Life these days

It is 2:54 in the afternoon on Friday the second of September.

There is a lull in my work, I work from home these days and for the most part, I really enjoy it. Things can occasionally become stressful, but not today.

As I look out the windows, I see the skis starting to darken, seems to be the season here in the south for a fair amount of rain. So be it. I like it.

Now to what I have been thinking about a lot lately…Are any of you familiar with the story about “The Woman at the Well?”

It’s a heartwarming and also gut-wrenching story that is found in the Bible. It can be found in John 4:1-25. You might want to read it, especially if you, like me have had several relationships over the many, many years. And yet you are a born-again believer. So what do we do with this information? I have read the Bible cover to cover twice. What do I do?

So what I want to do, is examine the story in light of today. Simply because we live in the modern world, have things really changed that much? There are still many places in our world where women are still considered property. Even here in the United States of America.

The Story of the woman at the well is about a time when Jesus is traveling, and the disciples go on ahead. And Jesus goes up to a well where a Samaritan woman is drawing water. Jesus asks her for a drink of water. And this Samaritan woman said, “Why would a Jewish man asks a Samaritan woman for a drink of water?” (Taken from TPT Bible) Jesus replied, do you know who I am, and do you know the gift God has for you? Then Jesus said to her if you drink from this well you will thirst again. But I can give you life-giving water that if you drink from you will never thirst again. At this point the Samaritan woman is trying to calculate how is this man going to draw any water, he doesn’t even have a bucket, or rope and this particular well was very deep. The life-giving water that Jesus is speaking of is the water of the Holy Spirit of God. The Samaritan woman realizes she wants this and asks Jesus for this water. Jesus then asks her to get her husband and bring him back here, the Samaritan woman says I am not married, and Jesus says you are speaking the truth, and then he goes on to tell how many times she has been married. Obviously for any of us, if someone said these kinds of things to us, how would we react? (I have paraphrased a lot please read the whole story at John 4:1-25)

I am a woman at the well, are you? On May 2, 1989, I gave my heart to Christ. So I am a born-again believer who has since that time been divorced twice and I live with my soul mate.

What’s your story and how do you deal with this? Please comment.

Blessings all!

Restoration Church 5/19/19

Good Day to any that may read my blog…I will we getting back to the “40 I ams” shortly, but for today I have an awesome treat….

Restoration Church 5/19/19

Speaker – Gary Woods

Alone at the Throne

Our Speaker started out by suggesting a thought, “Imagine you are in the Throne Room of God.”  And God is on the throne.  You look at God, not just because He is God, but because God is crying.  Not the gentle kind of crying, but the full-on shoulder’s heaving kind of crying.  You can tell God’s heart is broken.  There are angels present, and you are thinking, “Angels DO SOMETHING!”

Then suddenly it’s just you and God.

The angels have left.  It’s just you and God.  How do you comfort God?  You walk slowly over to God and you pat his shoulder, and you say to God, “What’s wrong, why are you crying?”

God gestures towards a closet.  You go to the closet and open the door.  Inside the closet are numerous packages, all are wrapped…. you look and notice one particular package that is at the bottom of the pile.  You notice this package because it is so beautifully wrapped, and all the rest are in plain wrapping.  The beautifully wrapped package is just about buried by the other packages, and the weight of these packages are partially crushing the pretty one.

You look to God.  “What is in the specially wrapped package?”  God says, “Your Salvation and your gifting is in that box.”

1 Corinthians 12: 4-14

Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.

And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.

And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:

11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

14 For the body is not one member, but many.

That is why God is crying.  Your gifting is still in that box

But God is still crying, and you ask Him, “What can I do?”

You go on to say to God, “I will tell them.”  God’s crying subsides just a bit, He wants us to share our gifting, He wants us to tell others about Him and our relationship with Him.  We are part of God’s big picture.

I am sure that most of you who are reading this are familiar with pixels.  Just imagine that there is a huge family portrait hanging on the wall in the throne room. Now that picture is done by a digital photographer.  It is a digital print.  That picture is made up of billions of pixels.  Each pixel is a believer.

Matthew 7: 24-27

24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.

26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

If we read and utilize God’s words, we are like the man who builds his house on the solid rock.  God’s words to us are our instruction manual.

Did you ever put something together that came with an instruction manual?  Sometimes we get a bit ahead of ourselves and think that we don’t need the manual. A how is that working out for you?  I know when I have done that in the past, it didn’t work out so well.  Now I am speaking from experience.  Use the manual!  God’s manual, the Bible!

Genesis 1:26

26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

We look like our Dad!  The angels recognize this and so does the demons.  The angels not only recognize this but the like this.  However, the demons, not at all, they hate this.

1 Thessalonians 5:23

23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Since we are created in God’s image and the angels like this and the demons hate this, we need to pray this verse from 1 Thessalonians over ourselves and our families and friends daily.

1 John 3:2

2 Beloved, now are we the sons (and daughters) of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

Matthew 5: 13-14

13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt has lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

We are the salt.  Salt enhances the flavor of everything around you. And it is also a preservative, this can help to preserve the lives of those around us just by being a light to this world.  Make sure that your gift of salvation and whatever your gifting personally is, is not tucked under a basket.  Let your light shine.

John 1:12

12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Do this…

Romans 8:15

15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

God is our Daddy, live as such! Remind yourselves daily that you are a child of God.

2 Corinthians 5: 17-20

17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

18 And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.

Christ is trying to reconcile the world to God.  We are ministers of reconciliation; this is part of our identity.

1 Peter 5:8

8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

“The devil’s favorite food is Christian Burgers!”

Ephesians 6:10-12

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

We are God’s army, and this verse doesn’t say Methodist armor or Lutheran armor or Catholic Armor of Pentecostal armor or any other particular denomination’s armor. It’s Daddy’s armor.  “Put on the whole armor of God.”

2 Timothy 4:7

7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Isn’t this what you want your legacy to be?  We are in a war, we need to fight the good fight, “we are not Doormat Christians.”  Or at least we shouldn’t be.  That’s not what God wants from us.

Daddy, I don’t want you to cry anymore, I want to be what you want me to be.  Amen

What Makes us a Child of God

  1. I am a child of God

Romans 8:16   The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.

Back in the end of April, in the year 1989, I went to a revival meeting with a friend.  The revival meeting was to last, I think, five days I was invited by someone who, unbeknownst to me had been praying for me to come to church, but more importantly to come to a know the Lord.

I went.

It was interesting.

The speaker was a man named Fred Meyers, I think, this was now 30 years ago.

I had spent a large part of my life knowing who God is, but not EVER inviting Him into my life.  Have you ever done this?  Ignoring someone who wants so badly to be a part of your life?

Pastor Meyers was really an eloquent speaker, he incorporated wonderful stories into his teaching.  Done in such a way that you didn’t realize you were being drawn closer and closer to the truth.  Like I said he was very eloquent.

I went to the meeting on Monday April 30, 1989

I couldn’t go on Tuesday May 1, 1989.  But boy oh boy did I do a lot of thinking on what I had heard.

On Wednesday as I was getting ready to go to the Revival Meeting, I took a hard look at my life, and decided that inviting Christ into it was the only available route for me to take.  I certainly was not doing a very bang up job by myself.

So, on Wednesday May 2nd, 1989 I became a child of God.  I asked God/Christ/Holy Spirit to come into my heart.  I asked for the forgiveness of my sins, of which I had plenty.  And believe me I wasn’t eloquent, but God heard my plea, and came and took up residence in my heart. And He forgave me of my numerous sins.

Was there a bunch of fan fair, no, not here on earth, but I do like to think that there was a celebration going on in Heaven.

In the verse that is written above, it says that the Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.  The Spirit of God now has residence within us.  He helps us to stay on the straight and narrow road, if we listen.  This is the really hard part.

Listening…

Psalm 46: 10 says…. Be still and know that I am God…

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Not only do we need to communicate with our Lord and Savior, but we must really learn to be still and listen for His voice telling us what he wants us to do.

Does He speak to me, at times?  Am I very good at being still, NO.  This life we live is so filled with all things tec and not all of it is good.  When is the last time you just sat, and thought about the verses you just read?  and how to apply them to your life?  some are very good at this. While others, don’t do it often enough to allow it to become a habit.

Not all habits are bad. There are some good ones. Let’s learn a new habit.  Let’s “SOAP”

So, I have read this……

“S”cripture, Romans 8:16   The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.

I have written this scripture, Romans 8:16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.

I am…..

“O”bserving this scripture, thinking about it, what does it mean to me?

How can I ……

“A”pply this scripture to my life…. Okay, now this is where it can get a little tough. In applying this to my life I must consider and agree that God is actually my Father, if I am a child of God and the Holy Spirit testifies with my inner spirit, then this means, to me, that I need to listen and when I am convicted, I need to do what I am being convicted of.  This I honestly believe is our conscience.  You know when you are doing something wrong.  I am sure you have been aware of “Red Flags,” I sure know I have been.

I am…..

“P”raying about and with this scripture…. Father, it’s me, in Romans chapter 8 verse 16 it says that the Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are Your children.  Father teach me as a child learns from their father, help me to be open to what you are saying.  Help me to hear what you are saying; and do as you would have me do.  And Father I ask you to forgive me of my sins, and help me, to acknowledge that once you forgive, they are forgotten, they are erased from the slate, help me to not continue to make the same mistakes over and over and over again.  I don’t know that I have asked you this before, but Daddy, I am asking you this right here and right now…I don’t want to repeat my past mistakes.  And I ask this by the precious blood of Jesus, that was shed for me.  Amen.

And this is partly what it means to me to be a child of God.

Come back tomorrow for another I AM chat.

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