Dear brothers and sisters,
I have been able to work early in the garden this morning, before the heat of the sun baked everything. I am delighted to get my hands in the dirt again. I seem to learn so much while planting, tugging on weeds and seeing the life of every seed planted. This always causes me to wonder at the glories of God. Before the sun gets too hot, I water everything real well and it sorta gives me closure for the hard work I put in. Then, I rest.
We will continue today to weed, feed and water our souls in the Word of God. Find your rest. I am so thankful for His Continual Presence and His Constant Love! How wonderful to call Him my Beloved and know that I am His. We will see the word abide several times in the passage today. Can you count them?
Begin with 1 John 2:24-27..."As for you, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise which He Himself made to us; eternal life. these things I have written to you concerning those who are trying to deceive you, and as for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him."
I had to look it up, but here are words like abide. Obey, accept, tolerate, endure, dwell, stay, reside. Like when planting seed in the ground, you have to expect to feel the dirt under your nails. Then watch for a good harvest. I will accept that my hands will get dirt on them as I serve others, as unto the Lord. I will tolerate the unkindness of others and keep on being kind, just like Jesus. I will endure insults, ingratitude and injustice, and keep loving, just like the Father loves me. I will dwell in the shelter of His love. I will stay close and not head off in my own understanding. I will reside with Jesus and make Him a home in my heart. All of my expectations for the future are found in abiding close to the Father through reading His Word. We are anointed with this sacred appointment and we can know that He abides permanently in us. We have the discerning power of the Spirit of Jesus to know what is true and what is false. But, we must abide in Him (live in Him, never depart from Him). We are rooted in Him and knit to His own heart.
Are you sure of your position in the Lord? Verses 28-29 says, "And now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming. If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him." Again, are you sure of your position in the Lord? Believe it!
Jesus absolutely conformed to the Father's will in purpose, thought, and action. We are being conformed to the divine will of the Father. What an awesome privelege! Do you want to see what abiding looks like? Read the gospels, the daily grind of walking with Jesus. He always put His Father's will first. Our first calling. Take time today and think about what you have heard from the beginning. Then position your heart before the Lord and trust Him to do a finished work of beauty and grace. Be the garden He plants, will you?
Until we meet again, God bless you and always let Jesus occupy the places of your heart. You are so very loved! In the name of Jesus, amen. You are in my prayers, love Patricia.
Abundance is...I am loved
Dear followers of the Son,
God bless you today. Do you like spiders? Well, I sure don't, especially when they surprise me in the shower! First instinct is to holler for my husband to come get the creature! I shiver, not from the cold, but from how close the thing was to falling from the ceiling into my hair! I was rescued and all is well. Ha Ha! That does not mean I am eager to have a run in with another one.
Today we are taking a look with John about those who deny the truth of Christ, even the ones going to our churches. Really! Antichrists are those who seek to take the place of Christ. False teachers who opposed the apostle Johns teachings. They were then, forerunners of the future Antichrist that is spoken of in Revelation. Reading 1 John 2:18-19..."Little children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have arisen; from this we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, in order that it might be shown that they all are not of us." Whoever these people were, their "faith" fizzled out and they probably took weaker christians with them. That is my guess. A lot like today, with all the fractures and disunity in the body of Christ, it must grieve the heart of God.
When we are in harmony with the gospel message and with the fellowship, we live faithful. An antagonist of Jesus Christ denies and refuses to acknowledge the Father and the Son. That is how we know. Be decerning in these last days brothers and sisters because without warning, like that scary, black spider, we may find ourselves outside the fellowship chasing and never catching. Do you understand what I mean? The spider this morning was a clear picture for me of what should be my first response reaction when confronted by sin and false teaching. Holler out for the Lord Jesus to save you! Quickly discard, scrap, reject, the lies and deceptions in the name of Jesus!
Verse 20-21..."But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth." The Bible tells us we can know the Truth and it will set us free! Believe, trust in, adhere to and cling to this! You and I are anointed by the Spirit of God in Christ Jesus and He gives us discernment for these last hours.
Verse 22..."Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son." Anymore, this is the question I am asking more often..."Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God?" If they say, "Yes" then, I can know that when they say they are Christians...they really are. This seems to settle things quickly one way or the other. Be courageous and seek truth. Don't take words for granted. Seek the Truth.
Verse 23..."Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also." Plain enough to understand is it not? A person cannot worship God while denying Jesus' full deity and full humanity! What do you believe?
What would have happened if I'd let the spider do what I thought it wanted? Well, one case senario would be that it was washed down the drain, but that is still creepy to me. In my imagination it is gripping to the side of the drain, waiting for another opportunity to give me a good hard bite. So, it got squished! Sorry, all you who love "all" God's creatures. Yep, it got taken out quickly. In reality, the spider is probably more scared of you and I! Just like the enemy, a real coward? Sometimes we forget our place in the kingdom of God. We are mighty in force with His Son and filled with His Spirit!
Pray with me...Dear Heavenly Father, You alone are Holy and we come to You. Please show us the way and anoint us with fresh oil from Your throne of grace. Fill us with Holy Spirit, wisdom and understanding in these the last days. Make us useful in the community of believers. Vessels of honor for the Master's use. Jesus hold tight our hand as we walk among the unseen forces of darkness. Empower us to love You with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. We give you honor and praise today and come under Your shadow of Your wings. You are our safe place. Thank you in the matchless name of Jesus, Your Son, amen.
God bless you till we meet again. Love in Christ, Patricia. Abundance is...no more deceived
Dear brothers and sisters,
Hebrews 13;5 says, "Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly posessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]"
Because I had to take a trip to town, of course I planned where to stop and spend. But, as I ventured into a couple of places, my mind and heart became weary for all the stuff. I came away thanking God that I didn't need to spend what little I had on things I didn't need. I praise the Lord that the cravings I once had are just in the past. At least that is how it was today. Sometimes, it is like looking through the side mirror on the car. Objects are closer than they may appear. How true. We many turn another shade of green-with-envy at a later date. We have to find our lives satisfied in the Lord! The whole thing gave me a headache. I am glad to be home! I am glad I could say "No" to the distractions and come home with what I needed. This feels like freedom!
As we continue through 1 John we can read in the 2nd chapter, verses 15-17 another view about loving the world..."Do not love the world, nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God abides forever."
I don't know about you but lusting after what the world offers has always been a struggle. The enemy knows right where to hit our pocketbook too! Be simply in love with Jesus and abide in Him and you won't fulfill the desires of the flesh. Sometimes, easier said than done. That is why we need a deep relationship with the Lord, so we can discern His will. All we have to do is cry out His name for help and He will do it.
It says, "If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him." What does this mean? That I am not a true christian? Think about what love is and where it comes from. How can we say we love the things of the world? Can it really provide all of our deepest needs? Jesus knows the longings of our heart. He lived in the flesh but was fully in Love with His Father. The lust of the flesh; the cravings for sensual gratification and the lust of the eyes; greedy longings of the mind and the pride of life; assurance in one's own resources or in the stability of earthly things. These do not come from the Father but are from the world itself.
All those forbidden cravings, passionate desires, and lust will all pass away! "But he who does the will of God and carries out His purposes in his life abides (remains) forever." Glory to God for this assurance. This truth will help each of us choose who we will serve. What do you choose? A true Christian.
My prayer for you and also for myself is the same. Lord help us to know You. To walk righteously before You and bring You great pleasure as we desire to become vessels of honor. In the name of Jesus, amen. God bless you, Patricia.
Abundance is...delighting in the Lord
Dear friends and family,
What a good day! We have so many treasures from the Lord that they are without number. If your life is so busy that you aren't seening them, get still and ask Abba for open eyes. You will see! Yesterday, we had the priveledge of sharing a meal with friends. It has been over 5 years since we've seen each other and so as the day drew closer I anticipated with joy the reunion. Having brothers and sisters in Christ makes our walk sweeter doesn't it?
Today, before saying goodbye, we got to pray with each other. Oh, my heart is so glad for fellowship in the Lord! So, it is in reading the next part of 1 John 2:7-11 we get to see how to love one another. There are so many passages concerning love and how to do it well. This is just one more. "Beloved, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word which you have heard." Passed down through the ages we have witnessed the mighty love of God for us. When we met Christ as our personal savior, we became like a love letter written, not in ink but with the Spirit of the living God. Read about this in 2 Corinthians 3.
Verse 8..."On the other hand, I am writing a new commandment to you, which is true in Him and in you,because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining." This is comparing the moral blindness we had when in darkness, to the shining revelation of God in Christ Jesus. Such a difference!
Now, verse 9..."The one who says he is in the light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now." Lord help me remember that nothing is hidden from You. I bring my heart into the Light of Your everlasting love and ask that you reveal my unloving attitudes with my brothers and sisters in Christ. Help me to really be an open letter before others.
Verse 10..."The one who loves his brother abides in the light and there is no cause for stumbling in Him." There is nothing to cast a shadow of doubt about our witness when we abide in the Lord of Light and truth.
So, verse 11 says, "But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes." I don't know about you but, where I have engaged in relationships and walk in the dark places of compromise, then, I just have trouble maintaining an easy relationship. It does not matter how long I have been a christian, where I go to church or if I have ever witnessed the power of God through salvation. If I am even entertaining thoughts that think the worst of a brother or sister, this if I understand correctly, is no different than hatred. Wow! That is an eye opener!
When you have been outside in the sunshine and walk into a closed room it takes time for your eyes to adjust doesn't it? I don't like that feeling of not seeing well. So yes, I do prefer the natural light of outside! I am grateful for the vision I have. Same goes for my spirit. I long for the Light! Okay, I can agree Lord, this Love for each other is very important to Your own heart. Make it important to mine too. Renew, refresh, restore my mind and vision. Use me to be an easily read Love letter that witnesses of Your Love for others. In the powerful, majestic name of Jesus. Amen.
I will be praying for you today. God bless you and keep you and pour His grace upon you. Love in Christ, Patricia.
Abundance is...being a living Love letter
Dear family of God,
Good morning! Do you know what I mean about cutting past the past? I may have not phrased it well. To me it means letting the Word of God cut away all of the troubles of yesterday, all of the painful experiences, all of the fears. It is possible when we take our heart to the Lord. While I have been reading the Word of God, I am finding that there is not the fluff, the tickling of ears when He Speaks. God doesn't try to soften the darkness by candlelight. He does get to the core of it though. When Jesus spoke about sin, He was speaking to all mankind. All of us are in need of a savior.
So, I am back to 1 John 2:1-2..."My little children, I am writing these things to you that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world." What does this mean to you? Our Advocate is One Who will intercede for us. Jesus stands before the Father on your behalf. This is really BIG! Do you know of anyone else who would do that kind of representation when you have blown it and are found condemned? No one but Jesus!
Jesus Christ is the upright, just, Who conforms to the Father's will in every purpose, thought, and action. We can see this in His life while on earth can't we? So not only do we have someone to stand up for us, but, in place of us. He is the spotless lamb who gave His life as a sacrifice for you and I. Are you thankful? Jesus is our example of how to conform to the Father's will in every purpose, thought and action. I know that the Holy Spirit has been doing a work in my life. Sometimes it feels like He is putting alot of muscle behind the cleaning process! Then, He gently applies the salve for healing. My thoughts are being transformed as well as my attitudes and actions. Praise the Lord!
Verse 3-6 says..."And by this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, "I have come to know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him; the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked." This is a daily, by experience knowing Him. Not a once in awhile shot at being good. How is this working for you personally?
So, we need to bear in mind, observe and practice His teachings. How acquainted are we with the Lord? Do we know His desires or are we always telling Him ours? I have done this. I get so busy with the things on my own heart I don't pause to listen to what He wants. Be acquainted with Jesus. Treasure His Word in its intirety. Love God and know that we are in Him. Abide in Him knowing we owe Him our very lives. Walk and conduct ourselves the way He did. We could never repay what we owe Him but, we can give Him all we have, all we are and ever hope to be.
Maybe this all seems overwhelming, like a bunch of rules. But, remember that you belong to the Father and you are the Beloved of Jesus. Today, if you aren't sure about your position before Christ you can make it sure. Call on the Lord and ask for Him to forgive you of all your sins, whether you can name them all or not. It does not matter. Your heart before Him does. Ask Him to help you abide and really know Him intimately. He hears your cry. Now, begin by spending time with Jesus, listen as you read His Words. They will be fresh life to you and healing for your physical, emotional and spiritual being.
If you prayed this today you can rejoice because now you have eternal life! Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path...Proverbs 3:5-6. Begin there. I pray the Lord bless you and keep you today. Love in Christ, Patricia.
Abundance is...my past is past!