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I am a Child of God…No Longer a Slave to Fear

A Call to Persevere

17 But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. 18 They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” 19 These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit.

20 But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.

22 Be merciful to those who doubt; 23 save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.[f]

Doxology

24 To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— 25 to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

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Tribute to a Valiant Crusader for Christ Jesus ~ Rev. Billy Graham 1918-2018

In loving remembrance of Reverend Billy Graham.

Your light will continue to SHINE brighter far

for the preaching of the Gospel in the world.

 

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God Gives ~

God Gives...2014

 

Every day God Gives of His wisdom and knowledge and brings understanding to our daily life.  Do we spend time to hear him as he tenderly speaks to our spirit, mind and hearts?  Our faith is strengthened by spending time with Him.  It doesn’t need to be complicated or ceremonious.  It doesn’t require you to be super smart or super spiritual.  But it does need one very special component.  It requires you, just as you are…because He loves us all the same.

My prayer is that this series will bring you closer to the Lord and knowing his clear wisdom in answering some of life’s difficult questions and demands.  He knows when the weight of what burdens you requires more than you can give emotionally, physically and spiritually – it is overwhelming.  This is where God meets you and takes you under His care, you can then give it all to Him.  Begin to release those things that weigh you down and experience all that God has to Give into your life.  It will always be exceeding and abundantly more than your expectations could imagine.  Let God Give to you all that he has planned for your day and it will begin to make your tomorrow better.  Talk to him in prayer or just in your heart.

I pray that if you don’t know Christ Jesus, you may personally come to accept Him in your heart as your savior and Lord.  He will forgive your sins and remember them no more.  You will be a new creation in Him.  Spend this time to get to know Him.  Get a bible and read his word.  Start in the New Testiment  and read about His gospel.   You will discover the verse in John 3:16, were of those things that God Gives to us is salvation through the gift of His only Son, JESUS.  His life teaches us how to cope in an unforgiving world.  His life given for us, brings us reconciliation and eternal life with the Heavenly Father.  This is the greatest of all God Gives: it is love; because in His unfailing Love is the power of eternal life.

God's Grace is Sufficient 8.23.15

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Simon the Wizard

My Devotion: Acts 8:4-25.  God Bless you ~ Zoey

Ancient Sorcerers

 

 

Simon the Wizard

8:4 Forced to leave home base, the followers of Jesus all became missionaries. Wherever they were scattered, they preached the Message about Jesus. Going down to a Samaritan city, Philip proclaimed the Message of the Messiah. When the people heard what he had to say and saw the miracles, the clear signs of God’s action, they hung on his every word. Many who could neither stand nor walk were healed that day. The evil spirits protested loudly as they were sent on their way. And what joy in the city!

9-11 Previous to Philip’s arrival, a certain Simon had practiced magic in the city, posing as a famous man and dazzling all the Samaritans with his wizardry. He had them all, from little children to old men, eating out of his hand. They all thought he had supernatural powers, and called him “the Great Wizard.” He had been around a long time and everyone was more or less in awe of him.

Prayer:

Father God you are immutable. You are faithful and true, mighty and sure.  Impostors – like Simon the Sorcerer, may come and go.  But you, our Father, will watch over your Living Word; it will do your good pleasure and it will not return void.  For in your wisdom, sent the Apostle Philip to remind the Samaritans not to listen to Simon the magician, as we read in this passage.

 

12-13 But when Philip came to town announcing the news of God’s kingdom and proclaiming the name of Jesus Christ, they forgot Simon and were baptized, becoming believers right and left! Even Simon himself believed and was baptized. From that moment he was like Philip’s shadow, so fascinated with all the God-signs and miracles that he wouldn’t leave Philip’s side.

Prayer:

I thank you for those presently, who are going out into all the world preaching the Message of the Messiah.  Yes, this same present evil seen in the world today is no different as was in this passage telling of Simon the Magician. This man had believed and been baptized hoping to gain the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit. Foolishly thinking he could be “like” Philip and then once again, manipulate the people in Samaria to believe that he was greater than the Apostles sent by your Son, Jesus the Risen Savior of the world.

 

14-17 When the apostles in Jerusalem received the report that Samaria had accepted God’s Message, they sent Peter and John down to pray for them to receive the Holy Spirit. Up to this point they had only been baptized in the name of the Master Jesus; the Holy Spirit hadn’t yet fallen on them. Then the apostles laid their hands on them and they did receive the Holy Spirit.

Prayer:

Father God, your timing is perfect.  The Holy Spirit had not fallen upon the people until the apostles Peter and John had arrived from Jerusalem.  You were faithful to Philip, so that he would have the support of Peter and John.  Samaria was and still is so very dear to your heart, Lord.

 

18-19 When Simon saw that the apostles by merely laying on hands conferred the Spirit, he pulled out his money, excited, and said, “Sell me your secret! Show me how you did that! How much do you want? Name your price!”

20-23 Peter said, “To hell with your money! And you along with it. Why, that’s unthinkable—trying to buy God’s gift! You’ll never be part of what God is doing by striking bargains and offering bribes. Change your ways—and now! Ask the Master to forgive you for trying to use God to make money. I can see this is an old habit with you; you reek with money-lust.”

 

Prayer:

Father God, the price that your Son paid on the Cross as our Messiah is not measured in silver or gold. It is not a commodity to be sold or bought. It is an eternal gift – freely given and it is forever only yours to give.  Here we read in your Word that Simon’s deceptive manipulation was for monetary gain and power. Praise you, God, for you are NOT for sale! Nor is Your Holy Spirit deceived.  Help us to have the same bold conviction as the Apostle Peter did to rebuke those who have ill intentions and holding hidden selfish agendas.  Give us the wisdom, the transparency and unity in the Holy Spirit to walk out our salvation before you, Lord.  Amen.

 

24 “Oh!” said Simon, “pray for me! Pray to the Master that nothing like that will ever happen to me!”

25 And with that, the apostles were on their way, continuing to witness and spread the Message of God’s salvation, preaching in every Samaritan town they passed through on their return to Jerusalem.

[The Message translation]

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Walking Worthy of God

Walking Worthy of God

Devotional by Zoey 2017

Jesus Prays for All Believers

John 17:20-26

20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 

21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.

My Comment: To imagine on a lone evening as Jesus knelt to pray this to his Father, it would reach across the lines of time to future generations yet to be lived.  Even more so, we were in his heart before we were even a twinkle in our mother’s eye, so to speak.  He prayed for all to be one, as he and the Father are one. Can we have the same prayer for those in our life? To be one; in unity as the body of Christ Jesus. Does our character reflect his character to the Father?  And in the same line of thought, does our character reflect Jesus’ love through us to others.  Being one is to be full of Jesus with the Father in one Spirit. 

May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one—

 23 I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity.

Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”

My comment: There is a two-fold gain in Jesus prayer for the believer. The first is to preach the message that God so loved the WORLD he sent his son Jesus. The second is that those who believe are promised to have life eternal in His kingdom in heaven.

24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

My Comment: The promise has been kept.  At his crucifixion, Jesus turned to the thief (alongside him) who confessed belief in Jesus as the son of God and said “today, you will be with me in paradise.”  We are brought to complete unity on earth as it is in heaven by the Father’s good will towards those who are found in his son, Jesus.  Each believer in Christ Jesus will see the glory of Jesus’ kingdom given him by his Father God. 

25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me.

 26 I have made you[e] known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

My Comment: No greater love has been exampled in human history than the life and death of Jesus Christ.  None in any religion or belief systems throughout civilization can make the same claim as Jesus.  He said to his disciples that they would be hated because of his name, Jesus. He said this to prepare them.  It is that same name that also brought each of his Apostles to their greatest achievements in preaching the gospel and then to the ultimate reward…to stand in the presence of Jesus in his heavenly kingdom… reunited in Paradise.  Complete unity Crowned in Glory.  What love he gave.  What hope we who believe to hold.

~My prayer:

We are given all we need to live today, if we seek your kingdom first, Lord.  We have what we ask for in your Name, Jesus, for your word is truth and life.  Temper us with humility and the understanding to see where you are providing in our daily walk.  Let us find the satisfaction in all things good and the fullness of joy abundantly.

Amen