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“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” (Matthew 5:4)

comfortHello! How are you? How is life moving along for you? Are you enjoying the springtime? I can’t believe it’s near the end of April. Time marches on-as expected.

I was thinking about the comfort that God gives to us freely. Sometimes I truly cannot comprehend the depth of God’s comfort towards His children and creation. When it comes to one’s mourning, it is very personal. “Each heart knows its own bitterness, and no one else can share its joy. (Proverbs 14:10)

God provides His comfort through His Word, through some very good friends, family and in spending time with Him.  I chose this picture because I love the thought of Jesus carrying a child and holding them tightly and closely to Himself. I also like how the child is surrendered and peaceful as she rests in the arms of Jesus. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28 )  Since Jesus is our ultimate Father, it wouldn’t matter how old His children are to show them how much He would love them enough to carry and comfort them.

One’s mourning probably runs deep throughout their body and soul; so people tend to withdraw and deal with or come to terms of their own emotions.  The truth of the matter is that one must hold on to hope and the knowledge that their sorrow will lesson in time. “ Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5 ) We are not exempt from hardship or sorrow on this side of the grave. However, when we place our hope and lives in Jesus, He really does gives us inner peace that surpasses understanding. “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7) The promise God has for us is that one day when we leave this life and we go to be with Him, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4) God cares for us so much that He even collects our tears and saves them. That’s how special we are to Him.“You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.” (Psalm 56:8)

As you walk Every Day With Grace, it is my hope that you find comfort in Jesus whether you just met Him for the first time, or if you have an ongoing relationship with Him since you were a child-Jesus will never leave you. You many feel lonely at times, but, you are not alone. “I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” (John 14:18) Even in sorrow, God has a purpose for it in our lives-even when that seems impossible…and for some-unbearable. But God always has a plan for the issues in our lives.

In His Love,

Melody

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

 

“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 know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13)

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Hello! How is everyone? Are you feeling melancholy as 2013 comes to an end?  Are you prepared for 2014?  I know-too many questions, but there are so many changes that are coming our way (especially in the United States) that I believe it needs to be addressed.  I am one of those people who ponder things (sometimes to a fault); however, I try my best to be prepared and make the best decisions possible when the situation calls for it.

I must admit-I don’t always succeed with my plans or decisions…so, that is when I give it over to God. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6) Another translation of this scripture is written this way: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; don’t rely on your own intelligence. Know him in all your paths, and he will keep your ways straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6, Common English Bible) I like that-don’t rely on your own intelligence. Do you realize how much trouble we get in to when we rely solely on our own intelligence?  When I walk in humility that notion gives me the chills.  When I walk in arrogance, God’s will is not even a thought in my head. Thank God, His mercies are new every morning! He gives me yet another opportunity to get things right with Him.

I know as I enter this new year, I want to know what God’s thoughts are towards me. I want to know when and where He will make my paths straight so that when I pray and seek Him, He will say to me (and you) “this is the way, walk in it.” I believe the keys to this type of relationship to God are surrender, trust, faith and obedience. That is to say, I willingly want to surrender my plans and exchange them for His. I need to trust to believe His Word is true and that His timing to any and all of my situations is perfect, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24); knowing that God will still act on my behalf if I only have the strength of faith of that of a mustard seed; “So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for 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.” (Matthew 17:20); and most importantly, obedience to God-whatever the cost-it is only for our benefit. “But Samuel replied: “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.” (1 Samuel15:22) “And this is love: that we walk in obedience to His commands. As you have heard from the beginning, His command is that you walk in love. I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.” (2 John 1:6-7)

Believe it or not, God has a plan for your life. I don’t know what the future brings, but, I do know that God is in control of the future regardless of what it brings. Hopefully, there will be good things, but as life has proven repeatedly, unfortunate things happen as well and believe it or not, God will not be caught off guard by any of it.  The Bible says: “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” (Proverbs 27:1) That’s why Jesus said: “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.] (John 16:33-Amplified) “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John14:27) You see, all one has to do, call upon the name of Jesus and He is there for us. “The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” (Proverbs 18:10)

As you enter 2014, I ask that you join me in seeking God’s will for our lives and surrender everything (family, job, housing, finances, education, health, etc…) all provision to God and trust that He will take care of us.

As you walk Every Day With Grace, I would like to leave the following promises of God for encouragement as we choose to receive the plans that God has for our the future:

“I call on the LORD in my distress, and He answers me.” (Psalm 120:1)

“Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you.” (1 Peter5:7)

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

” I have set the LORD always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” (Psalm 16:8)

“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” (Isaiah 26:3)

‘You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.  Away from me, you evildoers, that I may keep the commands of my God!” (Psalm 119:114-115)

“It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn Your decrees.” (Psalm 119:71)

“My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.” (Psalm 119:50)

And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, whois against us?  He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, “For Your sake we are being put to death all day long; We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:28-39)

I wish you a Happy, Healthy, Blessed New Year with Jesus!

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

 

 

 

“For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake,But My lovingkindness will not be removed from you, And My covenant of peace will not be shaken,Says the Lord who has compassion on you.” (Isaiah 54:10)

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Hello. How are you? How is your week going? As I like to say, “Slow and steady wins the race.” In other words, I am still continuing on-seeking God for His will in my life as my trial continues. One of the things I am desiring during my life’s inconsistency right now is peace-especially since things are unsettled. The only way one obtains peace is through God. God brings peace to His us because of His great love and compassion for us.

Did you ever realize how hard it is to sleep or rest, or, for that matter concentrate when there is no peace in your life?“In peace I will both lie down and sleep, For You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety (Psalm 4:8) Sometimes it is hard to function when life is upside with derision. It can definitely leave one physically and emotionally exhausted. However, God gives us strength when we go through life’s trials. “The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.” (Psalm 29:11)

I know when I go through life’s trials, my temptation is to complain (I don’t always fight the temptation-I go with it. I’m not necessarily proud of this-just honest about it.) I also want to take out my anger on whomever-people at work, family, other drivers…I’m not too picky. Of course during these times, God is NOT pleased with my attitude. “Keep your tongue from evil And your lips from speaking deceit. Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous And His ears are open to their cry. (Psalm 34:13-15) When we act so ungodly (which is what this behavior is), we forget that God sees and hears EVERYTHING we do! In reality all we need to do is turn to the Lord and give Him our cares so He can carry them and give us His peace it its place. “Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.(Psalm 55:22)

As you Walk Every Day With Grace, my prayer for you is that you seek after the peace God has waiting for you especially during stressful times of trials.  God loves you and wants to share His peace and compassion with you so you grow close to Him while you get to know Him.

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

“He makes me to lie down in green pastures” (Psalm 23:2)

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Hello. How are you? I hope your week is going well.  It seems apparent that God has me dwelling on and writing from Psalm 23.  Considering what I am going through, I find it odd that I kept coming back to the above scripture because the last thing I think I should be doing is lying down-green pastures or not. As I was researching “peaceful” n the Bible, I noticed a “recurring theme” God has regarding pastures and peace. They seem to go a little hand in hand.”O they went to the entrance of Gedor, as far as the east side of the valley, to seek pasture for their flocks. And they found rich, good pasture, and the land was broad, quiet, and peaceful; for some Hamites formerly lived there.” (1Chronicles 4:39-40) “My people will dwell in a peaceful habitation In secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places…” (Isaiah 32:18)

As I write to you God shows me about myself and I gain my own revelation towards what I am going through.  A pasture is where sheep rest. God calls His children sheep as well. “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” (John 10:27) I think it would be safe to say that it is when we “lie down” and rest, we can then rest in God-should we choose. I guess that is the place where we have to let go of ourselves and grab onto God. “Or let him take hold of My strength, That He may make peace with Me; And He shall make peace with Me.” (Isaiah 27:5)  I remember when Hurricane Sandy hit Long Island last October-First, let me say that I was no where near effected as many other people were. I was without power for 1 week; even my job was shut down for 1 week. At night it was a little chilly in my house, but, I’ll tell you-I slept the best during that time. Why do y9u think that is? Because I had no control of anything and had to rely soley on God for everything. For those who went through it, you can remember the food stores running out of bread’ gas stations ran out of gas and some stations  who had gas were gouging the people who need to buy gas for their cars and generators. During all of this, I was able shower and share meals and spend most of the days with my friend at her daughter’s house because she had power. I felt so peaceful during that crisis. “The Lord preserves the simple; I was brought low, and He saved me  Return to your rest, O my soul, For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. (Psalm 116:6-7)

Another theme I am also seeing is this: when one is walking and trusting in God, they have peace. But, if one is not walking and trusting Him for everything, then,there is no peace so, God in His mercy and love will create opportunities for His sheep to “lie down” so we can rest in Him and His strength and not figure out and manipulate a way out of our present situation without Him. God loves and will always provide a way of escape during our trials. It is the trials that our faith gets tested. “So, as the Holy Spirit says: Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness” (Hebrews 3:7-8)  God allows us to grow and learn during and from our trials. I would say it is definitely harder to learn during a trial, but, when we look back and reflect at that time in our life, then we can see what God was trying to accomplish in our lives. Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt,because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.” (James 1:2-8)  God is so faithful to us even when we are not faithful to Him. He always gives us an opportunity to come back to Him so we can participate in His rest throughout our spirit, soul, and body.  You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal” (Isaiah 26:3-4)

As we Walk Every Day With Grace, let us learn to “lie down” with God and possess the peace that can only come from His presence.  The Lord is my Shepard, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures.

In His Love,

Melody

‘The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1)

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Hello! How is everyone? I hope all is well with your soul as you go through your day to day in life. I will admit that my mind is in many places as I go through my own trials and challenges. However, my heart is still for God and I long for His perfect will and guidance as I go through my circumstances.  As my friend Amy says, our trials are big in OUR eyes even though other may know what you are going through, it does not affect them-so my intensity is not theirs and vice versa. Therefore, I stand on God’s word and promises because that is His hope to us all.

At this present time in my life, I have a need-and God is my “Jehovah Jireh”; which means “God is my provider” for my need.  During this trial, I got to see the “wants” I have experienced in my life. The “funny” thing about all of my “wants”-things I needed to have, I gave away.  I now see my trial as God’s “reminder” to me that He is all I will ever need; therefore, I shall not want. God is trying to establish contentment in my life (again). I want to be like Paul, the Apostle and always be content-regardless of   my situation. I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” (Philippians 4:11-12)  “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10) It so easy to get caught up in the things of this world.  For example, I LOVE to watch Home Shopping and I have (2) favorite stations that I would rather watch than TV. But, all of sudden, my eyes widen and I find myself saying”oooh…aahh…wow…I have to have that. What? Free shipping? Flex pay? Where’s the phone?” I get mesmerized and become one with whatever is being sold. This what the Bible says about stuff :”Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition.  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (1Timothy 6:6-10)  So, how do we do that? “But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (1Timothy 6:11-12)

Whether we go trials or not, one must come to know and understand that Jesus is THE Great Shepard .This is what He says about Himself: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it.  The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.” (Joh 10:11-15) A true shepherd will watch over his own sheep and care for them.  He protects the sheep. He makes sure they eat properly and that they stay within the flock because sheep are so dumb that they will eat themselves right off a cliff!  Sheep are completely dependent on the shepherd.  They don’t think about what they want, or what to do, or, where to go.  They just follow the shepherd-innocently, without a care in the world because they know from their experience with the shepherd that he will watch out for them. Oh, they may complain while they “bleat away” but,they still follow. And if one wanders away, the shepherd will leave the whole flock to go after that careless (even rebellious) sheep. Jesus has said :”The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice.He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out  When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.” (John 10:2-5) And He said: “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered offAnd if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off.” (Matthew 18:12-13) Jesus always used analogies to make his parables easier to understand. How a shepherd feels about his sheep is how God feels about His children. Most little children are innately cautious of strangers because they do not recognize voices. It is amazing to me that God gives us such tangible  life examples and object lessons.

As I write this to you, I encourage myself because if Jesus is our Great Shepard, why do I worry about anything?  I’m  not saying to be foolish and just watch the grass grow because we must be participant in our faith with actions, but, why worry when God is in control and my own illusion (or delusion) is that I am in control of my life.  The Lord is my Shepard, I shall not want.

As you Walk Every Day With Grace, I want to leave you this word of encouragement from scripture. “Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen” (Hebrews 13:20-21)

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

 

“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn.This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, And their righteousness is from Me, Says the Lord.” (Isaiah 54:17)

 

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Hello! How is everyone? How is the world treating you?  Many people I’ve been speaking with lately are feeling overwhelmed, or a bit down in the dumps-and the negativity people are spewing out of their mouths is out of control!  I tell you the truth, the enemy of our souls is trying to throw us off guard by any means he can. He is trying to get our eyes off of the one true God. “But the Lord is faithful, who will establish you and guard you from the evil one.” (2 Thessalonians 3:3)

I have been a Born Again believer for a long time. I have read and studied the Bible for  many years.  One would think that I’ve learned  what it says and applied it to my every day life, right? The answer is “yes” and “no”.  Why?  Because I am ever so far from perfect and I get caught up with the same nonsense that is familiar to all of us-especially when it comes to strife.  I should know better, I really should.  Why should I care about what people say or think.? Why take it to heart?  When I allow others to control my reactions, I no longer am walking in God’s spirit, but, rather my own emotions. “The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.” (Proverbs 29:25)  This doesn’t mean one is afraid of people. It’s more along the line of the fear of rejection from people-and that is what ensnares us.  People will make you crazy if you let them.  The problem is we do let them. Basically, it’s like handing over the keys to your mind and emotions and saying “take them for a spin!”  The good new is that we can take all of the authority back from people and give it back to God.

Words and/or actions can be weapons against us when it comes from an enemy or a provoking spirit.  Sometimes (most times) the enemy will use those closest to us to hurt us. Judas was in the “inner circle” of Jesus and he betrayed Jesus with a kiss. That’s a intimate association. These words and actions even come from those of God. I am sure I have been on the other side of the offense myself. But God says “no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me, declares the Lord.” Nothing against me will dominate, win; or overcome me because I belong to God and that is my heritage from Him as a believer and child of God and that is how He vindicates me. “Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him.” (Proverbs 30:5).  Do you see how God looks after those who are His? “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10). The “right hand” always symbolizes strength. Whenever we come against opposition, God will give us His strength to endure.  Our own strength is much too feeble in comparison to God’s strength.

I hope you now know that being a child of God and walking with Him gives one temporal and eternal value. One is never alone when one has an intimate, surrendered relationship with God. You never have to fight your battles alone again.  God will do that for you.  My revelation (finally) was not to fight back. Instead, I gave the battle to God and asked Him to deal with all of those who were coming against me. “for the battle is the LORD’s…” (1 Samuel 17:47) I surrendered this burden to God and He gave me His peace in its place. God will defend us-that’s definite. But, please realize that there are many times we are not an innocent bystander and that we bring battles upon ourselves.  Through every battle there is a lesson to be learned. Whether it’s repentance, forgiveness, surrender of self to God…whatever it is, there’s a lesson.

I would like to leave you with this scripture to hold on to as you Walk Every Day With Grace…”For He Himself has said,“I will never leave you nor forsake you. So we may boldly say:The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6)