National “Bring Your Bible to School Day” is October 3! Kids have the freedom to bring their swords–their Holy Bibles, the living Word of God!–to their public schools, and talk about them! Now is the time for your child(ren) to make a statement and uphold the freedoms and values upon which the United States of America was founded! For more information, click on the Focus on the Family link below!
“Who has roused up one [Cyrus] from the east, whom He calls in righteousness to His service and whom victory meets at every step?” (Isaiah 41:2, AMPC)
The steps of a [good] man are directed and established by the Lord when He delights in his way [and He busies Himself with his every step]”. –Psalm 37:23, AMPC
We trust in Him with all our hearts and lean not to our own understanding. In all our ways we acknowledge Him, and He directs our paths, says Proverbs 3:5,6.
These are just a few of proofs from the unchanging, infallible, eternal Word of God that, as we do our best to follow our darling dynamite Daddy God, we are always at the right place and the right time! If we are not and got off track innocently (and we only see in part and know in part while on this earth), our Father God’s mercy is so great that He covers us and protects us from harm and gets us back on track. HE IS SO GOOD!
So, as I heard Dr. Chuck Swindoll say years ago (from what I remember), “There is no accident in the life of a child of God.”
Our Father through His Holy Spirit (the Spirit of Truth) and His angels are always watching over us, inspiring us to good works, and leading us in right paths.
The LORD always leads us to read and listen to and speak His Word, and if what is happening in our lives does not line up with the Word, it is NOT God, and it will NOT bring victory. God’s Plan and Word ALWAYS brings Victory! It may not happen today, but IT WILL HAPPEN!
Keep the faith. Do what you know to do. Honor God in every part of your life, and realize that, if you have Jesus Christ, YOU ALREADY HAVE THE VICTORY!
James 1:21, TPT, “So this is why we abandon everything morally impure and all forms of wicked conduct. Instead, with a sensitive spirit we absorb God’s Word, which has been implanted within our nature, for the Word of Life has power to continually deliver us.”
Psalm 49:6-7, TPT, “They trust in their treasures and boast in their riches, yet not one of them, though rich as a king, could rescue his own brother from the guilt of his sins. Not one could give God the ransom price for the soul of another, let alone for himself.”
1 Corinthians 1:5 TPT, “In him you have been made extravagantly rich in every way. You have been endowed with a wealth of inspired utterance and the riches that come from your intimate knowledge of him.”
You are extremely wealthy–you just need to open your eyes! And you need to share the wealth!!
River Rain Ministries is now collecting every Bible and book, CD, DVD, tract, and anything other item of such eternal wealth that you would like to sow to those ministers overseas who truly want and need them to feed themselves and those whom they are leading to Christ and discipling! We collect these, then distribute them to two other ministries (Mission Cry and Love Packages) who load them on to sea containers, where this wealth is distributed to Jesus-following ministries in other countries; up to 175 other nations who crave more of the living Word of God!
Those who need and want these either cannot afford them, or don’t have easy access to them, or both! We have such freedom and extremely low costs to enjoy the Word of God in the United States of America–thank the LORD!
It costs money to store and distribute these items, of course. But there is no obligation to give anything other than what the LORD leads you to give; the Bibles and other materials full of the Truth of Christ is THE valuable thing!
If you would like to share your wealth by giving such materials to those who give materials, please contact us at Tonja@RiverRainCreative.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will discuss details of acquiring these materials to send to those eager to receive them so they can grow in Christ!
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36, ESV
New American Standard Bible
And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise. Galatians 3:29
“Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that everyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3;14-16, Berean Study Bible
The man driving the semi truck in front of us was sharing the good news, that he was “FORGIVEN”! The fish symbol Ichthys used by Christians throughout the world containing this one huge word says it all: If you have believed on Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world, and that He shed His blood to pay for the sins of every person, and received Him as your personal Savior and LORD, then you also are FORGIVEN–FREED. You don’t have to pay for your sins!
How can it be that simple? Don’t ask me. Just be glad that I’m not God. I am sure I would have made it much more complicated to be free and get to Heaven to live forever in Paradise with God!
But the LORD is good, and His mercy endures forever (Psalm 129:4). He created mankind, then, when man betrayed God and bowed to the devil, He sent Jesus to die and give His life to buy mankind back, forever (Galatians 3:13) .
The Gift of true Life is yours. Choose Christ today, and live! (John 10:10)
FREE for you to read and enjoy! Be blessed! And I’d love for you to leave your comments. I will be happy to publish them (or an excerpt of them) in the upcoming books. There are at least eight in the series! P.O.W.E.R. Girl Two is in progress now. THANKS for your prayers for it’s quick completion!
I John 5:1-5, states: “Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. 4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—[a]our faith. 5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? And verses 11 and 12 from the Word of God state, “11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12 He who has the Son has [d]life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life.”
Do you have the Son–Jesus Christ? If not, then you have sin, you are without God’s protection, and your spirit will go to hell forever when your body dies (Matt. 7:21)
God makes things simple: We either agree with Him and come into the Royal Family and enjoy His blessings and benefits–including amazing protection from evil–or we stay outside and try to do this complicated, pressure-filled life on our own. If we do not know the LORD Jesus as our Savior and become friends with His Son (Jesus), then God is not our Father, and we don’t have relationship with Him. We are on our own.
But thank God this earthly life is NOT all there is!
So there are two choices: God, or not God; Son, or sin. Today, you choose–life, or death. The LORD Jesus Christ and the abundant life (John 10:10), where “the Good Life” truly does happen (and all the more as we learn God’s ways and follow them, for He is good, and His mercy endures forever! Psalm 118)–or doing life on your own, where things get harder and harder, and you wind up at the end of it all, going to literal hell (Luke 12).
But the LORD is ever ready to pardon, to forgive; that is why He sent Jesus! God is a good God. He is Love (I John 4:8). He made the way for all to know Him and have a wonderful life–then literal Heaven after the body dies on earth (Acts 26:18), with freedom from everything negative, the loving wonderful Presence of God with you always, interesting and productive things to do, and a beautiful, literal home all your own!
He says in John 14:1-3 (NKJV), “1 Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many [a]mansions; if it were not so, [b]I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.”
You can choose to remain as you are, in your sin, separated from God. But why would you do that? The God-life is amazing, and it just gets better. God is all good, and very kind and gracious and merciful! He is holy; His Standards are high, and no person can meet them, except to be covered by the Blood of Christ, which covers us when we receive Jesus (Rev. 12:11.
Jesus the LORD is returning to earth soon, to claim and receive and take to Heaven all of us who are His. Will you be going with us? If you think the earth-life is bad now, understand this: Without Christ and true Christians in the world, there will be no light. You must choose for yourself; no one can choose for you.
Even if you’re not sure this is real, don’t you want a better life than you have? Call to God and ask Him to help you find Him and know Him. Ask Him to prove to you that He and His good life are real. He will, for all who call upon the name of the LORD will be saved (Romans 10:13)!
Hebrews 13:8 (ESV) says, “Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday, today, and forever.” He never changes.
Praise Him! That being said, I believe in healing, for the LORD Jesus is alive today as much as ever. He healed on earth, and now lives in every Believer as the Holy Spirit, the Comforter Whom Jesus sent back to help us when He ascended into Heaven. He works His healing miracles through us who truly Believe and cooperate with Him in His multi-faceted ministry on earth.
A few years ago, I went up to our pastor, an apostle who operates in signs and wonders and healings, and received my healing for my back. He laid hands on me and I thought, Why didn’t I feel it? I had felt the healing power go into me on other occasions–like a warm pleasant electricity.
Then I immediately repented to the LORD for even thinking that. It didn’t matter–I was healed!
My Father Who knows all things–even every thought before we think it–graciously and quickly said, “You don’t have to feel it. JESUS felt it!”
When you consider Good Friday and our LORD’s Resurrection, remember, JESUS felt every lash, every slash, every sin, every burden, every pain–all for you. All for me. All for this world’s humanity.
He took the curse and paid the price so we could be free. His Kingdom is eternal, and not of this earth–He leads us to freedom, celebration, and to full restoration. He is the good King Who will soon return, and His mandate is Love!
If you are tired of this world’s pressured mess, there is something so much more: JESUS! He is the kindest, most patient, most loving, most thoughtful, most gracious, most generous Man and most faithful Friend there is–-all God and all man–Who died and rose again to give YOU the life you heart has always wanted! (John 3:16)
If you want to have Him as your fearless Leader Who will never lead you wrong, just say this prayer out loud: “Dear Jesus, please forgive me of what I’ve done wrong. Thank You for dying on the cross for me to pay for all my sins. Thank You that You rose again to give me new life! I need You in my life to be my LORD and Savior and to teach me how to live to please you and enjoy the wonderful life You died to give me. I received You now and thank You. Amen!”
If you just said this prayer, an eternal spiritual transaction just took place: You are now a child of the King of kings, with a Blood Covenant that gives you many excellent and powerful rights that you did not have before! And you did NOT have to work for it–it’s a gift from God by faith (believing) through grace (the gift of God Who WANTS you to enjoy this new abundant life! John 10:10)! The next step is to ask God to direct you to the right Bible for you, and to the right Body of Believers (church) where you can continue to grow in the Truth and have friends who also follow Christ!
20 No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God,
21 Fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His word and to do what He had promised. — Romans 4:20-21, AMPC
John 11:40 Jesus said to her, Did I not tell you and promise you that if you would believe and rely on Me, you would see the glory of God?
After powerful services at my church and online the past few days, during which my faith leaped and I know that I know that God is doing greater things this year than we’ve ever experienced before, doubt and unbelief and after-the-holidays heaviness has tried to creep in. I rebuke these things in Jesus’ name!
Our God is FAITHFUL! He can never lie. He IS the Truth and HE has been waiting more than all of us. It is HIS Time for Him to pour out HIS Glory–and we get to be part of it. HALLELUJAH!
Father, we bless You, and we thank You that You have chosen us to work with Jesus in these Last Days to complete Your work on earth, amen! What an honor and privilege! Help us to hear and obey Your loving Voice, and as we obey, we will be satisfied, prospered, and extremely effective in expanding Your Kingdom. Amen and amen!
At WISE U, you will learn a myriad of fun things and you’ll find it SO easy to do!
I’m a teacher at heart. I cannot NOT teach. I started officially teaching at age 13, when my entrepreneurial mom suggested I start teaching private piano lessons for cash (Great idea, Mom!). It was great!
(She also says that I taught my little brother to read and swim when he was 5 and I was 8, but I don’t remember it and he won’t admit it, so we’ll just start with 13, LOL.)
Anyway, I have literally–not counting the piano years while I was in jr high and high school–over 30 years’ teaching experience! (If you want a list, contact me at Tonja@RiverRainCreative.com!) So let me help you enjoy learning and growing!
Anyway, we’ll have many videos on topics from how to know God better, to strengthenening your marriage, to how to improve your health, to classes in the arts–like Piano LIVE
At first, we’ll upload many helpful videos and then the LIVE coaching sessions will be available, and at very reasonable rates!
We’d love it if you want to pray for our God-led ventures, and we look forward to how we can help YOU enjoy more ZOE life, at Wise U, you wise you! See you soon!
NOW is the time! If you’ve wanted to learn to play the piano, especially for God’s Glory, then what are you waiting for? Starting early this month, Tonja will be recording and uploading many videos for you to access FREE to learn to play the piano and have fun doing it!
You will be pleasantly surprised at how easy it is for you to learn and play!
And very soon, you’ll be able to access Tonja’s LIVE online coaching, for piano and many other subjects, at WISE University–WISE U!
Check out more info here:
AMPC, I Cor. 10:13: “For no temptation (no trial regarded as enticing to sin), [no matter how it comes or where it leads] has overtaken you and laid hold on you that is not common to man [that is, no temptation or trial has come to you that is beyond human resistance and that is not adjusted and adapted and belonging to human experience, and such as man can bear]. But God is faithful [to His Word and to His compassionate nature], and He [can be trusted] not to let you be tempted and tried and assayed beyond your ablity and strength of resistance and power to endure, but with the temptation He will [always] also provide the way out (the means of escape to a landing place), that you may be capable and strong and powerful to bear up under it patiently. “
Yes, these are strange times, if you’re aware at all of what’s going on in the Spirit! And we who know our God (and believe Him anyway) are strong and do exploits! Yes, no matter what happens, we choose to believe anyway!
Only by HIS power and strength and wisdom and grace, though! Sometimes we think WE are strong and can do anything. We KNOW GOD is for us, and that NONE can be against us. We believe anyway–we know our faithful God has ALWAYS got our backs!
But that’s not the way we have always felt, is it? Thank the LORD we cannot trust feelings; they lie! But the Word of God is true, infallible, and unchanging, The Word of God, our Holy Bible, IS our Rock. It is the written Covenant of Jehovah, that He made by blood with the LORD Jesus Christ, for us–all for us; mankind; humans created in His image to be in His image, to be His loving forever family!
I have, for various reasons (most of them spiritual or emotional) felt physically and emotionally weak lately. That’s because my dear Daddy God–Whom I have asked to help me be cleansed and whole and free of anything that had still been holding me back from the fullness of all He’s called me to do and be–has been answering my prayers. But although I’ve felt very weak–weaker than in a long time–I have chosen to believe anyway!
My God is faithful, forever! He will not and He cannot be unfaithful! My circumstances and feelings have many times NOT agreed with that, but I have chosen (with His help! He is the Author and Finisher of our faith!–to believe anyway!
He is so very loving and merciful, generous and kind–and He knows what we can handle. The verse in I Corinthians 10:13 that talks about Him not giving us more than we know we can bear now has a deeper meaning for me: Besides tests and trials that we encounter because we live in this sin-sick world, it means (for me, at least!) that He will not reveal to us the ugly truth about ourselves in such depths that it would destroy us! He IS the Spirit of Truth, but He is also our Daddy God Who loves us without fail, no matter how great our sin!
So no matter what you’ve done (If you know you’ve sinned, repent–ask God to forgive you. He WILL!) or how you feel; no matter what even those closest to you say (meaning if it goes against what the Word of God says), choose to believe anyway!
If you think you can’t believe, ask Him to help you, and believe anyway that He will! (HE WILL!)
Romans 5:9 (TPT), “And there is still much more to say of his unfailing love for us! For through the blood of Jesus we have heard the powerful declaration, “You are now righteous in my sight.” And because of the sacrifice of Jesus, you will never experience the wrath of God.”
THAT my dear reader, is what “Agape”–UNconditional Love!–is!!
And the world–even Christians!–has no clue about it, unless they’ve encountered Christ! So now that YOU know the truth and believe, go and help others. Help them to believe anyway!
1 John 5:1,(AMPC), “Everyone who believes (adheres to, trusts, and relies on the fact) that Jesus is the Christ (the Messiah) is a born-again child of God; and everyone who loves the Father also loves the one born of Him (His offspring),”
2 John 1:3 (AMPC), “Grace (spiritual blessing), mercy, and [soul] peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ (the Messiah), the Father’s Son, in all sincerity (truth) and love. “
“The LORD is faithful to His Promises,” the Holy Spirit whispered to me one day, when I was tempted to worry about finances and situations.
YES, HE IS! Or none of us would be here! He gives us every breath, every GOOD thing–and our lives are FULL of good things!!!
He helps and blesses and protects the just and the unjust–those born again and those not–and it is His faithfulness and mercy that keeps us all alive and heals and delivers and guides and provides–He is our good, good God and the good, good Father to all who believe in Christ Jesus His Son (John 3:16)!
If you don’t know the LORD Jesus Christ–what are you waiting for? He is the BEST Fried you will ever have, and He IS the all-powerful One Who can do everything you need Him to! He is so very kind and loving and generous and faithful! He wants to help you have the very best life you possibly can–and that is ONLY possible with Jesus Christ the Savior and LORD!
He is Love. He is Peace. He is Health. He is Direction. He is Protection. He is Restoration. He is Victory. He is the living Word of God. He IS Rest and rejoicing! He is all you really want and need, for in Him is true freedom and abundant Life! (John 10:10)
And He makes it so easy to become His Forever Friend–just ask Him right now to forgive you of your wrongs and save you from evil and come into your heart and be your Life Guide and King! He will, and you will never be the same!
“It is through him that we live and function and have our identity; just as your own poets have said, ‘Our lineage comes from him.” (Acts 17:28, TPT)
Revelation 4:8, The Passion Translation, Revelation 4:8, “Each of the four living creatures had six wings, full of eyes all around and under their wings. They worshiped without ceasing, day and night, singing, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty! The Was, the Is, and the Coming!”
As I am learning, there is nothing sweeter, more sublime, than to experience the phenomenal living Christ! I agree with Benny Hinn and others that the Christian life is getting to know the LORD Jesus more–
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tn590WaKDc)–that the closer we get to the LORD, the more we want just Jesus!
If you don’t know Him, or want to draw closer, just call out to Him. He will help you desire to know Him better, and the more you get of Him, the more you will want.
Malachi 6 and 7, Berean Study Bible says, “Because I, the LORD, do not change, you descendants of Jacob have not been destroyed. 7 Yet from the days of your fathers, you have turned away from My statutes and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you,” says the LORD of Hosts. “But you ask, ‘How can we return?’…
“It’s a new season,” we hear every few months. Or, “Change is in the air.” Sometimes we’re uncomfortable with that, especially if we don’t know what to expect. But when we know God–that He is faithful, even when we are not; that He gives us every breath and every good thing; that Jesus died and rose again to give us amazing Zoe life (John 3:16, John 10:10); that He is monitoring every moment of our lives and working through His Spirit and His angels to bring about the very best for our lives, because He loves us–then we rest. We rejoice. We release our child-like faith and trust in our Darling Daddy God, and expect His best!
For He never changes. Praise Him, or we–in our weak, carnal human flesh–would all be destroyed by His Glory, His truly awesome Power, the very Essence of Him, the Divine!
God is good, and all good, forever. That will never change! His plans for us are good and all good, forever (Jer. 29:11). Blessed be the LORD, for He is good, for His mercy endures forever! (I Chron. 16:34).
In this humorous excerpt from my book, Happy Health, which I re-titled Your Holy Health, you will find a few tips–including laughter–to better health. (After all, the LORD says in that “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine” (Proverbs 17:22, KJV). Medical science has, of course, proven that God is right. They are beginning to catch up with the ancient Truth, Hallelujah!)
Thanks first of all to the living Word of God and worship and prayer, and then to the decisions to eat mainly organic and Non-GMO foods and get regular exercise, Clayton and I have enjoyed much greater health even than we did in our 20s and 30s! You can too. Here’s the first part of easy tips that really work–starting with a couple of myth-busters.
Myth: “Natural” means “organic.” FACT: “Natural” just means God made it, and man did not. “Organic” means it is a natural food or product that God made, AND that it has NOT had any man-made (READ: Harmful!) chemicals or other substances sprayed on the products, nor the plants they came from, nor put in the soil (i.e., man-made chemical fertilizers, etc.). “Non-GMO” means the food or product is NOT genetically (scientifically or chemically) modified from its original, GOD-made state. There are many levels of “organic” and more about non-GMO, but we won’t cover that here.
Myth: Organic food costs too much/a lot more. FACT: The truth–especially long-term, is that organic food actually costs less, and can cost MUCH less!
I cannot count the times I have been in a drug store or even passing the pharmacy at Wal-Mart and been so thankful I was not there to pick up a prescription, but to buy makeup or candy or something else I wanted.
The truth is that sometimes organic products do cost a little more. But unless you are talking about grass-fed beef or such, the difference is not that big. When you consider that YOU ARE WORTH IT and invest in organic and non-GMO foods and other products, you are making a very wise investment.
Overall, a lack of education and understanding is why many more people have not been eating well. But things are changing! Clayton and I used to drive a few hours to shop at a wholesale organic food chain, but many more organic and non-GMO foods are now available at the places we shop, and we’re thrilled.
Take a step and invest in your holy health by buying organic and/or non-GMO today!
For many more tips and much more info about these things, check out my FREE PDF book, which you can get here!
“Speak the Word (of God) only”–Amen!
The Roman centurion–a man without a covenant with God, a man of the “anti-Christ” people group in that day–understood the authority and power of speech, and Jesus marveled when he heard the man say, “Just speak the word, and my servant will be healed.” (Matthew 8:8, my paraphrase). The man obviously had faith in the authority of Jesus, even if he did not believe in Jesus Himself. But our LORD Jesus honored that faith!
The LORD honors our faith, and He honors His Word. When we have faith in His Word and speak it, His angels go to work to make it happen–because the King Himself backs up His Word.
Years ago, the LORD instructed me to teach a 6-week class on the power of speaking the Word of God over one’s children, and I did. The book, LEGACY: Crafting Your Child’s Future With Words came out of that class.
It is available here for you free, as a PDF, when you write Power@RiverRainCreative.com. Please feel free to share it, as long as it remains in PDF form, unchanged. May it be a P.O.W.E.R.* tool (Purposeful Operations With Eternal Rewards) to shape the lives of your children (and yourself and all over whom you speak the Word!) for Christ!
Psalm 62:6, TPT “For he alone is my safe place. His wrap-around presence always protects me as my champion defender. There’s no risk of failure with God! So why would I let worry paralyze me, even when troubles multiply around me?”
Proverbs 19:17, TPT, “Every time you give to the poor you make a loan to the Lord. Don’t worry—you’ll be repaid in full for all the good you’ve done.”
Matthew 6:26, TPT“Look at all the birds—do you think they worry about their existence? They don’t plant or reap or store up food, yet your heavenly Father provides them each with food. Aren’t you much more valuable to your Father than they?”
“Worrier or Warrior?” my dear husband said to me the other day. “We have to make a choice.”
Which are you?’ If you depend on yourself and the world (and even, sometimes, other people, who are prone to error sooner or later), you are a worrier. But if you do Proverbs 3:5 and 6: “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths,” then you are a Warrior.
Trusting in the goodness and faithfulness of our INfallible (NOT capable of making a mistake!) Father God and His Son, the LORD Jesus Christ, makes us Warriors. As my pastor, Apostle Tracy Harris, states, “Peace is a force.”
When we keep our minds on Him, He keeps us in peace. When we choose to rejoice and praise God in the middle of junk, He sets an ambush against the enemy, and works victory on our behalf.
GOD IS FOR US and NONE can be against us and succeed! Let us remember, if GOD is for us–and He IS, if we have accepted His Son, Jesus Christ–then NONE can be against us for long. WE WIN!
Marcos 16:7 Nueva Versión Internacional (NVI) Pero vayan a decirles a los discípulos y a Pedro: “Él va delante de ustedes a Galilea. Allí lo verán, tal como les dijo”.
Mark 16:7 (TPT), “Run and tell his disciples, even Peter, that he is risen. He has gone ahead of you into Galilee and you will see him there, just like he told you.”
Mateo 28:6 (NVI)
No está aquí, pues ha resucitado, tal como dijo. Vengan a ver el lugar donde lo pusieron.
Matthew 28:6, ” He isn’t here—he has risen victoriously, just as he said! Come inside the tomb and see the place where our Lord was lying.”
Salmos 97:11 Nueva Versión Internacional (NVI): “La luz se esparce sobre los justos, y la alegría sobre los rectos de corazón.”
In English, The Amplified Classic version reads (Psalm 97:11), “Light is sown for the [uncompromisingly] righteous and strewn along their pathway, and joy for the upright in heart [the irrepressible joy which comes from consciousness of His favor and protection].”
Jesus–JesuCristo El Senor–Jesus Christ the LORD–is alive! No matter what is going on around us, He is our Help! He is our Strength! He is our Defender! He is our Provider! He is our Peace! He is our JOY!
True joy can only come from within–from Jesus Christ, Who is the Spirit of God, Who is the fruit of the Spirit (Gal. 5:22), so if we have Him, we have joy.
He’s helping me and others I know to realize that, if our joy is not apparent, then we either (1) need to ask Him to show us where to repent about something (because sin grieves our good, good Father Who loves us, and also grieves our spirits that are one with Him the moment we receive Christ; or (2) take authority over the lies of the enemy and remind ourselves of the wonderful Truth of the Word, Who cannot lie.
I really like the verse that states, “Light (revelation, understanding of God’s will, and especially of His love for us) is shed for the uncompromisingly just and righteous (which we are, the moment we receive Christ Jesus–because righteousness is based on what HE did at the cross, not on what WE do or don’t do! Thank God!), and irrepressible (unable to be held down, like a beach ball continually rising to the top when pushed under water, where it absolutely refuses to stay down!) joy shed for the upright in heart (again, upright–in right standing with God–is what we are in our spirits, our REAL selves, the moment we receive Christ Jesus in our hearts!).”
If you don’t know Christ, know that He died for you and wants to become your Savior, LORD, and Best Friend Forever–and He is serious about you! Just close your eyes and pray, “LORD Jesus, I believe You died for me on the cross and rose again, and live forever. I believer You are returning to take all who believe in You to Heaven, to Paradise, to live forever, when this body dies. I need You, Holy LORD, to please forgive me and save me, cleanse me, heal me. I know You are the Source of Life, and I receive You. Thank You!
He has already made the way; He’s just waiting for you to agree and let Him be your Savior and Friend. HE IS THE MAN! He loves you and has a wonderful Plan for your life–better than you’ve ever dreamed! So go for it–what are you waiting for?!
Jesus esta vivo! He is alive, and good, and waiting for YOU–to give you much more joy and abundant life (John 10:10) than you can imagine!
“Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear, revere, and worship You, goodness which You have wrought for those who trust and take refuge in You before the sons of men!” –Psalm 31:19
As one preacher we listen to says, “It (God’s goodness) just gets gooder and gooder!”
As he (Brother Dave, on www.moorelife.org) knows, that may be bad English, but it’s so true!
God is GOOD. ALL good. I am continually amazed at His goodness–even to me while I was doing many things against Him (some I knew about, some I didn’t, but I was still doing them. He is so merciful!)
There is NO evil in Him, nor does He cause evil. He is holy. He is righteous. He is true–He is Truth!
But you don’t have to take my word for it. Take His!
God is up to any challenge you can make. He can handle it. He–Jesus Christ–IS “The Man”!
Thank God He DID come as a man–so He could experience all the junk you and I will ever go through, and then pay for it–so we could go FREE!
Call to Him to make Himself known to you today. He will!
“But Lord, your endless love stretches from one eternity to the other, unbroken and relenting toward those who fear you and those who bow facedown in awe before you. Your faithfulness to keep every gracious promise you’ve made
passes from parents, to children, to grandchildren, and beyond.” Psalm 103:17, TPT
God is so very good! Every breath is from Him. Every good thing is from Him. He is good to all, even though so many people will never acknowledge His goodness, and many even curse and blaspheme them. Yet He has made the way for them to be free and go to Paradise with Him forever–if they will just agree.
Our dear pastor, Apostle Tracy Harris, said today that the highest title of our Creator is “Father.” I agree. Our congregation sang “Good, Good Father” a capella–and it was powerful.
He reminded us that, in Luke 15, when the prodigal son took his inheritance and left to waste it, then decided, in his shame, to return to his father and ask to be a hired servant so at least he would have food to eat, that the father (who’d been watching every day for him to return!) ran to meet him. He cleaned him up, put a royal robe on him, and threw him a party.
The father didn’t even talk to him about his sordid past. He had forgiven his son even before he left home–because he loved his son. No matter what wrong his son did, he would always be his beloved son.
That is like the gift of righteousness that the LORD our Father gave us when He sent Jesus to die on the cross to pay for all our sins, and rise again to give us new life (John 3:16).
God the Father chose to forgive us before we were ever born–knowing that every human is born into sin, because of the treason of Adam, when he agreed with the devil against the word of God (Genesis). He provided Jesus, the New Covenant, Who took all the curse–all the wrong, all the sin, all the junk–and made it so that anyone who agreed that they needed the power of Jesus’ cleansing blood could be free, and not have to pay the eternal penalty for their sins.
But God’s goodness doesn’t stop there! Not only does every person who agrees to come into partnership with God’s Son Jesus become pardoned forever from their sin, but also gets the current protection and supply, friendship, and healing, that only these adopted children of God are rightfully due! In addition–and best of all–there is the eternal life of the spirit in Heaven with God and Jesus forever, after the body dies!
The LORD our Father (once we receive Jesus as our Savior and LORD) is so good, and we can know Him personally. Wow.
We love You, Daddy God, Abba Father, and we bless Your holy Name forever!
Psalm 30:11 (TPT), “Then he broke through and transformed all my wailing into a whirling dance of ecstatic praise! He has torn the veil and lifted from me the sad heaviness of mourning. He wrapped me in the glory garments of gladness.”
Psalm 63:11 (TPT), “These liars will be silenced forever! But with the anointing of a king I will dance and rejoice along with all his lovers who trust in him.”
Psalm 87:7 (TPT), “And the princes of God’s feasts will sing and dance, singing, “Every fountain of delight springs up from your life within me!”
When I was growing up decades ago and watching television at home, I wanted to be a dancer like those on “Solid Gold.” Or so I thought. To me, they were lovely and graceful. That seemed like power–especially to a skinny shy girl who too often felt afraid.
Now I know, of course, that those dancers were doing sensuous moves to worldly, soul-disturbing sounds.
But the LORD is faithful–the more I came to know His Word and love Him, the more I could not help but just get up and rejoice–and dance! And it grew from there. I started exploring praise and worship dance, and made some flags and would practice in the living room. But I wanted more.
I wanted to touch His heart. I wanted to make my moves a prayer.
One day I was literally doing praise and worship to the LORD, and the thought to look up “prophetic dance” came into my mind. I discovered Apostle Lynn Hayden, of Dancing For Him Ministries, and was privileged to be taught by her for a the first year of her praise and worship school. She helped me go much deeper in my understanding and appreciation of the power of movement to the glory of God.
When at the conference, I was required to dance, and I wasn’t sure what I would do. I couldn’t seem to choreograph anything, so i just prayed and trusted the LORD to literally move me. He did! (But of course!) I was the last one to dance, and I had chosen a fast song by Danny Chambers, called, “The LORD Reigns.” It seemed like all I did was whirl–dance in circles–and I started clapping, and the crowd quickly joined in. I grabbed my Bible and held it up, and it was powerful. Glory to God!
Although I didn’t understand it fully then, this verse is what He did for me (among other things!): Psalm 30:11 (TPT), “Then he broke through and transformed all my wailing into a whirling dance of ecstatic praise! He has torn the veil and lifted from me the sad heaviness of mourning. He wrapped me in the glory garments of gladness.”
The LORD is the One Who invented dancing. In fact, certain authorities on the Bible say He loved to go to feasts and parties where there was dancing. If you haven’t danced, or even if you have, ask Him to make you freer. Throw off others’ opinions and dance to the LORD. It will please Him and He will work on your behalf in ways that may surprise you!
This night, after I danced to my LORD, He whispered, “You are, after all, a dancer after My own heart.” And that, my friend, is everything!
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“But Lord, your endless love stretches from one eternity to the other, unbroken and unrelenting toward those who fear you and those who bow face down in awe before you. Your faithfulness to keep every gracious promise you’ve made passes from parents, to children, to grandchildren, and beyond. You are faithful to all those who follow your ways and keep your word.” Psalm 103:17-18, TPT
I remember growing up (a few decades ago) and having Barbie dolls. Barbie could do anything and be anything, and I thought that was cool; a Big Deal.
I also remember my mom and many others–even today–making a Big Deal about Elvis. He had a nice voice, but he wasn’t that big of a deal to me, probably because of the type of character he usually played–more of a fake, which is a Big Deal to me.
Anyway it occurred to me that Jesus is even better than these two put together! There is no real comparison, of course, because Jesus–unlike the other two, is real. He is the Real Deal, which is a Big Deal.
Aren’t we all (at least secretly!) looking for The Real Deal?
Jesus is a real Man, and the true God, and His character is never in question. He helps us choose Him (the true Life) and then He rewards us for doing so!
Unlike Elvis and Barbie, He is omnipresent (everywhere at once), omniscient (all-knowing), and omnipotent (all-powerful)–except for one thing: He has chosen to give us humans a free will, and He will not override it (Deuteronomy 30:15-20). That is a Big Deal.
We can even choose to go to hell (literally, after our bodies die, forever!), but why would we do that? Jesus is everything we want and need!
” …11And this is that testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. 12WhoeverhastheSonhaslife;whoeverdoes not havetheSonof Goddoes not havelife.13I have written these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.” (I John 5:11-13, Berean Study Bible)
Revelation 1:18 (TPT), (Jesus is) “…the Living One! I was dead, but now look—I Am alive forever and ever. And I hold the keys that unlock death and the unseen world.”
Ah the unseen world; far more fascinating–and real–than the seen!
And Jesus is LORD of both!
Revelation 21:6 (TPT), “Then he said to me, “It has been accomplished! For I Am the Aleph and the Tav, the beginning and the end. I will give water to all who are thirsty. As my gracious gift, they will continuously drink from the fountain of living water.”
Elvis and Barbie and all the superheroes in the movies together could never compare with Christ, the Living God. He, King Jesus, is returning soon, so why wouldn’t you side with Him, the Victorious, Glorious One Who gave you life?
Revelation 22:12 (TPT), Jesus’ Final Words and John’s Final Testimony ] “Behold, I Am coming quickly! I bring my reward with me to repay everyone according to their works.”
You can depend on Christ Jesus–Who is the Big Deal, and Who is the Real Deal. tAsk Him to help you today. He will! “ And it’s true: Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord Yahweh will be rescued and experience new life. (Romans 10:13, TPT)”
“2 Corinthians 6:2,” (TPT), “For he says, I listened to you at the time of my favor. And the day when you needed salvation, I came to your aid. So can’t you see? Now is the time to respond to his favor! Now is the day of salvation!”
“The funds will be available tomorrow, right?” I asked the bank clerk. She smiled. “It’s available now,” she said. “Immediately.”
“Now? Today?” I was surprised, and pleased. But it made sense. It was, after all, my money, and it should be available immediately for me to do with what I wanted. Just because I gave it to someone else to hold did not mean I had to wait to use it.
And so it is with the Blessings of my Covenant with God, I reasoned to myself. (Reasoning can be a trap, and against the truth of God, if it goes against what the Word said. But the LORD also says, in Isaiah 1:18 (ESV),
“Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.”
Jesus is ready now to help you. He has been ready for over 2,000 years (John 3:15-17), when He came to be born of a virgin, live on earth, die on the cross to pay for all we humans did wrong, and to rise again after three days–all to give us an amazing, abundant, satisfying, wealthy life (John 10;10)! Call out to Him in earnest, and He will answer (Isa. 65:24, Romans 10:13). Then you will start the greatest adventure of your life!
(from Tonja–Deb just shared this with me and I wanted you guys to be blessed by it. Also, be sure and check out her delightful art by clicking on this link!)
Deb wrote: “GOD IS SO GOOD!!! I wrote this 14 yrs. ago at 2 a.m. after 48 hrs of no sleep and thought for over 2 years now the last copy I had was lost forever (I have prayed many times for the words to come to me)and today going through some old pictures I made for Zach I found where I was doing a copy to frame years ago. First time ever posted. It was published when I wrote it on an online poem site, I was invited to come to Florida to read it but could not afford the trip. I lost the information in a move soon after. This was written over a many, many years before I began actively seeking a personal relationship with the Lord.):
Faith is not something you find on the street.
It’s something you find when you search deep inside and release all your anger.
It’s when you take a moment out of your own life to notice a complete stranger.
Sometimes we all go about our own lives without noticing everything that goes on around us.
Until something like September 11th happens and reminds us.
Life is fragile, peace is not easily found.
Mankind can be beautiful, all you need to do is really look all around.
We are all the same no matter what we look like on the outside.
We just have to have faith and learn to look past our differences, to look deep inside each person to the fragile feelings we all hide.
My faith is what keeps me going from day to day.
But sometimes you have to remember just to stop and pray.
We can’t do any of this all alone.
You have to remember there is someone waiting for all of us in a place we can all call HOME…
Deb Azalea April 30th, 2004