New Year

By christina farris 2/9/2019

January slipped by quickly and now it is part wat through February already. Still happily married. I still love Jesus as much as day before long with my hubby. The month of love is a sweet time for young and old love alike. Let be a month of refreshing commitment to spouses and friendship. May faith in Christ be a decider in new and old love and those married to nonbeliever keep praying that you and those around you will be a testimony to your spouse. Be equally yoke scripture says and also remain unequally if ones spouse has no issue with your faith.

What new with me still working out and hope to go to work soon to get another computer as well as get out of debit.

New Year: God Is Going To Bless His People

Daily Devotions for Thursday: by turtle30c

1/1/2015

Isaiah 65:1-25 KJV
(1) I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, unto a nation that was not called by my name.
(2) I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts;
(3) A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick;
(4) Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine’s flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels;
(5) Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.
(6) Behold, it is written before me: I will not keep silence, but will recompense, even recompense into their bosom,
(7) Your iniquities, and the iniquities of your fathers together, saith the LORD, which have burned incense upon the mountains, and blasphemed me upon the hills: therefore will I measure their former work into their bosom.
(8) Thus saith the LORD, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants’ sakes, that I may not destroy them all.
(9) And I will bring forth a seed out of Jacob, and out of Judah an inheritor of my mountains: and mine elect shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there.
(10) And Sharon shall be a fold of flocks, and the valley of Achor a place for the herds to lie down in, for my people that have sought me.
(11) But ye are they that forsake the LORD, that forget my holy mountain, that prepare a table for that troop, and that furnish the drink offering unto that number.
(12) Therefore will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hear; but did evil before mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not.
(13) Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, my servants shall eat, but ye shall be hungry: behold, my servants shall drink, but ye shall be thirsty: behold, my servants shall rejoice, but ye shall be ashamed:
(14) Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit.
(15) And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen: for the Lord GOD shall slay thee, and call his servants by another name:
(16) That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth; and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth; because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.
(17) For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.
(18) But be ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.
(19) And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.
(20) There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.
(21) And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.
(22) They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.
(23) They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.
(24) And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.
(25) The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.

 

As I ring in the New Year at turtle30cshell, by heart is on a brighter future as believer. My concentration this year is on the blessings of God to those who follow Him. After a year of wrath of God through his laws, through both Old and New Testament that seemed to have no end. I am working on God goodness and mercy to those that follow in Christ footsteps.

 

Israel one of the greatest nations of the world, is only great because of their faith in God. They lost their wealth more times then not, but also gained it over and over again. Not by their own strength but the power of God. A nation that knows both the wrath of God on His people as well has God’s blessings. For the Christian community this example of God’s enduring grace as they follow in the footsteps of Jesus and looking through the life of God’s people of the Old Testament and New. Jesus being the everlasting covenant between God and man. The promise to both the Gentiles and God’s chosen people. See there always been people that because of their ancestry sin of idolatry that were closed off from the blessing of God from birth, yet not closed off to the point that if they chose to obey God, humble themselves and seek Him, He would be their God. In since that what the New Testament to the Gentiles speak. It speaks to a people not chosen for the task of preaching, but chosen to be God’s children upon faith in Him. Chosen not because of His will be enacted in their life, but because they sought out of their need for Christ. They obeyed the instructions of God not by force but by desire, even when they believed not. The saw the ways of God were good.

 

What is God’s word enacted, it about God choosing a people to be side show. I do not mean it quite that way, but yet the term fits in a since. God’s people are to be an example to who God is to the rest of the world. Yet does our life display it. I hope for humanity sake our life demonstrates the blessing of God and not the percussions of disobedience. If nothing else it is a warning the world. A warning that even if you are a hundred years old and receive Christ you are still saved. If you are 20 and die without Christ, you are without Christ.

 

My own rebellion years speak of the value of being God’s child during those years. What it means I found grace not by own will, but God’s will to teach me the blessings of being His child, and doing God’s will. Blessing of disobedience of salvation when I least deserve it. Blessings of God when I am in tuned to His perfect will of trusting Him. It means going through chastisement and the fiery furnace. If one examines their life and is truthful they can see God’s hand in all of it.

 

God loves the heathen but He waits for that day of knowing that if that heathen begins to act on the laws of God in his life, God will speak to His heart if He desires to know the reality of God’s existence. Some that do not believe agree they just do not have evidence of the reality of God.

 

A church with life of God growing within it will have proof of God living within the walls of it as well as proof that the devil is real. One person once said no one brings a gun to church, but most know now people get shot in churches as well as school and in our city’s streets. What the point that no where is safe and the reality of God’s protection has to do with whether it was your time to go or not. However you do not want to be on a plane with the pilot time to go, because surviving might be only half your battle because of injuries you receive in the crash.

 

The point is we make decision every day what we do. This New Year is no different. God grace is for all generations not just one group of people. If you want change it got to start now in the New Year 2015. Begin it with God and let God’s blessing flow has you search out the truth in God’s word and grow in faith.

 

Dear Heavenly Father may your grace run freely in our lives as believers and strengthen our faith this New Year so that we can receive your blessings. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

 

Daily Bible Verses: Romans 10:20-21 ESV
(20) Then Isaiah is so bold as to say, “I have been found by those who did not seek me; I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me.”
(21) But of Israel he says, “All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people.”

Daily God’s Promises: Romans 9:30-33 ESV
(30) What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith;
(31) but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness did not succeed in reaching that law.
(32) Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone,
(33) as it is written, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

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New Years: All Things New, In The Hands Of The Potter

Last Post for the Year!!

Daily Devotions for Wednesday: by turtle30c

12/31/2014
Isaiah 64:1-12 KJV
(1) Oh that thou wouldest rend the heavens, that thou wouldest come down, that the mountains might flow down at thy presence,
(2) As when the melting fire burneth, the fire causeth the waters to boil, to make thy name known to thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at thy presence!
(3) When thou didst terrible things which we looked not for, thou camest down, the mountains flowed down at thy presence.
(4) For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.
(5) Thou meetest him that rejoiceth and worketh righteousness, those that remember thee in thy ways: behold, thou art wroth; for we have sinned: in those is continuance, and we shall be saved.
(6) But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
(7) And there is none that calleth upon thy name, that stirreth up himself to take hold of thee: for thou hast hid thy face from us, and hast consumed us, because of our iniquities.
(8) But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.
(9) Be not wroth very sore, O LORD, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold, see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people.
(10) Thy holy cities are a wilderness, Zion is a wilderness, Jerusalem a desolation.
(11) Our holy and our beautiful house, where our fathers praised thee, is burned up with fire: and all our pleasant things are laid waste.
(12) Wilt thou refrain thyself for these things, O LORD? wilt thou hold thy peace, and afflict us very sore?

 

The wrath of God seems like not the way to begin the New Year. For some it is the dead of winter beginning and other it is the time of springing a new going into summer or mid summer. Yet few think of the changing season with the New Year. One does not think of destruction as starting a new journey necessarily. Yet a new journey beginning with God begins with destruction. A destruction of God’s wrath being pour out for repentance and to make things whole and new again. A sinner at the altar as found the weight and burden of sin so great that he can not bear what he down in his soul before a mighty God. He come to ask forgiveness and seek God for a change not only to rid of his burden but a chance to do over again.

 

As I think of all the destruction my own nation seen in the past ten years, I am constantly reminded that when turmoil hit, people had to worry about how to get their money from the bank, their shoes on their feet and a change of clothes to wear. They had to worry if they find their loved ones still alive, or if they had died. Did they need hospital assistance or a glass of water and food. As bull dozer came in to plow the old away so the new could be rebuilt, did anyone think of how thinks would be built. A town deciding for themselves how they would mold itself to existence. The planning and the rebuilding of hope.

 

When one repentance he/she is given a clean slate, a clean window of opportunity, a new life with God. Not one meant for destruction or the wrath of God, but one meant for the hope and strengthen of faith. Unfortunately it takes the fire of God to convict the soul. The knowledge of God’s wrath that will come to every sinner that does not repent. Repent means more then just asking forgiveness but to turn away from sin. Lot’s wife refused to turn away from sin city and start anew, she had to glance back to see the wrath of God poured out, and upon doing so turned to a pillar of salt.

 

Yet with the wrath of God comes a cleansing of fresh water being poured into the soul of the repented man/woman. With that cleansing he/she is able to begin anew. God will cloth the one that repent with Spirit and word of God. The word being Christ. See one hears the word of God and it like hot lava on the sinner man’s heart. He sees the love around him of God and desires that for himself. Yet it more of fear of wrath of God that convicts then it is for the love that will come. The fear of God keeps one running or turns one to God.

 

Yet as the forgiven stand before God for the first time, he is a new creation, a lump of clay ready to be molded and shaped into what God will design Him for. He is no longer covered and filled with destruction, though those things can collect again, Christ is there among in the road dirt of faith, always drawing and cleansing the soul, to mold a person into a new creation meant for the kingdom of God. When one accepts Christ as Savior he lays his burden at that cross of Calvary and rise a new with Christ in the newest of his life. Only one prayer to the Triune Godhead is needed for repentance. Most people if they acknowledge God can understand the need to repent, but not a need for a Savior. See with the word bring one to one’s knees then one can rise to prosperity of the Word. With Christ, one dies and risen with the Savior who died for our redemption. Without a promise of a better tomorrow of life with Christ why repent. With no hope through God’s word the need for repentance is in vain. The power of the Holy Spirit changes us and molds us into new creation. God knows we can not run naked but need protection and He gives us His Spirit to not only cloth our soul, but instruct us by His Word. Upon forgiveness you can become anything God and you desire to be for God in the kingdom of God. You are no longer meant for destruction but rebuilding.

 

Has we approach the New Year come with repenting heart and seek forgiveness for sin, remember Christ as already paid the price for your sin and loves you as you are. Allow Him to mold you and build you up. You just learn to obey His instructions and when fail because you will, remember that part won’t remain if you will repent and continue in Christ Jesus.

 

Dear Heavenly Father forgive us of our sins and help us to make this New Year, a year of allowing you to mold and build us up. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: Jeremiah 18:3-4 KJV
(3) Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.
(4) And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.

Daily God’s Promises: 2 Timothy 2:19-21 KJV
(19) Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
(20) But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
(21) If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master’s use, and prepared unto every good work.

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