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“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

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How is everyone?  My week has been interesting since I moved.  As I stated last week, I am in a transition at this time in my life. In these last few years, God has been removing or stripping certain things from my life.  Some friends, churches-even some family-whether it be through natural causes or not.  There has definitely been a clear “divide” regarding what I perceived as normality, rather “Christian normality” in my life.

In order to understand what I mean, I will go back a little bit to explain. Some years back I had prayed and asked God to help me understand more clearly what it was like to be more like His Son, Jesus.   I wanted my faith in Christ to be real-not hypercritical.  Believe me, I am a real sinner and I have failed God miserably more times than not, but He never gave up on me-especially when I wanted to give up on myself.  It was during this time that I went through a lot of loss and it seemed like my life was only filled with darkness.  I lost my job, my apartment, I had to move home as an adult in my late 30’s, I was surrounded by “friends” who blamed me for my circumstances and some were telling me that I was not living a “love walk” which is why these things were occurring.  I felt lost, misplaced and completely unsure about life. I cried out to God asking if this was all there was? Was there any hope?  No one offered any hope-only despair.  Where was proof of God’s love for me during this time?  I said to God, “I can’t be wrong ALL the time!” SHOW ME WHO YOU ARE!

Then God showed me in His Word: “What if some were unfaithful? Will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness?  Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written: So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge”(Romans 3:3-4).  I think one of reasons I became distressed was because I was allowing others to tell me how God viewed me. The view was based upon their own idols of their hearts and minds. I since then have established a much stronger relationship with God-and this includes hearing His voice and obeying His will.

When I was a new believer, God gave me this Word from the Bible: “Now the Lord had said to Abram: Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran” (Genesis 12:1-4). God has given me this same scripture several times over the years and I have not listened.  Mostly because of my own security (or false security) of me being in charge of my life, fear and unbelief.  In this scripture Abraham was 75 when obeyed-there’s hope for me (and you) yet! I choose the above scripture because we are to trust and acknowledge God with a whole heart in ALL things because He truly is our guiding force in life. It says not to “lean on our own understanding”. Why? Because God’s ways are not our ways and frankly, many times it doesn’t make sense how HE pull things off! “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says 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.” (Isaiah 55: 8-9)

If you are also dealing with changes and transitions in your life, I want to encourage you to know that while we are going through difficulties and it seems like God is very far away, I want you to know that He has not forgotten us. “…but I will not forget you. Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; (Isaiah 49:15-16) As we maintain our trust in Jesus, He will not only direct our paths in this life, He will also make the paths straight for us to follow. 

As you continue to walk Every Day With Grace, I want to leave you with these words of encouragement:

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life.  And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:25-33)

In His Love,

Melody


“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NKJ)

I don’t know about you, but, I believe change is in the air and it is making many people crazy! It is definitely in the atmosphere and it feels very unsettling.  I don’t know if it’s because we will have our election next month and the future of our country may bend toward socialism (God forbid!), or  it will go towards what the foundation of this country was built upon.  Either way, change is in the air and many people are anxious.

Keeping this in mind, I, too am trying to change things in my life.  Some things are easier to change and/or replace…some other things… not so much. But I am trying to be proactive and I am choosing to go forward. However, even though my intentions are good, I need to make sure they are godly.  I am so busy (especially in my mind) that I do not want to miss what God may have for me.  I know many decisions are born out of emotion. Emotion is what I think I should do.  When I go before the Lord and pray and ask for His guidance and listen, then I am able to obtain God’s peace.  It’s funny-emotions usually make one act hastily, but, when you enter God’s presence with prayer (which is just talking with God) then one may experience a stillness in spirit, soul and body.  That stillness is God’s peace.  His peace is amazing and it connects you to Him.

I have a couple of friends who are extremely self sufficient, so the thought of waiting on God seems almost silly to them because they are always figuring out what to do in their own circumstances. I was taught to wait on the Lord because you did not want to get ahead of Him.  The problem with that was people would then step in and tell you what they think you should do. I am not saying God can’t speak through somebody, but, it has been my experience that it can turn into a glorification of man’s will and God is not even entered in to the equation of your decision. Just recently I heard the most Godly practical advise from the Late Bob Cooke on Family Radio. He said “first we pray, then we plan, then we obey”. How fabulous was that?  I finally got it and I have been moving forward ever since. God may tell us to go, He may say wait .But the best part is the obedience because if we start to move in a direction that God does not want us to go, He will close that door.  Our responsibility is not to throw open the door once He closes it.  People have to realize that God does say “no”.  No is an answer.  Ever hear your parents or others in your life say no?  God is allowed to say “no” too.  We may not like it but, that’s ok.  I feel a thousand times better knowing God is in control and He has His best interest in my life.

How awesome is it to know that God has thoughts towards us and they are thoughts of good to give us a future and a hope?  Everyone needs hope. Therefore, we put our hope in God because we know He cares for us.  I don’t k now what my future holds; but, I do know God holds my future in His hands.  So, i will continue to pray, to plan, and to obey whatever His will is for me in my future.  I pray that you too will come to know God’s grace everyday for your life.

In His Love,

Melody

 

“The fool says in his heart, there is no God.” (Psalm 14:1)

With the Presidential election coming up in less then two months, all I seem to hear is people talking about who they are looking to for solutions in their lives and for this country.  I find it amusing that people think they can be truly governed without God as an active participant. Any government without God fails the people. Look at some of the countries in our world today. Or, one can look at history.  Ever hear of socialism or communism?

I also find it amusing that people think they can keep God in a box within a closed off sanctuary on Sundays-which is supposed to be His house, but who is actually treated like a temporary guest.  People today are so desensitized where God is concerned.  They cannot distinguish religion from redemption. Religion is mankind’s way of being right with God because we bring God down to our level.  Redemption is entering into a relationship with Jesus (who is God) who brings us up to God’s level. When one is redeemed they were bought with a price; and that price was the blood Jesus shed on the cross at Calvary.

Make no mistake; there are many, many people who think they believe in God but have no idea who He is.  Therefore, they are willing to look to the government (again, mankind) for results that can only be truly changed through the hand and heart of God. God created mankind in His image; but once Adam and Eve fell from perfection, it was all downhill from there. That’s why God made a way for redemption to whomever would want to partake of it.  The invitation to salvation is alway available to mankind. Once accepted, it then opens the heart to knowing who God really is. That’s why when people say that mankind has evolved, I think they are so confused. Mankind’s idea of evolution is coming way from God through choice. However, God has not changed His view or His plan towards His creation. Mankind’s view of God is more traditional than relational. When God is not acknowledged in the hearts of mankind, He is not acknowledged in the minds (where decisions are made); and therefore, not represented in our actions. God has always made Himself known throughout His entire creation. The next time you look to the heavens at night and see the stars; or a beautiful sunrise and feel its warmth, know that God is all around you.

Why live as a fool when the God of all mankind is ever present and waiting to give us His wisdom and love?

In His Love,

Melody

 

“The LORD has looked down from heaven on all mankind to see if there are any who understand, any who seek after God,” (Psalm14:2)

Do you remember the song “Looking for love in all the wrong places?” That song was such a hit because so many people were able to relate to it. I will take some liberty here and say that I can remember when I was looking for God in all the wrong places.

First, let me start off by saying that I was not raised in any form of religion.  Technically, the background I was born into is 3/4 Jewish and maybe 1/4 Catholic. I probably would have been considered an agnostic. I believed God existed and that was as far as it went. My only “religious” upbringing was watching “The Ten Commandments” by Cecil B. DeMille. I cannot even tell you how shocked I was when I read the story in the Bible for the first time. I was so confused!  That is what happens when we view Godly things from the TV instead of picking up a Bible and reading it ourselves. Anyway, I digress.

I believe most people are looking for God because they are seeking truth in this crazy world we live in. When I started my “search”,  I didn’t realize I was seeking God’s truth.  I thought I was evolving as a person. Let’s see… I went to psychics, astrologers, dream interpreters, I did metal bending and who knows what else.  I had (2) very different close friends at this time.  One, took me to all of the activities I just mentioned and the other was a born-again Christian. I would go to psychics by day and would watch televangelist, Jimmy Swaggort on Sunday nights. (Oh no, my age is showing!)  It seemed that searching for truth was pulling me and my soul in two extreme directions-almost like a tug of war in what I was going to believe in.  I was hearing two very different opinions. One day as my friend and I were driving home after seeing an alleged world renowned psychic, I asked God (2) things: 1) if He was real; and 2) who was telling me the truth?  The friend taking me to visit psychics or, the one watching the televangelist?  I asked God to reveal Himself to me in a personal, private way and He did.  That’s when I was introduced to God the Father, God the Son, and  God the Holy Spirit. I will tell you one very important fact I learned from seeking truth-whether we realize it or not, God is in control of everything in this life. I take comfort knowing that God cares so much for me that He is always looking out for me. His word says so.

There is a scripture that says “Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found of you declares the LORD.” (Jeremiah 29;12-14)  I finally knew that I was actually seeking God’s truth because His truth is the only one that matters and His truth does not change with the times. His word also says “I love those who love Me; and those who seek Me will find Me.”(Proverbs 8:17)  So many people think that God is unattainable-when in reality He is looking down from heaven to see who is looking for Him so He can extend His hand to them so they can receive a loving, everlasting relationship.

It is important to realize that God and Jesus are one. In scripture when Jesus was asked who He was, He  answered, “i am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John14:6)  Therefore, the next time you may think God is too far off in the galaxy to hear you, you can “Seek the LORD while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near.” (Isaiah 55:6). God is always near and always answers when one calls upon His name.

In His Love,

Melody

 

 

New Beginnings-Knowing that God’s Love is Here For You

Hello! My name is Melody Elias.  Did you know that God loves you and is waiting to have a relationship with you? I invite everyone who knows the Lord Jesus or is seeking God’s truth- maybe for the very first time to write to me so that we can discuss it.  Many people think that having a relationship with God is for the weak.  People also think you have to be what the world considers “good” in order to communicate with God.   Nothing could be further from the truth.  God is a gentleman who never forces Himself on anyone.  He knocks on the door of your heart and waits to be invited in.  Mankind is created in God’s  image. Therefore, everyone is welcome to inherit His salvation.

Just a little tidbit about me: I am a born again Christian-with Jewish heritage and was recently in a Born Again Biker Church!  Yep, can’t make this stuff up and that my friends only begins my diversity.  Who says God doesn’t have  a sense of humor?

Once we begin to walk with Jesus, He gives us His grace so that we can walk through our every day lives one day at a time knowing that He is there to carry our burdens because He loves us.  Jesus said “Come to me who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28.  No conditions. Just an invitation to come and that applies to whomever would like to participate.

I look forward to sharing with you and praying for you.  Until we meet again, I pray that you walk every day with God’s grace.

In His Love, Melody