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“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints.” (Psalm 116:15)

psalm_116-15 Hello! How are you? I say it all the time…I can’t believe how fast time is moving. It is a New Year and for some-new things are happening! We go about our business implementing our plans and hoping that it comes out the way it’s supposed to. That’s how we think-like we have all the time in the world. But, is it like that with God? Who is in control of our lives anyway? Ourselves? Or God? “Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’” (James 4:13-15)

As believers, we are to make wise decisions about how we live and ultimately, we should learn to trust God and understand that He truly is sovereign and in control of all things. You may be asking “what does this have to do with anything?” I’ll tell you. I think many of us go through our lives without much thought as to how we are livens g and what we are doing; and mostly thinking we have more time then we may know.A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his” (Proverbs 16:9)

This week I heard of the sudden passing of a Pastor from my friend’s church. He was a good family man. He was known as a very good Bible teacher and caring Pastor of his congregation.  He was returning home from his trip from upstate New York during inclement weather and spun out on black ice and hit a tree. He is now home with the LORD. He was going about His business-and most likely the Lord’s business when his accident occurred and in an instant, the LORD called him home. For those who believe in Christ, they will have the a surety to live with God forever. “
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” (Psalm 23:6)  Some people may not even realize that Jesus cares for His own in the afterlife. For us it may “afterlife” but, with Jesus it is eternal life that just continues. Jesus prepares a special place for believers in heaven. 
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”  (John 14:1-3)

But what happens for those who don’t believe? Some people think that when you die-that’s it. They may not realize that they are body, soul and spirit and that when they die they instantaneously are in the presence of God. And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.(Hebrews 9:27-28) There are some who may not realize that they will in fact be judged for how they lived their lives whether they knew Jesus or not. No one escapes judgement from God. “Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done.  Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:11-15)

When one has Jesus in their life on this side of the grave, it bridges the relationship between God and man. Physical death is one thing, but, spiritual death is another.Being Born Again continues our relationship with God-which gives us eternal life with God versus not knowing Jesus and being eternally separated from God. “Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled:
 Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is your victory?
 O death, where is your sting?”
For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:54-57)

Remember, we are not guaranteed tomorrow for we do not know when we will meet the LORD; therefore, as God provides the invitation to meet His Son, Jesus, we should receive Jesus into our lives and have eternal fellowship with God. God is a gentleman. He does not force His way into our lives-that’s why we must invite Him in to our hearts. He even helps us repent from sin by knowing our hearts and revealing what’s in it. “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!” (Psalm 139:23-24)

In His Love,

Melody

“I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will show forth (recount and tell aloud) all Your marvelous works and wonderful deeds.” (Psalm 9:1 Amplified Bible)”

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Hello! How are you? Getting ready for Thanksgiving? Will you be breaking out the usual traditional recipes? Will you be trying new ones? I just tried a new one for stuffing-it was just ok. I will not be using towards my meal.  Anyway, are you still able to focus on the important things for the holidays even though people start making themselves crazy…which in turn makes those around them  crazy? Has your focus become food any company driven? Is your upcoming Thanksgiving about being thankful or, is it completely stressful?

As a believer in Jesus, I truly appreciate Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, this holiday gets passed 0ver too quickly. It doesn’t get the acknowledgment it deserves. I guess for many people it starts the Christmas shopping rush extravaganza. Media has put the pressure on for shopping-not the holiday. Thanksgiving is a celebration of freedom and being thankful for all things bestowed on us from God. It should really have on reflect on their life and thank God for His provision. Believe me, I am certainly not naive to the hardships that are out there. Some are definitely worse than others.  But, believe it or not, God has a purpose for that in your life. “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)

If you say “what do I have to be thankful for this year (or, at all)?” Start really thinking about your life.  Believe me, not everything is ideal all the time, but if you truly search your heart and look at your life, I bet you can up with at least (1) thing to be thankful for. God promises to provide our needs and many times He uses others to meet those needs. “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19) He can do it supernaturally He chooses to. I remember a time I needed $500.00 to get my care fixed and I received (5) one hundred dollars bills in the mail-anonymously. God provided and I was able to get my car fix and I was able to share with others at my job the next day regarding the wonder of God and how He provided for me just when I needed it.

God is so good-especially when I know I don’t deserve His love or Mercy. Truth be told, according to scripture, the only thing I really deserve is hell and death-because the sinful nature I was born with would keep me separated from God because He is a Holy God. However, because of my acceptance of His Son, Jesus, into my heart and life, I no longer am separated from God. Jesus bridged the gap between God and me and for that I am forever grateful. “I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus”. (1 Corinthians 1:4)

As you Walk Every Day With Grace this Thanksgiving, it is my hope and prayer that you realize how blesses you are and give God (and maybe someone in your life) thanks. To be thankful is a choice. One can stay bitter and ungrateful-that is a choice as well. However the Bible says to choose life. Maybe you cannot give thanks for everything, but, I’m sure you can at least give God thanks for the breath you have and that you have lived to see another day because He lives in you.

In honor of Thanksgiving, I would like to give you the lyrics of the song “Give Thanks”, by Don Moen

Give Thanks

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son

And now let the weak say, “I am strong”
Let the poor say, “I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us”

And now let the weak say, “I am strong”
Let the poor say, “I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us”

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son

Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He’s given Jesus Christ, His Son

And now let the weak say, “I am strong”
Let the poor say, “I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us”

And now let the weak say, “I am strong”
Let the poor say, “I am rich
Because of what the Lord has done for us”
Give thanks

We give thanks to You oh Lord
We give thanks

In His Love,

Melody

“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” (Psalm 33:12)

5592_pd73758full Hello and Happy Independence Day!  Those of us who live in the United States of America are celebrating the 238th birthday of our country. It is indeed a privilege to live in this country because of the freedom it provides to it’s citizens. This inheritance is from the blood, sacrifice, and vision of our forefathers so that we could have a government by the people and for the people; and not be under any one ruler or dictatorship. Our forefathers who wrote our Constitution were men who strongly believed in God and Jesus Christ.  They actually revered God -and that played such an active role in their guidance for our country and how it should exist long after they were gone. In other words, their integrity was woven into our Constitution.  It amazes me that such interpretation of our Constitution is used for sin and for evil. It provided “rights” for the people…not entitlement and that is where the confusion lies.

I don’t when the feeling or thinking of entitlement crept into the American way of thinking, but that mentality seemed to have spread severely since World War II. Maybe because there have been other wars which have brought loss to families, but, if it wasn’t for those who believed in something greater than themselves, we would still be under England’s Regime. Our founding fathers sought God in prayer-privately and corporately for God to guide them as they created a new nation.  They envisioned a new nation under God Almighty as their right to freely serve Him-not to have a misguided interpretation of God so as to be separate from Him.

In scripture, all nations had a human ruler-except for the Jewish people. God was their ruler until they asked for a human king.  Then the problems really started.  Mankind was created by God-therefore, it cannot truly function without God.  Communism and socialism are governments that do not believe in God and will arrest people (and kill them) if they confess to believing in God-especially Jesus Christ.  America was a nation founded on God and Biblical beliefs. Entitlement is a socialist mentality.  Nobody owes us anything.  To live in the United States is a privilege to obtain all access of what it offers, like freedom of religion, free enterprise, freedom of speech, and freedom to WORK! Many countries do not have employment opportunities-but, we do. And, yes, working is a privilege.  The Bible states “if you don’t work, you do not eat” “Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to follow our example, because we did not act in an undisciplined manner among you, nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with labor and hardship we kept working night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you; not because we do not have the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you, so that you would follow our example. For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either.” (2 Thessalonians 3:6-10)

I am Blessed to call America my home. I absolutely will support my troops, salute my flag,sing the Star Spangled Banner, and take part in the blessings it has to offer.  I will continue to pray with like-minded believers and continually ask God to look out for our nation and to Bless America.  I am grateful that my nation has not turned its  back on God.

As you Walk Every Day With Grace,  I challenge you to truly count your blessings as One Nation Under God and join me as I celebrate my Independence with Jesus as Lord.

In His Love,

Melody

The Pledge of Allegiance

I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

National Anthem of the United States of America,  Lyrics by Francis Scott Key :

First Verse

Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro’ the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watch’d, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air
Gave proof thro’ the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say, does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

Second Verse

On the shore, dimly seen thro’ the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream;
‘Tis the Star-Spangled Banner, O long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Third Verse

Oh, thus be it ever when free men shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Pow’r that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto, “In God is our trust”
And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
 Battle Hymm of the Republic, by Julia Ward Howe

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord;
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword:
His truth is marching on.
Glory Glory Hallelujah,
Glory, Glory Hallelujah,
Glory, Glory Hallelujah,
His truth is marching on.
I have seen him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps;
They have builded him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read his righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps;
His day is marching on.
Glory Glory Hallelujah,
Glory, Glory Hallelujah,
Glory, Glory Hallelujah,
His day is marching on.
I have read a fiery gospel, writ in burnished rows of steel:
“As ye deal with my contemners, so with you my grace shall deal;
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,
Since God is marching on.”
Glory Glory Hallelujah,
Glory, Glory Hallelujah,
Glory, Glory Hallelujah,
Since God is marching on.”
He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before his judgment-seat;
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer him! be jubilant, my feet!
Our God is marching on.
Glory Glory Hallelujah,
Glory, Glory Hallelujah,
Glory, Glory Hallelujah,
Our God is marching on.
In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me:
As he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.
Glory Glory Hallelujah,
Glory, Glory Hallelujah,
Glory, Glory Hallelujah,
While God is marching on.

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America, the Beautiful

O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain.
America! America! God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea.
O beautiful for pilgrim feet,
Whose stern impassion’d stress
A thoroughfare for freedom beat
Across the wilderness.
America! America! God men thine ev’ry flaw,
Confirm thy soul in self-control,
Thy liberty in law.
O beautiful for heroes prov’d
In liberating strife,
Who more than self their country loved,
And mercy more than life.
America! America! May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness,
And ev’ry grain divine.
O Beautiful for patriot dream
that sees beyond the years.
Thine alabaster cities gleam,
Undimmed by human tears.
America! America! God shed his grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood,
From sea to shining sea.
Verse 1-3 Contributed by: Cecilia Farkas Last verse Contributed by: Joe Blasius

 

“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.” (Philippians 3:14-15N

 

imagesHello! How is everyone? How is life going with you?  There are so many things going on in the world and in our personal lives that the only thing to say is that we need to press on  as move forward in our lives.  I probably seem somewhat distracted, but, I too, have been going through things and my mind, time and attention seem to be all over the place. “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God. (Psalm 42:11)

As one goes through difficult times, one needs to encourage themselves in the LORD and to press on while holding on to God’s promises.I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD (Psalms 40:1-3) “When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.” (Psalms 34:17)  Friends and family are good to have, but God is truly the only one who can change our situations and help us up when we are down and feel like there is no where else to go. “But you, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.” (Psalm 3:3) ” I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

My blog will be very short this week.  i want to encourage you in some scriptures so I can encourage myself. So, here are some of the promises that are ours to keep and to hold on to: “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.”  

 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. J0HN 16:33)  “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.” (1 Peter 4;12-13)

Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

 As you walk Every Day With Grace,  my heart’s cry for you is embrace God’s truth in His word as you press on in your daily lives.  I leave you with this old time Hymn to encourage you so you can press on:

 

Press On

Press on, my brother, sister,
And face the deadly foe;
Through Jesus Christ we’ll conquer,
While trav’ling here below. Refrain:
Press on, press on,
Says Christ, our loving Friend;
Press on, press on,
“I’m with thee to the end.” Press on, and let thy failings
A blessing to thee prove;
No wave of care or sorrow
Thy trusting soul shall move. Press on, though raging tempests
And fiery billows roll;
While crossing life’s rough rapids,
He’ll safely guide thy soul. 

Press on, ’mid strong temptation,
Tell Satan he must flee;
In Jesus’ name resist him,
And vict’ry thine shall be. 

Press on, forever trusting,
In faith believing, too;
In spite of doubt or feeling,
God’s word will take you through. 

Press on to what’s before us,
Forgetting all the past;
The light of heav’n so glorious
Eternally shall last. 

 

 

 

“Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; and you who have no money come, buy and eat. Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, and your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, and delight yourself in abundance. Incline your ear and come to Me. Listen, that you may live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, according to the faithful mercies shown to David. (Isaiah 55:1-3)

IMG_0482 Hello! How is everyone? Just when we thought we were free and clear from the snowstorms, boom… another one is hitting the Northeast tomorrow night (Sunday)! Seriously, we are all done with this weather! Spring is (3) weeks away-and it cant come soon enough!  As you already know with the rising temperature everything is so expensive and it seems that the colder it gets, prices like food and gas & oil haves gone up in a very short amount of time.

It seems like there is a price for everything and certainly there is no such thing as a free lunch.  However, the only thing that does not cost money is God’s invitation for eternal life. That’s why I choose the above scripture. The invitation to come is not really meant for temporal things. God’s invitation has eternal value. He invites those without money to come and accept something so precious that He does not put a price on it, but, gives it away freely to those who will accept it. “As for me, I shall call upon God, And the Lord will save me. Evening and morning and at noon, I will complain and murmur, And He will hear my voice. He will redeem my soul in peace from the battle which is against me, For they are many who strive with me. God will hear and answer them—Even the one who sits enthroned from of old— Selah. With whom there is no change, And who do not fear God.” (Psalm 55:17-19)  Can you understand that the only act of participation we are to have is to trust God because there nothing we can physically, emotionally, or monetarily do?  One cannot earn or buy their eternal life. See how God extends His continual invitation to us? “Seek the Lord while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way And the unrighteous man his thoughts; And let him return to the Lord, and He will have compassion on him, and to our God, For He will abundantly pardon.” (Isaiah 55:6-7) “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12)

Isn’t God so amazing? He doesn’t care what we look like, what we wear, what drive, how much is or is not in bank accounts-all He cares about is sharing eternity with us, but the only way to do it is if we accept His invitation to salvation. Why would we want to pass this up when God is the only who loves us unconditionally? “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 forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. TheLord executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel…” (Psalm 103:1-8) “Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.” (Psalm 55:22)

God has a plan for your life! Where you are does not matter, what matters is whether or not you satisfy that longing in your spirit that says ” I believe there is a God, but, why would He want me when I have nothing to give Him?” For those who may feel that way, this what God has to say to you…For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;  It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. For you will go out with joy And be led forth with peace; The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, And all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Instead of the thorn bush the cypress will come up, and instead of the nettle the myrtle will come up, and it will be a memorial to the Lord, for an everlasting sign which will not be cut off.” (Isaiah 55:8-13)

Please know “for all have sinned  and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.” (Romans 3:23-26)

As you walk Every Day With Grace know that if you are hungering in your spirit, soul, and body for God, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” (Matthew 5:6) “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time.” (1Peter 5;6)

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

“…Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? ” (Romans 2:4)

images  Hello. How is everyone? Are you enjoying this consistent inclement weather? I don’t know about you but I am so done with this weather! Here in New York/Long Island, the icy snow mix is slightly tragic for traveling to and from the home. It is certainly has been affecting my attitude…and we are supposed to get another snowstorm in a few more days!  I don’t know about you, but, I am so ready for spring!

I realized my attitude during all of this weather mess…it was making me cranky, anxious and stressed.  I found myself more short-tempered  and it seemed like the world was one big provoking machine. The issue is that I gave in to the emotional aspect of circumstances that I have  no control over and I gave into the temptation of sin-in thought, action, and in some cases-deed.  It affected my attitude, but, more importantly, it offended my God.  As a believer, I don’t want my actions to be un-Christ like. So, when I choose or give in to my own bad behavior, I remember that it is the goodness of God that leads us to repentance. (Romans 2:4) As I have said before, repentance  is to turn from one’s sin. That means you turn (180 degrees) and walk directly away from sin. “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,” (Acts 3:19)

God’s is constantly reaching out to His children and His creation to receive His gift of salvation, but we have to accept His gift. Sadly, many do not repent and accept God’s gift of salvation through His Son, Jesus Christ. “This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.” (Isaiah 30:15) “But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed.” (Romans 2:5)

Repentance is something Jesus constantly preached. “From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.” (Matthew 4:17) “Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:31-32) Do you see God’s love for you in this? Can you feel it?  Anyone who thinks they do not or cannot sin is deluded. You know, one does not have to be a “church/religious” person to receive God’s kindness towards repentance for salvation.  “For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.” (Matthew 21:32)  “I have declared to both Jews and Greeks that they must turn to God in repentance and have faith in our Lord Jesus” (Acts 20:21) “He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day,  and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.  You are witnesses of these things” (Luke 24:46-48)

Join me and accept the goodness and kindness of God that leads us to repentance so that we can live holy, Christ-like lives that brings praise and glory to God. “After I strayed, I repented; after I came to understand, I beat my breast. I was ashamed and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.” (Jeremiah 31:19) “When they heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, ‘So then, God has granted even the Gentiles repentance unto life.” (Acts 11:18). God will even use friends, family, and the family of believers to help us to stay on the straight and narrow path. “So watch yourselves. “If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him.  If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.” (Luke 17:3) “...yet now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended and so were not harmed in any way by us.  Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” (2 Corinthians 7:9-10)

The God I serve is a God of accountability. “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.” (Matthew :8) He is faithful to us even when we are not. He does expect us to be faithful to Him by obeying His commands-and if we don’t, there are consequences. “Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place” (Revelation 2:5) “Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. But if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what time I will come to you.” (Revelation 3:3)

As you Walk Every Day With Grace, I leave you with this promise of God’s goodness and kindness: “But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Christ would suffer.  Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord” (Acts 3:18-19) It is only in Christ Jesus that there is no condemnation.

In His Love,

Melody

“He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone…” (John 8:7)

 image009Hello! How are you? How is your week going?  Life seems to be a little heightened with people acting a little more crazy lately. The atmosphere feels heavy with judgmental attitudes.  It seems like gravity is pulling condemnation down on everyone…which got me thinking about the women caught in the act of adultery in John, chapter 8:1-11: “But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act.  Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first. And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience,went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her,“Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”  She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” In this event, a woman was caught in adultery (my question is-where was the man? But, I digress…) The point is here is that a woman was brought and publicly shamed and humiliated-and according to Jewish law was supposed to be put to death by stoning for her sin! Again…where was the man who was also sinning with this woman since the man was most likely married? Was he without sin?  I think not. Yet, only the woman had the accusers.

This made me think of what we do probably every day or most days. We judge others and in reality, we also are judged. Believe it or not, we all have sinned; “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God...(Romans 3:23) That’s the reason we behave like that. I have had more than  my share of days where my own self righteousness had gotten the better of me- and this is what God says about it: “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother,Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:3-5) We need to remember that we are ALL sinners.  Those who believe in Jesus Christ as sinners saved by grace, but still fallible human beings who still consciously or unconsciously sin. But as sinners, “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)  “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,” (Acts 3:19) “The Lord our God is merciful and forgiving, even though we have rebelled against him;” (Daniel 9::9)

When the woman was brought to Jesus he did not punish her or correct her-instead He asked her accusers who among them was without sin? He meant before God as well as before man. More importantly, they knew what He meant. That’s why they walked away one by one. I bet they tried to sneak away without being seen. Amazing how guilt is carried out in silence instead of a loud voice.  So what did Jesus finally say to the woman? “Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her,“Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?”  She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” The same advice works today-sin NO MORE.  Those who are outside of Christ are our accusers who hurl allegations and accusations at us. But, for those who accept and run and hide in Jesus, their sins are forgiven and therefore, are no longer condemned.

As we walk Every Day With Grace, let us remember the words of Jesus when we want to cast a stone…”Go and sin no more!”  The choice is ours.

In His Love,

Melody