Archive | February 2013

“For the word of the LORD is right and true; He is faithful in all he does.” (Psalms 33:4)

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Hello! How is everyone?  I hope well.  I was thinking about what I was going to write about and while I was thinking, I was overcome with the loving faithfulness of God. I am going away in 2 weeks to Israel and God helped with finances-not because I deserved it; but because He delights n bestowing His love on His child.  Doesn’t that sound like a loving father? I didn’t have a father or father figure in my life, so seeing God as my Heavenly Father was difficult for me in the beginning of my relationship with Him. “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy dwelling.” (Psalm 68:5) God let me know from my very first day of salvation that He will never leave me or forsake me. “Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)

To really get to know who God is, one needs to read the Bible because in it is where His true character is. “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word  was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. ) You may be reading this and thinking “what? Why are you doing this?” I’ll tell you why.  I want you to realize that God is not far, far, away so that He cannot commune with His children or creation.  I want you to know that God has always been here from the inception of His creation. “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” ( 1 John 1:14)  The promise we have because of this is “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”(1 John 1:9) Remember, He is a holy God and  when we confess our sins, it’s as if our “slates”are wiped clean and we are now in a new life that is to purified from sin.  Try to picture wearing a white shirt. Your appearance is clean and bright.  Now picture that same white shirt with a little black stain from a pen.  That little bit of black stain (like our sin) ruins the purity of the new shirt we put on (the holiness of new life in Jesus/Yeshua) That’s why “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Rom 10:9)

God is so very faithful to those He loves.  He has a purpose and a plan for those that belong to Him. God’s purposes do not change. “The plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations” (Psalm 33:11). God “wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised” (Hebrews 6:17). We become His heirs the minute we receive Jesus into our hearts and with that come all of His promises towards us.  We now bear the name of Christ because we entered into a covenant with God. Immediately His Spirit dwells within us. “God is not a man,that he should lie, nor a son of a man that he should change his mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19) God’s truth does not change. “The word of God stands forever. (Isaiah40:8) Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”(Matthew 24:35)

If you find the time, start reading the Bible and start in the Gospel of John.  This is where you really begin to see God’s love for you. The faithful promises of God were written down so that we would a) know what they are; and b) know that they are ours for the taking because they are now available to us.  God does not go back on His word or His promises.  He is very clear as to His “yes” and “no”.  He does change His mind either.  He is not a God of confusion-one day He means one thing and a different opinion on another day.  As a matter of fact He says “I the Lord do not change.” (Malachi 3:6).

God is faithful and so is His love for you.  He is here for you whenever you want to commune with Him. Remember, “Jesus Christ is “the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).

Until we meet again, I pray that you walk Every Day With Grace.

In His love,

Melody

 

 

 

 

 

 

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8)

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Hello everyone! How are you? I thought I would write today since it is Valentines’s Day.  The marketing industry uses Valentine’s Day as way to “buy love” from the one you love.  In other words, one must purchase a card, flowers, candy, jewelry, etc…It turns expressing love in to an expense-like Christmas!  But what about  those who do not have anyone to buy them something or someone to just simply say “I love you”?  Does that mean they are not loved?  What about those who are live alone; or feel very much alone within their marriage or family? What about those who are sick or shut-in and have very limited contact with people? Does this mean they are forgotten? Does this mean nobody loves them?  Is there a God who loves them when no one else is there for them?

The answer is yes! Yes, there is a God who loves each and everyone of His creation. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)  I’m sure you have heard the expression that “actions speak louder than words”. You see, God is love…and love is always demonstrated by action. In this scripture, we see God’s love demonstrated by loving us by dying for us-thereby creating a “bridge” between God and mankind.  He died while we were still living and loving our sins! He didn’t wait for us to improve or try to get better. He loved you and I so much that He died for us and took all of our sins (past, present and future sins) upon Himself so that one day we may be able to stand before a very real, Holy God.  This immutable fact applies to everyone-those who accepted Jesus and for those who did not, have not and will not.  The sinner who accepts Jesus into their heart (like the thief on the cross) gets to share in eternal life with God in heaven.  The sinner who refuses, spends all of eternity apart from God…in Hell. Their decision and their chance to repent are no longer available to them. That’s how serious God’s love is.

God cares so much for us that He wants us to imitate His love. He wrote it all down so that we may follow His example: “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love. By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His]only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.”  (1 John 4 7-9)  “No one has seen God at any time; if we love one another, God abides in us, and His love is perfected in us.” ( 1 John 4:12) “This is love; not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4;10)

Take comfort in knowing that God loves you and cares for you. You are not alone “When my father and my mother forsake me,  Then the Lord will take care of me.” (Psalm 27:10) “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.) (1 John 4:16) “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7)

Until we meet again, know you are loved as you Walk Every Day With Grace.

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe.” (Proverbs 18:10)

proverbs-18-10Hello everyone!  Here we are again at the mercy of another historic  storm.  This storm is called Nemo. I find this name a little deceiving especially if you are thinking about the cute Disney movie about the little fish who got swept up by a diver and wound up in Australia- as well as seeing the moving devotion of his father, Marlon overcome his fears in pursuit of his son. Then there’s the other “infamous Nemo” from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea-whose character is much more ominous. Anyway, here we go again with another storm! I don’t know about you, but, I am not into it at all!  In fact, it leaves me very uneasy.

The only good thing about this storm is that when life is uneasy and uncertain (as I hear fire engine sirens keep going off…) it makes me look heavenward and call upon God’s many names.  His names reveal His love in His character traits. Here are some of His wonderful names: a) Jehovah-Shamaah-the Lord who is present. (He is present as I go through life-with and without the storms.) b) El-Roi-the God who sees. He sees everything I go through-so nothing is a surprise when I commune with Him. He sees me when I act godly and when I don act so godly. (yikes!) c) He is Jehovah-Rapha-the God who heals. He heals me physically, emotionally, and spiritually. d) He is El-Elyon-He is the most high God.  There is none higher than Him!  These are only a few examples of God’s character. Therefore, when scripture states that His name is a strong tower and the righteous run to His tower and are safe from harm. He is our tower of strength.  Our strength is usually short lived. He is our refuge and protection from this world that we live in. He is always available to us. His love is unconditional-even we fall short in our imperfections. It doesn’t matter because He is perfect and so is His love.

I hope you realize that the scripture says the righteous run to Him and are safe. Those who have not received Jesus as their Lord and Savior are not righteous.  We cannot be righteous or have truly right living without Jesus in our hearts, minds, souls and lives.  Those who don’t have Jesus in their lives usually run from Him, not towards Him.

As we go through the storms of life, (or just Nemo), realize that Jesus is always ready and willing for you to run to Him.  He always has the room and wants to shelter us from whatever storm life puts us through. Running into the shelter of Jesus will always be the safest place for your life.

Until we meet again, I pray you Walk Every Day With Grace.

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2Timothy 1:7)

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Hello! How is everyone?  Can you believe it is February already?  Time does not stand still for anybody-it just continues to march on.  As I stated last week, I am going to Isreal in five weeks (but, who’s counting?),  and I have many people say they are happy for me and I had people speak THEIR fear on me. Silly things like “watch out for those missiles” and “did you get terrorist training yet?”; and other silly comments that comes only from a heart consumed with fear. The first thing I would like to say to that type of thinking is this-a) one must (or should) inquire of God for all decisions-especially a major one like traveling to another country. When we pray and ask God for His direction He is faithful to answer. He opens some doors and closes others. Believe it or not, He does say no. People are always surprised by that-I’m not sure why. Probably because they have not taken the time getting to know Him. Movin’ on…  b) When God opens the door and answers your prayer, He usually opens it in a profound way-where you know without a shadow of doubt it couldn’t have happened without Him. He is so much bigger than any obstacle that may be in your path. c) He gives you peace-peace throughout your spirit, soul, and body. “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on you: because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:3)

Trust.  What kind of God would I serve if I didn’t trust Him? “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3: 5-6) “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God I will praise His word, In God I have put my trust; I will not fear. What can flesh do to me?” (Psalm 56:3-4).  Please know that His word clearly says “It is better to trust in the LORD, than to put confidence in man.” (Psalm 118:8). When you trust Jesus as your LORD and Savior, fear does go away. It’s not always an immediate response, but as we continue to grow in our relationship with Him, our trust deepens in Him and becomes stronger-just like any other relationship.

Love.  I would like to leave you with some scriptures about God’s love for you. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. “We love Him because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:18-19)  “I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently will find me.” (Proverbs 8:17)

Until we meet again, it is my prayer that you remember to walk with confidence knowing God loves, cares and protect His own.  If fear beckons you, cry out to Jesus and He will immediately give you the peace that surpasses all understanding. If one lives in fear, they cannot fully enjoy the gift of life God has given to them.

I pray you walk Every Day With Grace.

In His Love,

Melody