Friday, April 04, 2008
This is one of my teen devotions but it really speaks to me today! You can hit the link below to visit it and the lesson "Searching Through the Brush," and the daily devotions that go with it..or just see if the Lord speaks to you as He does to me through this. Joshua is our special needs grandson and in this one, the critters comfort him after he is ridiculed.
Do you know someone who is being shunned as an "ugly duckling?" How sad they must feel. My heart goes out to those whom the world labels because of their outward appearance.
God wants us to think about all people the way He does. We need to help others, not hinder them. Every word and action we take concerning others must be for the purpose of building them up, not tearing them down. What a person is like on the inside, in their inner being, is where God is looking to find hearts that are turned to Him. We can help others to have a heart for God by showing them His kindness and goodness!
James 3:9 ¶ With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God's likeness.
"The lamp of the LORD searches the spirit of a man, it searches out his inmost being."
Saturday, March 22, 2008
The Bible Says:
"Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God."
Easter - Heavenly Ascent
I hope Easter is a very special day at your house. You will go to church with family or friends and learn some wonderful things about Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Gramma Cherbear wants you to pay very close attention so you will learn the most important lesson of the year!
Our God is an Awesome God. He brings us to Himself when we receive the gift of His Son. Jesus suffered, died and was separated from Father God because of our sins. He took our punishment and has given us the way to escape eternal life in hell. Three days after His terrible death on the cross, Jesus was raised from the dead. This is the day we celebrate on Easter Sunday. He sits at the right hand of His Father in heaven. He intercedes for those who belong to Him. Jesus sends His Holy Spirit to live in our hearts when we ask Him to. We need to tell Jesus we love Him everyday and be thankful He came to save us!
Gramma's Critters have one person on their mind today. Jesus! It is a very special day. It is Easter! Jesus was raised to a new life on this day. The Critters will pray in a special way. They will be thinking about heaven and keep their thoughts turned toward God. They will thank Him for sending Jesus to save them, and for bringing Him back to a new life in heaven. They will worship and praise the Lord Jesus.
There is nothing more important than knowing we belong to God. Because of Jesus we can be sure. If you already have Jesus in your heart and know you are God's child, it is a day to be thankful. If you have never asked Jesus into your heart, pray and ask God to speak to your heart about becoming His child. Tell Him you want to know Him in a personal way. Ask your parents, church school teachers or pastors to help you know Jesus as your Savior. Let them explain how Jesus needs to be in the center of your life and why you need to let Him be the boss of your life! God bless you!
If you have not asked Jesus to live in your heart, you can do that today!
Pray this prayer:
I understand I have sin in my life. You are a Holy God and cannot look upon my sin. I ask You to fill my empty heart with Jesus and cleanse me. I believe that Jesus is Your Son. He was punished for my sins on the cross of Calvary. He died for me because He loves me unconditionally. I believe He was raised from the dead on the third day and is seated at the right hand of God to make intercession for me. Please forgive me for my sins. Thank you for sending Your Holy Spirit to live inside of me. Grow me into a mature love relationship with You as I seek to obey Your Word. Thank you God, for Your wonderful plan for my life. I am Your child today and for eternity.
If you prayed this prayer and asked Jesus to come into your heart,
please tell your Church School teacher or Pastor that you did.
They will want to guide you in God's Word!
Friday, March 14, 2008
Trust Not in Your Understanding! Lean on The Word!
Have you ever noticed how easily your mind can play tricks on you? You think something for a while and then later, you realize it was totally off the wall? Christians are a prime target for Satan as he seeks to control us with our minds. Satan's relentless endeavors to destroy us with our thinking should lead us to cry out for God to help us discern what is true from what is not.
"IN FAITH, HE..." drew me to His Word! The answer to every question in life is in His Word! That's where we must look for Truth! God says that His Spirit will lead us to all Truth and that we must lean on His Word for our understanding. This holds true in every aspect of life. Love. Faith. Pain. Joy. Good verses Evil. Life Circumstances. All are covered in His Word. God did not leave us in the dark. Seek His Truth in every area of your life. He never changes and His Word is Life! It never changes!
Are you a Believer, in Christ?
Peter was talking to Believers when he said:
1Pet. 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
Are you walking a Spirit Filled Life, in Christ?
Jesus was speaking to Disciples when he said:
John 16:13-15 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you.
Who and What do you put your trust in? Is it Jesus? The Word?
Solomon was speaking to God's people when he said:
Prov. 3:5-8 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
Praise you Father God that I do not have to trust in my own finite thinking. Thank you Jesus for bringing me out of darkness into your wonderful light. I praise you Lord for giving me your Holy Spirit, whom I can lean on and trust. Your Word brings revelation, correction and right thinking to my mind! Alleluia! Amen!
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Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Written many years ago, reading this one, is helping me see I must be patient and not get ahead of God on this weight loss journey. I've been so exited that I am not in pain like I have been known to get (Praise God!) that I just want to do more & more. I need to EXERCISE a bit of caution with this and do it ONE DAY AT A TIME! Thanks girls on that team and from the Can't Do This By Myself team. You do help others in your walk.
Death to Self - Life in the Spirit
So often my "self" threatens the quality of my service and commitment to God. It's a natural phenomena. However, it is a very real daily problem facing Christians. The accounts are too many to focus on one. I'm sure you understand.
I find that when I cry out to Jesus for recovery when "self" gets in the way, "IN FAITH, HE..." meets the need. His peace, power, courage, compassion, forgiveness, or humbling spirit, are mine for the asking. A cry for "death to self" brings forth the fruits of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, indwelling every born again believer. He is quick with our recovery. We see instant results, and we get to see Him do it! Yes!
Gal. 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control...!
Resting in your goodness, giving you the reigns and trusting not in who I am but who You are in me; Your Spirit lets me know when I am out of line with you. Thank you for the nudges that help me to grow and learn a better way. Thank you for Life in the Spirit. Amen
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