The Master of the waves

The Master of the waves
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Friday, December 31, 2010

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

HOWDY FOLKS; I don't know about the rest of you but as for me, and my house we are happy to see this past year fade out and a new year begin. With each new year we are given a chance, with God. He has washed away all of our past mistakes and sins and now we can look forward to the forgiveness that God has in store for us as believers. It is written in scriptures, that God removes our sins from us as far as the East is from the West! God does that for us the moment that we decide to follow His Son Jesus Christ and be born again. God keeps his promises and NEVER forsakes those who will believe in Him, His Son Jesus and obey His commandments! He did it for Noah, for Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, David, for all of His people of  Israel and for all of His Prophets and Saints, AND He will do it for you and me too.  This scripture in Isaiah is one we need to remember throughout the new year:

Isaiah 43:16; 18-19
Thus saith the LORD, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters... Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.

Read all of Isaiah 43 because there is a lot there for us.

          God and God alone, through the power of the Holy Spirit and by the power of our faith in Him and His Son Jesus Christ, can bring forth new things in our life. It is only by faith that we can move ahead in our walk with Christ, and by His grace keep sin away from us. In James chapter 4 we are taught that if we submit ourselves to God and resist the devil he will flee from us, and if we come close to God He will come close to us. It also says in James 4 verse 10 that if we humble ourselves before the Lord that He will lift us up! The book of James in the New Testament is one of my favorite books to study. There is a lot of wisdom for new and old Christian's alike there. With God ALL things are possible! There are times when Satan comes against us and tries to hold up our past sins in front of us and rub our noses in them, like some folks try to train a puppy when it has an accident in the house, (so to speak) but God has washed them, our sins, ALL away the moment we became believers, as I said before! If we let God have His way in our lives we need never to think about or be bothered by those things of the past. We have a new year ahead of us and with God in our lives we have a new chance to live according to His Commandments. People are always making "New Year Resolutions" every January, and usually end up breaking them in just a few weeks or months. The thing is, if we let God have His way, and keep or own willfulness under control with the help of the Holy Spirit, we really can make the new year one in which Christ rules our every thought and action. We can be a true heir to the Kingdom of God, and have all that is promised us, as believers and brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ. If you don't have a Bible find one, borrow one or buy one, and if you cannot afford one, talk to your Pastor. I'm sure he will find one for you. Study Scriptures EVERY DAY if you can. Pick a time when you can sit down un-interrupted and read and study the word of God. When I worked days and had to get up early I used to get up an hour or so early for my study time. Same thing when I worked nights. Now that I am retired I like to read and study in the mornings before I take my dogs for their play time. When ever you can make the time. Study. You won't be disappointed. The best thing you will ever do in your life is to spend time with God. Do not ever let Satan have his way. Cast him out with prayer by the power of Jesus Christ. Alone we cannot prevail, BUT with God in our corner and Jesus on our side and the Holy Spirit in our hearts we can do anything. Philippians 4:13 says; "I can do all things through Christ which strengthenst me." Believe it. Hold on to it always. Don't let things get you down. Read John 14 all the way through when you can, but for today I have included verses 1-3 here:

John 14:1-3
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
 
And also John 16:33:
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

I have added a little list of  12 Things that God wants you to remember for 2011:

God is for you. Who can be against you?
God loves you. He did before you were born and He loves you now, and He will always!
God will guide you. As long as you study His word and believe.
God will not fail you. God keeps all of His promises!
God will be with you. Acts 2 tells us He sends His Holy Spirit to in-dwell us!
God will provide for you. All our needs will be met!
God will bless you. He has already and will continue to do so!
God will give you rest. This is one of His promises (see John 16:33 above)
God will strengthen you. Always! No matter what comes against us He is always with us!
God will answer you. It might not be the answer you want, but He will answer you!
God will uphold you. If we humble ourselves (James 4:10)
God will keep you. God knew you from your mother's womb and as a believer you are His child!

John 10:7, 9-10
Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief (Satan) cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

If you have accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior ALL these things are yours as a child of God. If you have not yet accepted Jesus and been Born Again do it now.
      Ask God to forgive your sins, tell Jesus you believe that He is the only Son of the living God, and ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit. Do this and you will be born again. Find a good Bible believing church and be baptised in God the Father, Jesus the Son, and by the Holy Spirit. Then attend regularly  because fellowship with other Christians is VERY important. It is how we learn to live and grow as a Christian. It is also how the changes we begin to see in our lives once we are "born again" can be supported and nurtured. We can change ourselves to be more like Christ when we fellowship with other Christians. We can see Christ in others by the way they live, the way they share, love, care for and respect each other. When I accepted Christ as my Lord and Savior I had to turn away from some of my old friends because of the lifestyle I, and they, lived. I had to put away from me those things, and those people, that were NOT supportive of the life in Christ that I had chosen. We are known by the company we keep. It may be unfair, it may be wrong, but others do judge us that way. It is a reality of life. I witnessed to old friends, and I rejoiced when they came to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Once they did, I could be in fellowship with them again. Those who did not come to accept Jesus I had to drop as friends. I moved them into the group of people I considered as acquaintances. I would still witness to them when I saw them or bumped into them, I still pray for them, but I could no longer include them in my circle of friends. If you come to love Jesus and accept Him, the more you want to be like Him! The more you want to be in fellowship with people who are also striving to be more like Christ! Folks; trust me, it is worth it! God will bless you for it! There are also family members that I have that have not yet accepted Jesus and I have to do the same thing for them. I still witness to them, I still love them, I still pray for them, and I spend time with them at family get togethers . . .but until they come to accept Jesus they are not included in that special group of family members that are true believers and true born again Christians. Don't ever give up on them. Keep them in your prayers. My mother never gave up on me . . .thank God! She kept praying for me, and praying that I would come to accept Jesus, and when I finally did . . .she rejoiced with me and praised God with me, and we lifted up our prayers of thanks together. We added something special to the bond we already shared as mother to son. We were now  both born again!   When people are born again you can tell. There really is something "different" about us. We have Jesus! There is something special you feel inside when you know that God has a special place reserved for you in heaven because you have accepted His Son  as Lord; when Jesus has sent the Holy Spirit to indwell you. I know I am different . . . I know Jesus . . . I know that He knows me!  I also know that the Holy Spirit is within my heart. I do not want to live the "old life" of sin!  I'm glad I am different. I rejoice that I am a true child of God and an heir to the Kingdom because I know Jesus. Please, I pray you . . . if you don't know Jesus . . .pray the prayer I have shown you above. God loves you. He wants you to come to Him through His Son. Do not disappoint Him do it now! If you do come to accept Jesus let me know so I can rejoice with you. God bless you.      

PEACE and a Healthy, Prosperous, HAPPY NEW YEAR to you all.




Wednesday, December 22, 2010

JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!

Howdy y'all; it has been a couple of months since my last posting so an apology is in order. I have been pretty busy, but I have to say that some of it is procrastination! How many times have you used or heard the words in the title of this posting? I know I have used it a lot and I even made a bunch of buttons with my button machine that said it. I also made a bunch that said "Merry CHRIST mas" on them. Our society here in the good old U.S.of A. has, in recent years, tried to "numb" us to the Christ in Christmas. For years we have been bombarded with all of the commercialism, and "politically correct" desensitisation to this special time of the year. I remember when I first saw "Xmas" when I was a kid. I thought the people were just to lazy to write out "Christmas" and didn't think too much about it! The "wrongness" of it finally hit me when I experienced my first Christmas as a born again believer. Suddenly it ALL seemed so wrong. I looked around me with the new eyes of a true child of the Living God and really SAW all of the world's commercialism, all the "hype" for toys, cards, expensive gifts for your "special someone" and decorations that left Jesus out of the picture. I was actually nauseated by all of it. We, as believers, must take a stand and say a loud "NO" when we hear of someone calling it a "holiday tree", even though some really fundamentalist Christian's believe that the Christmas tree is a pagan symbol, and that it wasn't popularized in this country until the 18th century. From a certain perspective it's history does hearken back to pagan, or at least "non-Christian" roots. It really doesn't matter! What really matters is what it has come to represent with it's star or angel tree-topper that symbolizes the night when the star shown over Bethlehem and the angels proclaimed the good news of Christ's birth, and the lights that represent the good news that the "light" of truth and Jesus Christ has come for all of mankind. Granted a lot of folks over do it a bit, but it is still Jesus that is to be worshipped and recognized as the true and everlasting truth and light for all of us. It is a shame that "Jesus is the reason for the season!" has become so cliched. It has lost some of it's punch. Freedom of religion is one of the fundamental "RIGHTS" provided for us by the constitution of this great country, and I stand by it and believe it deep in my heart. Some people have perverted the right to freedom of religion to mean every other religion EXCEPT Christianity. I had a teacher in my high school civics class (it was called "Problems of Democracy" at that time) who taught us that my rights end where another persons begin and their rights end where mine begin! I took that to heart. Everyone in this country is guaranteed the right to worship as they desire, or NOT to worship anything if that is their belief. I don't have a problem with any of that. Really. I believe that they are wrong not to worship Jesus Christ or to believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, and that God was, is now and will be for ever and ever, or that God created the whole universe. BUT. . .I will never try to cram Jesus down their throats or condemn them for not believing. I must confess that I would, and do, talk to non-believers about Jesus. That is really one of the main reasons why I started this blog; to try to introduce folks to Jesus. I find it a bit odd that in some communities it is okay to display a Jewish menorah   or other symbols for other religions but it is against the law to display a Manger scene, Creche or other Christmas decorations. It is okay to display Santa Clause in some cities but it is considered a religious symbol in others. There are a lot of other religious blogs out there in cyber space and they have a right to run them just as much as I have the right to run this one! Back to the title of this posting. Jesus IS the reason for the season. When you say it . . . mean it! When someone says "Happy Holiday" to you , don't be offended; just say "Merry Christmas" to them. I love Jesus! I love Him for going through all of the torture, the punishment and finally going to the cross to die for me and my sins! Without Jesus I believe I would have been condemned to hell for all of eternity. With Jesus in my heart and being born again. I believe that I am saved from that condemnation and that I will be in heaven with my loved ones who were born again believers, and better yet I will be in the presence of my creator, God and with His only son Jesus Christ! How wonderful is that!? The only way that can happen is if you are truly "Born Again"; and the only way to be born again is to accept Jesus Christ as you personal Lord and Savior.  How do you do that you may ask. First, you must truly repent of your sins (". . .for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God"). Second, you must ask Jesus to come into your heart and to fill you with the Holy Spirit. Finally, you must confess that Jesus is the only Son of the ONLY Living God. It is one of the hardest choices you can make and also one of the easiest things to do. Pray this prayer:
       "Lord God I know that you are the creator of all things and that you sent your only Son Jesus Christ to die for me and that His blood was shed to wash away my sins. I confess that I am a sinner and I do truly repent of my sins. I thank you for sending Jesus for me and the rest of the world. I believe that He is no longer among the dead, but that He was resurrected to sit at Your side to rule in heaven. Please, Lord God, send the Holy spirit into my heart and give me the strength to turn away from my sinful ways, my evil thoughts and wash away any doubts you may find in my heart. Please, Lord God give me the knowledge, strength and faith to stand up for you in the world and to spread your word by teaching others about your Son Jesus." 
            God is ALWAYS faithful and true. He always keeps His word, and He  promised that if we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior and truly believe that Jesus is His only Son sent into this world to die for our sins that we would be "saved".  Without Jesus we are not worthy of being in God's presence or going to heaven when we die. God's grace is a free gift! It is only by our faith and by God's grace that we can be saved. I don't know about you . . . but as for me I want to go to heaven and be with God; and I want to be with Jesus through all of eternity! I also want see my brother, dad, mom, grandma, great grandma and the rest of my family that were/are believers! To be with all of those believers that have gone on before me, Moses, King David, Peter, Paul and the rest of the disciples. I want to see and reside in that heavenly home, that mansion not built by human hands. Thank you God. Thank you Jesus! I truly love you and want to please you Lord.
 YES; Jesus IS the reason for the season! AND, He died for you and me, He was raised from the dead to rule in heaven with His Father  so that we could claim eternal life and so that we could be washed clean and worthy of that place in heaven!