Glory Be To God!

Last week, God gave me a prophesy. First and foremost, He gets the glory not me! By grace alone was I the unworthy messenger of this glorious truth! In a recent sermon on Prophesy, Pastor Rick defined Prophesy as: An imperfect report of a Divine Revelation. This is very true. God placed these words on  my heart and I shared them for the encouragement for the church body. So, to God be the glory and not me! This is what I shared on Sunday:

“On Wednesday morning during my devotions God brought to my memory all of the trials, pain, and fear that we experience in this sinful world as a result of the fall.

Whether you struggling through a particular sin and feeling no victory over it, or you are experiencing pain and fear over a health issue or cancer, or you are feeling discouraged because of a relationship with someone that feels like it will never get better, or finding you had yet again another miscarriage, or you are struggling financially, or any other trial big or little that you are experiencing,

I believe that God wants you to remember what he promises in Revelation 21:

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Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.

One day we will experience no pain, fear, or sin. We will be perfect and will see God face to face! SO be encouraged Saints as you go through trials that one day we will never see or experience any pain every again and we will see GOD!!!”

For those who have believed in the the work that Jesus did on the cross, this life awaits us! We will live eternally in heaven and we will be perfect and no sin, fear, or pain will ever be in our minds again!!

So be thankful on this Thanksgiving day that God has saved us from our sin, and one day will make us perfect just like Jesus!

To God be the Glory!

The Gospel

I read this in my devotions a couple of days ago. I was in a pretty bad mood but these verses really encouraged me. There’s nothing like getting a good dose of the gospel when you’re in a bad mood. 🙂 (These verses are taken from Ephesians chapters 2 and 3).

“But God being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ- by grace you have bee

n saved… For by grace you have been saved through faith and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not the result of works, so that no one may boast… So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone… To me, though I am the very least of the saints, this grace was given… Now to him who is able to give far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

This should fill our hearts with thanks more than anything else this Thanksgiving season.

Serving: When It’s Hard

Serving can be hard sometimes. We all have our moments when we just don’t feel like serving others. We are selfish and want to do what we want to do. When it’s hard for us to serve there are a couple things we need to remember.

First, God sees. Whenever we serve someone else God sees it. The people around us might not notice what we do but God does and that’s all the recognition we really need. Hebrews 6:10 says, “For God is not so unjust as to overlook your work and the love that you showed for his sake in serving the saints, as you still do.” Isn’t that an encouraging thought? When we feel like all our serving is pointless it really isn’t. God sees all and when we serve we are bringing honor and glory to His name. This should be my primary goal in everything I do. Ephesians 6:6 “…Not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart…”

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It’s also good to remember that God is a rewarder. God rewards those who do what pleases Him. Serving pleases the Lord. Proverbs 22:4 “The reward for humility and fear of the LORD is riches and honor and life.” Even if we don’t receive an earthly reward God will reward us in Heaven.Colossians 3:24 …”knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” But we have to remember the reward should not be our main incentive for serving. Like I said above our main goal should be to please God and bring Him glory. The reward is the icing on the cake.

We also need to remember to rely on God. We cannot do the right thing and serve by our own power. The ability to serve comes from God’s grace working in and through us. 1 Peter 4:10 “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.”

So saints, “Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.” Romans 12:11 By God’s grace we can do this! Praise God!

Serving: Why Should I Serve?

” Even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” -Matthew 20:28 (ESV)

Why should we serve? Listen to what Mr. Jerry Bridges says in his new book Holiness: Day by Day:

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“At the time of Christ’s death, the cross was considered an instrument of incredible horror and shame. It was considered the most wretched and degrading punishment, inflicted only on slaves and the lowliest of people. If free men were at any time subjected to crucifixion for great crimes such as treason or insurrection, the sentence could not be executed until they were put in the category of slaves by degradation and their freedom taken away by flogging.”

WOW!! This makes me even more and more in awe of what Jesus did! He was beaten, spit upon, mocked, and crucified in order to bear the weight of all of the sin that we (as Christians) have and will ever commit! Jesus is perfect and God didn’t have to send Jesus to die but, He did! HE DID and now we inherit Jesus’ righteousness and will one day live in heaven! We as Christians will see God face to face!! Think of that! What a marvelous and glorious day that will be!

So why should we serve? We should serve because when we serve we are following Christ’s example.

“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking
the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by even death on a cross. Becoming obedient to the point of death.”
– Philippians 2:4-8 (ESV)

Jesus was the true servant and was obedient to His Father even when it required death! Can we not serve to follow His example and as an example to others? WE WILL NEED God’s help in order to do so! Be encouraged that God will be there along the way to help you!! He never will leave of forsake His saints!

Please come back because Bronte will be covering Serving: Even when I don’t feel like it.

Contentment: A Link

Almost two weeks ago, Bronte, Grace, and I were at a seminar and guess what the topic was? Contentment!

There were two speakers, The first one is a highly gifted speaker from our church body. The second one was Bronte’s highly gifted mom! The first message was entitled Contentment: A peaceful resting place. It was excellent! Mrs. Erickson talked about the character of God and how God is all-powerful, sovereign, and trustworthy – we can trust him in his plan for everything.

Bronte’s mom spoke the message entitled: Satisfied with Favor. This was an encouraging reminder that God is satisfied with us because of what Jesus did on the cross for us. That’s the gospel!

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The gospel is this: each and every one of us is a sinner. God is perfect and He cannot be near sin! We deserve to die but God being rich in mercy sent His one and only Son to die on the cross for our sins. Not only that, but He gave us the righteousness of His son, Jesus, When He looks at us He sees perfection! Those who are saved receive the gift of heaven after we die. Those who haven’t put all their hope in Jesus,  await God’s wrath and judgment. It doesn’t need to be this way! If you trust that God has covered your sins through Jesus, you can be saved!

I highly encourage all women and young ladies to listen to these messages! Click on the title of the message below to be directed to the audio.

Contentment: A Peaceful Resting Place by Mrs. Kim Erickson

Satisfied with Favor by Mrs. Delaine Gamache

So…

I was reading my Bible the other day and I came across this passage. It really spoke to what I was struggling with at the time I read it.

Galatians 5:24-26: “And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with it’s passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”

My flesh and it’s sinful desires were crucified with Christ. They no longer have any hold over me. I’m set free from the bondage of sin. This is all by God’s grace alone. It is nothing I have done. “For freedom I’m set free.” Christ Jesus died the death I deserved. He paid the price for my sins. He took the Father’s wrath from me unto Himself, so that I can be forgiven and have eternal life. Praise God!

And because of this I can have victory over my sin. I can defeat my pride and my envy with God’s help and by His grace. I am no longer a slave to sin. Because of Christ Jesus I am a slave to righteousness. Isn’t this an encouraging thought? Saints rejoice!