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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—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought—
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!

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Just what is a mediator? I use Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary for definitions because it originated at the time the King James Bible was brought to mankind in the English language. Noah Webster defines mediator as:

MEDIA’TORnoun One that interposes between parties at variance for the purpose of reconciling them.

1. By way of eminence, Christ is the mediator the divine intercessor through whom sinners may be reconciled to an offended God. Tim.2.

Christ is a mediator by nature, as partaking of both natures divine and human; and mediator by office, as transacting matters between God and man.

Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

Having been raised Catholic, I was taught that Mary mediates between mankind and God on our behalf. She is the one we pray to for help. However, I never questioned it. I simply followed my parents’ pattern of worship and left it at that. When I was 25, I started searching and God, through the Bible, taught me. My heart was open to be taught and there’s no better source than the Bible. Once a person is born again, they receive the Holy Spirit and He lives within that person. He wrote the Scriptures and, therefore, is perfectly capable of interpreting them to us. 2 Peter 1:20-21 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

The Bible is our owner’s manual to God and salvation. Many prophecies were told in the Old Testament about the coming Messiah hundreds of years before Christ was ever born. There were over 30 people used to pen what the Holy Spirit wanted in the Bible over a span of over 4,000 years. The odds of all of the books agreeing and not contradicting in even one point are astronomical. That is because the Holy Spirit, who is God, knows all things and guided the writers into what the Bible was to contain. The Bible contains over 300 prophecies that Jesus fulfilled through His life, death and resurrection. The odds of anyone fulfilling 300 prophecies are staggering! I once read this calculation which put this into perspective for me:

1 person fulfilling 8 prophecies: 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000; 1 person fulfilling 48 prophecies: 1 chance in 10 to the 157th power; and 1 person fulfilling 300+ prophecies: Only Jesus could do this!

If every word was so meticulously chosen to guide God’s creation and point them to Him, why would He cause confusion by saying there are two mediators between God and man? There is only One – Jesus Christ. That is why you don’t find any Scriptures that talk about Mary being the mediator. Yes, she was blessed to be chosen to carry the Christ child and raise Him. However, her role ended there. Everything else that is taught about Mary, is purely man made and not based on Scripture.

Don’t leave your future in the hands of religion. Be studious about where you will spend eternity. Study the Bible and solely rely on the Author of our faith. Heb. 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set. He is our only mediator between God and man! He alone died on that cross – He alone shed His blood and took our sin upon Him so we could be covered by His righteousness alone – not ours.

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I have been told that what I “have” in my faith does not make me any better than the person I’ve been speaking to. This is true, actually. We all are sinners and we’re all in need of salvation. Is. 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

No one is better than the other – we all came into this world with nothing and we will all leave with nothing. However, what does make my faith different is that I have been born again and now have a new nature. The old me had no problem sinning nor was I under conviction when I did. After I was born again, I became a new person. 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. My old nature didn’t care if I sinned or not. However, my new nature desires not to sin and I fall under great conviction when I do so. My eyes have been opened to the “religion” I once practiced. Religion meant nothing to me except it was a label. After I was born again, my faith in Jesus Christ became very important. It is everything to me and all I want to do now is to learn more about Him and what His desires are for me.

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Friend, what are your desires? Do you care at all that there is a God? Do you care where you spend eternity. You can say that there is no heaven or hell but that does not mean that you’re right. Just because you don’t believe it doesn’t mean it isn’t so. The Bible is God’s words left for mankind. It is a road map, if you will, that shows us the way to go. It is a user’s manual that outlines every detail necessary for us to find the way to Heaven. God does not leave us without instructions on how to go to Heaven. He’s quite clear about it, in fact. Jesus is the way to heaven – the only way. 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. If Jesus is truly the way, how cruel it would be to leave that piece of information without showing us how to get to Him! Through the Bible, we can find our way. The scriptures are clear that we must be born again. John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

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When one is born again, it is like starting anew in life like when we were first born. We read and learn about the Bible and we are like babies needing milk to survive. 1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: Without the Bible, we cannot grow. One reads biographies in order to learn more about the author. The Bible is a biography of God and, therefore, should be read in order to learn more about our Creator and Saviour. In fact, Jesus is also known as “the Word” – how appropriate! He left us His words to reveal to us all about Him, “the Word”! John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Each word in scripture is there for a reason. This verse is there for a reason – it lets us know that Jesus, known as the Word, is God become flesh in order to lead the way to salvation!

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Friend, don’t delay. If you are not secure in the knowledge of where you will spend eternity, you must make that right. No one escapes death so it stands to reason that one would want to know what comes after. If you’re not born again, no religion will keep you from an eternity of pain and darkness in hell’s fires. The Bible shows us the way. If you need help, please feel free to leave me a comment and I will be happy to work with you. There’s no decision in life more important than where you will spend eternity.

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(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.

What a bold statement for Jesus to make since the Jews of His day believed in one God and Jesus was claiming to be God. Now He was claiming that believing in Him was the only way to Heaven. The Jews of the day were furious and this drove them to have Him crucified.

But now that we look back at the cross and know what happened because of the scriptures, man still struggles with this verse. It’s not rocket science and Jesus spoke it in very simple terms – in fact, not one word has more than two syllables! Even a six year old can read it and understand. He very plainly stated that He alone is the way to salvation – He alone is the truth (through His word, the Bible) and He alone provides eternal life.

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This is not popular today because diversity is the language of the world as we currently know it. It amazes me that with the world’s efforts in promoting tolerance, the world has become intolerant of anything moral and Christ-centered.

Isa 5:20  Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! 

Today’s world has grown to accept abortion and try to convince a mother to be that it is “good” for her to abort her baby. Her problems will all go away if kills this baby. The world has grown to accept that there are over 100 genders. God created two in the perfect Garden of Eden, not over 100. They call these things good when they are in fact evil. Our world is falling more and more into moral degradation and spiritual darkness and the light of truth and moral goodness is growing dimmer. :'(

My heart aches that this is happening in our wonderful nation. But my heart is also excited because that means that Jesus Christ is closer to His coming than ever before. No matter what you believe or who you believe in as your god, the Scriptures are final. Jesus is still the way, the truth and the life. No man cometh unto the Father but by Him. Your god will not get you to heaven. Your god will not keep you from an eternity of burning and darkness. Your pride and your sin will lead the way to this. It is your choice and no one’s fault but your own if you chose to ignore the warnings.

If you humble yourself and accept that Christ is the only way to salvation, there is hope. Won’t you open your Bible and read the Book of John (fourth book of the New Testament)? It will lead you to Him and will show you the way and open your eyes to light and truth.

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IMMANUEL: (Isaiah 7:14) Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

I find it appropriate to post this name of Jesus at this time of the year – with the celebration of His birth so close. God gave us a prophecy from early in the Old Testament that would show us that He Himself would come to earth to be our Saviour. The interesting thing about this name of God, Immanuel, is that it means “God with us.” Isn’t that exciting to you? It excites me!

I grew up Catholic and heard these words but never was I taught to apply them to my life, personally. A relationship with Christ was not encouraged but a relationship with the church was. Something is wrong when more importance is placed on our dedication to religion than with the God of glory. Friend, religion is only good when it is personal. The word “religion” is only found five times in the King James Bible, all five in the New Testament: four of the verses relate to the “laws and rules” of religion, not the “heart” of religion. However, the fifth verse was different. I find that interesting because the Jews’ religion was the topic from Moses through the Old Testament. Then Jesus came, “God with us” came, to teach us the true meaning of religion. That fifth verse: James 1:27  Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

The number five in Hebrew signifies God’s grace. How appropriate, then, that this fifth usage of the word religion would depict what grace truly means. Christ brought with Him salvation to all, not just the Jews. God is with us applies to everyone. That true religion of grace is outlined in James 1:27. It’s not the works of religion whereby we are saved but it is by His grace that we are saved. Titus 2:11  For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, and Eph 2:8-9  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. Every law of the Jews’ religion pointed to this grace. Now mankind would be able to experience that grace.

Immanuel has left His Spirit to live within the born-again believer to show mankind that grace. There is no way that we can be undefiled and unspotted unless we are born again. Rev 1:5  And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, Christ became the spotless Lamb and died on the cross so that we might be saved. His righteous blood covers our sin when we acknowledge Him as Saviour. 1 Corinthians 1:4-9 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

Religion cannot save – only Christ can. Immanuel is waiting for you to experience Him in your life. God is with us whether you want to admit it or not. But there is only one Immanuel, one Christ, one Saviour. God showed His grace to man by taking on human form and taking our punishment for sin. What love … what compassion … what mercy! The best gift you can give this Christmas is to accept God’s gift to you.

John 3:16-21 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.

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John 10:11-15 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep. I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep. 

What great verses these are! Would you please take a moment to re-read them and absorb their meaning? Imagine a shepherd watching sheep caring for his sheep as depicted in the picture. Think of the different circumstances that could possibly arise in the course of the day or night. I once had a Pastor whose parents raised sheep and he shed so much light on the life of a shepherd.

Did you know that the shepherd will sleep in the field along with his sheep when there are predators in the area? He is their protector and he stands watch well into the night to protect his flock. Wolves know that sheep are helpless without a shepherd and this is when they seize the moment to attack. Sheep stay close to their shepherd when danger is in the air. What a beautiful lesson to us to stay close to the Shepherd’s side when we are under attack by Satan. It’s also a beautiful metaphor that when we are Christ’s, we have peace. Ps. 4:8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety. David spoke these words – it’s interesting to note that David was also a shepherd. 🙂

The shepherd is also there to mend wounds should a sheep get hurt. In fact, if the sheep cannot walk, the shepherd will carry that sheep on his shoulders when they have to move to other fields to graze. He is concerned for his flock’s well being and cares for them intimately. Our Shepherd is always there to listen to our heart breaks, our problems and difficulties.

The shepherd is also a disciplinarian. When a sheep habitually goes astray, the shepherd will break one of its legs in order to teach it to stay within the flock. Hebrews 12:6-8 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. When one sheep starts walking without the shepherd leading, that sheep can lead the other sheep right off a cliff. Sheep are not smart animals at all. The Lord draws us back, either through conviction or through discipline if we are too stubborn. It’s always best to yield to God’s will for us when we are under conviction, amen?

The shepherd also finds just the right grazing land for his sheep. There must be enough grass and water to feed the entire flock for days. Psalm 23:1 says that the Lord is MY shepherd and I shall not want! The average sheep eats four percent of its body weight so that’s a lot of grass. There also has to be a water source which isn’t too deep. One sheep can drink anywhere from half a gallon of water to five gallons per day. As well, that water source cannot have a strong current. If the brook is too deep and the current too strong, the sheep’s wool gets saturated and weighs the sheep down which causes it to struggle, then drown. Our Shepherd knows our needs even before we ask, Matt. 6:8. He will provide exactly what we need, exactly when we need it.

Sheep will only follow one shepherd’s voice. If another person should try to command them to follow, they will not follow. I find that very interesting in light of Jesus. We have the word of God right at our fingertips! If we hear someone speaking anything contrary to the word of God, we must listen only to our Shepherd’s voice. There are many charlatans in the world today who tickle the ears and make you feel good. But God is not in the making you feel good business. God wants you to see your sin and come to Christ for salvation. This requires one to become humble and set aside pride. This is totally the opposite of what is being preached by famous “preachers” today! We are to be studious Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. Do you do this when you hear a message by Joel Osteen or any of the other popular preachers of the day? Do you open your Bible to make sure that God’s words are being taught by them?

Now that you’ve read the Bible verses and my summary, tie it in together with Jesus being your Shepherd. Oh what beautiful meaning it applies to our relationship with Him! He provides for us, protects us, guides us and disciplines us when we need it. Who better can guide us than the One who knows everything about us? Amen?

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Doors are an every day part of our lives. We go through doors to get from one room to another and one place to another. Today’s name for Jesus is as simple as it gets. There is one way to Heaven and that is through Him.

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The world would have us believe that there are many ways to Heaven and that there are many gods. The major religions are coming together and stating that we all believe in the same god even though he goes by different names. If anything is true, it is God’s word through the scriptures. Jesus said He was the only way to Heaven and no one could get to the Father in Heaven but through Him.

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If a person is searching to find his way to Heaven, God will enlighten him with His words. Either that same person will search the scriptures or God will send someone his way to show him through the word of God how he can be saved. Nothing is impossible with God.

If you’re not sure whether you’re going to Heaven or not, now is the time of your salvation. (2 Cor. 6:2 For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) The Holy Spirit is stirring up your heart to search these things out. Don’t delay as we are not promised tomorrow. This could be your last day on earth and this is the reason why you’re searching but you don’t know it yet. Don’t wait – eternity is too long and hell’s fires are too hot for you to leave it to chance.

Jesus is the door to salvation – He is the only way to Heaven. This tract is simple to read and will only take a few minutes but it is packed with scriptures to help you find your way to that door. Please click on this link. https://www.chick.com/products/tract?stk=1&ue=d

If you have found Jesus, the door, please leave a comment and share it with me. I would love to hear from you.

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John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. Colossians 1:16-17  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 

This post describing Jesus as Creator will be somewhat long because I must give it what it deserves, so please bear with me. Mankind is no small thing in the eyes of God. He created man to fellowship with Him but man chose to go his own way rather than God’s way. Yes, He created the angels but they were made to serve and worship. They were not made to fellowship. It’s wonderful that He did not create robots but men and women with a free will of their own. He wanted fellowship with His creation but only if His creation wanted that fellowship with Him! He wouldn’t force it out of them. How do I know this? Jesus created the most perfect green house home for Adam and Eve to live in. Animals were not a threat and all things dwelt in peace and harmony. How can anyone choose to go his/her own way when they have perfection surrounding them?

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I’m convinced that pride is a rooted seed in the very heart of man. Adam and Eve must have thought, “Surely I can think for myself and make my own decisions.” The devil didn’t make it any easier on them, either. He made Eve question God’s word and as a result she misquoted God’s words and twisted the meaning. Read the account for yourself in Genesis chapter 3. Gen 3:1-3 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:  But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. God didn’t tell Adam and Eve “not to touch” the tree – He told them not to eat of it. So began man’s determination to change God’s words to suit his sin.

This is what happens to us! We get wrapped up in our own thoughts that we start to question God’s word and make it fit our sinful desires. We become hardhearted and prideful. After all, the sin of pride is what got Lucifer thrown out of heaven. He wanted to be like God and he even convinced a third of the angels to take his side (Rev. 12:4). That first sin has been the downfall of man ever since.

Isa 14:12-15  How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. 

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But God, in His infinite love and wisdom, knew this. I wonder if He was looking forward in time to the end of the world when He creates a new heaven and a new earth. I wonder if He saw mankind as He intended for them to be just as He created in the Garden of Eden? I wonder if this love for man is what drove Him to intercede for His creation by providing them with the perfect salvation through Jesus Christ – through Himself? How can One love so much as this?

1 John 4:7-10  Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 

God is the embodiment of love – He is love! He loves us so much that He can’t bear to lose anyone. That is why He gave Himself for us. Eph 5:2  And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. The entire Law is fulfilled through Christ and points toward His perfect offering on that cross so that all can be saved. But it is still up to man to make that decision – it must be man’s free will to accept that offering or reject it. As Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, so must man make that same decision. Nothing has changed. When I was first saved, I remember wondering how Adam and Eve could sin when they were surrounded by perfection. They had a free will and it cost them a great deal. Just as you and I have the free will to sin or not to sin, so did they.

The fact of the matter is that God loves us so much that the Creator thought it nothing to leave His heavenly throne to come down to earth in the form of man. He experienced the same temptations (probably more than the average human being) yet He never sinned. He shed His blood on that cross just for His creation.

Php 2:5-11  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 

The Creator continues to give His creation a choice. There was a time in your life when your heart questioned and sought to fill an emptiness that can only be filled by the God who loves you. If you submitted to that prodding of the Holy Spirit, you realized you were a sinner bound for hell. But if you disregarded that prodding, the Bible says that you will be condemned to an eternity of burning in a lake of fire where pain and utter darkness will never end. Why disregard this prodding for a fleeting time on earth in exchange for an eternity of torments?

Let the Creator and Saviour of your soul be real in your heart. We approach a season that used to be celebrated as the birth of that Saviour. Although it is commercialized and the root of the celebration is being forgotten, its original meaning is still true. This used to be a time of year when man’s hearts were softened and more open to good will toward men. It can still be that way in your heart! Let the Holy Spirit have His way with you this season. Let Him woo you and lead you to the Cross of that same Creator who died and gave Himself for you!

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John 6:32 Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven.

It has been proven that a person can survive a long time on just bread and water. Bread is considered a basic food item and even is used in general as a term for food. There are so many terms for bread: we can share a meal together by “breaking bread”; bread is part of the “Passover meal”; God gave the Jews “manna (a type of bread) from heaven” during their 40-year wandering through the desert; Jesus’ claim that He is the “Bread of Life” plays a significant role in today’s reading. But Jesus said in Mat 4:4  But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. 

The people who had been following Jesus had witnessed two miracles: the feeding of the 5,000 men and Jesus walking on water. But it wasn’t the miracles that they were seeking material things. In the above verse, the Lord emphasizes that God’s words are more important than bread alone – the Scriptures (the words penned by godly men inspired by the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Trinity) are what we should live by.

John 6:26-35 Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent. They said therefore unto him, What sign shewest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? what dost thou work? Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

Those seeking materialism were not prepared to be told by Jesus that He was the bread of life. They were there for the free food. He was actually telling them that He was essential for life! He was making an analogy – no man can live without “bread” and water. Jesus was trying to help people focus on eternal life rather than their physical life. Jesus gave them earthly bread that eventually would mold and rot as well as the lesson that they needed the spiritual bread that never dies, a bread that brings eternal life.

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Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.” I Am is God’s covenant name for Yahweh and it was revealed to Moses at the burning bush in Ex. 3:14. Jesus was laying claim to deity and any Jew at that time would have recognized what He was doing. The great I Am, in physical form, was encouraging the people to see Him as God. Would you have seen Jesus as God if you were one of those walking with Him? It’s easy for us to look at this “after the cross” but it must have been very difficult for people at that time. They were taught there was only ONE God – and here Jesus was claiming to be God.

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Jesus wanted the people to hunger and thirst after righteousness, not be consumed with the here and now of their physical well being. To hunger and thirst for righteousness in the sight of God can only be made complete in Jesus. Christ’s righteousness is the only thing the Father sees when He looks at us. As believers, we are made righteous through Jesus and because of Him. When Christ died on that cross, He took all sins upon Himself and made an “atonement” for those sins. He is the Perfect sacrificial Lamb who knew no sin – He was spotless (Ex. 12:5). A spotless lamb was required and Jesus fulfilled that requirement. When we place our faith in Him, our sins are “imputed” to (charged to the account of) Jesus, and Jesus’ righteousness is charged to our account. Christ paid the price and His righteousness covers us! Praise the Lord – Oh what a Saviour!

Only Jesus satisfies our hunger and thirst for righteousness. He is the One and Only Bread of Life. Amen!

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Christianity began with Jesus and it will end with Jesus. There is nothing in between – it’s all about Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. If it had not been for God’s mercy upon the Jewish people, we would not be able to reap of this same mercy! God’s mercy and love is portrayed throughout the Scriptures. How patient and loving He is with all His creation. Yes, He allows judgment to come upon us when we stray, but His mercy allows us the opportunity to come back. The account of the Prodigal Son summarizes this completely (Luke 15:11-32).

The Old Testament if filled with accounts of people who were not able to keep the whole Law and the Jewish traditions in order to be accounted righteous. This was seen from the beginning of time yet God, in His mercy, sent His only Son to be the one sacrifice that would be able to not only cover man’s sin, but forgive it and put that sin in the deepest ocean. It’s as if man’s slate is wiped clean. Mic 7:19  He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. 

Christ’s death, burial and resurrection brought with it a new covenant that was open to all mankind, not just God’s chosen people, the Jews. Praise the Lord that the Gentile is free to be born again and glean God’s love and mercy! Jesus is the Author of our faith and, once He comes again (or we’re taken to glory), He will be the Finisher of our faith. In the mean time, we are to pattern our lives in a manner that reflects Jesus’ life. The whole duty of man is to fear God and keep His commandments (Ecclesiastes 12:13). It’s impossible to keep those commandments without being born again. It is the indwelling Holy Spirit that gives us the power to be able to live a life that is well pleasing to God.

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It takes faith to believe in Christ, especially today. In years gone by, I could easily talk to someone about being born again but now people are less open and their hearts are even harder than before. Christ talked about what would happen in the last days before He comes again. He made it clear that there would be little faith found on the earth.

2 Timothy 3:1-6  This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholyWithout natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are goodTraitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of GodHaving a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 

There is a Bible study in just these few verses, isn’t there? We could sit here for a while but I will leave that for another post in the future. I put these verses here to show you that we are in those perilous times of the last days, my friend. I don’t write this to scare you but to make you aware of what is happening. But if it does scare you, good! Whatever it takes to wake up that spiritually sleeping heart, is a good thing! I would never have dreamed when I got saved in 1980 that these verses would come true in my life time. It has only been forty years and times have changed so drastically! My heart aches to see what my grandchildren’s lives will be like when they are adults. :'(

Praise the Lord that I met the Author of my faith on April 1st, 1980. I long for the day where He will be the Finisher of my faith – when my faith will be made sight and I can wrap my arms around His feet and thank Him for what He did for me! Throughout my walk in this faith, Christ has sustained me and helped me through some pretty dark trials and tribulations. I don’t know what I ever would have done without that faith.

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What the Saviour did is the ultimate expression of God’s love for us. He gave His own life to save mine, and yours, from an eternity in a burning Hell. It is a true and real place, my friend! The Bible contains Truth. Please don’t let life pass you by without making a decision of where you will spend eternity. Let Jesus be the Author and Finisher of your faith!

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Revelation 3:14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God;

I find this name of Jesus, the Amen, quite interesting. As you know, Laodicea was known as the lukewarm church and Jesus was about to give them an ear full. Jesus referred to Himself as the “Amen.” That little four-letter word “Amen” means true, certain, and faithful. What a beautiful depiction of our Lord! He is most certainly true and faithful!

Jesus’ promises are not only certain but so are His punishments. We’re taught that if we are His child, He chastises us when we sin. Today’s modern Christian claims salvation but yet continues to live his life the same way he did before he supposedly got saved. God spanks His child when he goes the wrong way and sins. If you haven’t received that chastisement from the Father, then you need to question this in your heart. True salvation brings about a new heart: a heart that hurts when you sin and you’re grieved that you hurt the Father in this way. True salvation brings chastisement from the Father when we disobey His will for us. A good example in today’s world is when a believer marries an unbeliever. The Bible commands us not to be unequally yoked. (2 Cor. 6:14) If a woman falls in love with an unbeliever and marries him, she has disobeyed God and her marriage will be filled with turmoil and hardships. The Lord allows these hardships in her life as chastisement from Him so that she will repent of her sin. Once she repents, God can use her in ministering to her husband’s heart so he can be saved as well.

Heb 12:5-8  And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons. 

Whatever Jesus says will also be true and faithful. His promises will come to pass, whether good or bad. Jesus looks at lukewarmness with disgust (look at verse 16! Jesus spits them out of His mouth. All of Jesus’ promises will be final according to 2 Cor 1:20  For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. 

That Amen also impresses me as being final. We say Amen at our prayer time indicating the end. The Lord was there in the beginning and He will be there at the end. He will have the final word in all matters. When we stand before the Father at death, Jesus will either say “Kate is mine” or “Depart from Me, I never knew you”! I don’t ever want to hear the latter!

Another thing that burdened me about Jesus, the Amen, is that death is final and is certain for all of us. As I said earlier, Jesus will have the final say. Do you want your death to come without Christ as your Saviour? Don’t you want Jesus, the Amen in all matters to be able to stand with you and say your salvation is secure and final in Him? Oh Father, may we check our spiritual condition and be certain that we are heaven bound and secure in Christ’s sacrifice!

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As you know, alpha and omega are the first and last letter of the Greek alphabet. It’s interesting that Jesus used these to define His character. Noah Webster defines alpha as: “First or beginning and was formerly used also to denote chief; as, Plato was the Alpha of the wits.” Webster defines omega as the last and ending. Just reading the four verses in Scripture that contain this phrase, you can determine the meaning for yourself and why Christ referred to Himself as such.

Rev 1:8  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
Rev 1:11  Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.
Rev 21:6  And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
Rev 22:13  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

I love how the Lord stresses that He is the beginning! He doesn’t say I was the beginning – exact words are important! Time didn’t start when Jesus first existed. No, Jesus was there all along and all things exist because of Him. Col 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:

Jesus is the reason all things in this beautiful world exist! He is the God of the universe and all that is in it. He’s the Creator and was there at the beginning. He spoke everything into existence. He is also the ending of all things. Just as the Garden of Eden was the His perfect habitat for Adam and Eve, so will Jesus cause earth to be perfect once again. Many say that the Bible says that the lion will lay down with the lamb but that is not what Scripture says.

Isa 11:6  The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. 
Isa 11:7  And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. 
Isa 11:8  And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den. 

How wonderful will that be? I would love to be able to pet a lion or leopard and not be afraid of being torn to shreds 🙂 But let’s get back to the Alpha and Omega. Jesus is telling us that there isn’t anything before and after – He encompasses it all. He is the beginning and the end. Jesus is the eternal God and has and will continue to exist. Yes, it’s hard to understand this with our finite minds but that doesn’t stop the word of God from being true. Amen? We believe in faith despite how difficult it is for us to wrap our minds around the concept.

Jesus is also the God of the Old Testament and the New Testament. Isaiah 41:4 Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he. 

There are no other gods – Jesus is the first and is the last of all gods – He is the only God. Jesus Christ, as the Alpha and Omega, is the first (the beginning) and last (the ending). This is explained in multiple ways throughout Scripture but here are only a couple: He is the “author and finisher” of our faith in Heb. 12:2, our faith begins with Jesus and He will see our faith grow till the end. He is found in the first verse Gen. 1:1 and in the last verse Rev. 22:21. He is the first and last, He encompasses all of salvation, from the Old Testament to the New Testament through justifying us before God and sanctifying us by His blood! His work of the cross was depicted in the Old Testament from the time of Adam to the priest’s sacrifices and then His work was completed in the New Testament showing Jesus as the finisher of His redemptive work through His perfect blood.

The Alpha and the Omega describes our Lord and Saviour beautifully. This title cannot apply to any other of the world’s gods. The title cannot even remotely apply to Buddha, Mohammad, Confucius, or any other. Only One can have that title and that is Jesus Christ! Amen and hallelujah! Glory to God!

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What a wonderful name this is indeed! This verse is packed with names for Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour. However, the name “Almighty” is the today’s focus. Strong’s defines this word as: G3841
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From G3956 and G2904; the all ruling, that is, God (as absolute and universal sovereign): – Almighty, Omnipotent.

Noah Webster also defines it as: Possessing all power; omnipotent; being of unlimited might; being of boundless sufficiency; appropriately applied to the Supreme Being. The Omnipotent God.

Webster states that Jesus possesses all power and has unlimited might and being of boundless sufficiency! In other words, there are no boundaries (no limits) to the Lord’s sufficiency. Sufficiency in what? The Jews offered spotless lambs as sacrifices to cover their sin. But those sacrifices were not enough. Only Christ’s shed blood was sufficient – only Christ could have completed this impossible task of dying on the cross and becoming the all-sufficient sacrifice for our sins. No human being ever lived nor could live a sinless life. There are verses in both Old and New Testaments that show us that there is not one human being that is sinless:

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Ecc 7:20  For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not. Psa 14:1  To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. Psa 14:3  They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Rom 3:10  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: Rom 3:23  For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; 

If man could in fact be perfect and sinless, why in the world would Jesus leave His throne in Heaven to die and become the sacrifice for our sin? Eph. 2:8-9 says: For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boastDo you see this? Let these two verses sink in for a moment. If man could in fact work his way to Heaven just by being good, then man could boast (be prideful) of his accomplishment. No sin can be present before an Almighty God. This same Almighty God created man to fellowship with him. He created man perfect and gave Adam and Eve the beautiful Garden of Eden to live in. God walked in the Garden and had fellowship with them. But God’s perfect creation also had a will of their own – they were not robots. They chose to sin and that fellowship and closeness with God was severed and they were ultimately exiled from that beautiful Garden. From that point on, man has tried to work his way to Heaven and it is an effort in futility.

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It took a perfect Almighty God to take on human form, to be brutally scourged and nailed to a cross, to die and become the living sacrifice for every single sin of the world. It took an Almighty God to be so compassionate and loving to know that man could not do this on his own. Because of this, our Saviour and King has given every man an opportunity to accept His perfect sacrifice as the only way to Heaven.

Is it any wonder that Jesus is called Almighty? Could anyone do such an act of love for all mankind? Rom 5:7  For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 
Rom 5:8  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 
Only an Almighty God could do such a thing! Thank You, Lord Jesus! You are the Almighty! You are the perfect gift sent by a loving Father who knew that we could not save ourselves. What a compassionate and loving Father we have!

This same Jesus will come back as the Almighty King of Kings at the end of the Tribulation and every knee shall bow before Him. Isa 45:23  I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Rom 14:11  For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. Php 2:10  That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

Don’t make the mistake of underestimating God. Don’t trivialize His power and ability. He is not some insignificant statue on a mantel in your home. He is Lord of Lord and King of Kings. Deu 10:17  For the LORD your God is God of gods, and Lord of lords, a great God, a mighty, and a terrible, which regardeth not persons, nor taketh reward: Psa 136:3  O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever. 1 Tim 6:15  Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Rev 17:14  These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. Rev 19:16  And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

Our Almighty God, Jesus Christ, deserves our praise, honour and thanks for what He has done for us. Let’s glorify Him in our words and through our actions for there is no other like Him! Act 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.

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When I think of an advocate, I think of an attorney who goes to trial on my behalf to defend me. A defense attorney does not care if you are guilty or not guilty – that attorney’s job is to defend you no matter what. However, Jesus Christ is the only Advocate who gave His life to pay the penalty for his “client.” The sentence you and I deserve is eternity in Hell. However, Jesus paid for that penalty and we no longer have to serve that sentence if we are truly born again! I love the rendering above – it captures the essence of the meaning, don’t you think?

Read the verses below:

ADVOCATE: (1 John 2:1-1) My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 

There is not an attorney on earth who has died in order to take the punishment for his client… not one! No wonder Jesus is the One and only Saviour of the world. There is none other! Buddah, Mohammad, and all the other “gods” of this world cannot claim this title. None have shed their own blood as a substitute sacrifice and have risen from the dead in order to save the sinner from eternal life in Hell. I’m not being a “hater” here, reader! I’m providing you with Bible verses that prove everything I state here. If you don’t believe that the Bible is the words of God to mankind, then you won’t believe anything I write here. But if you are born again, these words (backed up with Scripture) will open your eyes and will bless your heart!

Verse 2 of 1 John 2 says that Jesus is the propitiation (a substitute) for our sins. Jesus became a substitute – He will stand with me at the judgment seat and advocate for me. He will tell the Father that I accepted Him as Saviour and that my sin is covered by His shed blood on the cross. Rejoice, oh Christian! The Advocate never loses a case 🙂

This means that you, Christian, also have the same Advocate, the Lord Jesus Christ. He knows you inside out because He created you and His Spirit lives within you. There is nothing He does not know. What a blessing to know that I don’t have to fear what comes after when I die. I know that my Advocate is waiting to defend me against Satan, the accuser! Thank You, Lord!

Jesus can be found in every area of our lives, IF we choose to look for Him. Whether our friends and family abandon us, Jesus never will. Do you realize just how much power is in that Name? The Name above all names! He is the God of each step you make and is worthy of your praise and worship! Every knee will be made to bow before Him some day.

I thought it would be a blessing to look at the different names that were used in the King James Bible for Jesus. There are quite a few, more than I imagined! The first that I would like to write about is Scripture’s reference to Jesus being the first Adam.

1 Corinthians 15:45-47 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. 

According to Strong’s Concordance, the Greek word for “quickening” is:

G2227
ζωοποιέω
zōopoieō
dzo-op-oy-eh’-o
From the same as G2226 and G4160; to (re-) vitalize (literally or figuratively): – make alive, give life, quicken.
Total KJV occurrences: 12

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Jesus surely did give us life – eternal life! John 10:28  And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. Only God can give life – only God can provide eternal life and that is through Jesus Christ, the second Adam. Be aware of the teachings out there that claim one can lose his salvation. When salvation is dependent on man’s power, we can lose it. But salvation is provided by Jesus Christ and His words tell us that we shall never perish. This does not mean that you can get saved and then sin as you want. The true born again believer will not desire to do so. When the born again believer sins, he is remorseful, heart broken and distraught over his sin. He is quick to ask forgiveness and quick to go back to producing Godly fruit. If you are not disturbed by continuous and repeated sin in your life, you need to check your “salvation experience.” A true child of God will not be comfortable in his sin. The Holy Spirit will speak in His still small voice and convict your heart.

The word quicken also means to make alive, to re-vitalize! How appropriate is that? Our nature is made human as in the first Adam, but Jesus re-vitalizes us – makes us alive through salvation! Glory!

I can hardly believe that August is upon us and our lives are still being driven by appointments! Surely there will be an end to these at some point, right? I suppose this is normal for Crohn’s patients, I really don’t know. I’ve often wondered if the symptoms will reappear in some other part of John’s body.  We were told that it can come back in the throat, esophagus, stomach or small intestine. I’ve prayed and prayed asking the Lord to keep this horrible illness at bay. I don’t want to worry or fret – I want to trust in the Lord and leave all these matters in His capable hands. That is what He wants us to do, isn’t it? Pro 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Where are you in your journey, caregiver? Are you exhausted – have you reached the end of your rope? Remember the One who loves you and cares for each of your needs. Yes, the Lord cares for your patient, but He cares for you as well. If you don’t have a relationship with the Lord, please look on my blog under the Salvation tab and read what the Scriptures have to say.

The next appointment on our calendar was to have a Doppler ultrasound done on John’s leg to see how the clot was doing. A regular ultrasound cannot see the blood flow but the Doppler can. So a Doppler was done on August 1st.  It would be nearly three weeks before we would get those results. So on August 20th, we met with him and he explained how the clot appeared in the Doppler. I learned that a clot does not dissipate from the outside in but from the inside out. The only part of the clot that remained was a little bit on the top and bottom.  This was good news. The hematologist said that John could never be on blood thinners again because of all the radiation he had during and since his battle with colon cancer in 2008. The radiation caused damage to the blood vessels on one side of his bladder and this is where the bleeding was coming from.

Our next step would be to have the IVC filter removed from his groin. Our UVA surgeon authorized us to have it removed at a local hospital so we made plans to do so on September 9th. That procedure did not go as planned, unfortunately. As usual, my husband’s body always seems to have a mind of its own. The filter was lodged sideways and could not be removed as that hospital did not provide the tools necessary for a job as intricate as this. John would have to go back to UVA to have the procedure done. Of course we were disappointed to say the least. That meant yet another appointment and more waiting.

Reader, you are now caught up to the current day of John’s journey, and mine as well. We have an appointment scheduled for November 5th to consult with the surgeon who will perform the filter removal on the following day. They will do yet another Doppler to make sure they have the latest information and prayerfully that procedure will be a success this time. Psalm 143:8 is yet another verse that helps me to trust in the Lord because there’s not a single thing that I can do to help this procedure along. 

Whatever happens is God’s perfect plan. God does want for us to suffer nor does He want us to worry about what happens next, amen? What the Lord wants is to trust Him in all things. My heart wants comfort and peace despite the circumstances before my eyes. This trial has drawn me to His side and, like a child, I look up to my Heavenly Father with trust in my heart. I know that this illness is a small thing to the Creator of all things. My God knows the names of every star in the universe and He cares for the birds – surely John and I are of more importance to Him! Matt 6:26  Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? 

Where are you right now, caregiver? Where’s your heart? Is it fearing what’s in store for the future? Are you doubting God’s abilities? Not an ounce of worrying will prevent what is to come. It takes great energy to worry and the results can be damaging to your mind and body. You will make yourself physically sick as well as become resentful toward your patient. None of this is worth it. It is much easier to trust in the Lord and let Him guide you through this. 

One of my favorite hymns is “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”! Please take a moment to read it – maybe even listen to it on YouTube. Let the words minister to your heart <3

1. O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!

Refrain:
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

2. Through death into life everlasting
He passed, and we follow Him there;
O’er us sin no more hath dominion—
For more than conqu’rors we are!

3. His Word shall not fail you—He promised;
Believe Him, and all will be well:
Then go to a world that is dying,
His perfect salvation to tell!