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“Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” (James 1:21-25)

30290Hello. How are you? How is life going in your day to day? Can you believe it is the middle of October? For me, this year has been a blur. On the one hand it seems like someone is ripping pages off the calendar; and on the other hand, it feel like time is standing still. 

In any event…for those who are believers and know God’s Word, should know that once they receive Jesus and begin reading and memorizing scripture, the Word becomes part of their innermost being. That is God’s way of keeping us alive-physically and spiritually speaking. When we go through life’s struggles-severe or not, the temptation of the world; desperately tries to pull us away from God.  Sadly, there are times when the flesh wins and we give in. But, we can always have God’s forgiveness if we ask. (“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.) (1 John 1:9)

So what is God saying in the above scripture? A couple of things; first, we need to choose to lay aside the filthiness and wickedness that surrounds us constantly and not let in or succumb to it. How? By receiving,   believing, and applying God’s Word that lives planted within us. Putting ourselves aside and letting God be first is humbling. “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.” (Ephesians 2: 8-9)

Another point is application-so there is no hypocrisy. You may be thinking “hypocritical to who?” Well, when we say we are believers, but, don’t behave as Christians, then we seem to “forget” whom we believe in.” This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far away from me.” (Matthew 15:8) “Then the Lord said, “Because this people draw near with their words And honor Me with their lip service, But they remove their hearts far from Me, And their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote,” (Isaiah 29:13) God knows we only fool ourselves. We need to be consistent with our faith and relationship with God. We need to remember the gift of the Word and not forget the new life God has given to us,

We need to keep looking at God’s Word and remembering His promises that are there available for us whenever we need and want the Holy Spirit to be there for us whenever we ask That is the faithfulness of God.

As you continue Every Day with Grace, I hope you hold on to the promises of God that lives inside you and that you apply them so that you will not want to deceive yourself , your fellow man, or God. Be true and accept the gift God has for you. He loves you and wants you to have truth of His Word always inside you without the hypocrisy. God’s word is our true mirror which reflects what is going on in our lives. We just need to not forget His Mirror of His Word for our refections into our lives

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

 

‘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

“He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her.” (John 8: 7)

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Hello! How are you? How is life treating you? I missed writing last week- I experienced some technical difficulties which is why I did not write.  Anyhoo…I can’t believe it’s June already. It feels like somebody is just pulling the days off the calendar and not telling me.  Summer is practically here and the temperature is rising!

There are a few reasons as to why I chose the above scripture; but first, let me give you the passage in its entirety: But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people were coming to Him; and He sat down and began to teach them. The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman caught in adultery, and having set her in the center of the court, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?” They were saying this, testing Him, so that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down and with His finger wrote on the ground. But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they began to go out one by one, beginning with the older ones, and He was left alone, and the woman, where she was, in the center of the court. Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”  The point of this scripture is adultery. What does it mean when someone commits adultery?  It reveals the character of the one committing the adultery-which means the alleged party is cheating, as well as being disloyal, deceitful, dishonest, etc…

Now, it’s ironic that the religious leaders found this woman in the “act” of adultery. First off, why would they know about this woman’s business; and…(more importantly) where is the man (who was probably married)?!  She obviously was not alone if she was “caught” in the act of adultery-but she was the only one accused of breaking the Law of Moses. According to the Law of Moses, this meant death by stoning.  You know, Satan also accuses us of committing adultery. For believers in the LORD, it is “spiritual” adultery.  When we become Born-Again believers, we become Christ’s bride and Jesus is our Husband.  So when we sin, Satan is right there “accusing” us before God about our sin,. And believe me-we DO sin.  Sometimes it’s unintentional…but, sometimes it is because we don’t want anyone (including God) to tell what to do.  However, it is interesting to note how Jesus responded. He never reacted! Instead, He knelt down and starting writing in the sand.  The demand for Him to judge her was pressing with their determination, but what did He do? He stood up and posed a question to them…”He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”  His question made them look at their own hearts, minds and behavior. They understood by His question that they also deserved death for their sins according to the Law of Moses. The knew that  “As it is written: There is none righteous, no, not one; There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. They have all turned aside They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10-12)  They also had to acknowledge they were subject to the same law they were using to condemn this woman. So what did Jesus do? He bent down and started writing in the sand again. I have heard some Pastors/Spiritual leaders say that they imagined Jesus writing the sins of those accusers in the sand. He was probably showing them the adultery they were committing against the same God they wanted justice from… and recognizing the consequences of their “secret sin.”That’s why they started to walk away one, by one. It ‘s funny that the older ones left first-they probably had a lot more sin (because of longevity) to repent from.

Now we see this woman is the only one left with Jesus. Can you imagine her fear? Her panic? Her open shame? Her reputation? What would now become of her? Everybody now knows what she did. Mind you-there  probably were whispers and gossip, but now it was all out in the open. Her sin was truly before her and her God. So, what does Jesus say to her as He lifts her up? “Straightening up, Jesus said to her, “Woman, where are they? Did no one condemn you?”  She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you, either. Go. From now on sin no more.”   Can you imagine her confusion and relief? No one could condemn her because everyone is guilty of being a sinner. She knew what her sin was-there was no denying it.  But, the surprise was that Jesus (God, in the flesh) did not condemn her either. Remember, she wasn’t “scott free” now to go back and do whatever she wanted and go back to her old ways. No, instead Jesus forgave her “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering.And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.” and said go and sin no more. She had to “go” and stop choosing to sin (sin no more).  Jesus knew she was human, but, that does not give her a “get out of jail free” card. She is now accountable for the truth and forgiveness that was freely given to her. She did not have to enter a program or perform a series of tasks to be given this gift. Forgiveness is God’s gift to us if we choose to receive it.

I have been just as guilty as those religious leaders and brought accusations on others without checking out my own behavior. (Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”(Matthew 7:3-5) Self-righteousness is so hypercritical. It’s basically tooting our “spiritual horn” saying “look at me! I’m just so wonderful.” In the meantime, our self-righteousness is just a stench in God’s nostrils. True righteousness is true godliness-thats why one cannot really be “religious”. Religion is man’s way of being right with God and bring Him down to our level. Relationship with God is what we obtain when we repent and receive God’s forgiveness so His Spirit can them dwell within us.

As you walk Every Day With Grace, check your heart and ask God to remove anything that comes between you and His love.  Your bridegroom will “never leave you or never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5) Why look for another to give you what only God can? His love is pure and unconditional. It doesn’t matter what we look like, or where we have been. When Jesus sees you, He sees His bride calls you lovely.

 

“Every good and perfect gift comes from above, from the Father who made the sun, moon and stars.” (James 1:17)

 

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Hello! How is everyone? Is everyone surviving the hustle & bustle of the holidays?  I bet many people are getting ready to wrap their gifts (if they have not done so already) and put them strategically under the tree in anticipation of Christmas.  Or, for those like myself who did not put up a tree, I have all of my gifts wrapped and neatly placed to one side of my living room waiting to be given out to family and friends.

I am sure that most of the time when one thinks about gifts, it is a happy, notion filled with wonderful anticipation. But, what about those who do not like to open their gifts right away? Or, worse…what about those who do not like to receive gifts at all? You may think “What?! Who doesn’t like to receive gifts?” Believe it or not, there are people who don’t like to receive anything-gifts, compliments, love, etc….  Now, there could be various reasons as to why one would feel that way.  It could be a self-image issue; meaning that one may think or feel they are not worth much of anything to deserve any form of a gift. Or, someone may feel obligated to give something back once they received their gift -whether or not they have the finances or even like the person-they do not want to feel indebted to anyone. And yet, another reason for someone to be this way could be a prideful attitude: “I don’t need anyone; I can take care of myself! “I’ll do it myself.” “I’ll buy it myself, etc…” The sad part about that attitude is that you rob yourself and that other person of a blessing because God uses people to show His love to one another.

You may ask, “What gift has God given me? What has God done for me?” The answer: His Son, Jesus. “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)  Through God’s love and mercy, He imparted the gift of eternal salvation through His Son, Jesus.  “Jesus said: “I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest” (John 10:10). “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17) You may think :“God can’t identify with me!” “He’s too big and I’m not important enough.” His response would be: “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:11) “You may ask, How?” His Word to you is: “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7)

You see, our sin is what separates us from God and everything He has to offer. “Adam sinned, and that sin brought death into the world. Now everyone has sinned, and so everyone must die.” (Romans 5:12)  If we compare ourselves one to another, we probably think we don’t sin…but we do. “All of us have sinned and fallen short of God’s holiness (Romans 3:23).  “As it is written: There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands; there is no one who seeks God.  All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.” (Romans 3:10-12)  “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23).  You are probably thinking that this is a message thing to say to everyone, but I tell you in God’s love, it is the truth and the only truth that matters is God’s truth.

That’s why God gave salvation as a free gift. We can’t earn and in reality, we don’t deserve it. But once we receive it through the acceptance of Jesus Christ into our hearts and lives, it is ours forever!  “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9) “For God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable. [He never withdraws them when once they are given, and He does not change His mind about those to whom He gives His grace or to whom He sends His call.) (Romans 11:29 Amplified)

This why God’s redeemable gift is so special. The Bible says There is only one God, and Christ Jesus is the only one who can bring us to God. (1Timothy 2:5). This Christmas, accept God’s free gift of salvation if you have not done so already. All you need to do is: 1) admit you are a sinner and need forgiveness; 2) believe that Jesus Christ died for you on the Cross and rose from the grave; and 3) through prayer (talking to God) confess that Jesus Christ is the only way to God and commit to live for Him for the rest of your life.

I pray that you accept the gift God has waiting for you. It’s your choice to accept His gift of love and salvation. This is a gift that need not to be returned.

In His Love,

Melody

Joy to the World

Text: Isaac Watts, 1674-1748
Music: Arr. from G.F. Handel by Lowell Mason, 1792-1872
Tune: ANTIOCH, Meter: CM with Repeat

 

Joy to the world, the Lord is come! 
	Let earth receive her King; 
	let every heart prepare him room, 
	and heaven and nature sing, 
	and heaven and nature sing, 
	and heaven and nature sing. 

2.	Joy to the world, the Savior reigns! 
	Let all their songs employ; 
	while fields and floods, rocks, hills, and plains 
	repeat the sounding joy, 
	repeat the sounding joy, 
	repeat the sounding joy. 

3.	No more let sins and sorrows grow, 
	nor thorns infest the ground; 
	he comes to make his blessings flow 
	far as the curse is found, 
	far as the curse is found, 
	far as the curse is found. 

4.	He rules the world with truth and grace, 
	and makes the nations prove 
	the glories of his righteousness, 
	and wonders of his love, 
	and wonders of his love, 
	and wonders of his love.