The Senate Pass


Acts 8:25-40
Recently, I had the opportunity to accompany my husband on a business trip to Washington DC. I planned to visit the Capital and sit in on the proceedings on the days Congress and the Senate were in session. Before my trip, I contacted the offices of my Senators, requesting passes to the galleries where I had decided to observe and pray. I didn’t hear back from them and decided to just visit the Capitol building, Supreme Court building and some museums located near our hotel. But what occurred was I developed an infection on my leg which caused a lot of pain whenever I walked. However, the Lord had given me a peace about going on this trip, reminding me, His grace was sufficient. And every time it was necessary to walk, I had His grace, and the pain decreased. But on the day I had planned to visit the historic sites, the pain became unbearable and so, I relented to stay in my hotel room. It allowed me to pray for our government leaders and just to take advantage of this special time to worship the Lord and pray.
As I was listening to worship music on YouTube, and in joyous praise, I was suddenly interrupted with a call from someone in DC. There was no ID so I decided not to answer. But when I listened to the recorded message, I was surprised to hear it was one of my Senators letting me know I could visit his office to pick up the gallery visitor’s passes. I, of course, was very disappointed, because of my condition, I could not go.
Not knowing what Senator had sent the message, I decided to search the office number. As I was discovering the name of the Senator attached to the office number, I was immediately transferred through the internet to a webcast, broadcasting the Senate proceedings taking place that day. I was amazed as I was witnessing two nominations: One, for the Commissioner for Health and Human Services and the other for the representative to the United Nations General Assembly. They were taking a senate vote on their nominations. I did not know the two nominees’ backgrounds, so while the vote was taking place I researched some information concerning them. I was again amazed to find out, both were Trump Appointees, and one, in particular, was very conservative and matched my beliefs on policies concerning children’s issues. I was then encouraged to pray for each of their nominations as I was given a remote front row seat to witness everything going on within the Senate Chamber.

It then occurred to me that although it was not possible to visit the Senate, personally, and sit in the gallery to pray, God had through cyberspace transported me there. I was so excited knowing that God had allowed my circumstance to work for good and that His sovereignty in the matter prevailed, despite my dilemma. This was so encouraging.

This reminded me of how an Angel of the Lord told Philip, to go south to a desert road leading from Jerusalem. There, the Holy Spirit led him to join an Ethiopian who was reading scripture. The scripture was Isaiah 53 which is the prophecy concerning Jesus Christ. Philip was sent to explain the scripture he was reading, and as a result, the eunuch was converted and immediately wanted to be baptized.

Isn’t it amazing how God is faithful, to reveal His truth to anyone who is seeking, and personally will call a believer, to go and witness and interpret scripture?
As soon as the eunuch and Philip came up out of the baptismal water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him again.
In comparison, it seemed as though the Lord had supernaturally transported me to witness the nominations, and I was in and out of that remote setting, as soon as God’s purpose was obeyed.

His ways never cease to amaze and delight me as I am always given His grace, whenever I am reminded to pray.
(Philippians 4: 4-6, 2 Corinthians 12:9)

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The Fruit of my Trials


“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1: 1-2

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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 1:23)

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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What’s Behind the Motivation


Tower of Babel

  “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Psalm 139:23-24

Personally, in writing this blog, I was in need of an honest inspection behind the motivation for sharing this biblical truth. Is it because I wish to make a name for myself? Do I believe I possess knowledge no one else has privy (Romans 12: 3-5)?  Or do I sincerely desire to shed light on a subject which may help both you and me. It still may benefit you, if it is the truth, but if my motivation is for the sake of appearance or making a good impression, I will suffer losing my reward found in Christ.
Philippians 1: 15-18

Examples of Wrong Motives
There are two examples the Word gives concerning someone doing what they think is right but with wrong motives. One example is how an unrepentant nonbeliever may do good works and even evoke the name of Christ, but has never come to faith in God’s salvation and Christ’s sacrifice ( Matthew 7:22-23 ). They know about Him, but have never come into a personal relationship with Him. The other is the believer, who testifies of Christ with wrong motives, through self-effort and vain-glory. (Philippians 1:15-19)

Scriptural Examples
Scriptural examples of this are found in both the old and new testament. In 1 Samuel, King Saul tried to battle the Philistines by making his own sacrifice and through self-effort, instead of  trusting and waiting on the Lord. 
The other, is found in Genesis 11; how a people attempted to reach heaven by building a tower, for self- glory, and for the purpose of making a name for themselves. In 1 Corinthians 11 in the new testament, there were Christians who were misrepresenting Christ by continuing to sin, refusing His discipline and unrepentant.
Genesis 111 Corinthians 11: 23-34 ,   1 Samuel 13

 “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or empty pride, but in humility consider others more important than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4

Examining Our Self-Motive
Examining our motivation is very important .  In everything there can be a hidden element of vain glory.  I need to allow the Lord to examine my heart to determine my motive, whether it be praying (Matthew 6:6), teaching , or even doing a good deed. It would be prudent of me to first ask myself the question, “who is this really benefiting,  or how is this honoring and serving the Lord?”
(Psalm 127:1 Corinthians 3:11-15, Jeremiah 17: 9-10)

One scripture ascertains to this concept; whereby, even if I were to give everything up and even sacrifice myself in the process, it is in vain, if God’s love and purpose is not the motivating factor.
(1 Corinthians 13:3).

Christ’s Righteousness or Our Own
Our righteousness is nothing compared to the righteousness required to approach a Holy God. But Praise God, we look to Christ’s righteousness alone, who has given us entrance into the presence of God through His sacrifice. All our righteousness are like filthy rags, and I can only be made whole through faith in Christ’s righteousness.
Isaiah 64:6( Proverbs 2:6-9)

Personal Testimony
When I was young I sought to do what was right in my own eyes. In the beginning I just wanted to serve the Lord, content for Him to receive all the glory. Then, little by little pride crept in and God’s purpose paled in comparison to my own. It’s possible to be at times, ignorant of our own desire to serve Christ. The Lord was merciful by allowing all my work to go up in flames, while restoring me back to Himself, once again, cleansing my motivation and purpose.
I would like to say, I never again got off track, but I have, again and again. I realize, I cannot trust my own heart, but try earnestly, to be cognizant of every word and action,bringing all under the Holy Spirit’s scrutiny and examination.
( 2 Corinthians 10:5)
1 John 1:9, Romans 8:1-2  James 7: 13-20
(Isaiah 55:9, Jeremiah 17:9, Proverbs 3: 5-6, Ephesians 2:10, Jeremiah 29:11,
Genesis 11:1-9, 1 Peter 4:18, 1 Corinthians 3: 10-15, Deuteronomy 30

Representatives of Christ Jesus
As never before, as believers and servants of Christ, we need to be in check as to how we are representing our Lord. The best preparation is by reading the Word, Listening to His Voice, and bringing everything to Him in prayer. As believers, we are first accountable to Christ, then ourselves, then the Body, and also to those who do not yet believe.
(2 Corinthians 10:17, 1 Peter 5:5 James 5:16)

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