Good morning readers,
This is just a simple title but I feel like it needs to be brought to our attention, yes even to mine.
As you all know, by previous posts, at the beginning of the year I started reading five chapters of the bible a day, and today I just finished the book of Hosea; honestly, I am feeling quite overwhelmed. Throughout the bible there are promises, which I have come to name them “Hidden Gems”, but with these ‘Hidden Gems’ there are even some warning signs, but I just want us to look at this passage, where I found a ‘Hidden Gem’, and talk a bit about the passages before.

Hosea 14:4 KJV “I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely; for mine anger is turned away from him.”

So, at the end of the Book of Hosea, we see God’s promise to heal the backsliding nation and love them freely (unlimited) and it closes the verse with God saying that his anger is turned away from him (Israel). Why, you may ask, that God reminded them, briefly, that he was angry, but looking past his anger and choosing to love his nation again? Yes, and to answer “why”, God is a forgiving God, and he removes our sin as far at the east is from the west, and chooses to remember our sin no more; But he is also a just God, and being just he wanted them to remember where they were standing with him in the past and where they are now. God had allowed his nation to go through captivity and destruction multiple times, and his reason for it was to teach them that he was and still is in control and to bring them back to him. In this Book of the Bible, Hosea gets visions from the LORD that Israel had sinned once again and lived in Idolatry and rebellion, but the gracious LORD called them back and offered healing and redemption.

I can honestly tell you, that reading through the Bible this year has not been a breeze; God has been teaching me some things that I just need to take a step back and look at my life in a whole. I have made mistakes, no one is perfect, I have drifted and wandered many times; but God, in His great mercy, love, and grace, pulled me back to himself time and time again, and though I may mess up, he is still right there, waiting where I had left him behind.

Are you struggling? Not just emotionally, or physically but spiritually; Do you have that assurance that God is waiting for you to return to him? It may take a while, Israel is still a backsliding nation, But so is Canada and the U.S. and God calls all of us to return to him. It’s not too late.

You might even say that you don’t have the assurance, maybe because you don’t know if you are a born again Christian, well, it is never too late; Jesus calls to people to go to him for spiritual filling and needs. Matthew 11:28 says “Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” and Jesus beckons in John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father but by me.” I encourage you if you do not know Christ as your Saviour, please accept him today. He is the same yesterday, today and forever, and he never fails. I could sit here, and do one long post about what God has done for me since I accepted Christ as my Saviour almost eight years ago. and I can tell you, with complete honesty and faith, that God has not once given up on me; but many times as he had done with Israel, I was left to be in captivity and sin, until my eyes opened and I saw his love.

If there are any questions, maybe about finding your way back to the LORD, or a path to gain a relationship with Christ through salvation; I am willing to help in any way possible, but as always, I will direct you to the promises God has for you and me in his word.

Have an awesome day, and stay cool in this heatwave, wherever you are.

God bless!

Be Who God Is Looking For

Ezekiel 22:30
“And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land,that I should not destroy it: but I found none.”

I had to stop reading and meditate on this verse with memory of Yesterdays message by Pastor Cook.

I know yesterday was father’s day, but I’m saying this for parents, future parents, and children; we are called to be an example to those around us. Somewhere, some one is watching us, either closely or wants to be like us. If we don’t be careful, we will lead those precious souls away from the Lord and his Grace.

God says to Ezekiel, he searched for someone to build an hedge, and stand in the gap. Let’s go through a little study about those two words: “Hedge” and “gap”

Job 1:8-10
“And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? [9] Then Satan answered the Lord , and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? [10] Hast not thou made an Hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.”

Lamentations 3:7
“He hath Hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he hath made my chain heavy.”

Ezekiel 13:5
“Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the Hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord.”

These three men; Job, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel, were called to be an example, to walk the way God commanded them to; and they passed that test with flying colours.

Let’s view their life story briefly.

Job: oldest book in the Bible, but one of the greatest. Job was a wealthy man in the land of Uz,he had many oxen, sheep, camels, and donkeys. (Job 1:3) he also had seven sons and three daughters. (Job 1:2) but the greatest attribute of Job was not his wealth or big family, it was his respect for God. (Job 1:1) one day,Satan approached the throne of God and said he could not find any one to tempt and cause to drift away. (Job 1:6+7) but like every plan of Satan, it failed; he could not get Job to “curse God and die” as his wife had told him (Job 2:9) so Job remained righteous with God and Gods only lesson to Job was 1. Pray for his friends. 2. See there is still fault in our lives.

Jeremiah: very little about this man of God. He was son of Hilkiah, of the Priests that were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin. (Jeremiah 1:1) he was taken captive to Babylon with many of the other prophets and men in the Bible (Read that in your own studies); Jeremiah is known by one statement: “The Weeping Prophet” and if you read Jeremiah and Lamentations, you’ll see it is true. Jeremiah wept for the remnants of the people of Israel, and warned them of Gods judgment, but they would not listen and went on their own way to sinning.

Ezekiel: another man, who was a prophet of God, and in captivity to the Babylonians. Throughout the book of Ezekiel you see, Ezekiel being called “the son of man”; and countless promises that God gives to the Remnant of Jews that remained scattered by the siege of King Darius, that they will be returned to their own land and live prosperous.

There is a point I am getting at here. These three men, even through hard times and physical turmoil, they still loved and followed the LORD and were not afraid to stand up to what was right.

Here’s my final thoughts: will you be like these three men, and stand in the gap and be the hedge around the people God has called you to protect and guide? There are people watching every move you make. Will you be the Godly example that need to follow God the same way you do?

God bless you all, and have a great night!

Joy after affliction.

Good morning readers,

Before we start the devotional, I just want to tell a bit about myself; I know I touched on it a bit in a few of my devonals but not a lot of what’s been going on lately.

Well, during last year, I was drifting from the Lord and his word, not praying and had very little not about being in Gods house. Which was a struggle for me, because all through growing up and even in hard times, my church family was there for me, but there were times I felt neglected. So I started doing things I should not have done, and drifted further and further away from God- far enough, actually, to desire to move away from home and live the way I wanted to. I was starting to hate anything that had to do with conviction or God or what was right. And as a Christian, my soul was battling and being pulled apart.

Back in November, I was set in my mind to move out, but God got a hold of my heart one last time through a sermon one Sunday morning, about revival, and steps to achieve revival. I ignored the messages before hand, but this time I couldn’t run (spiritually) I knew I was struggling, but my pride was stopping me from getting the help I needed. So later that week I called my pastor, told him what was going on, and asked him for help; I told my mom, and felt her heart break.. She and I have been through so much, and for me to drift so badly into sin, crushed her; but she wanted me to get help from my pastor. So every Tuesday, he, his wife and I met at our church and went through a counselling session, and looked at scriptures about repentance of sin, and renewal of the heart and mind, and getting the past forgiven and given to God; because that’s what was holding me down. We went through eleven weeks of counselling, and at the end I burnt a letter that I had written to someone in my past and gave it to the Lord.

So, all this to ask you to turn your bibles to Psalm 119:67, and read this with me.

“Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now haves I kept thy word.”

Go down to verse 71

“It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.”

If you’re going through a trail or testing; keep praising the Lord, he knows what he is doing and is testing your faith and trust in him.

If you’re like me, a young Christian and drifting away, STOP, take a step Back, and return to the Lord; the way that you are taking is a danger.

A sign that says “easy way”, is a sign with cross bones on the other side.

I beg you, to turn around and go back to Christ. He is waiting where you left him. It will not be easy returning to him, but he will still love you, and will love you more than ever.

Contact your pastor, if you think you’ve drifted too far to help, be at peace, no one is too far away that God arm can not reach.

I am blessed to share these passages to you and say what is in my heart. I know I do not know who reads these devotionals, but I hope God is using these in your life.

Have a blessed day and enjoy the beautiful spring time!

Half Way!

Dear readers.

Today is exciting, you know why? I’ve made it halfway through the Bible starting at the beginning of the year! This morning I read passages 71 to 75 in the book of Psalms and the half way point was Psalm 72:8 “He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.”

Isn’t it amazing, that, even though there are troubles on either side, and the way is unclear; that the Lord still knows the trouble we face and he is in control of it?! While reading this morning I had great peace knowing He is there for me and knows exactly what I need and when I need it!

I challenge you, grab the Bible you use for devotions every morning, and find the middle of the bible and the very middle verse,comment below what it is and memorize it! (Every bible will be different; my bible has 1,005 pages, so the center was 502.5) I challenge you to take a look at it.

Have a fantastic day!

Dear readers, it’s been some time since I’ve been here. A lot going on and I request a prayer for my family while we are going through a trail.

Let’s get started. I started reading 5 chapters of the bible everyday, at the beginning of the year; and hoping to finish it, and start again before the year is done. Anyway, today I was in Psalm 19. This psalm has been my favorite for years, just the whole context of the words of David, and the prayer he does to God. Read it with me and I will discuss why I love it so much.

Psalm 19:1-14 KJV (be sure your Bible is KJV because wording may be different and it’ll cause a lot of confusion.)

[1] The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

[2] Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.

[3] There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

[4] Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,

[5] Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.

[6] His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

[7] The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

[8] The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.

[9] The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.

[10] More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

[11] Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

[12] Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults .

[13] Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins ; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.

[14] Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord , my strength, and my redeemer.

Alright, so did you see it? I have the passage separated into three sections. 1-6, 7-11 & 12-14. Why? You may ask, well, in this passage it’s a prayer of David, and so like most prayers they are separated into sections; praising God for his goodness, holiness grace and mercy, then remenissing about his word and how marvelous is it when working in the heart of man; and while you’re lifting him up, he shows us sin in our lives; which causes us to pray about our sin, and ask for guidance, strength and protection. And with the added bonus of praying for our sin, we ask God to remind us to remember his word, as we all often forget.

So I encourage you today, after you fining your daily reading, that you will use this prayer as a guide. It helped me this morning a lot and I believe it’ll help you.

Join me in closing prayer and I hope you have a fantastic Lords day!

Prayer: Dear Lord, look upon our hearts today, and guide us into your will; help us to make decisions that will honour and please you-in everything we do.
Help us, Father, to meditate on your word and keep it out first thought.

Give us the strength we need today, and forgive all our sins.

We love you in Jesus name, amen.

Devotional ideas

Dear readers.

It has been a few months since I have done a Devotional, and I just got the idea to ask you all what the subject of devotional should be.

Hopefully, whatever random devotional is done, it’ll be a blessing to many people, as this is the intention of any devotionals the Lord places on my heart to share.

So, contact me for ideas and we’ll see how it goes from there!

Good night.

“I thank my God upon every rememberance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy.” Philippians 1:3-4

Your choice

Good morning readers,
Forgive me for not doing posts so often; it’s been a very crazy year – between getting engaged and visiting my sister and my new niece, I lose track of time.

This morning was a good reading time! For about two months I have been doing a read and writing schedule. Every month has a different theme, so this month I have been doing the theme of Forgiveness and I have come across passages that I didn’t even know about! But today was a very nice passage: Ephesians 1:3-7 let’s read it.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

[4] According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:

[5] Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

[6] To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

[7] In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;”

When I attended youth Sunday school, the youth pastor was going through Ephesians and he told us that Grace was “God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense” which makes so much sense because, it was by Christ’s sacrifice that we have Grace and riches in heaven; but only if we accept his gift of eternal life.

People say “but how do you know you are ‘predestined’ ? How do you know you were the one chosen? Because we all were chosen, and because God knows everything, and sees everything; past, present and future- he knows everyone who will accept him or deny him. He promised “whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”

Other people will say “but why would a loving God send people, who refuse him, to Hell?” My question is; why would people refuse a living God? It is your own choice if you go to Hell or not. He gives us a choice.

I made my choice on Friday August 27,2010 12:45 pm. At youth camp, i realized how much he really loved me! And I did not want to feel alone ever again!
What is your choice? I pray that you’ll join me!