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This page is dedicated to the short inspirational writings of a dear sister, whom is annointed to capture the very heart of jesus and put it in writing. Enjoy her writings weekly.
This page is dedicated to the short inspirational writings of a dear sister,
whom is annointed to capture the very heart of jesus
and put it in writing. Enjoy her writings weekly.




 

But if not....

 

Daniel 3:16-18
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego answered and said to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17If this be so,(AA)our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of your hand, O king.[d] 18But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up."

I frequently pray that if I were in such circumstance, that I would boldly say to the one person that was holding the key to my life(at least on earth) in his hand; "My God will deliver me, but if not I still will not worship your gods." To have that kind of faith, that says that I know that God has the ability to deliver me out of this trial or problem, but even if He doesn't, I know that He is still there, and He still cares for me. There is a song out right now by Laura Story: Blessings- one of the verses which reads:

We pray for wisdom 
Your voice to hear 
And we cry in anger when we cannot feel You near 
We doubt Your goodness, we doubt Your love 
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
 


– Isaiah 40:28-31“Have you not known? Have you not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, faints not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” 

God's promises are enough! His grace is enough!! Just remember next time you are feeling discouraged, that maybe the trials of this life are just God's mercies in disguise.

http://www.tsrocks.com/l/laura_story_texts/blessings.html

(see this link for the song  Blessings by Laura Story)

Until next time: The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord be gracious to you, make His face shine upon you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26


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True Fasting

 
Isaiah 58:1-4 - True Fasting
1 “Shout it aloud, do not hold back. Raise your voice like a trumpet. Declare to my people their rebellion and to the descendants of Jacob their sins.
2 For day after day they seek me out; they seem eager to know my ways, as if they were a nation that does what is right and has not forsaken the commands of its God. They ask me for just decisions
and seem eager for God to come near them.
3 ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and you have not seen it? Why have we humbled ourselves,
and you have not noticed?’ “Yet on the day of your fasting, you do as you please
and exploit all your workers. 4 Your fasting ends in quarreling and strife, and in striking each other with wicked fists. You cannot fast as you do today and expect your voice to be heard on high.


This is such a true picture of many Christians in our nation today. We say "Why have we humbled ourselves and prayed to You God- yet You do nothing, You don't notice." But have we really humbled ourselves? The scripture says in:
II Chronicles 7:14 If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, will forgive their sins and will heal their land.

Our land needs healing, our sins need forgiving, and our hearts need humbling. How then shall we truly fast and pray and humble our hears as God has requested? The remainder of Isaiah 58 it will give us an insight into what God is looking for in a humble heart.

6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.
9 Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

“If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk, 10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.
11 The LORD will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.
12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.

13 “If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day,
if you call the Sabbath a delight and the LORD’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,
14 then you will find your joy in the LORD, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.”

For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.


Until next time: The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord be gracious to you, make His face shine upon you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26





In Spirit and in truth....

 "You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain,
for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain." 
Exodus 20:7



This is a very strong command... the Lord takes His name very seriously. In the Old Testament His name was given as a facet of his being, as a description of who He is, and what the people needed at that time. Jehovah Jirah - my Provider, Jehovah Rappha - my Healer. God's Name is not just something we should just throw around recklessly. There are very obvious examples of this, I'm sure we all hear people take the name of the Lord in vain, just in our every day life, in our day to day conversations. We've all heard and have ourselves said God's name to puncuate our disappointment. But God does not want us using His name as an exclamation point. His name is Holy, because He is Holy. Therefore we should be treating it reverently everytime we say His name. Jesus taught us to pray saying: Our Father who art in heaven- Hallowed be Thy Name. Hallowed means Holy. Holy be Your Name. 

But more than just in idle conversation, God's name is in my opinion even more often taken in vain in our churches during our worship. We are idly throwing out God's name in song, not meaning anything that we say. 

 John 4:24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”

When I break this verse down I see that God is asking us to worship first in Spirit, this means that we are not worshipping in the flesh, the music is not as important as the heart. God is not hearing our off key rendition, He is hearing our spirit crying out to His. 

Secondly He is listening for us to mean what we are saying. To worship in truth. We are not to be idly saying 'O God you are my God...' We are supposed to mean it: "God YOU are my God!" This doesn't mean He wants us shouting as loud as we can over each other. No God is not asking us to do that. He is asking us to feel, and to know that, yes, God is our God. 

Matthew 12:36

36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.

This does not mean that we should not sing if we don't feel it. It means that we should enter into the house of worship with intention, with preperation to worship our God. We should soften our hearts to hear from Him. And be willing to put aside all the cares of the world to truly worship God in spirit and in truth! 

Until next time: The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord be gracious to you, make His face shine upon you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26
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 "Here am I. Send me!"

Isaiah 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"

This has always been to me, the most frightening of verses... Here am I, send me?But what about my job my family? I always was worried that as soon as I said this, God would send me somewhere far away, with snakes and spiders galore. Well I suppose so far he has sent me to be worship leader at MMCC... where we do have our share of snakes, but that is aside from the point. I have frequently heard God's call to action, and have reacted in various and some, quite despicable waysReading through the bible I see a large variety in how the prophets responded to God, often very similarly to what I have personally done as well. Which one is closer to our response? Which one would we like to have be our response?


First I would like to examine Jonah... God called him to go to Nineveh, called him to tell the people(who clearly were bad people) to repent, or be destroyed. What was Jonah's response? "Here am I, I'm not going"

Jonah 1: 1-3  1 The word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai saying, 2“Arise, go to Nineveh the great city and cry against it, for their wickedness has come up before Me.” 3 But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. So he went down to Joppa, found a ship which was going to Tarshish, paid the fare and went down into it to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD.  

God called him to a work - Preach against Nineveh, but his reaction showed lack of faith(in God) & love (for souls), cf. Jonah 4:1-5. For myself personally, most often this response is out of fear. Often like Jonah - I will be running from spiritual obligations, believing I have good reasons which clear me from responsibility.


The next biblical person I would like to have us look at is Moses. “Here am I, send Aaron”  Exodus 3:11-4:17
  Moses knew the need which existed, he just couldn’t see himself being used by God to meet the need. He offered multiple excuses aimed at removing himself from God’s consideration as deliverer of Israel. He was hoping that God would change his mind. I often rationalize why I am not best suited for some spiritual work - That surely God could find someone other than me, and better than me, to do what needs to be done? 
The last person would be Isaiah how did he react when God called him? 
Isaiah 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, "Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?" And I said, "Here am I. Send me!"
Isaiah was overwhelmed with God's majesty, was stricken by the sin of the people, and was eager and willing to go wherever God sent him, to say whatever God told him.

What is our reaction when God calls us?

Ephesians 4:1-4

 1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the callingwith which you were called2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling

We have all been called, if you are a Christian God is calling you, calling you to service, calling you to be holy because He is holy, To be the salt of the earth, a light in the world. Calling you to shine His light forth so others might see it and be saved. What is your answer today? 


Until next time: The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord be gracious to you, make His face shine upon you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26

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Worship.... warfare....


What is worship? I was contemplating this today... I believe that true worship is not something that we do, it is something that we are. It is not just singing a song, or a good sermon. It is something that we are, and should be continuously.
Sometimes true worship can seem embarrassing... maybe God has prompted you to raise your hands during a song and it just seemed too much. But worship is not just for God's sake. The bible says that He inhabits the praise of His people.
Psalm 22:3
 3 But You 
are holy,
         Enthroned in the praises of Israel.


That means that through worship we can have a moment to be in close contact with our Sovereign Savior. A chance to enter into His presence and to pour out our hearts to  Him.  
But more than this, the bible also says that He will rejoice over us with singing. I heard a worship leader talking about this today and it really was amazing observation that he had.. He said that when he sings a song, he likes to imagine God singing back to him. 
Zephaniah 3:17
The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.

Worship is not a one way street. When we worship God, truly worship God, then our hearts are prepared to hear back from Him. He delights in our praise, He inhabits our praise, and He will quiet us with His love and rejoice over us with singing.  What a beautiful picture that is to me! Us struggling to maintain a semblance of any key or music, and the Creator of voices and song, singing back to us. Delighting in what we give to Him.

More than that though the scriptures call worship, warfare. In Psalm they call the praise of God a two-edged sword used to execute vengeance. 


Psalm 149:5-9

 5 Let the saints be joyful in glory;
         Let them sing aloud on their beds.
 6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth,
         And a two-edged sword in their hand,
 7 To execute vengeance on the nations,
         And punishments on the peoples;
 8 To bind their kings with chains,
         And their nobles with fetters of iron;
 9 To execute on them the written judgment—
         This honor have all His saints. 
        
         Praise the LORD!

We are not called to simple singing or indifferent praise. We are called to worship in spirit and in truth. How many of us can say that is something that we have done this past week? 

1 Peter 2:9-10 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.


Until next time: The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord be gracious to you, make His face shine upon you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26



My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less...

"But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose hope is in him."
Jeremiah 17:7


Recently we attended a web-inar(fancy word for a seminar we had to sit in a tiny sweaty room to watch) about disease pathology and auto-immune disorders. During the discussion I was frequently brought to the verse in Luke 21:11 11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

The word in the above verse that most intrigued me was pestilences you see during this discussion the doctors were talking first about all the diseases that we had assumed we'd eradicated but have just come back around only stronger, things such as Polio, Pertussis(whooping cough) and Tuberculosis are making a startling come back in the United States. Now our original vaccinations, and treatments for such things have become all but void and doctors are having to come up with new ways to treat and protect from these diseases.


But what was even more interesting to me was all the new things that are attacking our bodies. The main thing during this seminar being bacteria overgrowth in our intestines, kidneys and a multitude of other systems that we need to survive. They have managed to link bacterial overgrowth to Auto-immune disorders such as Lupus, Fibromyalgia, and Rheumatoid Arthritis. They have linked it to Cancer and a near cornucopia of other inflammatory disorders. The big problem is that if you can find and treat these bacteria's they are able to morph themselves and become resistant to what they are being treated with so most people that are being treated are going through round after round of antibiotics with only temporary results. After the seminar was over one of the doctors said to the rest of us, "Well we might as well go get a drink and wait to die."


That ominous statement made me start thinking about the world perspective on things like this. The hopelessness that they feel when they think about the fragility of our lives. When I read Matthew 21:11 or Revelation 6: 7-8

Revelation 6: 7-8 7 When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” 8 I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.

Instead of feeling like I may as well just give up, I felt renewed strength. As it says in
Matthew 24: 32-22 32 “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. 33 Even so, when you see all these things, you know that the end is near, right at the door.

I believe that nothing else has to happen for the Lord to come back, nothing! Therefore instead of feeling as though we may as well give up, we should be hurrying out to help people around us because the time is short.
Luke 10:2  2 He told them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.


As a final thought, if you found out that Jesus was coming back on Monday, how would that change what you did for the next four days?  

Until next time: The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord be gracious to you, make His face shine upon you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26



Monday July 25th

The parable of the sower

Matthew 13

The Parable of the Sower
 1 That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2 Such large crowds gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on the shore. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. 9 Whoever has ears, let them hear.”

     This parable is a very common told one. Something that I'm sure we all have heard numerous sermons preached on. But this weekend I heard one that varied from many others. Of course we all can read a little farther into the chapter and Jesus Himself tells us what the parable means. The farmer is God, the seed is His Word being sown into the lives of people, and we are the dirt. Not exactly flattering, but hey, that's what Jesus says there. 

      I often hear the reference of this chapter as the seeds falling on the path are seeds to unbelievers who won't soften up and listen to what God says, that the seed on the rocky places were people who listened but fall away quickly because they did not have any depth to their belief, and that the seed among the thorns are ones who listen hear but then get concerned about trivial things and fall away. Not that this is at all incorrect, but the sermon this week took it a bit farther applying all of these things to the believer as well as the unbeliever. Since I assume the majority of people reading this are in fact believers I just want to touch on that aspect of this.
 
     First I'd like to start with a picture of what the path would look like. Imagine a garden, there is the soft ground that has been worked in long mounded rows and between each of these is a path, that you walk up and down to get to the areas you need to. These paths in the bible times would be walked on by hundreds of servants, the owner of the field, and the people allowed to glean in the fields with the workers. The ground between the areas where the plants grow would be unworkable, hard, and impenetrable. And the chickens, or birds are happy to get into this area and if they can find a seed they will snatch it up and eat it. This is the picture of the heart of someone who refuses to listen to what God says. Often these people are not believers, but how often have we as Christians ignored God, pretended we couldn't hear Him, or blatantly disobeyed what He commanded of us? This is the picture of the first seed. The one that fell along the path. The picture of the hardened heart of someone willfully attempting to disobey God's will. Think of Jonah running the opposite direction of what God has asked of him. Now it certainly isn't easy to soften your heart in that state. Anyone who has gardened, especially pre-rototiller days, knows how hard it is to soften packed ground. To loosen it to make it at all useful. But this is what God is asking of us, to soften our hearts to listen. I'd imagine that it is painful, I mean who wants to have everything around them tilled, and reworked? But it is not as painful as living an unfruitful, unproductive and unwilling life, producing nothing for the Kingdom of God. How soft and willing is your heart?


   The second picture is that of the seeds that fall in rocky places. In Idaho we tend to have large and small rocks all over, that a persistent plant could possibly work it's roots around and reach good soil. But in Jerusalem their terrain is a little different. Jesus was talking about places that look like good soil and for the first few inches they are, but then underneath is a large slab of limestone or sandstone that was impossible to move or work around. The only thing that you could do was not plant in those areas. This is the picture of the Christian who comes to church and hears a wonderful sermon or great worship, or reads something inspiring, they feel like nothing can stop their faith in those times, but then something happens to shatter their faith or shake them and they fall away quickly. Retreating back to complacency where they think that they will be safe from hurt and trials. They have no depth and eventually they lose faith completely. In our Christian walk, how often do we hear a good sermon, have a good word of God put into our hearts, but when we get home from church we get in a fight with our spouse or argue with our kids and the word completely withers.  We need to ensure our heart is soft so the word can plant itself deeply into good soil, and not lose it's hold on Faith.


The third picture is the one that struck me the most, that is of the seed that fell among the weeds and thorns. Anyone who has tried to garden knows that weeds don't just suddenly decide that they have plagued your yard enough and will now wander off to pester your neighbors yard for a while and give you a break. Weeds are all about territory, they will spread wherever you give them room to move. If you don't get rid of them, they will take over everything. They are aggressive, pushy, and will literally choke the life out of anything else you try to grow. My dad spends hours out in his garden trying to prevent weeds from taking over. The weeds in this picture are to me the things that are taking over the majority of our thoughts and our lives. These may not necessarily be bad things, often they are not, maybe it's work or other obligations, maybe its television or our appearance how we want other people to view us, in this superficial world that we live in, it's a terrible temptation to worry only about the outward things. Maybe it's pornography, alcohol or some other addiction. Whatever it is, God commands us to pull those weeds out of our mind and to renew our minds by the cleansing of our hearts. What is taking up the majority of your heart garden? Is it the things of God? If not then it is superficial, will not matter into eternity, probably don't even matter now, and are just weeds. These weeds will take over everything if you do not actively remove them from your life. As the saying goes if Satan can't make you bad, he'll make you busy. All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

The final picture is that of the Christian who has actively cared for the condition of his or her soil. Removing weeds avoiding rocky places and continually softening the area to be productive and fruitful. Therefore producing good fruit and a plentiful harvest.

 When you look back on your one and only life what will your fruit look like? Will it be an empty basket? A small basket with some withered vegetables? Or a great bounty of things to bring glory to God? All of us have the potential to do great things for God, He doesn't call all of us to be Billy Graham, but He does ask us all to live up to the best that He has called us to. That doesn't matter if it is raising your children in a Godly way, loving your spouse like Christ loved the church or going to the backwoods in Mexico to spread the gospel. God will hold each of us to our own measuring stick. We just need to pray that our hearts will be soft enough to be receptive of God's guidance and will. So I ask you... what is the condition of your dirt? 





Until next time: The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord be gracious to you, make His face shine upon you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26





SOMEONE ELSE


“And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.”
Acts 4:18-20 KJV

Someone asked me “Can’t you write and talk about someone else? Do you always have to write and talk about Jesus?” My reply to that question is “Yes, I always have to write and talk about Jesus”. I don’t want to write and talk about anyone else but Jesus because He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.”

There is a beautiful hymn about our precious Saviour that brings tears of happiness to my eyes “JESUS! JESUS! JESUS!” The only information I found giving credit for the person who wrote the hymn was “Words: Anonymous”. I believe that the person who wrote this hymn loved Jesus very much.

I love the words in this hymn. “Jesus! Jesus! Jesus! Sing aloud the Name; Till it softly, slowly, Sets all hearts aflame. Jesus, Name of cleansing, Washing all our stains; Jesus, Name of healing, Balm for all our pains”. Indeed, Jesus is the balm for all our pains as He tenderly dries our tears with healing kisses.

One of the definitions for balm in Webster’s Dictionary is “a soothing restorative agency”. The restorative agency for our weary and battle scarred hearts is the compassion that Jesus has for us. When we are discouraged and feel like giving up, He comforts us and encourages us. He is a loving Saviour.

Joanne Lowe
June 6, 2011


A COMPASSIONATE HEART

 

“The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.”

 

Psalm 145:8

King James Version

 

I am going to tell you something and you will probably think that I am crazy but I really did this.  There have been three times in my life when my heart was broken and I cried because satan was kicked out of Heaven.  Do I think he deserved to be kicked out of Heaven?  Absolutely! 

 

However, when I think that he was with God in Heaven and lost it all, even though it was his own fault, it breaks my heart.  I also believe that God cried when He had to kick satan out of Heaven because God is love.  I think that even though God gets angry and upset at the way that satan attacks us, I believe that He still loves satan. 

 

Our loving Heavenly Father doesn’t turn His love off and on like a water faucet like we sometimes do.  Has someone ever said to you “I love you” and the next day you knew the person did not love you by his or her actions?

 

I had been praying that God would give me a heart of compassion and when I cried for satan, I knew God had answered my prayers.  I asked God to please help me put myself in the other people’s place and feel their pain and to please give me a glimpse into their hearts. 

 

The most amazing thing to me is sometimes when someone tells me that everything is okay, Jesus will whisper to me and say “Start praying for that person because he or she is hurting”  O that you and I would have a compassionate heart like Jesus has! 

 

He not only has a compassionate heart, He is also slow to anger and of great mercy.  I am convinced that the only reason anyone is hateful and cruel to someone is because he or she does not feel loved.  People might have told them that they were loved but they never proved it to them by their actions. 

 

The word “love” has been abused and misused countless times.  Sex is not love!  Love is when you’re willing to go into the bathroom with your spouse or your children while they are being sick to their stomachs.  Love is taking care of someone who is unable to take care of himself or herself.  Love is putting other people’s happiness before our own happiness. 

 

Isn’t that what our precious Saviour did for us?  He left His comfort zone in Heaven with His Father and came to earth to die for us so that we can be saved and have joy, peace and happiness.  God grant that we will start proving our love with actions and not just words. 

 

Love is not words; it is an action.  We can tell people that we love them but if we never do something to prove to them that we really do love them they are not going to believe us.

 

I had a terrible temper before I was saved and when I got really angry I would say something that to this day makes me feel like getting on my knees and hiding my face in the floor in shame.  I would say to the person “Go to hell”. 

 

I didn’t realize what I was saying when I said that terrible thing.  I wasn’t saved and I didn’t know that what I was doing was wishing them an eternity apart from Jesus.  I am so glad that we do have a merciful God because He forgave me. 

 

He was merciful and gracious to me when He forgave me but you know I can never take back those ugly words that I said to those people.  We need to be very careful in what we say to others because they can forgive us but the cruel words can never be taken back.

 

I don’t have that terrible temper anymore thanks to Jesus working in my heart.  However, occasionally I do get angry and lose my temper but most of the time I get angry at myself.  Yesterday, I had some unkind thoughts about someone.  I didn’t say anything but I am praying that God will take all unkind thoughts from me.

 

Do you have a compassionate heart?  Do you prove your love with actions or do you just say “I love you”?  It is time that we start proving our love for each other just as Jesus proved His love for us when He died for us.  Heavenly Father, please forgive us for not loving others unconditionally as Jesus loves us.  Amen.

 

Joanne Lowe

March 9, 2010

joannelowe8@cox.net

www.joanne-ourprecioussaviour.blogspot.com




DON’T PICK THEM UP AGAIN

 

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end.  Amen.”

 

Ephesians 3: 20, 21

King James Version

 

There is a song that I really love and it is a song that has helped me learn to trust Jesus.  Pastor Charles Albert Tindley penned these beautiful words.  The name of the song is “Leave It There”. I wonder how many times we have sung these words and never did them. 

 

These words have helped me so much “Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there.”  I think if we are honest with ourselves we will have to admit that there are times when we take our burdens to the Lord and as soon as we are through praying and asking Him for help, we pick them up again. 

 

When we pick our burdens up again, what we are saying is “We don’t trust You, Jesus, to solve the problems and crises in our lives”.  May God have mercy on us and forgive us for not trusting His beloved Son.  Do you take your burdens to Jesus and then pick them up again?  If so, you are hurting Him and breaking His heart. 

 

May God help all of us to do what the words of this beautiful song tell us to do “Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there”.  Are you willing to trust Jesus with your burdens?  If you are, don’t pick them up again.  He is waiting for you to trust Him.  There are times when He can’t work in our lives because we try to solve our problems ourselves.  Let’s get out of His way and leave our burdens with Him.

 

Joanne Lowe

September 10, 2009

joannelowe8@cox.net

www.joanne-freedominjesus.blogspot.com



THE BEGINNING OF FORGIVENESS

 

“And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.  Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.  And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.”

 

Luke 23: 33, 34

King James Version

 

When Jesus died on the cross of Calvary for our sins that was the beginning of forgiveness.  He not only died for our forgiveness; He also set the example for us by showing us how to forgive when He said “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.”  If He could forgive us for hurting Him while hanging on that cross of horror and excruciating pain, how dare you and I not forgive the ones who hurt us.

 

There are times when we forget that we also hurt people.  None of us are perfect and we would do well to remember that when we are tempted to criticize and condemn people.  Sometimes we have a “holier than thou” attitude.  That attitude stinks in the nostrils of Jesus.  We need to understand that there are times when people don’t realize that they have hurt us.  There are also times when we misinterpret what they say or do.  If we would go to them in a loving manner instead of in an accusing manner and ask them what they meant, we probably wouldn’t get our feelings hurt as much as we do.

 

Heavenly Father, forgive us for not forgiving the ones who hurt us.  Fill our hearts with compassion and unconditional love for others so that we will forgive the ones who hurt us just as You forgive us when we hurt You.  Help us to follow the example that Jesus set for us when He forgave us from the old rugged cross.  May we be children that bring You happiness instead of children that bring You sadness.  Amen.

 

Joanne Lowe

March 15, 2009

joannelowe8@cox.net

www.hesetmefreeforever.blogspot.com


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KEEP SERVING JESUS

 

“Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

 

Nehemiah 8: 10

King James Version

 

Many years ago when I lived in East Texas, my pastor preached a sermon on joy and happiness.  Pastor Byron said “If you want to fly higher than a kite, start bragging on Jesus.”  I began to do that and my life changed from a life of sadness to a life of happiness.  We will never have a greater happiness than when we are bragging on Jesus.  We brag on our children.  How much more we should brag on Jesus, the Saviour of the world!  Are you bragging on Jesus?

 

However, there are times in all of our lives when we become discouraged while serving Jesus because of all of the vicious and poisonous darts of discouragement and false accusations that satan hurls at us.  We must keep serving Jesus no matter how many obstacles come our way.  Remember, the level of our service to Jesus depends on our level of love for Him.  Let me repeat this again because it is so important, the level of our service to Jesus depends on our level of love for Him. 

 

We need to understand that we can’t serve Jesus in our own strength.  It takes the joy of the Lord to keep us motivated and in the service of Jesus.  Sometimes we try to act joyful no matter what happens and then we wonder why we are still discouraged.  We can’t generate the joy that we need to keep us serving Jesus.  Our verse does not tell us that the joy in the Lord is our strength.  It says “for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”  It is not our joy that keeps us serving Jesus; it is His joy that keeps us in His service day after day.

 

If you have been trying to act joyful no matter how you are feeling, stop it.  It hasn’t worked and it never will work.  You must allow the joy of the Lord to operate through you.  When you accepted Jesus as your personal Saviour and He came into your heart, He became your joy.  Heavenly Father, thank You for the joy of our hearts, our precious Saviour.  Please help us to keep serving Jesus no matter what comes our way.  May we be children that bring happiness to You instead of children that bring sadness to You.  Amen.

 

Joanne Lowe

March 1, 2009

joannelowe8@cox.net

http://hesetmefreeforever.blogspot.com/

 

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I AM SENDING YOU

 

“Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.”

 

John 20: 21

King James Version

 

For many years in church, I sang this inspiring song “So Send I You”.  Margaret Clarkson wrote this beautiful and heartfelt song.  I believe that the words came from the heart of this lonely teacher.  When I sang the words “So Send I You”, I didn’t know that Jesus was talking about sending me.  I thought He meant He wanted to send important professional people. 

 

However one Sunday morning, my pastor preached a sermon about serving Jesus and said something that touched my heart.  He said “Jesus isn’t just calling professional people.  He is calling every one of you to surrender your hearts and your lives to Him in full time service.” 

 

I realized then that Jesus is calling every one of us to serve Him.  I felt the call of Jesus on my life that Sunday morning to surrender to the mission field.  I didn’t know where God wanted me to go.  One thing I did know was that He wanted me to be a Home Missionary.  I walked down the aisle that Sunday morning and surrendered my life in full time mission service.

 

Pastor David took my hand and he prayed the most beautiful prayer for me.  He then told me something that has stayed with me through the years.  He said “Don’t wait until God tells you what He wants you to do.  Start serving Jesus right now, right where you are.”  I began telling people how much Jesus loves them, that He died for them, and telling them what a compassionate Saviour He is and how much He cares about them. 

 

January 24, 2009 was a very happy and joyous day for me.  It was my fourth anniversary of the privilege and honor of serving Jesus in full time service.  There is nothing that compares to the joy, the happiness and the excitement that comes from serving the One who died for me on the old rugged cross.  What a privilege it is to not only serve the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, but also to be loved by Him.

 

I have not had the privilege of going to Bible School due to finances and health problems.  I also have not been officially commissioned in church as a missionary due to health problems.  However, Jesus has called me to the mission field and given me the ministries of encouraging pastors and writing devotions when Jesus lays them on my heart.  I have been commissioned by the greatest Pastor of all, the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Jesus is calling you to serve Him full time.  Will you answer His call?  Remember, the level of our service to Jesus depends on our level of love for Him.  He may not be calling you to go to a different country as a Foreign Missionary or even as a Home Missionary but He is calling you to be a missionary right where you are. 

 

Your home is a mission field.  Your family needs to know that Jesus loves them unconditionally and they will only know it as they see Jesus in your smiles and actions and hear Him in your words.  Are you being a missionary to your family?  Are you loving your family unconditionally just as Jesus loves you?  If we are ever to have a true revival, it must first start in our own hearts and then in our families.

 

Joanne Lowe

February 3, 2009

joannelowe8@cox.net

www.fromtheheartofjesus.blogspot.com


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STOP STRUGGLING

 

“Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.”

 

Ephesians 6: 13

King James Version

 

Have you ever seen a fish caught in a net struggling to get out?  I watched as a fish that had just been caught struggled to get out of the net.  As it struggled and tried to get out of the net, it became weak and finally just gave up.  I think if we are honest with ourselves that there are times in all of our lives when we feel like we are caught as satan tries his best to reel us into his net of lies, deceit, temptations, discouragement and heartaches. 

 

Yesterday, satan did his best to catch me in his net of discouragement and lies.  One of the definitions for the word struggle is “to proceed with difficulty or with great effort”.  Have you ever noticed that satan will attack us with the things that will discourage us the most?  All day long yesterday, satan lied to me and told me that Jesus didn’t love me.  I knew better and so of course, I didn’t believe him. As I struggled to get out of the net of discouragement and lies that satan tried to keep me in, like the fish in the net, I became weak. 

 

I went to bed and as soon as I laid on my bed I felt my Saviour’s loving and compassionate arms go around me. I began to feel my strength returning.  There is nothing too hard for Jesus.  He is able to lift us up out of every net that satan tries to keep us in.  What a precious and understanding, loving and compassionate Saviour we have!  Thank You, Jesus, for lifting us up out of the nets of discouragement, deceit and lies that satan tries to keep us in.

 

If you are trying desperately to get out of the net of lies and discouragement that satan has caught you in, stop struggling!  Our precious Saviour is more than able to lift you out of every net that satan has caught you in and set you free. He will kiss away your tears as He whispers softly and tenderly in your ear “I love you”.  There is no one like Jesus!  No one loves us like Jesus loves us.  What a privilege it is to be loved by the Saviour of the world.  Give the nets that satan has caught you in to Jesus and then relax in His loving arms as He restores your energy and confidence.  When you have done all that you can do, just stand on the promises of God and allow Him to do what you can’t do.

 

Joanne Lowe

January 4, 2009

joannelowe8@cox.net

www.fromtheheartofjesus.blogspot.com


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CHANGE MY HEART

 

“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?  I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.”

 

Jeremiah 17: 9, 10

King James Version

 

Have you ever noticed that many times we pray for God to change other people’s hearts rather than asking Him to change our own hearts?  One of my pastors used to say in his sermons “If you will concentrate on keeping your own heart right with God, you won’t have time to criticize and judge someone else.”  My pastor was so right.  It is a full time job making sure that my own heart is pleasing to God. 

 

Instead of praying for God to change people’s hearts, let’s ask Him to change our own hearts.  We should ask God to let the people we are praying for feel the unconditional love, mercy, grace and compassion He has for them.  Until people feel in their hearts that they are loved, they will never change.  They can know that they are loved with their intellect but it is only when they feel it in their hearts that they will believe it.  We can’t change people.  Only Jesus can change a person’s heart and life.

 

We need to live our lives in such a way that others will see the difference that Jesus can make in a heart and life.  We must love our families and friends to Jesus not only by our words, but especially by our actions.  We can tell them that we love them but it is only as we prove it to them by our actions that they will believe us.  Are you loving others to Jesus by your words and by your actions?  Are you asking Jesus to change your heart by making it tender, forgiving and understanding?

 

Joanne Lowe

January 10, 2009

joannelowe8@cox.net

www.fromtheheartofjesus.blogspot.com


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IT’S YOUR FAULT

 

“A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grevious words stir up anger.”

 

Proverbs 15: 1

King James Version

 

Have you ever said “it’s your fault” to someone?  I am ashamed to admit it but I have many times.  I’m sure you know what happened when I made that statement to the person.  It was like putting more coal on a burning fire.  The flames of anger, denial and criticism flared up in the person.  Instead of helping the situation, I made it worse.  It may not have been my fault that the person was upset but it was my fault that I didn’t put out the fire by apologizing to the person. 

 

If ever someone had a right to say to us “it’s your fault”, it’s Jesus.  Where would we be today if Jesus had refused to go to the cross and die for our sins?  What if He had said to us “it’s your fault”?  We would be on our way to hell for all eternity.  Thank God for a compassionate forgiving Saviour who loves us unconditionally.  I am so thankful that Jesus loves me so much that He took all of my sins on Him and died for me so that I could be saved and live with Him for all eternity. 

 

There is no one like Jesus!  No one loves us like He loves us.  He sees into the corners of our hearts where we hide things from our families and our friends.  He sees the terror, the grief, the loneliness, the desperation and the fears we have hidden in our hearts and His loving compassionate heart is touched.  He feels our pain and He hurts for us.  Thank You, Jesus, for comforting and encouraging us when it feels like we can’t take another step or give another smile.  Thank You that You are there for us in the bad times as well as in the good times.   

 

The next time someone hurts us instead of saying “it’s your fault” to the person let’s swallow our pride and say to the person “I’m sorry that I hurt you”.  We may think that we didn’t do anything but the person thinks that we did and the person is upset and hurt so we should apologize.  Instead of heaping coals on the fire, let’s put the fire out by loving people  unconditionally. 

 

We need to react with love and kindness when they say things and do things to hurt us.  It’s impossible for us to do this in our own strength.  We must ask Jesus to love through us.  Father, please help us to respond with kindness and love even if we feel that it’s not our fault because we didn’t do anything.  May we be children that will make You happy.  Amen.

 

Joanne Lowe

January 11, 2009

joannelowe8@cox.net

www.fromtheheartofjesus.blogspot.com

 

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