Friday, March 2, 2018

Carry on What You have Learned

It is getting hard for me to blog but I want to share something with you that will help you a lot.

You can get books, CD's if you want to continue studying the lessons that we have been learning by

contacting 'Justified' on your computer.  Feel free to do this, it is a ministry and they are

free to you if you will share them and help others be ready for Jesus to come.  Frank Philips was an

evangelist and church pastor etc for 45 years.  Also you will find other authors too and sermons,

another one is Glenn Coon.  He shares experiences to help understand his topics and its good too.

I will remember to pray for my viewers and when Jesus comes we will get to meet in heaven.  I'll be looking forward to seeing you there.  Thank all of you for viewing my blog and I hope you were blessed by it.  "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding."  I may drop in once in a while to see if anyone has been on the site.  I'll be 87 in May and it's time to rest my weary bones and my mind and get myself ready for Christ's return.  Grandma Joan.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

God's Yoke Is Also A Yoke of Service

Matthew 10:8  "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons.  Freely you have received, freely give."

Matthew 20:26-28  "And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave--just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve...."

The yoke is an instrument of service.  Cattle are yoked for labor, and the yoke is essential that they may labor effectually.  By this illustration Christ teaches us that we are called to service as long as life shall last. We are to take upon us His yoke, that we may be co-laborers with Him.

If you will seek the Lord and be converted every day; if you will of your own spiritual choice be free and joyous in God; if with gladsome consent of heart to His gracious call, you come wearing the yoke of Christ,--the yoke of obedience and service,--all your murmurings will be stilled, all your difficulties will be removed, all the perplexing problems that now confront you will be solved.

Whatever business engagements men may yoke up with, if Christians, they must wear the yoke of duty to Christ.  This is their allegiance.  They are to consider themselves bound by superior obligations.  The Master, Jesus Christ, has placed His yoke upon the neck of every disciple.  The life service is pledged to Him in accepting His yoke.  Anything that will mar or hinder his perfect service to God is to be broken off, whatever its nature or character may be...

I hope you are following on to know just what Christ intends to do for His people.  To me it is a wonderful experience.  There are times when the devil messes with our minds and we have to resist Him and draw near to God and he will flee. Then we have peace again because we know that we are following on to know God and Jesus His Son.  Remember He does the work in us and not ourselves.  Grandma Joan

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Depression - A Way Out and Up

This will be a short lesson on depression.  For a month or so I have been listening to sermons on 'dying to self' and 'surrender' and I guess because of my age and it's getting more difficult for me to understand the deep things of God, I thought I was getting it but yesterday I found out that I wasn't getting all of it especially on these two subjects.  I decided I needed to share what happened to me and how I got help.

I got up yesterday morning and a dark cloud engulfed me, a dark depressive mental cloud.  I couldn't even read the Bible without crying.  It was the deepest and darkest pit I have ever been in and I couldn't shake it.  I asked my son if he would take me out for the day to the mall and just let me get away from this ugly spirit.  So he did.  I got some things that I needed and we had lunch there and gradually it started lifting a little then I ran into a sweet friend and that helped a little more but never mentioned to anyone the pit I was in.

Then by God's grace and promptings my daughter came by this morning and I hadn't seen her for about five weeks, she's been gone and got back Friday last week.  After we caught up on all the news I asked her if she could help me with a question I had.  She said, 'I'll try'.  So I said, 'How do you surrender or die to self?  In a nutshell she said, 'For one thing you have to know that God loves you, no matter what you have done, He loves you.  Take your eyes off your self and how you are doing spiritually.  Don't think about you at all, your salvation is not about you it's about Jesus and what He is doing in you.  Don't take your eyes off Jesus, Take them off yourself and others.  Concentrate on Jesus, keep looking up.  Let Him do the work in you and you just surrender to His working in you.  Ask to be filled with His Holy Spirit every morning and keep your eyes turned up all the time on Him.  (In your mind, you can't walk around doing things and run into stuff,  In other words keep Him in your thoughts, all the time as you do your work or whatever you are doing, and keep looking to Him for guidance and direction. 

She was baptized not too long ago and I have never seen a person so transformed into what she is today and she was.  She told me to day that she prayed before she went under the water that God would baptize her with His Spirit and she said He did.  I believe it because I have never in my 86 years someone transformed like she was.  I am so blessed to have a daughter like her.

You are welcome to use her experience in your life if you are under depression or if Satan is messing with your life in anyway, this will work, I am whole again and praise the Lord for using her to help me.  Grandma Joan.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Take Up God's Yoke / What is God's Yoke?

1 John 5:3  "For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments, and His commandments are not burdensome."

This yoke, (which) you are afraid (to) put upon your neck because you fear it will gall, Jesus says is easy.  The burden you dare not touch--is light.  All that is required on your part is to resolutely lay hold upon it, and you will find it a support rather than a grievous burden.  That cross which seems so inconvenient  an instrument to lift, which seems too heavy to be raised, when you cheerfully lay hold upon it and lift it, it will lift you and be a support and strength to you.

What is God's Yoke?

John 6:38 "For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me."

John 13:17  "If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them."

The yoke and the cross are symbols representing the same thing,--the giving up of the will to God.

What is "My yoke"?  It is perfect submission to God.

When you give up your own will, your own wisdom, and learn of Christ, you will find admittance into the kingdom of God.  He requires entire, unreserved surrender. Give up your life for Him to order, mold, and fashion. Take upon your neck His yoke. Submit to be led and taught by Him.  Learn that unless you become as a little child, you can never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Holiness is not rapture: it is an entire surrender of the will to God; it is doing the will of our heavenly Father; it is trusting God in trial, in darkness as well as in the light; it is walking by faith and not by sight; it is relying on God with unquestioning confidence, and resting in His love.

Holiness is constant agreement with God.

Do you think that you could be in constant agreement with God?  A good question isn't it?  I want to be, how about you.  Grandma Joan.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Do Not Take On False Yokes

Galatians 5:1  "Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has mad us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage."

John 8:36  "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed."

Does He not tell us the truth when He says, "My yoke is easy"?  If we manufacture yokes for ourselves, as many are doing, we shall find them extremely galling: but if we take the yoke that Christ has prepared for us, and become meek and lowly in heart, self will be hid with Christ in God.  This is the correct position for us to occupy.

We often think we are having a hard time in bearing burdens, and it is too often the case, because God has not made any provision for us to carry these burdens; but when we bear His yoke and carry His burdens, we can testify that the yoke of Christ is easy and His burdens are light, because He has made provision for these.

Jesus invites you to lay down the yoke you have been bearing, which has been galling your neck--the load of self-love, covetousness, pride, passion, jealousy, and evil surmising.  Yet how closely do men clasp these curses, and how loath are they to give them up.

Take Up God's Yoke

1 John 5:3  "For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments.  And His commandments are not burdensome."

This yoke (which) you are afraid too put upon your neck because you fear it will gall, Jesus says is easy.  The burden you dare not touch--it is light.  All that is required on your part is to resolutely lay hold upon it, and you will find it a support rather than a grievous burden.  That cross which seems to you so inconvenient an instrument to lift, which seems too heavy to be raised, when you cheerfully lay hold upon it and lift it, it will lift you and be a support and strength to you.

There will be a few more studies on the yoke that we are asked to bear and we will find out how easy it is.  Do let each study soak in really good and two or three more studies will change your thoughts on this Bible verse that 'His yoke is easy and His burden is light'.  Hardly anyone understands this but it is a great burden lifted to me and probably to you too. So hang in and we will come out on top!!  Grandma Joan

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Receive Victory

2 Corinthians 2:14  "Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ...."

2 Corinthians 7:1  "Therefore, having these promises, beloved let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."

In order to gain te victory over every besetment of the enemy, we must lay hold on a power that is out of and beyond ourselves.  We must maintain a constant, living connection with Christ, who has power to give victory to every soul that will maintain an attitude of faith and humility....As those who hope to receive the overcomer's reward, we must press forward in the Christian warfare, though at every advance we meet opposition....As overcomers, we are to reign with Christ in the heavenly court, and we are to overcome through the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.  "Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God."

None will enter the holy city, the paradise of God, but as conquerors,...those who have separated themselves from the world, and stood in defense of the faith once delivered to the saints, and have fought the good fight of faith, looking constantly to "Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Let us take the robe of His righteousness woven in the loom of heaven.  There is not a thread of humanity in that robe.  It is the robe of Christ's righteousness.  Let us put it on right here.  We want life.  We want to give the example of what Christ is and what we may be.  Oh, that we might manifest God to a fallen world.  We may be purified so that we may wear the robe of Christ's righteousness, and the crown of immortality.  God grant that this may be our lot; for Jesus loves us with a love that is infinite.  He does not want that any of us should perish, but that everyone may have that life that measures with the life of God.  God grant that we may secure that blessed inheritance.

Adopt Christ's Lifestyle Of Obedience and Service, Take Christ's Yoke

Matthew 11:28-30  "Come unto me , all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

It is possible for us to overcome in the power that Christ does in us.  Some sins are tougher to give up but all are possible to give to Christ, it make take a few stumblings but don't give up, it's a matter of eternal life or eternal death, it's our choice.  We have the free choice to choose right or wrong, it is totally up to us.  But because Christ does the overcoming, it is our choice whether we will surrender our life to Him to do His pleasure in us.  May we make the right choice every day to stay with Him and live for Him.  Grandma Joan

Friday, February 23, 2018

Do Not Consult Your Feelings

Jeremiah 17:9  "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?

Romans 10:17  "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."

Proverbs 3:5,6  "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, an lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths."

If you look to yourself, you will see only weakness.  There is no Savior there.  You will find Jesus away from yourself.  You must look and live; (look) to Him who became sin for us, that we might be cleansed from sin and receive of Christ's righteousness.

Satan may try to bind you to his car (chariot) as a helpless soul.  But shout in victory that Christ has made you a free man.  Do not dishonor God by one expression of inefficiency and inability to overcome fully, entirely, and gloriously through Jesus Christ, who has died to redeem you and make you a free man,  conquer, yes conquer.  Put your will every moment on the side of God's will.  Think hopefully and courageously.  In faith cry out against Satan, and looking unto Jesus who is the author and finisher of your faith, say, "Jesus , my Redeemer, I am weak.  I cannot do anything without Your special help.  I hang my helpless soul on You.  Then let your imagination dwell on the thought that you are in the presence of Jesus, walking with God, your life hid with Christ in God....Then you will not glorify Satan by imagining yourself weak an helpless.  You will keep yourself uplifted into a pure and holy atmosphere.  You will receive the Holy Spirit as a omforter, as a sanctifier....You will have a calm, restful spirit in God.  You will say, "Jesus lives, and because He lives I will live also, He has conquered Satan in my behalf, and I will not be conquered by the devil once.  I will not disgrace my Lord and Leader; but I will triumph in His holy name, an come off more than conqueror.

If we believe in the power of Jesus' name, and present our petitions to God in His name, we shall never be turned away....Our help cometh from God, who holds all things in His own hands.  Our peace is in the assurance that His love is exercised toward us.  If faith grasps this assurance we have gained all; if we lose this assurance, all is lost.  When we surrender all we have and are to God, and are placed in trying and dangerous positions, coming in contact with Satan, we should remember that we shall have victory in meeting the enemy in the name and power of the Conqueror.  Every angel would be commissioned to come to our rescue when we thus depend upon Christ rather than that we should be permitted to be overcome.

Let's believe in the power of Jesus name and be total overcomers and let Him conquer Satan in our behalf.  Grandma Joan