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Jesus is Watching

A 17 year-old boy snuck in the window of his new girlfriend’’s house. She wasn’t aware that he was coming over.

He thought it would be a great way to surprise her, since it was 2:00 a.m. Shortly after entering the window; he was startled by a crackling voice.

The voice said, “Jesus is watching you.” He quickly looked around the room for the girl’s father. No one around. He thought his fear of being caught might be playing tricks on his mind, so he continued on towards the bedroom.

The voice then spoke up again, “Jesus is watching you.” The boy turned around quickly.

“Who’s there ?” he asked.

“Judas,” squawked a parrot on the other side of the room.

“Judas ? Who would name a parrot Judas ?” asked the boy.

“The same people who would name a Pit Bull Jesus,” said the parrot.

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It’s All Relative

One day a man decided to get as close to God as he could. He thought climbing a mountain would be the best route to get there.

Once he reached the top of the mountain, he called out to God. To his amazement, God answered him loud and clear. With such an amazing opportunity to speak with God, he wanted to ask a few philosophical questions.

“God, how long is a million years to you ?”

“It’s like a minute to you,” answered God.

“What does a million dollars mean to you ?”

“It’s like a penny,” answered God.

The man replied, “Can I have a penny ?”

The Lord answered, “In a minute.”

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Tomatoes

A small boy was looking at the red ripe tomatoes growing in the farmer’s garden. “I’ll give you my two pennies for that tomato,” said the boy pointing to a beautiful, large, ripe fruit hanging on the vine.

“No,” said the farmer, “I get a dime for a tomato like that one.”

The small boy pointed to a smaller green one, “Will you take two pennies for that one?”

“Yes,” replied the farmer, “I’ll give you that one for two cents.”

“OK,” said the lad, sealing the deal by putting the coins in the farmer’s hand, “I’ll pick it up in about a week.”

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The Word of God “Every person should have a special cemetery lot in which to bury the faults of friends and loved ones.”Ephesians 4:32 ~ And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

I ask myself, is there anyone I should have forgiven ?

 

 

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He Says….Bring It To Me !!!

Matthew 17:14-17 ~. “A man came up to Jesus, falling on his knees before Him and saying, ‘Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is a lunatic and is very ill; … I brought him to Your disciples, and they could not cure him. ‘ And Jesus answered and said … ‘Bring him here to Me”

In life there are problems that I call “God problems.” These are not problems with God, but problems only God can handle. God problems are those that cannot be fixed with your checkbook, education or influence. These problems are outside of the control of human beings and lie squarely within God’s sovereign jurisdiction……. They stop us in our tracks and cause us to soberly assess our situation in life. They bring us face to face with our insufficiency and our need for God’s sufficiency…… When we face a God problem we discover what is really important in life.

These problems are not designed to stop us from making progress in life, but to reveal our dependency on God…… They are opportunities for us to seek and grow closer to Him. God wants to reveal something to you. He wants you to spend some time with Him, growing in your knowledge and relationship with Him, and your problem may be the vehicle He is using to do it.

Throughout the gospels people sought Jesus to do what no one else could do. In John 6:1-15 we see that barbythe disciples faced a impossible task of feeding a multitude with a boy’s lunch. The boy only had two fish and five loaves of bread, but there were over 5000 people to feed. After taking inventory of the situation, Jesus told the disciples to, “Bring them here to me.” As the fish and loaves passed through the hands of Jesus, their insufficiency was transformed into sufficiency.

You may be presently dealing with something that is outside of your control. You’ve done everything within your power to change the situation and have almost given up hope because nothing has changed. Before you give up, make sure that you’ve truly brought your problem to God and not trusted people for your solution…… Too often, God is the last stop in our search for help. You don’t have to lose everything before you seek Him. God is not intimidated by what you are dealing with. Stop trying to fix it on your own…… If you could fix it, it would be fixed by now. This is a “God Problem”, or a “problem for God”. Don’t mistake your trusting people with trusting God. When God showed up, deliverance quickly followed.

The devil will do everything he can to keep you from spending time with God and discovering His sufficiency. He will put people in your way and keep you so busy and tired, that instead of things getting better, they get worse…… Set aside some time in the morning, evening, on your lunch break or when you are lying in bed and get into God’s presence undistracted. Take a deep breath and focus on God’s promises.

In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus promised, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, …. ‘For My yoke is easy and My burden is light’.”

God’s offer still stands! Whatever it is He says- “bring it to Me!”

 

 

 


Psalms 105

Psa 105:1  O give thanks to Jehovah; call on His name; make known His deeds among the people.
Psa 105:2  Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; talk of all His wonderful works.
Psa 105:3  Glory in His holy name; let the heart of those who seek Jehovah rejoice.
Psa 105:4  Seek Jehovah and His strength; seek His face evermore.
Psa 105:5  Remember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth,
Psa 105:6  seed of His servant Abraham, sons of Jacob His chosen.
Psa 105:7  He is Jehovah our God; His judgments are in all the earth.
Psa 105:8  He has remembered His covenant forever, the Word which He commanded to a thousand generations;
Psa 105:9  the covenant which He made with Abraham, and His oath to Isaac;
Psa 105:10  and He confirmed it to Jacob for a Law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant,
Psa 105:11  saying, To you I will give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance;
Psa 105:12  when they were a few men in number; yea, very few, and strangers in it.
Psa 105:13  When they went from one nation to another, from a kingdom to another people,
Psa 105:14  He allowed no man to do them wrong; yea, He reproved kings for their sakes,
Psa 105:15  saying, Touch not my anointed, and do My prophets no harm.
Psa 105:16  And He called for a famine on the land; He broke the whole staff of bread.
Psa 105:17  He sent a man before them, Joseph, being sold for a servant;
Psa 105:18  whose feet they hurt with chains; he was laid in iron,
Psa 105:19  until the time that his word came, the Word of Jehovah refined him.
Psa 105:20  The king sent and set him free; the ruler of the people, and let him go free.
Psa 105:21  He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all he owned,
Psa 105:22  to chain his leaders at his pleasure, and teach his elders wisdom.
Psa 105:23  Israel also came into Egypt, and Jacob resided in the land of Ham.
Psa 105:24  And He increased His people greatly and made them stronger than their enemies.
Psa 105:25  He turned their heart to hate His people, to deal craftily with His servants.
Psa 105:26  He sent Moses His servant, and Aaron whom He had chosen.
Psa 105:27  They showed His signs among them, and wonders in the land of Ham.
Psa 105:28  He sent darkness, and made it dark; and they did not rebel against His Word.
Psa 105:29  He turned their waters into blood, and killed their fish.
Psa 105:30  Their land swarmed with frogs in the rooms of their kings.
Psa 105:31  He spoke, and there came fly swarms and gnats in all their borders.
Psa 105:32  He gave them hail for rain and flaming fire in their land.
Psa 105:33  He struck their vines also and their fig trees, and broke the trees of their borders.
Psa 105:34  He spoke, and locusts came, and larvae without number;
Psa 105:35  and they ate up all the plants in their land, and ate the fruit of their ground.
Psa 105:36  He also struck all the first-born in their land, the chief of all their strength.
Psa 105:37  He also brought them out with silver and gold; and there was not one feeble person among their tribes.
Psa 105:38  Egypt was glad when they departed; for the fear of them had fallen on them.
Psa 105:39  He spread a cloud for a covering, and fire to give light in the night.
Psa 105:40  They asked, and He brought quail, and satisfied them with the food of heaven.
Psa 105:41  He opened the rock, and the waters gushed out; they ran in the dry places like a river.
Psa 105:42  For He remembered His holy promise and Abraham His servant.
Psa 105:43  And He brought forth His people with joy, and His chosen with gladness,
Psa 105:44  and gave them the lands of the nations; and they inherited the labor of the people,
Psa 105:45  so that they might take heed to His Precepts and keep His Laws. Praise Jehovah!

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It was Palm Sunday, and the family’s 6-year old son had
to stay home from church because of strep throat.
When the rest of the family returned home carrying palm branches, the little boy asked what they were for.
His mother explained, “People held them over Jesus’ head as he walked by.”
“Wouldn’t you know it,” the boy fumed.
“The one Sunday I don’t go to church, and Jesus shows up!
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A Stolen Goose

Confessor: I have stolen a fat goose from a poultry yard!
Priest: That is very wrong.
Confessor: Would you like to accept it, Father?
Priest: Certainly not- return it to the man whom you stole it from.
Confessor: But I have offered it to him and he won’t have it.
Priest: In that case you may keep it yourself.
Confessor: Thank you, Father.
The Priest arrived home to find one of his geese had been stolen…

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A Special Hymn

A preacher was completing a temperance sermon; with great expression he said,
“If I had all the beer in the world, I’d take it and throw it into the river.”
With even greater emphasis he said,
“And if I had all the wine in the world, I’d take it and throw it into the river.”
And then finally, he said,
“And if I had all the whiskey in the world, I’d take it and throw it into the river.”
He sat down…..The worship leader then stood very cautiously and announced with a smile,
“For our closing song, let us sing Hymn # 365: “Shall We Gather at the River.”

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Hebrews 13:1 ~Let brotherly love continue….
AND have a great ~ non-stressed~blessed weekend !

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Ecclesiastes 3:11 ~He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.

The ultimate purpose of spending time with God is to have a relationship with Him. In order to have fullness of joy and to be what God wants him to be, he needs to cultivate that relationship. This will make all the difference for making our time a meaningful, edifying, and truly purposeful time.

James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”

The reason we must have time with God is because God asks us to. He puts the responsibility on us to make the first move to reach to Him in drawing near. He wants us to want Him, and so He waits for us with open arms hoping that we will run to Him…… The promise for us is sure that if we draw near to Him we can be sure that He will be there for us……. He won’t run, He won’t abandon us, and He will listen……. In addition, He has the power to effect change, move mountains, and truly impact our lives immediately and directly.

Eternal life and the abundant life (John 10:10) are found in cultivating a personal relationship with a personal God through Jesus Christ……A productive quiet time is one in which we encounter God’s heart for us through His Word. We read it, study it, and meditate upon it such that the Spirit is able to give us enlightenment concerning its meaning and His desired application for our lives…….

The Scripture is not meant to be mere data and information, but it is language expressing God’s love and intents to us and for us…….. It is thus more than letters on a page, being God’s handwritten note to us about His love and purposes for us………… It is very much alive When we read God’s Word to see what God’s heart is and how He wants our hearts (James 1:25), then devotions are meaningful and purposeful.

We should listen to God through His Word, and then we should speak to Him through prayer. It is essential that we open our hearts fully before God, especially since He sees them for what they are anyway.

Psalm 16:11 says, “You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.”

We were made for God, so let us spend time alone with Him to hear from Him, to know Him, to enjoy Him, to learn from Him, and to listen to Him…….. He alone can give us strength and meet our deepest needs, so let us draw near to Him regularly, starting today.

It is such a privilege to be Your child God…..Thank You Jesus !!!……..

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Psa 103:1  A Psalm of David. Bless Jehovah, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Psa 103:2  Bless Jehovah, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits;
Psa 103:3  who forgives all your iniquities; who heals all your diseases;
Psa 103:4  who redeems your life from ruin; who crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercies;
Psa 103:5  who satisfies your mouth with good; your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Psa 103:6  Jehovah works righteousness and judgment for all who are pressed down.
Psa 103:7  He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the sons of Israel.
Psa 103:8  Jehovah is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and rich in mercy.
Psa 103:9  He will not always chasten, nor will He keep His anger forever.
Psa 103:10  He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
Psa 103:11  For as the heavens are high above the earth, so is His mercy toward those who fear Him.
Psa 103:12  As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.
Psa 103:13  As a father pities his children, Jehovah pities those who fear Him.
Psa 103:14  For He knows our form; He remembers that we are dust.
Psa 103:15  As for man, his days are as grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
Psa 103:16  For the wind passes over it, and it is gone; and its place shall know it no more.
Psa 103:17  But the mercy of Jehovah is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness is to sons of sons;
Psa 103:18  to those who keep His covenant, and to those who remember to do His Commandments.
Psa 103:19  Jehovah has prepared His throne in the heavens; and His kingdom rules over all.
Psa 103:20  Bless Jehovah, O angels of His, who excel in strength, who do His command, listening to the voice of His Word.
Psa 103:21  Bless Jehovah, all His hosts, ministers of His who do His pleasure.
Psa 103:22  Bless Jehovah, all His works in all places of His rule; bless Jehovah, O my soul.

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Psa 103:1
Bless the Lord, O my soul – The word “bless,” as applied to God, means to praise, implying always a strong affection for him as well as a sense of gratitude. As used with reference to people, the word implies a “wish” that they may be blessed or happy, accompanied often with a prayer that they may be so. Such is the purport of the “blessing” addressed to a congregation of worshippers. Compare Num_6:23-27. The word “soul” here is equivalent to mind or heart: my mental and moral powers, as capable of understanding and appreciating his favors. The soul of man was “made” to praise and bless God; to enjoy his friendship; to delight in his favor; to contemplate his perfections. It can never be employed in a more appropriate or a more elevated act than when engaged in his praise.
And all that is within me … – All my powers and faculties; all that can be employed in his praise: the heart, the will, the affections, the emotions. The idea is, that God is worthy of all the praise and adoration which the entire man can render. No one of his faculties or powers should be exempt from the duty and the privilege of praise.

Praise the Lord

Psa 117:1  O praise Jehovah, all nations; praise Him, all peoples.
Psa 117:2  For His merciful kindness is great toward us; and the truth of Jehovah endures forever. Praise Jehovah!

Psa 117:1
O praise the Lord, all ye nations – The idea is that God has a claim to universal worship, and that all the nations of the earth are under obligations to adore him as the true God. He is not the God of the Hebrew people only, but of all people; his praise should be celebrated not merely by one nation, but by all. This is one of the passages in the Old Testament, anticipating what is more fully disclosed in the New Testament, in which the sacred writer extends his vision beyond the narrow boundaries of Judea, and looks to the world, the whole world, as the theater on which the true religion was to be displayed, and for which it was designed. It is language such as would be indited by the Spirit of inspiration on the supposition that the time would come when the barrier between Jews and Gentiles would be broken down, and when all the nations of the earth would be in the possession of the true religion, and would unite in the worship of the same God. This doctrine, however, was not fully made known until the coming of the Redeemer. The announcement of this was made by the Redeemer himself (compare Mat_8:11; Mat_12:21; Mat_28:19); it was the occasion of no small part of the trouble which the Apostle Paul had with his countrymen (compare Act_13:46; Act_18:6; Act_21:21; Act_22:21; Act_26:20, Act_26:23); it was one of the doctrines which Paul especially endeavored to establish, as a great truth of Christianity, that all the barriers between the nations were to be broken down, and the Gospel proclaimed to all people alike, Rom_3:29; Rom_9:24, Rom_9:30; Rom_11:11; Rom_15:9-11, Rom_15:16, Rom_15:18; Gal_2:2; Eph_2:11-18; Eph_3:1-9. It is under the gospel that this language becomes especially appropriate.
Praise him, all ye people – People of all lands. The word here rendered “praise” – ????  sha?bach – means properly to soothe, to still, to restrain – as, for example, billows Psa_89:9; and then, to praise, as if to soothe with praises – mulcere laudibus, Pacuv. The idea of soothing or mitigating, however, is not necessarily in the word, but it may be understood in the general sense of praise. We may in fact often soothe or appease people – angry, jealous, suspicious people – by skillful flattery or praise – for there are few, even when under the influence of anger or hatred, who may not thus be approached, or who do not value praise and commendation more than they do the indulgence of passion; but we cannot hope thus to appease the anger of God. We approach him to utter our deep sense of his goodness, and our veneration for his character; we do not expect to turn him from anger to love – to make him forget his justice or our sins – by soothing flattery.

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Self-Control champion !

Did you know that in ancient Greece, every year before and after the Olympic games were held, the Isthmian games took place in the city of Corinth ?…… Those who won would receive a wreath made out of pine….. those who participated in these games trained rigidly as the athletes of today do for the Olympics…… It took strict discipline, sound eating habits, rigid training programs, a burning desire to win, and a persevering commitment to the task to prepare for an athletic event of this caliber…… Those who competed at this level run to win, and in order to win, they discipline their bodies where self-control is the key component for victory.

In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, Paul alludes these athletic competitions when he says:”Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize ? Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.”

Paul says that it makes no sense for a boxer to punch the air. His goal is to train so that he can land his punches, knock down his opponent, and win the match…… Winning will require self-control in all things, from the training and preparation to execution and performance on that day……

Spiritually it makes no sense to view life as haphazard or to approach it carelessly. God has called us all to run a race, and we are in it to win it, or at least we should be. Paul viewed his commission to share the gospel as even more intense and serious than the training of a world-class athlete. He knew that a race has only one winner, and he lived the Christian life as if he wanted to get the most rewards possible for the sake of Christ.
What helps makes an athlete successful is the same thing that contributed to Paul’s spiritual discipline- self-control. Just as an athlete has to discipline his mind, will, emotions, and body in order to perform at the highest level, a Christian must discipline his thoughts, behaviors, attitudes, and actions in order to bear abundant spiritual fruit. …

A Christian who runs to win will thus be committed to studying God’s Word, to meditating upon it, to praying, to serving, and to doing all that Christ has commanded us….Too many Christians, either out of ignorance or a lack of faith, continue to live as if they are slaves to self….. Their lives become mired with self-gratification, self-seeking, self-absorption, and self-righteousness…… They might be able to control some behaviors, but they are themselves controlled by others. …..The beauty of self-control is that it is the absolute opposite of selfishness. It is the ability to, no matter what the circumstances, stand firm in righteousness, remaining strong in faith.

Life will riddle us with encumbrances, and Satan will fire temptations at us more often than we like. Self-indulgence gives into a little sin here and there, and self-righteousness abstains from sin for the purpose of glorifying self…… Self-control, on the other hand, makes self a non-issue and serves Christ as Master over all areas of life….. When this fruit of the Spirit is manifested in the lives of believers, we will be able to resist temptation, persevere under fire, and finish the race strongly. This requires discipline by the power of the Spirit so that we don’t become disqualified in our Christian race due to sin…. Sin saps the power of God working in and through us.

Some of us may never be professional athletes, but we can be world-class Christians if we have self-control in all things.

Let us run to win, exercising the discipline characteristic of a champion.!

 

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Your heart is your epicenter of faith in God’s Word….. Many people mistakenly make confessions when their heart is not grounded on the Word of God…… They are actually only mentally assenting to the words they speak…… They don’t really believe the words they are saying; they are only hoping that what they say will come to pass….. Consequently, they get frustrated when they don’t see the manifestation of what they are speaking.

Romans 10:10 says, “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” You must believe in the integrity of the Word before you speak it. Otherwise, your confessions are in vain.

2 Corinthians 4:13 says, “We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak.”.

Jesus is our ultimate example of operating the principle of faith. He knew that whatever He spoke would come to pass. Why ? Because He had meditated on the Word to such a point that it regulated His life….. When He cursed the fig tree in Mark 11:12-24, the results came immediately. What He had spoken had no choice but to come to pass because they overflowed with the faith of God………The same results can be yours when you don’t doubt in your heart.

Jesus says in Matthew 21:21-22: “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’’ and it will be done. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.”

Walking by faith, or walking by the Word of God, must become a settled issue in your life before you can experience God’s abundance….. For you to experience divine health and healing, financial prosperity, deliverance and the numerous other benefits of God’s covenant, it will depend on whether you choose to accept the world’s opinions and reports over the integrity of God’s Word………….

I don’t know about you, but I’m not going to put my trust in a world system that is unreliable…. If you put the principles of the Word to work while pursuing a life of love and holiness, you can prove God for yourself…. Give His Word a chance and watch Him come through for you every single time.

For me it’s settled……….Amen !