Reasons to Rejoice

There are many reasons to rejoice. The list is extensive,  but I have chosen just a few reasons that I hope will resonate with you if you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Salvation through Christ – I have the Father, The Son, and the Holy Spirit – Ephesians 2:8-9 (Amplified) – “For it is by free grace (God’s unmerited favor) that you are saved (delivered from judgment and made partakers of Christ’s salvation) through [your] faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [of your own doing, it came not through your own striving], but it is the gift of God; Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.]”

Sins are forgiven – Psalm 103:12 (Amplified) “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”

Justified through Jesus – Romans 5:1 (Amplified) “Therefore, since we are justified (acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to enjoy] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).”

Access through Jesus – Romans 5:2 (Amplified) “Through Him also we have [our] access (entrance, introduction) by faith into this grace (state of God’s favor) in which we [firmly and safely] stand. And let us rejoice and exult in our hope of experiencing and enjoying the glory of God.”

There is security in Jesus – John 10:27-29 (Amplified) – “The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never lose it or perish throughout the ages. [To all eternity they shall never by any means be destroyed.] And no one is able to snatch them out of My hand. My Father, Who has given them to Me, is greater and mightier than all [else]; and no one is able to snatch [them] out of the Father’s hand.”

The Lord Forgives – Psalm 130:1-4 (Amplified) “Out of the depths have I cried to You, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice; let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. If You, Lord, should keep account of and treat [us according to our] sins, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You [just what man needs], that You may be reverently feared and worshiped.”

The Lord is my Shepherd – Psalm 23:1 (Amplified) “The Lord is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.

Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again I say, Rejoice! Philippians 4:4 (Amplified)

My First Blogger Award

Today I want to thank Mahogany www.crazyfunsexyguide.com a fellow blogger for nominating me for two awards; Beautiful Blogger Award and Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I am honored to be nominated for both awards. I have only been blogging since June of this year and I feel extremely blessed that I have touched someone enough to think of giving me these two wonderful awards. Part of what I am to do as a recipient of this award is to tell you seven things about myself and then to nominate other bloggers for these two beautiful awards.

Seven things about me:

  1. I love Lord and seek to be more like Him (I fail miserably, but I don’t stop trying) 🙂
  2. I am a Godmother of a beautiful almost 2-year-old little boy.
  3. I am a daughter of a beautiful mother that I love dearly.
  4. I love to read, mostly historical Christian fiction, mystery/suspense and of course romance.
  5. I love chocolate
  6. I like Gospel music as well Jazz and R & B
  7. I like spending time with family and friends

I am nominating the following people for both the Beautiful Blogger Award and Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I believe these are inspiring blogs and hope you all feel as blessed as I did for being nominated. Enjoy!

  1. www.morningstoryanddilbert.wordpress.com
  2. www.overwhelmedbyjoy.wordpress.com
  3. www.mustardseedbudget.wordpress.com
  4. www.cindylivingstoneministries.wordpress.com
  5. www.jumpforjoyphotoproject.wordpress.com
  6. www.carlthemuse.wordpress.com
  7. www.soundsformysoul.wordpress.com
  8. www.soulcaffeine.wordpress.com
  9. www.vanessaksmith.wordpress.com
  10. www.curlymiri.wordpress.com
  11. www.regalrealness.wordpress.com

Blessings to you all!

 

Enter His Gates

Thanksgiving is not about getting ready to shop for Christmas. It is not about the turkey and the stuffing, or the green beans or the ham or any of those things, but it is about giving thanks for all the blessings the Lord has given us. Most importantly it is about thanking God for giving His only Son Jesus and Jesus giving His life for all who would accept Him into their life.

Psalm 100:4 (KJV) says, “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.”

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

His Creation

Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, the days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day. Psalm 139:14-16 (The Message)

Because we are God’s children, and because He created us and shaped us inside and out, we can unmistakably know that we are wonderful. The world sends messages daily that we are not good enough the way we are. We are constantly bombarded with commercials of the “perfect” sized woman with “perfect” hair and “perfect” skin. We see women that have long, shiny, beautiful hair and they look great in a pair of jeans. Their skin is clear with no blemishes, scars, or imperfections and their teeth are perfectly straight and gleaming white. But these women are imposters. They use the latest products and are airbrushed by a computer to enhance their looks.

There is nothing wrong with being beautiful or using certain products to enhance your God-given beauty, but we must remember that God created us and we are fearfully and reverently made. Not only are we reverently made, but the scripture also says that we are wonderfully made. To be wonderfully made means that we are miraculously, marvelously, superbly, and terrifically made.

We are children of God and He alone has what we need. We are special to Him and He desires to have us focus on Him instead of the things that the world wants us to focus on. When we focus on God and His blessings, no matter how large or small we open the door of opportunity for God to make a change in our lives, to do a miracle, and start a new thing in us. We must never forget that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. Let us not be guilty of seeing ourselves the way world see’s us, but rather look in the mirror and see what Jesus see’s. He only sees the new you that 1 Corinthians 5:17 (Amplified) speaks of. “Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!”

 

Excerpt from: “Water for the Thirsty Soul” by B. F. Gilder (Copyright 2012)

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Watch What You Say

Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift. Ephesians 4:29 (The Message)

Our conversation as Christian’s is important and as such we should be aware of everything thing that we say. In the book of Proverbs, the writer consistently talks about wise speech. Proverbs 18:4 (KJV) says “The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.” In essence, this scripture simply means that wise speech is like a never-ending flow of God’s blessings. Wise speech should be supportive, promoting, and encouraging.

Have you ever felt warm and fuzzy when someone has said beautiful words to you? Those words made you feel on top of the world and they made you feel like you really mattered to someone. On the contrary, have ever you felt like slithering away into a hole when someone has spoken harsh words to you, words that made you feel that there was nothing you could do right? Words play an important part in how people perceive us. Words can help and words can harm. They have a lasting effect on the person they were spoken to.

As believers, no foul or corrupt language should come from our mouths. As new creatures in Christ, the old man should no longer rule our attitudes, actions, behaviors and speech. We should be aware of taking off the clothes of the old self and putting on or dressing ourselves in the new man daily. How do we dress our speech in the new man’s speech? Words of inspiration, words that elevate, words that edify, and gracious words are all words the new man in Christ uses with his fellow brothers and sisters. We should never seek to tear down or destroy with our words, but to build up. My grandmother used to say, “If you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything at all.” Solomon says it so eloquently in Proverbs 18:21 (The Message), “Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.”

Excerpt from: ”Water for the Thirsty Soul” by B. F. Gilder (Copyright 2012)

My Help

 

I look up to the mountains; does my strength come from mountains? No, my strength comes from God, who made heaven, and earth, and mountains. He won’t let you stumble; your Guardian God won’t fall asleep. Not on your life! Israel’s Guardian will never doze or sleep. God’s your Guardian, right at your side to protect you—shielding you from sunstroke, sheltering you from moon stroke. GOD guards you from every evil; he guards your very life. He guards you when you leave and when you return, He guards you now, He guards you always. Psalm 121:1-8 (The Message)

This Psalm is one that reveals God as the helper, the keeper, the protector, and the preserver for the believer that relies solely on Him. The 121st Psalm is one of about 15 Psalms that are considered to be “Songs of Ascent”. These were songs that the Jews sang on their way up to Jerusalem which was about 2,700 feet in elevation. These journeys were taken usually three times a year for three different occasions of feast. This song or Psalm is one of expectation of help, protection, and preservation from the Lord. In this Psalm, the people who were journeying up to Jerusalem were not depending on their own resources or abilities, but they were totally depending on the help of God.

When we diligently seek God in times of need or turbulence, He will be there. His help may not necessarily be the help that we think it should be and it may not even come in the form we think it should come. God is independent of us and He does not think the way we think and He does not solve problems the same way we would solve them. Isaiah 55:8-9 (Amplified) says For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.

His answers and solutions to our issues, problems, situations and troubles will usually be different from those solutions we might choose. His solutions will always surpass any that you or I could ever imagine. He will never fail us. It is up to us look to the hills, to knock on the door with anticipation, to seek Him with an open heart, and to accept the answer that He has revealed.

God is our keeper; He takes care of us. He is the warden of what can and cannot happen in our lives. He keeps us from the car accident on the way to work. He keeps us from entering into wrong relationships. Most of all, He is the keeper of our souls.

I know that He has been the keeper for me, because He has personally been there for me on many occasions. He has helped me avoid catastrophe. I remember one incident while driving to work on a major California freeway. My car began making a noise that I didn’t recognize and it started pulling to one side. As was my custom, I was driving in the fast lane, but as God would have it I was not exceeding the speed limit which I have been known to do from time to time. The Spirit prompted me to look in my passenger side mirror and move over slowly until I was able to pull all the way over to the right and off to the side. As soon as I had pulled off to the side, my rear passenger side tire blew out. For me that was my God keeping doing what He does best, keeping me from what could have easily been a disaster with several cars in a pile up. He knew ahead of time that I would need help and He cleared the way for me to be able to safely, simply, and smoothly move across four lanes without involving other vehicles.

God is not only our helper and our keeper, but is also our protector. He does not sleep, but he guards us, shields us, and covers us from dangers lurking in the background to attack us. He knows what is up ahead and gives us warnings. God protects our faith and our souls from the evil one.

He is also the preserver of our souls. Again, diligently seeking Him gives us protection and defense, strength, refuge, and a fortress to guard us day and night.

So when I enter the freeway of life’s situations, I know that my God is watching out for me. He is helping me, keeping me, protecting me and preserving me as I travel through the fiery arrows that are being pointed in my direction.

God is our refuge and strength an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Selah. Psalm 46:1-3 (NIV)

Dear Lord, help us to focus on you and the love that you so freely give to us. Help us not to focus on the problems that we face each day when we awake, but instead help us to look to you for the eternal hope in glory. Help us to praise you in advance of you answering our cries unto you. Amen!

 

Excerpt from: ”Water for the Thirsty Soul” by B.F. Gilder (Copyright 2012)

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