Dear brothers and sisters,
As you noticed over the last few days we have been grabbing onto the proof of our salvation through the Love of God. There should no more doubt. You have chosen a path of righteousness only attained by the will and purpose of the Father. Bless you as we continue to apply Truth to our lives.
John 14:6, "Jesus said to him, I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through)Me."
Hebrews 10:19-23 says, "Therefore, brethren, since we have full freedom and confidence to enter into the [Holy of] Holies [by the power and virtue] in the blood of Jesus, by this fresh (new) and living way which He initiated and dedicated and opened for us through the separating curtain (veil of the Holy of Holies), that is, through His flesh, and since we have [such a great and wonderful and noble Priest [Who rules] over the house of God,"
Will you praise the Lord with me? Because of the blood of Jesus we have a brand new life and a brand new way in faith. Have you ever had another person so dedicated to your future? There have been many priests over history, but never one who could bridge the separation between man and our Holy God. Walking over that bridge brings us into the presence of our Awesome Father! Without Jesus we would still be sacrificing animals. He was the perfect lamb.
"Let us all come forward and draw near with true (honest and sincere) hearts in unqualified assurance and absolute conviction engendered by faith (by that leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness), having our hearts sprinkled and purified from a guilty (evil) conscience and our bodies cleansed with pure water."
Fantastic, wonderful, awesome is our Lord and Savior! Do you agree? All we have to do is draw near to God and be humble. We know our condition, but God sees right through all our masks, makeovers and coverups. He sees our hearts totally.
Blessed assurance! If you are feeling convicted right now, give up! Holy Spirit change us. Have faith and lean entirely upon God. That is all with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. Trust and be confident in His power to save. His wisdom, to know just what you need right now. His goodness, as He tenderly lifts you up in His strong arms.
Is your heart made pure from an evil conscience? Have you been bathed in the pure water of God's Word? His promises are true and faithful. Rejoice and be glad!
Verse 23 says, "So let us seize and hold fast and retain without wavering the hope we cherish and confess and our acknowledgement of it, for He Who promised is reliable (sure) and faithful to His word."
Where else can we find so great and precious a promise of everlasting Love? You can search the whole world and you might find a good person. Maybe even someone who would lay down his life for you. Can that person forgive and wash away all your sins? Who will you put your trust in? Grab hold of this gift. Hold fast. Cherish more than you own life and confess Jesus as your Lord and soon coming King.
Father, thank you for your word today. It still puts me in awe of your love and grace. Your mercy that is new every morning and your faithfulness to us goes beyond my imagination. Lord Jesus take our hearts and mold them into hearts that will love you with all that is in us. Holy Spirit use us to bring the Word of Truth to others. Help us to show them that You are the Way to fresh life. WE bless and give honor to your holy name. WE are blessed in your matchless name, amen.
Thank you for joining me today. I am thrilled to share this journey with you. God's Word is always fresh and alive. Give Him your thanks and walk where He leads you. I am confident that He hears our prayers and knows the longings of our heart. Let our longing be for more of Jesus Christ. Blessing to you all, Patricia.
Abundance is...eyes fixed on Jesus
Dear brothers and sisters,
WE are in Christ Jesus! WE belong to the family of God! Doesn't this stir your soul to worship? If you are wondering about this whole eternal life thing, stayed tuned.
God has made provision, perfect testimony of our salvation and solid proof that we have eternal life through His Son. Testimony of the three in one; Father, Son and Holy Spirit will never be altered. The truth that set you free is the Truth that will lead you right through heaven's gate. Why not accept the facts?
In 1 John 5:10-13 tells us, "He who believes in the son of God [who adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Him] has the testimony [possesses this divine attestation] within himself. He who does not believe God [in this way] has made Him out to be and represented Him as a liar, because he has not believed (put his faith in adhered to, and relied on) the evidence (the testimony) that God has borne regarding His Son." What do you attain to? Who do you represent?
"And this is that testimony (that evidence): God gave us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who possesses the Son has that life; he who does not possess the Son of God does not have that life."
This sounds pretty forthright to me. Simple too. For some maybe, too simple. Why do we try to make more of truth and not accept it for what the Word of God says? Are you still trying to work your way to heaven? Is there more to this life that God isn't telling us? No. He has spoken through His Word all that we need to know. No more debate.
"I write this to you who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) the name of the Son of God [in peculiar services and blessings conferred by Him on men], so that you may know [with settled and absolute knowledge] that you [already] have life, yes eternal life." Praise the Lord!
Are you still with me? Do you understand the incredible freedom we have while walking this journey? We don't have to fear. We do not have to doubt anymore. We come freely into the presence of God the Father as often as we want. We do not have to wait to talk to Him, ever.
The verdict is in. If you are saved by Jesus Christ then, you have eternal life. His Spirit resides in you, the temple of God. In every situation, He is with you. Regardless of circumstances there is hope, joy and peace to attend you. Pause and think about this.
Is God calling your name today? Is there a task He is placing on your heart to do? Big question...will you do it? If it is the Father speaking, then He will confirm it by His Word and Spirit.
God gives us evidences all around us. For instance, today is the first day of Spring. The evidence is the Robins have returned by the numbers. The geese are flying in, getting ready to make their homes on the pond. Yet, without that, it still appears to be winter here. Yes, the sky is clear and the sun shining but snow still sits on the ground by several inches. So, what do I believe?
I believe and stand in hope that the plans of God are within His creation. Those birds and water fowl have a timetable set for Spring! Somehow, and it amazes me, they just seem to know.
I also believe that the day when we will hear the trump of God sound is ever nearer.So you feel the stirring of His Spirit in you to look up? The evidence is in the signs of our times. The incredible evil leashed among men by the enemy. The horrific weather changes. The unrest in nations all around the world. All are evidence. Soon we will see Him face to face!
We don't have to look back. We look forward don't we? Without Christ, we have no hope and no future reward in heaven. We need the Lord and we need to share the gospel of peace with others. wE have no greater purpose in being here. All for the glory of God!
As we close for today please remember to pray for those around you. Ask God to open your eyes to see their need of Him and the opportunity to share the Love of Christ. Pray, pray pray for the will of the Lord to be accomplished through your life. WE will make a difference. In the matchless name of Jesus, amen. The Lord bless you and keep you. Your sister in Christ, Patricia.
Abundance is...eternal life in Jesus
Dear family of God,
Praise the Lord with me today for our salvation! On this truth we can stand.
Yesterday I went for a very long walk with my grandchildren. The first part was simple compared to the last hour. Without the steadiness of my grandson beside me, I would have fallen. Walking in deep snow in the wrong shoes is a bad idea. After two hours of trudging, slipping, twisting I was about ready to give up. My body hurts still today. Had I the proper footwear, things would have been better.
Just like getting to know the Gospel of Jesus. WE need that steady, strong word of the Lord to guide us and keep us from falling. There are so many questions that we could ask. Only one answer is the right answer. God's holy word.
How can we expect to give an answer for the hope that is in us if we haven't experienced Hope in Jesus? During our stay on earth we are given God's promises to stand on. Applying the Word of Truth in our everyday situations. We become wise and can reflect His grace to a dying and lost world. To give them the Good News.
Applying the Word of Truth is like having on the proper shoes. It even says in Ephesians 6:15, "And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace." This is part of our armor!
Prepared, and ready to face the enemy at every turn...are you? It doesn't mean that we are hunting demons around every corner. It does mean that at any time they can apply the pressure to get us to crumble to the ground. Whether by someone's words of disapproval or even lack of kindness and consideration in our own family. There is always a reason to put on the shoes God has for us. He is our peace.
Be prepared to know what you stand for. What you believe. We have a God-given tool in our hand, the Bible. And the power of the Holy Spirit to guide us in all truth. If you believe you are saved by His grace did you have to present a perfect resume? Did you have to get cleaned up before coming to Him?
Titus 3:5-7 gives us the answer. "He saved us, not because of any works of righteousness that we had done, but because of His own pity and mercy, by [the] cleansing [bath] of the new birth (regeneration0 and renewing of the Holy Spirit, which He poured out [so] richly upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior. [And he did it in order] that we might be justified by His grace (by His favor, wholly undeserved), [that we might be acknowledged and counted as conformed to the divine will in purpose, thought, and action], and that we might become heirs of eternal life according to [our] hope."
There is a whole lot of amunition there! Isn't it wonderful that we can know the Lord Jesus Christ even without seeing Him face to face? I am so grateful that Jesus did the work for me! And, He will continue to work. Amen? The enemy of our souls has no power except what we give him. That must be why we are not to lean on our own understanding or wallow in the past. Hope is not found in the past but our future!
Our prayers for the lost is not lost. While there is time we need to keep those shoes on and be ready to share the Gospel of Peace. There is no other peace we can offer but the peace of Jesus. Peace comes as we come to Him, take that cleansing bath and worship Him.
Our salvation is not guaged on how much I love Him, but in how much He loves me. If you are finding that you can't seem to get out of a victim mentality remember; we are not victims in this life, only by our own choices. So, let's run to Jesus and discover how much He loves us! He is our hope and He will conform our thoughts to His perfect will. Our minds can be free today. In the matchless name of Jesus, amen.
God bless you and remember you are not alone. Though you have slipped in the past, today you can walk with His hand in yours. His everlasting Love will steady you when the ground is unstable. Praise Jesus today!
Abundance is...a peaceful walk
Dear brothers and sisters,
Good morning! Today we will look into The Word of God to know if we are saved. That may sound strange to those of you who have been calling yourselves Christians for a long time. Let's just get that settled in our hearts right now.
There are so many who say they are Christians, especially here in America where there are a number of churches available. Even in our small town there is a church every couple of blocks to choose from. Be careful. There will be many in these last days who are deceived.
God's Word makes it perfectly clear who are His. In the early church Peter and John had been talking to the people when they were arrested and put in prison. But many who had heard their message believed on Jesus as the Christ. Their numbers grew to about 5,000 that day.
Well, when the high priest and others asked them by what authority they were healing people and teaching, Peter and John had an answer. Going on down to Acts 4:12 says, "And there is salvation in and through no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by and in which we must be saved.
Philippians 2:9-11 says, " Therefore [because He stooped so low] God has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, that in (at) the name of Jesus every knee should (must) bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue [frankly and openly] confess and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
Great and holy is the name of Jesus! We have this blessed assurance from John 6:37, "All whom My Father gives (entrusts) to Me will come to Me; and the one who comes to Me I will most certainly not cast out [I will never, no never, reject one of them who comes to Me]." We can boldly tell others what we believe and know that Jesus will stand behind us! We may go to prison but as long as we speak of His salvation, there will be many who believe. Don't worry about the number, just keep moving in the direction the Lord leads you. You are saved? Then you are also filled and empowered with the Spirit of God.
In John 11 Jesus is speaking to Martha. Lazarus had died 4 days earlier. She believes in the resurrection that will come but now she will learn more about the Lord. Verse 25-26 says, "Jesus said to her, I am [Myself] the Resurrection and the Life. Whoever believes in (adheres to, trust in, and relies on) Me, although he may die, yet he shall live; and whoever continues to live and believes in (has faith in, cleaves to, and relies on Me shall never [actually] die at all. Do you believe this?"
The Resurrection and the Life is something that you don't want to miss out on by trying to walk with the world and sitting in church playing a religious game. Your relationship with the Lord Jesus makes all the difference! Every knee will bow.
Do you want eternal life? John 17:3 tells us, "And this is eternal life; [it means] to know (perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true and real God, and [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent."
Jesus knows His power and authority and was talking to His Father. When we become His children then, we can come before the throne of grace too. Faith in Jesus makes this not just a possibility but a reality to take hold of and bask in.
Are you ready to join the family of God? If this is your first opportunity to step out of darkness into the wonderful, marvelous Light of God's truth then, let's pray right now. This will be the most important Heartstrings entry to date. Your salvation is most important. Will you trust Jesus to be your Lord?
Heavenly Father, thank you for this word today. Thank you for leading us into eternal life. We do lay down our sins, our pride, our selfish desires. They are completely out of our hands and placed at your feet. Thank you Jesus for showing us the Way, the Truth and the Life! We can't fix ourselves but we trust your Holy Spirit to make us new creations. Thank you for your amazing grace! In the matchless, wonderful name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Oh, I am so glad you gathered with us today! If you made this decision to follow Christ will you leave me a comment on the home page? I rejoice with you and keep you in my prayers until we meet in heaven. Love in Christ, your sister, Patricia.
Abundance is...to know that I know I am saved!
Dear family and friends in Christ,
Thank you for stopping by and gathering all of us with Heartstrings! The Lord be praised for all the good things He has done in our hearts as we stive to abide with Him. Our journeys may be from various places but our hearts are bound together in the Love of God.
If you are a believer in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit that means you are chosen by the foreknowledge of God. This is very exciting! We are consecrated by the Spirit to be obediant to Jesus and be sprinkled by His blood. We are saved by grace! May grace and peace be given you in increasing abundance! That spiritual peace to be realized in and through Christ, freedom from fears, agitating passions, and moral conflicts. Amen?
You can read about your place in the kingdom of God in 1 Peter chapter one. I keep rereading it, because for my finite mind it appears more like a puzzle. But, the more I press into God's Infinite Word, the closer I am to seeing the whole picture put together. I love that my life and yours are the special chosen pieces that make up God's beautiful plan for our redemption.
Going over this chapter, verses 6-7 help me so much. The trials of my past could have been handled or I should say responded so differently by me, if this word was hidden in the chambers of my heart. Let's take time this weekend to read this and even memorize it for the coming days. I will share out of the Amplified version but it may be easier to memorize from something like New American Standard version. What ever you choose, you will be devinely blessed!
"[You should] be exceedingly glad on this account, though now for a little while you may be distressed by trials and suffer temptations, so that [the genuineness] of your faith may be tested, [your faith] which is infinitely more precious than the perishable gold which is tested and purified by fire. [This proving of your faith is intended] to redound to [your] praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) is revealed."
See, how this speaks towards our future? When Jesus Christ comes again to earth, He will be bringing His beloved ones with Him. What a day that will be! We will have already made it into His presence. The trials of earth will be over! We will shine like pure gold vessels of honor in the Father's house!
Are you having trouble with doubt? Pray to the Father to increase your faith and open your heart to wisdom and understanding in what His Spirit is saying about you. The enemy does not want us to know Who we belong to. He does not want us to know that God is really in control of our whole universe. God is in fact, aware of every detail!
The other thing the enemy does not want for you is to have faith, believe; trust in, cling to and rely on the Word of God. He wants you to worry and wollow in sin and unbelief. I know what a terrible place that is. It felt like my very life is being sucked dry. And, it really is if I have chosen to worry. Worry is sin.
So, this trial you are in; let it do a good work in you to the glory of God. We are being sanctified by the grace of the Lord. We will be until we meet Him face to face. Better begin to consider what the Lord may have in mind through your trials. He is able to keep you all the way to the end. They are not just a few light pokes from the enemy. He has a plan to destroy you. No fear though, the Father chose you, Jesus bought you, and you are sealed by His Spirit! Read Ephesians chapter one.
Well, that is just a couple of things I wanted to share with you. Spend time with the Lord. Real time, not just filling a pew at church, dropping money in the plate and then leaving to go back into the emptiness of your hidden life. They may not even be able to guess what is really going on with you. Until you come to the Lord Jesus, you can't be real with others. You have a purpose for being on this journey. Talk to the author of your story.
Oh, I wish we could spend time together face to face. Sharing our burdens and victories! I would be delighted if you would take time to write a comment on my page. You can see my email address there. Include where you are from and I will have a better idea how to pray for you. God be with you till we come together again to share Heartstrings. Love in Christ, Patricia.
Abundance is...together we celebrate the Love of Christ!