The Scariest Words Jesus Ever Said

I’ve heard several Heavenly visions or near-death experiences that point to unforgiveness in the heart keeping people out of Heaven. I’ve also heard one of the biggest sins in the church these days is unbelief. Ask God to search your heart as King David did and let the Spirit help “weed your garden”

Stand Tall For Christ

You know the verses, you have probably heard them your entire Christian life, but when is the last time you really meditated on the words of Jesus Christ found in Matthew 7: 21-23? Here are the verses…

Matthew 7:21-23 (ESV)

21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.22 On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

Understand the context of this verse. Jesus is referring to His “followers”… or at least those who claim to be followers of Jesus. This is a startling proclamation from our King that should give us pause…

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Be Thou My Vision…

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I continue to share words of a Hymn the Spirit has put in my thoughts quite often; even today!  Our Pastor shared the story of Gideon along with Ephesians chapter 1 and this is a  good Hymn based on Bible truth that goes with these passages in the Bible.  This is a good one to use daily as we humble ourselves in prayer, realize or position in God, and make His will our own:

Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art;
Thou my best thought, by day or by night;
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

Be Thou my wisdom, and Thou my true Word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord;
Thou my great Father and I, Thy true son;
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.

Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise;
Thou mine inheritance, now and always;
Thou and Thou only, first in my heart;
O King of glory, my treasure Thou art.

O King of glory, my victory won;
Rule and reign in me ’til Thy will be done;
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall;
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

Taken from: https://www.hymnal.net/en/hymn/ns/345  (music is also on this site)

This week in my study of Psalm 91 with Peggy Joyce Ruth,Verse 3:

“For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence.”

Peggy says:  The traps your enemy sets for you are custom made, placed and bated specifically for each one of us…you don’t die instantly, but are ensnared until the trapper comes to destroy you.  HOPEGod delivers you!  

Destructive, deadly pestilence can be a destroyer of crops like locusts or any deadly disease that comes to destroy you like swine flu.  HOPE: God delivers you from these also!

These verses relate to The Lord’s Prayer:  “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.

Remember, this promise is for the one who chooses to abide under the shadow of the Most High (verse 1) and also SAYS of the Lord, He is my refuge and fortress and I TRUST Him (verse 2)!

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Hail Jesus, You’re my King!

stary eyesWelcome Readers! 

Here’s another song that came to me from the early days of my walk with Jesus.  It’s just as uplifting and encouraging as it was in the 1980’s!

Lyrics

Hail Jesus! You’re my King!
Your life frees me to sing
I will praise You all of my days
You’re perfect in all Your ways

Hail Jesus! You’re my Lord!
I will obey Your word
Because I want to see Your kingdom come
Not my will but Yours be done

Glory, glory to the Lamb!
You will take us into the land
We will conquer in Your name
And proclaim that “Jesus reigns!”

Hail, hail! Lion of Judah!
How wonderful You are!
Hail, hail! Lion of Judah!
How powerful You are!

He’s the Lion in the Tribe of Judah
He’s the Root and the Offspring of David
He’s the Lily of the Valley
He’s the Bright and Morning Star

The Lion of Judah shall break every chain and give to us the victory again and again

Songwriters: Joseph William Vogels

Victory Chant (Hail Jesus) lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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Glorious summer sunset in Henderson, NY

These days, the windows of Heaven are opening more than ever before.  What do you need in your life?  The Psalmist says: I will lift up my eyes to the hills – from whence comes my help?  It comes from the Lord, maker of Heaven and earth! Look up; what’s in the news is not what you want to focus on, Heaven and God’s glory are!  Let’s agree for God’s will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven.  I pray for you with the Apostle Paul:

Ephesians 1:11-19

That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory,

may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,

the eyes of your understanding being enlightened;

that you may know what is the hope of His calling,

what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the Saints,

and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe,

according to the working of His mighty power

(which raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the heavenly places).  

ALMOST forgot!  Week 2 in my study of Psalm 91 with Peggy Joyce Ruth:

“What is coming out of my mouth?”  Verse 2 says: “I will say of the Lord, ‘my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’ ”  We MUST SAY from our mouth and our heart what we believe God will do.  We can trust in many things other than God and His Word and spend a lot of time and money preparing for troubles as the world does, or we can stand on His promises and speak those things which we don’t see yet as if they are already seen.  If we speak doubt, fear or curses, God doesn’t have anything to work with to bring good out of our situation!  

I share these photos taken just a few hours ago; clouds I’ve never seen before showing Heaven come down in a mighty way around my house!

 

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GLORY!!!

Ancient Of Days

Ancient of Days

God reveals Himself to us in the Bible and through His Spirit as well as through science and all of creation. It’s been said that good hymnody is good theology; parts of this hymn come to mind often when I experience the glory of God.  Let’s take this chance to think about the Glory and majesty of God:

MOST BLESSED, MOST GLORIOUS

Immortal, Invisible, God only wise,
In light inaccessible hid from our eyes
Most blessed, most Glorious, the Ancient of Days,
Almighty, Victorious, Thy great Name we praise.

Verse 2
Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, thou rulest in might;
Thy justice like mountains high soaring above
Thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.

Verse 3
To all life Thou givest to both great and small;
In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;
We blossom and flourish as leaves on the tree,
And wither and perish but nought changeth Thee.

Verse 4
Great Father of glory, pure Father of light,
Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight;
All laud we would render: O help us to see
‘Tis only the splendour of light hideth Thee.

(Madam’s Verse)
To all life Thou givest to both great and small;
In all life Thou livest, the true life of all;
Thy wisdom so boundless, Thy mercy so free
Eternal Thy goodness for naught changeth Thee

from http://lyrics.ghospel.com/2014/08/17/most-blessed-most-glorious-3/

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This is one of the many photos I’ve taken of the magnificent cloud formations around our home near Lake Ontario, this is taken from our back porch.  I’m overwhelmed by the glory of these displays of God’s glory; He really shows off around here!

What inspires you to give thanks and praise to Father God?   What draws you closer to the One who reconciled us to Himself?  I’m beginning a study of Psalm 91 by Peggy Ruth Joyce.  Here’s the first verse, the first week’s lesson:

Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God

91 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.

Peggy Ruth points out that there’s a part we must follow for God’s part to work:  we must dwell in our secret place; ask the Spirit to show you yours if you don’t have one yet.  Giving praise for God’s provision and protection help take you into this place of safety.  I pray you find your way into a deeper relationship with the Lord, no matter where you’re at currently.   More Lord, we need more!  Amen

Promises of God

Current Musings for August

IMG_20180816_190945521Hello to you, my blessed readers!  There is much on my mind during this busy season of garden harvest and food preservation.  Hours of working on tomatoes and cucumbers and onions etc. gives me time to muse and to watch YouTube videos while I work.  The following items will most likely become my future blog posts so here’s a preview:

  1. John 3:16, Proverbs 3:16 – both much quoted Scriptures.  I wonder what’s in the rest of the 3:16’s in the Bible? 

  2. Open Portals – the veil between Heaven and earth is quite thin these days.  What does this mean to me personally; to humans in general?

  3. Essential Oils – quite popular these days; what does the Bible say about oils?  I think I’ll start that one with Esther’s preparation to be presented to the King.

  4. The Time Is NOW – I’ve just read Phillip Cameron’s book about the unclaimed promises of God for household salvation.  I’m seeking the Lord for what my part is in my family’s salvation.

  5. Three Pastors from trouble making youths – At my husband’s 45th reunion, we found out three of the men from the class who were notorious carousers have become pastors. How does this affect this group of people?

  6. Miracle Maintenance by Joan Hunter – How To Receive And Keep God’s Blessings.  I’m interested in seeing miracles and blessings multiplied in my life and wonder how this book is going to help me reach this goal.

  7. I’m Not Lisa-My Name Is Julie…My Eyes Are Not Blue... Wondering why this song is coming to my thoughts so much lately.  Oh, I did ask God to help me learn to take thoughts captive!

  8. It’s about the hierarchy!  Tear it down and put it back in the right place.  This came to me as I awoke early one morning…still inquiring of the Lord what it means?

  9. I am a child of God who sings – not a singer who happens to be a Christian.  What does this really mean in my life?

  10. Jesus Christ redeemed us from the curse – what does this mean in our lives?

  11. DSW, Bed, Bath & Beyond, gas card (many ads lately) as well as shows on TV – gold dust falling or a bright glow appearing…portend of God’s REAL glory falling?

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  12. What do my readers want to know about me?  About my family? About???

I leave you all with this thought:

What it says about God

I know a place…

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

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I know a place, a wonderful place
Where accused and condemned
Find mercy and grace

Where the wrongs we have done
And the wrongs done to us

Were nailed there with Him
There at the cross

At the cross,
At the cross

He died for our sin

At the cross,
At the cross

He gave us life again

Here is a youtube of Brian Doerksen singing this praise song

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5rmIckeEgQ

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This is a praise song from the early days of my walk with the Lord and my fellow Christ followers.  It’s come back to me again lately, which is why I share it with you this week.

I pray that you will find a new wonder and revelation in the words of this song as the Holy Spirit is wooing us nearer to God through Jesus Christ, deeper into this unique relationship with the Creator of the entire universe who loves us so much we can hardly fathom an ‘nth of it  this side of Heaven!

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On another note:  I’ve been listening to Jamie Galloway’s revelation in his “Eyes To See” conference at Sojourn Church in Carrollton, TX.  One thing he talks about is our redeemed imaginations we posses as new creations in Christ.  I find it very interesting, seeing as how I have always had a vivid, creative imagination!  I’m looking forward to digging deeper into all the gifts I have now that Christ lives in me and I am seated with Him in Heavenly places as I’m also a resident of earth.  Quite the instigator for my “sanctified” musings!

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Come muse along with me fellow bloggers;                                                      there’s many more depths of the Lord to delve into!

Sing to the Lord a new song!

 Psalm 96:1-4 Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord, all the earth.  Sing to the Lord, bless His name; proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.  Declare His glory among the nations, His wonders among the peoples.

Psalm 33: 2-3 Praise the lord with the harp; make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings.  Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy.

Also Psalm 96:1, 98:1, 144:9, 149:1, Isaiah 42:10 tells everything that lives to sing to the Lord a new song!

This week I’ve been thinking about how scientific researchers are proving the Bible is true.  The following hymn I sang in the Presbyterian church I used to attend came to mind last evening.  The Holy Spirit brings the words to mind often when I’m thinking about all God’s hand has made and how the earth and the stars, the song in our hearts, everything on earth and in the heavens makes a sound; even blood sings a song!

Earth And All Stars Lyrics:

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Earth and all stars, Loud rushing planets 
Sing to the Lord a new song! 

Hail, wind, and rain, Loud blowing snowstorm 

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Sing to the Lord a new song!

God has done marvelous things. 
I too sing praises with a new song!

 

Trumpet and pipes! Loud clashing cymbals!                                                      Sing to the Lord a new song!

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Harp, lute, and lyre! Loud humming cellos!             

Sing to the Lord a new song!

Engines and steel! Loud pounding hammers 
Sing to the Lord a new song! 
Limestone and beams, Loud building workers 
Sing to the Lord a new song!

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Classrooms and labs,                  Loud boiling test tubes 
Sing to the Lord a new song! 
Athlete and band,                                  Loud cheering people 
Sing to the Lord a new song!

 

Knowledge and truth, Loud sounding wisdom 
Sing to the Lord a new song! 
Daughter and son,                       Loud praying members 
Sing to the Lord a new song!

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My dear readers, I invite you to join with all creation singing a new song to the Lord through whatever is around you; whatever is inside you.  Give thanks and testify of the things God has done and your heart will easily sing along with all creation!

Earth And All Stars Lyrics From
http://www.digitalsongsandhymns.com/songs/6906
Songbook: Evangelical Lutheran Worship 2006
Page: 731
Song key: Ab
Language: English
Authors:  Herbert Frederick Brokering
David N. Johnson
Copyright:  Augsburg Fortress
License:  OneLicense