Friday, November 12, 2010
Aloha Everyone! My heart rejoices by your comments and responses....PRAISE GOD!
" Merciful Father, Beloved God, you take our grief and turn it into joy. You bring us relief from our enemies; you turn our sorrows into joy; you turn our nights into days; and you turn our mornings into days of celebration. Yes, we often have to face the sorrows and griefs of life, but always you fill our hearts with your joy. We can celebrate the love, grace and mercy we recive daily from you. When we agonize, you comfort us; like farmers, we struggle daily with the weeds, pests, and obstacles of life that plague us daily, but in the end there is always the hope of the bountiful harvest that awaits us. Let us therefore rejoice and sing songs of gladness; let us share the happiness we receive in Christ Jesus with others. Let us take courage in the God that loves us and takes care of us. Let us give all glory and honor to our Beloved God who blesses us daily with blessings from heaven. This we ask and pray ain Jesus' name, Amen!"
How do we use this freedom we have been given by Christ Jesus? 1 Pet 2:16 teaches us to live as free men, but warns us not to use this freedom as a cover for evil. It encourages us to live as servants of God; to use this freedom to do good works that bring praise and glory to God who bestowed this freedom on us. Rev 1:5-6 reminds us that this freedom sets us free from our sins so we may return to God and follow the way He has set for us. It reminds us that we are freed from our sins only by the blood of Christ, our Lord. We have been set free to be citizens in the kingdom of God, and priest to serve God. I believed the Bible has answered the question: "Am I not Free?" Now you know as much as I do about the freedom we have in Christ Jesus. May heaven's blessings be bestowed upon each of you today. In His Love, Vic.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Goooooooooooooood Morning Everyone! Thanks again for your responses and comments on yesterday's prayer and messgae. Feel free to respond anytime.
"Heavenly Father, Holy God, give us the strength to be people of peace in a world of war and violence. At times, this world seem beyond repair, causing us to think, "There is nothing we can do". But this is not true. We have a You, a Loving and Almighty God, to whom we can pray and ask to intervene on our behalf. Let us call on You in our distress; Let us not lean upon our own understanding, but seek your help by faith and with trust. Let us give thanks to our Wonderful Loving God, where nothing is impossible for Him. Let us bring our every care, whether great or small...whatever troubles us; let us bring it all, the haunting fears, the namelesss dread, , because you know our hearts , and you will relieve and lift up our head. Father, we live among people who are contrary to your will. May our lives and examples point them to you. This we pray in Jesus' name, Amen!"
James 1:25 reveals to us what gives us this freedom. It says the "Perfect Law of Liberty" is what gives us this freedom. This Law is found only in Christ Jesus. It is the teachings of Christ. This Law does for us what no other law can do....it frees us from the principles of sin and death. How can we receive this Law? We receive it only by being in Christ, by looking and seeking it, by hearing and remebering it, by doing and obeying it. How do we exercise this law? We exercise it by the way we speak and act, as those who are being judged by the law that gives us this freedom and mercy, instead of justice and condemnation. May God bless each of you today with peace and love. In His Love, Vic.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Greetings Everyone! Thank you, Thank you for your wonderful comments and responses to yesterday's prayer and message.
" Heavenly Father, God of all Creation, give us understanding, that we may observe your Law and keep it with all our heart. Teach us by the Word and thy Spirit. Guide us to walk in thy path; incline our hearts to receive and follow your Word; turn our eyes upon Jesus so we may follow His example; establish thy Word in us and through us. Father, thank you for loving us so much. Thank you for your Word that guides us; thank you for directing our lives to be all that you want us to be. Help us to be open to your will, to long for your love and your Law, for they are the path that leads us to eternal blessings from You. This we pray in the name of Jesus our Lord, Amen!"
As we read Eph 1:3-7, we have to ask, "How do we receive the freedom God has given us?" The scripture says we receive this freedom through Christ Jesus and in Christ Jesus. But how does this happen? It happens by faith and obedience to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, by our adoption as sons and daughters of God in Christ Jesus. How are we adopted?. The Gospel is the power of God unto our salvation ( Rom 1:16). We are adopted bt faith and obedience to the Gospel of our Lord, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our sins according to the riches of His grace. Are you being blessed today? All you need to do is hear the word of truth, believe it, obey it, repent, confess that Jesus is Lord, be baptized for the remission of your sins, and follow Jesus' example in this life. May God bless each of you today with the blessings from the heavenly realm. In His Love, Vic.
Tuesday, November 09, 2010
Aloha Everyone! Thank you for your responsesd ans comments on yesterday's prayer and message....Praise the Lord!
" Loving Father, Merciful God, we praise you with all our heart and being. Touch our heart's today with laughter, tears and wonders that we may know the pleasure of totally losing ourselves in celebration in you our God. Show us how to celebrate in healthy indulgences, with healthy laughter, joy and tears; to know the incredible power of those things which are good for us. Let us experience the healthy emotions that bring gladness and happiness to our very souls. Let us exult You, savor your presence, and be filled with Your awe. Make our soul, our hearts and minds to rejoice in You with Spiritual Health. This we pray and ask in the name of Jesus our Lord, Amen!"
Where can we find this freedom of which we speak? 1 Cor 3:17 tells us we can find this freedom in the Lord, Jesus Christ, and in His Spirit, and nowhere else.
In the Lord and in His Spirit, we are freed from the Old Covenant, and free to indulge in the New Covenant. We are freed from differences which separate people and undermine relationships. In the Lord and in His Spirit, we are united as one, and we are all heirs of the promises of God (Gal 3:28-29). We are freed from the yoke of slavery of sin, and free to follow the righteousness of Christ our Lord ( Gal 5:1). Do you know and enjoy this freedom? Now that's somethinbg to think about! May God bless each of you today with Healthy Indulgences. In His Love, Vic.
Monday, November 08, 2010
Goooooooooood Morning Everyone! What a wonderful weekend! Hope you had one too!
"Heavenly Father, glorious God, forgive us of our selfish ways, our choices that dishonor you, our worldliness, when we fail to carry our cross and follow Jesus, when scriptures make us uncomfortable. We know that you have compassion on those who fear you. We are indeed a mixed bag. You created us out of the dust, taught us to be good, but we give in to tempataion so easy. You know us inside and out. Please remember we are made of mud, a lowly thing, something we wish to get rid of but we can't. It is because of this that you have redeemed us in Christ. We are thankful for your grace, your mercy and your forgiveness. Help us to strive towards perfection in Christ Jesus, our perfect example. This we ask and pray in Jesus' name, Amen!"
What else can we be freed from? Read Rom 3:24. We can be freed from eternal death. Instead of eternal death, God blessed us with eternal life through the redemption that comes only through Jesus Christ. We learn about the power of death in Rom 6:7-10, 18. Sin claims us in death. Christ died for us and paid the price demanded by sin and death so we may be free. We are set free from sin and death to choose God as our Master and enjoy the gift of etrnal life. What sets us free? Rom 8:2, 18-21 teaches us that it is "the Spirit of Life". It sets us free from the "Law of Sin", our worst enemy. It frees us from suffering, frustration and decay, and frees us to hope and glory. That's how much God loves us! That's something worthwhile thinking about! May heaven's blessing be upon each and everyone of you today. In His Love, Vic.
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