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O’de to Mama

Let your Love go on and on through out the generations in the promises of your word. amen

Happy Mother’s Day

Mama’s Bible
by Zoey

I found my mama’s bible

in the things of hers
I went through today.

The bookmarked pages hold
the place where
God had touched her
heart as she
read His word that day.

And in my heart I can hear
Mama telling me:
“Keep God’s words close,
pray for His guidance,
don’t lose faith,
He will always
keep you in His care.”

There is no stronger force
than a mama’s prayers to
the throne of God.

And I believe,
No foe can conquer
No trial defeat
No evil befall against
His children- big or small.

“For Thy will be done,

on earth
as in Heaven”,

my heart does

hear my mama pray,
as she marked
another page in her bible
where God touched
her heart that day.

(5/13/07)

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In The Light of His Presence

Grow Strong in the Light of My Presence.  Your weakness does not repel Me.

On the contrary, it attracts My Power, which is always available to flow into a yielded heart.

Do not condemn yourself for your constant need of help.

Instead, come to Me with your gaping neediness; let the Light of My Love fill you.

A yielded heart does not whine or rebel when the going gets rough.

It musters the courage to thank Me even during hard times.

Yielding yourself to My will is ultimately an act of trust.

In quietness and trust is your strength.

Psalm 116:5-7  Ephesians 5:20  Isaiah 30:15

Jesus Calling by Sara Young

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.” 

John 15:9

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Happiness comes from the inside out by Walter Moore

Happiness comes from the inside out.

Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be you sorry; for the joy of the Lord is you strength. [Nehemiah 8:10]

The first word of the Sermon on the Mount, “blessed,” is sometimes translated “happy.” It refers not to fortunate circumstances nor momentary exhilaration, but to the inner state of those who are right…at the center of their being. Jesus had a profound joy which gave Him strength to endure the cross. He prayed that we might share it, for joyous Christians are strong Christians. Nehemiah had told his people many years before:  “The joy of the Lord is you strength.”

 

“Blessed God, we have sometimes allowed self-centeredness, worry, and boredom to destroy our joy. Give us a quality of spirit in which such things cannot exist. Amen

 

*Excerpt from Courage and Confidence by Walter L. Moore

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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

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Doing Needed Service

How to be a good neighbor

But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him. Luke 10:33

The Good Samaritan was practical in his neighborliness. He used the homely remedies at hand for first aid and the donkey for transportation. He carried the injured man to an inn where there were facilities for his care. He nursed him for one night and then left him to the care of the innkeeper. He did not leave a fortune, but estimated what was needed. In the promise to pay the balance was the hint of an audit.  True neighborliness seeds practical means of doing needed service.

 

Dear God and Father of us all, we thank Thee for those who have been neighbors to us along life’s way. Enable us to keep their spirit alive in the world, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

Devotional:  Excerpt from Courage and Confidence by Walter L. Moore

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The Language of Promise by Graham Cooke ~Conclusion

Graham Cooke

~CONCLUSION~

The sad truth about many longtime Christians is that they
have never understood the magnitude of God’s love. Some have
served Him for decades and not known His passion for them.
But I believe that He is going to make up for that lost time. We
need to receive this love with child-like simplicity, not overanalyzing
it or trying to strive for it.
God is going to come to us in this next season of time and
His love will almost be beyond our capacity to bear. It will be
the stuff of dreams, an unimaginable, monumental, incredible,
astonishing, marvelous, outrageous love. This language will
change the way you think about everything. God’s dream for
us is that we would be immersed in the majesty of everything
He feels for us.
His love will overwhelm us, leading us past logic, reason,
intellect, and into a place where our hearts will be touched as
they have never been touched before. This is a season of wonder
for us, and we will have to learn to live like a much-loved child.
Our journey now is to cultivate an expectancy for—and
interpret everything in—the love of God. God wants to root
and ground us in His love so deeply that we live there for the
rest of our days. This love will cause us to grow to be the men
and women God most wants us to be.
It’s exciting to think of how radically this love will change
our lives. We will experience the breadth, length, height, and
depth of God’s love for us. His language will wash over us, again
and again.
Love God and love our neighbor: it is our destiny and our
honour.

 

My Comment: Graham’s conclusion is profound.  It is encapsulated for me beautifully in his closing statements.  I agree that we need a “new season” were it is God who comes to us with wonder to fill our hearts… in the same manner as He gave Jesus to the world on that glorious night back in Bethlehem so many centuries ago.  His promises will bring the expectancy to fruition , as it was in the old testament- where the promise of a Messiah was given and when Jesus was born ~ so it fulfilled the scriptures.  

We need to receive this love with child-like simplicity, not overana­lyzing it or trying to strive for it.

I will hold fast the grace of God’s word and nothing else will be cultivated in my life testimony.  I will celebrate each day because I am assured through these promises that Christ Jesus is the keeper of my soul and by Him all things remain sure and true.  This is our season of wonder-filled hope, peace and love.  In His JOY be BLESSED.

Revelation 22:

vs 20 He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.”

Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.