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What Will You Treasure Most in This New Year?

December 27, 2020

I’m curious, dear readers. How will each of you individually answer that question?

Everything in life requires personal decisions on our part. Is it important to have wisdom and knowledge regarding any (and possibly all) decisions? Do you agree or disagree with either of those claims?

Do you agree or disagree that such decisions and points about life may depend on your relationship with God?

1 John 2:25 says, “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.”

There is something very true in refusing to let the world corrupt you.

Throughout my life, I have seen much corruption and evil. It can be very scary, disheartening and maybe even make one feel so desperate that he or she may think that this life is not worth living. I can recall feeling hopelessness before being born again in Christ. For me, it was an issue of what’s life’s purpose? People can answer that question in thousands of ways, depending on what they choose to do, become, and then treasure about one’s life.

There are Bible verses that inform us that “whatever one treasures, there your heart will be also.”

Mat 6:21 – “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

Luk 12:34 – “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

We are warned “not to love the world” meaning, the things in it and of it.

1 John 2:25 says, “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.”

Of course we are told to love one another. That’s a given. But I think that anyone would admit that it’s hard to love everyone – especially when they do evil.

Jesus warned us why the world would hate us (as Christians):

Jhn 15:18 – “If the world hates you, you know that it hated Me before it hated you.

Jhn 15:25 – “But this happened that the word might be fulfilled which is written in their law, ‘They hated Me without a cause.'[fn] Psalm 69:4

Psa 69:4 – Those who hate me without a cause
Are more than the hairs of my head;
They are mighty who would destroy me,
Being my enemies wrongfully;
Though I have stolen nothing,
I still must restore it.

Jesus Christ has restored us! Those who believe in Him through repentance at the foot of the cross and belief in Jesus as Lord and Savior will spend eternity in a place far better than this earth. Our journey here is but a short breath of time compared to eternal life!

Yes. We must endure what is thrown at us in this life, looking forward to the everlasting life to come with God.

While here on this earth, we, as authentic Christians are urged and told to endure the darts of the enemy of our souls. Such darts often come through the actions of the unsaved who often live in sin and darkness.

Quote from Truth2 Freedom blog:

“This doesn’t mean that authentic Christians do not commit sin; after all, Jesus is the only sinless human who walked the earth (1 Peter 2:22, 2 Corinthians 5:21, 1 John 3:5, Hebrews 4:15). Rather, when true believers commit sin, they are convicted by the Holy Spirit (see John 16:8) and live a life of repentance. They are set free from living in bondage to sin and have been purified by the blood of the Lamb.
Because believers know that we will someday give an account for the way we lived our lives (2 Corinthians 5:10), authentic Christians strive to serve God and obey His Word. They understand that God’s opinion carries more weight than man’s because Galatians 1:10 reminds us, “If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.”

The turmoil that we have been through because of the virus pandemic, and also because of the fact that the 2020 election has been so vicious and often filled with hate (from our opponents on the other side of the political field) that it has been very difficult to cope with for us all!”

I hope people reading this will again view a previous post here entitled, “Red or Blue, What Would Jesus Do?”

In the case of Joe Biden, the video of him actually admitting voter fraud by his campaign has either been squelched by the media of mass deception and ignored, or often deleted on social media.

I recall 0bama telling Joe, “ you don’t have to do this.” I’m sure that the people closest to him know that Joe has dementia and possibly other age related ailments. It’s sad that someone would be used like that. If he gets into the presidency, it likely won’t be long before his VP pick would take over. Some are even suggesting that it would (perhaps secretly?) be 0bama’s third term. Well, he lives right down the street from the White House.

Nevertheless, it’s in God’s hands.

I do know that President Trump’s presidency has exposed so much corruption by the deep state actors who all want to usher in socialism.

But the good news is that during his first term in office, President Trump has fulfilled prophecy regarding Israel!

There is a book out called The Oracle: The Jubilean Mysteries Unveiled” written by a Messianic Jew author named Jonathan Cahn.

You can do a search and read about it at christianbook.com

Here’s some information from that link:

* “Could an ancient prophecy and a mysterious ordinance given in a Middle Eastern desert over three thousand years ago be determining the events of our day?
* Could some of the most famous people of modern history and current events be secretly linked to this mystery-even a modern president of the United States.
* Could this ancient revelation pinpoint the events of our times down to the year, month, and day of theiroccuring?
* Could a mysterious phenomenon be manifesting on the world stage on an exact timetable determined from ancient times?
* Could these manifestations have altered-and now be altering-the course of world events?

The reader will discover the ancient scrolls that contain the appointed words that have determined the course of world history from the onset of modern times up to our day. The revelation is so big that it will involve and open up the mysteries of everything and everyone from Mark Twain to Moses, from King Nebuchadnezzar to Donald Trump, from the fall of empires to the rise of America, from a mystery hidden in a desert cave to another in an ancient scroll, from the palace of the Persian Empire to the US Senate, from the Summer of Love to the Code of Babylon, and much, much more.
Ultimately the Oracle will reveal the secret that lies behind end-time prophecy and the mystery of the end of the age.
As with The Harbinger and The Book of Mysteries, Cahn reveals the mysteries through a narrative. A traveler is given seven keys; each will open up one of seven doors. Behind each doors lies a stream of mysteries. The reader will be taken on a journey of angels and prophetic revelations waiting to be discovered behind each of the seven doors-the ancient secrets that lie behind the world-changing events of modern times-and revelations of what is yet to come.
Hailed as a mind-blowing masterpiece, The Oracle will reveal mysteries that are absolutely real, amazing, stunning, mind-blowing, and life-changing.”

Dear Readers, now might be a good time to get right with God. After all, as the years go by, we find ourselves closer to Jesus’ return for His own.

Joy in the New Year

December 31, 2017

Part of the Christmas Eve service message that my family and I attended last week involved a comparison of the difference between happiness and joy.  Happiness can be fleeting; only lasting for a short time or even for just a brief moment in life.  But joy is different!  Especially when we seek, and then have the ultimate joy given to us by the Lord Jesus Christ!

The pastor also shared the fact that for some, Christmas can be a sad time of year.  Why?  Two examples he shared were because of the passing of loved ones and also, the hurtful estrangements between family members.  I could hear the weeping and sniffling of those in the sanctuary who were suffering from such grief.  I sent up a prayer of comfort for those who lost loved ones this past year, and a prayer for reconciliation between family members who are devastated by the estrangement of a relative who refuses to talk with them anymore.

Psalm 51:12 can help.  It is almost like a short prayer, asking the Lord for help in any grieving situation.

Psalm 51:12 – Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.

This portion of Matthew Henry’s commentary applies:

6. He prays for the restoration of divine comforts and the perpetual communications of divine grace, v. 12. David finds two ill effects of his sin:-

  • (1.) It had made him sad, and therefore he prays, Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation. A child of God knows no true nor solid joy but the joy of God’s salvation, joy in God his Saviour and in the hope of eternal life. By wilful sin we forfeit this joy and deprive ourselves of it; our evidences cannot but be clouded and our hopes shaken. When we give ourselves so much cause to doubt of our interest in the salvation, how can we expect the joy of it? But, when we truly repent, we may pray and hope that God will restore to us those joys. Those that sow in penitential tears shall reap in the joys of God’s salvation when the times of refreshing shall come.

In the past, some people have expressed such joy, and made comments as to why no matter what happens in life, the joy of Jesus Christ can’t be taken away.

“This Joy that I have the world didn’t give it and the world can’t take it away.”

“I have to learn that as long as I have Jesus in my heart, I can find joy in everyday life, no matter how gloomy life may be around me.”

“My joy is dependent on Him, not me or my circumstances and if I am struggling to feel joyful, time in praise and worship – redirects my eyes back to Him, always lifting me up again.”

“God has transformed my life through peace because I was a person that was always stressed, never settled down, worried all the time.  By reading in the Bible, it has helped me to transform and live one day at a time and not to worry about so much.”

Have a joy filled and blessed New Year!

Help Me Find It – Sidewalk Prophets

December 31, 2014

This is truly a great song to listen to as we head into the new year!

Watch on YouTube:

YouTube: Help Me Find It by Sidewalk Prophets

Lyrics:

“Help Me Find It”

I don’t know where to go from here
It all used to seem so clear
I’m finding I can’t do this on my own

I don’t know where to go from here
As long as I know that You are near
I’m done fighting
I’m finally letting go

I will trust in You
You’ve never failed before
I will trust in You

[Chorus:]
If there’s a road I should walk
Help me find it
If I need to be still
Give me peace for the moment
Whatever Your will
Whatever Your will
Can you help me find it
Can you help me find it

I’m giving You fear and You give faith
I’m giving you doubt
You give me grace
For every step I’ve never been alone

Even when it hurts, You’ll have Your way
Even in the valley I will say
With every breath
You’ve never let me go

I will wait for You
You’ve never failed before
I will wait for You

[Chorus]

I lift my empty hands (come fill me up again)
Have Your way my King (I give my all to You)
I lift my eyes again (Was blind but now I see)
‘Cause You are all I need

[Chorus]

*******
In a book entitled, “Mastering Your Life Before It’s Too Late,” Robert J. Morgan shares a plan that will help any reader to develop lifelong habits for a lifetime of purposeful living. The first two habits to cultivate are:

1. Listen to a twelve-year-old.

The first recorded statement of Jesus was made when He was twelve, “I must be about my Father’s business.” When we open each day with this mindset, we will accomplish the work God has preplanned for us.

2. Redeem the time.

If we lose a thousand dollars, we can replace it; but if we waste a thousand hours, they are gone forever. Redeem the time.

Bible verses on these two habits:

1. Listen to a twelve-year-old.

Luk 2:39

So when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth.

Luk 2:40

And the Child grew and became strong in spirit, [fn] filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.

Luk 2:41

His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover.

Luk 2:42

And when He was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem according to the custom of the feast.

Luk 2:43

When they had finished the days, as they returned, the Boy Jesus lingered behind in Jerusalem. And Joseph and His mother [fn] did not know it;

Luk 2:44

but supposing Him to have been in the company, they went a day’s journey, and sought Him among their relatives and acquaintances.

Luk 2:45

So when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, seeking Him.

Luk 2:46

Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions.

Luk 2:47

And all who heard Him were astonished at His understanding and answers.

Luk 2:48

So when they saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You done this to us? Look, Your father and I have sought You anxiously.”

Luk 2:49

And He said to them, “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”

Luk 2:50

But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them.

Luk 2:51

Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart.

Luk 2:52

And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.

2. Redeem the time.

1Ch 17:21

“And who is like Your people Israel, the one nation on the earth whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people—to make for Yourself a name by great and awesome deeds, by driving out nations from before Your people whom You redeemed from Egypt?

Job 33:28

He will redeem his [fn] soul from going down to the Pit,
And his [fn] life shall see the light.

Psa 49:15

But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave,
For He shall receive me. Selah

Psa 119:134

Redeem me from the oppression of man,
That I may keep Your precepts.

Jer 15:21

“I will deliver you from the hand of the wicked,
And I will redeem you from the grip of the terrible.”

Gal 4:3

Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world.

Gal 4:4

But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born [fn] of a woman, born under the law,

Gal 4:5

to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

Gal 4:6

And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!”

Gal 4:7

Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of [fn] God through Christ.

Eph 5:8

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light

Eph 5:9

(for the fruit of the Spirit [fn] is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth),

Eph 5:10

finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.

Eph 5:11

And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.

Eph 5:12

For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret.

Eph 5:13

But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light.

Eph 5:14

Therefore He says:

“Awake, you who sleep,
Arise from the dead,
And Christ will give you light.”

Eph 5:15

See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise,

Eph 5:16

redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

Eph 5:17

Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.

Eph 5:18

And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,

Eph 5:19

speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,

Eph 5:20

giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,


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