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My Sweet Husband!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

My husband just came in from being out in the garage "piddling" as he calls it and said "I ordered you something". I said "what did you order me"? He said, "I'm not going to tell you; it's a surprise." I said "did you order me a Fitbit?" I had never heard anything about a "Fitbit" until I read about it on a lady's blog this morning. It calculates your calories burned, steps walked, stairs climbed and the amount of sleep you get each night. I thought it sounded like a pretty good little device, but hadn't mentioned anything about it to Gerald. He said, "what's a "Fitbit"?, so I took him to the website and showed him all about what it did and everything. He said "would you like to have one of those?" I said, "yes, I think it would really be nice to have one of those." Then, guess what!!!! He said, "I ordered you a Fitbit!" I said, "aw, you're just saying that; did you really order me one?" He said, "yes, they had them on Slickdeals and I thought you might like to have one!" Wow, I was really surprised. I hadn't even heard of them until this morning and now I have one coming in the mail! I have the best husband a woman could ever have! God has been so good to me to give me a godly mate who loves me as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her. Gerald is always thinking of me!

Thank You, Lord, for my husband! I pray Your blessings on him today. That you bless him with good health and long life! In Jesus' name. Amen.

  
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PURPLELVR7 4/24/2012 11:54PM

    You are blessed

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PEPPYPATTI 4/24/2012 7:52PM

    Yes you do have a wonderful husband!!! emoticon emoticon

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 4/24/2012 2:28PM

  You have made me so happy reading this because I just so enjoy seeing married people loving and caring for one another as Christ cares for us His body.

You have an awesome husband because of the grace and love of Jesus just as you are so awesome for your sweet husband because of Jesus who knew you both before the foundation of this earth and knew just exactly when to bless each of you with each other. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DARLENEK04 4/24/2012 12:53PM

  Well AMEN and AMEN................

Hats off to GERALD for taking care of his lady...........................



Congratulations to you...sometime I will tell you how my Godly husband
and I met.....LOL


Darlene

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GABY1948 4/24/2012 11:32AM

    Well, I want to jump on the bandwagon with you and ADJQUILTER...we must have probably the BEST THREE husbands on earth. I thank God for mine everyday and TELL him so. So glad there are others still in the world.

I had never heard of fitbits but will check them out...

And, Avie, I have a "piddler" too...in his EXACT words! God bless husbands like ours EVERYWHERE cause I know there have to be more of them! HUGS

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JEANNE229 4/24/2012 11:28AM

    That is a keeper! What a great guy.

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ADJQUILTER 4/24/2012 10:55AM

    I think that you and I got the last two best men left on the planet! I know that I am certainly blessed to have my DH in my life.
Have a great day, and enjoy every day with Gerald.
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AVANELL 4/24/2012 10:50AM

    Slickdeals has them for $76.46 after the 10% off coupon today. They are regularly $99.95.

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Superabundant, Overflowing Life!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Ephesians 1:15-23 NLT Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for Christians everywhere, I have never stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the wonderful future He has promised to those He called. I want you to realize what a rich and glorious inheritance He has given to His people. I pray that you will begin to understand the incredible greatness of His power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God's right hand in the heavenly realms. Now He is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else in this world or in the world to come. And God has put all things under the authority of Christ, and He gave Him this authority for the benefit of the church. And the church is His body; it is filled by Christ, who fills everything everywhere with His presence.

There are two prayers in Ephesians that have directly influenced my growth in the Lord. This is the first one and the other one is in Ephesians 3:14-19. In this first prayer we see Paul praying for the Ephesian believers to grow spiritually. I started praying this prayer for myself back in the late 1980's and immediately saw my spiritual life grow and increase by leaps and bounds. God loves for us to pray His word over our lives. Paul prayed these things for the Ephesian believers:

1) That they would have spiritual wisdom and understanding so that they might grow in their knowledge of God.
2) That their hearts would be flooded with light so they could understand the future God had promised them.
3) That they might realize the glorious inheritance He has given to His people.
4) That they might understand the great power He has made available to His believers; that same mighty power that raised Christ Jesus from the dead.
5) That His believers would understand that they share Christ's authority because they are His body and are filled with His presence.

I am amazed when I pray this prayer for people, to see God move in such a mighty way as to remove the scales that cover their spiritual eyes. He longs for us to pray for others that He might grow within them and open the eyes of their understanding to see Him more. Without a spiritual awakening people continue to walk around in darkness. We must bring them before the Lord and intercede for their spiritual well-being. This is just one of the prayers that will unlock their spiritual understanding. Just as Paul prayed for his friends at Ephesus, so we must pray for family and friends to know the Lord!

Have you experienced these five things in your spiritual life? Do you have the spiritual wisdom and knowledge to know the Lord more fully? What about your understanding of the future God has promised you? Jeremiah 29:11 says that God has a good future for His people, full of good things. He desires to do good to you and not harm you, to give you a future full of hope. What do you know about the inheritance He has given you as a child of His? When we understand who we are in Christ Jesus we can walk in the fullness of all that He has planned for us. We can walk with authority because God has given us that same authority over the devil that Jesus had. The power that is available to us as believers is the same power that raised Christ Jesus from the dead. What a mighty power that is! That is the power of the Holy Spirit within us! He lives in us and through us and enables us to live victoriously over all the bad things that the devil tries to bring against us.

Jesus said in John 10:10 “The thief's purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give life in all its fullness.”

Here we see that Satan has a plan for people everywhere; it is to steal, kill and destroy. But God's plan for people is that through Christ Jesus they might have life in all its fullness.

God's desire is that we have life in abundance. The word for abundant in the Greek means superabundance, excessive, overflowing, surplus, over and above, more than enough, profuse, extraordinary, above the ordinary, more than sufficient.

Is that the kind of life that you are living in Christ Jesus today? If not, maybe you need to delve into the word and find out just what Jesus died to give you. It is only as we hear the word of God that we can have faith to receive all that He has made available to us because faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God according to Romans 10:17. If you don't understand what is yours by covenant rights purchased by the blood of Jesus you can't believe to receive them.

Father, this morning I pray for my spark friends, that You would give them the spirit of wisdom and understanding that they might know you more fully. I pray that the eyes of their understanding would be enlightened so that they might know the great inheritance they have in You and that they might understand the great power that You have made available to them in Christ Jesus; that same power that raised Jesus from the dead and seated Him at Your right hand, far above all principality and power and rule and dominion. I pray that they might understand the authority that You have placed within them as they look to Jesus as their head. I ask You to fill them to overflowing with You understanding of what belongs to them as children of God; their place in the Body of Christ. Thank You, Lord, for making Yourself real to each one of them. In Jesus' name. Amen.

  
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EDITOR 4/24/2012 8:10AM

    Amen! We are all not called to the position of preacher/teacher/prophet---whatever
. But we are all called to intercede in prayer. If we can't pray we need to set our priorites straight. Many people struggle with prayer. Pray always and never cease.

I too love my SP friends and pray always for them.

Let us pray that the gifts displayed so freely in others never cease. Thank you!

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GABY1948 4/24/2012 8:08AM

    As always, wonderful blog. Yes, I do know what I have in Jesus...but sometimes it is difficult to remember that in bad times...that's why I love reminders such as yours every day...I still have to live by "faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God"

AMEN to you in Jesus' name!

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The Best Is Yet To Come!

Monday, April 23, 2012

Psalm 138:8 The LORD will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

As I was praying this morning the Lord reminded me of this verse of scripture. I am so thankful that what He has begun in me He will bring to completion. Many times we look at the magnitude of what He has called us to do and feel that it is our responsibility to get it done. How wrong! He is the one doing the work through us and will complete it in His own way!

Perfect – Hebrew word gamar – means to end, finish, accomplish, perfect; to come to an end, cease; to perform, fulfill. This verb occurs five times in the Old Testament. Three times it refers to something or someone being cut off or brought to an end (Ps. 7:9; Ps. 12:1; Ps. 77:8). Twice it refers to the completing, finishing, and perfecting of God's work in one's life.

The first reference to the completing work of God in our lives is Psalm 57:2 I will cry out to God Most High, To God who performs all things for me.

The other reference is the one that I started out with: Psalm 138:8

Both of these two references are Old Testament parallels to Philippians 1:6: being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

Sometimes we have a tendency to think as we get older that there is no purpose left for us. We enter retirement and feel as if we are just on the downhill slide to the end of life. But when we understand that God is the one who is finishing the work in us that He has begun then we can look forward to each new day as another day for Him to open up new opportunities for whatever He has for us to do. We once again have a purpose to live; to see the manifestation of the promises of God in our lives. We don't have to resign ourselves to “the best of life is over”. No! The best is yet to come! When a plant reaches maturity is the most fulfilling time of fruit bearing for it. That's the time when that plant bears the most luscious fruit!

Psalm 92:12-15 The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing, To declare that the LORD is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.

At whatever age you are, God has a purpose for your life! And for those who are of retirement age, we don't have to retire from God's work as we do from a secular job. He wants us to REFIRE; not retire! We are to be fresh and flourishing!

I think back through my life and have often thought that the best of my ministry years are over. I spent seven years in prison ministry and have taught all ages throughout my adult years in different church positions. And always looked forward to retirement because I would have more time to be fully involved in whatever ministry God had for me to do. Then when retirement came I found myself wondering what it was that I was to do now! God is opening new doors of opportunity even as I age. I was 60 years old when He told me to go to college to get my degree in Christian Counseling! That took a big step of faith for me and I'm so thankful that He isn't finished with me yet!

God's not finished with you either, Spark Friend! He has a work for you to do, just as He has for me!

Titus 2:1-5 But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine; that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience; the older women likewise, that they be reverent in behavior, not slanderers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things—that they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, home-makers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed.

I often tell the older ladies in our women's ministry group that they have a wealth of wisdom stored up within them to share with the young ladies. Who's going to teach the young women if the older ones retire and sit out the rest of their lives? Don't waste all that wisdom that God has placed within you!

Moses was 80 before God had him lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Caleb was 85 before he was able to take the land that God had given him for his inheritance. He had this attitude about what God had called him to do:

Joshua 14:10-12 “And now, behold, the LORD has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the LORD spoke this word to Moses, while Israel wandered in the wilderness, and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. “As yet I am as strong this day as one the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in. “Now therefore, give me this mountain of which the LORD spoke in that day; for you heard in that day how the Anakim were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. It may be that the LORD will be with me, and I shall be able to drive them out as the LORD said.”

It was said of Caleb that he was different from the others because he had a spirit that wholly followed the Lord His God! I want to have that same spirit within me! How about you?

Father, I thank You that I don't have to live out my calling in You by myself. It is not up to me, Lord. You are the One who is perfecting Your work in me! Thank You, Father, for continuing to cause me to be fruitful even in my retirement years. I praise You for the good plan that You have for my life; to be fruitful even in my old age. I pray for my Spark Friends this morning who may have retired from not just a secular position, but from Your work that You may have had for them to do. Father, please give them back their stamina for living! Cause them to see that You still have a purpose for their lives; that You are not finished with them yet! Strengthen them for the journey that is ahead of them and give them a glimpse of the good things that are yet to come in their lives. I pray that You will perfect that which concerns them! In Jesus' name. Amen.

  
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BOBBIENORTHERN1 4/23/2012 5:15PM

  This is singing in my spirit and soul all the day long and the evening also that the best is yet to come.

I honestly thought I was the only one who was getting that from heaven above, but, your blog brought me back to reality, you also hear the same thing, the best is yet to come, so says the Lord.

I just wonder now how many others are hearing the same message the best is yet to come, yes and amen.

I know as a fact the best is yet to come because our Lord has said it day in and day out to me.

I don't care how long it may take since my time table and the Lord's time table are so different..

I have to listen and hear our Lord to make sure that I am in His time table because that means that I am in His will and not my own soulish desires getting them confused with His purpose that He created me for out of His great love for me and to use me to love all others He puts me in contact with.

Yes again and again "THE BEST IS YET TO COME' I just love how He speaks to each of us.

Most of all it is our responsibility to listen and hear and to obey out of love.

Your blog is just marvelous and so soul and spirit searching for me, thank you. emoticon emoticon

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PRESBESS 4/23/2012 12:46PM

    What a warm, comforting blog. Interesting... I've often wondered how retired people feel about it. I agree with you, retiree's surely have much purpose.

"Re-Fire" & keep it moving on to bigger & better things.

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VINGRAM 4/23/2012 12:07PM

    My son works prison ministry in KC KS....he loves it!

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ADJQUILTER 4/23/2012 10:49AM

    Great posting! Retiring was the best thing that ever happened to me. I have time to exercise and take care of myself and my DH, and I have more time to do work at church. Although my decision to retire was precipitated by my company closing our branch office due to downsizing
(otherwise, I would probably still be working), the Lord turned a negative into a real positive in my life. I thank Him every day!
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PEPPYPATTI 4/23/2012 10:42AM

    A very beautiful prayer!
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BESTSUSIEYET 4/23/2012 9:43AM

    Another word of encougpragement and challenge! You keep 'Em coming! Bless you today!

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GABY1948 4/23/2012 9:11AM

    As the world keeps slipping away further and further into the liberal muck, your blogs always give me a breath of fresh air! And your prayers are just what we all need. Thank you so much, Avie! HUGS, Gaye

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ALLFORHIM8 4/23/2012 8:56AM

    This is one of my favorite scriptures and the Lord brings it around to me again at different times in my life. I enjoy reading your blogs, they are life giving words, real and transparent.

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EDITOR 4/23/2012 8:55AM

    You keep on searching. You keep on seeking. You keep on exhorting others. You keep on praying. You keep on being in the highest will of God. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit is displayed in you at Their fullest. How can we not pray for you as I ask God to keep on with a voice that this odd little place, SP, can come together, with no charge, and hear a teacher/prophet speak to us.
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Father bless, Avanell because it is Your will to do so. Amen



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SANDYTOES17 4/23/2012 8:40AM

    Love this! emoticon

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LRK4CHRIST 4/23/2012 8:31AM

    Yes! The best is yet to come. Thx for sharing.

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Praise Silences The Enemy

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Psalm 34:1-3 I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make its boast in the LORD; The humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the LORD with me, And let us exalt His name together.

I was complaining to the Lord about a situation in my life one day and I asked Him what He thought about it and immediately Psalm 34:1 popped into my mind: “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth”. It was at that moment that I realized that God expected me to praise Him in place of my complaining and grumbling!

What happens when we praise instead of grumbling? I think the key is found in verse three: “Oh, magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together”. What you magnify becomes the biggest in your mind. You can't grumble and complain and magnify the Lord at the same time. One will be larger than the other. If the problem you are experiencing is magnified it will become bigger than the picture of God in your mind. But when you magnify the Lord everything else becomes small. He is God over all the universe. There is nothing too difficult for Him. He spoke everything into being! He is the great I AM; the Alpha and the Omega; the beginning and the end! He always was and always will be! There is no end to His infinite power! Is He not bigger than the problems we have and worthy to be praised?

The Bible tells us in 1 Corinthians 10 that what happened to the Israelites in the wilderness was relayed to us as examples that we might not do the things that they did that got them into trouble. One of the things mentioned there was complaining.

1 Corinthians 10:10 “nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer.”

Complaining opens the door to the enemy to come in and destroy your life. The Word tells us in 1 Corinthians 10:5 that God was not pleased with the Israelites because of the things that they did in the wilderness. They spent 40 years wandering around because they didn't trust God to care for them and lead them into the Promised Land that He had given them as their inheritance. When we complain what we are actually saying is “I don't trust You, Lord, to care for me and do what's best for me”.

In Numbers 14:27, 28 the Word gives a record of God's feelings about the Israelites complaining: “How long shall I bear with this evil congregation who complain against Me? I have heard the complaints which the children of Israel make against Me. “Say to them, 'As I live,' says the LORD, 'just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will do to you: 'The carcasses of you who have complained against Me shall fall in this wilderness, all of you who were numbered, according to your entire number, from twenty years old and above.”

God took their complaining as a direct complaint against Him. What about us? How does He view our complaining? I wouldn't want to be counted as those Israelites and have to die in my complaints. Do we actually want what we complain about to become a reality in our lives or would we rather praise the Lord and open the door for Him to work a miracle in our situations?

God then went on to say that the only two people of that generation who would make it out of the wilderness and inherit their Promised Land was Caleb and Joshua. God said the reason Caleb and Joshua were allowed into the Promised Land was because they “wholly followed the Lord their God”. (Deuteronomy 1:36-38)

We see the Psalmists in the book of Psalms over and over again praising the Lord. Many times they will begin the psalm with praise and then offer up to God the prayer that is on their heart and then close the psalm with praise again. God is not displeased with us when we openly share our feelings with Him. He is displeased when we complain about how bad things are and see them as being bigger than Him. There is a difference between openly crying out to the Lord about a situation and just grumbling and complaining about how bad it is.

When we praise God in the midst of the storm we are strengthened in our inner man and the enemy is silenced and no longer able to convince us that our God will not deliver us from destruction.

Psalm 8:2 Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.”

Father, I thank You today that You are bigger than any problem that might be taking place in my life! You are the Greater One who lives within me and You are worthy of all praise! Thank You for strengthening me through praise! Thank You for silencing the enemy who speaks destruction and defeat! Thank You for delivering me from darkness and shining the light of Your love into my life. I pray for my Spark Friends today that You would reveal Your magnificent power to them in their life's situations that they might see Your glory manifested in their lives. Help us all to remember to praise You even in the midst of the storm. Thank You, Father! In Jesus' name. Amen.

  
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HANDYV 4/24/2012 2:34AM

    Truly a wonderful reminder.

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FITMYPANTSO9 4/22/2012 11:38PM

    Yes praise for God should always be on our lips!

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VISUALLYRICS 4/22/2012 11:30PM

    I was drawn to your blog title ....I can testify that Worship & Praise is a Fantastic spiritual weapon...highly effective!! I use it all the time! The enemy runs from praise!

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FERGSGIRL2 4/22/2012 9:56PM

    Thank you! I've had this confirmation of a grateful heart more than once this week, and I thank God for how He speaks to us and helps us to overcome any obstacle. What a wonderful blog and blessing! Have an awesome week.

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ADJQUILTER 4/22/2012 8:38PM

    If we keep a constant attitude of gratitude, and truly appreciate all we have or do as a gift from God, then there will be no room for complaining. Complaining is a sign that we are being weak, and allowing the Tempter to take control. How can we ever complain when we realize what our God has done for us??????
Thanks, Avie for reminding us to be grateful, and not complaining.

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SLIMLEAF 4/22/2012 6:21PM

    I agree - praising God, even through gritted teeth if necessary, can transform a situation - or at least our attitude to a situation.

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 4/22/2012 5:09PM

  What I have learned out of the old testiment is that complaining is as of witch craft to our Great Father God.

Who wants to be thought of as a witch to our Creator?

I sure don't.

Jesus all through the new covenant tells us to "fear not, believe only".

If we keep Jesus as our focus and sing praises and thanks for His cross and His innocent shed blood and His name and His free gift of righteousness and the ability to use His blood to protect us, and to rest, relax and rely on His love, grace and truth there could never be room for complaining.

We need to have our minds set, set our minds on Jesus all the time because that makes life so much more fun and interesting and never boring.

Every obstacle is an opportunity to prove the word of God and to prove how we are enabled to use His name and the word and His blood to be overcomers over everything that arises against us in the name of Jesus.

He has given to us His body, everything that we need to be over comers and winners over all obstacles and most certainly praising Him is one of the weapons of war fare plus walking and living in love towards one another.

This is such a good blog to get me thinking, thank you

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VINGRAM 4/22/2012 9:53AM

    What a wonderful reminder to start this beautiful day! emoticon

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GABY1948 4/22/2012 9:25AM

    Thank you! I constantly need reminding of this...when down I have to MAKE myself go into praise and it truly is the key!

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Jesus, Our Great High Priest

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Hebrews 4:15, 16 AMP For we do not have a High Priest Who is unable to understand and sympathize and have a shared feeling with our weaknesses and infirmities and liability to the assaults of temptation, but One Who has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sinning. Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God's unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].

Hebrews 2:18 AMP For because He Himself [in His humanity] has suffered in being tempted (tested and tried), He is able [immediately] to run to the cry of (assist, relieve) those who are being tempted and tested and tried [and who therefore are being exposed to suffering.]

Jesus is our High Priest! He was tempted, tested and tried in everything just like we are, yet He didn't sin. Because of His suffering in those areas He is able to help us when we are going through temptations. Praise the Lord, we have someone Who wants to help us in our time of need that understands what we are are going through and has the power to give us the help that we need.

There are two times that we especially need His help: 1) when we are tempted to sin, that we might overcome the temptation and 2) after we have sinned that we might receive forgiveness for the sin.

Let's look at these two instances in a little more depth. The first one: when we are tempted to sin that we might overcome the temptation. In Hebrews 4:15 the Word says that God understands our weaknesses and sympathizes with us because Jesus has been tempted in every way such as us. Wow, that means Jesus was tempted to eat things that would be harmful to His body just as I am. That means that Jesus was tempted with thoughts of failure and defeat, just as I am. Yes, every temptation that you and I are faced with Jesus has already suffered through and won the victory that He might give us the help we need in overcoming our own temptations! The Amplified Bible says that when we come to Him He gives us His grace to help in good time for EVERY need! That help is appropriate for the temptation and well-timed, coming just when we need it! How could we fail with help like that? So, why, then, do we often fail to win over temptation? Many times we do not do our part in overcoming and that is taking the strength that we get from the Lord and standing against or resisting the temptation. Jesus gives the help that we need, but we must apply it to our own situation. You see, He has a part to play and we have a part to play. He is always faithful to supply the help that we need, but we must put it into action. He gives us the weapons to fight the battle, but we must do the fighting. We will always win if we go out in the strength of the Lord!

The second time we especially need His help is after we have sinned, to receive forgiveness. The Word says in 4:16 that we can come boldly to the throne of grace to receive mercy for our failures!

Mercy – according to Webster's 1828 dictionary – that benevolence, mildness or tenderness of heart which disposes a person to overlook injuries, or to treat an offender better than he deserves; the disposition that tempers justice, and induces an injured person to forgive trespasses and injuries, and to forbear punishment, or inflict less than law or justice will warrant.

God gives us mercy for our failures! He treats us better than we deserve; He doesn't hold the offense against us but freely forgives! What good news! I can come boldly into God's presence even when I've sinned because He is waiting to forgive me and restore me into right fellowship with Him! And yet after we have sinned we sometimes feel like we should run from Him because we are not worthy to come into His presence to ask for forgiveness. That is such a misconception! It is brought on by the Father of lies who tells us that we are unworthy of the Lord and have no right to ask Him for forgiveness. It is at that time that we have to stand up to the devil and push aside his lies so we can run to Jesus! God loves us and doesn't hold our sins against us! He wants us to tell Him about the mistakes that we make so He can help us to overcome the next time we are presented with that same situation! God is for us; not against us!

Hebrews chapter 5 goes on to tell us that Jesus is that High Priest who makes sacrifices for the sins of the people. He suffered that we might not have to suffer. He won the victory over sin and its consequences that we might experience the victory! He is waiting for us to come to Him to receive help and forgiveness!

Thank You, Father, for making the way through the sacrifice of Your Son for me to have a great High Priest to help me through the difficulties of my life. I thank You for giving me the well-timed help that I need to overcome the temptations of life and when I fail, the forgiveness that I need to restore me back to You. Thank You, Lord, for making a way when there seems to be no way! You are my High Priest, Lord Jesus, and I look to You for all that I need in this life. I pray for my Spark Friends this morning, Father, that You will reveal to each one of them Your mighty power to overcome temptation. Thank You for providing forgiveness for them when they fail and for helping them to realize that You love them and don't hold their weaknesses against them. You are a merciful High Priest, Lord Jesus, and I praise You today! In Jesus' name. Amen.

  
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PHYLISSCR 4/22/2012 2:40PM

    I am so thankful for a Merciful god who knows me beetter than myself , that understands my weakness, and helps me through dark and hurtful times, he is my best friend. When no one else understands, He does, when no one else notices, He does, He hugs comforts and encourages me..He is my best friend. Thanks for for reminding me...

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KAYYVAUGHN 4/22/2012 7:45AM

    We have so much to be thankful for now.
Kay

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ELISADENK 4/21/2012 7:57PM

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 4/21/2012 7:10PM

  You are so on the spot of who Jesus is and why we can go to Him with anything and everything because He understands and has compassion and His strength and wisdom and grace to give us as a trade off for our weaknesses simply because He has gone through all of it and has over come it all with a physical body just like ours and a soul being our mind, will and emotions to over come just like us.

Tes, He sure is our High Priest forever more. One true lasting sacrifice of His shed innocent blood to seal the new and the better and the ever lasting covenant.

Our Lord is so awesome with this great plan of redemption for us all if we use our will to come to the cross of Jesus.

Yes and amen to your blog

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SLIMLEAF 4/21/2012 6:27PM

    Amen.

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VINGRAM 4/21/2012 12:07PM

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SUNSETBREEZE05 4/21/2012 11:30AM

    Amen, I say to you Amen!!

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ADJQUILTER 4/21/2012 10:58AM

    We are so fortunate that God is not only just, but also merciful. Because of Jesus' sacrifice, we will not get the punishment that we so richly deserve for our sins.
Thanks, Avie, for your insights.
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SUNSET09 4/21/2012 10:16AM

  Thank you so much for this revelation and breaking it down so simply. I teach our Children's Church and always looking for some way to explan the Bible and it's contents to them with clarify and understanding. We speak a lot on every day life however, they need to know whos' and whom they are, the whys and hows. Bless you and thanx so much for sharing! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GABY1948 4/21/2012 9:30AM

    Another wonderful way to start my day and your prayers always hit it! Have a Blessed day Avie!

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EDITOR 4/21/2012 9:02AM

    You are always on target with your teaching, preaching and prophetic tips and words. Keep on keeping on. Love the prayers because that is indeed the Holy Spirit praying through you.

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ALLFORHIM8 4/21/2012 8:34AM

    There it is again, that word He spoke to me the other day-- 'God is for us'
Love it how He keeps confirming His word!


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NICHOLE_4 4/21/2012 8:11AM

    Awesome!

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