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“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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

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Hello! How is everyone?  I hope you are all well and had a good week.  I don’t know about you but, I am so distressed about all the evil that is becoming somewhat “normal” in our society. There is so much death and destruction that people are being desensitized because it is has become too common place; or because it is too horrible to acknowledge so we “turn it off from our senses. God knew this behavior would come from His creation.  The Bible says “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” (2 Timothy 1-5). The word “men” means mankind-not male.  To have a “form of godliness but denying its power” is for those people who may seem very “religious” but want to be “godly” without God.  These may be people (men and women) who want to control people’s lives without the people ever getting to know God.  To know God is to know His Word, the Bible.  “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. (Joh 1:1-3) We live in a sin cursed world. God’s people dwell in this sin cursed world and are just as affected by all of these godless situations. Human beings cannot truly change themselves. Oh, they might be disciplined in changing habits; and some may even think that God changes with the times…He doesn’t. “For I am the Lord, I do nochange; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.” (Malachi 3:6)  God is the one who transforms people into His image when they have accepted Him as Lord and Savior.

That’s why in this passage of Scripture, God says “if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves any pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from  heaven; and forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Believe it or not godly people can and do sin.  Sometimes intentionally, sometimes not, but they do sin. That is why God calls on His people to humble themselves to seek Him. A godly person will want to be sinless before God.  That’s why they become humble before God. “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5-6-7) A child of God will see how pure God is and how their sin separates them from God. There are many people who “appear humble” but are so rebellious on the inside of their being. “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.” (James 4:6) Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.” (Romans 13:2)To be a child of God comes with responsibility and accountability-not towards man, but to God.  When we implement God’s word into our heart, then we change from the inside out because we have asked Him to live within us. God will change us and heal us when we humble ourselves and go to Him and only Him. God’s people must intercede for the ungodly. They are unable to change circumstances, but God can and will. “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” (Romans 8:26-27) Knowing God’s will help us change our ways. Prayer is how we communicate with God; and His word is how He communicates with us.”Seek the Lord while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near” (Isaiah 55:6) “Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God (I will praise His word), In God I have put my trust; I will not fear.What can flesh do to me?” (Psalm 56:3-4)

I believe we have entered end times.  I am not being overly spiritual or preaching a doomsday message. However, I do believe God is sending us warnings to get our acts and lives together and to choose Him for all answers and for comfort.  Only God’s people can have this two-way communication with God. So I ask you to humble yourselves with me so that we may pray and seek God to forgive our sins and heal our land.

I pray you have a peaceful week as you walk Every Day with Grace.

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

 

 

“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3)

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Hello to everyone!  I hope I find you well.  We had yet another Nor’easter-but, thankfully no where near as bad as it has been in the last few months.  Movin’ on..Tomorrow I leave for my trip to Israel.  My emotions are a little up and down, so that’s why I believe  God gave me the above scripture to dwell on. This whole trip came together in 7 weeks. God saw the desire of my heart and opened a door of opportunity-so I had to walk through it.

I am expecting amazing things from this trip because I am allowing myself to come out of my comfort zone and do something new and different.  I have made major changes in my life the last few years and now I am going to make room and receive whatever God may have in store for me.  I have been praying for change and asking God what is His purpose for my life at this time . When we pray and seek God’s direction for our lives, we do not just sit and wait for the phone to ring. There is an active participation on our side. As we begin to move in God’s leading or direction. we will know by the peace that He gives. God opened every door for this trip-and I can feel His peace within my whole being.  It’s like He wrapped me in a blanket of His peace and you can feel it in the core of your body. It just seems to make life easier when one has His peace. I got everything done that needed to be done prior to this trip without all of the crazy stress and interruptions that life can bring.

I will show you in God’s word how Jesus expresses His love to us. In the Gospel of  Luke it says “So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  If a son asks for bread, from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish? Or, if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:9-13) Remember, if we belong to Jesus, then the Holy Spirit dwells inside of us since the day we asked Jesus into our hearts.

I am not sure if I will have an opportunity to write when I am away. However, I know I will much to share about the things of God upon my return.  So, now tomorrow, I begin my journey with Jehovah Shalom-the God of Peace.

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

Shalom,

Melody

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem; May those who love you be secure.” (Psalm 122:6)

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Hello! How is everyone?  Next week I will be going to Israel for 2 weeks! I am excited and in awe of seeing the land Jesus himself dwelt.  His ministry started there-and before this world comes to a complete end, He will return there again.

Just so you know, the Hebrew word for peace is Shalom.  As I was researching what this part of scripture meant, I found that the  Hebrew words for “peace,” “security” and “Jerusalem” are all related..Shalom (peace) comes from a root meaning “whole” or “complete.” In addition, Jerusalem probably means “City of Peace.” Therefore, David wrote a play on words when he asks prayer for the shalom of the city of shalom.  Also, in modern terms we may think that “peace” has a more of a negative association in that it may imply the absence of wars. The implication to pray for Jerusalem is more like a blessing one may receive from God.

Think about it, I will be walking through Biblical history and see it come alive for me.  I will see Nazareth, Jesus’ childhood home, I will be on the road to Damascus-that’s where Peter had his revelation of who Jesus, was;  I will be at the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum-Jesus’ hometown during his ministry years; I will be in Qumran-where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found; and I will see the Zion Gate up to the Upper Room.

When we  pray for the peace of Jerusalem, we pray for the kind of peace that only God can bring — the peace which, when it comes, will produce the end to wars and strife. This is the only lasting peace, the peace of Jesus the Messiah, a right relationship between God and all humanity. To pray for the peace of Jerusalem is to pray for that which God wants most of all to bestow upon it — Himself. Prayer for the peace of Jerusalem includes prayer for His coming and for His Kingdom.

I look forward to going to Yeshua’s (Jesus) home. I can’t wait to see how the scriptures come alive as I walk through the land that is most holy in the world.  I will open my mind, heart and spirit to what God has in store for me there.  I know that I will probably be more in love my Savior and will want to share that with everyone upon my return home.  Please pray for the peace of Jerusalem and see how it will open you to another level of God’s love.

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

Shalom,

Melody