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All Who Are Bowed Down

June 22, 2017

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All Who Are Bowed Down

We have seen it time and again.     Someone does something  to hurt another,  and then flippantly says,  “Sorry!”     It’s obvious  that they are not sorry  for hurting another.

That’s bad enough  —  but many treat God Almighty  in the same way.     Just because  they have heard  that the LORD is  a very forgiving God,  they imagine  they can flip a quick,  “Sorry,  LORD!”  to take care  of everything  they are not sorry for.     That is disrespectful  of God’s grace.

Because people often tend  to be that way,  King David  wrote  in Psalm 145:14,

The LORD sustains all  who fall
And raises up all  who are bowed down.

Here we need  to note  that those  who are not humbly sorry  for their wrong doing,  are not “raised up”  or “sustained”  in their lives.     In other words,  they are not forgiven  and given the relief  of God’s grace.     It is only  “all  who are bowed down”,  who are relieved  and forgiven  for their sins.     They just honestly  feel sorry  that they did wrong.

God gladly forgives “all”  who honestly want  to live according to God’s truths,  in faith,  hope,  and love.     David praised God  for His gracious understanding  and willingness  to forgive.

We need  to do the same  as we strive  to live  in a way that is decent,  right,  and loving.

Sustained  by our Savior’s love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for tending  to our deepest needs.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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If You Have Bitter Jealousy

June 21, 2017

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If You Have Bitter Jealousy

“Bitter jealousy”  is something  many  have to deal with.     It doesn’t take much at all  to become jealous  of what someone else has.     It could be anything from riches,  to power,  to popularity,  down to some small worldly item.     One might have tons more  than the person  they are jealous of,  but that is not taken  into consideration.     The rich are often jealous  of the poor  and hatefully try  to take things away  from the poor.     There is no common sense  to these situations.

James, chapter 3  emphasizes  how very small things  control big things  —  like a small rudder  controlling a big ship,  a small bit  controlling a whole horse,  and our small tongues  setting the course  of our whole lives  towards hell.

People might imagine they are powerful  when they boldly lie  against  God’s truth,  but actually,  they are condemning their own selves down  to hell,  because their jealous hatred  is not  in accord  with the faith,  hope,  and love  required  by God.

So,  James 3:13-18 instructs us,

Who among you  is wise  and understanding?      Let him show  by his good behavior  his deeds  in the gentleness  of wisdom.     But  if you have bitter jealousy  and selfish ambition  in your heart,  do not be arrogant  and so lie  against  the truth.      This wisdom  is not that  which comes down  from above,  but is earthly,  natural,  demonic.     For where jealousy  and selfish ambition exist,  there is disorder  and every evil thing.     But  the wisdom  from above  is first pure,  then peaceable,  gentle,  reasonable,  full of mercy  and good fruits,  unwavering,  without hypocrisy.     And the seed  whose fruit  is righteousness  is sown  in peace  by those  who make peace.

There is a whole lot  to think on  in James’ words here.     Knowing we are  in God’s loving care,  we have no reason  for “bitter jealousy”.     We don’t need  to be constantly tearing  other people down.     It’s scary  to realize  that such “bitter jealousy”  is actually “demonic”.     We want God’s love  to lead us  —  not Satan’s evil ways.

Resting  our whole lives  in God’s tender care,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  Your love  and wisdom  are all we need  to carry us through  this earthly life.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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The Word Which I Have Spoken

June 20, 2017

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The Word Which I Have Spoken

Most everybody  has something to say  —  and it may  or  may not  be of value.     Some stoutly speak  words  of deception  —  some speak  without any actual knowledge  —  and others proclaim known truths.     We need  to listen carefully  and be able  to figure out  what the truth is.

All  of Jesus’ words  have been proven true  as they are the fulfillment  of many Old Testament prophecies.     As true as all  of Jesus’ words are,  there are many false preachers,  who put a bit  of a twist  on it,  so that their false words mislead people  into wrong beliefs  that might steal us  away  from a saving faith.

That is why  it is  of the utmost importance  for all  of us  to study God’s word  in the Bible.     When we come  to the realization  that Jesus’  sacrificial suffering,  death,  and resurrection  really do  forgive us  of absolutely  all  of our sins,   we are cleansed  of all our sins  through faith  in Jesus.     Faith  in Jesus  makes us righteous  in God’s eyes  and welcomed  in heaven.

That is why Jesus said  in John 15:3,

You are already clean  because of  the word  which I have spoken  to you.

Jesus taught the truths  of God.     Believing those truths  makes us “clean” and righteous.    If we don’t believe  all that Jesus taught,  our unbelief  leaves us  unclean  in God’s eyes.     Why?     Because unbelief  is the same  as calling God Almighty  a liar.     Why should anyone  be calling God  a liar  when He has fulfilled  so many prophesies  in Christ Jesus?

At the same time,  those who believe  in Jesus’ authority  to forgive,  will be persecuted  for their true faith.     There are many Bible verses  that speak  of God’s faithful  being persecuted  for their faith.     2 Timothy 3:12 is one such verse,

Indeed,  all who desire  to live godly  in Christ Jesus  will be persecuted.

But,  knowing God’s power  is victorious  over all,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for Your truths.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

.

Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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A Different Spirit Or a Different Gospel

June 19, 2017

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A Different Spirit Or a Different Gospel

Words can be ever so subtle  and deceptive  when someone wants  to deceive us.     The deceiver can make things sound  so innocent  —  when in fact,  he is leading us  into danger  —  and possibly,  eternal death.     That’s how it was  for the Corinthians  that the apostle Paul  was writing to.     Paul pleaded  in 2 Corinthians 11:3-4,

But I am afraid that,  as the serpent  deceived Eve  by his craftiness,  your minds  will be led astray  from the simplicity  and purity  of devotion  to Christ.     For  if one comes  and preaches another Jesus  whom we have not preached,  or you receive  a different spirit  which you have not received,  or a different gospel  which you have not accepted,  you bear this beautifully.

When  “the serpent  deceived Eve”,  it was not some bold statement  about defying God.     Instead,  it was just hints  that they surely would not die  just for eating  an apple.     Then  there was the seductive hint  that their “eyes would be opened”  and they would actually become  “like God,  knowing good  and evil”.     Now,  that sounded  really good.

Satan is still dropping hints  of various sorts  to people today.     He sounds so good  and promising  for better things  in this life.     With all these seemingly good “opportunities”  to improve  our lives,  people’s  minds are gradually changed  to begin disregarding God  and imagining  that there is a better,  smarter way  to live.

In a short order  the people soon have  “a different spirit”  and actually believe  “a different gospel”.     These days,  this “different spirit”  and  “different gospel”  could be a new age concept,  so-called “Christian yoga”,  a philosophy,  work righteousness,  false doctrines,  or anything else  that is the least bit different  from what God’s word actually teaches.

Paul does not want Christians  to be so  “beautifully”  accommodating  to all these deceptions  and twistings  of God’s word.     We need  to be aware  of the deceptiveness  of this world,  so that our minds  will not be  “led astray  from the simplicity  and purity  of devotion  to Christ”.

We do need  to be strengthened  with God’s word  every day,  so we can recognize deceptions  and safely remain in the truth.     In the joy  of God’s truths,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for Your word.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

.

The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

.

Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

.

Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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I Am Writing These Things to You

June 18, 2017

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I Am Writing These Things to You

When a person  takes the time and effort  to write something,  it is most likely  something  of importance.     Things are written  to help us remember  important facts.     So many details  are factored  into the main point  and purpose  of writing.

That is what  the Apostle John  had in his heart  as he wrote  to all those  in the church.     John wrote  in 1 John 2:1-6,

My little children,   I am writing these things  to you  so that  you may not sin.      And if anyone sins,  we have an Advocate  with the Father,  Jesus Christ  the righteous;  and He Himself is  the propitiation  for our sins;  and not for ours only,  but also for those  of the whole world.

By this we know  that we have come  to know Him,  if we keep His commandments.     The one who says,  “I have come  to know Him,”  and does not keep  His commandments,  is a liar,  and the truth  is not in him;  but whoever keeps His word,  in him  the love of God  has truly been perfected.     By this we know  that we are  in Him:  the one who says  he abides  in Him  ought himself  to walk  in the same manner  as He walked.   

John considered  all Christians  his “little children”  because no matter what  their physical age,  they were growing up into the true faith.     Growing  in the true faith  is a life-long endeavor  for all Christians.     God is so awesome  in everything  He has done  —  and is doing  —  that we are always kept  in a state  of learning more.

John took the time for  “writing these things  to you”  to keep us all  on the straight  and narrow path  of rightly believing and trusting  in Jesus only.     On top  of that,  John was fully aware  that we will always  be sinners  while on this earth.     When we fall  into sin,  we need the help  and assurance  of Jesus’ ability  to thoroughly forgive  all our sins.     Knowing that Jesus also has the power  to forgive the sins  of every believer  in “the whole world”,  strengthens us  to realize  that He also will  forgive our sins.

Being  so beloved  by God Almighty  leads us  to strive  to keep  “His word”.     So,  those  who believe  and trust  in Jesus  will honestly  and sincerely  make great efforts  “to walk  in the same manner  as He walked”.

As we daily “walk”  in the love  of God,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  Your love  is marvelous!”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

.

The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

.

Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

.

Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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My Rock

June 17, 2017

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My Rock

If you were to visit our home,  you would see  that I love rocks.     The kitchen window sills  are lined  with rocks.     The back door  has a rock doorstop.     Flower pots  have beautiful rocks  in them.     The fireplace mantel  has heart shaped rocks  on it.     Traveling friends  brought us unique rocks  from Turkey.

Each rock seems special  for its individuality  and beauty.     They all remind us  of the beauty  and solidness  of our Creator  and Savior.

On occasion  my Sunday School and Vacation Bible School classes  were awarded painted rocks  for memorizing  their verses.     They loved  lugging home  their memory rocks.     One such rock  had three verses  on it.     They were:

Everyone  who hears these words  of Mine  and continues  to follow them  is like a  man  who had sense enough  to build his house  on the Rock.    +     Matthew 7:24

…….that Rock was Christ.    +    1 Corinthians 10:4

The LORD  is my Rock  and my Fortress.    +    Psalm 18:2

Moses seems to be the first  to refer  to God  as our Rock.     He wrote it  in a song  that is recorded  in Deuteronomy 32:3-4.     It was written  shortly before he died  and the Israelites entered  into the Promised Land.     In it  he sang:

For I proclaim the name  of the LORD.
Ascribe greatness  to our God!
The Rock!     His work  is perfect,
For all His ways  are just;
A God of faithfulness  and without injustice,
Righteous  and upright  is He.

Moses’ song explains why  we can know  for sure  that it makes good sense  to build our house  —  our whole life  —  on the solid Rock,  our LORD.     It makes good sense  because all God’s work  is perfect.      The God whose work  is perfect  is fully capable  of taking care  of our needs.     Then,  all God’s ways  are just.     We can  count on the LORD  to be faithful to us  and without injustice  of any sort.

So,  when we see injustice  all around us  and then recall  all that God has done  throughout history,  we can say  with Paul  in Romans 8:28,   “We know  that God causes  all things  to work together  for good  to those who love God.”       In short,  God truly is righteous  and upright.     Time will tell  in the end.

All of that  makes our Savior  a truly safe hiding place  during the storms  of life.

But,  not everyone knows that.

Instead,  most people reject  and mock Jesus,  calling Him  an imposter  and a fake.     They don’t even realize  that all their mockings  were prophesied  by Isaiah about 740 years  before Christ was born.    Isaiah 8:13-15 prophesies:

It is the LORD of hosts  whom you should regard  as holy,
And He shall be  your fear,
And He shall be  your dread.
THEN  He shall become  a sanctuary;
But  to both the houses  of Israel,
A STONE  to strike  and a ROCK  to stumble over,
And a snare  and a trap  for the inhabitants  of Jerusalem.
And many will stumble  over them,
Then they will fall  and be broken;
They will even be snared  and caught.

What is it  about Jesus  that will make these people  stumble,  fall,  and be broken  over Him  –  our Rock?

It’s because  they prefer  to believe  in themselves.     They want to believe  that they have the power,  all on their own,  to live a satisfactory life  that will grant them  entrance into heaven.

But,  Jesus says  in John 14:6  that is not the way  it is.     Instead,  we must accept Jesus  for what He is  when He says,  “I am the way,  and the truth, and the life;  no one comes  to the Father  but through Me.”

Jesus also says  in John 8:24,   “Unless you believe  that I am He,  you will die  in your sins.”     Whoa!     We will die  in our sins,  i.e.  not go to heaven,  unless we believe  that Jesus is the Savior  who literally  takes away  the sins  of the world.

If we refuse  to trust  in the merits  of Jesus’ death  and resurrection  for us,  we will never  enter heaven.     Refusing to believe  in Christ  is the same  as calling God a liar  for claiming  that His love  in Christ  totally saves us.

That’s stumbling  —  big time.

Knowing Christ’s sacrificial love  for us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for the proven truths  of Your word.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

.

The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

.

Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

.

Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

.

**************

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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Concerning the Word of Life

June 16, 2017

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Concerning the Word of Life

Many Bible passages  need to be spiritually discerned  —  they are not literal  —  so they are not  to be thought of  in an earthly,  physical way.     One example is  where Jesus says  in John 6:35,

I am the bread of life;  he who comes  to Me  will not hunger,  and he who believes  in Me  will never thirst.

Jesus is  not speaking  of a physical loaf  of bread.     When we eat  earthly bread,  we will soon  be hungry again.     But,  when we accept Jesus  as our Savior  and believe in Him,  we are spiritually satisfied  forever.     Believing in Jesus,  we won’t be searching  for anything else  to satisfy  our longings  in life.

In that same chapter,  Jesus had also explained,

For the bread  of God  is that  which comes down  out of heaven,  and gives life  to the world.     John 6:33

I am  the living bread  that came down  out of heaven;  if anyone eats  of this bread,  he will live  forever;  and the bread also  which I will give  for the life   of  the world  is My flesh.     John 6:51

Knowing  and believing this spiritual truth  and all the Old Testament prophecies  about the Savior,  the Apostle John  was able  to say  in 1 John 1:1-3,

What was from the beginning,  what we have heard,  what we have seen with our eyes,  what we have looked at  and touched with our hands,  concerning the Word of Life  —  and the life was manifested,  and we have seen  and testify  and proclaim to you the eternal life,  which was with the Father  and was manifested to us  — what we have seen  and heard  we proclaim to you also,  so that you too may have fellowship with us;  and indeed our fellowship  is with the Father,  and with His Son Jesus Christ.  

It is because  of spiritually discerned passages  like these  that many people  reject Jesus  as their Savior.     They lack  an understanding  of the LORD God Almighty,  who is our Creator Redeemer.     And so,  Jesus had to teach  us all  in John 4:24,

God is spirit,  and those who worship Him  must worship  in spirit  and truth.

Let us open up our Bibles  and learn  about things  “concerning the Word  of Life”,  so that God  may lead us  in the truths  that will  lead us  to eternal life.     Then we will say  with assurance,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  the power  of Your Word  of Life  gives eternal life  to all  who believe  in You.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

.

The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

.

Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

.

Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

.

**************

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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