Jesus Can Calm the Storm

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Recently My family and I were flying back from Texas through a Tropical Storm.  The Day of our travel was booked months in advance and we didn’t know the storm was coming.  Most of the flight was smooth sailing but as we came closer to our home state of Alabama, a tropical storm was coming up from the south.  The pilot told everyone to buckle up because the flight would become bumpy.  I have flown several times before and I am aware of the many air pockets that a plane hits that will cause a few dips and bumps along the way.  Usually I’m not too scared about it, but this time as the plane got closer to our destination, I got a little scared.   My daughter was sitting in front of me and she was getting sick due to the bumpy ride.  The rain came down and as we got closer to the ground all you could see was clouds.  The clouds were thick and I wondered how the pilot would find his way to land without being able to see the runway.  Yes I know that they have instruments but pilots need to see the runway at least.

Then I thought about what the Bible said about Jesus, calming the wind and sea.   I know that Jesus is the Master of the Wind, Storms, Sea, Rain and our Life.  He is able to take care of us despite what we are going through.  Matthew 8 says:23-27- And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep

seaAnd his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!

Then I realized that God could protect me through the storm and he could help the pilot land the plane.  After praying for God’s guiding hand upon the pilot and plane, I started singing to myself, Master of the Wind.  Here are the lyrics.

My boat of life sails on a troubled sea
Whenever there’s a wind in my sail.
But I have a friend who watches over me
When the breeze turns into a gale.

CHORUS:

I know the Master of the wind.
I know the Maker of the rain.
He can calm a storm, make the sun shine again.
I know the Master of the wind.

Sometimes I soar like an eagle through the sky
Above the peaks my soul can be found.
An unexpected storm may drive me from the heights
Brings me low, but never brings me down.

My favorite verse is Psalm 91:1- He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Psalm 91

1 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;

Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday.

A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.

Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;

10 There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.

11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

12 They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.

13 Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.

15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.

 

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Sowing the Word of God

Amazing how God teaches us so many great things through parables. This is the parable of the Sower.  Read this post that was posted three years ago; it still applies today.

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Last night I heard a sermon about the parable of the sower.  I have heard this message before in the past but what was different about this message is that it spoke to me personally.  I have always looked at it as just sowing the word of God by witnessing but as I listened last night I realized it was for the Christian as well.  Let me explain.

Jesus said in Matthew 13:3-8, “Behold, a sower went forth to sow;  And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:  Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:  And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.  And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung…

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What Do You Trust In?

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Today I heard a video from a guy who said he only had a few months to live.  He was promoting this book that he had written.  He talked about how he chose to live life to the fullest and not mope around, which sounded great.  Then he started talking about Karma and getting things in life by fate, and by having a good outlook on life.  The more I listened the more I really felt sorry for this man, which I’m sure was the opposite effect I was suppose to have.

He was promoting his book about his life, and how he wasn’t going to let Death bring him down.  He was going to live life to the fullest.  As I listened and tried to get the concept of what he was really promoting, I couldn’t find anything other than him promoting his book.  I couldn’t find where he said he had peace.  I didn’t hear where he was ready to die, if the Lord chose to take his life.  He was clinging onto every second of his life, he didn’t really seem to be happy or content.  This saddened me greatly.  I think a person should learn to be happy and content in the life that they have.  Yes, when you are young, you should strive to do great things with your life, but this guy was no longer young.  He had been told that he only had a few months to live.  I didn’t hear once where he said he had lived a good life and was at peace, or that he knew he would be leaving behind a good legacy to his children.  Or where he trusted in God and was at peace with his life.

I feel sorry for him, because God has given this man a few months left for him to come to term with his death.  He could use this time wisely to tell others that God is real  or to seek God and put his trust in Jesus Christ, because Jesus is the only real hope we have in this life.  Having a personal relationship with the son of God is our peace, because we know we will have eternal life one day in Heaven with the Heavenly Father.

I have been trying to teach my children to trust in God and not their own will.  It doesn’t matter how hard you work, how much money you make, or what great things or aspirations you have had in this life, death comes to all. Hebrews 9:27 says: And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:  So it is much better to live a life pleasing to God.  Live for God, teach your children about God and witness to others about God is the best thing you can do in your life.  Make sure you have repented of your sins and asked Jesus to be your Savior, and you will inherit eteral life. John 17:3 says: And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

Other related post: Death of a Saint

 

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Blessed are the Poor in Spirit

Have you ever had a bad day, and it seemed like no matter how hard you tried to act like a Christian, your flesh won.  I’m talking about a day when everything came against you.  Yesterday was my day.  What I mean by this is that everywhere I went, people were driving crazy.  They were cutting me off, blowing at me, yelling at me through the window.  Satan was working hard against me.

I was out with my mother and daughter shopping, when I seen a car on fire.  I slowed to look at the car, and all of the sudden, this lady was blowing at me for slowing down.  Keep in mind, I’m in a shopping center.  I’m not on a major road and she starts blowing her horn and yelling at me through the window. She was down a lane and wanted to turn out of the lane but I must have drove too slow for her.

Then I drive closer to my house and I am ready to take a left turn into a car wash.  While I am waiting on car after car to pass so I can turn in, 3 cars turn into the turn lane facing me.  I look to my right to see where they were turning and nothing.  I knew they were going to turn at the redlight half a mile back, but instead of watching where they were going, they turn in front of me, before they realize I am facing another direction than them,  so they whip back out into traffic and go around me.  Then a guy from from the car wash gets tired of waiting on me to turn in (from a main street), he tried to pull out in front of me.  I see him edging out closer and closer like he was going to pull out, even though car after car is coming.  Finally I had enough.  I blew at him, waved my hand at him and said “Nope, don’t try it.”  So I guess through all the road rage,  my flesh won that day.

Some days are easy, but some days it is hard to let my spiritual side take over.  While we are in the flesh, we cannot truly master God’s love or his holiness, because the flesh is leading, not the spirit.   So I read this post today about: Matthew 5:1: Blessed are the poor in Spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

So I wanted to share this post with you, It is pretty amazing how she is able to break down this scripture so well.  The following post comes from: Short Sweet & Simple


To grasp how Jesus uses “poor” in this beatitude, we must picture a person who finds himself in poverty. One who recognizes his poverty takes the necessary steps to be poor no longer. God wants His children to have this recognition of poverty regarding true spiritual things, and possess the drive to seek their enrichment from Him.

 

What is poverty of spirit?

In his commentary, The Sermon on the Mount, Emmett Fox provides a practical description of what “poor in spirit” means:

To be poor in spirit means to have emptied yourself of all desire to exercise personal self-will, and, what is just as important, to have renounced all preconceived opinions in the whole-hearted search for God. It means to be willing to set aside your present habits of thought, your present views and prejudices, your present way of life if necessary; to discard, in fact, anything and everything that can stand in the way of you finding God.

Application Today

The Laodicean church (Revelations 3:14-22) gives a clear example of the attitude that we are not supposed to portray. The Laodiceans considered themselves to have need of nothing. Meaning that they believed that they have already reached the place where God wants them. They probably measured their salvation based on what they had and the works that they have done, and therefore totally misread their spiritual condition.

This is a deceptive attitude, which needs to be traded with the attitude of being poor in Spirit, whereby we allow prayer and studying of God’s word to shed light on us and illuminate the blind-spots in our lives and all the areas where the Holy Spirit needs to work on so that we become closer to the likeness of Jesus.

Poverty of spirit is a fruit not produced in the natural man, but a work of God’s Holy Spirit in the minds of those He has called and is converting. In the conversation with Nicodemus, Jesus gives more insight of this particular attribute, when he states in John 3:3 that no one can see the Kingdom of God, unless they are born again.  Being born again is the beginning stage of all believers. It speaks of being teachable, of unlearning your own, re-learning and growing in the spiritual values of the Kingdom. This speaks to the character of being poor in spirit.

The blessing for the Poor in Spirit

The Lord Jesus said: “theirs is the kingdom of heaven”

I believe that the promise of the kingdom of heaven signifies the rich access to God and the abundant and fulfilling spiritual life in Him. A relationship with God whereby we see Him working out His promises in our lives.  This blessing also signifies the manifestation of the authority of the rulership of Jesus Christ in and through us. Because, through the attitude of Poverty in Spirit, God can easily steer our lives for His purpose, His glory and for our good. As He moves our lives in such a way He will touch the hearts of others.

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Overcoming Depression

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Some people have never had to fight Depression, but let me tell you Depression is real and unbearable.  Depression can creep up upon you and linger without a person realizing what exactly is making them depressed.  To be honest, I have been dealing with some Depression lately but I know partly where mine is coming from.  My youngest daughter is getting married soon and will be moving far way; her husband is in the military.  In my eyes she is too young, she will always be my baby girl.  The thought of not seeing her everyday, or the thought of her being in some strange place frightens me.  She is moving to a place she doesn’t know, but a place I know way too well.  When I got married to my husband, he was stationed on the same base as my daugher’s future husband is.  Funny how life replays itself.

I told my daughter she was copying me; marrying a military man and moving to the same base I moved to.  Now I know what my mother must have been going through.  When you are young you don’t think about what others may be going through, like you do when you get older.  I guess that is why Depression creeps up on us older people too.

We must really look where Depression stems from in order to overcome it.  Satan works hard to hinder the lives of Christians and those that serve God in any way possible. He wants us to become unproductive.  He wants to beat us down where we feel we are not fit for anything.  When we realize that God can help us overcome this, Depression, that we are able to fight it easier.  God has helped me overcome things that have been difficult to deal with many many times. I know that I was able to overcome those situations by relying more on God.  Relying on God helped my faith and showed me to put my trust fully in him.  It was then, that I was able to overcome those battles that Satan through at me.  Keep in mind that praying is the best tool in helping us with any life struggle.  Praying not only once a day, but several times a day.  Pray when you get up, when you are in the shower, when you are driving, we you have a break at work, when you get home, when you are lying on the couch, when you eat, when you go to bed, anytime you need God, pray.

Praying to God can help you in so many ways.  It can relieve your stress, help you overcome Depression and help you calm your nerves and relax.  Studies have been shown to prove this.  Praying helps your brain.  So let God help you in any struggle that you may be facing.  Realize it is not God that is causing you stress, but the Devil himself.  Call out to God and he can help you overcome.  If you need a listening ear, I’m here.

 

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Let Faith Be Your Guide

As I looked back on this post, written below, I thought: Wow, Lots has happened since I wrote this blog post. This was the third post I wrote, almost five years ago. I wish I could have told myself when I wrote this post, “Read this daily!” Satan has thrown many darts at me over the last five years. He tried to crush me, step on me, convict me. My faith was tested and tried. I know how imperfect a person I was back then, even more today. I thought I was beyond falling, but I was wasn’t. I came to such a low point in my life a couple years ago, that I almost lost that faith. Satan told me that Jesus doesn’t love you. Look at what he has allowed you to go through. He told me that I was nothing to God and I believed him. I questioned over and over again how something like that could happen to me. I loved God, tried to serve God, but I felt like I was trampled upon by the Devil himself. I know now that I deceived and lied to by Satan himself. I thought I was doing things of God but it wasn’t God who I was serving. I had became something that I thought I would never become. I was sharing things that the Devil told me, but thought they were prophecies of God. Oh how I wish I could have undone those things. I know I can never go back, but I have prayed for God’s forgiveness many times.
All I can say today is be on guard! Read your Bible, pray and ask for guidance by God. Because the Devil is a liar, deceiver and he is walking about looking for someone to deceive, especially a Christian. When you think you are above being deceived, be warned, because you are not. It took me months to come out of that deception in my life. I try to warn people of false prophets out there today who claim they hear from God, but don’t. They are deceived. Don’t listen to them. Keep looking up because Jesus will return one day and he will call his people home, but we must be careful and be on guard. Pray, seek God, trust God.

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Many things come to mind when I think of things that I could have done better in my life. I think about all of my past failures, things that I shouldn’t have done, things that I could have done differently. There is no way to undo the past. There is only today and the future to come that a person can live for. After I looked at all of my past mistakes, I am reminded that God forgives us of all transgressions if we only we ask him to. For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)

We can look at the terrible things that others are doing but we must look at our own mistakes too. We need to examine our own lives first, then we can see God’s love and forgiveness….places where God has forgiven us. Did we deserve his forgiveness? I…

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God Can Do Amazing Things

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Have you ever felt like you were backed into a corner and there was no way out.  No matter what you tried to do you couldn’t see a light at the end of the tunnel.  Whether it was a huge financial burden upon your life, or some major health concern, or you were troubled by something that you knew that you could not fix , no matter how hard you tried.  Let me tell you that God can do amazing and great things.  He can be your light at the end of the tunnel, directing you back to the surface.  He can be the answer to all your prayers.  He can fix any problem, heal any disease, correct any situation or relieve any stress that you may have.

Today I had something amazing happen.  Today I witnessed a miracle in someones life.  I have a young friend who is going through something traumatic in her life.  She has been beaten down by life circumstances.  She has no family or friends she can depend on.  I have been trying to help her lately.  I’ve sought prayer for this girl for a few months.  I’ve tried to encourage her, which she in turn has encouraged me.  I prayed for God to intervene in her circumstances.  I couldn’t seem to find a way to help her.  I felt backed into a corner, with no way that I could possibly think of that would help her.

I did the only thing that I could think of to help her.  I prayed for God’s intervention in her life, because I know that nothing is impossible with God.  Then today I witnessed a miracle in this girls life.  I seen where God was helping her in a way I could not.  He was helping her with her financial crisis and he was helping her emotional well being.  No everything is not perfect yet, but I see a light at the end of the tunnel.  I see God’s hand upon her life.  I see something working in her life where I know without a doubt, it is God.

As I look upon this girl’s life, she is not wealthy, she is not perfect, she is not well educated, she is not glamorous by the worlds standards, but she is a child of God.  She is not perfect and may not even be a Christian, but God loves her.  He cares about her.  You may ask, How do I know this?  I know because he gave his life for this girl.   If she was the only person alive that needed salvation, he would have died just for her.  See my God loves all mankind.  He is not willing that any should perish but that all may come to know him.  He is the God of Abraham, the God of Jacob.  He is the Almighty God.  He created all mankind.

It saddens me to think that people turn their back on God.  It hurts to see people you love, forsake him.  We are all imperfect sinners.  God wants to give us new life.  He wants to give us eternal life.  He wants to save us from our sins.  God is a sinless God.  He is a holy God.  In order for us to see him one day, we must put off this sinful nature that lives in us.  We must receive the perfect sacrifice of Jesus.  Jesus is our sin atonement.  Jesus died in our place.  Jesus is the son of God, who came to this earth, to become our sacrifice.  That is why he was sacrificed on a cross, so our sins could be forgiven.  All one must do to inherit or receive salvation is to repent of our sins and call upon Jesus and ask for forgiveness.  Jesus is God’s son and he is like his father.  He loves us so much that he gave his life on a cross.  He is willing to forgive us if we would just call upon his name.  There is no other way to receive salvation and eternal life but through Jesus.

So I ask you, have you received salvation.  Have you prayed and asked Jesus to come into your life and save your soul and forgive you of your sins?  He is willing and waiting for you to call upon him. He can and will forgive us of all sins.  Don’t think that one sin God won’t forgive us.  If you deny him, he will deny you, so Don’t delay!  Call upon him and he will hear you and forgive you of all your sins.

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Try to Encourage Someone Today

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Today I was a little down.  The weather is cold, the sky is gloomy and the sun is not coming out.  Its easy to feel a little depressed by the day outside.  It seems like a lot of things is going wrong lately, not only in my life but my family’s life.  Things just aren’t going as expected.  My son has been looking for a good stable job since he got out of the military, but nothing seems to be the right fit.  He is going for interviews but nothing is panning out.  As a parent when my kids are hurting, I hurt for them.  I guess you can say this depression is caused by nothing major but just some emotional stress.  People that we used to hang out with us are no longer visiting with us.  My son’s wife is still trying to get a visa; she is in the Philippines.  Then I look at myself; my weight loss goal is not going well.  I seem to be staying the same weight even though I’ve tried to cut back on eating certain foods.  My daughter is getting married soon and will be moving away.

As I had a pity party today, I received a text from someone asking me to call her.  This girl has had some major problems in her life.  She has every reason to be upset, be depressed, but instead of her crying about all the bad things in her life, she does something unexpected.  She actually takes time to tell me thanks.  She thanked me for being there for her, for listening, for encouraging her.  She told me she loved me and I was like a sister to her.  As she is telling me this over the phone, I had to hold back my tears.  Here I was throwing a pity party for myself and here is this girl giving me encouragement when I should have been encouraging her.

Sometimes we focus on our own lives, we don’t look around at other people and try to help them.  We don’t take time to encourage others and be a friend to others.  We live in our own bubble asking, “Why Me Lord?”  The thing is we should be saying, “Use Me Lord!”  “Use me for your service, Lord.  Use me to be an encouragement to others.  Use me to help someone who may be hurting or depressed.”  So I want to encourage you to think about helping someone else today.  Be there for them, be a light.  Be a friend.

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Are You a Lukewarm Christian

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How many people do you know that claim they know God and are saved, but show no works or dedication to the Lord.  They don’t go to church but once on Easter or maybe Christmas.  They continue to live their life like they want to; in sin.  Or perhaps they go to a liberal church who plays rock and roll, flashing lights, and where people dance on stage like it is a nightclub, not a church.  I’m sorry but my Bible says: For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? (1 Peter 4:17).  A church should be holy and people should respect it.  But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the houseofGod, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth (1 Timothy 3:15).

There are definite signs to being a lukewarm Christian; a person who talks to God when it is convient or when they are sick and want healing.  A person who believes in God but don’t share their faith with others.  A person who doesn’t stand up against something that is wrong, because they don’t want to lose their friends.  A person who will hang out with friends even though they may be drinking or doing something they shouldn’t.  I heard a sermon about being a lukewarm Christian; it can refer to a Christian who is in a backslidden condition.

What does it mean to be lukewarm?  Lukewarm means to be in a backslidden condition, neither cold nor hot, God said he would spew this church out of his mouth, a church age that makes God sick! A church age that is deceived, and lacks the true testimony of God. Because thou Sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods and have need of nothing; flesh is satisfied while the Spirit is starving! Deceived by the love of the world, and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind and naked. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth (Revelation 3:16). 

So you may ask how to be hot and not lukewarm.

  1. Keep God first in your life
  2. Pray daily and often
  3. Attend a Bible preaching church
  4. Witness, share the gospel of Christ
  5. Repent of your sins and turn from them.
  6. Ask God for his guidance and direction in your life
  7. Keep your mind pure from worldly things; such as:
  • Don’t watch shows on television that you shouldn’t
  • Don’t read books you shouldn’t
  • Walk away from others that are talking trash
  • Don’t look at pornographic or nasty material

Read other material on Lukewarm Christians:

https://www.ibelieve.com/faith/3-signs-you-might-be-a-lukewarm-christian.html

https://www.onfaith.co/text/17-signs-of-a-lukewarm-christian

 

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The Word is Our Bread and Water

 

This post was written by a Philippino Minister- Junefer Movilla Oyanib.

I’d like to post this because this is my heart beat- the world. We need to realize that there are a lot of people who have died without knowing about Salvation.  Some have been poor in spirit, poor in financial, and poor in physical health. They don’t have enough food to eat everyday, because of there situation/condition.  They have a lack of knowledge about Jesus, they have died from hunger or thirst and without direction in there life. Have you ever realized brethren that we have so much to GIVE this kind of people.

I would like to ask you:

1. Who is the bread of Life?

2. Who is the Living Water?

People died with hunger and thirst because they don’t know Jesus. *Have you ever given the BREAD to the Hungry? *Have you ever give the WATER to the Thirsty?

This may sound harsh but, Brethren, don’t be selfish. Let’s share the Bread and Water to others.   Lets share bread and water, who is JESUS, because only Jesus is their Hope. They really need Jesus.

Life is all about; the glory of God. — Worshipping God — declaring of who God is — and Loving God and others.

These photos are from his ministry in the Philippines:

 

 

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