics in the spotlight that need to be there. Regardless of the outcome, we will push forward. The sun will come up every day and will shine on the righteous and the wicked and eventually we will finally come to that most glorious day when we see Christ return.

We shall not fear or waver because our God is King of kings and Lord of lords.

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“For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome….” Deuteronomy 10:17

“But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith…. In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus….I charge you to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which God will bring about in his own time – God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.” 1 Timothy 6:11-16

“On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” Revelation 19:16

Note: Do yourself a favor and go back and re-read the last post by my Aunt Tami as well: “Which ‘One Another’ Are You?”

Learning to WALK

Today I read the book of Hosea, which is possibly my least favorite book of the Bible because it is about judgment.

Since I have read the Bible through every year for the past 30 years, I have read this book many times. Yet, today a “jewel” jumped out at me. No matter how many times we read God’s Word, it is always new food for us.

This jewel is in the last chapter, verse 3, where the prophet is talking about warfare, and says, “we will not ride horses.” The thought is that they would WALK.

So many of us want to rush through life’s experiences, when God says, “WALK.”

“The STEPS of a righteous man are ordered by the Lord.” (Ps. 37:23)

And again Hosea 14:9, “For the ways of the Lord are right; The righteous WALK in them.”

The reason?

We learn SO MUCH MORE when we walk….even when it is hard and we would like to rush through.

Learn to WALK in the path He leads you.

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Written by Gladys for Kristin’s AndyBooks.com April 20, 2006

Paths of Righteousness

Psalm 23:3 “He guides me in paths of righteousness (right decision making) for His Name’s sake.”

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We are all on a journey of life. The choices we make along the way affect us and those around us. There are consequences for stepping off the path of right decision making. If you’re like me, you often make a choice that is wrong and you try to “fix it,” or you try to talk God into making it work. Yeah – I’ve done that a few times in my life, and the consequences hurt.

The bad thing is, the enemy of our soul is the accuser and will bring up those wrong choices to try and make us ineffective in what God has called us to do for Him.

The good thing is, Jesus waits for us with open arms and unconditional love when we get off that path of right decision making.

I have just returned from a weekend with my sister Tami, my niece Nikki, and my daughter Kristin. We were in Atlanta, Georgia to spend time with Nikki as she leaves today on a missions trip to 11 countries in 11 months.  I saw a young lady who has grown so deeply in Jesus, and watched her rejoice in the choice she made in leaving the comforts of home, family and friends. If you’ve read any of her blogs lately you know the decision to go on this missions trip was difficult for her. But now she is fully committed and knows she made the right choice for this time on her life’s journey. I believe she is on a path of right decision making for His Name’s sake. In other words, she is making known the love of Jesus to different people groups in Central America, Asia and Africa. That path of righteousness is for His Name sake.

As Kristin just wrote on her blog entry a couple days ago, we are all different, and have traveled on paths that are as different as our personalities and giftings. And that is what the “Body of Christ” is all about. (Romans 12:4-8)

You have giftings that are unique to you. You are traveling on a path, a journey of life. Whether you make right decisions today or tomorrow is up to you. God gives each one of us the freedom of choice. He also says, if you need wisdom to make right choices you can ask Him for it. (James 1:5) And if you have made a wrong choice in your past you can ask for forgiveness because Jesus paid for it already on the cross. God is in the restoration business, so don’t despair if you’ve made some wrong choices. Just walk with Jesus now on the path of righteousness for His Name’s sake!

A great way to start a new year….right?