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Obeying God’s word is easy on a good day. But what about today? In times like these, it requires commitment and dedication. I will keep thy statutes is a strong statement here. The Psalmist is determined – he doesn’t say, “I will try to keep thy statutes.” I will keep thy statutes.

In keeping with our theme, we can say, “I will keep thy Jesus: O forsake me not utterly.” Keeping Jesus comes with doing His will and obeying His word. The New Testament saint has much to be grateful for and much to rejoice about. Once we are Christ’s, no one change change our status in Him.

John 10:28-29 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any [man] pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave [them] me, is greater than all; and no [man] is able to pluck [them] out of my Father’s hand.

So we can never be utterly forsaken, my friend. Our Friend, Saviour, Master and Captain of our lives will never forsake us! Praise Him! It’s in times like these that we have to be a testimony to those around us. They must see the peace in our lives and the lack of worry and concern for those things which surround us.

Use this time to dig in your feet and press on! The Master and Commander of our souls is at the helm and He won’t let us drown. As He helped Peter, He will help us. Keep your eyes looking up

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As we continue in our quest to see Jesus in each of the verses of Psalm 119, I stand amazed at how I have found Him in so many other parts of Scriptures.

Look with me, “I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous Jesus.” There is none more righteous than Jesus, our God and Saviour.

Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

The more we learn about Jesus Christ, the more we see His righteousness and how this same righteousness is what saved us from eternal separation from God. Our hearts become filled with joy because of what He did for us. We are no longer the servants of the Old Testament but are now His friends!

John 15:15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.

Jesus has outlined in His words from the Father in the Bible and it contains everything we need to know to be saved and to live godly lives. How can we not praise Him? In these uncertain times, we have the answers from God. We can find that peace which surpasses all understanding within the pages of God’s word!

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Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy Jesus! There is nothing in God’s word, the Scriptures, that we need to be ashamed of, amen? We are blessed to have history and prophecy and instruction all in one book, God’s word. The Holy Spirit inspired Bible breathes life into our weary hearts in the midst of chaos and uncertainty!

My friend, don’t let this COVID-19 frenzy make you nervous and upset. The Scriptures are clear about what will happen after the Rapture. What we see today is just the beginning. After the rapture, things will be much worse. Therefore, encourage yourself and others with words of encouragement and peace!

Matthew 24: 7-8 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Show respect to the Lord Jesus Christ and share His words with those in need. Many people are in turmoil right now. Don’t be ashamed – be bold!

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O that my ways were directed to keep thy Jesus! This prayer, asking the Father to help us with keeping Jesus’ words alive in our hearts is the root of this verse. The Word of God (John 1:1), Jesus, can keep us on the right path, my friend. In today’s chaos and confusion, we can turn to God’s words written for us … especially in times like these! We need to show the world the peace which surpasses all understanding! The world will wonder (and desire) to have what we have. Who wouldn’t want to have peace in the midst of chaos?

What a prayer! Don’t you think that our Father in Heaven would love to hear every one of His children pray this prayer and actually mean it? What parent wouldn’t love to hear their child say, “Mom, I want every part of my day and every step that I take to be in line with what you have taught me!” Yes, indeed! This would melt a parent’s heart. How much more our Heavenly Father!

Jesus Christ has the words of life, my friend! Our relationship with the Father is as a parent with his child. Jesus’ work on the cross has given us this wonderful opportunity. Romans 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. Jesus called His Father, Abba. We, having received the Spirit of adoption, can also cry out to His Father because He is our Father! When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray, He instructed them with: “Our Father which art in heaven,” (Matthew 6:9). Why did Jesus choose to use “Our Father”? Think about it! I can run to the Father just as I did when I was a little girl and ran to my earthly father. What a comfort this is!

Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

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As we continue our search of the Lord Jesus Christ in Psalm 119, today’s verse is an excellent teaching! Let’s look at it a minute: “Thou hast commanded us to keep thy Jesus diligently.”

Think about this for a moment, the word is Jesus and, therefore, keeping His precepts is keeping the Lord at the center of our hearts and minds.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Christian, the Lord should be our primary focus in life. In the midst of the COVID-19 scare, people are fretting and the media has them in a frenzy. However, we don’t need to be frightened if our hearts and minds are focused solely on the Lord.

Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

Trust in the Lord, my friend. Train yourself to do so – the devil wants nothing more than to keep you in fear. But we do not have to be fearful.

2 Tim. 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

Amen? Trust in Christ, our Saviour, and He will give you peace!

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Let’s continue on with finding Christ in Psalm 119 – I especially love today’s verse! Let’s look at it replacing “ways” with “Jesus.” They also do no iniquity; they walk in Jesus. Wow! If we walk “in Jesus,” in His ways, with His words in the Bible, and listening to His Holy Spirit speaking to us, we will do no iniquity! How powerful is this? This would solve everything in a believer’s life, wouldn’t you think? It reminded me of this other verse in Psalm 119:

Psalm 119:6 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.

The solution to all of our weaknesses and sin is God’s Word given to us by Jesus’ Holy Spirit! Praise the Lord!!!

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As I explained in my first post on this new devotional, Jesus is the fulfillment of the Law … He is the word of God. His word, His testimonies, His ways are perfect.

As we read verse 2, we can substitute the word “his testimonies” with “Jesus” and the result is: Blessed are they that keep Jesus, and that seek him with the whole heart.

God’s precious Son died for our sins so that we could have an intimate relationship with God, just as Adam and Eve had in the Garden. That relationship was restored through Jesus’ shed blood on the cross. Jesus keeps our relationship because of His work on the cross, not because of anything we do. All God wants is obedience to His word – His Son. As we seek Jesus with our whole heart, we find salvation! How blessed we are to be able to have this! Praise God!

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It was once taught to me by one of my Sunday School teachers that you can find the Lord Jesus in every verse of Psalm 119. Christ is known as the Word of God. (John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.) He fulfills the law and every jot and tittle of the Scriptures. (Matt. 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.)

I thought it would be a blessing to search each verse and how Christ is seen in this beautiful Psalm. My teacher said that in every place we see the words “law, testimonies, ways, precepts, etc.), we can replace that word with Jesus and we’ll find a blessing! Oh how he was right! ūüôā Read on:

Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in Jesus of the LORD.

Yes, indeed, we can only be fulfilled and joyful if we walk in the steps of Jesus and learn from Him. The Father gave us His Law as a pattern in which to live our lives. Jesus fulfilled this Law in everything He said and did. Oh what a joy to be able to walk in His ways and receive peace which is beyond understanding! Phil. 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Have a blessed day in the Lord and be led by His Spirit in word and deed.

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This was a difficult verse for me to apply to my life when my husband was near death. Fortunately for me, I have been saved for many years and have learned to trust the Lord in all matters (Prov. 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.) The following proverb also words it beautifully:

Prov. 29:25 The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

When I begin to fear, it opens the door for the devil to have his way in my thoughts and in my heart. However, when I rely on the Lord and trust Him to work everything out for my benefit, I feel safe. When my husband was dying, I couldn’t understand why the Lord would allow him to be sick for so long and yet take him away. However, His thoughts are not my thoughts (Is. 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.) and His love for me and my husband can only lead Him to do what is good for both of us. I hope you can understand that Christian.

When I finally understood this, I knew there was nothing that could cross my path that the Lord wasn’t aware of. He allowed it for a reason and this child was going to trust her Creator, Father and Friend. What comfort this brings and what a safety net He has provided! Praise Him!!!

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In recent readings, I discovered that 67% of Americans believe scientists and their push for evolution as opposed to creationism! Religion is classified with mysticism and “magic.” How very sad that in just 350 years, the very foundation of faith in our country has switched from the Bible’s truths to man’s.

Jesus said in Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

It does not matter what anyone says. Scientists were not present at the beginning of the “Big Bank Theory.” That is why it is called a theory! The Bible is full of history and has been proven over and over. Artifacts have been discovered and have substantiated the accounts in Scriptures.

The book of Revelation is concise and tells us what happens to those who do not believe. If you want a lesson in history, pick up the Book that has truth. Jesus’ words will not pass away – they are eternal. You don’t want to be standing in line with all the other atheists and be found lacking in knowledge.

Isaiah 40:8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.

I would rather believe in God and be found right than not to believe in Him and be found wrong!

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God’s words are truth and if there’s one thing we can trust in this world to be true, it is that the Bible holds truth. John 17:17 Sanctify them through¬†thy¬†truth:¬†thy¬†word¬†is¬†truth. Psalm 33:4 For the¬†word¬†of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in¬†truth. 2 Tim. 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the¬†word¬†of¬†truth.

Since God’s word is true, that means it is true that He knew me even before I was formed in my mother. God has a purpose for us even while we are yet being formed. How awful that man in his “wisdom” sees it is fit to murder, yes murder, an unborn baby. Life begins when the heart starts to beat and the taking of that life through abortion is not only murder but premeditated murder.

God has a plan for each child, even when it is in the womb. Who knows who that child would be? That child could be another Lincoln or Spurgeon! It is not a woman’s “right” to kill her unborn child. It is however a woman’s right to abstain from sex in order to not get pregnant. God’s word is final and He will have the last word.

1 Peter 3:22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

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Have you ever met someone you absolutely admired because of their sweet nature and loving attitude? That’s the way we all, as Christians, should be. We should be representatives of love pointing to our Heavenly Father, who is the epitome of love. Children are a reflection of their parents and Christians ought to be a reflection of their Heavenly Father.

If you watched the State of the Union address this week, you saw quite the opposite of this verse. Before you read on, let me say that I’m not a big fan of President Trump – there are some of his mannerisms that annoy me. But you know what? No one is perfect! I voted for him because of his platform, not because of his mannerisms. He is pro faith, anti abortion and the most patriotic President since President Reagan.

As Christians, we should be showing God’s love to others. I am appalled at Nancy Pelosi’s actions but I will pray for her that God would open her eyes. We as born again believers have a duty to pray for our government, despite their wicked actions. I must choose to pray for our government rather than complaining about them.

1 Tim. 2:1-2  I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

Nothing is new under the sun (Ecc. 1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.). The killing of innocent children occurred back then and it is occurring now.

Psa 106:38  And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood. 

How can someone support abortion and call themselves Christian? Murder is the taking of an innocent life. There is no one more innocent than a baby in a mother’s womb. Science says that when the heart stops beating, life is gone. Therefore, when a heart starts beating, life begins. It’s simple science – a baby’s heart begins to beat in the womb at 22 days (according to Mayo Clinic). That baby relies on his mother to live, not only in the womb but outside the womb until he can support himself. Just because abortion is legal in our country, it does not mean that the Christian is given carte blanche to do so. This is sin according to the sixth Commandment. The word “kill” here in Hebrew means murder. It does not refer to defending one’s country in battle. It means the taking of an innocent life.

There are leaders in our great Country that are determined to lead us down an evil path. It is up to us, Christian, to pray for them and ask the Lord to work a miracle in their hearts. Biblical standards need to return to our Country. Our President is trying desperately to achieve this but he cannot do it alone. He needs us to pray for him and the rest of Congress that God would have His will in their lives. God parted the Red Sea, I’m sure working in the hearts of Congress is little work to Him.

Rather than yell and belittle those who disagree with our views, let those of us who are Christians love and pray. Can you imagine the results if we spent more time praying and loving others than we do complaining?

James 5:16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

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How do you know you’re doing the right thing in God’s eyes? How can you possibly know when there’s no one around to give you advice? Almost every member of society has a cell phone these days. The Bible is available on so many different apps so you can always have the Bible available at any time.

Micah 6:8 tells us that God has shown us what to do in life. He’s given us everything we need in order to live a godly life and more. Everything we need is in the Bible. One can Google “Bible verses on thankfulness, joy, etc.” and get a full page of verses to look up. You no longer need the huge Strong’s Concordance! How wonderful technology is to provide us with this blessing right at our fingertips at any time we want!

There’s truly no excuse – no longer can one say I didn’t know. God tells us that we can know. The point of the matter is that we don’t want to know badly enough. We procrastinate until there’s a better time. But friend, that better time will never come!

Start now by making time … even if it’s just a few minutes a day … until it becomes a habit. Then increase your time spent in God’s word. The more you get the Bible in you, the more worldliness will come out of you.

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1 Thess. 5:8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.

Self control … it’s not really a practiced trait anymore. That’s what “sober” means in this verse. People today lose their self control in public. I feel like I hear my mother’s voice coming out of me when I say, “Back in the day …” But it’s true! I was raised to contain my anger and to practice patience and self control.

Prov. 16:32 He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty;
and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

Prov. 25:28 He that hath no rule over his own spirit
is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

Gal. 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

James 1:19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.

This generation is the product of parents who did not practice it nor could they possibly teach it to their children. If we can’t control ourselves, how can we possibly teach them? Where does your temper measure on the “lack of self control” meter?

If this is a weak area in your life, ask the Lord for His help. Only He can change the willing heart. It’s never too late to learn!

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Isaiah 40:28-29 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, [that] the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? [there is] no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to [them that have] no might he increaseth strength.

There are days when I feel as though I am not worthy to ask the Lord for anything. I’ve sinned, neglected my time with Him, or whatever the reason. The fact of the matter is that whenever I feel this way, it is my doing, not God’s. God never changes – He is ever faithful and does not tire of hearing from me.

Malachi 3:6 ‭‭For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint.

Sometimes we get weary of every day life, but God never gets weary. In fact, if we allow Him, He will lift us up and encourage the very core of our being. Although your circumstances may not change, your spirit will.

Don’t give up Christian! Find time in your life right now to ask His forgiveness for neglecting Him. Then turn your eyes upon the Lord and the ever faithful One who is always there … waiting to hear His child.

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Psa 96:7-10  Give unto the LORD, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the LORD glory and strength. 8  Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts. 9  O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth. 10  Say among the heathen that the LORD reigneth: the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved: he shall judge the people righteously. 

As far as I can tell and have read in the Scriptures, this is the only attribute of God where it is mentioned three times in one verse! Revelation 4:8  And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. 

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It’s important for the believer to remember that God is holy! When was the last time you meditated on this very thing? It’s hard to ponder on God’s holiness and turn around and sin. We can’t go on living in our sin and filth and expect God to walk with us. It’s as if we are saying that He allows sin in His presence. Do you recall when Adam and Eve had the wonderful opportunity to live in a place where everything was perfect? There was no pain, no failing crops and they didn’t live in fear of lion jumping out and attacking them. The best part of it all was that God was with them in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3:8) when they were perfect and without sin. They could commune with God in person! However, it was a totally different situation once they disobeyed Him. God could no longer allow them to live in the Garden of Eden and He banished them.

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We must remember that God’s holiness comes with a cost. It cost Him His Son! Our salvation through Christ’s death and shed blood has given us an opportunity to commune with God once again; just as it was intended in the Garden of Eden. Christ’s blood covers our sin and we appear sinless to God. However, that does not give us an open door to sin. Just as God is never changing, His holiness will never change. We have the wonderful privilege to confess our sins and He forgives those sins. 1 Jn 1:9¬† If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.¬†If we are truly born again, our heart is filled with extreme conviction and we cannot live with ourselves. We should be moved to our knees to confess that sin so that this precious fellowship is never hindered.

I truly believe that today’s believer has failed to recognize God’s holiness. It’s an attribute that is extremely important to take to heart and meditate on. God’s holiness should move us to righteous living. If we truly recognized God’s holiness, we would not be so quick to sin. I don’t want my walk with Him to ever come to a point where I am a disappointment to the One who died for me!

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Psa 25:7-9¬† Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions: according to thy mercy remember thou me for thy goodness’ sake, O LORD.¬†8¬† Good and upright is the LORD: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.¬†9¬† The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.¬†

It’s easy to believe that God is good whenever everything is going well, isn’t it? People see our happiness written all over our faces and we can easily say “God is good all the time”! But what happens to this goodness when we see rough roads lying ahead?

Since God’s goodness is one of His attributes, then His goodness will never change as He is also never changing. Malachi 3:6¬† For I am the LORD, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed.¬†God’s goodness is there in the midst of all our trials, my friend. I recently lived through eighteen months of the worse time of my life. My husband was sick, even near death. One might ask, where was God’s goodness there? But, friend, it was there that God’s goodness laid! It was there that this child cried and sought the Lord with all my heart.

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The Lord answered! He made sure that I heard His voice through His word. He made sure that I saw His beauty through the visits of a white squirrel, a beautiful red Cardinal, and a fresh snow fall. He made sure I felt His touch through the calls of two of my dearest friends who lent an ear and encouraged my heart. Psalm 34:22  The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate. 

God cannot abandon His child because He is always good. His goodness was there because I pleaded for it and I recognized it. People overlook God’s goodness and then complain that He never “show up” for them when they needed Him. Did they ask? I asked and He showed up! If you look, if you listen, you can and will see and hear Him.

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Deu 33:26-28 There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in his excellency on the sky. (27)  The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them. (28)  Israel then shall dwell in safety alone: the fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn and wine; also his heavens shall drop down dew.

Eternal is a simple word and such an easy definition. Today I think of exactly what that means for me … in my life … right now. There is comfort in my soul when I think of God being eternal. To me, it means that nothing will catch God by surprise. He literally has seen it all! There is nothing that has happened in all of history or the coming future that He has not already seen or heard. Therefore, the thoughts and desires of my heart are not something new to Him. Nothing is too complicated for God and nothing will catch Him off guard.

Are you in a place, Christian, where you are anxious about the future? Do you fear what lies around the corner? Are the day’s burdens more than you can bear? The eternal God sees your past and your future. There’s not a detail that He is not already in! Let Him have His way with you and He can bring you that peace that surpasses all understanding. The words to this beautiful hymn blessed me and I pray it blesses you as well. Let it go, friend. Let the Lord’s Spirit cover you with comfort and peace as you rely on Him to care for the day’s problems.

Mat 6:32-34  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. 

It is Well

When peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul!    

Refrain:

It is well with my soul!
It is well, it is well with my soul!

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin‚ÄĒoh, the bliss of this glorious thought‚ÄĒ
My sin, not in part, but the whole,
Is nailed to His Cross, and I bear it no more;
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live;
If dark hours about me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.

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How appropriate that Jesus would tell His disciples that He is the door of the sheep! The only sheep that can be saved are those who actually go through that door: the door that Jesus Christ provides. This verse has a “sister” verse: John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. There is no other way to Heaven, my friend. Acts 4:10-12 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. 12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Jesus made it very clear to us through the Scriptures. He did not complicate the way to salvation. He made it simple so that even a child could go through that door. Everyone knows what a door is and what its purpose is. If you need to visit a friend’s home, you must go through the door in order to enter. It’s the same concept You either go through Jesus, the only door to Heaven, in order to enter or you don’t.

Jesus wants all of us to be saved. He tells us in 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. We don’t not know the hour we will leave this earth. It’s imperative that we take care of where we will spend eternity right now! Repentance is key. There are so many “so called Christians” who claim to be saved but their lives have not changed whatsoever. They still continue to live in sin and are not even under conviction when they do so! That is not salvation. Salvation is a new life in Christ and the desire to follow His ways. 2 Cor. 5:17  Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Old things – what do you suppose that means? It means that your old life, that sinful life, is gone – it has passed away. You are now born again and all things have become new! If you cursed like a lumber jack, you no longer curse. If you stole, you no longer steal. If you were living with someone and weren’t married, you move out. If you were a chronic liar, you no longer lie, etc. This is a changed life! A life that only comes when you truly are born again and have repented of your sin. You can be sorry for your sin but that does not save. Repentance requires change – if you are truly repentant, you no longer do the sinful act you were doing. That’s change – that’s the new life in Christ!

When you have repented and accept Christ’s saving gift, you walk through a “door” – you are now destined for Heaven because you have accepted His gift of salvation. Upon death, you will walk through that door to Heaven and be greeted by the Lord! Praise God! All it takes is a prayer to God asking for forgiveness, committing to repenting from sin and accepting Jesus’ gift of salvation. Oh the weight that is removed from our shoulders when we are saved! Thank You, Lord!!!

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Why do you think that Jesus Christ is referred to as “the Word” or “The Word of God”? A cruel and heartless father would not teach his children the right way to live. A heartless father would not teach his children how to make a living, raise a family or lead his family in spiritual matters. The head of a house has many responsibilities but the greatest of these is to lead his children to salvation. From days of old, the way to salvation is recorded in the Old Testament. God’s words were recorded, my friend.. Man was not left to his own devices but meticulously shown. Before the scriptures were written into a book, man was responsible for passing this information on to his family. But writing God’s words into a book came early in our history.

Deu 31:24  And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished, and Jer 30:2  Thus speaketh the LORD God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book. 

The Father’s compassion was so great that He wanted to communicate with His creation. At first, He did it through Old Testament scriptures but the Jews didn’t “get it.” They added traditions and made those traditions more important than the scriptures themselves. Mar_7:8  For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.Col_2:8  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 1Pe_1:18  Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; Mankind was corrupting the written word so Jesus Christ took on human flesh to become God’s spoken Word on earth. His life, burial and resurrection were prophesied and He fulfilled them. He then left His spoken words to His apostles and disciples to pen so that all people could now have access to salvation. Unfortunately, mankind would try to do the same thing as the Jews did before and that was to place more importance on traditions than the actual words of God.

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Christ is the actual Word of God, my friend. His Spirit lives within the born-again believer and carries that word through the scriptures so we can spread the Good News that Christ’s words express. The Word of God is coming again and He will fulfill the prophesies that have yet to be fulfilled. It’s important for us to keep His word. Rev 22:7  Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book. Salvation cannot be added to or taken away from. Only the Word of God came to bring salvation and His words are truth. Judgment is coming to those who add or take away from God’s words today.

Rev 22:18-19  For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19  And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. 

Acts 4:12  Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

That is love, my friend! God gave Himself and His Word so that we might be saved. There is no other like Him!