Sharing the Fruit of My Trials

1 Peter 1: 3-9, 1 Peter 4: 12-19 Matthew 13:46

“If you have placed your faith in God’s grace for salvation through Jesus Christ be Encouraged.”

(1 Thessalonians 3:2-3)

heart-turquoise-howlite“The Lord, He is Good. His dealings towards you are always Purposeful , Compassionate, Producing Eternal Fruit.”

 (Romans 8:28, Hebrews 12: 5-6, Jeremiah 29:11)

heart-turquoise-howlite“In all of your trials and in all of your circumstances you will come full circle with this knowledge; God is Good, Merciful, Trustworthy and Faithful to
“Complete your Salvation.

(Romans 8:1, Hebrews 12:2, Philippians 1:6)

heart-turquoise-howlite“The One who has made Salvation possible not by your works but only through His Work at the Cross is Worthy of your Trust.”

 (Ephesians 2:8-9)

 heart-turquoise-howlite“He will keep you in faith until the Day of His Coming.”

 (1 Peter 1:7, Ephesians 1:13, Ephesians 4:30)

 heart-turquoise-howlite“You are Sealed through His blood covenant and are Made ready by His Holy Spirit.

(Ephesians 4:30, Ephesians 1:13, 2 Corinthians 1: 21-22, Hebrews 9: 14)

heart-turquoise-howlite“He is the Good Shepherd who looks after his sheep with meticulous inspections, cleansing you with His Sanctification while Restoring you to Himself.”

(Psalm 51: 12-13, John 17:19, 1 Thessalonians 4:3, 1Corinthians 6:11, James 5:19,
Galatians 6:1, 1 John 1:9)

heart-turquoise-howlite“No one can snatch you away from the Good Shepherd who has laid down his life for your soul.  You are in His Sheepfold and All his Gates lead to New and Green Pastures.”
                                          (John 10: 28-29, Psalm 119: 67, Psalm 100:3-4, Psalm 23:2)

heart-turquoise-howlite“Every trial is filtered through His Love and Accomplishes His Will for You.

 (Genesis 50:20, Romans 8:28, Jeremiah 29:11)

heart-turquoise-howlite“Every trial works towards the goal of Renewal and Transformation.”

(Romans 12:2, 2 Corinthians 5:17)

heart-turquoise-howlite“In every circumstance it is His desire that you “Know Him as He Really Is.”

 (Job 42:1-6, 1 John 5:20, John 17:3, John 4:23-24, 1 John 2:3)

heart-turquoise-howlite“Trust in His Goodness and be patient in your trial, allowing the Lord to accomplish his Perfect Will, Establishing your Faith in Him.”

(Colossians 2:6-7)

heart-turquoise-howlite“God will bring you to the “Cross”- road of decision where you choose to Decide in Whom you will Trust.”

(James 1: 2-5)

heart-turquoise-howlite“When He has finished the work, in the fullness of time, He will deliver you.”

(Romans 8:34, Luke 22:32, 1 Peter 5:6)

heart-turquoise-howlite“You will not be put to shame as you Focus on Him.”

(Psalm 34:5)

heart-turquoise-howlite“Your face will shine like the sun (Son) Reflecting His Love.”

(Psalm 34:5)

heart-turquoise-howlite“And you will know that the Lord, “Yes” the Lord, He is Good; He is always Good!”
(Psalm 86:5)

                Doula Faith


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Preparing the Way in Repentance

“His Abide” 
Reading  Reflecting Responding
(Summary – Reflection- Prayer)
God’s Word while Walking it Out

Context: Mark 1: 1-8
Focus:  Matthew 28: 2-3

“As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,

Behold, I send my messenger before your face,
who will prepare your way,
the voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,’”

John the Baptist was the forerunner to Christ’s salvation, making a path of repentance to receiving Him as Savior and Lord. He told many to repent of their sins and be baptized as a sign they had turned to God for forgiveness.  But John was also a witness who identified Him, pointing Him out, saying “someone is coming who is greater than I am and I’m not even worthy to stoop down and untie the straps of his sandals.”  He said he baptized with water but the One Who would follow him would baptize with fire and the Holy Spirit.

Baptism can save no one. It is meant to be a witness and sign of repentance and a confession of faith in Jesus Christ. It represents being made clean and made righteous through the confession of faith in Jesus Christ.  But unfortunately, some churches teach it is necessary for salvation. But just like circumcision only marked those who were in the Jewish faith, so it is with baptism.  For it is not through circumcision nor baptism that sets a person apart for God’s plan of salvation, but the circumcision of the heart- sincere repentance. Many received the Holy Spirit after confessing their faith in Jesus Christ, and then were baptized, and others received the infilling of the Holy Spirit upon water baptism. But what prepares the way of receiving the promised Holy Spirit is not a ritual but a sincere repentant heart accepting the gospel message of Christ’s death and resurrection. If you don’t recognize you sin, then how can you recognize the need of a Savior who forgives all? So the heart must be laid bare, no obstacle in the way, no pride holding on to self-righteousness. (Romans 2: 25-29, Acts 10: 44-48, Matthew 3: 1-11)

When I believed in Jesus Christ as a child of twelve years I received the Holy Spirit promised to all who believe the gospel message.  It was not until later that I was baptized in His Name.  It was out of an act of obedience that I was baptized because the Lord commands it to identify us as followers of Christ and follow Him in service.  The thief on the cross was not baptized, for it was impossible to do so, yet he was promised eternal life.  Just as partaking of Holy Communion does not mean you are saved, but is a reminder of what Christ has done for those who believe, water baptism signifies we have been made clean by obeying the Word to believe. We are baptized not unto a church or doctrine but baptized unto the Lord, in every way. ( John 3:16, Luke 23: 39-43, )

Prayer: Lord, thank you for first showing us we sin through knowledge of your law, and without the law through faith in the death and resurrection of your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ, we receive your salvation through acknowledging our need for Him with a repentant heart.

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”  Ephesians 2: 8-10

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God is in Control

“His Abide” 
Reading  Reflecting Responding
(Summary – Reflection- Prayer)
God’s Word while Walking it Out

Context: Matthew 28: 1-20
Focus:  Matthew 28: 18

“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Matthew 28: 18

Summary: Before the Lord’s ascension He told his disciples all authority in heaven and earth belonged to Him. With that knowledge, they were to go out and make disciples from all nations, baptizing them in His Name- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They were to teach them to observe all His commands, and then He reminded them, He would be with them to the end of the age.

Reflection: Much of King David’s Psalms are pleas of help to the One He knew had the authority to release him from danger, afflictions and snares that threatened his soul. But although the psalm may begin with a sense of desperation, by its conclusion, it transforms, to a calmness, stillness, in praise and thanksgiving with assuring peace that comes only from the Lord.  Have you noticed that too? (Philippians 4:7)

Psalm 46:10

Sometimes it takes a person in authority and under authority to recognize God is always in control. One example of this is when a  Roman Centurion soldier asked Jesus to heal his servant. When Jesus said he would go to the place where his servant, lay,  the Centurion responded that all Jesus had to do was to say the word and he knew his servant would be healed. And so it happened, that when Jesus said his servant would  recover, he believed Him,  and discovered at the exact time the word was given, his servant recovered and was made whole. (Luke 7: 1-10)

Recently, I found myself in a circumstance not knowing what to do. The more I tried to fix the problem, the  more I became entangled in an invisible net. But when I called out to Jesus who is sovereign over everything and in control, I was reminded of His Word
“Be still and know that I am God”.
Suddenly, I sensed His presence and the tempest blocked.
The Word says in everything we are to pray trust and wait, whenever we become anxious over anything.  It’s one thing to pray, and to even trust, but “Wait” is another discipline altogether.   I find whenever I neglect to wait,  I thwart His strategy and timing, while stepping on ahead of Him with my sword, swinging aimlessly, without making contact. I am no match for the enemy’s tactics, but the Lord can take Him out with one blow and turn everything around on a dime.  The thing that ties His hands are my doubts, impatience and wanting to take care of the circumstance, myself,
Right NOW!

“And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.” Isaiah 30:21

When Jesus said all authority is given to Him it means our part is to submit to Him, in doing His work, then whatever we do or wherever we go we are in His authority and nothing will be impossible for us. He promises never to leave  or forsake us in any circumstance, because He is Lord over it and works everything to His purpose and our good. (Romans 8:28)

My Prayer: Lord, How wonderful to know as our Lord and Savior you direct things towards your perfect will. And in this we know, whatever the outcome, It is always Good, because you are Good. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

CR: Psalm 25:15, Psalm 34:4-6, Psalm 40:1-17

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The Breakthrough

“His Abide” 
Reading  Reflecting Responding
God’s Word while Walking it Out

Context: Matthew 27: 1-66
Focus:  Matthew 27:51-52

“At that moment the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth quaked and the rocks were split. The tombs broke open, and the bodies of many saints who had fallen asleep were raised.” Matthew 27: 51-52

Definition: Breakthrough – a military movement or advance all the way through and beyond an enemy’s frontline defense. An act or instance of removing or surpassing an obstruction or restriction; the overcoming of a stalemate.

Following the time of darkness whereby God’s presence was removed, Jesus shouted out the second time, releasing His spirit. Suddenly, there was an earthquake, the curtain in the sanctuary separating the Holy of Holies was torn in two, rocks split open, and the tombs opened releasing the bodies of saints as they were raised from the dead.

Christ’s separation from the Father while He took on the sins of the world was our breakthrough from darkness. It was as though thru the darkness  of clouds covering the earth, the light and the brightness of His Son broke through. While the Father received back His Son, our forgiveness was received too.

Recently, I was in a time of darkness, and the only thing I knew to do was to shout,
“Jesus Help!, Jesus Help me!”. The cloud of my circumstance was removed, and His light began dispersed the turmoil and made my heart be still.
There is no dark circumstance that can separate us from the Father’s great love, because Jesus shouted for us from the cross, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Romans 8:39,  Luke 23:34, Hebrews 12:5)

Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for sending your SON, Jesus Christ to do what we could not do.  Let us remember to call upon His Name and be released from the enemy, in which He has already destroyed. By shedding His blood, He did what you wanted Him to do.

Christ’s Breakthrough Makes a Way for Me and You
CR: John 19:34 , Luke 22:19, Numbers 20: 10-11, Exodus 14:29-31, John 14:6


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Releasing it All to Jesus

“His Abide” 
Reading  Reflecting Responding
God’s Word while Walking it Out


Context: Matthew 27: 1-66
Focus:  Matthew 27:50
Cross Reference:
Luke 23:46

“Then Jesus called out in a loud voice, “Father, into Your hands I commit My Spirit.” And when He had said this, He breathed His last.”  Luke 23:46

Focus Summary: After the hour of darkness Jesus feeling the separation from the Father, shouted with a loud cry, “Father into your hands I commit My Spirit.”

Reflection:   There is no darkness that can separate us from the Father’s love. In those last hours, Jesus took on the condemnation of the world. In those last dark hours, He felt no comfort or love.

There may come a time in the believer’s life when the Lord’s voice is not heard at all, the circumstances so dark, there is no comfort even from God’s Word. But when in faith all is released into the Father’s hands, the darkness is pierced and His small still voice is heard again.  “There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus.”
(1 Kings 19:11-12, Romans 8:1)

Jesus did not judge even Himself, but released His Soul into the Father’s Hands.
Therefore,  we are not to judge ourselves or others, allowing only the Father to judge our faith in Christ Jesus. ( John 12: 44-50).

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—  not by works, so that no one can boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9

His Complete Atonement Covers it All!

Response:  Dear Lord, I’ve been in the darkest strangest place, but when I released it all to your faithfulness, light illuminated my understanding, and I learned to trust in your everlasting love and received your Peace. Before I knew it, today I receive it.
(Proverbs 3:5-6, Isaiah 26:3, Philippians 4: 6-8)

“But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed”. 1 Peter 4:13

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“His Abide” 
Reading  Reflecting Responding
God’s Word while Walking it Out


Context: Matthew 27: 45-56  Focus: Matthew 27:45-46

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land until the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying,
 “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?”
that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” Matthew 27:45-46

At the third hour (9:00)  Jesus was crucified on the cross and then at noon (12:00) darkness fell across the whole earth until the ninth hour (3:00). Then during this last hour,  He suddenly cried out with a loud voice, with these words:

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Jesus suffered separation from the Father in his last hours on earth. He felt abandoned and forsaken, and without the Father’s strength. No longer in His presence, no longer hearing His voice, was the worse mental, spiritual torture, and was the complete atonement for our salvation, releasing His Spirit to God, alone.
Because of His Sacrifice and submission even in the darkest hour of His life, we have His Life, We have His Light and the promise that only He alone gives, He gives us His Peace which passes all understanding which for our sake guards our hearts and minds by faith in Him.  (Philippians 4:7)

There is no darkness we encounter that can ever separate us from His great love.
And His promise to all who believe in His forgiveness is:
“I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5

Because, He loves us with an everlasting love.

CR 1 Peter 4:13, Job 13:15, Matthew 27:50, Romans 8:39

Dear Heavenly Father, Keep reminding  us, how your Son, Jesus Christ suffered abandonment in the hour of His atonement for us, so we will never be forsaken nor lost. Because we are sealed by your Holy Spirit, we can trust, you are always our present help in trouble, and our strength,  kept in your bosom, sheltered by your wings.  And in that hour when we are released from this world we will be taken to be with You forever in your Son’s bosom, to Our everlasting home.   (Psalm 46: 1-2, Psalm 23:4)

“For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 8:38-39


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His Word Is Proof

“His Abide”

Reading Reflecting Responding

Writing it Down and Walking it Out

Context:  Matthew 27: 32-44  Focus: Matthew 27: 41-44

“So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’’ And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way.”  Mathew 27: 41-44

Jesus was mocked by the religious leaders, priests and elders while He hung on the cross. They taunted Him by saying He should save Himself like He saved others if He is the Son of God.  They mocked Him for trusting God, and that He should ask God to deliver Him and come down from the cross. The two thieves next to Jesus also mocked Him in the same way.

The One Who came down from heaven was the Son of Man and submitted to God completely while leaving His Sovereignty and credentials into the Father’s hands.  He came not to prove His divinity but to glorify God by His complete submission, to the end.  He always did what the Father was showing Him to do without an agenda of His own.

“Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  Philippians 2: 5-7

In the beginning of Christ’s Commission, Satan tempted Jesus to  prove Who He Is and Was – “If you are the Son of God”, then turn these stones into bread, cast yourself from this high place, and worship me, then all these Kingdoms can be yours, immediately.
But Jesus only responded with the Word of God for the proof is His Word.
His Word is Truth.

The whole time Jesus taught, healed, and fed the hungry, and explained the Word of God, He was challenged to prove Who He Was.  But He replied, “If you don’t believe in me,  then believe the works that I do.  Even Nicodemus, a religious leader, had to admit that the works He did meant He was sent from God. But Jesus left up the revelation of Himself to the Father.  John 10:38, John 3: 1-2, Matthew 16:15-17, John 5: 30-32

So many times I have gone to do the work of God led by my own agenda using my credentials as proof of my worth.  Recently, He has shown me that when I allow the Holy Spirit to take over, then He is lifted up, and not myself, and He draws everyone Who hears His Words, to Himself.
Even Paul the Apostle learned to let go of his credentials as a Pharisee to share the simple truth of the gospel which has the power to win souls. He did not depend on his knowledge but sought to know the Lord, so He could learn to do His will, and not his own.
John 12:32, Philippians 3: 3-11

CR – Genesis 3: 4-5, Matthew 24:35

Dear Lord, whenever I am tempted to think more highly of myself, let me remember how you humbled yourself, and pointed to the scriptures and not yourself.  May I remember to lift you up, and your Word. That is enough.  Luke 24: 25-27, Luke 16: 30-31

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