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Juanita Cole on Sunday, February 20, 2011 9:42 AM
Children of God, We Have Work To Do! I was speaking with someone and asked them if they were saved. The person told me that that they were told that being saved is “a process”. The Spirit of God said to me: “Most people think they have to do all this stuff to reach Me, so they put me on the back burner of their mind, knowing that I am here, but thinking I’m to far away to be reached.” God said the number of people (in this passage The Isrealites were the example) to be saved are like the number of pieces of sand on the beach. Hosea 1:10. The Harvest (of people who need salvation) is plentiful, but the laborers (those who will tell others of Jesus the Christ and Salvation) are few. Luke 10:2 But Wait A Minute, What Does Saved Really Mean Anyway?? This is the Foundation of a Christian’s belief. Our “Peace of Mind” rests on this definition and clear understanding. Being Saved Means: You Are Delivered from Sin (separation from God). To be Redeemed Back To Our Father by His Son Jesus The Christ Who died on a cross as a living sacrifice because only the shedding of His Blood was Good enough in our Heavenly Fathers eyes to remove the sin of man. Man (Adam) gave the dominion and authority to Satan when he allowed himself to be tempted into darkness, by the evil one, the one who hates God and wants to destroy us (God’s created man) to show God that He made a mistake when He created us and made us higher than the angels (Psalms 8) (angels are subject to our call; they are here to assist and minister to us. Hebrews 1:14), so the enemy is focused on keeping us distracted with the temptations and pressures of life, as well as the confusion that comes when we believe it is about and up to “Us” and our human strength and ability, instead of simply acknowledging and receiving by verbally accepting His Salvation (our redemption back to Our Father) which is a “Gift” from God, so no man can boast that it was by human effort that they were “saved”, and allowing our lives to be governed and directed by God our Father Who Loves us with such an Unconditional Love, that we cannot comprehend it, (which is why so many do not pursue it.). God so loved the world, while it (we) was/were still in darkness (separation from God’s Presence, Glory) He gave His Only Son to die on a cross that who-so-ever believes in Him (and believes in what He Did) will not perish but have everlasting life. The Message Bible Says it like this: With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ's being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death. God went for the jugular when he sent his own Son. He didn't deal with the problem as something remote and unimportant. In his Son, Jesus, He personally took on the human condition, entered the disordered mess of struggling humanity in order to set it right once and for all. The law code (of Moses), weakened as it always, was by fractured human nature, could never have done that. Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God's action in them find that God's Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing. And God isn't pleased at being ignored. But if God Himself has taken up residence in your life, you can hardly be thinking more of yourself than of Him. Anyone, of course, who has not welcomed this invisible but clearly present God, the Spirit of Christ, won't know what we're talking about. But for you who welcome Him, in whom He dwells—even though you still experience all the limitations of sin—you yourself experience life on God's terms. It stands to reason, doesn't it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, He'll do the same thing in you that He did in Jesus, bringing you alive to Himself? When God lives and breathes in you (and He does, as surely as He did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With His Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ's! So don't you see that we don't owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent. There's nothing in it for us, nothing at all. The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. God's Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go! This resurrection life you received from God is not a timid, grave-tending life. It's adventurously expectant, greeting God with a childlike "What's next, Papa?" God's Spirit touches our spirits and confirms who we really are. We know who he is, and we know who we are: Father and children. And we know we are going to get what's coming to us—an unbelievable inheritance! We go through exactly what Christ goes through. If we go through the hard times with Him, then we're certainly going to go through the good times with Him! Found In Romans 8 Remember Faith Comes By Hearing, and Hearing the Words of God. Our Job, Our Commission from God is to tell as many people as we can about the love of God. Salvation is a Gift from God, and all we have to do is receive it. That’s it!! Read The Words For Yourself. DO NOT LET OTHERS WHO CLAIM TO BE CHRISTIANS BUT DO NOT TEACH THE GIFT OF SALVATION TELL YOU THAT YOU HAVE TO JUMP THRU HOOPS (Oh! You gotta stop drinking, and stop doing drugs, and stop fornicating and stop lying and cheating before you go to God!!) But while we were still sinners He died for us all. Romans 5:8. So Why Would We Have To “Do” Anything except believe in our hearts and speak it (confess it) with our Mouths that Jesus is our Lord and Savior. He Will Do The Rest… I Promise You… Be Blessed…
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The J (Jesus) Spot By Juanita Cole on Sunday, March 06, 2011 11:56 AM
When You Walk With God You Will Be Tempted… Jesus Came To Earth To Be An Example To Us As To How We Are To Live; because He is God and Man, He hungered and thirsted like a man does. He suffered like a man and ultimately died as a man. During His Life walking with His Disciples He encountered things we go through on a daily basis including temptation. The Holy Spirit led Jesus into the wilderness in (Mark 1:13/Luke 4) to be tempted by satan. (Why didn’t He lead Himself into the wilderness to be tempted? Because man is not to seek temptation. It is a sin for us to do so. Jesus taught us to pray that we not be led into temptation but to delivered from evil~ Luke 11:4 ). Jesus had been fasting for 40 days, so as a man his flesh was weak. That is the exact time when the enemy will come with temptations that pertain to your lust, desire, or need. The enemy said to Jesus: If you are the son of God (first of all temptation starts with doubt of who you are. We are tempted to do things that we know are beneath who we are in God’s eyes when we do not see ourselves the way Our Father sees us) then tell this stone to become bread. Remember Jesus was hungry; He had not eaten for forty days! Here Jesus shows us that even at our weakest moments, when we have an opportunity to do the wrong thing, if /when we call on Him, He makes a way for us and rebukes the enemy for us. Jesus spoke the Word of God and said: It is written that Man shall not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. Deut 8:3 Speak the Word of God when adversity, challenges, danger, temptation, heartache, even deception and heart break enters your life and the enemy will flee from you and your situations. Again this is why it is so important to know what the Word of God says. That IS where our power lies, children of The Most High God! We perish for lack of knowledge. Hosea 4:6, and allow our lives to be filled with things/situations/people/ that although they seem on the up and up with good intensions, the agendas that are attached may not be in God’s plan for us. The Word says: pray without ceasing. 1Thessalonians 5:17. In our life situations, we are to lean not to our own understandings, things we see, because so often things we see are not what they appear to be. So in all we encounter we are to acknowledge Him in all that’s going on and He will create clarity, focus and direct our path in an order that we could not have thought to plan for ourselves. Begin to test your situations in life. Speak the Words of God that pertains to your moment(s) of challenge/question; there’s a Word (an answer) in the bible for every situation we go through. Our Father said taste and see that my Word is Good! Psalms 34:8 Be Blessed Today
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The J (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, March 13, 2011 10:35 AM
This study contains some Names of God that are commonly used among Christians. In preparation for this study, I’ve learned that there are 145 names of God identified in the Holy Bible alone. There are hundreds of Hebrew names used to describe God and each one represents Who He Is, and What He Is to us. Be Blessed. Elohim ~ Majesty; Excellence: He Who Is Feared (Respected), Revered; He With Whom One Is Afraid Takes Refuge. Jehovah- The God Who Was, Is, and Is To Come. IAM that IAM Adonai ~ Lord. in the Holy Bible when Lord, Lord is used, it’s translation is Adonai Yahweh, or Lord God. Genesis 18:1 El Shaddai ~ God Almighty; is associated with God’s walk with Abraham. Genesis 35:11 Jehovah Jireh ~ The Lord will provide. This is described in the story of Abraham taking his son Isaac up the mountain to be used as a sacrifice as instructed by God. Imagine that picture. Isaac knowing the process of a sacrifice as his father ties him up in preparation to kill him. At the final moment Abraham sees “a ram in the bush” and uses it instead of his son. This happened to show Abraham to have faith in “The One Who Provides”. Genesis 15; Genesis 22; Jehovah Rophe ~ The Lord who heals us physically, morally, emotionally and spiritually. He heals our spirit, our souls, and our bodies. Jehovah-rophe is first depicted in Exodux 15:22-26 Jehovah Nissi ~ The Lord is our Banner. He will fight our battles. The enemy’s goal is to accuse God’s people. Read Exodus 17 which talks about God defeating an army that attacked Israel while they were in the wilderness. God Himself is our Victory, our Banner. Jehovah M’Kaddesh ~The Lord Who sanctifies. We cannot make ourselves holy; only God can “set us apart” for His purpose. Leviticus 20:26. That’s why we can come to Him in whatever “state” (condition), and He will sanctify us and make us whole. When we read His Word, pray and worship Him, we are preparing ourselves to be guided, separated and sanctified by Him. Jehovah Shalom ~ The Lord of Peace, the absence of strife. When we are in right relationship with God, He provides us peace the surpasses all human understanding, no matter the chaos and confusion that may be going on around you. He gives us perfect peace in the midst of storms. Philippian 4:6-9 Jehovah Tsidkenu ~ The Lord of our Righteousness. Righteousness is defined as right standing with God. We are Justified (declared not guilty) and through Christ Jesus we have right-standing with Our Father God; not of our doing, but His. Romans 3:25 Jehovah Rohi ~ The Lord, My Shepherd. The Psalms 23 is King David declaring The Lord as The One Who guides him, provides for him, protects him, gives him peace, restores him, and shows him favor (grace and mercy). Even when we walk in the shadow of death (places we shouldn’t be) we do not fear because He is always with us. Jehovah Shammah ~ The Lord is There. In the Old Testiment, God gave Ezekiel a vision of the building of Jerusalem, and called it Jehovah-Shammah Ezekiel 48:35 Jerusalem is where Jesus plans to set up His government when He returns and rule the nations. John the the Apostle describes Christ’s return and reign in Jerusalem: Revelation 21:2-5 God’s names are precious to us. They reveal Who He Is. His Names reveals His Character and allows us to get to know Him on a personal level. I encourage you to call on Our Father in the fullness of the Person He is. Remember He Is God In Three Persons, Bless The Trinity. Meditate on His Words that coincide with who you need Him to be in your life. Your Provider, Your Healer, Your Comforter, Your Peace… I hope this study is a Blessing to you. Peace…Shalom
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The J (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, March 20, 2011 7:23 AM
As Christians WE have so much to learn to be able to walk with the power and the ability to be successful in this day to day life we live. It is impossible to move forward if we are stuck in our past failures, destructive thought processes, negative mental chatter and self criticism. It is vital that we renew our minds (by reading God's Word) and know what God thinks about us, so that we can begin to have a mental understanding and verbal agreement of who God says we are. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, what we are saying is we believe that His Shed Blood and Redeemed us from the Enemy ( when Adam sinned he "sold" or gave us [generations to come] over to the enemy and we became children of darkness, ruled by the devil's direction) Jesus' shed blood purchased us from darkness and returned us back into the "Light"; back to our Father God. John 3:16 says: For God So Loved The Word That He Gave His Only Son, That Who Ever Believes in Him (the birth, crucificxion and Resurrection of Jesus Christ) Will Not Perish But Have Everlasting Life. 1John 1:7 says "the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin".Hebrew 10:16-17: The Lord says: I will imprint My laws upon their hearts (those who believe in Him), and I will inscribe them on their minds (on their inmost thoughts and understanding). And their sins and their lawbreaking I will remember no more. When Jesus gave Himself as a sacrifice for the remissions of our sins, our sins were blotted out and God no longer remembers them. When He sees us, He no longer sees our sins, but the Blood of His Son Jesus. However the enemy will "Haunt" you with memories of your past sins/transgressions (failures, when you missed the mark, shortcomings) so that you will focus on your failures causing you to feel guilty and become ineffective. The enemy's goal is to distract you from focusing on your present purpose/assignment. 1Peter 5:8 says: "for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [ in fierce hunger], seeking someone to seize upon and devour". When you are reminded of your past, of when you missed the mark, say to yourself and to the enemy: I am no longer going to hold on to my sins. If God can forget, then I too will forget... Psalms 103:12 say: As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions (sins) from us. This is why we must renew our minds. It will transform us. We are powerful creatures, fearfully and wonderfully made Psalms 139:14; if we take the time to know who we are in Christ and what has been given to us as Gifts from God our Father through His Son Jesus the Christ. We are justified! (acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you]. Be Blessed and Be a Blessing! :))
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The J (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, March 27, 2011 12:08 PM
NOW ABOUT the spiritual gifts (the special endowments of supernatural energy), brethren, I do not want you to be misinformed. You know that when you were heathen (separated from God, unsaved, had not accepted Jesus as your Lord and Saviour), you were led off after idols (anything that you focus on more than God) that could not speak [habitually] as impulse directed and whenever the occasion might arise.Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking under the power and influence of the [Holy] Spirit of God can [ever] say, Jesus be cursed! And no one can [really] say, Jesus is [my] Lord, except by and under the power and influence of the Holy Spirit. Now there are distinctive varieties and distributions of endowments (gifts, extraordinary powers distinguishing certain Christians, due to the power of divine grace operating in their souls by the Holy Spirit) and they vary, but the [Holy] Spirit remains the same.And there are distinctive varieties of service and ministration, but it is the same Lord [Who is served].And there are distinctive varieties of operation [of working to accomplish things], but it is the same God Who inspires and energizes them all in all. But to each one is given the manifestation of the [Holy] Spirit [the evidence, the spiritual illumination of the Spirit] for good and profit. To one is given in and through the [Holy] Spirit [the power to speak] a message of wisdom, and to another [the power to express] a word of knowledge and understanding according to the same [Holy] Spirit;To another [wonder-working] faith by the same [Holy] Spirit, to another the extraordinary powers of healing by the one Spirit; To another the working of miracles, to another prophetic insight ([c]the gift of interpreting the divine will and purpose); to another the ability to discern and distinguish between [the utterances of true] spirits [and false ones], to another various kinds of [unknown] tongues, to another the ability to interpret [such] tongues. All these [gifts, achievements, abilities] are inspired and brought to pass by one and the same [Holy] Spirit, Who apportions to each person individually [exactly] as He chooses. For just as the body is a unity and yet has many parts, and all the parts, though many, form [only] one body, so it is with Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). For by [means of the personal agency of] one [Holy] Spirit we were all, whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free, baptized [and by baptism united together] into one body, and all made to drink of one [Holy] Spirit. For the body does not consist of one limb or organ but of many. If the foot should say, Because I am not the hand, I do not belong to the body, would it be therefore not [a part] of the body? If the ear should say, Because I am not the eye, I do not belong to the body, would it be therefore not [a part] of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where [would be the sense of] hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where [would be the sense of] smell? Be Blessed... ICorintians 12 (This Is JUST The Word of God... I have not added to or taken out one Word!)
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The J (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, April 03, 2011 9:20 AM
Our Father Loves His Kids so much that He Has Given us step by step instruction as to how to live on this earth until He returns. The Bible is His Words to us His Children, whom He dearly loves. He desires our company; He wants us to tell Him all that is going on with us. Not that He doesn’t already know, but because He wants the interaction with us. His Desire for us is so much higher than what we are trying to create for ourselves in our own human ability. Imagine what we could accomplish if we put aside our plans and ideas and ask God to show us His Personal, Individual Plan for our lives. We have gifts and talents that He placed in us for His purpose. How many of us have taken those gifts and talents and utilized them for our own selfish purpose that has nothing to do with God’s plan for us. Self gratification~ even if we think we are doing positive things. Realize God sees our motives, the reasons we do what we do. He knows our hearts, better than we do ourselves. He knows every hair on our heard; you don’t think He knows your inner most thoughts that only you know about and will take to your grave? (lol!) He’s there watching you as you are thinking them. He sees ALL that we do (yes even those secret things… you know..), yet He still loves us and continues to chase after us to share His Love and to save us from the enemy and his posse who are trying to destroy us on a daily basis (God says protect your heart, renew your mind, put on the full armor of God.. direction from our God as to how to be victorious over an already defeated enemy). The awesome thing about the Word of God is that it is “alive and breathing”. A passage you’ve read over and over across your lifetime can be read today and have specific meaning for today’s situation (I love that about Him!). I recommend before you read His Word, pray and ask Our Father to speak to you and give you wisdom and understanding as you read The Word. Oh and read out loud so that your ears can hear The Word, because faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God. Galations 3 Begin to Praise Him and tell Him how wonderful is He and all His Works. This will change the atmosphere and create a place for The Holy Spirit to be (with you). As you read, He will speak to you, so be ready for it. It’s an awesome experience. Our God, The One True Living God, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Our Savior and Our Father help us to renew our minds in Your Word. Help us to see Your Majesty and realize we are Yours and You will never leave us or forsake us. Continue to strengthen us for the journey ahead, as we learn to live in “Your Rest’ (Hebrews 4) and not our human ability. It’s Your Supernatural Power that sustains us so no man can boast. As we receive the Revelation of Your Love, help us to live it so that we are examples to others who need you and don’t know how to reach You.. We give You Honor and Glory and thank you in advance for answered prayer, as Your Answer is “Yes” and “Amen” to your Children. In The Name of Jesus The Christ, Amen..
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The J (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, April 10, 2011 6:12 PM
Never Be Afraid To Be Who You Are… So often we pick ourselves apart because of how others see us. We tend to try to push to the background the things about ourselves that may cause others to look at us differently or things about ourselves that we feel others may run from or make fun of. We may even stay in the background because we don’t want to bring attention to ourselves, so we hide our gifts. We may have a beautiful voice to sing or the ability to speak positively into another’s life but are afraid to share it because of fear of rejection or ridicule. God looks at us, His Children and sees the perfected person He created each of us to be. Often we look at other’s opinions of ourselves and take their image instead of God’s… The Word says: When Jesus finished telling these stories, He left there, returned to His hometown, and gave a lecture in the meetinghouse. He made a real hit, impressing everyone. "We had no idea he was this good!" they said. "How did he get so wise, get such ability?" But in the next breath they were cutting him down: "We've known him since he was a kid; he's the carpenter's son. We know his mother, Mary. We know his brothers James and Joseph, Simon and Judas. All his sisters live here. Who does he think he is?" They got their noses all out of joint. But Jesus said, "A prophet is taken for granted in his hometown and his family." He didn't do many miracles there because of their hostile indifference. John 1 Our Creator gave us the gifts we have inside us: a soothing voice, an ability to make others laugh; a hug that would make one melt, a knack or gift of vocabulary to motivate one to success; He created us even with the short comings and idiosyncrasies we have to use for His Glory. Everything we are can be utilized by God to accomplish His goals and purpose for us. We will always have “haters” those who cannot see the greatness God has placed in us… And remember: Ultimately, our purpose is to love God above all things and to love one another~Matthew 22; to tell as many people about the Salvation of Jesus The Christ, Son of God~ His Gift to us; to be redeemed back to Our Father who loved us so much that He Gave His Only Son… Remember, someone that may not hear/receive the Word from me, may listen to you because of the person you are and how you impress express yourself to them. So, embrace yourself and who you are in God. Love yourself as God loves you. And remember not to take ourselves too seriously, because the light that they see shining in us is not us; it’s His Light that shines through us for His People to see. Blessed To Be A Blessing
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The "J" (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, April 17, 2011 6:55 AM
God Is The Creator Of All Things... Who has scooped up the ocean in His Two Hands, or measured the sky between His thumb and little finger? Who has put all the earth's dirt in one of His baskets, weighed each mountain and hill? Who could ever have told God what to do or taught Him His Business? What expert would He have gone to for advice, what school would He attend to learn justice? What god do you suppose might have taught Him what He knows, showed Him how things work? Why, the nations are but a drop in a bucket, a mere smudge on a window. Watch Him sweep up the islands like so much dust off the floor! There aren't enough trees in Lebanon nor enough animals in those vast forests to furnish adequate fuel and offerings for His worship. All the nations add up to simply nothing before Him—less than nothing is more like it. A minus. So who even comes close to being like God? To whom or what can you compare Him? Some no-god idol? Ridiculous! It's made in a workshop, cast in bronze, given a thin veneer of gold, and draped with silver filigree. Or, perhaps someone will select a fine wood— olive wood, say—that won't rot, then hire a woodcarver to make a no-god, giving special care to its base so it won't tip over! Have you not been paying attention? Have you not been listening? Haven't you heard these stories all your life? Don't you understand the foundation of all things? God sits high above the round ball of earth. The people look like mere ants. He stretches out the skies like a canvas— yes, like a tent canvas to live under. He ignores what all the princes say and do. The rulers of the earth count for nothing. Princes and rulers don't amount to much. Like seeds barely rooted, just sprouted, they shrivel when God blows on them. Like flecks of chaff, they're gone with the wind. "So—who is like Me? Who holds a candle to Me?" says The Holy. Look at the night skies: Who do you think made all this? Who marches this army of stars out each night, counts them off, calls each by name—so magnificent! so powerful!— and never overlooks a single one? God doesn't come and go. God lasts. He's Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn't get tired out, doesn't pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out. He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don't get tired, they walk and don't lag behind or faint.
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The "J" (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, April 24, 2011 9:19 AM
Early in the morning on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone was moved away from the entrance. She ran at once to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, breathlessly panting, "They took the Master from the tomb. We don't know where they've put Him." Mary stood outside the tomb weeping. As she wept, she knelt to look into the tomb and saw two angels sitting there, dressed in white, one at the head, the other at the foot of where Jesus' body had been laid. They said to her, "Woman, why do you weep?" "They took my Master," she said, "and I don't know where they put Him." After she said this, she turned away and saw Jesus standing there. But she didn't recognize him. Jesus spoke to her, "Woman, why do you weep? Who are you looking for?" She, thinking that He was the gardener, said, "Mister, if you took Him, tell me where you put Him so I can care for Him." Jesus said, "Mary." Turning to face Him, she said in Hebrew, "Rabboni!" meaning "Teacher!" Jesus said, "Don't cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go to my brothers and tell them, 'I ascend to my Father and your Father, My God and your God.'" Mary Magdalene went, telling the news to the disciples: "I saw the Master!" And she told them everything He said to her. Later on that day, the disciples had gathered together, but, fearful of the Jews, had locked all the doors in the house. Jesus entered, stood among them, and said, "Peace to you." Then he showed them His hands and side. The disciples, seeing the Master with their own eyes, were exuberant. Jesus repeated His greeting: "Peace to you. Just as the Father sent me, I send you." Then He took a deep breath and breathed into them. "Receive the Holy Spirit," He said. But Thomas, sometimes called the Twin, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples told him, "We saw the Master." But he said, "Unless I see the nail holes in his hands, put my finger in the nail holes, and stick my hand in his side, I won't believe it." Eight days later, His disciples were again in the room. This time Thomas was with them. Jesus came through the locked doors, stood among them, and said, "Peace to you." Then He focused His attention on Thomas. "Take your finger and examine my hands. Take your hand and stick it in My side. Don't be unbelieving. Believe." Thomas said, "My Master! My God!" Jesus said, "So, you believe because you've seen with your own eyes. Even better blessings are in store for those who believe without seeing." John 20 Blessed To Be A Blessing!
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The "J" (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, April 24, 2011 9:19 AM
Early in the morning on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone was moved away from the entrance. She ran at once to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, breathlessly panting, "They took the Master from the tomb. We don't know where they've put Him." Mary stood outside the tomb weeping. As she wept, she knelt to look into the tomb and saw two angels sitting there, dressed in white, one at the head, the other at the foot of where Jesus' body had been laid. They said to her, "Woman, why do you weep?" "They took my Master," she said, "and I don't know where they put Him." After she said this, she turned away and saw Jesus standing there. But she didn't recognize him. Jesus spoke to her, "Woman, why do you weep? Who are you looking for?" She, thinking that He was the gardener, said, "Mister, if you took Him, tell me where you put Him so I can care for Him." Jesus said, "Mary." Turning to face Him, she said in Hebrew, "Rabboni!" meaning "Teacher!" Jesus said, "Don't cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father. Go to my brothers and tell them, 'I ascend to my Father and your Father, My God and your God.'" Mary Magdalene went, telling the news to the disciples: "I saw the Master!" And she told them everything He said to her. Later on that day, the disciples had gathered together, but, fearful of the Jews, had locked all the doors in the house. Jesus entered, stood among them, and said, "Peace to you." Then he showed them His hands and side. The disciples, seeing the Master with their own eyes, were exuberant. Jesus repeated His greeting: "Peace to you. Just as the Father sent me, I send you." Then He took a deep breath and breathed into them. "Receive the Holy Spirit," He said. But Thomas, sometimes called the Twin, one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples told him, "We saw the Master." But he said, "Unless I see the nail holes in his hands, put my finger in the nail holes, and stick my hand in his side, I won't believe it." Eight days later, His disciples were again in the room. This time Thomas was with them. Jesus came through the locked doors, stood among them, and said, "Peace to you." Then He focused His attention on Thomas. "Take your finger and examine my hands. Take your hand and stick it in My side. Don't be unbelieving. Believe." Thomas said, "My Master! My God!" Jesus said, "So, you believe because you've seen with your own eyes. Even better blessings are in store for those who believe without seeing." John 20 Blessed To Be A Blessing!
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The J (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, May 08, 2011 9:47 AM
Happy Mothers Day...Mothers are a very special creation to Our Father God; He sent His Only Begotten Son through Mary, A Virgin, to be born into this world as a sacrifice for our sins. Mothers have a maternal instinct given to us by God to be sensitive to the needs of our children. He knew that Mary would protect Jesus, love Him and help prepare Him for His Destiny. He placed in Mothers, intuition, almost a psychic ability to discern and guide and teach our children. Mothers are Teachers, Doctors, Advocates, Shelter and most of all love to our children. Cherish Your Mothers. We Are God's Chosen Care Givers Just For You. Have A Wonderful Mothers Day!
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The J (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, May 08, 2011 9:47 AM
Happy Mothers Day...Mothers are a very special creation to Our Father God; He sent His Only Begotten Son through Mary, A Virgin, to be born into this world as a sacrifice for our sins. Mothers have a maternal instinct given to us by God to be sensitive to the needs of our children. He knew that Mary would protect Jesus, love Him and help prepare Him for His Destiny. He placed in Mothers, intuition, almost a psychic ability to discern and guide and teach our children. Mothers are Teachers, Doctors, Advocates, Shelter and most of all love to our children. Cherish Your Mothers. We Are God's Chosen Care Givers Just For You. Have A Wonderful Mothers Day!
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The J (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, May 08, 2011 9:50 AM
Happy Mothers Day...Mothers are a very special creation to Our Father God; He sent His Only Begotten Son through Mary, A Virgin, to be born into this world as a sacrifice for our sins. Mothers have a maternal instinct given to us by God to be sensitive to the needs of our children. He knew that Mary would protect Jesus, love Him and help prepare Him for His Destiny. He placed in Mothers, intuition, almost a psychic ability to discern and guide and teach our children. Mothers are Teachers, Doctors, Advocates, Shelter and most of all love to our children. Cherish Your Mothers. We Are God's Chosen Care Givers Just For You. Have A Wonderful Mothers Day!
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The J (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, May 08, 2011 9:50 AM
Happy Mothers Day...Mothers are a very special creation to Our Father God; He sent His Only Begotten Son through Mary, A Virgin, to be born into this world as a sacrifice for our sins. Mothers have a maternal instinct given to us by God to be sensitive to the needs of our children. He knew that Mary would protect Jesus, love Him and help prepare Him for His Destiny. He placed in Mothers, intuition, almost a psychic ability to discern and guide and teach our children. Mothers are Teachers, Doctors, Advocates, Shelter and most of all love to our children. Cherish Your Mothers. We Are God's Chosen Care Givers Just For You. Have A Wonderful Mothers Day!
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The J (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, May 08, 2011 9:50 AM
Happy Mothers Day...Mothers are a very special creation to Our Father God; He sent His Only Begotten Son through Mary, A Virgin, to be born into this world as a sacrifice for our sins. Mothers have a maternal instinct given to us by God to be sensitive to the needs of our children. He knew that Mary would protect Jesus, love Him and help prepare Him for His Destiny. He placed in Mothers, intuition, almost a psychic ability to discern and guide and teach our children. Mothers are Teachers, Doctors, Advocates, Shelter and most of all love to our children. Cherish Your Mothers. We Are God's Chosen Care Givers Just For You. Have A Wonderful Mothers Day!
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The J (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, May 08, 2011 9:50 AM
Happy Mothers Day...Mothers are a very special creation to Our Father God; He sent His Only Begotten Son through Mary, A Virgin, to be born into this world as a sacrifice for our sins. Mothers have a maternal instinct given to us by God to be sensitive to the needs of our children. He knew that Mary would protect Jesus, love Him and help prepare Him for His Destiny. He placed in Mothers, intuition, almost a psychic ability to discern and guide and teach our children. Mothers are Teachers, Doctors, Advocates, Shelter and most of all love to our children. Cherish Your Mothers. We Are God's Chosen Care Givers Just For You. Have A Wonderful Mothers Day!
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The J (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, May 08, 2011 9:50 AM
Happy Mothers Day...Mothers are a very special creation to Our Father God; He sent His Only Begotten Son through Mary, A Virgin, to be born into this world as a sacrifice for our sins. Mothers have a maternal instinct given to us by God to be sensitive to the needs of our children. He knew that Mary would protect Jesus, love Him and help prepare Him for His Destiny. He placed in Mothers, intuition, almost a psychic ability to discern and guide and teach our children. Mothers are Teachers, Doctors, Advocates, Shelter and most of all love to our children. Cherish Your Mothers. We Are God's Chosen Care Givers Just For You. Have A Wonderful Mothers Day!
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The J (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, May 08, 2011 9:50 AM
Happy Mothers Day...Mothers are a very special creation to Our Father God; He sent His Only Begotten Son through Mary, A Virgin, to be born into this world as a sacrifice for our sins. Mothers have a maternal instinct given to us by God to be sensitive to the needs of our children. He knew that Mary would protect Jesus, love Him and help prepare Him for His Destiny. He placed in Mothers, intuition, almost a psychic ability to discern and guide and teach our children. Mothers are Teachers, Doctors, Advocates, Shelter and most of all love to our children. Cherish Your Mothers. We Are God's Chosen Care Givers Just For You. Have A Wonderful Mothers Day!
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The J (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, May 08, 2011 9:50 AM
Happy Mothers Day...Mothers are a very special creation to Our Father God; He sent His Only Begotten Son through Mary, A Virgin, to be born into this world as a sacrifice for our sins. Mothers have a maternal instinct given to us by God to be sensitive to the needs of our children. He knew that Mary would protect Jesus, love Him and help prepare Him for His Destiny. He placed in Mothers, intuition, almost a psychic ability to discern and guide and teach our children. Mothers are Teachers, Doctors, Advocates, Shelter and most of all love to our children. Cherish Your Mothers. We Are God's Chosen Care Givers Just For You. Have A Wonderful Mothers Day!
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The J (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, May 08, 2011 9:50 AM
Happy Mothers Day...Mothers are a very special creation to Our Father God; He sent His Only Begotten Son through Mary, A Virgin, to be born into this world as a sacrifice for our sins. Mothers have a maternal instinct given to us by God to be sensitive to the needs of our children. He knew that Mary would protect Jesus, love Him and help prepare Him for His Destiny. He placed in Mothers, intuition, almost a psychic ability to discern and guide and teach our children. Mothers are Teachers, Doctors, Advocates, Shelter and most of all love to our children. Cherish Your Mothers. We Are God's Chosen Care Givers Just For You. Have A Wonderful Mothers Day!
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The J (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, May 08, 2011 9:50 AM
Happy Mothers Day...Mothers are a very special creation to Our Father God; He sent His Only Begotten Son through Mary, A Virgin, to be born into this world as a sacrifice for our sins. Mothers have a maternal instinct given to us by God to be sensitive to the needs of our children. He knew that Mary would protect Jesus, love Him and help prepare Him for His Destiny. He placed in Mothers, intuition, almost a psychic ability to discern and guide and teach our children. Mothers are Teachers, Doctors, Advocates, Shelter and most of all love to our children. Cherish Your Mothers. We Are God's Chosen Care Givers Just For You. Have A Wonderful Mothers Day!
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The J (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, May 08, 2011 9:50 AM
Happy Mothers Day...Mothers are a very special creation to Our Father God; He sent His Only Begotten Son through Mary, A Virgin, to be born into this world as a sacrifice for our sins. Mothers have a maternal instinct given to us by God to be sensitive to the needs of our children. He knew that Mary would protect Jesus, love Him and help prepare Him for His Destiny. He placed in Mothers, intuition, almost a psychic ability to discern and guide and teach our children. Mothers are Teachers, Doctors, Advocates, Shelter and most of all love to our children. Cherish Your Mothers. We Are God's Chosen Care Givers Just For You. Have A Wonderful Mothers Day!
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The J (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, May 08, 2011 9:50 AM
Happy Mothers Day...Mothers are a very special creation to Our Father God; He sent His Only Begotten Son through Mary, A Virgin, to be born into this world as a sacrifice for our sins. Mothers have a maternal instinct given to us by God to be sensitive to the needs of our children. He knew that Mary would protect Jesus, love Him and help prepare Him for His Destiny. He placed in Mothers, intuition, almost a psychic ability to discern and guide and teach our children. Mothers are Teachers, Doctors, Advocates, Shelter and most of all love to our children. Cherish Your Mothers. We Are God's Chosen Care Givers Just For You. Have A Wonderful Mothers Day!
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The J (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, May 08, 2011 9:50 AM
Happy Mothers Day...Mothers are a very special creation to Our Father God; He sent His Only Begotten Son through Mary, A Virgin, to be born into this world as a sacrifice for our sins. Mothers have a maternal instinct given to us by God to be sensitive to the needs of our children. He knew that Mary would protect Jesus, love Him and help prepare Him for His Destiny. He placed in Mothers, intuition, almost a psychic ability to discern and guide and teach our children. Mothers are Teachers, Doctors, Advocates, Shelter and most of all love to our children. Cherish Your Mothers. We Are God's Chosen Care Givers Just For You. Have A Wonderful Mothers Day!
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The J (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, May 08, 2011 9:50 AM
Happy Mothers Day...Mothers are a very special creation to Our Father God; He sent His Only Begotten Son through Mary, A Virgin, to be born into this world as a sacrifice for our sins. Mothers have a maternal instinct given to us by God to be sensitive to the needs of our children. He knew that Mary would protect Jesus, love Him and help prepare Him for His Destiny. He placed in Mothers, intuition, almost a psychic ability to discern and guide and teach our children. Mothers are Teachers, Doctors, Advocates, Shelter and most of all love to our children. Cherish Your Mothers. We Are God's Chosen Care Givers Just For You. Have A Wonderful Mothers Day!
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The J (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, May 08, 2011 9:50 AM
Happy Mothers Day...Mothers are a very special creation to Our Father God; He sent His Only Begotten Son through Mary, A Virgin, to be born into this world as a sacrifice for our sins. Mothers have a maternal instinct given to us by God to be sensitive to the needs of our children. He knew that Mary would protect Jesus, love Him and help prepare Him for His Destiny. He placed in Mothers, intuition, almost a psychic ability to discern and guide and teach our children. Mothers are Teachers, Doctors, Advocates, Shelter and most of all love to our children. Cherish Your Mothers. We Are God's Chosen Care Givers Just For You. Have A Wonderful Mothers Day!
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The "J" (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, May 08, 2011 9:52 AM
Happy Mothers Day...Mothers are a very special creation to Our Father God; He sent His Only Begotten Son through Mary, A Virgin, to be born into this world as a sacrifice for our sins. Mothers have a maternal instinct given to us by God to be sensitive to the needs of our children. He knew that Mary would protect Jesus, love Him and help prepare Him for His Destiny. He placed in Mothers, intuition, almost a psychic ability to discern and guide and teach our children. Mothers are Teachers, Doctors, Advocates, Shelter and most of all love to our children. Cherish Your Mothers. We Are God's Chosen Care Givers Just For You. Have A Wonderful Mothers Day!
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The "J" (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, May 15, 2011 8:51 AM
Life Is To Short... The Word of God is SOO Good; You Don’t Have To Add Anything To It… Have A Blessed Day!!
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The "J" (Jesus) Spot By Juanita Cole on Sunday, May 15, 2011 8:53 AM
The Word of God is SOO Good; You Don’t Have To Add Anything To It… Have A Blessed Day!!
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The "J" (Jesus) Spot By Juanita Cole on Sunday, May 15, 2011 10:06 AM
The Word of God is SOO Good; You Don’t Have To Add Anything To It… Have A Blessed Day!!
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The "J" (Jesus) Spot By Juanita Cole on Sunday, May 15, 2011 10:06 AM
The Word of God is SOO Good; You Don’t Have To Add Anything To It… Have A Blessed Day!!
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The "J" (Jesus) Spot By Juanita Cole on Sunday, May 15, 2011 10:07 AM
Ecclesiastes 11 says: Be generous: Invest in acts of charity. Charity yields high returns. 2 Don't hoard your goods; spread them around. Be a blessing to others. This could be your last night. 3-4 When the clouds are full of water, it rains. When the wind blows down a tree, it lies where it falls. Don't sit there watching the wind. Do your own work. Don't stare at the clouds. Get on with your life. 5 Just as you'll never understand the mystery of life forming in a pregnant woman, So you'll never understand the mystery at work in all that God does. 6 Go to work in the morning and stick to it until evening without watching the clock. You never know from moment to moment how your work will turn out in the end. Before the Years Take Their Toll 7-8 Oh, how sweet the light of day, And how wonderful to live in the sunshine! Even if you live a long time, don't take a single day for granted. Take delight in each light-filled hour, Remembering that there will also be many dark days And that most of what comes your way is smoke. 9 You who are young, make the most of your youth. Relish your youthful vigor. Follow the impulses of your heart. If something looks good to you, pursue it. But know also that not just anything goes; You have to answer to God for every last bit of it. 10 Live footloose and fancy-free— You won't be young forever. Youth lasts about as long as smoke.
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The "J" (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, May 22, 2011 10:17 AM
Live A Life Of Freedon: Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you. I am emphatic about this. The moment any one of you submits to circumcision or any other rule-keeping system (mental/physical manipulation), at that same moment Christ's hard-won gift of freedom is squandered. I repeat my warning: The person who accepts the ways of circumcision (worldy ways to righteousness) trades all the advantages of the free life in Christ for the obligations of the slave life of the law (of Moses; the law of Sin and Death). I suspect you would never intend this, but this is what happens. When you attempt to live by your own religious plans and projects, you are cut off from Christ, you fall out of grace. Meanwhile we expectantly wait for a satisfying relationship with the Spirit. For in Christ, neither our most conscientious religion nor disregard of religion amounts to anything. What matters is something far more interior: faith expressed in love. You were running superbly! Who cut in on you, deflecting you from the true course of obedience? This detour doesn't come from the One who called you into the race in the first place. And please don't toss this off as insignificant. It only takes a minute amount of yeast, you know, to permeate an entire loaf of bread. Deep down, the Master has given me confidence that you will not defect. But the one who is upsetting you, whoever he is, will bear the divine judgment. As for the rumor that I continue to preach the ways of circumcision (as I did in those pre-Damascus Road days), that is absurd. Why would I still be persecuted, then? If I were preaching that old message, no one would be offended if I mentioned the Cross now and then—it would be so watered-down it wouldn't matter one way or the other. Why don't these agitators, obsessive as they are about circumcision (worldy processes), go all the way and castrate themselves! It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don't use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that's how freedom grows. For everything we know about God's Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That's an act of true freedom. If you bite and ravage each other, watch out—in no time at all you will be annihilating each other, and where will your precious freedom be then? My counsel is this: Live freely, animated and motivated by God's Spirit. Then you won't feed the compulsions of selfishness. For there is a root of sinful self-interest in us that is at odds with a free spirit, just as the free spirit is incompatible with selfishness. These two ways of life are antithetical, so that you cannot live at times one way and at times another way according to how you feel on any given day. Why don't you choose to be led by the Spirit and so escape the erratic compulsions of a law-dominated existence? It is obvious what kind of life develops out of trying to get your own way all the time: repetitive, loveless, cheap sex; a stinking accumulation of mental and emotional garbage; frenzied and joyless grabs for happiness; trinket gods; magic-show religion; paranoid loneliness; cutthroat competition; all-consuming-yet-never-satisfied wants; a brutal temper; an impotence to love or be loved; divided homes and divided lives; small-minded and lopsided pursuits; the vicious habit of depersonalizing everyone into a rival; uncontrolled and uncontrollable addictions; ugly parodies of community. I could go on. This isn't the first time I have warned you, you know. If you use your freedom this way, you will not inherit God's Kingdom. But what happens when we live God's way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely. Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified. Since this is the kind of life we have chosen, the Life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives. That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse. We have far more interesting things to do with our lives. Each of us is an original. Galatians 5 Be Transformed By The Renewing of Your Minds.... Do Not Be Conformed Any Longer To The Ways (actions, thoughts) of this Degenerating World. Romans 12:2 Have A Blessed Day!
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The "J" (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, June 05, 2011 10:12 AM
The God Of Glory: How blessed is God! And what a blessing He is! He's the Father of our Master, Jesus Christ, and takes us to the high places of blessing in Him. Long before He laid down earth's foundations, He had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of His love, to be made whole and holy by His love. Long, long ago He decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (What pleasure He took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of His lavish gift-giving by the Hand of His Beloved Son. Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, His Blood poured out on the altar of The Cross, we're a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free! He thought of everything, provided for everything we could possibly need, letting us in on the plans He took such delight in making. He set it all out before us in Christ, a long-range plan in which everything would be brought together and summed up in Him, everything in deepest heaven, everything on planet earth. It's in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, He had His eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose He is working out in everything and everyone. It's in Christ that you, once you heard the truth and believed it (this Message of your salvation), found yourselves home free—signed, sealed, and delivered by the Holy Spirit. This signet from God is the first installment on what's coming, a reminder that we'll get everything God has planned for us, a praising and glorious life. Ephesians 1 Be Blessed By The Reading Of The Word of God.
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The "J" (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, June 12, 2011 11:25 AM
God's glory is on tour in the skies, God-craft on exhibit across the horizon. Madame Day holds classes every morning, Professor Night lectures each evening.Their words aren't heard, their voices aren't recorded, But their silence fills the earth: unspoken truth is spoken everywhere. God makes a huge dome for the sun—a superdome! The morning sun's a new husband leaping from his honeymoon bed, The day breaking sun an athlete racing to the tape. That's how God's Word vaults across the skies from sunrise to sunset, Melting ice, scorching deserts, warming hearts to faith. The revelation of GOD is whole and pulls our lives together. The signposts of GOD are clear and point out the right road. The life-maps of GOD are right, showing the way to joy. The directions of GOD are plain and easy on the eyes. GOD's reputation is twenty-four-carat gold, with a lifetime guarantee. The decisions of GOD are accurate down to the nth degree. God's Word is better than a diamond, better than a diamond set between emeralds. You'll like it better than strawberries in spring, better than red, ripe strawberries. There's more: God's Word warns us of danger and directs us to hidden treasure. Otherwise how will we find our way? Or know when we play the fool? Clean the slate, God, so we can start the day fresh! Keep me from stupid sins, from thinking I can take over your work; Then I can start this day sun-washed, scrubbed clean of the grime of sin. These are the words in my mouth; these are what I chew on and pray. Accept them when I place them on the morning altar, O God, my Altar-Rock, God, Priest-of-My-Altar. Psalms 19 Have A Blessed Day...
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The "J" (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, June 26, 2011 12:54 PM
Carnal Minded vs. Spiritual Minded… I took off for a week or so because I had to go to California for company paid training and had homework and presentations due all week. Sleep was almost unattainable and we had 10-hr work days. By the end of last week, I was exhausted. My body was wearing down and normal everyday pressures were beginning to magnify. By the time I was back home, I had some searching to do… Life was beginning to overwhelm me. Situations in life were beginning to be my focus and I began to lose sight… I couldn’t hear from God like I used to. My office was losing people under the pressure of a sales environment and they quit. Our Office Admin Asst was put on bed rest for the remainder of her pregnancy…I was becoming weighed down and couldn’t seem to get out from under… Then I realized: Carnality was beginning to consume my life! In the mornings I would wake up tired and stay in bed til I had just enough time to get ready and go to work. My daily usually began with praise and worship when my alarm went off at 5 a.m. My prayer time has been in tears telling God all the things that were making me unhappy: people, my job, situations I had no control over. Lack began to creep into my days; loneliness, not wanting to press on… I cried out to God to take over, show me where my disconnect is! Because I know it’s me and not You! I told him all the things that have been weighing me down… EVERYTHING! This morning He had me see a study that talked about all the things I had spoken to Him about in the last few weeks. Here is what I received today… I hope it blesses you! Hug Myself! Magnify His Name – Glory to God! Settle in the Truth of God’s Word… Say out loud! I’m going to take hold of every Promise God has for me and Possess The Land! It’s our Father’s Good Pleasure to give us The Kingdom! God gives us things we don’t even ask for: like waking up in the morning, and breathing. There are those who are in the hospital right now who are begging for things He has freely given to us today, right now, without us asking! Thank you God! Yet we focus on what we do not have or what we want that hasn’t manifested yet, instead of pressing in to Him; getting into the Spiritual realm where He is to receive Him… Not just what He can provides for us daily.. So Be careful; if you’re gonna complain, God will allow you to have things to complain about. Instead Rejoice in God. Don’t be so quick to let others activities/things of the world get you down. Especially things you have no control of. People/situations are going to have problems whether you try to fix them or not. If no one is listening to your encouragement, then encourage yourself. Uplift yourself with The Truth, The Glorious Word of God. Bless The God Who Blesses You all of the time. When He presents you with an opportunity to give to someone else take it! Oh, And Tithe! For every dollar He gives us, He just asks us for a dime! Bring your tithes and offerings to My storehouse so there is meat in My storehouse. Malachi 3 Don’t add up the value of God in dollars and cents. You are blessed! Give because you are happy to give. Everything you give He gave to you anyway! And stop complaining! Do you realize what we complain about, there is someone out there praying for the thing we complain about: these kids are getting on my nerves; and there is someone out there praying to have a child! My husband is always this or that; yet there’s someone out there who is praying to have a husband. Worship God clamorously. Praise Him according to His Excellent Greatness. Tithe the same way! Give clamorously! Life your audible praise towards God. Tithing is a Covenant between the worshiper and the Worshipee… Do not, any longer let circumstances and surroundings and people weigh you down so much that you forget the truth of who you are, in Christ Jesus! It’s your season. There is a fresh anointing on you! Receive it… For as long as it is Today… Romans8:6 – For to be carnally minded is death (separation from God’s presence), but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Even those who know His Truth and are able to speak it to others often find themselves in discontentment, emotional distress, marital problems, financial difficulties, physical problems; we may be smiling on the exterior but go home and dal with mental, emotional and even spiritual disorders. Even with Great Preachers, Teachers, internet sermons, people are more traumatized now then they’ve ever been. We start talking about our problems and instead of our situations getting better they get worse. Why? Because whatever we feed will flourish… People who rehearse their problems, things they don’t like, whether it’s marriage, our job; it always gets worse because your words gives the situation power. We live in three dimensions: Spiritual realm: where our spirit person interacts with God Ephesians 3; we are soulish: where emotional, mental memories, scars, psychological disorders, clutter is stored like the trunk of a car. The soul can receive from the spirit. Things that drop into you and you don’t understand how you know it… That comes from The Spirit, in the spirit realm. You can also receive from the body. We are body, soul and spirit. Our body receives from our senses; taking in what’s going on around us. All this information coming in, going through the mind, from our gates (ears, eyes, touch, smell) are sensual (senses, not sexual), and all our senses are giving us information and its being collected and even after the incident is over the memory is left behind (baggage). Be careful what you allow in, it can effect you for the rest of your life. We cannot allow our minds to be effected by what our flesh perceives~ what comes through your “gates” so now you are affected by what your senses brought you. Remember we should walk by faith and not by sight. God didn’t save our bodies, but he saved our spirits. And our minds are being saved by it’s constant renewing by the Word of God. That’s why people can praise and worship and still have problems because they do not have peace from their minds being renewed. Being deep, religiously does not mean that we have peace, but it does mean that we are looking for something to build us up, establish us, we are searching for peace but haven’t found it yet. Be careful not to let your minds become so full/cluttered with stress, grief, worry, trauma. This is when we get in danger of not being able to hear or see God… Our senses are bombarded by negative information and we tend to store it in our minds and wonder why we have no peace! LOL! And we find ourselves spending more time in that than prayer and worship, which is what gets us back in tuned with our Father, which is where our joy is, where our happiness is. He does not move. We do. What we must do is “dump” everything out on Jesus: as for me and my house we will serve the Lord! The challenge is to build ourselves up in our spirit (in the spirit realm)… We must exercise our spiritual muscles and our inner ear more than our sensual (senses) muscles… How? Read His Word~ pray before you do Spend time with Him~ without sound: turn off the tv! Begin to thank Him for all that comes to mind: your job, your kids, favor, your home… Then begin to reverence and worship Him for Who He Is: Almighty, He is everything I need, My Provider, My Protector…. Go passed your comfort zone. Stay in it. You will begin to feel the shift; the change of atmosphere. His Presence will surround you and overtake you… Then Peace comes; The weights are lifted; Revelation comes… Hebrews 5 ~ With maturity comes liberty and freedom… Receive that you are Blessed. Then Bless Others…
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The "J" (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, July 17, 2011 10:28 AM
The last few months have been days of challenges, realizations, blessings, departures and revelations. People moving into and out of my home; getting to know younger family members...tee hee... watching "Bubbles" grow into "Lady L" and experiencing empty nest syndrome (love & miss you Mini~Me)... Through all these ups and downs, pitfalls and adventures, one thing has been constant... The Presence of God In My Life... I can never say I feel alone because thats not true. I'm blessed to experience His Spirit fill my room when I talk to Him, or when He wants to talk to me... It's not spooky, LOL! but peaceful and sometimes overwhelming... His Love is indescribable... His Embrace incomparable... Refreshing, Rejuvenating, Restoration...But I can also get so busy that I lose my sensitivity to Him. I think we all do sometimes; life is so loud and busy and we often fill our brains with things that are often so far from what God has placed in our paths to receive, we focus on that thing so much we can't hear anything but our own thoughts because of our desire for it.. I've realized it's this type of constant, daily thinking that moves us away from Him... Because HE never moves... His Voice gets softer and softer because we are too busy listening to our own thoughts, our own decisions... There are things that seems right to a man that leads him right down the path of destruction. Proverbs 14:12 You ever try so hard to achieve or acquire something you wanted and inside you may have an "unction" that maybe this is not something you should be doing, but you're doing it anyway, and no matter how hard you to try to keep this thing together, something just keeps going wrong; it just keeps falling apart no matter how you try to fix it... God is trying to speak to you about it but your humanity will not allow you to listen to His Spirit... As soon as we stop including Him in our decisions, His Voice becomes softer and softer until we find ourselves again just depending on our own human ability. Our Father wants us to humble ourselves as children when we approach Him. What does that mean??? You know how you get to a certain situation in your life and you just don't know what to do? Your heart may race and you start to sweat but the answer does not come to you... You know that momentary child-like feeling you get because you don't have the answer? Well THAT is how you go to Him on a normal basis; with that humble, childlike expectancy, approach Him with your ideas, needs, desires, questions, convictions, conversations, fears, prayers for family and others, and ask for His Direction, His Thoughts, His Answers and Intensions for your life, just like a small child would go to their parent in childlike expectancy. THAT is what gets results from The Father! Just like we want to provide insight, wisdom and provision for our children, so much more Our Father wants to contribute and pour into our lives His Love and His Mysteries and Promises He has prepared beforehand for us! Side Note: Keep your eye on your seasons and know when transition is taking place. God does not keep you in comfort zones for very long, Children of God, He is continuously preparing us and elevating us to our next level and when we have been instructed to do something, to accomplish something, or to leave something alone, if we are not obedient and complete what He's instructed, we will find ourselves in a "holding pattern", and that pattern could linger so long we even forget what He told us to do! Funny thing is He will bring back to your remembrance what He initially told us and we hear that that is why we are going around in circles, and will continue to do so until we finish what we were instructed to finish. Whether its 3 months from now that we do what He told us or 10 yrs., we will find ourselves stuck in fruitless cycle, until we are obedient and do what we know He has told us to do. Look back on your lives and you'll see where this fits several past situations. This has been my assignment for myself. I search myself when I find myself in the cyclical pattern of redundancy and no progress... I ask God to show me where I went wrong, where I missed it... I tell Him when I don't understand! And His Loving Patience is manifested with His subtle Voice as He answers me.. The Good News is: Our God is Love and He lives inside His Children; He is Patient and Kind, He is forgiving; He Is a God of Second Chances and Restoration.. 1Peter 5:10 He will never leave us or forsake us Hebrews 13:5... Oh, one last note: Consume The Word of God as often as you can and speak out of your mouths. Thats True Power...Words are power for good or for bad, depending on what you say, but speaking the Words of God destroys strongholds in our lives.. The Word of God is like nourishment to our bones. Proverbs 3 For the Word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 Be Blessed & Love Unconditionally..
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The "J" (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, July 31, 2011 11:20 AM
The Life-Light John 1 says: The Word (who is Jesus the Christ) was first, the Word (Jesus the Christ) was present to God (the Father), God was present to the Word. The Word (Jesus the Christ) was God, in readiness “for" God (the Father) from day one. Everything was created through Him; nothing—not one thing!— came into being without Him. What came into existence was Life and the Life was Light to live by. The Life-Light (Jesus the Christ) blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn't put it out. This passage explains who Jesus is (God, the Word, the Light, the Life); what He did (He created all that is in existence including man); what His purpose was (to be received by man as our Redeemer so that we, who inherited the darkness- separation from God the Father because of man’s sin- could receive Light of God, His covering, His Love, His Direction- to buy man, with the price of His Blood, and restore us into the family of God and to dwell in His Love) It’s through Christ that we live and walk in the Light (the right way for our individual lives) and not in darkness (walking without God). Let’s take a moment to meditate on this concept of truth… How many of us know this to be true? How many of us go through life trying to keep up with the pace of the world, relying on our own human abilities to achieve what God has already prepared for us in His Word. We try so hard to carry the weight of the world on our own feeble shoulders and carnal minds, when what God has for us is spiritual and we must connect spiritually (as God is Spirit) in order to tap into the unmerited favor that is ours by God to guide us in our lives. Unfortunately we as people who rely on our senses: what we see, feel, taste, and touch find it difficult to grasp how to tap into something we cannot see… Just as difficult to see ourselves as spiritual beings because we look in the mirror and see what we think is ourselves (LOL!). We cannot see our spirit selves with the carnal eye. Hence Jesus coming to show to us who believe, ourselves~ who we were and who we are now… John 1 continues: The Life-Light was the real thing: Every person entering Life He brings into Light. He was in the world, the world was there through Him, and yet the world didn't even notice. He came to His own people, but they didn't want Him. But whoever did want Him, who believed He was who He claimed and would do what He said, He made them to be their true selves, their child-of-God selves. These are the God-begotten. I believe Jesus went into the world, to show us the unconditional Love God has for His children, how to live this life of the seen and unseen realm, and how to be released from strong holds of life and live prosperously, loving and uplifting one another. Scripture says: For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have spiritual with divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10 Do you realize we as people, on a daily basis are guided by spirits; if we are in Christ, we are guided and directed by: The Spirit of God Genesis 1:2, The Spirit of Grace and Mercy Psalms 23:6, The Spirit of Wisdom Exodus 28:3, just the same if we rely on our own thoughts and desires that are outside of God, we are enticed, guided and directed by fallen angels and evil spirits: For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms~ Ephesians 6. Now the intellect may disagree and say: “I am the captain of my own thoughts, no one makes me think anything except what I want to think.” But if we were to take a minute and stand outside ourselves and watch our reaction and interaction to people in general we will see we can be enticed to respond or react to another’s thinking or provoke; angered or excited to action by one’s words. Again this all depends on what “spirit” we are allowing ourselves to be guided by. The thing is we recognize this only when we take stock of ourselves. Are we studying the Word of God on a daily basis to be in position to hear and be guided by The Holy Spirit or are we so wrapped up in life and ourselves that we allow outside entities to distract and move us away from God’s Light and direction? This automatically leaves us open to be engaged by the spirit of the enemy. And of course we think it’s our choice… Remember the “enemy”, a fallen angel, the spirit of darkness is the “prince of the air- or first heaven; he can disguise himself an angel of light, which means that even if something appears to be good in all aspects of it, yet in the end doesn't glorify God, then it's from the enemy, disguising himself as an angel 2 Corinthians 11:14 We must realize when we interact with people, it’s not necessarily “that person” we are dealing with, but the spirit that is guiding them… and that could very well depend on mind set, because we all “can” allow ourselves to be guided by either the Spirit of God or an evil spirit. Scripture says: As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2 We as children of God must stay in remembrance of The Light in our lives on a daily basis. It’s so easy to get caught up in this life. His Word will keep us on track, as we walk in His Light for our lives. When we live our lives in the Light of God, the Holy Spirit of God directs us and we will not follow through and be enticed (tempted) into the darkness. Stay in Magnificent His Light. Praise God!
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The "J" (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, August 07, 2011 12:00 PM
From The Message Bible~ Matthew 6:1-15 Be especially careful when you are trying to be good (blessing others), so that you don't make a performance out of it. It might be good theater, but the God who made you won't be applauding. When you do something for someone else, don't call attention to yourself. You've seen them in action, I'm sure—'playactors' I call them— treating prayer meeting and street corner alike as a stage, acting compassionate as long as someone is watching, playing to the crowds. They get applause, true, but that's all they get. When you help someone out, don't think about how it looks. Just do it—quietly and unobtrusively. That is the way our God, Who conceived us in love, working behind the scenes, helps you out. Pray with Simplicity And when you come before God, don't turn that into a theatrical production either. All these people making a regular show out of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat? Here's what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won't be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense His Grace. The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They're full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don't fall for that nonsense. This is our Father we are dealing with, and He knows better than us what we need. With a God like this loving us, we can pray very simply. Like this: Our Father in Heaven, Reveal who You Are. Set the world right; Do what's best— as above (in Heaven), so below (here on earth). Keep us alive with three square meals. Keep us forgiven with You and forgiving others. Keep us safe from ourselves and the Devil. You're in charge! You can do anything You want! You're ablaze in beauty! Amen, Amen, Amen (it is so)! In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can't get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God's part. Be Transformed By The Renewing Of Your Mind In God's Word. Be Blessed!
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The "J" (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, September 04, 2011 7:44 AM
What is spiritual warfare? Spiritual warfare is when thoughts enter our minds from an external (outside of us) force (thoughts/words from a person/physical being or the enemy/a negative mental thought used to distract you and get you off balance) that we give attention to and begin to meditate on. When given too much attention it becomes real to us and we begin to act according to that negative thought that we’ve now allowed to consume us. Some of us are going through spiritual warfare on a daily basis and no one knows. It’s an inner turmoil that cannot be fixed by a “physical thing”. First of all, spiritual warfare starts in our minds. We are told to take captive every thought, argument and imagination (verse 5). But what if we don’t? Example: We who work are usually awakened by an alarm clock. Well, what happens on that morning the alarm doesn’t goes off and we sleep for an extra hour and a half! (LOL!) When we DO wake up and see the time, what’s the first thing that happens? Something in our mind will go: oh S***! (oh Snap! tee hee ); I overslept! And in our mind we hear: Ahhh! This is the 3rd time in a week you’ve been late to work! You know this time they may fire you! Immediately, our heart races and the adrenaline begin to flow. We jump up and start rushing and preparing for work. In our minds we begin to chastise ourselves: I can’t believe I did this again; why can’t I get up on time? Back and forth we begin to “conversate” with who we think is ourself… It’s not a positive conversation, so we should know something’s up right there! Unseen things begin to happen: we begin putting ourselves down which causes low self esteem; which distances us from Our Father and from our true selves; it causes us to give time and thought to the enemies suggestions, taking our eyes off of Our Father and His promises. And oh yes, it can come from people as well. Whether we choose to believe it or not, just as God uses us to accomplish what He has set out to accomplish for His Purpose, the enemy has purpose too! He knows his “time” here is limited, so he is enlisted as many as who will to be used for his purpose. When ever we are approached by someone who uses their words or actions to tear us down and not build us up to encourage us and strengthen us, be very careful and see who they are being “used” by. (and also think passed that and realize there’s some strong hold they have on THEM, which is why they are even acting that way) God has given us authority over our own minds: be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s (the enemy’s) schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes (challenging days), you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should. Ephesians 6 When we are girded up in our spiritual military uniform, we are consumed in God’s Power; that Power that raised Christ from the dead. If we are to defeat spiritual warfare in our minds we have to know what the Words says about it and do it! Speak His Words at whatever is going on in our minds that is not uplifting, or is scary, or worrisome. Take hold of God’s Promises for our lives and say them out loud! God, you said: You would provide all my needs according to Your riches in Glory Philippians 4:19; the earth and the fullness there of belongs to God 1 Corinthians 10:26/Psalms 24; You said You will never leave me nor forsake me Hebrews 13; You are my refuge! You are my hiding place! Pslams 32/119…And Believe what you are saying! Continue to say His Words back to yourself (and to God!) and watch the spiritual warfare disappear! Spiritual warfare is in the mind… So.. in order to be transformed we must renew your minds (with the Word so we can be armed, daily) and not conform to the ways of this world (world system) Thank you, Pastor for allowing me to blog about your message today. I pray that you continue to be uplifted and obedient and teach us what God teaches you. Love you!
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The "J" (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, September 18, 2011 7:46 AM
Someone Once Asked Me: "If I'm Divorced, Am I Still Married?" Paul Said: Now, getting down to the questions you asked in your letter to me. First, Is it a good thing to have sexual relations? Certainly—but only within a certain context. It's good for a man to have a wife, and for a woman to have a husband. Sexual drives are strong, but marriage is strong enough to contain them and provide for a balanced and fulfilling sexual life in a world of sexual disorder. The marriage bed must be a place of "mutuality"—the husband seeking to satisfy his wife, the wife seeking to satisfy her husband. Marriage is not a place to "stand up for your rights." Marriage is a decision to serve the other, whether in bed or out. Abstaining from sex is permissible for a period of time if you both agree to it, and if it's for the purposes of prayer and fasting—but only for such times. Then come back together again. Satan has an ingenious way of tempting us when we least expect it. I'm not, understand, commanding these periods of abstinence—only providing my best counsel if you should choose them. Sometimes I wish everyone were single like me—a simpler life in many ways! But celibacy is not for everyone any more than marriage is. God gives the gift of the single life to some, the gift of the married life to others. I do, though, tell the unmarried and widows that singleness might well be the best thing for them, as it has been for me. But if they can't manage their desires and emotions, they should by all means go ahead and get married. The difficulties of marriage are preferable by far to a sexually tortured life as a single. And if you are married, stay married. This is the Master's command, not mine. If a wife should leave her husband, she must either remain single or else come back and make things right with him. And a husband has no right to get rid of his wife. For the rest of you who are in mixed marriages—Christian married to non-Christian—we have no explicit command from the Master. So this is what you must do. If you are a man with a wife who is not a believer but who still wants to live with you, hold on to her. If you are a woman with a husband who is not a believer but he wants to live with you, hold on to him. The unbelieving husband shares to an extent in the holiness of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is likewise touched by the holiness of her husband. Otherwise, your children would be left out; as it is, they also are included in the spiritual purposes of God. On the other hand, if the unbelieving spouse walks out, you've got to let him or her go. You don't have to hold on desperately. God has called us to make the best of it, as peacefully as we can. You never know, wife: The way you handle this might bring your husband not only back to you but to God. You never know, husband: The way you handle this might bring your wife not only back to you but to God. And don't be wishing you were someplace else or with someone else. Where you are right now is God's place for you. Live and obey and love and believe right there. God, not your marital status, defines your life. Don't think I'm being harder on you than on the others. I give this same counsel in all the churches. 1 Corinthians 7
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The "J" (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, October 02, 2011 8:41 AM
The Bible vs The Secret Once while telling someone about the Salvation of Jesus The Christ, explaining how as a Child of God, when you pray to Him and believe you have what you’ve asked for, then you will have it. It’s through your faith in Him and your mind set that you can draw positive things to yourself and by speaking those things that are not as though they were. The response was: “Oh, like ‘The Secret’! I didn’t know what they meant. Then it was explained that there’s a book that explains how to draw what you want to yourself with ‘The Laws of Attraction’. The book says if you believe in “yourself” and think positive, you will draw to yourself your hearts desire. My mind began to spin because all I could think of is how does one explain that the awesome relationship Our Father longs to have with us is the foundation for His Promises of prosperity and blessings that He wants to freely give to us. The Word says: “He who did not spare His own Son but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him (by asking for what we want in the name of Jesus), freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32) Through more research of this New Age material this is what I found: New Age concepts often begin with a logical, common activity, such as adopting a positive attitude or setting goals for yourself. These everyday ideas are then infused with power (such as The Secret's assertion your thoughts control and cause what happens in the physical world). The New Age idea is: You can control your life and everything around you. New Agers believe there are god-like powers within humans that can be unlocked through meditation and other practices. God's role is either minimized or overlooked. New Agers are told to have inward gratitude, rather than thanking God. Thoughts and meditation are usually internal rather than directed to God as a conversation with him. If God is mentioned in New Age thought, God is seen as something man should control or possess. New Agers often position themselves as being more tolerant than Christians with their idea "all paths lead to God." In truth, they don't view all paths as the same distance: Some people move faster toward their New Age goals of self-actualization, enlightenment or nirvana-- thus, some paths must be superior. New Age statements can sound almost exactly like verses from the Bible. Similarly, the New Age ideas that "we are all gods" and there's a "power within" can sound a lot like the way Christians describe the Holy Spirit. My heart sank because I felt the result of a “New Age”, man made solution to getting what we want by focusing on ourselves without including God, instead of focusing on walking in the steps He has given for us to follow in order to be on the path He has chosen for us and to acquire His Best for us. The book directs you to rely on our own mind (ability) to draw what one wants to them. The problem with this theory is that a lot of times we don’t even know what is good for us, or what we really want, or what we should have. How many times have we gone to the store and saw something we wanted; the desire and elation that fills us, imagining possessing that thing, only to get it home and realize we didn’t really need or want it? It’s easy to look at something through our physical senses or imagine something and blow it up in our minds to be the greatest thing that we need to possess. But we as Children of The Most High God, are we including Him in our quest to obtain the desires of our hearts? God loves us enough to give us His very best. God loves us with an infinite love. There is nothing in the universe more precious to God than His own Son, and He gave us His Only Son. Proverbs 14:12 says: There's a way of life (that we desire for ourselves) that looks harmless enough and may seem right; look again—it leads straight to hell. Sure, those people (who choose to use their will to attract what they want without including God in their plans) appear to be having a good time, but all that laughter will end in heartbreak. (NIV/The Message) It’s God’s desire to provide for His Children. He takes joy in giving to us above and beyond what we can imagine or think to have. Ephesians 3:20 says: Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us. God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, His Spirit deeply and gently within us. When Our Father gives to us what we ask for, He is efficient in giving us what we want that is good for us. I think it’s easy to believe we can draw things to ourselves with our minds because it is pretty much true. It’s the substance of what we draw to ourselves that determines whose “Best” is better, God’s or our own. God’s love for us is beyond measure. Jesus loved us so much that He was made sin for us and actually bore the wrath of God against sin as our substitute (2 Cor. 5:21). He died in our place (Romans 3:23; 6:23; 5:6, 8). God delivered Him up to death on the cross that we might be spared. Jesus bore the wrath of God that we might never have to bear it. God delivered Jesus up for us. God loves us so much that He spared not His own Son (Isa. 55:4; Acts 2:23; John 1:29). Romans 8:32 tells us God spared not His own Son in order that He might save us. It is at the cross of Jesus that we see demonstrated the love of God. He loved us to the extent that He made Christ the Divine Substitute and laid on Him all our sins. God did not spare anything. He poured out on His own Son His wrath against our sin. Do not be deceived, and don’t limit God’s awesome Love and Ability. Reach out to Our Creator, Our Loving Father who already knows and has stored up for us His Best. Ask Him for the desires of your heart, but seek first the Kingdom of God (God’s mind set; His way of doing) and watch what happens. His Love will line us up to want what it is that He wants for us, His Best!
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The "J" (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, October 02, 2011 8:46 AM
The Bible vs. The Secret (Revised) Once while telling someone about the Salvation of Jesus The Christ, explaining how as a Child of God, when you pray to Him and believe you have what you’ve asked for, then you will have it. It’s through your faith in Him and your mind set that you can draw positive things to yourself and by speaking those things that are not as though they were. The response was: “Oh, like ‘The Secret’! I didn’t know what they meant. Then it was explained that there’s a book that explains how to draw what you want to yourself with ‘The Laws of Attraction’. The book says if you believe in “yourself” and think positive, you will draw to yourself your hearts desire. My mind began to spin because all I could think of is how does one explain that the awesome relationship Our Father longs to have with us is the foundation for His Promises of prosperity and blessings that He wants to freely give to us. The Word says: “He who did not spare His own Son but delivered Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him (by asking for what we want in the name of Jesus), freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32) Through more research of this New Age material this is what I found: New Age concepts often begin with a logical, common activity, such as adopting a positive attitude or setting goals for yourself. These everyday ideas are then infused with power (such as The Secret's assertion your thoughts control and cause what happens in the physical world). The New Age idea is: You can control your life and everything around you. New Agers believe there are god-like powers within humans that can be unlocked through meditation and other practices. God's role is either minimized or overlooked. New Agers are told to have inward gratitude, rather than thanking God. Thoughts and meditation are usually internal rather than directed to God as a conversation with him. If God is mentioned in New Age thought, God is seen as something man should control or possess. New Agers often position themselves as being more tolerant than Christians with their idea "all paths lead to God." In truth, they don't view all paths as the same distance: Some people move faster toward their New Age goals of self-actualization, enlightenment or nirvana-- thus, some paths must be superior. New Age statements can sound almost exactly like verses from the Bible. Similarly, the New Age ideas that "we are all gods" and there's a "power within" can sound a lot like the way Christians describe the Holy Spirit. (H-n-T 2007) My heart sank because I felt the result of a “New Age”, man made solution to getting what we want by focusing on ourselves without including God, instead of focusing on walking in the steps He has given for us to follow in order to be on the path He has chosen for us and to acquire His Best for us. The book directs you to rely on our own mind (ability) to draw what one wants to them. The problem with this theory is that a lot of times we don’t even know what is good for us, or what we really want, or what we should have. How many times have we gone to the store and saw something we wanted; the desire and elation that fills us, imagining possessing that thing, only to get it home and realize we didn’t really need or want it? It’s easy to look at something through our physical senses or imagine something and blow it up in our minds to be the greatest thing that we need to possess. But we as Children of The Most High God, are we including Him in our quest to obtain the desires of our hearts? God loves us enough to give us His very best. God loves us with an infinite love. There is nothing in the universe more precious to God than His own Son, and He gave us His Only Son. Proverbs 14:12 says: There's a way of life (that we desire for ourselves) that looks harmless enough and may seem right; look again—it leads straight to hell. Sure, those people (who choose to use their will to attract what they want without including God in their plans) appear to be having a good time, but all that laughter will end in heartbreak. (NIV/The Message) It’s God’s desire to provide for His Children. He takes joy in giving to us above and beyond what we can imagine or think to have. Ephesians 3:20 says: Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us. God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, His Spirit deeply and gently within us. When Our Father gives to us what we ask for, He is efficient in giving us what we want that is good for us. I think it’s easy to believe we can draw things to ourselves with our minds because it is pretty much true. It’s the substance of what we draw to ourselves that determines whose “Best” is better, God’s or our own. God’s love for us is beyond measure. Jesus loved us so much that He was made sin for us and actually bore the wrath of God against sin as our substitute (2 Cor. 5:21). He died in our place (Romans 3:23; 6:23; 5:6, 8). God delivered Him up to death on the cross that we might be spared. Jesus bore the wrath of God that we might never have to bear it. God delivered Jesus up for us. God loves us so much that He spared not His own Son (Isa. 55:4; Acts 2:23; John 1:29). Romans 8:32 tells us God spared not His own Son in order that He might save us. It is at the cross of Jesus that we see demonstrated the love of God. He loved us to the extent that He made Christ the Divine Substitute and laid on Him all our sins. God did not spare anything. He poured out on His own Son His wrath against our sin. Do not be deceived, and don’t limit God’s awesome Love and Ability. Reach out to Our Creator, Our Loving Father who already knows and has stored up for us His Best. Ask Him for the desires of your heart, but seek first the Kingdom of God (God’s mind set; His way of doing) and watch what happens. His Love will line us up to want what it is that He wants for us, His Best!


The "J" (Jesus) Spot by Juanita Cole on Sunday, October 09, 2011 9:41 AM
Yesterday was Awesome! The installation of Pastor Elder Lisa Smith was an eye opening experience of how God does His Best. When I first met Lisa, I had lived here in GA for about a year and a half. I was just asked to be the Manager of a talented singer to help her with her career. I mentioned it to someone who introduced me to Lisa as Paragon Worldwide Entertainment. The introduction was meant to be a “sales flip” to profit the person that introduced us. However God had something else in mind. First of all, Lisa had a vibe of “difference” that I recognized immediately, because we clicked as soon as we met, which is rare for me. My daughter was with me when we met Lisa and we noticed that she resembles my sister, ALOT… How’s that for God getting my attention about her? LOL! Initially, our agreement was for me to help Lisa with her gospel label 98.4 Records. I accompanied her to a couple of functions for her rap group and little by little we became part of each others inner circle. Funny thing is the label didn’t happen (yet)… Instead, she and I became friends. We talked about a lot of things; our past, our present and our future dreams. I told a Prophet friend of mine about Lisa, as I was excited to have a new friend. He told me to tell her that God said what ever it is that she is procrastinating about, stop and do it! I didn’t really know then about her spiritual past. She had mentioned that she was part of the church and she left broken hearted, but not in detail. We talked about my spiritual past of studying the Bible for 16 yrs and my love for teaching His Word. While talking to Lisa in a conversation, I told her what my Prophet friend said. She was silent for a moment, and then said she knew what that was… Me, I had no idea! Well one day, I was having a very hard time dealing with a certain situation in my life that I had confided in her; something that was consuming me and breaking my heart. In the middle of me telling her what was going on she said: Oh no!!! This is an attack of the enemy, and she began to pray! Her voice changed and power flowed from her mouth! It felt as if she has climbed through the phone and was standing in the room with me. As she prayed, I felt my room fill up with the Holy Spirit and my legs became weak and I dropped to my knees. I was being consumed by the Spirit and tears began to flow from my eyes and I began wailing and speaking in tongues! I don’t even know how long it lasted… It felt like a lifetime in the Spirit. By the time she finished praying, I was renewed; rejuvenated and the pressure was lifted off me. It was amazing! When I hung up the phone I thanked God for Lisa and asked God: Who is this woman???!!! I have prayed for people on the phone before and have experienced the Holy Spirit's presence as He moved and others have prayed for me. But I have NEVER experienced anything like this before from someone praying for me… Not long after that Lisa told me of her dream for Grace Covenant Ministries. She reminded me of my friend’s prophecy and that she had been procrastinating about starting a church. She told me that she had a degree in Ministry and she was a Pastor and had run away from it. I had no idea! As shocked as I was, I started smiling and laughing to myself, because my God would hook me up with someone like myself, someone who sees God out of the box~ again which is rare. God placed a radical, laymans Word of God in my spirit to teach those He places in my path; traditional church practices kept me out of organizations who claim to represent God, but judged those who came through their doors. Initially, I had no idea I was walking with someone who loves God as much as I do and wants to get His Word to the masses, but not in the traditional way that keeps people from church in the first place. Lisa is a gift from God to His people. It’s funny how He takes what is foolishness to the world to confound the wise 1Corinthians 1:27 As I’ve tried to acclimate myself here in GA., I have encountered people and situations that have broken my heart through deception and lies, which makes me want to run back to Florida, heartbroken and defeated. But oh! The Love of God is keeping me here through Pastor Elder Lisa and Grace Covenant Ministries. She has invited me to be part of a movement that is going to change the way The Word of God is taught. We are going to reach those who may not have had an interest in God if not for their encounter with Grace Covenant Ministries, because it’s not about agenda, or some finely tuned service, but about the Salvation of Jesus Christ; about His Blood and letting God have His way with us. How ever long He wants to be with us. I will admit fiery darts have been flying since my commitment to GCM. The enemy attacks your love walk, finances and those close to you to distract you from God’s purpose. Thank God for covering! GCM has powerful covering with those He has chosen to be there and who are obedient to Him. Elder Bynum is our covering and it was an honor to meet her. And the blessing continues as Lisa connected me with Pastor Deb Ministries where I have the honor of blogging about the Word of God… I am still in awe of those God has placed in my path since moving to GA. Pastor Deb~ You are a delight! I felt as if I'd known you for years! I look forward to seeing you again! By the way, last Sunday the Word and Presence of God was so powerful during our time together, that we had to sit for a minute after His Encounter to even be able to drive home!!! I went to sleep and woke up the next day still filled with the result of His Presence. How many churches will just allow The Holy Spirit to come in and move as He sees fit. He wants a relationship with us, not a give and take of okay if I come to church every Sunday with my wish list and give some money, I’m gonna get what I want this week. Pastor Lisa realizes it’s His Grace, that He freely gives us that allows us to receive His Love and His Mercy and it is He who elevates us in His chosen time. Thank you Pastor Lisa for your obedience to God and I’m honored to have you as my friend and Pastor and to be part of the dream God has birthed through you to reach the masses. Love You! Be Blessed…
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The "J" (Jesus Spot) by J Cole on Sunday, October 16, 2011 9:44 AM
May God Bless You today with the Love that only He, Our Father, can give. Do you realize He loves us so much and has spread His Love across mankind. Only those sensitive enough to recognize that He has reconciled us into His family will receive it. Read Romans 2. Our spiritual identification is what Our Father recognizes, not our "physical" identification... Think about that for a minute... Even when we feel unloved (As a foster kid I was always told how pretty I was; that I was beautiful; yet in my inner surroundings, I was treated to feel ugly, worthless)Our Father is right there showing us what being Loved is really like. He doesn't see our flaws, but the shed blood of His Son Jesus the Christ. Don't be afraid to step out and be who He called you to be. Love yourself as He loves you, not as earthly beings who cannot see you through God's eyes... Remember Jesus was not received by His own people. The bible says "He came to His own land and His own people did not receive Him. John 1. We are blessed just because He Loves us. We are saved just because He Loves us! We are Loved! Praise God! Be Blessed!
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The "J" (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, October 23, 2011 9:20 AM
I love Song of Solomon (aka Song of Songs, Canticles), because of the different interpretations of it. Initially, you will see its an example of the love that a man and woman have for each other; pure and unbiased., going from courtship to consummation. But when you get to the "meat" of its meaning, you can also see Christ and the human spirit as husband and wife (remember the Word says Christ is our Bridegroom and the Church is "His Bride" Matthew 25; Rev 19 & 21). It expresses the love that Christ has for us in such a romantic way relative to our human understanding/experience. We often see The Word of God as instruction of the "Do's and Donts of Life. But ultimately it is an understanding of His Love for us, His People. It teaches us how to pray and receive His Love, attendance and Companionship and how to commune with our Father God. When God sent His only Begotten Son to the world it was first of all to be able to "relate" to us: God the Father Who is Spirit could not relate to our "humanity". He sent Jesus The Christ as Man (with flesh~ so that He could experience what we go through "as Man", and as God to express His Infinite Love for us and to teach us how to live on this earth with each other and to teach us what to do to be redeemed back to the family of God~Salvation). God created family. He created marriage to show the perfection of His Love. Btw: sex is a holy Gift God gave to marriage as part of the Covenant between Him and the bride and groom. Did you know that on your wedding night, when you're in your marriage bed, The Holy Spirit is Present, witnessing your consummation, as it is a Holy act. That's why He's adimant about not fornicating, because it perverts the holy act. Now some may not like to hear this (I remember how I felt when I first learned this), but how awesome to know what God says about marriage and sex: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” But since sexual immorality is occurring, each man should have sexual relations with his own wife, and each woman with her own husband. The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. The wife does not have authority over her own body but yields it to her husband. In the same way, the husband does not have authority over his own body but yields it to his wife. Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. 1Corinthians 7. What this means (to me) is that God says (in marriage) it's okay to have a MUCH sex as we can (LOL). It's encouraged!!! What I love about Song of Solomon is that it's verbage descibes the courtship and the attraction and desire of their love. It shows her seeking his love and it shows him expressing his love and attraction for her, unadulterated. One of my favorite passages says: May the wine go straight to my beloved, flowing gently over lips and teeth. I belong to my beloved, and his desire is for me. Come, my beloved, let us go to the countryside, let us spend the night in the villages. Let us go early to the vineyards to see if the vines have budded, if their blossoms have opened, and if the pomegranates are in bloom— there I will give you my love. The mandrakes send out their fragrance, and at our door is every delicacy, both new and old, that I have stored up for you, my beloved. Songs of Solomon 7 Read Songs of Solomon. You will be surprised at the chase and courtship and expression of love. A story of two lovers searching for each other; the comparison of Jesus' chase of us (His Bride) to share His love with us.. Be Blessed!
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The "J" (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, October 30, 2011 7:33 AM
Good Morning! Hallelujah to the Lamb of God! I am so blessed by the people God has placed in my path since moving to GA. Our Father has connected me 2 some of His Chosen Leaders to guide me and help me activate the Gift He's placed in me to teach His Word... What I have noticed, just like in His Word, He chooses people who do not necessarily "appear" to be "chosen" because of: physical appearance or financial status or social status. Maybe it's because He wants His Glory to be seen as opposed to glorifying the ones He sends... Unfortunately, to the carnal eye (the sight of those who are focused on society and depending on their own human abilities to make their decisions) often overlook those God has chosen because they may not be wearing today's fashions, or who may be struggling themselves in certain areas. We are judged by outward appearance and social status instead of the Gifts God has given us to give to the masses. A lot of times even as a chosen leader of God we doubt the gifts that He has placed in us.. God wants us to focus on Him no matter what we face and not doubt. Remember it's through HIS GRACE that we were chosen in the first place; not of our own ability or merit Ephesians 2:8... So when we take the time to spend with Him in prayer (reciprocal conversation with God) and He takes the time to pour His Love and Direction into us, we have the obligation, the responsibility to expel His Word to those He has caused to cross our path. Remember we are all members of His Body: some are hands (to pick someone up or to physically give), some are legs (to help walk you to get through to your destiny), some are arms (to carry things to you or to just hold you to express God's Love), some are mouths (to speak His Word/Prophecy/Wisdom into lives)... If you find yourself surrounded by confusion and doubt in the midst of you saying/doing what He has called you to do, understand the enemy does not want God's message to be received; do not lose sight of His Way of doing things. Our responsibility is to give what was Given to us. We have nothing to do with how God deals with that person/situation after we completed what He has instructed us in obedience. We have to understand a few things: First of all, we must make sure we as His vessels have "emptied" ourselves of "ourselves", so that we are filled with only His Message. Our opinion, our human thinking cannot interfere with what The Spirit has to say/do through us. Maintain confidence in what God says. The worst thing we can do is mix our mental human limitations to God's expression when ministering to those in need of Him (because of our own mental limitations). This is why it is so important to stay and be consumed by His Word, His Wisdom and Understanding before we go out and talk to others about Him. Again do not be dismayed; it is all a process, like layers of pastry or an onion (tee hee); almost nothing comes instantaneously. Keep your eye on the end result, which is God being recognized and received as Author, Creator and Finisher of our Faith, our Love walk, our Properity and our Destination. We can do nothing on our own but with Our Father, all things are possible. Continue to speak/teach to those He tells you to and do not worry about the outcome/result because God causes/allows what He wants and it's all to Glorify Him. Do not be afraid of or neglect your gifts. Be confident in them. Make it your priority to do all you can in Him to improve and receive His Power; His Ability to enable your ability.. Remember it's not about us but about every Word spoken out of the mouth of God... Take your place in His Body and do your/His thing! Be Blessed and Confident in The One who chose you...
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The "J" (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, November 06, 2011 10:56 AM
Whether we know it or not Jesus is the light of men. He is the reason for “The Holy Spirit living inside of us (those who accepted our Fathers’ gift of His Son as a Living Sacrifice, our Lord & Savior). To understand this we first must understand… us… God created us spirit, soul and flesh… However, we see ourselves differently; we see our outer flesh, and even some of us realize our soul (our emotions and senses). Not many really understand or acknowledge our inner man (our spirit). It is our spirit that connects us to God. He blew His Breath (Hebrew translation for “spirit” primarily means breath) into us to give us life (our spirit) which is how we communicate with Him; not our flesh or our emotions (our soul). God the Father is Spirit. **side note** The Father being Spirit gave us authority when He made us flesh bodies to have dominion on this earth. Because of the‘sin’ or disobedience of Adam, we (descendents of Adam) were born into ‘Sin’ (separation from God). The Father sent His Son to be able to relate to us (as man/flesh) to bear our sins (‘Sin’- separation from God/ ‘sins’ acts or the result of Sin), to show us how to pray to Our Father and to pray for us (as man~ Jesus would intercess~ pray to the Father on our behalf). The Word says He created us in His Own Image Gen 1:27 and God is Spirit John 24:4. Understanding this is our first step to having an intimate relationship with Him. The Holy Writings say, “The first man, Adam, became a living soul.” But the last Adam (Christ) is a life-giving Spirit. (1 Corinthians 15). When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, The Holy Spirit (the Third Person of The Trinity of God) comes to “live” on the inside of us.. Children of God, Here’s The Revelation: The Holy Spirit is the Power that raised Jesus The Christ from the dead!!! We have that SAME POWER living on the inside of us. His Word (The Bible) is the instruction on how to tap into the POWER of His Covenants (Contracts of Promises) through The Holy Spirit for Godly prosperity in our lives and the lives of those that we pray for! Unfortunately we rely on our flesh, our human limitations, our emotions and our words that are a result of how we are feeling at a particular moment to direct our lives instead of speaking with authority what God has for us to say/speak… This is why it is so important to know what The Word of God says. When we pray in spirit, we are connecting to the Source of our Answers. Now its true God hears us when we pray in our emotions, and He loves us so much that He does answer us… But how much more Power is released when we know ‘what’ to pray to Him and how to pray to Him. The Word says: Do you not know that your bodies are a part of Christ Himself and if you join yourself to the Lord, you are one with Him in spirit. Do you not know that your body is a house of God where the Holy Spirit lives? God gave you His Holy Spirit. Now you belong to God. 1 Corinthians 6 (Another reason to be careful who you join yourself with sexually~ that’s another bible study.. tee hee!) So here’s what you do: The next time you pray, acknowledge God The Father, God The Son; include The Holy Spirit and ask Him to guide you to the Truth in Him. The Holy Spirit will teach us about God Himself, and about us (our selves). The Word says: The Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My Name (Jesus The Christ), He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. John 14; when He, The Spirit of Truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth: for He shall not speak of Himself; but whatsoever He shall hear (from The Father), that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come. John 16 This is an awesome revelation and there is so much more to tell… Stop relying on your mental will and your emotions to try and acquire the successes of this life. God wants a relationship with us. He wants us to know Him and He wants to give us all that He says in His Word. Your strength is inside of you, in The Spirit of God Who dwells inside of all of us who are saved… Be Blessed!
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The "J" (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, November 13, 2011 7:51 AM
.It's funny, but this study was not my initial intention.. I talk to Our Father and He keeps bringing me to these Scriptures... When Jesus ascended into Heaven, His Last Command was: Go into ALL the world and teach The Gospel (The Good News of The Word of God~Jesus is The Word 1John1) Mark 16... What that means to me is God told His Disciples to spread His Word of the salvation of Jesus Christ. I understand the Scripture: the harvest (of souls to be saved) are plentiful. But the laborers (those who will open their mouths and reach out to those who are perishing for lack of the knowledge of God!~Hosea 4) are few.. Matthew 9/Luke10.. We have a responsibility to teach what we know about Him When we give our lives to God through His Son Jesus The Christ, our lives (the responsibility of what is done with it) are no longer our own. Because when we accept Him into our lives, we become different "members" of His Body, which means, some are His mouth pieces, some are His Hands, etc. The Word says: I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me (Spirit). And the life I now live in the flesh (what I do on a daily basis) I live by faith in the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself for me. Galatians 2 Those "mouth pieces" who hear and accept His calling~we have NO IDEA what goes on in the spiritual realm, the unseen place around us where God and our Angels dwells (and where the enemy does its work), the place where God sees the need of someone, so He will cause situations to happen that will place people in ur presence that would not have otherwise. Those people who need the testimony that "you" have...just for them... May we have the sensitivity to NEVER turn someone away because we are too busy or involved in our own lives to be sensitive enough to hear God tell you to minister... The Word says: Come to Christ as to a living stone. Men have put Him aside, but He was chosen by God, our Father and is of great worth in the sight of God. You (Ministers) are to be as living stones in the building God is making also. You are His religious leaders giving yourselves to God through Jesus Christ. This kind of gift pleases God. The Holy Writings say, “See, I lay down in Jerusalem a Stone of great worth, worth far more than any amount of money. Anyone who puts his trust in Him will not be ashamed.” This Stone is of great worth to you who have your trust in Him. But to those who have not put their trust in Him, the Holy Writings say, “The Stone which the workmen put aside has become the most important part of the building.” The Holy Writings say, also, “Christ is the Stone that some men will trip over and the Rock over which they will fall.” When they do not obey the Word of God, they trip over it. This is what happens to such men. But you are a chosen group of people. You are the King’s religious leaders. You are a holy nation. You belong to God. He has done this for you so you can tell others how God has called you out of darkness into His great light. At one time you were a people of no use. Now you are the people of God. At one time you did not have loving-kindness. Now you have God’s loving-kindness. 1Peter 2 Be sensitive and available and stay in His Rest, Leaders/Ministers of God's Word/Work... His Work is not always easy, and it can take a lot out of you... But He will continue to Minister to you as you do His Will and bless His people. Be Encouraged... Blessed
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The "j" (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, November 20, 2011 7:57 AM
I was on the phone for several hours yesterday with someone who has a debilitating disease that may not live longer than a few more years…This person was asking for my help in an issue. During the conversation the person talked about what they are going thru. (btw.. please be in agreement with me that Our Father will show this person that the Healing Power of His Son is real 2 those who believe.) All I kept hearing them say is that they have something that God couldn’t take away, as they described the reality of the symptoms of the disease they are experiencing in their body. This person said: but I am “thankful” that God gives them another day. While the person was talking on the phone, I began 2 pray… What I heard God say is: This person does not BELIEVE that I can heal them because the focus is on the disease and what they are “feeling” in their body on a daily basis and not Me. It’s their fears that are manifesting and intensifying their symptoms. I heard myself say to this person, you limit what God can do in your life. The Lord taught me something this past week that I shared with this person. There’s a difference between “Fact” and “Truth”. I told them: the “fact” is you do have this disease and it shows in your body and how you function physically. “THE TRUTH” is by His stripes (every lash, every welt, every bruise, Jesus received from being beaten before He went 2 The Cross) we “were” healed. 1Peter 2:24… Jesus is THE TRUTH, THE WAY and THE LIGHT John 14:6 … and when we speak these words (and other corresponding scripture regarding~ in this situation~ health) out into the atmosphere (we don’t realize how POWERFUL every word we speak out of our mouths are~ whether positive or negative). And if you continue to speak about what you are dealing with instead of SAYING what God promised, how can you expect to get well? Their response was: but you don’t understand: physically this is happening to me everyday, and I can feel it getting worse. My spirit is saying: of course you’re going to feel worse if you are giving honor to the disease. During this conversation, I realized how many of us speak our negative circumstances into the atmosphere (always talking about what’s wrong~ I have done this myself!!) yet hoping things will get better (or in their situation they don’t hope because they don’t believe it).. I say this often and will continue to say we need to be VERY CAREFUL about the things we say out of our mouths. Our words are our authority. God said what we bind (what we say with our mouths) here on earth will be bound in heaven and what is released here on earth (with our mouths) will be released in Heaven. This is the “key” to Kingdom of Heaven Our Father has given to His Children. Matthew 16:19/ Matthew 18:18. Jesus says we can move mountains (situations in our lives) with the words we say. Mark 11:23, and if you look all through scripture God leads us by example. In Genesis it explains that God “said” and it was so. It is a process to focus on every word we say (do you know how many words we speak in a day??? If we were to keep track of what we say everyday, we’d be surprised how many “negative” things we say unconsciously. (I can’t take this anymore; c’mon, you’re “killing” me; I laughed so hard, I thought I was gonna die! etc). During the conversation I asked if I could pray for them. My goal was to put positive affirmation into their life, to combat the negative things this person says on a daily basis in their life. The person said “you can pray afterwards when we hang up.” (LOL!!) This phone call helped me because in realizing people are generally the same in pattern and habit, I thought about the things I’ve said in the last week or so regarding my own life. Let’s be very careful and practice speaking health and prosperity and positive energy in our lives and the lives of those we encounter on a daily basis. One last thought: our belief and the faith we have (or lack thereof) in the result of a particular thing or situation determines what we say.. Out of the abundance of our hearts, our mouths speak! (We speak out into the atmosphere what we think about most) Matthew 12:24 Is our faith in God’s Promises and ability to move in our lives, or in what we physically see/experience? Like the person I spoke with yesterday. They do not believe that God can heal their very visible disease, so that is not where they put their faith, and therefore will not speak the healing they so desperately needs to survive! I pray for all of us that we will keep our eyes on our Father and the work He has done thru His Son, Jesus The Christ; the words of authority He has given us to speak: I can do all things thru Christ who strengthens me~ Philippians 4:13; No weapon formed against me shall prosper~ Isaiah 54:17: I am the head and not the tail.~ Deuteronomy 28:13. I pray that we will be ever conscious of what we say out of our mouths into the atmosphere. Help us to speak Your Words into our lives and believe and have faith in The Word, because Your Words are our Power.. In Jesus Name, Amen… Be Blessed!
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The "J" (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, December 04, 2011 11:51 AM
I am honored to lead the Communion service today, as it is a remembrance of our Lord & Savior Jesus The Christ and that we are all members of His body. Communion is defined as a shared or mutual participation, although the word communion is not found in the bible. Communion represents the Lord's "Last Supper". Roman Catholic tradition calls it Eucharist. It was during the time of Passover, which is a celebration of the Jews being protected from the last plague God sent to Egypt to persuade Pharaoh to free his chosen people. (Exodus 12) The Israelites were advised to kill and take “the blood of a lamb” and sprinkle it (the blood) over the tops of there door posts and mantels, so that the Angel of The Lord (there are some text that says The Lord Himself) would "Pass Over" their homes. The plague was the death of every first born child in Egypt that didn’t have the blood on the outside, including Pharaoh’s first born. This is a foundation, a Jewish tradition that Jesus builds upon. The Israelites are redeemed (purchased, released) from Egyptian slavery; just as we, children of The Most High God are to be “Redeemed” from slavery to sin and death. Jesus takes this tradition and adds new significance to it and says to this in remembrance of me, not Passover, but Me! In John 6 Jesus spoke these words before He instituted the Lord’s Supper -- before his Last Supper or the Passover meal. In John 6:5 Jesus says, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven.” He is drawing a comparison here between Himself and the manna that sustained the Israelites during their thirty-eight years of wandering in the wilderness. He says that manna had to come down every day. It did not sustain you permanently; it only sustained you for a day. You have to eat it again, and those that ate of that bread all eventually died. Jesus is saying that He is a different kind of Bread that comes down from Heaven. He is the real thing, the permanent thing. If you eat of this bread, you will never die. Listen to what He said: “I am the Living Bread that came down from Heaven. If anyone eats from this Bread he will live forever. The bread that I will give for the life of the world is My Flesh.” 1Corinthians 10 shows how Paul highlights the unity of the body during the communion celebration. Paul writes: “Is not the cup of blessing that we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread that we break a sharing in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all share the one bread.” Paul highlights the unity of the redeemed community (the Children of God). The practice of communion does not work as well for us two thousand years later as it did for those in New Testament times. Then, they were sharing a meal together around tables, so that they were looking at other redeemed individuals in the eyes. It highlighted the fellowship of unity that we have -- a common bond in Jesus Christ. In our case, we all face the same direction. You do not get to look other redeemed individuals in the eyes, rejoicing in their salvation in addition to your own. Often, when we celebrate communion here, we are thinking about the first purpose of communion only. In remembrance of Him, we are thinking about how grateful we are for our redemption. There is nothing inappropriate about that; however, another purpose that we find in 1 Corinthians 10 is that we, as a redeemed unity, rejoice in the common bond we have in Jesus Christ. That is the purpose of communion. It is in memory of Him. It is a memorial view. However, it also highlights the unity that we share in Jesus Christ. Communion is not something we should only do once a year. It is to be done in remembrance “repeatedly”. We as a church body practice it on the 1st Sunday of every month. But did you know you can do this in your own homes? For me it is a special and intimate time with my Savior when I’m at home and I take juice and bread and “commune” with my God. Remember to search within yourselves before indulging in this remembrance of our Lord and Savior. Why? Well first, let’s answer the question of who is allowed to participate in communion? Who is allowed to say a prayer over (bless) the elements? Different denominational traditions have different opinions on these matters. 1 Corinthians 11, says “For this reason, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. A person should examine himself first, and in this way let him eat the bread and drink of the cup. For the one who eats and drinks without careful regard for the “body” eats and drinks judgment against himself.” This is an awesome verse right here. “The one who eats and drinks without careful regard for the body.” What is the “body” in this context? It is the body of Christ, right? But what is that? It’s the brothers and sisters who surround you. You see how this could be confusing? Clearly, you must have proper regard for the body of Christ; but in this context, what is the body of Christ? Is it the elements for which we must have proper regard, or is it one another? We are the body of Christ, the Bible says. In the context, probably, the indication is that it is one another for whom we are to have proper regard. Do you remember the contextual problem? Those who “have” are not having proper regard for those who “have not.” When we examine ourselves, it is in the context that our horizontal relationship is to be right with God. Actually prepare yourselves. Get right with God, but also examine yourself with regard to your fellow brother. Do not eat communion bread or drink communion wine while having disregard or disrespect for your brother and sister -- for the body of Christ around you. If you do so, you bring judgment against yourself. First Corinthians 11 tells us what some of the judgment looks like. “That is why many of you are weak and sick, and quite a few are dead. But if we examined ourselves, we would not be judged.” The implication is that if we examine ourselves and purify our hearts, God will have no reason to judge us and to discipline us in the form of weakness, sickness and death. He goes on to explain: “But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned with the world.” Discipline is one of the signature marks of a believer in Jesus Christ. He whom the Lord loves, He disciplines, Hebrews 12 tells us. In the context here, the Corinthian church was being disciplined in the form of weakness, sickness and, yes, even death. The Lord was disciplining those whom He loved. He said: “So then, my brothers and sisters, when you come together to eat, wait for one another.” This important verse is probably the key to the change in the early church, from the meal to the token communion: “If anyone is hungry, let him eat at home, so that when you assemble it does not lead to judgment. I will give directions about other matters when I come.” We are to look deeply into our own lives, our own behavior, our own attitudes, our own beliefs, before we partake in Communion. This celebration is the clearest symbolic expression of our redemption in Jesus Christ: the body of Christ that was broken for us, and the blood of Christ that was shed for us, giving us the remission of sins. We are to devote ourselves to this symbolic representation of all Christ did in redeeming us. Be Blessed
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The "J" (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, December 11, 2011 8:00 AM
Praise God 2Day… What happens when we begin 2 Praise & Worship? Personally (and I’ve heard others say the same), as I begin 2 call His Name and visualize His Presence, something comes over me and I almost always begin 2 cry… It’s like Our Father touches me to let me know He’s near, and it’s overwhelming and initially confusing (why am I ‘crying’???)… but then, when I embrace and experience His Presence, I can feel Him engulf me and the room I’m in… It’s a personal experience and most people will NEVER have it because of the process that it takes (taking the time 2 go off alone and seek His Presence; taking the time to call out to Him and wait 4 the experience… sometimes it’s 5 minutes, sometimes it’s longer)… We have become so impatient in this “microwave result”, instant gratification seeking world system, that we tell our selves we don’t have the time… Now you may say: “I thank Him when things happen”… but what about to “cause’ things 2 happen? When we diligently seek Our God (Father~ Creator, Son~ Savior, The Holy Spirit~ Comforter/Enabler) with Praise and Worship, He inhabits our Praises, hence he occupies the space that our praises fill (stop…think about it…)… It is the most awesome thing I’ve ever experienced… Once I’ve gotten 2 the place where He is Present, I speak 2 the Spirit in tongues (side bar~ the language of the Holy Spirit~ that’s another bible lesson) and the more I do the more He causes me to…again a phenomenal experience… He gets you to a point that you realize the Majesty that you are in; the presence of His Greatness…(who or what overwhelms you when you are in their presence? An actor, singer, politician, your mentor? Well magnify THAT by a million!!) and THAT is when the communication begins… He reveals His Mysteries and His Plan for us…He will bring people to your remembrance 2 pray 4… He will bring 2 u the thoughts of your concerns and tell you know what 2 do, OR He will just let you know: “it’s okay” or “don’t do that!”. He will tell you of the Plans He has… Listen… His Word let’s us know how much He wants to have an intimate relationship with us. But bc we are scared, weak, and/or intimidated by the unknown, we will not completely seek Him, and not receive the fullness of His Love… The Word of God Says: “I will make an everlasting covenant with you, My faithful Love promised to David. Seek the LORD while He may be found; call on Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the LORD, and He will have mercy on them, and to our God, for He will freely pardon”. “For My Thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My Ways,” declares the LORD. “As the Heavens are higher than the earth, so are My Ways higher than your ways and My Thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from Heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is My Word that goes out from My Mouth: It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace. Isaiah 55 Be Transformed by the renewing of your minds… Blessed By The Words of God…
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The "J" (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, December 18, 2011 8:39 AM
Good Morning FB & Fam! Praise God 2Day! This past week was very trying for alot of ppl. Challenges coming from every side; trying patience. What do we do when daily situations are sometimes so big that we are overwhelmed and want to give up? Well it was a personal experience 4 me this week being included in others challenges that seems too big to handle with human ability. The hardest time 2 praise even when we do think 2 pray is when we are experiencing an emergency or deadline and we need an immediate move from God. Praise not only brings a calming peace, but also it stirs us up to remember how good God is and what He's done in the past to help us through the last situation. It's hard 2 believe sometimes that He is there when we are going through, because of how it may effect us physically or emotionally and at the time panic and anxiety usually kicks in. When that happens, our minds go into thought "overload" mode again trying to think with our own minds. First of all The Word says: Trust in The Lord with all your heart. Lean not to your understanding (especially when things are going wrong), but in all things acknowledge Me and I will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3 1Thessolonians 5 says Give Thanks (and Praise His Name) in All things. It also says in Psalms 100, we are to enter His Courts with Praise and by doing so we are immediately in The Presence of God. Remember God inhabits the Praises of His People (Psalms 22) filling up the area in which you are praising.That means even in the midst of the trial our praises are heard by Our Father and He is immediately with us. Praise magnifies God: Praise puts our focus on God, not on our problems. God’s power, and presence, and ability transforms our thinking.The Word says this is God's Will for us. That means God wants us to do this process for the result that He Promised, which is becoming instantly aware of His presence and being restored to a calmer state of mind and filled with peace. Praise establishes our faith: The greater we see God, the smaller we see our problems. Even if the answer to the situation does not instantly come, we are put in a better frame of mind knowing He is with us. Read The Word of God about Praise...Psalms 150 says: Praise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty Heavens. Praise Him for His acts of Power; Praise Him for His surpassing greatness. Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise Him with the harp and lyre, praise Him with tambourine and dancing, praise Him with the strings and flute, praise Him with the clash of cymbals, praise Him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD! Be Transformed by the renewing of your mind...Be Blessed!
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The "J" (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, January 08, 2012 8:40 AM
Good Morning FB & Fam! Praise God 2day! As I start my morning I'm reminded of a program I watched of the Chinese nation. There are people there who have become Christians that worship Jesus The Christ in secret. Military police will go in and raid their hiding places of sanctuary. They are literally persecuted for praising Our Father God, locking them up, beating them and sometimes are killed!. One minister says its not as bad as it was in the 70s when the 'Great Commission' (of saints/people turning to The Christ as their Savior) began in China. The minister said once, another minister prayed for God 2 remove the persecution from them. The minister says he continued the prayer as he knew that is not what Jesus wants. Matthew 5 says Blessed are you, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. These people are willing to die rather than not worship God. We as Americans have every opportunity, whenever we want and where ever (except school! smh!) we want to pray, praise and worship the name of Jesus The Christ, and so many of us still choose to lean 2 our own human ability 2 live this life. Isaiah 51 say" "Hear me, you who know what is right, you people who have my law in your hearts: Do not fear the reproach of men or be terrified by their insults. We have a responsibility as Christians, to tell others about the love of God that we experience on a daily basis by walking with Him. Let go of the feeling of embarrassment or the fear of rejection when talking about the Gospel (Good News of Christ). Express your experiences and results of your own life. People will see something is different about you and will want what gave you the answers as well. Be blessed that we are American Christians who have the right to pray and sing Praises and worship God in spirit and in truth. Be Blessed 2day! Hallelujah to the Lamb of God!
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The "J" (Jesus) Spot on Sunday, January 29, 2012 8:22 AM
'God Is Kind, but He's Not Soft':It's news I'm (Paul) most proud to proclaim, this extraordinary Message of God's powerful plan to rescue everyone who trusts Him, starting with Jews and then right on to everyone else! God's way of putting people right shows up in the acts of faith, confirming what Scripture has said all along: "The person in right standing before God by trusting Him really lives." But God's angry displeasure erupts as acts of human mistrust and wrongdoing and lying accumulate, as people try to put a shroud over truth. But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can't see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of His divine being. So nobody has a good excuse. What happened was this: People knew God perfectly well, but when they didn't treat Him like God, refusing to worship Him, they trivialized themselves into silliness and confusion so that there was neither sense nor direction left in their lives. They pretended to know it all, but were illiterate regarding life. They traded the glory of God who holds the whole world in His hands for cheap figurines you can buy at any roadside stand. So God said, in effect, "If that's what you want, that's what you get." It wasn't long before they were living in a 'pigpen', smeared with filth, filthy inside and out. And all this because they traded the true God for a fake god, and worshiped the god they made instead of the God who made them—the God we bless, the God who blesses us. Oh, yes! Worse followed. Refusing to know God, they soon didn't know how to be human either—women didn't know how to be women, men didn't know how to be men. Sexually confused, they abused and defiled one another, all lust, no love. And then they paid for it, oh, how they paid for it—emptied of God and love, godless and loveless wretches. Since they didn't bother to acknowledge God, God quit bothering them and let them run loose. And then all hell broke loose: rampant evil, grabbing and grasping, vicious backstabbing. They made life hell on earth with their envy, wanton killing, bickering, and cheating. Look at them: mean-spirited, venomous, fork-tongued God-bashers. Bullies,insufferable windbags! They keep inventing new ways of wrecking lives. They ditch their parents when they get in the way. Stupid, slimy, cruel, cold-blooded. And it's not as if they don't know better. They know perfectly well they're spitting in God's face. And they don't care—worse, they hand out prizes to those who do the worst things best! Those people are on a dark spiral downward. But if you think that leaves you on the high ground where you can point your finger at others, think again. Every time you criticize someone, you condemn yourself. It takes one to know one. Judgmental criticism of others is a well-known way of escaping detection in your own crimes and misdemeanors. But God isn't so easily diverted. He sees right through all such smoke screens and holds you to what you've done. You didn't think, did you, that just by pointing your finger at others you would distract God from seeing all your misdoings and from coming down on you hard? Or did you think that because He's such a nice God, He'd let you off the hook? Better think this one through from the beginning. God is kind, but He's not soft. In kindness He takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into a radical life-change. You're not getting by with anything. Every refusal and avoidance of God adds fuel to the fire. The day is coming when it's going to blaze hot and high, God's fiery and righteous judgment. Make no mistake: In the end you get what's coming to you—Real Life for those who work on God's side, but to those who insist on getting their own way and take the path of least resistance, Fire! If you go against the grain, you get splinters, regardless of which neighborhood you're from, what your parents taught you, what schools you attended. But if you embrace the way God does things, there are wonderful payoffs, again without regard to where you are from or how you were brought up. God pays no attention to what others say (or what you think) about you. He makes up His own mind. If you sin without knowing what you're doing, God takes that into account. But if you sin knowing full well what you're doing, that's a different story entirely. Merely hearing God's law is a waste of your time if you don't do what he commands. Doing, not hearing, is what makes the difference with God. Romans 1-2 Be Blessed By Reading The Word. Have an Awesome Day!
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The 'J' (Jesus) Spot by Juanita Cole on Monday, February 06, 2012 9:52 AM
Good Morning FB & Fam! Praise God 2Day! As I spent time with Our Father this morning, I was reminded of 'mountains' (struggles & difficulties in our lives) that present themselves in our lives that causes us to 'act' out of our soul (our senses, our emotions) instead of our spirit man (who we really are). We find ourselves feeling the effects of a situation within~ fear, anxiety, & doubt in our own human ability. We then either freeze up, not knowing what to do, or we react out of human instinct without really thinking it through. He wants us to stop when we find ourselves facing something that we see as a mountain that we cannot move in our own strength; when it seems like it's too hard 4 us in our human capacity. Children of God, we are favored by The Lord. His Word is what gives us the ability to accomplish things that we would not normally be able 2 accomplish. Without physical effort other than opening our mouths and speaking what God told us to say in that situation. Jesus said if we have the faith of a mustard seed (in this bible word 'seed' represents The Word of God) we can 'SAY' to this mountain (the problems & the difficulties in our lives) be ye removed and cast into the sea (Mark 11), and after we say it (The Word) believe in our hearts that The Word of God spoken will take effect because God said it would. Then, after we believe, we are to begin to 'act' as if what we said has 'already' taken place (by being confident, not doubting the ability of The Word of God, and definitely by not saying the opposite of what the Word says after it has been spoken~and do not let others say negative things about your situation that you pick up and begin to meditate on because that will cancel The Word that was already spoken in your situation). That's when, The Word of God says, it will manifest in our lives. This is the simple process in which The Word of God works. In a situation, when our minds are racing and our hearts are pounding is when we need to put The Word of God into action. Jesus said: I tell you, you can pray for anything (in my name), and if you believe that you’ve received it, it 'will' be yours. (Mark 11) The Word says: Truly I tell you, whatever you forbid and declare to be improper and unlawful on earth must be what is already forbidden in heaven (The Word tells us what Our Father God has already spoken into place), and whatever you permit and declare proper and lawful on earth must be what is already permitted in heaven. (Matthew 18). And remember the spoken Word of God allows us to have the ability 2 physically accomplish all that He has called us to do. Be confident in speaking the Word of God. It the authority He says we already have. He says: The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart. (Roman 10)... Be Transformed by the renewing of our minds in The Word of God! Have an awesome Day! ♥
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The 'J' (Jesus) Spot by Juanita Cole on Sunday, March 11, 2012 9:35 AM
Good Morning FB & Fam! Praise God 2day! What an awesome God we serve! He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords! He is the One True Living God! The Alpha and The Omega~He is the Beginning and He is the End! Who is like our God? To whom will you compare to God? Or with what likeness will you compare Him? Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, marked off the heavens with a [nine-...inch] span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance? Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, or as His counselor has taught Him? With whom did He take counsel, that instruction might be given Him? Who taught Him the path of justice and taught Him knowledge and showed Him the way of understanding? It is God Who sits above the circle (the horizon) of the earth, and its inhabitants (we) are like grasshoppers; it is He Who stretches out the heavens like [gauze] curtains and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. Who brings dignitaries to nothing, Who makes the judges and rulers of the earth as chaos (emptiness, falsity, and futility). Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? [These things ought to convince you of God's omnipotence and of the folly of bowing to idols.] Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? Have you not known? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not faint or grow weary; there is no searching of His understanding. He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound]. Lift up your eyes on high and see! Who has created these? He Who brings out Their host by number and calls them all by name; through the greatness of His might and because He is strong in power, not one (of His Children) is missing or lacks anything. Isaiah 40... Now isn't that knowledge worth Praising God!!! Be transformed by the renewing of our minds! romans 12 Have a blessed and awesome day! ♥
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the 'J' (Jesus) Spot by Juanita Cole on Sunday, March 25, 2012 9:13 AM
Good Morning FB & Fam! Praise God 2day! I talked to a lot of people this week who are going through challenges, and as my heart went out to them, and I prayed for them, I realized we all go through situations that sometimes causes us to isolate ourselves because of how our problems makes us feel on the inside and how we think others may see us on the outside... It's hard to help someone when we ou...rselves needs help and encouragement. Our Father tells us to love and pray for one another continuosly, helping one another in this adventure (life). But how can we, when we may be consumed with our own problems or overwhelmed by out own circumstances? We tend to take our eyes off of God to focus on how our own human ability will fix our problems, because of the guilt or powerlessness we may feel. How can we love and pray for others, when we are going through, sometimes overwhelming situations of our own? The Word says: My dear children, let's not just talk about love; let's practice real love. This is the only way we'll know we're living truly, living in God's reality. It's also the way to shut down debilitating self-criticism, even when there is something to it. For God is greater than our worried hearts and knows more about us than we do ourselves. And friends, once that's taken care of and we're no longer accusing or condemning ourselves, we're bold and free before God! We're able to stretch our hands out and receive what we asked for (in prayer) because we're doing what He said, doing what pleases Him (seeking Him first). Again, this is God's command: to believe in His personally named Son, Jesus Christ. He told us to love each other, in line with the original command. As we keep His commands, we live deeply and surely in Him, and He lives in us. And this is how we experience His deep and abiding presence in us: by the Spirit He gave us. 1 John 3... Remember to pray in spirit to connect with the Holy One.. Our flesh prayers do not reach God. How do we do that? Go to a quiet place. Take the time to go focus on Him; begin to speak to God and let Him know how much we reverence Him; how awesome He is~ to the point when we no longer acknowledge our own presence. We begin to worship His name, praising Him aloud... The experience becomes consuming as His Presence fills us and is revealed. Don't be afraid. Our God is a big God and His Presence is something that can be overwhelming; but His Love is evident as He begins to minister to us, revealing Himself and His Direction for us. Be encouraged! Be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Romans 12 Have a blessed and awesome day! ♥
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