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‘Now see that I, even I, am He, And there is no God besides Me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; Nor is there any who can deliver from My hand.” (Deuteronomy 32:39)

thHello. How are you? Are you enjoying the changing of the seasons. Are you getting ready for time change at the end of the month?  That’s when we lose one hour and “fall back” an hour. Anyway, I love the autumn and the change of seasons. I think it gives one an opportunity to slow down and reflect what is going on in one’s life and to see what changes occurred and what changes are needed to be implemented (if possible).

One  of the things I ponder is: why are we so resistant to heed warnings from God (and man)?  Why do we resist change? Why do we think we know better? Why must we struggle within ourselves so unnecessarily? Why are we unable to let go of our own control and trust God-even though a change could only benefit us?  Am I the only one who struggles with these questions? I don’t think so. Whether we like it or not, God is in control of our lives-as it states in the above scripture. There is only one God and other. (Right there should settle every question when people ask if God is real and if there are any other gods.) It clearly states that God is the One that kills and makes alive. He is the One who allows our wounds (physical and emotional); and He is the One who makes alive and no one can take His own from His hand. That, my friend is the Sovereignty of God. All things are ordained by Him and are through Him because He is God. Even the Eboli virus that entered the United States. He allowed that to happen. So what do we do? How do we respond when we are weak and/or scared? Do you think God even hears us?

How we should respond to God during these times?  We need to cry out to God…”O LORD my God, I cried out to You, And You healed me.” (Psalm 30:2) “Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the LORD and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones.”  (Proverbs 3:7-8) “Have mercy on me, O LORD, for I am weak; O LORD, heal me, for my bones are troubled.” (Psalms 6:2) “My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh. (Proverbs 4:20-22)  “Heal me, O LORD, and I shall be healed; Save me, and I shall be saved, For You are my praise.”(Jeremiah 17:14 NKJV) (Jeremiah 30:17 NKJV) “For I will restore health to you And heal you of your wounds,’ says the LORD, ‘Because they called you an outcast saying: “This is Zion; No one seeks her.”‘ (Jeremiah 30:17)

We need to listen to God: “He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions.  (Psalms 107:20)  “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14) “And he said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you.” (Exodus 15:26) “He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3)

We need obey God and take responsibility for our actions“Come, and let us return to the LORD; For He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up.” (Hosea 6:1) “Return, you backsliding children, And I will heal your backslidings.” “Indeed we do come to You, For You are the LORD our God” (Jeremiah 3:22) Who else can we turn to?  “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. (James 5:14-16) We need to understand that we need to faith in God in our relationship with God. The strength of our faith is our profession of who we are to God and who He is to us. “Now when the woman saw that she was not hidden, she came trembling; and falling down before Him, she declared to Him in the presence of all the people the reason she had touched Him and how she was healed immediately. And He said to her, “Daughter, be of good cheer; your faith has made you well. Go in peace.” (Luke 8: 47-48) “Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.” (Matthew 8:13)

How do we know what God says is true?  How does He respond to us? “And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.” (Matthew 14:14) “I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely, For My anger has turned away from him.” (Hosea 14:4) ‘Behold, I will bring it health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth.” (Jeremiah 33:6) “Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.” (Matthew 9:35)

How do we know Jesus understands what we go through? “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)  “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.”  “(Healing of the lame man at the Gate Beautiful)  “Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, “by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.” And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.” (Act 4:29-31)

There is so much more I can add to this, but, I think you get the picture. We have a Sovereign God who loves us and is in control of all things?  So why should we fret so much? As you walk Every Day With Grace, take comfort in knowing that God through Jesus has us in the palm of His hand and there is nothing that can take us from it. Know you are loved and can always have peace in Jesus whatever circumstance you come across. He is our peace. He is our Healer. He is our God and He is the Lover of our souls.

In His Love,

Melody

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. May peace be within your walls, and prosperity within your palaces. For the sake of my brothers and my friends, I will now say, May peace be within you. For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek your good.” (Psalm 122:6-9)

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Hello! How are you? How have you been? I missed writing last week after being away for a few days and then time just seemed to have slipped away because of all the “catch up” one does upon their return.

In any event, I have been listening to the news and everything that is happening in the Middle East and it saddens me. It is so unfortunate there is so much turmoil there. For that matter, there is so much brutality here in the United States. Many people believe in a “god”. However, they truly need to submit to God, Himself, who is Jesus Christ. The very nature of mankind is sinful. “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. “ (Psalm 51:5) If nobody has told you about your human nature, I’m sorry to inform you of that but truth is what it is. This is not my opinion…this is what the Word of God says so if you have any disputes, you need to take it up with Him directly.
God is Holy and God has always made Himself and His ways available to His creation. (I say creation because mankind is God’s creation; but, not all of mankind are His children.) “So man will be brought low and mankind humbled, the eyes of the arrogant humbled. But the LORD Almighty will be exalted by His justice, and the holy God by His righteousness.” (Isaiah 5:15-16)
As a matter of fact, He has always has warned His people regarding their sinful behavior and He continues to do so today. God (and His ways) do not change. “For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed.” (Malachi 3:6) “Woe to those who draw sin along cords of deceit, and wickedness as with cart ropes, to those who say Let God hurry, let him hasten his work so we may see it. Let it approach, let the plan of the Holy One of Israel come, so we may know it. Woe, to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight.” (Isaiah 5:18-20)

There are no excuses regarding any acts of violence. However, I do believe in defending oneself and more often than not, defense comes with an extreme price. As Americans, we have changed our outlook and opinion of right and wrong, defense and justice ever since our government removed the Ten Commandments from public view. People seem to have had more of a conscience when reminded that not only God had set up His standard, they were accountable to them as well and that was understood and not up for debate.  Now, people seem to not even take a stand for God’s point of view because the “popular opinion” is to be neutral and to observe tolerance to those who do not have “traditional” views. Amazingly, the same respect is not reciprocated and expected. I completely understand Israel’s decision to protect their own people and land and NOT tolerate any actions of war or terrorism against them. They will let everyone know that they are a peaceful people, but when threatened-will defend itself. They also believe and acknowledge that their land is from God and their forefathers when they were brought out of Egypt.  They take their position as God’s Chosen People seriously and cherish their inheritance from God. God gave the people of Israel a land that was once desolate and now it is prosperous and filled with life.  That could only exist with the help of God. What the world does not realize either is that when Jesus comes to redeem His people, He will return to Jerusalem on the Mount of Olives. God has a purpose and a plan for Israel.  He also has a purpose and a plan for those who have been engrafted into His Covenant through His Son, Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha-mashiach). As believers, we need to keep our eyes on Israel and support because of the Biblical promises God has given to her and to us.  God will deal with His rebellious children of Israel who have not recognized Him as the Messiah in due time and that is His business. Until then, I will love and support Israel knowing that it the homeland of my Savior. “Those who trust in the Lord are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever. As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the Lord surrounds His people From this time forth and forever.” Those who trust in, lean on, and confidently hope in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides and stands fast forever. As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about His people from this time forth and forever.” (Psalm 125 Amplified)

There is so much to say about this topic, but I just can’t do it all it one  blog. So, as you walk Every Day With Grace, pray for the peace of Jerusalem and think about where Jesus Himself comes from and read your Bible for yourself to see what God says.  I don’t expect you to take my word for it.

In His Love,

Melody

But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. For I am the Lord your God, The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;vI gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place. Since you were precious in My sight, You have been honored,and I have loved you; Therefore I will give men for you, and people for your life. Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your descendants from the east, and gather you from the west; I will say to the north, ‘Give them up! and to the south, ‘Do not keep them back!’ Bring My sons from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth—Everyone who is called by My name, Whom I have created for My glory; I have formed him, yes, I have made him. Bring out the blind people who have eyes, and the deaf who have ears. Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled. Who among them can declare this, and show us former things? Let them bring out their witnesses, that they may be justified; Or let them hear and say, “It is truth. “You are My witnesses,” says the Lord, and My servant whom I have chosen, That you may know and believe Me, And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, Nor shall there be after Me. I, even I, am the Lord, and besides Me there is no savior. I have declared and saved, I have proclaimed, and there was no foreign god among you; Therefore you are My witnesses,” says the Lord, “that I am God. Indeed before the day was, I am He; and there is no one who can deliver out of My hand.I work, and who will reverse it?” Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: For your sake I will send to Babylon, And bring them all down as fugitives—The Chaldeans, who rejoice in their ships. I am the Lord, your Holy One, Creator of Israel, your King.”Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea And a path through the mighty waters, Who brings forth the chariot and horse, The army and the power (They shall lie down together, they shall not rise; They are extinguished, they are quenched like a wick):  “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert. The beast of the field will honor Me, The jackals and the ostriches, Because I give waters in the wilderness And rivers in the desert, To give drink to My people, My chosen. This people I have formed for Myself; They shall declare My praise. (Isaiah 43:1-21)

“…For I am the Lord who heals you.” (Exodus 15:26)

images-1Hello. How is everyone? How are you enjoying the weather? Enjoy it now because it is supposed to be one hot, sticky, oppressive summer. (Sorry to be the bearer of bad news . 🙁

In any event, I  don’t know about you, but there has been a lot going on by me. My mother just got a good report from her doctors-we had a little scare, but, everything now ok.  There was another issue with one of my nieces, but, she is ok now; and one of my cousins had a motorcycle accident on Easter Sunday.  He seemed only injured and then went into cardiac arrest and is still in the ICU unit. It seemed like we were going to loose him twice, but, he is still holding on. Please pray for him, his name is Michael.  Why tell you all of this?  To let you know that even though the doctors are there to assist in healing, it is only because of Jehovah Rapha (The God Who Heals) and the grace of God who heard my prayers that anyone is truly healed. “Then they cry unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saveth them out of their distresses. He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.” (Psalm 107: 19-20)  “For I will restore health to you  and heal you of your wounds, says the Lord, Because they called you an outcast saying: “This is Zion; No one seeks her.”  (Jeremiah 30:17)

God does not just heal the body. He heals the mind and spirits as well.  He brings peace to those who are interceding for the sick as well as to the sick ones.  God is God-He is truly the only one who can deliver anyone from any type of circumstance. “For I will restore health to you  and heal you of your wounds,’ says the Lord, Because they called you an outcast saying: “This is Zion; No one seeks her.” (Jeremiah 30:17)  Knowing that God is Sovereign over all things brings me peace and comfort because I know that God is in control of all things-even the timing of one’s death. “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment..” (Hebrews 9:27) God is merciful, that’s why He heals people. My cousin is not a believer in God-if anything his faith is probably very minimal and he almost died two times in the last two weeks and has spent most of the time in an induced coma. So I, (and some good friends) stood in the gap between him and God and prayed for him. Believe it or not, my prayer was not for God to heal him, it was that God would not allow him to die and slip into eternity without knowing who Jesus really is and that Jesus died for his sins. I’ve tried in the past to speak to him, but the opportunities were always interrupted-and now he is in a coma and I don’t know what he can hear or receive in his heart in this weakened condition. But God does. “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, what things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive the, and ye shall have them. (Mark 11:22-24)

As for now, I am standing on the word of God and praying His promises back to God.  I had a small opportunity to speak to one of my other cousins in the hospital but, again-it got interrupted. “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or, what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how  to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?” (Matthew 7:7-11) “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (Psalm 103:2-5)

As of now, I will continue to pray for my cousin and for all those who request and/or just need prayer.  Our lives are in God’s hands anyway, why not communicate with him in prayer anyway? “And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, he hearth us: And if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.” (1 Joh 5:14-15) So what does God say we should do when we need to meet with Him in prayer” “Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he has committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:13-16)

As you Walk Every Day With Grace, I hope you come to know the Lord your healer and let Him heal you and meet you on all levels of your physical, emotional, and spiritual areas so that you know without a shadow of doubt that it is God, and God alone who saves you and heals you.

“:Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers (3 John 1:20)

“The man of many friends [a friend of all the world] will prove himself a bad friend, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24-Amplified)

hugsHello! How are you? How has your week been?  Are you beginning to enjoy the warmer weather with friends and/or family? Lately I have been thinking of friends/friendships and having a “support system” in life when life throws a curve ball and there is nothing you can do…except just “go threw” the circumstances.”Two are better than one, because they have a good return 
 for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls down and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?” (Ecclesiastes 4:9-11)

Life definitely has its ups and downs…and it is usually during those times that we find out who are  friends really are. Some people are fortunate and have what  I would call “reliable back-up”. “Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy.” (Proverbs 14:10) But, I also know that there are many people who don’t have any form of “back up.”  So the only one they can truly rely on is Jesus. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. (John 15:15) Jesus has made Himself continually and eternally available to us.“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.” (1 John 4:7)

Once we accept Him as LORD and Savior, He not only connects with us, He abides within us and promises to never leave us nor forsake us. As our friend, He can forgive our sins when we ask to be forgiven. “When Jesus saw their faith, he said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” (Luke 5:20)  You are my friends if you do what I command.” (John 15:14)  As many of us already know, friendship comes with responsibility and sacrifice on both parts. “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.”  (John 15:13) “For God so loved the world that he gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3;16)

I want you to know we are never alone with God and His Son, Jesus. That is the promise of His relationship with usSince we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1) “So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him.” (2 Peter 3:14) God is faithful to us because He loves us. Jesus is always a friend to us and because of that we will never again walk alone or be alone. His love transcends boundaries, cultures, and generations. His love and friendship is forever and He will not not rescind it.  We may not want God as our friend; but, we always have a friend in Jesus.

As you walk Every Day With Grace, know that “ A friend loves at all times…” (Proverbs 17:17) and that when in doubt, we always have a friend in Jesus.

In His Love,

Melody 

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

Text: Joseph M. Scriven, 1820-1886
Music: Charles C. Converse, 1832-1918
Tune: CONVERSE, Meter: 87.87 D


 

1.	What a friend we have in Jesus, 
	all our sins and griefs to bear! 
	What a privilege to carry 
	everything to God in prayer! 
	O what peace we often forfeit,
	O what needless pain we bear, 
	all because we do not carry 
	everything to God in prayer. 

2.	Have we trials and temptations? 
	Is there trouble anywhere? 
	We should never be discouraged; 
	take it to the Lord in prayer. 
	Can we find a friend so faithful 
	who will all our sorrows share? 
	Jesus knows our every weakness; 
	take it to the Lord in prayer. 

3.	Are we weak and heavy laden, 
	cumbered with a load of care? 
	Precious Savior, still our refuge; 
	take it to the Lord in prayer. 
	Do thy friends despise, forsake thee? 
	Take it to the Lord in prayer! 
	In his arms he'll take and shield thee; 
	thou wilt find a solace there.

 

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)

image007Hello. How is everyone? How is everyone adapting to this consistent influx of snow?  I think the only place in the United States that has not been hit with snow is Florida. The fact that Atlanta, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee; Texas,  Arkansas, North and South Carolina, and other various places have been hit with snow and ice is historical (not hysterical) and astounding!  During all of this inclement weather got me thinking as to what is God trying to say to His people? This weather pattern is so unusual that I am sure God is trying to get everyone’s attention. One of the things I started to dwell on is faith…mores specifically… my own faith.

I don’t care who you are, I believe everybody is going through some form of struggle. But the issue really is, where is one’s faith as we go THROUGH the struggle?  One of the things my friend Amy and I say to each other all the time is “either we believe God is who He says He is or He isn’t”-which means God is our Heavenly Father and He we choose to believe that He will take care of us for no other reason that we are His children and He loves us.  Please know that as much as I write to you and say “I am believer of Jesus Christ and I know He will take care of me, it still takes an act of faith on my part. In other words, I can believe with my head (intellectually) because I have been reading the scriptures for years and years, but how do I react when trials and struggles arise? Is my faith strong enough to stand? Or, is it weak and faint hearted? “He said to them, Because of the littleness of your faith [that is, your lack of firmly relying trust]. For truly I say to you, if you have faith [that is living] like a grain of mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, Move from here to yonder place, and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.” (Matthew 17:20, AMP)

The problem that causes a lack of faith is doubt.  We doubt everything! God, ourselves, our family, our friends, doctors, lawyers, Indian chiefs….it doesn’t matter.  Mankind at its best is weak-in all areas when compared to God.  So many of us think of ourselves as “super heroes” and think we have “super human strength” to handle any and all circumstances. That is all a bunch of nonsense. When we depend on mankind (especially self), we exhaust our emotions; our strength; patience; finances and relationships, etc…. Doubting is in our nature… Even John the Baptist doubted who Jesus was and that was his first cousin! After Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee. When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else? Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor. Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.” (Matthew 11:1-6)

Why did John doubt? He was discouraged because his proclamation of belief in Jesus landed him to jail! He was probably thinking “Hey! What did I do? I obeyed the call of God and dressed strangely; and preached the message of repentance for the messenger of the Messiah to come. Why am I in trouble? Why am I in jail? “And Jesus answered and said to them, “Truly I say to you, if you have faith, and do not doubt, you shall not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it shall happen.” (Matthew 21:21)  John was the forerunner (messenger) of Jesus…and his cousin; yet, he found out that obedience does not excuse trials or self doubt, but it will affect one’s faith. Think about it, John was with Jesus-God in the flesh and he doubted his faith after physically seeing Him and being in His presence; and circumstances still caused him to doubt.  That is why we must continue on-in faith. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. (1Peter 1:3-9)

Faith is the foundation  of salvation because one chooses to believe that God is who He says He is. As hard as it is, we cannot get caught up in circumstances. The way we will not doubt our faith is by keeping our eyes on Jesus.“looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2) I encourage you to keep the faith and don’t give up when things go awry. Our faith in God is the only thing that sustains us during the bad times.  Hold tight to your faith in God and it will carry you through every day. That is a promise.Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you; however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained. (Philippians 3:13-16)

As you walk Every Day With Grace, please know that  faith is not something we can see, but it is the evidence of our hope.

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

 

“Moses asked, “When I come unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them?” God said unto him, “I AM THAT I AM … I AM hath sent me unto you “And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.” (Exodus 3:13-14)

names-of-god Hello! How is everyone doing? How is your relationship growing with God? I hope you are seeking God on a continual basis. As I have previously stated, I am in transition right now in my life as well as with my walk with God. I think that God will allow us to “revisit” certain areas of our lives so we can see how far we’ve come; or to let us know that we may not have come as far as we have hoped. Nevertheless, “Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3: 22-23)

I must admit, it is not the easiest thing to wait on God when we are in the “during” stages. You know… the “waiting for change” stage; the “going through” stage. One thing I can say about this period of time with God is, that I get to learn (or re-learn) His character again and apply it to my life. The above scripture was chosen because it is here when God declares who He as well as His character attributes to the Israelites by saying that He is the “I AM”.

Of course you are probably are thinking “what?” I don’t get it. How is “I AM” attributed to character qualities. I will explain. God is eternal and therefore, His love and caring never ceases towards His creation. The reason God introduced Himself as “I AM” was to let the Israelites then (and for the gentiles now) know that He has always been there and cared for them-much like He does today. When the Israelites wandered through the wilderness they had much needs during this journey. When we go through our “wilderness” experiences, we have needs that need attending to met as well. When we feel alone, God, (Jehovah Shammah) is there is to say “I AM” here with you. “No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Joshua 1:5) As we continue on in our walk with God, we learn that He is “El Shaddai”-God Almighty-the All Sufficient One. He says “I AM all that you need. When there is a need for provision, He is “Jehovah Jireh” the Lord, our provider. Here He says, I will provide your needs. I think here people get very confused (me included) about wants and needs For example, right now during my trial I had to leave my apartment. I wanted another apartment. God provided a place with family for me to live at this time. My need was met. I needed a place to live and God provided one. Not the way I thought it was going to unfold, but, here I am.God is all things and everything to His own. He is constantly saying, “I AM” your Salvation when you are looking for truth. He is saying “ I AM” Jehovah Shalom, peace when you are looking for peace. “I AM” Elohim, your creator and loved you enough to create you in My image. God is EL Roi-the God who sees. He sees what we are going through and is with us and guides us through our situations. “My soul, wait in silence for God only, For my hope is from Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, My stronghold; I shall not be shaken. On God my salvation and my glory rest;The rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” (Psalm 62:5-8)

When Jesus first declared who He was, He used the same content of meaning to the Israelites regarding who He was. “Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “ Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”  JEAnd they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” He *said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon  Barjona, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 16:13-17)  You see, Jesus is the great I AM. He has always made Himself  known to us. In  the Old Testament, He was everything man needed. In the New Testament, He confirms  that He  still everything we need and the only way to God so we can have eternal life.

John 6:51:“I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever;”

John 8:23: And He said to them, “You are from beneath; I AM from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.

John 8:12: Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I AM the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”

John 8:58 Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.”

John 10:9: “I AM the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.

John 10:11: “I AM the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep.

John 10:36: “do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?

John 11:25: Jesus said to her, “I AM the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.

John 15:1: “I AM the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.

John 19:2: Therefore the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘He said, “I am the King of the Jews.”‘”

Acts 7:32: Stephen speaking of Moses’ encounter at the burning bush  “saying, ‘I am the God of your fathers– the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ And Moses trembled and dared not look.”

As you Walk Every Day With Grace, this week, try to take hold of the fact Jesus says “I AM the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6:). My prayer for you is that you enter into life that Jesus has for you. “…lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.” (Matthew 28:20)

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

 

“Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)

 

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Hello! How is everyone? Can you believe t is September already? Time is certainly flying by. It’s funny that I can honestly say that my trial is going on for at least 5 weeks. I know that because it was initiated on August 1st  and today is September 5th. I am not sure where the time has gone-all I know is that I have been busy in the midst of my trial. I have been a Born Again believer  for 27 years, but, that does not mean that my trials now seem insignificant. I do not  take a pious view of them either. I have known many  Christians who will belittled those going through trials saying they don’t have enough faith. There is a saying about those types of “Christians” within the Christian community-those people seem to be “so heavenly minded that they are no earthy good.” Where is compassion? Where is the encouragement that we are supposed to give to one another? Where is the love and understanding? I guess it is human nature to pull someone down and condemn-however, believers in Christ received a new, spiritual nature when they accepted Jesus as their LORD and Savior.I believe the main reason for unbelief is fear. Please do not confuse this with being scared. I believe fear establishes itself when have deluded ourselves into thinking we have lost control of a situation. The truth is God is in control-of everything. He may allow us to “think” we are in control, but the reality is; we’re really not. “A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)

The above scripture has to do with a father who’s son was possessed by a spirit and caused the son to be mute and to constantly go into convulsions and be thrown in to fire. The father knows who Jesus is and what He can do for him but says “if” “If You can do anything, take pity on us and help us! And Jesus said to him,“If You can?’ All things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, “I do believe; help my unbelief.” (Mark 9: 22-24)  I think that Jesus was more astounded at the lack of belief and faith because this man was actually facing God in the flesh and asked “if” He->Jesus->God can do anything for him? The man’s fear regarding his son’s welfare controlled his faith (or lack of).  However, that is not what God gave to His children. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”  (2 Timothy 1:7) Please know I am speaking to myself regarding my own fear while knowing that my belief is weak. I’m actually thinking”when God, when will YOU deliver me from this…” (fill in the blank that applies to you). Believe it or  not, it is during these times that God is the closest to us even though we don’t feel Him or see Him working in (or through) our circumstances. But we have to BELIEVE what His Word says is true. “For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)  “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me;Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:1-4) I hope I have not made you feel hopeless, but, we need to choose to believe God in all matters of life. God has given us instruction on how to act during our trials through the Bible; which is His instruction  manual. The book of James, chapter 1:1-4 is where we find God telling us: “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”  I know what you’re thinking… JOY? Yeah, right! Are you kidding me?  There are days I may want to curl up with my tissues and never leave the fetal position! I know, bur God says consider it joy because not only is He testing our faith, He is showing how we actually believe in Him. I am not saying it is easy or that no one struggles with this, but, that is how God teaches us to endure  as we go through the trials. So, how to do we go through? We ask God for His wisdom to endure “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” (James 1:5-8) The problem with being double-minded is the heart (and/or mind) being torn between its loyalties. It is half-hearted, therefore one’s full commitment to God is not there; and when that occurs, we destroy our belief because we think we can do something while also wondering if God will do want we want on our circumstance. “You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures” (James 4:3) The cure to double-mindedness is to encourage ourselves in God like King David did. “but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” (1 Samuel 30:6). Faith is an action and we must be participant in our faith-that is what drives out the unbelief and we do that by reading and applying God’s word. “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.” (James 1:22-25) “So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; or assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” (Matthew 17:20-21)

My friend sent me the picture I put on my blog. It is actually a tornado rainbow! How awesome is that? It actually touches down on the earth and bounces back up to the sky! Incredible, isn’t it? The main reason I wanted to show it is because it represents God’s covenant promise to His creation to never destroy the earth again with water. “And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life. Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.” (Genesis 9:12-16) My point is this-God keeps His promises-in all things.  We are the ones who need to make sure that we do not waver in unbelief because God is not moving fast enough for us.

As you Walk Every Day With Grace, ask Jesus to help you as you struggle in your faith as you go through your trials and I will do the same. Don’t let the temptation to give up or give in to unbelief win. Here is God’s word to encourage all of us regarding unbelief “When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me. For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.” (James 1:13-18)

In His Love,

Melody