Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas to ALL my viewers

Just a little personal touch this Christmas morning.  As I have grown older year by year until now, I have not felt the excitement of Christmas that I use to feel when I would be watching my children open their gifts.  Somehow it has worn off.  But I still believe that Jesus came and gave us the opportunity to choose Him and surrender to Him and let Him have control of my life.

I don't know what I would do without Him.  I can't even imagine what my life would be without Him. He definitely is the reason for the season, even though many people have left Him out and don't even remember what Christmas is all about.  To most people it is just gifts and big dinners and I'm afraid that is the whole thing, no mention of where Christmas came from or the meaning of it.

I just want to say, 'without the gift of Jesus, where would we be?' Where would you be? I'm afraid I would not be here for sure.  He is our life line in every way and I just want to say, Merry Christmas to all my viewers and have a blessed New Year with Jesus as your guide.  You cannot fail Him if you stay close to Him day by day.  We will be in that earth made new for all those who love and serve Him with all their hearts.'  That's a future worth waiting for and looking forward to.  Grandma Joan

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Does God seem distant, continued from yesterday.

(6)   "For the Lord will not cast off His people, nor will He forsake His inheritance."  Psalm 94:14
It is God's desire and intention to save you.  He is not in the business of throwing people away.

(7)  "The Lord is near to them that have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit."  Psalm 34:18.  When you are at your weakest point, God is close by to help you.

(8)  "All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one whom comes to me I will by no means cast out."  John 6:37.  If you have given your heart to Jesus, you can be sure He will never push you away.

(9)  "Behold,I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.  Rev. 3:20.  Jesus knocks at your hearts door, Have you invited Him in lately?

(10)  "I am with you always, even to the end f the age." Matt. 28:20.  If you are His follower, Christ's straight-forward promise to you is that He will be with you and will see you through every aspect of your life until the very end of the world."

Aren't you glad the Bible leaves no doubt on this subject?  If you are seeking God, He is with you at all times, even when your emotional state makes it difficult to sense His presence. You are His precious child.

I am so thankful for these verses.  I need to read them every day to keep me in tune with the real things of life.  Thank you Doug Batchelor.  Grandma Joan

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Does God seem distant?

Probably all of us have days when God seemed especially  far away.  Even the psalmist David sometimes felt abandoned by God.  Yet he would not turn away from the Lord, instead he would seek God more intensely.  His faith paid off, and so will yours if you cling to God regardless of your feelings.  Absorb these reassurances from His word.

I am sure you can identify with the above paragraph and if you read the Psalm you will see that David had his low times too.  I know I have felt God was far away when I am not feeling well and my brain doesn't want to function properly but I also know that He is near without a doubt but it is hard to comprehend things like that when it pertains to God. There's times when He feels very close and you seem to feel you can reach out and touch Him.  Those are the times I like.  This little study was put together by Doug Batchelor.  Hope it gives you lots of reassurances.

(1)  "And those who know your name will put their trust in you;  for you, Lord,  have not forsaken those who seek you." (Psalm 9:10)  If you are honestly seeking God, you can be assured He hasn't disowned you.

(2)  "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you."  (James 4:8)  If you come to Him, the Lord is ready and willing to draw you into a closer relationship with Him.

(3)  "But from there you will seek the Lord your God, and you will find Him if you will seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul." (Deuteronomy 4:29)  It takes willingness and effort on your part to seek God, but the Bible confirms that you will be greatly rewarded for that effort.

(4)  "For He Himself has said, 'I will never leave you or forsake you."  (Hebrews 13:5)  If you belong to Him you will never, ever be truly alone.

(5)  "The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge." (Psalm 46:7)  The God of the entire universe stands beside you and will help you!!

These verses have helped me so much and encouraged me to keep putting forth that effort that will never fail to give us that assurance that God is as close to us as will let Him be.  Please be blessed.
Grandma Joan

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

More Verses To Lift You Up

Continued from yesterday.

6.  1 Peter 1: 18,19  "Knowing you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver and gold...but with the precious blood of Christ."  (God was willing to pay the highest price in the universe to redeem you - the blood of His dear Son.)

7.  2 Corinthians 5: 17  "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new."  (If you belong to Jesus you have a brand new, sparkling clean life in Him.   That is great news.)

8.  1 John3:1 "Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God."  (God actually considers you His very own child.)

9.  Ephesians 2: 4-7  "But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ...that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus."
(Your heavenly Father has planned a magnificent, never ending future for you.)

10.  2 Corinthians 5:20  "Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us."  (God has given you a high calling as a ambassador to share His great love with others)

You belong to God as long as you cling to Him, no one, NOT  ANYONE, can take that from you.  His Word overwhelmingly confirms that you are His cherished treasure.  I love this thought that I am God's cherished treasure, don't you?  That is enough right here in these verses to give me the lift that I needed.  I know satan is going to try me again as he always does when anyone is on the right  track to God's kingdom, but now I will resort to these verses for strength to resist him.  Isn't that what we have been learning.  Resist the devil and he will flee.  God's Word scares him away because he knows that he has lost his case against us.

I like the idea that when we belong to Christ we have a brand new, sparkling clean life in Him.  Don't you like that?  The price He paid for our redemption is the highest price in the universe, the blood of God's dear Son.  Please join me in deciding not to disappoint Him by rejecting His great love.

Grandma Joan

Monday, December 21, 2015

Your True Value with God!!!!!

I have been sick with a lung infection, very sick, so hope you will bear with me as I struggle to keep up my blog.  I have kind of fallen in a depressive pit and according to my own advice I turned to the Bible and was lifted right out.  Today I want to share the verses that lifted me up.

1.  Genesis 1:27  "So God created man in His own image; In the image of God He created him, male and female He created them."  (You were created in the very image of God by the hand of the creator Himself.)

2,  Isaiah 49:15  "Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb?  Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you."  (You are always cherished by God.)

3.  Jeremiah 29:11  "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."  (You are always cherished by God.)

4.  Jeremiah 31:3  "Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with loving kindness I have drawn you."  (His love for you is relentless, immeasurable and infinite.)

5,  Romans 5:8  "But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us."  (The Creator of life loves you so intensely that He allowed His own Son to die in your place before you ever repented.)

There are more for tomorrow, just dwell on these for today and see the value that God places on YOU.  It has been a great blessing to me.  It seems that when I am sick, the devil really attacks me and tries to bring me down but God always has a lifter up for me and these verses really helped so much today.  I hope they help you in the same way and tomorrow I will share some more.  Have a great day lifted on high today.  Grandma Joan

Saturday, December 19, 2015

We Need Comfort, We Need Guidance and We Need A Helper

If you don't need anyone of these things, you are one blessed person or persons.  I have to say that I need all three and in the worst possible way.  I cannot live my life without any one of these things.  This is the reason that we can live a life of full surrender to Christ, no other way works.

DA 668 Bottom of page and page 669.  'Before offering Himself as the sacrificial victim, Christ sought for the most essential and complete gift to bestow upon His followers, a gift that would bring within their reach the boundless resources of grace.  'I will pray the Father', He said 'and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him; but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and be in you. I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.'  John 14:16-18.
     Before this the Spirit had been in the world; from the very beginning of th work of redemptionHe had been moving upon men's hearts. But while Christ was on earth, the disciples had desired no other helper.  Not until they were deprived of His presence would they feel their need of the Spirit, and then He would come.
      The Holy Spirit is Christ's representative, but divested of the personality of humanity, and independent thereof. Cumbered with humanity, Christ could not be in every place personally.  Therefore it was for their interest that He should go to the Father, and send the Spirit to be His successor on  earth.  No one could then have any advantage because of his location or his personal contact with Christ.  By the Spirit the Savior would be accessible to all.  In  this sense He would be nearer to them than if He had not ascended on high.
     At all times and in all places, in all sorrows and in all afflictions, when the outlook seems dark and th future perplexing, and we feel helpless and alone, the Comforter will be sent in answer to the prayer of faith.  Circumstances may separate us from every earthly friend; but no circumstance, no distance, can separate us from the heavenly Comforter.  Wherever we are, wherever we may go, He is always at our right hand to support, sustain, uphold, and cheer.
     The Holy Spirit was the highest of all gifts that He could solicit from His Father for the exaltation of His people. The Spirit was to be given as a regenerating agent, and without this the sacrifice of Christ would have been of not avail.  The power of evil had been strengthening for centuries, and the submission of men to this satanic captivity was amazing.  Sin could be resisted and overcome only through the mighty agency of the Third Person of the Godhead, who would come with no modified energy, but in the fulness of divine power.  It is the Spirit that makes effectual what has been wrought out by the world's Redeemer. It is by the Spirit that the heart is made pure.  Through the Spirit the believer becomes a partaker of the divine nature.  Christ has given His Spirit as a divine power to overcome all hereditary and cultivated tendencies to evil and to impress His own character upon the church.
     Of the Spirit Jesus said, 'He shall glorify Me.'  The Savior came to glorify the Father by the demonstration of His love; so the Spirit was to glorify Christ by revealing His grace to the world.  The very image of God is to be reproduced in humanity.  The honor of God, the honor of Christ, is involved in the perfection of the character of His people."

This makes the work of the Holy Spirit so plain that we really can't misunderstand what His work is all about.  We need to pray for His presence in our lives every morning, first thing so there is no chance for evil to come in and overtake us.  Will you make this your priority every morning to submit to the Holy Spirit's power in your life?  Please do, it makes things so much easier to deal with, anger disappears, evil thoughts evaporate into thin air.  We are filled with love where once we had hate in our hearts  Misunderstandings disappear too and life is filled with abundant love and happiness even when things go wrong.  Be assured, I am struggling too.  You are not alone but I know what the out-come is all about and I think you do to, so it really is worth it all, isn't it?  Please say yes.!!

Grandma Joan

Friday, December 18, 2015

Have We Disappointed God?

Remember, we just talked about His promises and being a partaker of Christ's nature through His promises.  Last night as I was reading in the Desire of Ages I came across some very interesting quotes.  I want to share them with you this morning.

DA 668 "The Lord is disappointed when His people place a ow estimate upon themselves. He desires His chosen heritage to value themselves according to the price He has placed upon them.  God wanted them, else He would not have sent His Son os such an expensive errand to redeem them.  He has a use for them, and He is well pleased when they make the very highest demands upon Him, that they may glorify His name. They may expect large things if they have faith in His promises.
     But to pray in Christ's name means much.  It means that we are to accept His character, manifest His spirit, and work His works.  The Savior's promise is given on condition, 'If ye love Me,' He says "keep My commandments.'  He saves men, not in sin, but from sin; and those who love Him will show their love by obedience.
     All true obedience comes from the heart.  It was heart work with Christ.  And if we CONSENT, He will so identify Himself with our thoughts and aims, so blend our hearts and minds into conformity to His will, that when obeying Him we shall be but carrying out our own impulses.  The will, refined and sanctified, will find its highest delight in doing His service.  When we know God as it is our privilege to know Him, our life will be a life of continual obedience.  Through an appreciation of the character of Christ, through communion with God, sin will become hateful to us.
     As Christ lived the law in humanity, so we may do if we will take hold of the Strong for strength.  But we are not to place the responsibility of our duty upon others, and wait for them to tell us what to do.  We cannot depend for counsel upon humanity.  The Lord will teach us our duty just as willingly as He will teach somebody else. If we come to Him in faith, He will speak His mysteried to us personally.  Out hearts will often burn within us as One draws nigh to commune with us as He did with Enoch.  Those who decide to do nothing in any line that will displease God, will know, after presenting their case before Him, will know just what course to pursue.  And they will receive not only wisdom, but strength.  Power for obedience, for service, will be imparted to them, as Christ has promised. Whatever was given to Christ--the 'all things' to supply the need of fallen men--was given to Him as the head and representative of humanity.  And 'whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.' 1 John 3:22."

First we have to CONSENT.  Then He will identify Himself with us and so blend our hearts and minds into conformity to His will, that when obeying Him we shall be carrying out our own impulses. We will find our highest delight  in doing His service.

Those who DECIDE to do nothing in any line that will displease God, will know, after presenting their case before him, just what course to pursue. They will not only receive wisdom, but strength.  Power for obedience, for service, will be imparted to them as Christ has promised.  Remember that as we draw upon His promises we will become partakers of His divine nature.  2 Peter 2.  This quotation has been one of my very favorites in this book.  I do have a lot of favorite quotes that have helped me through the years but as age has crept upon me I have become more determined than ever to have a close walk with God.  There is so much meaning in the above quote.  Just sit and read and devour it and apply it to your life.  You will be blessed I know, because I am.

Did you get a note book to write down all the promises that you find as you study His Word.  I did and it is really revealing.  I started in Matthew and I am still in Matthew.  Please try it, you will like it I'm sure.  God bless you as you study to show yourself approved unto God.  I know He will.

Grandma Joan