THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST “SMALL GROUPS” STUDY… WEEK 2

FRIENDS, WE ARE NOW ON WEEK 2 OF:  “THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST”… SMALL GROUPS STUDY…FROM THE CHURCH I ATTEND:

WWW.ORCHARDGROVE.ORG

IF YOU DO NOT HAVE THE MOVIE, YOU CAN FOLLOW IT ON THE WEB BY USING YOUTUBE, BUT IT IS BEST TO RENT OR BUY THE MOVIE…YOU CAN FIND IT AT ALOMST ANY BIG CHAIN STORE, OR OVER THE WEB…HERE IS THE YOUTUBE LINK, THE FULL MOVIE…

BEFORE WE BEGIN, THIS PART OF THE STUDY MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR SOMEONE UNDER THE AGE OF 12…DEPENDS ON YOU, JUST A WARNING IN ADVANCED…

http://youtu.be/zS_6TTDzpBA

TONIGHT, FOR WEEK 2 YOU SHOULD *START AT: 31:44 MINUTES INTO THE MOVIE…THEN *STOP THE VIDEO/MOVIE AT: 1:05:07 MINUTES/SECONDS…

AND REMEMBER TO HAVE YOUR BIBLE READY TO LOOK UP SOME SCRIPTURE…

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

JUDAS RETURNS THE 30 PIECES OF SILVER, BUT GETS NO SYMPATHY FROM THE CHIEF PRIEST.  LATER  TWO CHILDREN APPEAR LIKE LITTLE SATAN’S IN HIS EYES, PERSECUTING HIM.  THERE IS ANOTHER POIGNANT SCENE WITH MARY, (JESUS’ MOTHER) WHEN JESUS IS BEING HELD IN THE TEMPLE.  SHE BENDS DOWN AND HOLDS HER FACE TO THE TILES, MEANWHILE BENEATH THE SURFACE, JESUS IS HANGING IN CHAINS AND LOOKS UP TO HER.  (MATTHEW 27:3-4).  *LOOK IT UP…

HOW ARE JUDAS FEELINGS OF REMORSE DIFFERENT FROM TRUE REPENTANCE?

READ/LOOK-UP: JOHN 18:3-12  WHAT IS THE REAL DIFFERENCE THE ACTIONS OF PETER AND JUDAS?…WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THEIR HURTS?…EXPLAIN.

READ JOHN 14:6  WHAT IS THE “TRUTH”  TO WHICH JESUS CAME TO TESTIFY?

HOW WOULD YOU ANSWER THE QUESTION:  “THAT IS TRUTH?”

JESUS IS BACK BEFORE PILATE AND THE ANGRY MOB. PILATE DECLARES AGAIN THAT HE FINDS NO BASIS FOR A CHARGE AGAINST HIM, BUT IN ATTEMPT TO APPEASE THE CROWD HE OFFERS THE CHOICE TO RELEASE THE NASTY BARABBAS OR JESUS.  THE CHIEF PRIESTS INSTIGATE THE CROWD TO ASK FOR BARABBAS AND CALL FOR JESUS TO BE CRUCIFIED.  PLIATE AGAIN ATTEMPTS TO APPEASE THE CROWD BY HAVING JESUS BEATEN.  READ: (MATTHEW 27:11-26, MARK 15:6-20, JOHN 18:38-19:2).

READ: (MARK 15:11, LUKE 23:27.)  DO YOU THINK THIS BLOODTHIRSTY CROWD IS THE SAME ONE THAT WELCOMED JESUS INTO TOWN WITH PALM BRANCHES AND SHOUTS OF “HOSANNA?”…IF SO, HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN THIS SCHIZOPHRENIC SWITCH?

JESUS IS SHOWN UTTERLY NO MERCY.  THE ROMAN SOLDIERS ARE SHOWN AS SADISTICS BRUTES WHO ENJOY THIS WORK.  HE IS FIRST BEATEN WITH RODS AND THEN WITH THE SCOURGE.  EVEN SOME OF THE SANHEDRIN, (HIGH PRIEST) FINALLY LOSE THEIR STOMACH FOR THIS AND TURN THEIR HEADS.  SATAN IS SEEN STALKING THROUGH THE CROWD.  SOMEHOW MARY, (JESUS’ MOTHER) IS ALLOWED IN THE CROWD WATCHING AND EXCHANGES MORE LOOKS WITH HER SON.  AS THE BEATING GOES ON WE SEE SATAN CARRYING A BABY THAT TURNS OUT TO BE OLD LOOKING AND HAIRY/SCARRY.  THE TWO MARY’S COME IN AFTER THE SCOURGIN  G AND LOVINGLY MOP UP THE BLOOD OF JESUS.  THIS SCENE IS HORRIBLY BRUTAL AND BLOODY AND IS PROBABLY NOT APPROPRIATE FOR CHILDREN UNDER 12.  READ: MATTHEW 27:26:31, MARK 15:15; LUKE 23:22; JOHN 19:1-5).

MANY PEOPLE HAVE SAID THAT THERE IS NO WAY A MORTAL MAN COULD HAVE ENDURED THIS LEVEL OF TORTURE.  AND YET WE UNDERTAND THAT JESUS SUFFERED AS A MAN TAKING THE PUNISHMENT THAT MAN MUST BEAR BECAUSE OF SIN.

HOW CAN YOU RECONCILE THIS?  READ: 2 CORINTHIANS 11:23-25

THE SCOURGING IS OVER, THE SOLDIERS PUT THE CROWD OF THORNS ON JESUS’ HEAD, HIT HIM ON THE HEAD WITH STICKS AND BOW DOWN TO HIM…

READ: (MATTHEW 27:27-30; MARK 15:16-20; JOHN 19:2-3.)

WHAT DOES IT SAY ABOUT THE CHARACTER OF THESE MEN THAT THEY WENT TO THESE EXTREMES?…DO YOU THINK THIS WAS JUST PART OF THEIR JOB, OR SOMETHING ELSE?

WHAT DOES THIS BLOODY SCENE DO TO YOU???…FOR YOU???…HOW DO YOU RESPOND WHEN YOU REALIZE THAT BLOOD WAS SHED FOR YOU???

WHAT ASPECTS OF CHRIST’S SUFFERING FOR US MIGHT WE MISS IN ALL THIS BLOOD AND PHYSICIAL PAIN?   READ: ISAIAH 53:11…PLEASE, LOOK THIS UP!!!

WHO IS ULTIMATELY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CRUCIFIXION OF JESUS???…READ: (HEBREWS 9:22,28; ISAIAH 53:6, 10-11…AND LAST READ: JOHN 16:10.

HOPE YOU ALL HAD A GREAT STUDY…AND IN EVERYTHING, GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD, OR GOD!!!

JOYOUS JEWELS

SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!!!

AGAIN, IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT THE CHURCH I ATTEND:

WWW.ORCHARDGROVE.ORG

AND BEFORE WE END TONIGHT, LET’S ALLL SING A SONG OF PRAISE!!!…

http://youtu.be/nL3YdzELZ_s

PS. THE KATINA’S WILL BE AT ORCHARD GROVE IN APRIL, STAY TUNED FOR THE DATE!!!

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THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST…SMALL GROUPS STUDY…WEEK 1

THIS IS WEEK 1 OF THE SMALL GROUPS BIBLE STUDY AT THE CHURCH I ATTEND, ORCHARD GROVE COMMUNITY CHURCH IN WALLED LAKE MICHIGAN…HERE IS THERE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFO OR QUESTIONS…

                                                     WWW.ORCHARDGROVE.ORG

IF YOU DO NOT OWN THE MOVIE, “THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST”…BY: MEL GIBSON…YOU CAN WATCH IT ON YOUTUBE…BUT YOU MUST FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS TO FOLLOW UP WITH THE STUDY QUESTIONS…GOT-IT???…HAVE A BIBLE HANDY…PERHAPS AND NIV, NLT, OR THE MESSAGE…IF NOT, YOU CAN LOOK UP THE VERSES ON…

WWW.BIBLEGATEWAY.COM

HERE IS THE LINK TO THE MOVIE, BUT IT IS BEST TO BUY ONE AT MEIJERS, WALMART ETC,…BUT THIS WILL DO THE JOB!!!…

LET’S GET STARTED!!!…AND REMEMBER NO ANSWER IS WRONG, KEEP GROWING AND KEEP LEARNING IN YOUR FAITH!!!…

FIRST!!!…WATCH ONLY THE FIRST 31 MINUTES AND 44 SECONDS, THEN STOP!!!…THIS IS A FOUR WEEK SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION…HAVE FUN!!!

http://youtu.be/yVhhDRIol4g

PASSION DISCUSSION QUESTIONS…WATCH “ONLY” 31 MINUTES AND 44 SECONDS…THEN STOP!!!

DO YOU THINK IT IS IMPORTANT WE KNOW WHAT JESUS WENT THROUGH???…EXPLAIN…

WHY DID JESUS ENDURE ALL THE SUFFERING WE WITNESS IN THE PASSION???…READ ISAIAH 53:5-6 ALOUD WITH ONE ANOTHER…

WHY DO YOU THINK THE MOVIE WAS TITLED, “THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST”?…READ JOHN 15:13

OUR WORD “PASSION” COMES FROM THE LATIN “PASSIO.” WHICH MEANS, “TO SUFFER”…

SUFFERING IS NOT LIMITED TO DEATH, BUT THERE ARE MANY WAYS WE CAN SUFFER OR PASSIO…WHAT ARE WAYS PEOPLE CAN “PASSIO” OR SUFFER IN OUR MODERN WORLD TODAY?

JESUS DID NOTHING TO DESERVE THIS DEATH…IN FACT THERE WERE “FALSE” WITNESSES WHO TESTIFIED AGAINST JESUS TO “SWAY” THE CROWD TO PUNISH JESUS FOR A CRIME HE DID NOT COMMIT.  THE JEWISH LEADERS WERE LOOKING FOR A WAY TO GET RID OF JESUS BECAUSE HE WAS MESSING UP THEIR SYSTEM BY HIS TEACHINGS…  (LOOK AT THE STORY OF NICODEMOUS IF TIME PERMITS.)

WHEN DID THE JEWISH LEADERS DECIDE TO “DESTROY JESUS?…READ: MARK3:6…AND MARK 11:15-18.

NEXT READ: ZECHARIAH 11:12-13

JUDAS RECEIVED 30 PIECES OF SILVER FULFILLED ZECHARIAH’S PROPHECY…

READ MATTHEW/JOHN 12:1-6.  (I READ JOHN)

WHAT DO THESE VERSES TELL YOU ABOUT JUDAS’S CHARACTER???…

WHAT CAN WE LEARN FROM THIS PASSAGE OF SCRIPTURE?

THE SOLDIERS CAME TO THE GARDEN TO ARREST JESUS.  JUDAS IS PRESENTED AS RELUCTANT TO DO HIS IDENTIFYING ACT AND IS PUSHED FORWARD TO KISS JESUS.  JESUS FREELY ACKNOWLEDGES TO THE TEMPLE GUARD WHO HE IS.  AS THE GUARDS BEGIN TO SURROUNDJESUS, THE OTHER DISCIPLES START TO FLEE, AND PETER CUTS OFF A GUY’S EAR.  JESUS HEALS THE MAN AND TELLS PETER TO PUT DOWN HIS SWORD.

JESUS ASKS JUDAS IN THIS SCENE “DO YOU BETRAY THE SON OF MAN WITH A KISS?”  LUKE 22:48

HE ALSO CALLS JUDAS “FRIEND” MATTHEW 26:50   WHY DID JESUS ASK THIS QUESTION?

A KISS ON THE CHEEK WAS, AND STILL IS A COMMON NEAR-AND MIDDLE EASTERN WAY FOR TWO MEN TO GREET EACH OTHER.  IN JUDAS’ CASE, HE USED IT AS SORT OF AN INDIRECT WAY TO IDENTIFY JESUS- PERHAPS SO THAT THE OTHER DISCIPLES WOULD NOT IMMEDIATELY REALIZE THAT IT WAS HE WHO BETRAYED JESUS.

THE GUARDS WHO CAME TO ARREST JESUS DID NOT KNOW WHAT HE LOOKED LIKE-THERE WERE NOT PHOTOGRAPHS BACK THEN, AND JESUS LOOKED LIKE ANY OTHER GUY.  SO THE KISS WAS A SURE WAY FOR THE GUARDS TO KNOW WHO JESUS WAS.

AFTER THE KISS, AND THE GUARDS SEIZED JESUS, PETER CUTS THE EAR OFF ONE OF THE GUARDS NAMED MALCHUS (JOHN 18:10).  JESUS THEN HEALS MALCHUS AND TELLS PETER TO PUT AWAY HIS SWORD.

WHAT DO YOU THINK WAS THE ULTIMATE RESULT OF THIS EXPERIENCE FOR MALCHUS?

DOES IT SURPRISE YOU THAT IT WAS PETER, JESUS’S RIGHT HAND MAN, TOOK THIS VIOLENT ACTION?  MATTHEW 16:21-22

PETER LATER GOES THROUGH A SERIES OF DENIALS OF JESUS.  JESUS LOOKS RIGHT AT HIM AT THE LAST DENIAL.  PETER THEN REMEMBERS JESUS’S WORDS MATTHEW 26:33-34  “EVEN IF EVERYONE ELSE FALLS TO PIECES ON ACCOUNT OF YOU, I WON’T”  DON’T BE SO SURE,”  JESUS SAID, “THIS VERY NIGHT BEFORE THE ROOSTER CROWS UP THE DAWN, YOU WILL DENY ME THREE TIMES.”

WHY DO YOU THINK PETER COULD BE BRAVE AT FIRST IN THE GARDEN, AND SO COWARDLY NOW THAT THIS TRUMPED UP TRIAL?

WHY DO YOU THINK JESUS TOLD PETER IN ADVANCED THAT HE WAS GOING TO FAIL?

IN JOHN 21:15-17, JESUS GAVE PETER THE OPPORTUNITY TO REVERSE HIS DENIALS.  WHAT DOES THIS REVEAL ABOUT OUR GOD?

WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS FOR YOUR LIFE?

 

HOPE YOU ALL HAD A WONDERFUL DISCUSSION…AND REMEMBER TO SHARE WITH SOMEONE YOU KNOW…

JOYOUS JEWELS

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GOD’S CALLING…DO YOU KNOW IT WHEN IT COMES???…I WONDERED, MAY HAVE YOU AS WELL…

                                          GOoD DAY LORD, WE LOVE YOU, TOO!!!                        BLESSINGS FOR A BEAUTIFUL SUNDAY EVERYONE!!!…

                                            Psalm 118:24 The Message (MSG)

 21-25 Thank you for responding to me;
      you’ve truly become my salvation!
   The stone the masons discarded as flawed
      is now the capstone!
   This is God’s work.
      We rub our eyes—we can hardly believe it!
   This is the very day God acted—
      let’s celebrate and be festive!
   Salvation now, God. Salvation now!
      Oh yes, God—a free and full life!

 
                                              LET’S ALL SING A SONG OF PRAISE, SHALL WE???…GREAT!!!…
 
 
                                                                       http://youtu.be/smZwG-auxC8
FRIENDS TODAY WHILE HAVING A PICNIC LUNCH AFTER CHURCH AT WALLED LAKE I WAS THINKING…
                                                          DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR CALLING IS???
 
Well, I learned that Finding our calling in life can be a source of great anxiety… We put it right up there with knowing God’s Will or Learning Our True Purpose in Life…

I FLUTTERED!!!…Part of the confusion comes about because some people use these terms interchangeably, while others define them in specific ways… Things get muddled even more when we throw in the words: Vocation… Ministry & Career…

Well…We can sort things out if we accept this basic definition of calling: “A Calling is God’s Personal… Individual Invitation to “Carry Out the Unique Task HE has for Us…”

That sounds simple enough. But how do we know when God is calling us, and is there any way we can be sure we’re doing the task he has assigned us???…

                                         WELL…FIRST PART OF OUR CALLING…

Before we can discover God’s calling for us specifically… WE must have a PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP  with JESUS CHRIST… Jesus offers salvation to every person, and he wants to have an Intimate Friendship with each of his followers, but God reveals a calling only to those who accept him as their Savior….

THIS MAY PUT MANY PEOPLE OFF, I THOUGHT SO MYSELF…BUT, JESUS HIMSELF SAID IN THE BIBLE IN THE BOOK OF JOHN…

John 14:6 New International Version (NIV)

 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

Friends, Throughout our life, God’s calling for us will bring great challenges, often distress and frustration.,,, We can’t succeed at this task on your own… Only through the constant guidance and help of the HOLY SPIRIT will we be able to carry out our God-appointed mission… A Personal Relationship with Jesus guarantees that the Holy Spirit will live within us, giving us Power and Direction…

Friends…Unless we are Born Again, We’ll be guessing at what our calling is… We’ll rely on our own wisdom, and we’ll be wrong…(I Believe)…

                           OUR JOB IS NOT OUR CALLING…STAY WITH ME!!!…

You may be surprised to learn that your job is not your calling, and here’s why.

*** Most of us change jobs during the course of our life… We may even change careers… If you’re in a church-sponsored ministry, even that ministry can end… We will all “Retire” some day… Our job is not our calling,.. no matter how much it may allow you to serve other people…

Our job is an instrument that helps us carry out our calling…

FOR EXAMPLE: A mechanic may have tools that help him change a set of spark plugs, but if those tools break or get stolen, he gets another set so he can get back to work. Your job may be closely wrapped up in your calling or it may not. Sometimes all your job does is put food on the table, which gives you the freedom to go about your calling in a separate area…

We often use our job or career to measure our success… If we make a lot of money, we consider ourselves successful… But GOD is not concerned with money… (SERIOUSLY, DO YOU THINK HE IS SHORT SUPPLY???)…NO WAY!!!…What He is concerned about is with how you’re doing at the task he has given you…

Friends, As you’re playing your part in advancing the kingdom of heaven, you may be financially Rich or Poor…. You may be just getting by in paying your bills, but God will give you EVERYTHING you need to accomplish YOUR CALLING!!!…

                                                       HE IS A FAITHFUL GOD!!!….

                  ***Friends…Here’s the IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER:

Jobs and careers come and go….I have had a few myself!!!… Our calling…Our God-Appointed Mission in Life is this…Ummm, IT: 

STAYS WITH US UNTIL THE MOMENT WE ARE CALLED HOME TO HEAVEN!!!… 

                                                   HMMM, AGAIN YOU MAY ASK,

                                ” HOW CAN WE BE SURE IT’S GOD’S CALLING???”…

                               ***GREAT QUESTION, CAUSE I ASKED IT TODAY, TOO!!!…

Well…Do you open your MAILBOX one day and find a mysterious letter with your calling written on it????… Hmmm…(Maybe…maybe not)

Is God’s calling spoken to you in a booming voice from heaven, telling you exactly what to do????…Hmmm…(Maybe…Maybe not)

 How do you discover it???…Hmmm… How can you be sure of it???…Hmmm…

                     Well…ANYTIME you want to Hear From God… the Mmethod is the same:

*PRAYING…*READING THE BIBLE…*MEDITATING…*TALKING WITH PASTORS AND/OR GODLY FRIENDS/MENTIORS…AND OF COURSE ***PATIENTLY LISTENING TO THAT, OF HIS, STILL SMALL VOICE…

1 Kings 19:12 New International Version (NIV)

12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.

Friends…GOD EQUIPS EACH OF US WITH UNIQUE SPIRITUAL GIFTS TO HELP US IN OUR CALLING…IF YOU READ MORE SCRIPTURE…IN THE BOOK OF ROMANS, IT SAYS:***God equips each of us with unique SPIRITUAL GIFTS to help us in our calling…. 

                                         Romans 12:6-8 New International Version (NIV)

6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

                                     Friends…We don’t recognize our calling overnight… rather…

 GOD REVEALS IT TO US GRADUALLY OVER THE YEARS…AS WE USE OUR TALENTS AND GIFTS TO SERVE OTHERS…WE DISCOVER CERTAIN TYPES OF WORKS THAT JUST FEEL RIGHT!!!…

YEP, IT BRINGS US A DEEP SENSE OF FULFILLMENT AND HAPPINESS!!!…IT FEELS GOoD AND NATURAL THAT “WE KNOW” THAT IS WHAT WE WERE MEANT TO DO!!!…

Do Not get me wrong…***Sometimes we can put God’s Calling into words… or it may be as simple as saying,

                                                     “I FEEL LEAD TO HELP PEOPLE”…

                                                                    JESUS , DID THIS…

                                           Mark 10:45 New International Version (NIV)

45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

FRIENDS…If WE ALL take THIS ATTITUDE…WE WILL NOT ONLY DISCOVER OUR CALLING…BUT WE WILL DO IT PASSIONATELY FOR THE REST OF OUR LIVES!!!

                                             JUST AS JESUS DID ON HIS CALLING…

 ***OUR “CALLING” WILL NEVER BE AS DEEP AS HIS WAS…BUT HE GAVE ALL OF US ONE…WILL YOU ANSWER HIM???…I HOPE I DO…

                                                           http://youtu.be/pio7U51a93Q

                           FRIENDS, NOT MATTER WHAT…BELIEVE IN THIS!!!…

                                            Can God really CHANGE MY LIFE???…

Friends!!!…No matter who you are or how you’ve lived your life… God WILL Receive You into His family… He will change you and make you complete!!!… Trust Him as  others have done and experience His mercy for yourself!!!…

“I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?
— Jeremiah 32:27

“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in.” — Revelation 3:20

“The  Spririt of the Lord will come upon you in power, … and you will be changed into a different person.” — 1 Samuel 10:6

            *READ ALL OF 1 SAMUEL THIS WEEK, I READ IT ALL TONIGHT!!!…

                                    SWEET DREAMS & GOD BLESS YOU ALL!!!

                                               JOYOUS JEWELS WITH A SMILE!!!   : )

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MISTAKES OF YOUR PAST…LEARNING TO BE AN OVERCOMER, IN ALL THAT WE DO…IN JESUS NAME…

                                 GOoD DAY, LORD!!!…WE LOVE YOU, TOO!!!

LOVE...LOVE...LOVE... : )

                                     FRIENDS, LET’S SING A SONG OF PRAISE…

                                                  http://youtu.be/nO4uIyz_d90

BEEN THINKING ALOT THIS WEEK…A NEW SERIES CALLED: “OVERCOMING” HAS STARTED AT THE CHURCH I ATTEND IN WALLED LAKE…IT’S ORCHARD GROVE COMMUNITY CHURCH…I AM ONLY A MEMBER, BUT THIS SERIES HAS HIT-MY-HEART RIGHT OFF THE BAT…

                                                           “OVERCOMING”

                                     I HAD TO LOOK UP THE DENEFITION…

Variant of overcome transitive verb overcame, overcome, overcoming

  1. to get the better of in competition, struggle, etc.; conquer
  2. to master, prevail over, or surmount: to overcome obstacles
  3. to make helpless; overpower or overwhelm: overcome by pity

intransitive verb …to be victorious; win

                         FRIENDS, THAT’S A PURDY POWERFUL DENEFITION!!!…

***THEN, I BEGAN TO WONDER…

YES, LIKE THE "THINKER"...IS THAT A WORD???...HMMM, I WILL HAVE TO LOOK THAT UP!!!...ANYWAYS, YOU GET ME...

***Do you Squander Away the Moments of Your Life in REGRET???… (Hmmm…)

***Do Past Failures Replay In YOUR Mind like an Annoying Tune???… (Hmmm…)

***Do You Wsh You could Relive a moment, Armed with what you Know NOW, and Completely Revolutionize the Consequences???… (Hmmm…)

Well, If you answered YES to ANY these questions… You’re Certifiably Human!!!…

THE FIRST...TO MAKE A MISTAKE...

WHY???

Well…Because it’s so intrinsically human to take an ill-fated path… Alll of us can identify with the feeling of remorse… No one escapes. Even Adam and Eve experienced regret, and sought to hide their shame… They chose to hide, but success in life requires that we show up, vulnerable, naked, and ready to confront our mistakes…

I remember James Joyce once said, “Mistakes are the portals of discovery.” This is the only way we can honestly approach mistakes in our past… If we don’t discover anything from them, we aren’t looking hard enough… It takes Patience and a good dose of Courage to be able to look for the Good in Our mistakes…

FRIENDS…HERE ARE 5 WAYZZZ TO HELP FIND SUCCESS IN LIFE, BY OVERCOMING OUR PAST…

                                              ***WHERE DID I GO WRONG???***

WHERE OR WHERE???

Well,… This is the first and most crucial step in overcoming your past… We must identify what contributed to our mistake… This is the hardest part for most people, because it takes guts and introspection… Sometimes looking at ourself is like taking a kick in the stomach!!!…Yep,  It’s not easy, and quite frankly, most never hold themselves responsible for the outcome of their lives… This is the truth: you are directly responsible for your consequences… If people are always victimizing you, it’s because you allow yourself to be their victim…

There are TWO types of mistakes: those made out of misinformation, and those made from an unhealthy mentality… The former type of mistakes are easy to identify and cure. You chose to buy a red sports car, but did not realize it would raise your insurance premiums, and had you known that information, you would’ve made a different choice… That’s an example of a mistake born from misinformation… You can identify where you went wrong, and how you will avoid similar mistakes in the future…(And I am right, ASK your insurance agent!!!)

The latter type of mistakes, those stemming from an unhealthy mentality, are the harder ones to overcome… Discovering where you went wrong leads to discovering your guiding truths on that subject. For example, if you continually fall in love with the same type of person, and this relationship always descends into the same type of break up, you must figure out what is in you that’s attracting this into your life… As  S. Freud would suggest, this usually has a backing in your childhood…

Mistakes rising from an unhealthy mentality are always unconscious… It takes work to wake yourself up… If you’re fortunate, a good mistake will be an alarm clock that jars you into consciousness…(PS. COUNSELING IS ALWAYS HELPFUL…nothing wrong with it, I go)…

                                                        *** FORGIVE YOURSELF***

YOU CAN DO IT...YOU CAN...

Next Friends…I have read by…Roberto Assagioli, He supposed that “without forgiveness, life is an endless cycle of resentment.” …Really, I can’t think of One Thing More Draining than holding yourself or others in contempt for your past… Resentment is the posture of the powerless; forgiveness empowers us… It gives us the permission to nod at the past and turn our eyes toward the future…

Nodding at your past does not mean that you are happy with your choices, but it means that you honor it as a lesson… Life is always schooling us… Mistakes are our Greatest Teachers… Of course,we must allow our mistake to teach us…Ummm,  we can’t pretend that it doesn’t exist, because how will we learn???

I LOVE TWO BIBLE VERSE, I HAVE PRAYED UPON THEM MANY TIMES IN MY LIFE, WHEN I HAVE PERSONALLY MADE MISTAKES…

FIRST IN: 2 CHRONICLES 20… “We DO NOT KNOW WHAT TO DO, BUT OUR EYES ARE ON YOU.”

SECOND IN PSALMS 23… “THE LORD IS MY SHEPERD”…

Friends,…Forgiveness begins with the simple decision to do it… It doesn’t take $1000 and a two-day retreat in the mountains to find forgiveness… You can find it right now, while reading this sentence, with the simple assertion, “I FORGIVE MYSELF”… Whenever tempted to recall the mistakes of your past, combat it with those three words. You may not believe it now, but you will believe it eventually…(YOU WILL, I PROMISE YOU!!!)…

                                               ***WHERE ARE MY FRIENDS???***

WHERE OHHH WHERE???...

***FRIENDS…”True friends” are the Greatest Asset for any Overcomer….(Besides Jesus)…*** True Friends are hard to get and hard to lose…. A True Friend will stick with you during your darkest moments, and Inspire You to claw out of your pit…

                              THIS SCRIPTURE SAY’S IT VERY, VERY WELL…

                                    Proverbs 18:24 New International Version (NIV)

24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,    but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

Friends, A lot of times, we suffer in silence… keeping secret the shame of our past mistakes from those closest to us… Too often with others, we downplay or conceal mistakes in our past, but the only way to overcome your mistakes is to speak about them…(TO SOMEONE YOU TRUST 100%, IT CAN BE GOD AS WELL)…BUT!!!… This is where TRUE FRIENDS come in… There’s no need to get over a loud speaker, proclaiming to the world your past mistakes… You can whisper to a True Friend, and find Healing and Release…  A ***True Friend***… WILL NEVER JUDGE YOU…EVER…

A PROBLEM HERE???… I CAN RELATE…     WELL,… If you don’t have any true friends, seek out mentors who have made the same mistakes and triumphed over them… Your mistake is not original… You can read their words, if you don’t have access to talk to your mentor personally… The market is saturated with books by people who have overcome mistakes similar to ours… Soak in the words, but don’t let it end there. After you read, it’s incumbent upon us to speak-out to someone else… Help someone else out who’s suffering through our similar mistakes…

                                                         ***WE ARE DIFFERENT***

I AM NOT WHO I USED TO BE...I HAVE GROWN...I AM STRONG...I AM A LION!!!...RRRRrrrrr... : ) "I AM THE APPLE OF GOD'S EYE"...

Well…As humans… we are always changing and developing into a different version of ourselves…. We are not the same person we were 5 minutes ago… We’re older, maybe hungrier… and the simple act of reading this blog has changed your consciousness… The beauty of this present moment is the overwhelming amount of possibilities!!!… We can choose our response….

Friends…I just presented you with these 5 wayzzz to overcome your past….

                            WHAT WILL YOU DO???…HMMMmmm, *CURIOUS…

                                                          ***I WILL PERSEVERE***

KEEP GOING!!!...YOUR LIKE A ROCK!!!... : )

Friend…You cannot stop!!!… Life goes by too quick to make allowances for pity parties… It’s okay to take some time to collect yourself, and go through these steps, but don’t allow yourself to get stuck on regret… It’s unproductive and it won’t change the past… What you’re doing now is creating a NEW PAST for yourself… If you spend all of your time regretting the past, all you’ll have is a past filled with regrets…(That would just suck!!!)…

                                                JUMP INTO LIFE FULL-FORCE!!!…

JUMP!!!...JUST JUMP!!!...

Friends, Really…Jump into life full force!!!… Don’t try to live too carefully, because you’re afraid of mistakes… Mistakes are not bad, they are Lessons Learned… Whenever a mistake knocks you off the path, get back up and start again…

***AS LONG AS YOU ARE ALIVE, INSIDE & OUT…(SPIRITUALLY & PHYSICALLY)…YOU HAVE THE POWER TO PRESS FORWARD!!!…

PHILIPPIANS 4:13…”I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO GIVES ME STRENGTH”…

STRENGTH...

                                                      AMEN???…AMEN!!!…

                        FRIENDS…KEEP LOOKING UP…LOOK TO THE LORD…

THE BIBLE SAY’S IN 1 PETER 5:7…”CAST ALL YOUR ANXIETY ON HIM BECAUSE HE CARES FOR YOU”…(HE REALLY, REALLY, REALLY DOES)…

JESUS HOLDS US THROUGH THICK & THIN...***HE JUST DOES...

                         A SONG IN CLOSING, BEFORE PRAYER & BLESSING…

                                                    http://youtu.be/d21OZAkedoQ

FRIENDS…ASK JESUS INTO YOUR HEART…ASK HIM FOR FORGIVENESS OF YOUR PAST MISTAKES…ASK HIM TO GUIDE YOU…ASK HIM FOR ALL OF YOUR NEEDS INSIDE, HE KNOWS ANYWAYS!!!…HE IS JUST WAITING ON ***YOU TO CALL ON HIM…HE JUST IS…

WAITING...FOR YOU...

BLESSINGS TO ALL OF YOU, THIS DAY…THIS NIGHT…THIS WEEK…THIS MONTH…THIS YEAR…MAY THE LOVE OF OUR LORD, JESUS CHRIST LIFT YOU…GUIDE YOU…PROTECT YOU…GIVE YOU STRENGTH…GIVE YOU WISDOM TO MAKE THE RIGHT DECISIONS ON YOUR PATH OF THIS LIFE…MAY YOU FORGIVE OTHERS…MAY YOU FORGIVE YOURSELF…MAY YOU GAIN KNOWLEDGE AS THE MINUTES & HOURS GO BY…MAY YOU TEACH OTHERS ABOUT YOUR MISTAKES AND HELP THEM…MAY YOU NOT FALL-BACK ON BAD DECISIONS BUT ASK GOD FOR HIS LOVE TO PROTECT YOU…MAY YOU ASK HIM FOR UNDERSTANDING THROUGH-OUT YOUR DAY…AND ASK HIM TO BE A BLESSING TO OTHERS, TO YOURSELF, TO OTHERS AROUND YOU…AND IN ALL THINGS THAT YOU DO…IN THIS I PRAY, I PRAY, I PRAY…FOR ALLL OF US…

                                                                     AMEN!!!…                                  GOD BLESS…JOYOUS JEWELS  XXOOXO

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*COLORS…*GIVING…*STRENGTH…*LOVE…*HOPE…*PEACE…AND *HIS WILL BE DONE…

                                   GOoD DAY, LORD!!!…WE LOVE YOU, TOO!!!…

BEAUTIFUL COLORS!!!...KEEP ON SHINNNING THROUGH, IN THE NAME OF JESUS!!!...

                                                                         LET’S SING!!!…

                                                            http://youtu.be/2FMtxACKlYM

                                                         SCRIPTURE…FOR US ALL…

                                                                        Heb 10:23-25  (NIV)

23  Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24  And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25  Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Friends…Many quote part of this passage to tell you that you must go to church…. In the context we see a broader application and meaning of meeting together….

WE SHOULD...BUT IT'S NOT THE "ONLY" PLACE FOR *CHURCH...

Family…The writer goes from discussing the topic of Jesus as our high priest to encouraging the reader to stand firm in the midst of the persecutions that they were going through… This same encouragement is applicable to all believers in all times who face daily persecution.

“…hold unswervingly to the hope we profess…encourage one another…”

The author is saying we should meet regularly, for the sake of encouraging one another… Part of what we are encouraged here to do is consider how we may ***Spurrr One Another on Toward Love and Good Deeds!!!…Ummm,  I think most of us know that the type of love mentioned here is what in Greek would be called agape (Sacred Love)… The Love that Seeks the Highest Good for the One Loved…. A Sacrificial Love that causes one to “give up” their *own needs to provide what IS Needed for the *One Loved…

                                                              (Think about it)Friends, The Good Deeds mentioned here I think needs to be addressed more….

 
                                    WHAT KIND OF GOOD DEEDS ARE WE TO ENCOURAGE EACH OTHER TO DO???
Well…When I first became a Christian, or a follower of Christ… I wanted to know what was required of me…. I read the bible to find out what God required of me…. I listened to my elders…priest at the time…Now pastor  & teachers about what I should be doing as a Christian….Well, from my early days I came up with a few things that Christians might or should do…
 
1. READ THE BIBLE…
2. PRAY DAILY…
3. SPEAK TO SOMEONE WHO MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT JESUS AND WHAT HE HAS DONE…
4. ATTEND CHURCH WHENEVER POSSIBLE…
5. GIVE A TITHE…                                                                             Well…This is what I was taught…

As I have matured in the Lord and My Understanding of the way and will of God, I have come up with some differences in my list of Good Works…Well…I base my list on Jesus teaching about what is Most Important…. Jesus was asked what the greatest commandment was. The man who asked him was testing Jesus as to whether he was the true Messiah of God or not. Jesus answered his interrogator that, “the greatest commandment was to love the Lord your God with all of your heart, all of your soul, all of your mind and all of your strength.”
Then he added, “the second commandment is sprung from the first, love your neighbor as yourself.”

 
                               RIGHT HERE, IN THE SCRIPTURE, JUST INCASE YOU DO NOT BELIEVE ME…

 

                                           Matthew 22:36-40 New International Version (NIV)

36“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” 37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

JESUS TEACHING...AS HE ALWAYS DID...LIFTING OTHERS UP...

Friends & Family…Out of our love for God springs forth the river of living water which is our love for our neighbor….Isn’t it *Interesting that Jesus did not say, love your brother…* Or, love your fellow Israeli or Jew… Neighbor has a broad application… extending to EVERYONE in need that you meet… Jesus’ example of who ones neighbor is, we call the “Good Samaritan”…. From this we know that Jesus was saying that Our Neighbor is ANYONE in Need of Help…

WE MUST CARRY THOSE IN NEED...

Friends…Throughout the Bible God directs Israel to do good works towards three groups…. *The Widows… *The Orphans and *Homeless in the land… Jesus here is directing the “Good Works” to Any ONE in Need… Any Neighbor… even from a Differing City….A Different State…A Different Country…A Different Race…

ALL PEOPLE OF THE WORLD...

Friends…These days I find my direction towards the Lonley…Sad…Heart-Broken…Grieving and such… I was blessed to show my love for God by serving in alot of wayzzz… Now I look forward to being able to serve  God the Best Way He sees how and fit for me…
                                                                                                       HE SPEAKS!!!…I have been trying & sharing my situation and thoughts on my blog’s of God’s Word with the HOPE of *Spurrring You Alll on towards Love and Good Deeds Towards Others…

***GIVE...***SERVE ONE ANOTHER...***LOVE ONE ANOTHER AS YOURSELF...

         AND FRIENDS, SOME VERSES I STUDIED AND PRAYED OVER TODAY WAS THIS…AND A “SONG” ***STRUCK MY HEART…BUT IT GOES MUCH, MUCH DEEPER…

                                               **HANG-WITH ME!!!…OKAY???…GREAT!!!…

                                                                          “TWO HANDS”…

                                      CAN HOLD A *WHOLE WORLD IN IT…                                                           

                                                               http://youtu.be/ILS6ULfhIhI

                                                Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 New International Version (NIV)

 9 Two are better than one,
   because they have a good return for their labor:
10 If either of them falls down,
   one can help the other up.
But pity anyone who falls
   and has no one to help them up.
11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm.
   But how can one keep warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered,
   two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not quickly broken

***THREE..."3"... : )

FRIENDS…STAND STRONG…YOUR NEVER “ALONE”…REMEMBER  GOD, OUR FATHER IS THE “THREE IN ONE”…

THE FATHER...THE SON...THE HOLY SPIRIT!!!

                                                      AND I WILL FINISH IN A SONG…

                                                      http://youtu.be/xi0yLRX4d2M

NIGHT-NITE…AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS IN ALLL THAT YOU DO…AND WHOM EVER YOU COME ACROSSED…MAY HIS LIGHT SHINE UPON YOU…BLESS YOU…GIVE YOU STRENGTH, DIRECTION, LOVE, PEACE, HOPE, AND JOY!!!…IN THIS, I PRAY…AMEN!!!…AMEN!!!…AND AMEN!!!…

AND IN THE END…MAY HIS WILL BE DONE…

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SHOW APPRECIATION…FOLLOW THE LORD…AND IN HIM, ALWAYS GIVE THANKS…

                                          GOoD DAY, LORD!!!…WE LOVE YOU, TOO!!!…

SOOO FILLED WITH JOY!!!...JOYOUS JEWELS : )

 

                FRIENDS & FAMILY…TODAY WAS A “STEP-OF-FAITH-DAY” FOR ME…

                                  HAVE YOU EVER HAD ONE OF THOSE DAYZZZ???…

I FELT INSIDE I MAY HAVE DIED…BUT IT WAS WORTH IT…SO WORTH IT!!

                                                                           LET’S SING!!!…

                                                             http://youtu.be/4u8rar0hBf0

Friends…I just watched a GREAT quick little video on Youtube…In which I lovvve…  I’ll give you the link in a minute… it’s a MUST watch!!!…  : )

So often WE can go through OUR life without “Thanking” the people that have touched our life and made a difference…Far too often…

Stop and think for a minute… Who has touched your life in some way that You may not have acknowledged???…

It can make all the difference in the World to the that person knowing that They Made Your Life Better By Being a Part of It… (JUST SAYING)…

Friends & Family…Nope, I’m not going to keep you long on this blog, because I want to ***Challenge You to “Thank Someone” who has touched Your Life… and I want you to do that TODAY!!!!…  It can be anyone…. Stop what you’re doing… Close Your Eyes and think of someone who has truly made an impression on your life…

"YOU, MY FRIEND" ...HAVE ***TOUCHED MY LIFE***

                                                       ANYONE COME TO MIND???

Friends…It can be someone who was in your life for A Day… A Week… A Year… or maybe they are Still In Your Life….Right NOW…  You’ll Know when you have that Special Someone in your mind….

                                   YOU WILL FEEL A *RUSH OF JOY COME OVER YOU*…

A RUSH OF JOY!!!...OVER-CAME-ME...

Well, Friends & Family…Now that you have that person… Take Action!!!… * Give them a call…* Send them an e-mail… * Write them a letter… *Write their name in the sky or on your heart!!!…  Pick one and do it now…

                                       THIS WILL MAKE THEIR DAY…YOURS TOO!!!

IN MY TOWN...

And…From My Town to Your Town…I’d love for You to Share with Me the Person  that Touched Your Life….  Leave a comment below and Share Away!!!!… Also, if you’re up for it… after you acknowledge them, share with me the outcome.. .

                                                                 GOTTA LOVVVE-IT!!!…

JUST WAITING AT THE CROSS...

Friends…I’m excited to see the comments to this post….  Just like the Youtube Video… You will see Love & Appreciation,… It goes all out…and I Wonder if it made a difference in your life….As it does in mine…

           Check out the Youtube video and then get off to Thanking that Someone Special!!!

                                   IN MY HEART…YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE!!!…

                                                                       “THANK-YOU!!!”…

                                                      http://youtu.be/AW_n2EBRHVE

                                                     John 16:33 The Message (MSG)

 31-33Jesus answered them, “Do you finally believe? In fact, you’re about to make a run for it—saving your own skins and abandoning me. But I’m not abandoned. The Father is with me. I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”

HE HAS THE WHOLE WORLD IN IN HANDS…

I CAN FEEL THE LOVE TONIGHT…CAN YOU???…

Isaiah 54:10

The Message (MSG)

 9-10“This exile is just like the days of Noah for me:
   I promised then that the waters of Noah
   would never again flood the earth.
I’m promising now no more anger,
   no more dressing you down.
For even if the mountains walk away
   and the hills fall to pieces,
My love won’t walk away from you,
   my covenant commitment of peace won’t fall apart.”
   The God who has compassion on you says so.

 

                                                        http://youtu.be/HwSKkKrUzUk 

                                                 Ephesians 2:10 The Message (MSG)

 7-10Now God has us where he wants us, with all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. Saving is all his idea, and all his work. All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing

                                                                     AMEN???…AMEN!!!…

      YOUR ALLL IN MY PRAYERS TONIGHT…REST WELL & SWEET DREAMS…

 

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GOD IS ONLY A PRAYER CALL AWAY…NO NEED TO DIAL, JUST START TALKING!!!…

                                       GOoD DAY, LORD!!!…WE LOVE YOU, TOO!!!…

I PRAY…FORGIVE ME LORD, FOR FEELING, ACTING-OUT, AND THINKING THE WAY I DID THIS WEEK… IT’S BEEN TOUGH…VERY TOUGH…THANK YOU…AND AMEN.

WE PRAISE YOU TODAY, LORD!!!...

                                                                       LET’S SING!!!…                                                   

                                                  http://youtu.be/PANiveIKVX0

          Friends, Tough week???…Well, it has been for myself, Emotionally & Physically…

I KNOW WE ALL HAVE A MIND OF OUR OWN…OTHERS CAN EFFECT US…IT IS UP TO US TO ALLOW THIS NOT TO HAPPEN…AND IT IS UP TO US TO “CALL” UNTO GOD WHEN WE DON’T KNOW HOW… 

FRIENDS…Isn’t it a wonderful & Peaceful Feeling when you know that you are in Right Standing and in Close Fellowship with the Lord???… Each time WE pray and read the Word of God, a strong awareness of the Holy Spirit is present allowing  US to walk in daily confidence… *sweetly abiding in the Lord…

 On the other hand, isn’t it EXTREMELY DISTURBING when we know our connection with God isn’t right, or when our fellowship with our heavenly Father has been cut off and it’s nobody’s fault but your own???… It is during these times that reading the Bible seems empty and  we don’t understand things, and our prayers become robotic in nature… absent of fluency  in our talks with God….

DISTANCE FROM LOVE & CONNECTION...

                         Whenever I feel distant to the Lord, Psalm 51:10 comes to mind…It reads…

                                                         Psalm 51:10 The Message (MSG)

 7-15 Soak me in your laundry and I’ll come out clean,
      scrub me and I’ll have a snow-white life.
   Tune me in to foot-tapping songs,
      set these once-broken bones to dancing.
   Don’t look too close for blemishes,
      give me a clean bill of health.
   God, make a fresh start in me,
      shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life.
   Don’t throw me out with the trash,
      or fail to breathe holiness in me.
   Bring me back from gray exile,
      put a fresh wind in my sails!
   Give me a job teaching rebels your ways
      so the lost can find their way home.
   Commute my death sentence, God, my salvation God,
      and I’ll sing anthems to your life-giving ways.
   Unbutton my lips, dear God;
      I’ll let loose with your praise.

Friends, What is your relationship like with the Father at this moment in time – close, or far away???

                                                               DO YOU EVEN CARE???

 David, The author of this psalm did…  He is crying out for something… He is Acknowledging that things are Not Right between Him and the Lord…

Friends, this is the start to building a Proper Relationship with God!!!… The first thing we must acknowledge is the truth that Any Distance that exists between us and the Lord, the only thing that could possibly separate us from Him is always your SIN…

THE MESSAGE BIBLE SAY'S...

                                                      The Message (MSG) Isaiah 59: 1-2

                                                                             We Long for Light but Sink into Darkness

 1-8 Look! Listen! God’s arm is not amputated—he can still save.
   God’s ears are not stopped up—he can still hear.
There’s nothing wrong with God; the wrong is in you.
   Your wrongheaded lives caused the split between you and God

  ***Friends…We find then today One problem (sin) and two solutions…

                                                                THEY ARE:

1. CREATE IN ME A CLEAN HEART…

2. RENEW A RIGHT SPIRIT IN ME…

                                                       ***THE QUESTION IS THIS***…

                                            WHICH REMEDY APPLIES TO YOU???…

Well… First of all, it may be that we need a Clean Heart, and a Clean Heart can only be created!!!… WE can’t do this Ourself…Ummm,  if we could, there would be No Need for so many rehabilitation programs!!!…

              ***No One can create a truly clean heart within us except the GOD of ALL creation***

                                            In King James Version it says…Proverbs 20:9
                          Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?

Friends, In His Great Love for Us, God has planned that a new heart can only be created through the shed blood of His Son Jesus, washing away all our sins…

            HAS YOUR HEART BEEN MADE CLEAN BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS???…

 If not, then Our Sins will Separate Us from the Lord and a home in heaven for all of eternity…

                                                WE ALLL NEED TO ASK GOD for a Clean Heart!!!

                                                      1 John 1:7-9 The Message (MSG)

 6-7If we claim that we experience a shared life with him and continue to stumble around in the dark, we’re obviously lying through our teeth—we’re not living what we claim. But if we walk in the light, God himself being the light, we also experience a shared life with one another, as the sacrificed blood of Jesus, God’s Son, purges all our sin.

 8-10If we claim that we’re free of sin, we’re only fooling ourselves. A claim like that is errant nonsense. On the other hand, if we admit our sins—make a clean breast of them—he won’t let us down; he’ll be true to himself. He’ll forgive our sins and purge us of all wrongdoing. If we claim that we’ve never sinned, we out-and-out contradict God—make a liar out of him. A claim like that only shows off our ignorance of God.

Friends… I hope that each and every one of you has come to the place in your life where you have called out to the Lord to save you from your sins, realizing you can’t create a Clean Heart within yourself… asking Jesus Christ to come into your heart to be your personal Lord and Savior!!!! If so, the one that saved you will also keep you for all of eternity – your sins can never separate you from God again in this manner!!! 

THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO TO EARN YOUR SALVATION…AND THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO TO LOSE IT!!!…

                                                    Romans 8:35-39 The Message (MSG)

 31-39So, what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose? If God didn’t hesitate to put everything on the line for us, embracing our condition and exposing himself to the worst by sending his own Son, is there anything else he wouldn’t gladly and freely do for us? And who would dare tangle with God by messing with one of God’s chosen? Who would dare even to point a finger? The One who died for us—who was raised to life for us!—is in the presence of God at this very moment sticking up for us. Do you think anyone is going to be able to drive a wedge between us and Christ’s love for us? There is no way! Not trouble, not hard times, not hatred, not hunger, not homelessness, not bullying threats, not backstabbing, not even the worst sins listed in Scripture:

   They kill us in cold blood because they hate you.
   We’re sitting ducks; they pick us off one by one.
None of this fazes us because Jesus loves us. I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us.

Friends…Though we cannot lose our salvation, we can, through our daily sinful choices, lose fellowship with God… Our sin snips that direct line of communication to the Lord that we enjoy in prayer and the way in which God speaks to us through our Bible reading…confession of our sins will restore the open lines of communication and fellowship between you and me and God… If this is the reason for the distance between you and the Lord today, then you need a Right Spirit Renewed within you!!!… The spirit of God that you received  needs to be revived!!!!…

Friends, we should Always aspire to immediately remove *Any Distance that ever grows between the Lord and us through confession of our sins, quickly re-establishing close fellowship and right standing with our heavenly Father… It’s the only way to restore the Joy of your salvation!!!…

                                 I LIKE THIS BEST FROM THE KING JAMES VERSION…

                                                                  Psalm 51:12 (KJV)
              Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.

JOYFUL!!!...THANK YOU, LORD!!!...

Ummm…Incidentally, if this is not your heart’s desire today, you Need to ***Change Your Attitude about sin, Ummm…Just saying… If it doesn’t Grieve You to be Far-Far away from the Lord, then perhaps you need to apply the first answer to your problem…

                          PERHAPS YOU NEED A *NEW HEART* ALL TOGETHER!!!…

UMMM, A NEW HEART???...YES!!!...

            Friends…A True Believer should crave more than just Forgiveness for their sins…

                                     Friends…A True Believer Desires Renewal to Holiness….

I Believe…As children of God, we should yearn for the return of the power of God in our lives and closeness with Him!!!…

                                                               YOU AGREE, TOO???…

                                                           Psalm 51:2 The Message (MSG)

 1-3Generous in love—God, give grace! Huge in mercy—wipe out my bad record.
   Scrub away my guilt,
      soak out my sins in your laundry.
   I know how bad I’ve been;
      my sins are staring me down.

                                                                QUESTION’S TIME!!!…

Friends…In what ways would you like your desires “To Match” those of the psalm writer’s today in Psalm 51:10 that I first posted above???…

             DO YOU REALLY WANT TO REMAIN DISTANT FROM THE LORD???…

***What do you plan on doing about your sin … Cling to it or Confess it????… Which do you think the Evil-One would like to see you do????… Clinging to sin keeps you close to that Nasty Demon… Confessing your sin distances you from hell and it’s influence….

Friends… None of US knows for sure what lies in the days ahead… We just do not know… However,… Eternity Awaits Us All… Make sure you aren’t going to enter eternity separated from the Lord by your sins forever… It’s time We ALL Got Right with God and closed the distance between our Creator and Us!!!…

                                                      YOU AGREE???…I HOPE SO!!!…

                                                               REMEMBER THIS:

                                                       1 Peter 5:7 The Message (MSG)

 6-7So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.

Friends…If you find yourself in bizarre – even self-imposed circumstances – be reminded that as far removed from normal as the uttermost parts of the sea, even there God’s hand will lead you and hold you…Take Courage, then, that no matter where you find yourself, God is aware of your circumstances, and His hand holds you… He is with you wherever you go…

                                                        YOU ARE NEVER ALONE!!!…

                                                    http://youtu.be/-U6w65zAJCE

                         JESUS SURRENDERED FREELY…SO, TOO, SHOULD WE…  

MATTHEW 28:20 SAY’S…(JESUS) Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

                                               HOW MUCH BETTER CAN THAT BE???…

                HE IS WITH US, ***ALWAYS***…AS WE SHOULD BE WITH ***HIM…

 

  1. IT Makes you more obedient…READ PSALM 119:67…
  2. IT Deepen your insight into God’s Word…READ PSALM 119:71…
  3. IT Increase your compassion and effectiveness in ministry… READ CORINTHIANS 1:3-4…
  4. IT Teach you to wait patiently on God…READ PSALM 27:14…
  5. IT Make your joy less dependent on circumstances…READ HABAKKUK 3:16-19
  6. IT Make you appreciate God all the more when He restores you…READ JOB 42:7-17

THEN…Allow those principles to mold your perspective… Learn to respond biblically and not emotionally to your trouble… Lean on the revealed character of God… He is allowing you to experience a temporary sorrow that will provide you with the greater benefits of increased holiness and deeper assurance…OF COURSE I AM SURE…READ ROMANS 8:18…

                                                      HECK, I WILL POST THIS ONE…

                                                           Romans 8:18 The Message (MSG)

 18-21That’s why I don’t think there’s any comparison between the present hard times and the coming good times. The created world itself can hardly wait for what’s coming next. Everything in creation is being more or less held back. God reins it in until both creation and all the creatures are ready and can be released at the same moment into the glorious times ahead. Meanwhile, the joyful anticipation deepens.

                        ARE YOU READY???…HIS GOODNESS IS GONNA GET DEEP!!!…

                                                            http://youtu.be/opJtIYBgLDg

NIGHT AND NITE…SWEET DREAMS…YOUR ALL IN MY HEART…SMILE WITH A HUGE SMILE ON YOUR FACE TONIGHT…JESUS LOVES YOU, HE IS THERE…GOD IS THERE…REMEMBER NO NUMBERS TO DIAL, JUST CALL!!!…

                                                            XXOOXO, JOYOUS JEWELS

   UMMMM???…HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE???…THINK ABOUT IT TONIGHT…

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