The Right Kind of Church

“A new church is being built on the west side of town!” I said. “Isn’t that great?”

The woman, much older than me, whom I’d considered deeply committed to the LORD said, “Is it a black church or a white church?”

I am sure my surprise showed on my face. After a few seconds, I just looked at her and said, “It’s a brick church!”

Fast forward about 30 years. I have been often surprised–not to mention disappointed–when I have heard saints remark about a fellow saint’s weight, or color, or whatever. What difference does it make? I would think, a bit frustrated at the lack of depth of these people. Not that I nor any of us are totally spiritual. But we are supposed to be working on it!

Anyway, we all like to look good, but who sets the standards? Even if someone did set them for “all people” for once, that standard would change the next day!

Thank the LORD that Christ alone is The Standard! Amen and Amen!

John 8:15 You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one.

1 Corinthians 3:18 Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise.

 2 Corinthians 10:2 I beg you that when I come I may not have to be as bold as I expect to be toward some people who think that we live by the standards of this world.

1 Peter 4:6 For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.

Fear For Life

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27 Reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may avoid the snares of death.Proverbs 14:27, AMPC

I was meditating on Proverbs 14 this evening after work, and realized afresh that, as I’ve been drawing closer to the LORD and trusting–and truly resting–in Him, while living a consecrated life as much as possible, that I have been enjoying more Zoe. This is the abundant life that Jesus speaks of in John 10:10.

God’s original Plan was for us to have perfect life, Heavenly life, with constant sublime companionship and communication with Him; unbroken fellowship. Sin corrupted that, but Jesus won it back. On earth, we have to relearn what we already would have known–that experiencing His Presence, His Word, His Spirit, is the ultimate satisfaction and joy, the whole purpose of man. (I John 2:29, I John 3:7)

So He Who has known us from before time was is helping us to know Him, to draw near, to relish and receive the revelation of His wonderful, incorruptible, eternal, unchanging Truth!

King Jesus–the Covenant of Yahweh!–is returning soon to reward those faithful to Him, those who truly fear the LORD by reverencing, respecting, and worshiping Him in obedience to His living Word.

Will you be found by Him?

Revelation 22:7, AMPC (Jesus says) And behold, I am coming speedily. Blessed (happy and to be envied) is he who observes and lays to heart and keeps the truths of the prophecy (the predictions, consolations, and warnings) contained in this [little] book.

James 1:18, AMPC  And it was of His own [free] will that He gave us birth [as sons] by [His] Word of Truth, so that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creatures [a sample of what He created to be consecrated to Himself].

Hebrews 11:16, AMPC But the truth is that they were yearning for and aspiring to a better and more desirable country, that is, a heavenly [one]. For that reason God is not ashamed to be called their God [even to be surnamed their God—the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob], for He has prepared a city for them.

Sparkle!

Matthew 5:14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.

John 8:12 Once more Jesus addressed the crowd. He said, I am the Light of the world. He who follows Me will not be walking in the dark, but will have the Light which is Life.

Sooner than we’d planned, my husband and I had to acquire a new car. After months of praying and choosing to be content to drive my 20-year-old Avalon (very nice in it’s day, but it’s “day” had pretty much expired), I powered down the driver’s window on the way home from an amazing church service (http://www.experiencehim.org) where God really moved.

The window refused to power back up, leaving a gap where uncomfortably cool air came in. Having known this day was coming, and also having been growing in my faith that the LORD is good, is owner of Heaven and earth (Psalm 24:1), and that He has only the best for us, His Covenant kids, I resolved at that moment that I was not investing any more money into the car. I released my faith right then for my new ride.

It took several days and lots of fuel, but praise the LORD Clayton and I were both on vacation from teaching school, and easily able to do this. God is soooo good! I was getting a bit discouraged after a few days of searching, but I know my faithful Father, my Good Shepherd, leads me by peace. I never had peace–until the last stop we made at Yokem Toyota on the last day, not even knowing if they had the 2014 Toyota Camry I wanted.

They did. They’d just gotten it in and had not even detailed it. But we had been praying and thanking the LORD for just the right one, and sure enough, I test drove it, and felt in my spirit that it was right. It drove smoother and seemed, as I told Clayton, more “weighty” than the others, in every good way. It had all the extras, which is how our loving Daddy works!

The salesman moved it to the front to have it prepared for us. The LORD gave us favor and we drove it home that day–in sunlight, as compared to the very rainy days before. What a blessing!

In the light, I saw my gray Camry in a new way; although it may have seemed kind of plain to some, when the light touched it, it sparkled, glistening silver–the color of redemption. My car is just like me, I thought. When the light of the Son, Jesus, touches me, I sparkle!

No Doubt!


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!

A Drink for the New Year!

It is time for new things! How about a new, truly-good-for-you health drink for the new year–the new you?! You deserve it, and I can teach you how to make your own, have fun, and start living a more abundant life!

Thus says the Lord, Who makes a way through the sea and a path through the mighty waters, Do not [earnestly] remember the former things; neither consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it and will you not give heed to it? I will even make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:16, 18-19AMPC

If you are looking for the ultimate health drink for 2019 that can change your life and save you money, try kombucha (also known as KT)! It is 99% free of caffeine and 99% free of sugar, so that even diabetics and those trying to lose weight or avoid sugar can drink it with no problem, while enjoying the good taste, immunity-building probiotics, and energy-boosting benefits!

My book, Your Holy Health, will be available on Kindle the first week of 2019, for the amazing price of just 99 cents, to celebrate the new year! Your Holy Health discusses more about kombucha and many other easy ways to enjoy greater health and energy to get God’s will done. If you would like more free information and a starter kit to make your own at home (it’s so easy, economical, and fast!), write me at Tonja@RiverRainCreative.com, with “KT” in the subject line!

Our Faithful God!

2 Timothy 2:13 says, “If we are faithless [do not believe and are untrue to Him], He remains true (faithful to His Word and His righteous character), for He cannot deny Himself.

Our Faithful God reigns. He is faithful, even when we are not. He cannot be unfaithful, thank goodness!

God is faithful–or we wouldn’t be here! As I prepare to attend the amazing, life-changing-in-so-many-good-ways New Year’s Eve service at my church, I am so thankful at the faithfulness and mercy and grace of my darling Daddy God–Who knew me before the world began, and sent me here for such a time as this!

He loves me. He loves you. His love is perfect and true. And, praise Him! He is not mad at any person; we are His creation that He loves so much He gave His perfect Son, Jesus Christ the LORD, to be the ultimate sacrifice, who paid the price of the cross and hell and the grave, so we get to go free–and be restored to Heaven, from which we came–all for simply becoming Jesus’ Friend.

Simply by admitting that we need help–the Help of Jesus, our Savior–and asking the Father to forgive us of our wrongs, our sins–we get to be transformed into new creations, with new life, and the ultimate assurance of Heaven later–and some of Heaven now, as we learn His Word and abide by it!

But you don’t have to believe me. I’m living it, and my life gets better every day. Jesus IS the true Reason for all that!

Find a Holy Bible. Ask the true God to teach you the truth. He will!

Flags for America!

The LORD opened my eyes recently to pray these verses over America!
They raise their voices, they shout for joy; from the west they acclaim the Lord’s majesty.
So [as the result of the Messiah’s intervention] they shall [reverently] fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him and put him to flight [for He will come like a rushing stream which the breath of the Lord drives].
            Even more recently, I was honored to hear teaching by an apostle from South Africa, who said that she and her team pray and fast for America–for they know that what happens in America affects the world.
            So let us humble ourselves and pray and proclaim, and our good God Who founded and keeps and has had great mercy on our country will hear and answer!
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
They raise their voices, they shout for joy; from the west they acclaim the Lord’s majesty.
So [as the result of the Messiah’s intervention] they shall [reverently] fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him and put him to flight [for He will come like a rushing stream which the breath of the Lord drives].

 

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Birds!

The LORD has been speaking to me lately, especially through birds! I am going deeper to discover what He is saying. Meanwhile, the birds have been getting closer — literally!

Today, I was having a joy ride (the REAL kind–where I drive and praise and worship Him and pray, just for the JOY of it!) after shopping a bit, enjoying the lovely light, praying, at peace–and a white crane came from my right and flew DIRECTLY across the highway RIGHT in front of my car!

It could not get any closer unless it had come inside, but of course the timing was perfect (only the LORD can do that!! LOVE IT!) and there was no danger. I just started laughing, DELIGHTED, and thanking Him that He is showing me IN DETAIL what I need to know! I’ve done some research and am getting a better idea…..if any of you have comments to add or insights otherwise on birds, please let me know!

Meanwhile, I am excited to have found this verse:

[Even the migratory birds are punctual to their seasons.] Yes, the stork [excelling in the great height of her flight] in the heavens knows her appointed times [of migration], and the turtledove, the swallow, and the crane observe the time of their return. But My people do not know the law of the Lord [which the lower animals instinctively recognize in so far as it applies to them].