Jesus Gives Thanks

Jesus Gives Thanks
By Christina Farris 11/12/2017

Matthew 15:34-38 KJV
34 And Jesus saith unto them,How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes.
35  And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground.
36 And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
37 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full.
38 And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children.

Jesus gave thanks. The servanthood of the flesh of Son of God must be taken note, for his flesh represents humanity in perfect form. The perfect example for you and me on how we should live. The simplicity of the example to give thanks and to think as humans we do not always give thanks to anyone especially God. It is one of the first etiquette lessons given to a small children by decent parents.

The example of Christ thanking God is only reminder of this thanksgiving season of the need to be thankful for what we have. For the food on the table. Knowing that there is even one people in my own nation without food angers me. Yet I find my hands tied to be able to do much for those in need. Yet what I do know is when a person can give a little and another person gives and then someone else gives a can of food, the pantry gets filled. It is not how much or how little one can give, it is about thanking God for what you have to eat and sharing a bite of what you have. Whether it is a can of broth, fresh stew with meat the food is a blessing from God. Jesus did a miracle before the people. A crowd gather and there was not enough provision of food, so Jesus gave thanks And performed a miracle with the loaves and fish that were provided. There was enough to feed the multitude of 4000 people gather that day.

Will you give thanks not with just lip service of old habit learned as a child but with a gratiful heart of knowing your blessed by even one morsel of food. That God can and will provide the need.

Dear Heavenly Father thank you for the example given by a Jesus to remind us to give thanks. In Jesus previous name, Amen.

Every Sunday A Psalms: Mother’s Day 2015

Daily Devotions for Sunday: by Christina Farris
5/10/2015

Psalms 34:1-22 KJV
(1) A Psalm of David, when he changed his behaviour before Abimelech; who drove him away, and he departed. I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
(2) My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
(3) O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.
(4) I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
(5) They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.
(6) This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
(7) The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
(8) O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
(9) O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.
(10) The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.
(11) Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
(12) What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?
(13) Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
(14) Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
(15) The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.
(16) The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
(17) The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
(18) The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
(19) Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.
(20) He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.
(21) Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.
(22) The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.

Every Sunday A Psalm has been going on for over 34 weeks. I gotten to Psalms 34 and said Lord help me it is Mother’s Day. Traditional a passage about Mother’s or women is used, but today Psalms 34. As a child I knew when I played outside whether it was on the swing set or monkey bars, mom was in ear shot. My mother always coming to my aid if I screamed. I was afraid to drop from the monkey bars, it seemed so high up. As my mother came out to see what I gotten myself into, she knew I be okay if I just let go. Yet she come anyway and help me drop down, and warn me not to do it again. The drop was about five feet and I was about four or five. I was a monkey on the monkey bars. My mother taught me to ride a bike, taught me to play all sorts of games, and taught me how to laugh and cry. She taught me how to read books, taught me basic math and taught me how to crochet. Anything I wanted to learn about she was my teacher. Even when I played quietly outside or in the house my mother was always in ear shot. My family moved and my mother had to go to work and it became my father job while he was going back to school to teach me to skate and to keep track of me which was near impossible. Father’s ears were good, but not that extinct mother’s have over their children. Yet both parents are watchful of their children, so much so that when it is time to cut the apron strings as they leave the nest it is often hard.

God though He sees and hears everything, he has his angels watching over us. I wonder why God needs angels to watch, then I am reminded of God’s mercy and wrath. Perhaps angels are just a tad more lenient at times, then God. Not that God mercy is not sufficient, but God’s perfection makes it hard to watch our mistakes. It like watching someone else play a video game, it better not to watch because if you are really good at it, instinct makes one wants to tell another player how to play. In truth that move just might not be the right move for the one playing. Life is like that. God puts angels in charge for a purpose to protect and keep our feet from slipping and falling. Yet when one goes astray for a time, one must wonder did those angels take a lunch break, or just give us room to grow. Sometimes one has to scrape or bust a knee to know how bad it hurts.

If I think how many times I wreck my bike, only to have mom stitch me up, I can honestly say without the wrecks I may never learn to ride my bike. God’s instructions comes from His word. God teaches us and watches over us. In the middle of the night if I had a bad dream my mother was there. If I feared the dark my mother would say pray. As both my mother and father taught me about God, they did not teach me to be fearful of God. Though as an adult that idea of fearing God is like a new revelation. Fearful of God’s mighty hand when one done wrong is different then looking for God’s loving hand in the middle of a storm. To hear of one trembling in prayer is like asking where is God’s grace that you feel the need to be fearful. Yet one needs to be fearful of that one that can cast you into the fiery pit, because you did not believe His warnings or His gift of love, by sending His Son has payment for sin. To fear God is to understand His authority in one’s life and power in the world. That protection is only there when we realize our inability to save ourselves and our fear of God wrath and judgment enables to fall on our knees, before God knowing what one deserves and what God truly dishes out to us is love. God’s mercy to all that fear him.

I feared my mother at times when I did something wrong, knowing the consequences for my actions were coming. Our action of unbelief will come if we do not fear God. One’s fear of God perhaps keeps one from being more evil then they could be. Fear of my mother keep me in check growing up. Mother’s watchful eye kept me from doing many things I knew were wrong. Yet does my Heavenly Father that has the ability to take my life have the same effect. It is better to fear God then momma. Yet momma was probably right to begin with. Yet momma taught the fear of God has far as always that watchful eye. Teaching what God’s watchful eye was like, so we know the difference of God’s watchful eye and the devil. The devil only wanting bad things to happen to you and God’s watchful eyes is about protection.

God can keep your feet from slipping, keep you in check if one will only trust in the God and His Son. Angels can not save you they are just watching and take direction from God. Angels that guard you are under God’s instruction. Trust in God today to save your first from you sins, and then from oneself from doing evil in this world. It does not stop someone else from doing evil, but keeps your own feet from slipping.

Dear Heavenly Father thank you for our Mother’s who teach us of your mercy and grace. Teach’s us what is to fear God by fearing their correction. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses:Matthew 10:28 KJV
(28) And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Daily God’s Promises: Psalms 91:9-11 KJV
(9) Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation;
(10) There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
(11) For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.

Time Of Christ: Mother’s Day Eve: Mother’s Protector

Daily Devotions for Saturday: by Christina Farris
5/9/2015

Matthew 1:18-25 KJV
(18) Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
(19) Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.
(20) But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
(21) And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
(22) Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
(23) Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
(24) Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
(25) And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

Is chivalry dead to the point that men no longer defend their wives, who are the mother of their children. God created man first not because women would not be equally or more equally strong then men, but because there has to be first. Yet God’s instruction to Adam was that Eve was to be his helpmate. A helpmate a person to share the burden in life. Joseph a man chosen by God to be a helpmate for Eve. A helpmate because she would need a protector as well a provider for her first born son. A son not by natural means, but by the Holy Spirit. God’s provision is not always manna from heaven, but able body person who will shelter the women in his embrace. Joseph had already decided he would protect Mary, but had not chosen to defend her until God instructed him to do so. Joseph was fair man that he would just have Mary put away quietly instead of in a public arena. Joseph had enough respect for Mary that he wanted no harm to come to her, despite who the father might be. God spoke to Joseph about Mary His betroth/engaged.

God had not covet another man’s wife, nor had God sinned, for it was by His word Mary conceived a son by unnatural means. Women if you are conceiving unnatural means can it then be sin. God did not think so thousand of years ago. Yet God never attend you to have to go through pregnancy alone. Many women have had to go through pregnancy alone, because of a loss of a husband, rape, or choice of pregnancy outside marriage by unnatural conception. God desires to be your protector, and yet in this process he gave woman a husband, chosen prior to her even be created. Eve never had a choice in her protector, yet when she tricked her spouse, how much help was she really.

God’s protection is best, but society dedicated that Mary be put to death if she was found to be adulteress, or a fornicator. God’s intervention protected Mary. God’s preplan protected Mary. God’s protection is all some mother’s have and yet God has the ability to put people around to help a mother. To help provide for her needs even in pregnancy. Mary would need Joseph in Jewish society, yet she would be free to work. To sell her creations in the market square and exchange and barter her wares. Yet it was a male dominate society. An she would need a protector of her life, for not all would believe the story of the Holy Ghost.

God protectors women, if they are his children. Mary was devout woman of faith, she was favored by God. To be favor is to have faith. You can not be favored by God without faith. Sarah, Hannah, and Samson’s mother all favored by God to have a child, despite their baroness. Yet all were by conception and God opening up their womb. Sarah lacked faith, but she would conceive as a testimony all things are possible. Samson mother would know she was blessed by the Lord. Hannah new God loved her and redeemer her from her humiliation. Yet Mary humiliation was caused by God, that is why God gave Mary a protector, so she would be protected from society.

If a woman is married she has little fear of talk from the world, yet if she is unmarried the world sees the woman in a very different light, even in today’s society. Even if society except woman condition of being unmarried, there always someone that abuses an unwed mother. I do not doubt that women who loose their husbands due to war, accident, or illness, have to deal with abuse of society occasionally because of their ignorance and intolerance of women that might be called a tramp, harlot, jezebel, hussy, hooker and a few more names. It matters not if the woman cares for her children and works everyday, people tend to chastise people that are different then their way of thinking.

Yet God has a way of protecting his own, and even sometimes allowing them to go through humiliation for a purpose. After all Elizabeth had to deal with opposition until she conceived and had the forerunner of Christ, John the Baptist. Rehab was harlot but a protector of Israel. God has the ability to cover the sin of the transgressor. The woman caught in adultery found no accusers and Jesus told her to go and sin no more.

Sin is never justified, but sin to one might not be sin to another. Until they realize it was not God’s intent to leave his children unprotected. Protection always came by faith even from before the time of Abraham. Eve was not protected from the consequences of sin because she did not believe God. God’s protection would be demonstrated through the birth of a Savior Jesus Christ, because those who would look to Jesus and believe would be saved. God’s provision was by faith in His Word, The Word that became flesh and dwelt among man fulfilling the promise of God that would protect all mankind from their sin.

Dear Heavenly Father thank you for providing a protector and forgiver of sin if we will believe in Jesus. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: Ephesians 6:16 KJV
(16) Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

Daily God’s Promises: Hebrews 11:31 KJV
(31) By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.

After The National Day Of Prayer 2015: After The Cry

Daily Devotions for Friday: by Christina Farris
5/8/2015

2 Timothy 1:5 KJV
(5) When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.

The cry after the National Day Of Prayer should be to press on in faith in Jesus. It not about sitting by idly and being forced to go about daily in the direction not built by the hand of God, but going in the direction God has established for each of us. One of the downfalls of the next day begins with forgetting to teach the children of compassion and love of Jesus. If they know the compassion and love of Jesus, one never has to worry about them searching to long in the world for that same kind of love, because it does not exist. The unconditional price of love of the world is not always clearly seen until it is to late. If all our children see is the love from the world, they will never come to know the grace of God unless someone tells them.

The next day what are you doing the next day after kneeling before the throne of God with your country? Did you do it only to go about not demonstrate the love of God the next day? Did you go back to the sin of the world? How can we expect change if evil after repentance is not shunned. Not evil people shunned, but the evil acts of sin shunned. I can remember being young and naïve and listen to the other girls in school begin to talk about their immoral lives with their boyfriends. I remember sitting wonder how am I a witness beyond their tales. Then I to started dating and realized it was not so easy to be innocent. One of the most important things we can teach our young people is life is hard outside in the world, yet we are tempted as the world. As a believer temptation beckons only to be pressed down, or stomped upon if our desire is to follow God.

At a young age I had not learn to deficient between Christian behavior and world behavior because it was not taught in that manner it was more of a command ofjust do not do those things. Simple instruction of do not do, did not even work in the garden for God. God told Adam do not eat that fruit and Eve said take a bite. How much peer pressure says do it because we are, and peer pressure of the world does not change. Peer pressure of the Christian society is no different it is be like everyone else and do not sin.

The other day on NBC Local News I heard where they are taking five or ten people in an examine room together that have common ailments. It is supposedly therapy session during exam. Everyone treated the same in the exam room. All I could think this could be positive or negative. Then I remember the prisoners of war and the concentration death camps of how they lined people up. Where are we going and what is society doing?

Are we lining up ready for death camp of hell or going toward heaven individually. Are we pressing on for Jesus despite the crowd. Are we looking only to our parents convictions as being our own, or being only because of who our parents were. Faith is individual and God’s love and compassion to fit our needs is individualized. That daily commitment to God is not corporately, but individual. Every Christian in a crowd is different then the other even if God is ironing out our garment of faith we wear. Permanently pressing His mark on our lives.

How we respond to God individually is a commitment and promise of golden pathway or a walk to hell. Church is corporate worship fun for the moment and innocent only to be destroyed by the outside walk if not following God. Where are you today in you individual faith. Timothy faith was learned by his grandmother Lois and his mother Eunice, yet it was individual commitment. He might of received instruction from Paul but his walk was His own. I can not walk in your shoes for you nor you for me. Yet my legs will have to take me down the road unless you carry me. There better be a reason you are carrying me for God through Jesus carries our burdens of sin and buries them at the cross, but not for us to continue in sin, but to live a life for Him. God purpose to help us to begin anew when we commit to His way of living. Jesus carrying us is to enable us to walk the path of God. One can be like a pack of cigarettes all must be ignited, but only smoke one at a time. God might ignite more then one of us at one time, but I guarantee all of us will not all burn the same length or have the same strength. God empowers us individually though it might happen corporately.

Dear Heavenly Father Help us the day after to continue in faith, not corporately but individually with you. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: 2 Timothy 1:9-10 KJV
(9) Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,
(10) But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

Daily God’s Promises: Romans 12:2-3 KJV
(2) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
(3) For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

National Day of Prayer 2015: Hear Our Cry.

Daily Devotions for Thursday: by Christina Farris
5/7/2015

1 Samuel 1:1-19 KJV
(1) Now there was a certain man of Ramathaimzophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephrathite:
(2) And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children.
(3) And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the LORD, were there.
(4) And when the time was that Elkanah offered, he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, portions:
(5) But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the LORD had shut up her womb.
(6) And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb.
(7) And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.
(8) Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?
(9) So Hannah rose up after they had eaten in Shiloh, and after they had drunk. Now Eli the priest sat upon a seat by a post of the temple of the LORD.
(10) And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore.
(11) And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.
(12) And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the LORD, that Eli marked her mouth.
(13) Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken.
(14) And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee.
(15) And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD.
(16) Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.
(17) Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.
(18) And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.
(19) And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the LORD remembered her.

The cry of Hannah was heard by many women in scripture, from Rachel, Elizabeth and Mary. The cry of the women is often seen because of childlessness, yet our nation is starving for rebirth of faith across our land. People have forgotten the Lord. The National Day of Prayer event hardly mentioned in our nation history, yet one day a year. The believers cry to God in one accord by God’s Spirit, both young and old alike. Whether in a crowd or alone. Our churches empty because of lack of desire for God. The call for repentance that call for tears, the call for the people to come home to God’s house of worship.

Though Hannah prayer was for herself because of the mockery of man, we hear the same mockery of the world laughing at the empty churches across America. Even coming in to mock God pretending to be the saints of God for the profit and gain of their own pockets. The temple of where Hannah worshipped was in need of restoration to the Lord. For Eli sons were crooked, and yet Eli was a man of God. Though he accused Hannah of being drunk, she was not. Eli told Hannah may she receive her request to the Lord and God honored Eli’s words. Hannah in six years would bring her son and dedicate him for life to the Lord.

It is time for the church to get on their knees and pray. It is time for the church to seek him for their barrenness. It is time for the church to repent before the Lord. A yearly national event to seek God, and to repent of sin, was attended by many of the Jewish faith of Israel. Hannah and her husband journey to the temple was because of this yearly event. Yet it was the time of the national sacrifice to the Lord. Today our sacrifice for the saints have been paid once and for all through Christ death and resurrection. There no more need for sacrifice. Christ had paid the price for all our sins. His blood covers all our sins.

Hannah cry mimic’s the church not in sacrilege, but in honor and respect of the saints that press on in faith, holding to the traditions of repentance and seeking God for His blessings. Hannah knew she was spotless, and so is the church. The church covered by the redeeming power of Jesus. No longer guilty of sin. The church does make mistakes, but Christ has paid their debt. Hannah a woman of God and was a saint, purged her sins and offered the yearly sacrifice for sin. Yet she was not blessed as other woman, only blessed by a husband that loved her. God heard Hannah plead and granted it. God loves his church, and knows their struggle and their desire for birth. Though they might be old, they are not forgotten by God. God will bring life anew as long has they keep faithful.

Dear Heavenly Father may the cy of your church be heard today first for repentance and then a cry for birth and growth. May your church grow and may you find your people worthy to be called the bride of Christ. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: 1 Kings 8:28 KJV
(28) Yet have thou respect unto the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and to the prayer, which thy servant prayeth before thee to day:

Daily God’s Promises: Matthew 6:9-10 KJV
(9) After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
(10) Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

National Day Of Prayer 2015: Reaching The Throne of God

Daily Devotions for Wednesday: By Christina Farris

6/6/2015

Luke 9:28-31 KJV
(28) And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray.
(29) And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.
(30) And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias:
(31) Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.

Have you reached the throne of God either from heaven or from earth? Moses and Elias reach the throne of Jesus while on earth, and Moses reach the throne of heaven with the elders and even ate with God in the heavenlies before their sin of killing, because of the golden calf. If we ignore this account of Moses in heaven both from his present state of life and death, the hope of salvation seems less real. Yet the truth of the matter is God’s people relationship was restored from the worship of the golden calf as well as the slaying of idolaters.

Are you reaching heaven, are you praying to the point you envision heaven. Is that really possible. The truth of the matter is God still speaks to the saints. Jesus still speaks to His flock. He never quit speaking to those who seek Him. John had a vision while praying on the Lord’s day in Revelations. Ephesians talks of speaking to the saints. Yet these accounts are not the norm for most that pray, yet why are we not praying to reach heaven?

If our nation would fall on their needs and pray as in the days of Moses, transfiguration and Revelations, maybe more would be accomplished in our nation. Maybe we would see the laws change back to the ways of God and not the ways of man. Maybe we would see a nation fall on her knees in repentance.

Are you taking time to reach heaven today? Are you talking to God about not only yourself and your love ones but our nation today? Get hold of Jesus and you will see our nation change for His glory.

Dear Heavenly Father help us to grab hold of you through prayer and taking time to know your word and the truth of your ability to still speak to your children as yesteryears. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: Mark 9:2-4 KJV
(2) And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them.
(3) And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.
(4) And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.

Daily God’s Promises: Revelation 1:12-14 KJV
(12) And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks;
(13) And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle.
(14) His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire;

Taking Care Of God’s World

Daily Devotions for Wednesday: by Christina Farris

4/22/2015

Genesis 3:17-24 KJV
(17) And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
(18) Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
(19) In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
(20) And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
(21) Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
(22) And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:
(23) Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken.
(24) So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

Today Is Earth Day. A day man is using to remind themselves to take care of the world, yet they do not seem to know the origin of the maker of the earth. The term mother earth is often used when describing the wrath of nature, or the production and fruit of the earth. Yet though man comes from the earth, he did not always live upon the earth, for God had placed Adam in the garden of Eden. From the time of creation of man, man was blessed and told to be fruitful and increase in number. God told man this. God told man his blessing, yet with one sin man lost the inheritance of heaven and found himself cursed as he was sent out from the garden of Eden. Sin caused thorns and thistles of the earth to have a need to be hoed out of vegetable garden. Those vines of poison ivy, oak and sumac were also punishment for sin. Our labor beginning to abound with punishment, giving man no time to be idle and in disobedience to God.

If one is not willing to work hard, in taking care of a garden, one is not going to eat. My husband talks of how his dad would go to work and tell him the garden better be hoed by the time he got home. My dad was always afraid I take the weeds and the good plants out of garden, and only let me pick the vegetables. Yet God called us to weed and to pick. He called us to care of the earth. No one wants to pick and choose what is a veggie and a weed. No one wants to take out the garbage and throw it in the compost pile. Yet there time for cleaning and time of planting.

As I began my tomato plants this week, my thoughts turned to how we are called to produce and to care for the earth. The thick soil touching my fingers and digging into the earth felt refreshing, yet the water to clean off the dirt felt equally as good. There is something about being close to nature that makes one feel a part of life cycle. To feel the ability to begin hope of new plants by the simple putting a seed in the dirt.

As we think of our garden, we must think of spring cleaning and how even the garden of our homes that are meant to be productive, also needs cleaning. Rummaging through old boxes, and looking at shelves of do I really need that, is part of spring cleaning, no one enjoys, but a basic need to get rid of junk or trash for another season. God called us to separate the good from the bad. Yet he called us not to be discriminators of people. He did not call us to be exterminators. He did not call us to kill. He did call us to defend ourselves, but He never called us to destroy another person.

Israel history of destruction of another city or town seems not right when reading about the destruction. Even the livestock was destroyed of these villages. The evil had gotten so bad in these towns that these towns were harming others. They were destroying and terrorizing others societies, that is the weeding of humanity that seems justified by God. If God does the weeding he sends a storm. If man does the weeding he starts a war. Some wars over money and others over abuse. If only about abuse of a people then the laws have to changed and a take over in place. If that does not work destruction is the recourse.

Earth day is about taking care of what God has given us charge over. He gave us charge over people, over the earth, over the animals, and over those weeds of destruction. Are you going to do some weeding of that closet, and those shelves? Are you going to do some weeding and toiling of the garden to produce life once more. Life is also like that. Each of us has to take time and get rid of the junk in our lives. The things that are not productive to well being. A time of reflection, often seen only at new year and revival. Earth day is not just about caring for the earth but caring for humanity. About our ability to clean up the things in our environment that is harmful like pollution, and garbage that lines the roads and city streets.

Get rid of the pollution first in your life and tend to your life on a daily, weekly and yearly bases. Weeding out the things that are not productive or good for you and others. Reminding yourself those thorns in your life are for a purpose if nothing more but to weed it away.

Dear Heavenly Father help us to tend to your garden and to bring forth fruit of production and not fruit that rots. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Daily Bible Verses: Mark 4:18-20 KJV
(18) And these are they which are sown among thorns; such as hear the word,
(19) And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.
(20) And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some an hundred.

Daily God’s Promises: Hebrews 6:7-8 KJV
(7) For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:
(8) But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.

Black History Month

Black History Month
A Call For Change
To Universalize The
Issue

by: christina farris (last
edited 2/5/2015)

Black History Month
is a month of reflection
of how our nation was
shaped by slavery,
freedom, and spirituality.
Black America gave us the
old Negro spirituals. In
truth some are still sung
by many different groups
today.

African Americans are
not the only ones to be
enslaved in history. Every
nation has own or had
slaves at onetime or
another. Yet what needed
is a focus on what people
can continue to do to
prevent those who
will oppress another
person. Speaking out only
works if you can prove the
issue.Many kids are
bullied, many adults are
abused, and many people
stand up and say No More.
The question is not about
are you going to protect a
race of people but are you
going to protect all of
humanity even when you
disagree?

by: christina farris (last
edited 2/5/2015)

First published on site pages at http://www.turtle30cshell.com

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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