Sharing the Fruit of My Trials

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

heart-turquoise-howlite“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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Christ’s Sudden Return

Matthew 24: 26-28

“For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.”  Matthew 24:27

In Matthew 24 Jesus warns to not believe someone if they tell you the Messiah is somewhere, and don’t bother to look, don’t believe it. For as the lightning flashes in the east and shines in the west, that is how it will be when the Son of Man returns.  And just like the gathering of vultures indicate a dead body is near, these signs indicate the end is also close at hand.

The Lord came in the flesh, but when He returns He will come in all His glory. We are not to look for Him as though He will return and be among us as He was when He first entered the world and revealed Himself and then again, after His resurrection.

No, but know He tells us when these signs appear He is ready to return, suddenly, without warning. So we need to give heed to the signs He has revealed through His Word, and be prepared. For the end of the world is passing from life to death, but the Kingdom of God is coming soon,  and Christ will establish His rule forever. Those who wait for Him will also reign with Him as His Bride.  (Matthew 24:45-46)

CR – 1 Thessalonians 5:2, Matthew 24:32-44)

Lord, Let us be in watchful prayer. not surprised at your coming, but be prepared by continuing to share your gospel of salvation and faithfully serve you by doing the work you call us to do. . ( Matthew 26:40, Galatians 6:9)

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False Messiahs and Prophets Today

 

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Summary – Reflection (Revelation) – Prayer

Context: Matthew 24
Focus: Matthew 24: 23-25

S- If anyone claims to be the Messiah don’t believe it for false prophets and Messiahs will rise up and even perform signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen. But Jesus warns those who belong to Him, ahead of time.

R – Jesus promised His disciples the Holy Spirit and to all who believe, Whom He said would take from Him and reveal it to those in faith.

“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” John 16:13

Therefore, it is impossible for those who have the Holy Spirit  to be deceived as to what others may say and do. No matter what sign is given, those in faith can detect the counterfeit of the devil.
The Truth is,  God’s Word and the Holy Spirit agree.  Those who come to faith in Jesus Christ have His Spirit dwelling within them which is the sign of their redemption. John the Baptist, saw the dove – Holy Spirit descending upon Jesus , and knew He was the One promised – “Behold, The Lamb of God Who takes away the Sin of the World.” Jesus promised one sign would point to Him as the Messiah Whom God sent – He would be raised from the dead after three days. After offering Himself as the Holy living Sacrifice, dying on the cross for all sin, Jesus Christ was raised from the dead and appeared to His disciples and many.

P- Lord, thank you for giving us your Holy Spirit and your Word which agree – Jesus Christ is the One Who has come and there is no other. Let the eyes of the blind see, and be set free.

CR – John 16:13, Luke 3:22, John 1:29-31, 1 Corinthians 15:3-8

“But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.”  1 John 2:27

God wants to open the Scriptures to You. Abide in Him and His Word

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For His Chosen Ones

“His Abide”
Summary – Reflection (Revelation) – Prayer
Context: Matthew 24/ Matthew 24: 20-22

“In fact, unless that time of calamity is shortened, not a single person will survive. But it will be shortened for the sake of God’ s chosen ones.” Matthew 24:22

S- Jesus is telling the disciples about what will be the sign of the end of the age and His return, He says pray that your flight will not be in winter or on the Sabbath, for there will be greater anguish than at any time since the world began.  And it will never be so great again. In fact unless that day of calamity is shortened not a single person will survive.  But it will be shortened for the sake of God’s chosen ones.

R- God is always mindful of His Chosen- those who continue to trust Him and place their faith in His Son, and  Savior, Jesus Christ. Even in the midst of the worse circumstances He rescues them and shortens their trial. Those who abide in the mighty shadow of the Lord will endure, bringing others to faith.
This reminds me of the many times in the Bible, like the flood, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, and the Passover, the time of Esther, and Daniel and the Lions, God was faithful to deliver them all.

Reference:
Our Lot in Life

I have experienced God’s deliverance numerous times, not because of my worthiness but because of Christ’s shed blood. Even in childbirth, He shortened my labor when I remembered to call on the Lord. Genesis 4:1

Reference: Trusting God for Your Life and Birth

I once stepped on a landmine of condemnation, and the Lord removed me from the pit, and the net. He has rescued me so many times. He is faithful to rescue us from all our troubles, and bring glory to Himself.
Psalm 18:6

Reference: No Condemanation in Christ Jesus

P-Thank you Lord, you rescue all who trust in you from all our troubles and fears and provide an open door to glorify your Name. Revelation 3:7-8

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“But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about everything, and is true, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.” 1 John 2:27

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“His Abide”

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Content:  Matthew 24:15-22

“How terrible it will be for pregnant women and for nursing mothers in those days.”
Focus: Matthew 24:19

S- When the abomination spoken by Daniel is set up in the Holy Place, then those in Judea must flee. A person out on the deck of the roof must not go down into the house and get anything. A person in the field must not return to get a coat. How terrible it will be for pregnant women and for nursing mothers in those days.

R- There is such an urgency when this abomination occurs that everyone will want to get away.  It mentions how it will be especially terrible for women who are pregnant and are nursing.
This reminds me of how those who are the most vulnerable are also the most reliant on God. Today, in our country we are in a state of apostasy in so many ways, rejecting Him in our schools, and embracing gender changes, and aborting our children in the slaughter houses across our nation, We have set the stage for the abominations to fill the void in many ways.
There seems to be  a shortage of everything and Infant formula is now hard to find. But God has always made provision in even the worse of times. Women have been given the ability to give birth to their children and produce ample milk, even enough to share with women who are unable to lactate. But have many,  not given it  away , looking to mankind. to produce what God has already abundantly given?  Mary’s Birth

                                                When Eve gave birth to Cain, she exclaimed,
“I have brought forth a child with the “help of the Lord.”

 El Shaddai hears our cries in every generation and in every circumstance. Those who trust in Him are not without a Savior, for greater is He that is within those who Trust in the Lord, than those who are in the world.  1 John 4:4

“Can a woman forget her nursing child and have no compassion on the son of her womb?  Even these may forget, but I will not forget you.” Isaiah 49:15

CR – Luke 13:34, 1 John 4:4, Genesis 4:1

P-Lord, help us to remember to call on you in our hour of need, for we are near to your heart in every circumstance. Praise You for your steadfast love!

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Flight to Grace

“His Abide”

Matthew 24:15-16

“So when you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the prophet Daniel, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.”

S- There is a time coming when a Sacrilegious object that causes discretion  will stand in the Holy Place.  Therefore, everyone in Judea must flee without looking back.

R- What comes to my mind are the times when destruction occurred as a result of God’s judgment: the flood, the tower of Babel, Sodom and Gomorrah, Egypt with its plagues, the destruction of the temple in 70 AD and a future judgment ushering in the return of Christ. In each instance, the people were and will scatter, fleeing to another place, the hills and the mountains, the caves,  to get away. But those rescued, those who are made righteous by faith are not to look back, but head to the mountain and meet with the One Whom they were saved.
CR – Genesis 7: 1-4, Genesis 11:1-9, Genesis 19:14-16, Exodus 7: 1-5,
Matthew 24: 1-2, Daniel 11:31, Revelation 6:15-17, Luke 21:37,
Luke 22:39, John 3:16

P – Thank you Lord, those who trust in you , you save. You rescue us from destruction and invite all in faith, to meet with you on your mount. There we commune with you and are safe. This is our abiding place.  Psalm 27:5

“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.”
Psalms 91:1

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Religion or Relationship

Matthew 24: 9-11

“Then they will deliver you over to be persecuted and killed, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name.  At that time many will fall away and will betray and hate one another, and many false prophets will arise and mislead many.”

 

S-  Jesus told His disciples they could expect to be delivered into tribulation, such as, persecution, and be put to death.  They would be hated by all nations for His Name sake.  Many will fall away, betray and hate one another.  Many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. Lawlessness will increase and the love of many will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And the gospel of the Kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.

R- Since the time of Christ’s resurrection developing within a fallen world has been the Kingdom of God, and the world governments have rejected Christ’s reign. Like a child aborted, the world has rejected Christ’s influence and those in faith. But those who have a relationship with Jesus Christ are sealed in His love, His Holy Spirit, and will not fall away, because it is impossible, for He that is within the “born again” believer is greater than He that is in the world. And, nothing in this world can separate those who have a relationship with Christ, faith in His blood,  from His great love.
( Revelation 3: 8-10, 1 John 4:4, Ephesians 1:13, )

P- Lord, thank you for not only saving me, but keeping me by your faithfulness and love. May I honor you today, and put you first in all things, as you put me first when you shed your precious blood, and sacrificed your life on the cross.  (Romans 8: 31-39, 1 John 4:10)

No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:39

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