Music Mondays- Same God by Elevation Worship

I don’t know about you, but I have never been placed in a fiery furnace, placed in a lions den, come to the Red Sea with nowhere to go while being chased by chariots, faced a giant, had a wife give birth at the age of 90, or any of the other wonders that God worked for people in the Old Testament.

When we read those accounts, they can be encouraging for our faith but perhaps a bit difficult to relate to. However, the same God who performed those wonders is the great I AM. He has all power and loves us deeply. When we pray, we are praying to the same God who did all of those miraculous things in the Old Testament, the Gospels, and the Acts of the Apostles.

I will always remember the summer of 2020 during the height of the pandemic and being told classes I had taught at the college in the evenings for 20 years were permanently canceled. I had no way to seek out anything in the midst of the pandemic to replace the lost income I depended on for the summer. I heard Lauren Daigle’s song Rescue and prayed-Jesus I need you to rescue me. I had shared with a few people about my problem, but could not have anticipated what would happen. In the following weeks, I received enough money each month to make up for the lost income most of it anonymously.

Whatever situation we face, we can pray to the same God who performed the miracles we read about in the bible.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

For Unto Us- Prince of Peace

I woke up one morning with the thought of doing a series on Isaiah 9:6. The thought actually woke me up. This brief series started with For Unto To Us- The Birth of Jesus Foretold 700 Years Before. Then the series began to look at Isaiah 9:6 and the different aspects of he shall be called. First was For Unto Us- And he Will Be Called- Wonderful Counselor. Then it was For Unto Us- Mighty God. Earlier this week it was- For Unto Us- Eternal Father Today we conclude with For Unto Us- Prince of Peace.

For to us a child is born,
    to us a son is given,
    and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
    Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

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We tend to think of peace only as the absence of conflict between countries, or sides. But that kind of peace is temporary. We might think of peace as a state of mind or being at peace. The problem is where are we deriving the peace of mind from. That is only as good as its source. If we look to ourselves, that peace does not last. If we look to performing any kind of exercise like yoga, that can be fleeting.

While Jesus was preparing his disciples for the impending death and resurrection of Jesus, the disciples were troubled. It is in that context that Jesus said in John 14:27:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

Jesus gives peace that is based on him. It is an eternal peace. He does not give us peace like the world gives. He gives us eternal peace with God our Creator. Peace with God is where eternal peace starts. Paul wrote in Romans 5:1:

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,

Paul also wrote about the peace we can have inside in our spirits in Romans 15:13″

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

The peace Jesus gives is eternal peace with God and internal peace in the face of adversity knowing that he is with us and will never leave us.

One day Jesus will return to earth and then the world will be at peace. At that time there then be no more war and other troubles that have plagued human beings for thousands upon thousands of years.

The peace Jesus gives is complete and thorough.

You can have that peace with God, eternal peace and internal peace that Jesus offers freely by believing in Jesus as your Savior that he came and died for you and me.

I would like to share this song with you by Matt Redman- His Name Shall Be Called.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Why We Can Have Peace and Gratitude in any Circumstance- John Chapter 16

Jesus had revealed to the disciples the hardships they would endure. When I think of what they experienced, being put in jail, being put out of the synagogue, being ostracized, being tortured and being put to death because of their faith in Jesus and proclaiming Jesus, it greatly enhances my appreciation of the closing words of John 16.

 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

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Jesus wants us to have peace in our souls in any situation and hardship in life. He gives us the peace that transcends all understanding. We can rest assured that whatever we face in this life, Jesus is with us.

The disciples/apostles did not back down in the face of what they endured because they had seen something. They saw Jesus after his resurrection. They ate breakfast with him. He showed them his scars. They knew Jesus had been crucified to death and then saw him after he defeated death.

They knew he had overcome death They knew he had overcome the world full of strife, disease, hatred, wars etc. Jesus shares his victory with us. We can be assured that we will be with him forever.

Every problem in this life is temporary. Eternal life begins the moment we trust Jesus as our savior. It does not begin when we enter heaven, it begins when we place our faith in Jesus because eternal life comes from relationship with Jesus. It is only our earthly bodies that will die someday. Our souls will live forever and one day be reunited with our bodies in the resurrection.

That why Jesus said ‘take heart’ because in him we have eternal life no matter what happens in this life. He is also with us always in this life.

If you know Jesus, how does it make you feel to know Jesus says- ‘take heart’ because he has overcome the world?

If you do not know Jesus, you can by telling him you want him in your life, want his forgiveness, and that you believe he is the savior who died for you.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

When Jesus Repeats Something Pay Attention- John Chapter 14

If Jesus says something one time, I want to pay attention. If he repeats it, I really want to pay attention. In the conversation Jesus had with the disciples in John 14, there are two things he repeats; the Holy Spirit and the phrase Do Not Let Your Hearts Be Troubled.

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When Jesus first mentions the Holy Spirit, he refers to him as another help us. The 2nd mention of the Holy Spirit we learn more about what the Holy Spirit does.

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

How wonderful it is when a bible verse comes to mind just when it is needed. There is a connection between being filled with the Spirit and the God’s Word.

Ephesians 5 encourages us to the filled with the Spirit. We note the outflowing of being filled with the Spirit.

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit,  speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Then note the similarity with Colossians 3:16

 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

The more we fill our minds with God’s Word, the more the Spirit can work in our lives.

The second thing Jesus repeats is the phrase- Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled.

Before Jesus repeats it, he tells them what he will share with them.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.

The peace the world gives is temporary and conditional. The number of peace treaties signed and then violated are too numerous to count. There are also the life styles offering peace of mind which tends to go out the window as soon as trouble arrives. The peace Jesus gives is eternal peace in our spirits knowing Jesus is in control and we will be with him forever.

That is what Jesus bases the repeated phrase- Let Your Hearts Not Be Troubled- on.

He reassures them and then lets reminds them of what is coming. Satan attempt to defeat Jesus which in actually ends up being Jesus’s victory over Satan.

I will not say much more to you, for the prince of this world is coming. He has no hold over me,  but he comes so that the world may learn that I love the Father and do exactly what my Father has commanded me

The fact that Jesus reassures them before reminding them makes me think of the wonderful truth of Romans 8:

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,  neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Absolutely NOTHING can separate us from Jesus. We are eternally his.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Where Is Real Peace Found? — Jaime Luce

Gone are the days of just desiring to live a quiet and peaceful life. A life where you can just freely live, make a living of your choice and raise your family with the values and beliefs you hold dear without interference. Instead, we are daily wakened to the life-draining news and propaganda. Couple that with the onslaught of forced feedings of agenda by social media or any media for that matter.

Where Is Real Peace Found? — Jaime Luce

Wellness Wednesday- Peace of Mind

At the risk of making people I think I am older than I look, 🙂 , I was thinking about the different crises I may have lived through in the USA. My earliest memories as far as being aware of life around me were the Watergate Scandal and the Vietnam War. Then came gas lines and a terrible economy. That was all in the 1970s. Each decade of my life there has been some form of turmoil.

Since 1993, I have lived with chronic illness and have experienced what it is like to go through the maze of trying to get a diagnosis only to end up with being diagnosed with five issues, asthma, hypothyroid, Celiacs, Fibromyalgia and Psoriatic Arthritis.

Since I rededicated my life to Jesus in July 1989, there have been many valleys, struggles, hardships, while not only trying to live for Jesus but also seeking what he was calling me to in life.

Considering the constant pressure of life whether what is happening in society, happening with my health, and happening with struggles in my own life, one might conclude I do not have peace of mind or if I say I do, some might think I am in denial.

It all comes down to not what I am looking to for help but who. The who is Jesus. Jesus said in John 14:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

The peace the world looks at is temporary, external, and focused on circumstances, The peace Jesus gives is internal, eternal, and based on knowing him.

I love the way Psalm 121 says it:

I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

Through everything I have been through, Jesus has brought me through. He has given me peace in my spirit and has helped me step by step.

I love this song by Alisa Turner- I Will Lift My Eyes.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- Stayed On Him by Terrian

There’s a world full of mercy and peace
Mercy and peace, waiting for me
There’s a land for the lost and the least
Where they dine with King, waiting for me
Yeah, His holiness fills up the temple
Still He took my sin and my shame
I didn’t deserve to be rescued
But still He has called me by name

I love the lyrics of Stayed On Him by Terrian. No matter happens in this life, the struggles, the problems, the difficulties, we can know that God is with us and will never leaves us. We can also know that in eternity we have a future in the presence of God. So through it all we can keep our eyes on him knowing he loves us.

Her song is based on Isaiah 26:3

You will keep in perfect peace
    those whose minds are steadfast,
    because they trust in you.

I hope this upbeat and uplifting song blesses you as much or more than it has me.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

If The World Goes One Way, Do We Follow?

When I was a student in Bible College, I saw a painting of Jesus standing at the UN Building knocking on the door. It wasn’t the best painting as far as artwork goes, but the message was clear. The Prince of Peace was knocking on the door of the World Body.

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Bolivia, China, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, France, Gabon, Malawi, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Russia, Senegal, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Uzbekistan.

As I look at the list of countries above, I think about how I have visited two, France and Mexico, and have had students all of them except the United Kingdom, which already speaks English, Gabon and Malawi.

Something else about these countries that perhaps some do not know. They are on the United Nations Human Rights Council.

China on the Human Rights Council? Yes, the country that is committing genocide against the Muslim minority Uighurs even harvesting their organs. Cuba on the Human Rights Council? Yes, the country people are willing to try to raft, sail, swim 90 miles to Florida across shark infested waters to get away from.

You get my point.

This is a bit of a long intro to Isaiah 55:8-

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.”

Just because the world says something is a good idea, does not make it a good idea.

In these uncertain times, I want to seek and follow God’s ways. Why?

My desire is for people I interact with to come to know Jesus as their Savior because I want to see them in heaven for all of eternity.

So even though the world says something is a good idea, does not mean I should follow it or live that way especially when it is counter to God’s ways. It is not only about me. It is about the souls of those people I interact with.

One day Jesus will return to earth. There will be no more United Nations. There will be no more corrupt governments torturing their own people. I want people I know to be with Jesus to enjoy that day.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.