Monday, December 24, 2018

O Holy Night

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"For where the treasure is, there your heart will be also."  Matt 6:21 NKJV

I recently opened a Dayspring Christmas card I received.  The words on the front say:

'Wise men came with the treasures of earth in their hands.... and left with the Treasure of Heaven in their hearts.'  Inside it says, 'Celebrating this Christmas because Jesus still gives us the greatest treasure of all--Himself!  Blessings to You.'

What a beautiful sentiment!  Tears filled my eyes because it is so simple.  They came with earthly treasures for the Child, treasures of the most valuable things on earth-- gold, frankincense, and myrrh, they but left with the greatest treasure of all, having seen and worshipped the Savior of the world, the Messiah! 

We also come to Jesus giving what to us is the most valuable thing we have -- ourselves.  In this world of  'me, me!' that is what we consider to be the most treasured of our possessions, our own lives.  In reality, our lives are a filthy and totally inadequate gift for the King of kings.  But it is the best we can do; and a celebration of God and heavenly hosts occurs when we offer our lives to Jesus!  God our Father rejoices for every single person who gives their life to Christ.  He actually sings!  God sings over you!!

"The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.  He will take great delight in you; in His love He will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.” Zephaniah 3:17

And the angels throw a party! 

"Or imagine a woman who has ten coins and loses one. Won't she light a lamp and scour the house, looking in every nook and cranny until she finds it? And when she finds it you can be sure she'll call her friends and neighbors: 'Celebrate with me! I found my lost coin!' Count on it—that's the kind of party God's angels throw every time one lost soul turns to God." Luke 15:10 Message

This Christmas, when the world seems to be going down the drain in a whirlpool of hatred and sin, why not rededicate yourself to Jesus of Nazareth, to Emmanuel, God with us.  Let Him take your dirty heart and cleanse it in the blood He shed for you.  Let His life be your example.  Stop rushing, instead allow someone else to go first.  Lend an ear to someone who needs it.  If you see someone who looks lost in a store ask if you can help them.  It's so easy to be kind, and it makes you feel better.  Pray for those that hate you, as strange as it sounds, you will feel so much better! You will release all sorts of stresses that may be ruining your life and health! 

"But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in Heaven;" Matt 44-45 NKJV

Dear Reader, if you have not given your life to Jesus but you want to, or if you have gone away and wish to rededicate yourself, let today be the day that you do.  It is Christmas Eve 2011.  You will receive a treasure worth more than anything and everything here on earth--your promise of life everlasting in Heaven with the King of Kings!  So be renewed, be born again, for "Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” John 3:3 NKJV

Please pray this prayer with all your heart:

Heavenly Father, I come to You admitting that I am a sinner.  Right now, I choose to turn away from sin, and I ask You to cleanse me of all unrighteousness.  I believe that Your Son, Jesus, died on the cross to take away my sins.  I also believe that He rose again from the dead so that I may be justified and made righteous through faith in Him.  I call upon the name of Jesus Christ to be the Savior and Lord of my life.  Jesus, I choose to follow You, and I ask that You fill me with the power of the Holy Spirit.  I declare right now that I am a born-again child of God.  I am free from sin, and full of the righteousness of God.  I am saved in Jesus' name.  Amen 

Welcome (back) to the Kingdom of God and eternal life!  You may want to find a church tonight or tomorrow morning to worship and fellowship with your brothers and sisters in Christ.  You have a very large family now!   Merry Christmas and God bless you!

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

This is the Day!

Today is the day You have made, and I will rejoice and be glad in it! I begin my day in praise to You, Lord. You are Almighty, You are Sovereign, and You are Beautiful, Healer, Teacher, and Deliverer.

You took me from the pits of Hell and brought me to Your place at the right hand of God. You smiled upon my life and I was drawn with a strong desire to have You in my life. I needed You like a baby needs its mother. I could no longer live without You in my heart. My time of living the world’s way was no longer fulfilling, I heard death knocking at the door. My Spirit did not want such an ugly thing, I knew there was something, Someone, better.

And You didn’t turn Your back on me when I reached out to You. I was so ugly and filthy and full of disease and death. And You took hold of my hand and brought me to a place on a hillside and showed me a cross. You spoke only two words, “For You.”

In my shame and embarrassment I searched Your eyes for deception, “who would die for me? Surely not You, I don't even know You!” All I saw in Your eyes was forgiveness and a deep and powerful love. There was no deception, no hidden motive, only love, pure and holy. I could tell that although I didn’t know You, You knew me.

I fell on my face in the dirt where Your blood still stained the earth, and I wept, so undeserving was I to be in this place. I found that I was already changing; my arrogance was being replaced with humility, my fear with trust, my anger and hatred with love.

My hard and stony heart was softening, and as I cried tears of humility, I felt the burden of death released from me. My tears mixed with Your blood as I surrendered my life to You in exchange for eternity. We became one. I knew in my heart that death no longer owned me. I knew I would spend eternity loving You, with a joy in my heart I was unprepared for. I never knew this feeling of joy, the lightness of my soul, the peace of being safe.

You took my hand and helped me up. You brushed away my tears and told me I was Yours. You smiled and kissed my face and held me in Your loving arms. All the angels in Heaven smiled and shouted ‘Hallelujah’ because I had given my life to You.

I knew this is where I belonged, and I became light, just as You. I was no longer filthy or filled with rage, I became whole as I walked hand-in-hand with You, Jesus. I am never alone, and only You could make me feel this way.

Oh yes, the dark world still wants to bring me back,  Its grip on my life has been severed forever, yet the ruler of this dark world can’t stop his relentless pursuit to at least trip me up. When I find myself out walking alone, when I have not walked with You, I feel the darkness grabbing hold of my ankles, trying once again to steal my new found faith and joy.

But at those times that I am lost, You hold me even tighter, and reach down in love when I fall and scrape my knees, and You remind me that I must trust You, and believe You. I must obey You, because You know the right path, the only one to Heaven’s Gate. I can easily get distracted by the false beauty of the world, and by seeing my own reflection in the lake. I must remember that only You are the Truth, the Light, and the Way.

So I surrender my life to You, Jesus, my Savior. I confess that You are God and came to earth and was born to a virgin. I believe You suffered and died for my sins. I believe that You rose and beat death once and for all. I believe that You are my Lord and Savior, and more than anything that You died that I might live, so great is Your love for me! I thank You, Lord Jesus, and I gladly throw away the old and put on the new! My life is Yours, You cleansed and saved me. I believe I am a child of God, no longer lost or unloved. I am a sinner, and You are my Savior. I love You, Jesus!

So let me enjoy this beautiful day that You have made for me. Let me bask in the warmth of Your ever-present love! I praise You! I worship You! You are GOD!!! And You love me!

dft ©

Monday, October 22, 2018

We Saw Him! We Touched Him!

"We proclaim to you the one who existed from the beginning, whom we have heard and seen. We saw Him with our own eyes and touched him with our own hands. He is the Word of life." 1 John 1:1 NLT

This morning I find the beauty and wonder in this verse. What a thing to behold for new believers so long ago. These men saw, heard, and touched the Creator of all things known and unknown by man. They dwelt together, laughed, cried, maybe played some kind of game, worked, and prayed in each other's company.

I wish I could see the apostle's faces when it really hit them who Jesus was. Things that didn't make sense before must have started falling into place. One 'ah-ha' moment after another! I wonder if they regretted not acting differently while in His holy presence. If so, I'm sure the regrets were short lived once He returned. But then, seeing, hearing, and touching Him again must have filled their sad hearts tremendously!

What indescribable joy! Enough to jump out of the boat and swim to shore as fast as possible. No time to turn the boat and pull up the nets, breakfast with the King was waiting! Their hearts must have been beating like drums in excitement!

And there must have been a twinkle in the apostle's eyes as his focus went back to the days of fellowship, that faraway look one has when reminiscing. The listeners must have been on the edge of their seat waiting for more. Oh to have seen their faces and heard their questions! What a glorious thought!

Dear Reader, when you pick up the Holy Bible, try reading it with the ancient's perspective. Become part of the story. Count yourself in with those excited and enthralled by what the apostles had to say. The story is the same today. Let it come alive in you!

Have a blessed day!


Thursday, September 27, 2018

My First Love

I don't remember anything at all about those nine months so many decades ago. Those 270 days were the most influential and important time of my life, and yet I have no recall of even one minute. I don't remember all the knowledge and wisdom you imparted to me. I don't remember your words of love, or the touch of your hands that brought me so much joy and life. I don't remember your eyes, their color, or the sound of your voice. I don't remember even one word you ever spoke to me then. I have forgotten the sound of your laughter. I don't remember holding your finger, or smiling at you as you smiled at me. I don't even remember your sweet embrace.

I've read the words you wrote me over and over again. You called me yours. You said I was your beloved, that I was your bride, and that I could do anything if I would just rely on your help. You told me my history and my future and all about that magnificent mansion where I would someday live. You cautioned me about dangers in my way, but left me instructions about how to fight all my battles.

You said you had a great and lovely plan for me and explained my entire life and how I could get the most out of it. You taught me about life and love and compassion and grace. You shared your life story and your life with me.

I've read the words you wrote many times, and even though I don't remember those nine months back in the day, those words help me to feel close to you. So I keep returning to them and reading them while holding them close to my heart. They have made me laugh, and cry and smile. They have made me yearn for you.

I know I can't go back to that time when we were together 24/7 when you knit me together in my mother's womb, but I am living the journey of love you have me on. I love how I know you are here. I love that you still smile in delight and sing and dance at my spiritual growth. I love that you still look at me with love in your eyes and that you still hurt when I am wronged. I love that you are jealous for me. I love that you haven't given up on me, but instead keep encouraging me. I love how you pick up the pieces of my broken life and gather each one of my tears. I love that I will be with you always, even until the end of the age.

You were my first love then, and you still are. I love you with every cell of my being. My breath is from and for you. I cherish you. I adore you. I am yours forever!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Ending of New Book?

Dear Reader, although I am nowhere near finishing up this book on trusting and hoping in the Lord, as a matter of fact, I've barely just begun; some words I wrote three and a half years ago seem to be a good last paragraph to sum things up. I will be posting tidbits here and there as time goes on. I hope that you like what I have posted thus far, and your curiosity is  being nudged a little. I would love to hear what your thoughts are. Please comment below by clicking on the Comment button. To leave your name, just click and in the line that says URL/Name, just put it there. You can follow me by clicking on the above right under Follow by Email, and you will automatically receive an email each time I post. Thank you for being here, it comforts me, and reassures me that I am doing what God wills me to do. Have a very blessed day!


Meanwhile, the end:

Let my heartstrings play a beautiful melody and let the sound ascend into the heavens and nestle themselves at my Father’s ear! Let His smile, so radiant and glorious shine throughout the universe and touch me on my face! I can't wait until we meet in the world of tomorrow, where eternity is the keeper of time. Let the angels sing and the saints rejoice! I am one with the King of kings!