Thursday, December 3, 2015

Mary and Elizabeth

If you need encouragement or a listening ear, it's hard to beat a friend who's walking the same path.

Mary and Elizabeth, who didn't even expect to be expecting, turned to each other for that listening ear and those words of encouragement.

It's easy to see why the first person Mary wanted to talk to was her pregnant kinswoman. Elizabeth, who shared her faith in a wonder-working God.

If you've ever been bursting with news about something God has done in your life ~ an answer to a prayer, a long awaited blessing, a surprising provision ~ you didn't want to spill the beans to just anyone.  Like Mary, you longed to tell somebody who would get it. A friend who would say, "Praise God!"  instead of, "Lucky you."

The friendship of like-minded women is so important to our emotional and spiritual well-being.
Don't you just love that comment.  I think that's why GLOW has become so important to each of us!  Don't you?



Mary Visits Elizabeth

39 Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah, 40 and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. 45 Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”
Luke 1:39-45

Today's Inspiration"
The Women of Christmas

I just loved where it said, a like-minded friend will say "Praise God!" instead of "Lucky you."
So true!

Hope you enjoyed the post!
((hugs)) and blessings!
Mary Jane

Friday, November 20, 2015

Soul Sisters aka Sisters-in-Christ aka GLOW

I came across this devotion by Julia Bettencourt and it has GLOW all over it.  I just have to share it with my Soul Sisters aka Sisters-in-Christ aka GLOW!

Soul SistersJulia Bettencourt

"And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul."  1 Samuel 18:1


I've always loved the story of Jonathan and David's friendship and recently when I read in 1 Samuel, that part about their "souls" struck me. It says "the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David". You know, I hear so much about "soul sisters", "soul mates", and what we consider those "deep friendships". I began thinking about my relationships and friendships with other Christian sisters in the Lord.

I think the friendships between Christian sisters can be so much more than what the world can offer. Talk about soul sisters! Our hearts and souls belong to the Lord so we can have wonderful, encouraging, deep and meaningful relationships like the friendship of Jonathan and David. Those Christian women in my life and who I've known over the years are some of the people who've encouraged me and motivated me the most.
  • S---Silly.

    When thinking about my sisters in the Lord, what sticks out the most to me? Well, I have some sisters that are just silly. Not a serious point to start with but I think it's so important that our friends bring some laughter and a little humor to our lives. I know some sisters that just make me laugh and sometimes I just need that laughter so much.

    "A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones."   Proverbs 17:22

    I think part of it has to do with the joy in their hearts. The Lord gives us that joy and sometimes I think it bubbles out of some people more than others. I love being around people like that, don't you? Especially my sisters in the Lord. I also love the fact that they allow me to be a little silly myself sometimes.

  • I---Inspiring.

    I love those sisters in Christ that inspire. They make me want to do more, do better, and sometimes just get involved in something. Sometimes it's not by what they say but what they do. It might not even be an inspiration to do something spiritual. It just might be by how they are organized or even how they keep their house.

    I need all that inspiration for my spiritual life that my sisters give to me as well. I need to be encouraged to love Christ more, read the Bible more, pray more, and all those things from my sisters that inspire me to be a better Christian.

  • S---Strong.

    I've had many sisters in Christ that seem to have such a strength. So many Christian women I've known and met over the years have had some real struggles and heartache in their lives. I always think that mine seem so small and trivial when I see what some women go through.

    I appreciate all that strength they have found in the Lord to just keep going on and on and I love it when they share some of that strength with me.

  • T---Talkative.

    I couldn't pass up how much we women like to talk. It's not a bad thing. It's one of those good things. When we don't talk and share, there's something missing from our lives. Talking about things out-loud with our sisters helps us to cope.

    Communication is so important. How can we fellowship without talking and sharing? When we share our joys and struggles with each other, it builds us up. And what comes along with that is my sisters listen to me as well.

  • E---Encouraging.

    Praise the Lord! I love it when my sisters in the Lord encourage me. I, like everyone else have days that I'm down and there's nothing better than when a friend and sister in Christ comes along and cheers me up, perhaps gives me a pep talk, and brings me that encouragement that I am so in need of.

    Using people in our lives to encourage us is one of the wonderful ways in which God works.

  • R---Real.

    One of the things I love about my sisters in the Lord is that they are real. I need some real friends to keep me grounded. Have you ever been around superficial people? It makes me so uncomfortable to be around people like that. I need my friends to be real and genuine and that's what other sisters in Christ are to me.

  • S---Saved.

    One thing that all of my sisters in the Lord have in common is that they know the Lord. They've been saved by the power of Christ's blood. Isn't it great that our sisters in Christ are all in one family? We all have our Heavenly Father in common and that makes our sister relationship special.

(Did you notice her points spelled 'Sisters'?)

Conclusion:
I trust I'll be that soul sister that my sisters in Christ need around them. I really don't know what I'd do without my sisters in the Lord. I don't really think it's all about being good "soul sisters" as much as it is about being good for each other's souls. My sisters in the Lord encourage me and keep me grounded by their faith, friendships and love.

So, sister, have you been good for another sister's soul lately?

Copyright ©20010-2013 Julia Bettencourt

((hugs)) and Blessings
MaryJane

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Gog-Magog & Armeggedon

As I watched the news last night my mind once again went to Bible Prophecy.  Specifically, the Gog-Magog War.  I've sturdied this in the past and have listened to many scholars teach from Ezekiel about this coming traumatic event.  But I wanted a 'refresher' so I went into research mode and found this interesting article.  It's such an easy read on a very deep subject ~ really shortens it down to the basics.
I found this article at this web-site,

http://www.raptureforums.com/EndTimesEvents/gogmagogvsarmageddon.cfm

 I have never heard of the author, Chris Schang, but he did answer some questions I had and refreshed my memory on this subject.


You might find this article interesting too.



Gog/Magog of Ezekiel 38-39 vs. Armageddon

Differences and Contrasts
By Chris Schang

A topic of great importance in the Bible prophecy community is whether the conflict mentioned in Ezekiel 38-39 is the same one as mentioned at Armageddon in the Book of Revelation. In order to draw an accurate conclusion of this topic the serious student of Bible prophecy will analyze and compare the two conflicts for differences or contrasts before reaching a conclusion. In order to aid the student of Bible prophecy, we have compiled a list of major differences or contrasts between the two conflicts to show once and for all that these are two different events that occur at two seaprate times in the future.


Major Differences or Contrasts between Gog/Magog of Ezekiel 38-39 and Armageddon

1. Virtually most respected Bible prophecy scholars today place the timing of Gog/Magog before or at the beginning of the seven year Tribulation period. Armageddon on the other hand occurs at the end of the seven year Tribulation period.

2. In Gog/Magog specific enemies are mentioned as invading Israel. In Armageddon the entire world will invade Israel.

3. The main direction of the Gog/Magog conflict is coming from the North, whereas the Armageddon war will have enemies coming from all corners of the globe.

4. The purpose of Gog/Magog is to take a spoil and prey, while the purpose of Armageddon is to destroy Israel once and for all.

5. Russia leads the coalition of Gog/Magog, while the Antichrist leads the battle of Armageddon.

6. After Gog and Magog the dead will be buried. At Armageddon the dead will be left on the field of battle to become food for birds of prey.

7. The weapons of Ezekiel 38-39 are used for fuel for 7 years, which is not possible during the Millenium Kingdom as God will be providing everything we need. He will provide everything we need on the newly renovated earth.

8. The bodies require 7 months to be buried. The MK starts after Armageddon with a newly renovated earth, not people being buried for 7 months.

9. Gog/Magog of Ezekiel 38-39 talks of what is described as nuclear weapons clean up, again this would not be necessary in a newly renovated earth immediately after Armageddon.

10. The armies of Gog/Magog of Ezekiel 38-39 are destroyed on the mountains of Israel likely around the northern borders. In Armageddon the enemies are destroyed in the plains of Meggido.

11. In Gog/Magog of Ezekiel 38-39 the armies are destroyed supernaturally by God using his classic tools of fire, brimstone, hailstones, etc. At Armageddon the Lord will defeat his enemies with his Word.

12. During Gog-magog Israel is dwelling safely and at rest, while at Armeggedon Israel and the whole world is ravaged by the tribulation.


 


I hope this list has been a help to you in discovering the truths of God's word from the Holy Bible.

God bless.

MaryJane

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Reprobate Mind


We briefly talked about this Wednesday....

From: gotquestions.com

Question: "What does it mean to have a reprobate mind?"


Answer: The phrase “reprobate mind” is found in Romans 1:28 in reference to those whom God has rejected as godless and wicked. They “suppress the truth by their wickedness,” and it is upon these people that the wrath of God rests (Romans 1:18). The Greek word translated “reprobate” in the New Testament is adokimos, which means literally “unapproved, that is, rejected; by implication, worthless (literally or morally).”

Paul describes two men named Jannes and Jambres as those who “resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith" (2 Timothy 3:8). Here the reprobation is regarding the resistance to the truth because of corrupt minds. In Titus, Paul also refers to those whose works are reprobate: “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate” (Titus 1:16). Therefore, the reprobate mind is one that is corrupt and worthless.

As we can see in the verses above, people who are classified as having a reprobate mind have some knowledge of God and perhaps know of His commandments. However, they live impure lives and have very little desire to please God. Those who have reprobate minds live corrupt and selfish lives. Sin is justified and acceptable to them. The reprobates are those whom God has rejected and has left to their own devices.

Can a Christian have a reprobate mind? Someone who has sincerely accepted Jesus Christ by faith will not have this mindset because the old person with a reprobate mind has been recreated into a new creation: “The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Christians are basically “new” people. We live differently and speak differently. Our world is centered on our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and how we can serve Him. Also, if we are truly in the faith, we will have the Holy Spirit to help us live a God-honoring life (John 14:26). Those with reprobate minds do not have the Spirit and live only for themselves.


Recommended Resources: A Godward Life by John Piper and Logos Bible Software.

Monday, October 12, 2015

King Nebuchadnezzar

King Nebuchadnezzar

Nebuchadnezzar was the king of the Chaldean (also known as the Neo-Babylonian) Empire (see Ancient Empires - Babylon). He was born about 630 B.C., and died around 562 B.C. at age 68. He was the most powerful monarch of his dynasty, and is best known for the magnificence of his capital, Babylon (the photo below shows a restored section of the city's Ishtar (pronounced "easter") Gate, his vast military conquests, and his role in Bible History and Prophecy. Perhaps surprisingly, his own words are directly recorded in The Bible (Daniel 4:4-18).
Lions On The Ishtar Gate Nebuchadnezzar was the oldest son of Nabopolassar, the founder of the Chaldean Empire. After serving as commander of the army, Nebuchadnezzar became king upon his father's death in August of 605 B.C. By marrying the daughter of Cyaxares, he united the Median and Babylonian dynasties.

He wasn't just a warlord, he was also skilled in politics.During Nebuchadnezzar's time, Babylon was the largest city of the world. It has been estimated to have covered over 2,500 acres / 1,000 hectares, with the Euphrates River flowing through it. The name of the city came to symbolize the entire empire.

Nebuchadnezzar is best known to students of the Bible for his defeat of the southern kingdom of Judah (the northern kingdom of Israel was by then long gone, having been conquered and deported over a century earlier by the Assyrians - see Ancient Empires - Assyria). By 586 B.C., the Babylonian forces conquered the land, devastated Jerusalem, looted and burned the original Temple that had been built by Solomon (see Temples and Temple Mount Treasures), and took the people away into what became known as the "Babylonian Exile." (2 Kings 25:1-17).

As powerful as Nebuchadnezzar was, he did not conquer the people of Judah of himself. God didn't just allow it to happen, He actually brought it about. (2 Chronicles 36:15-20). The people had become extremely corrupt and idolatrous. They ignored all of the Prophets that God had sent to warn them (2 Chronicles 36:15-16), and they refused to repent. They trusted in themselves, in the city of Jerusalem, even in the physical Temple, rather than in The Lord Himself. So, God, through Nebuchadnezzar, destroyed it all in order to make them realize, in no uncertain terms, that they had turned their backs on Him (see Why Babylon?).Among the Jews who were deported from Judah to Babylon was a certain young man known as Daniel. From him, and the Bible book that carries his name, we get some of the most sensational prophecies for our time now


Finder: Were the prophecies given to Daniel for his time, or the end-time? 

Although I heard, I did not understand. Then I said, “My lord, what shall be the end of these things?
And he said, “Go your way, Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.
Daniel 12:8-9

There is so much more to share about Nebuchadnezzar but let's not get ahead of our study.  Will share more as our study progresses.

Blessings,
MaryJane

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Friendship

Examples of Friendship in the Bible

I did this post several months ago with the intention of printing and giving as a handout...somehow, it got down on the bottom of all my 'stuff' and I just found it again.
It's a very short and simple study, I hope you enjoy it.
The Example of David and Jonathan


One of the most notable examples of friendship in the bible is that of David and Jonathan. David (son of Jesse) and Jonathan (son of Saul) were potential rival heirs to the throne, yet Jonathan loved David “as himself” (1 Samuel 18:3, NIV). He made a covenant agreement with David and as a symbol of the bond between them gave David his robe, tunic, sword, bow and belt. When we come to pray for our friends, Jonathan is a useful role model – somebody who put their friend first, above and beyond their own self-interests. When we take time to pray for somebody, we forget about ourselves and consciously think about the best possible future for them. Just as Jonathan loved David, we pray for them because we love them and care for them.

 
The Example of Christ in Friendship and Prayer




Jesus regards his followers as friends. In John chapter 15, we read:-
“This is my commandment, that you love one another, even as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends, if you do whatever I command you.  No longer do I call you servants, for the servant doesn’t know what his lord does. But I have called you friends, for everything that I heard from my Father, I have made known to you”.

John 15:12-15

Later in the Gospel of John, Jesus prays for those who will come to believe in Him through the work of the first disciples. Christ prays that there will be unity between them just as He and the Father are one (John 17:20-23) and that they will live with Him and see His glory (John 17:24). The writer of the book of Hebrews declares that Christ continues to pray for these believers:-
 
“Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them”.
(Hebrews 7:25 NIV)

We have all agreed that our 'coming together' was orchestrated by God.  He waited for the right time in our lives to bless us with the wonderful friendship and fellowship we share.  We are truly blessed and I think that because we appreciate our time together, and because we strive to give Him the glory, well, I think we bless Him.

((hugs)) and Blessings


 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Let's Do This on Friday!!

 Talked with Jackie this morning and she had seen the following and thought it would be a great idea if we wore red this Friday.  She mistakenly thought it was for police officers.  That's okay....fire fighters are great too.


This got me to searching the internest to see if there was something out there for law enforcement.  Then I found this on facebook.

 
And I found this for fire fighters!
 
By proudly wearing and displaying blue and red ribbons pinned together or by participating in a memorial or recognition event, we can show our gratitude to firefighters everywhere.
The IFFD ribbons are linked to colours symbolic of the main elements firefighters work with – red for fire and blue for water. These colours also are internationally recognised as representing emergency service.


I also discovered wearing red on Fridays symbolizes support for our military,
 
 
Blue symbolizes support for law enforcement.
 
 
So ladies, let's wear red and blue on Friday.  A shirt, or earrings, or red and blues ribbons pinned to you shirt.  The item doesn't have to be blue/red...you can wear something blue and something else that's red or vice-versa!
Use your imagination and let's honor those who give their lives to keep us safe.
 
Thanks!!
See ya Friday!
 
((hugs)) and Blessings
MaryJane
 
 
 
 
 


Saturday, August 22, 2015

What's Next

Hello GLOW ladies!

We've only got 2 more DVD's on our Three Heavens study. Do you want to go right  into another study or take a break and what subject would you like to do next?

 
 
Here are some links to pages I order from regularly.  I have always found good studies at each one. You might want to visit them and get some ideas.

Christian Book Distributors
Click Here

Lifeway Christian Book Store
Click Here

Mardel Christian Book Store
Click Here

Perry Stone ~ Voice of Evangelism
Click Here

John Hagee Ministries
Click Here

Ed Hinson ~ teaches prophecy @ Liberty University
Click Here

Hope you'll take some time to browse through sites and see what might catch your interest,  We'll see what everyone thinks when we meet Wednesday.

((hugs)) and blessings
MaryJane






 
 
 
 


Monday, August 17, 2015

Girlfriends

There is no greater joy....
 
 
Time with girlfriends is like therapy for the soul.  It is the safe place where women can be "real," sharing life's burdens and celebrating daily joys.  Girlfriends become salve for disappointments and amplifiers for encouragement.  Girlfriend time is simply one of the best spots in any day.
 
Girlfriends come in all types: the tea cozy mentoring ladies. the relax on the beach girls. the hold your hand and pray through crisis sisters, the giggle through the night BFF's.  Whether they are near or far, young or old, from work or the neighborhood, girlfriends add joy to life.
 
Always celebrate the girlfriends in your life, embrace the gift of their friendship, recognize every minute of girlfriend time as a beautiful gift from God.
 
Sharing from:
The Simple Joys of Girlfriends
Heartwarming Stories & Inspiration to Celebrate Friends.
 
((hugs)) and Blessings,
 
 
 
 
 


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Angels

Do y'all remember this song?  I love the words and melody.

Angels Among Us
 
I was walking home from school on a cold winter day.
Took a shortcut through the woods, and I lost my way.
It was getting late, and I was scared and alone.
But then a kind old man took my hand and led me home.
Mama couldn't see him, but he was standing there.
And I knew in my heart, he was the answer to my prayers.




Oh I believe there are angels among us.
Sent down to us from somewhere up above.
They come to you and me in our darkest hours.
To show us how to live, to teach us how to give.
To guide us with the light of love.




When life held troubled times, and had me down on my knees.
There's always been someone there to come along and comfort me.
A kind word from a stranger, to lend a helping hand.
A phone call from a friend, just to say I understand.

And ain't it kind of funny that at the dark end of the road.
Someone lights the way with just a single ray of hope.




Oh I believe there are angels among us.
Sent down to us from somewhere up above.
They come to you and me in our darkest hours.
To show us how to live, to teach us how to give.
To guide us with the light of love.

They wear so many faces; show up in the strangest places.
To grace us with their mercy, in our time of need.




Oh I believe there are angels among us.
Sent down to us from somewhere up above.
They come to you and me in our darkest hours.
To show us how to live, to teach us how to give.
To guide us with the light of love.


  CLICK HERE  and listen to Alabama sing this beautiful song!


((hugs)) and Blessings

Friday, August 7, 2015

A Recipe for Friendship

Love this devotion, thought you might also.  I've referred to Julia Bettencourt a few times over the years for different meetings at church.  She's fantastic!
 

A Recipe For Friendship

Julia Bettencourt

Friendships are wonderful gifts to our lives straight from God. There are several references to friendship in the Bible. I think of the relationship of David and Jonathan (1 Samuel 18-20, 2 Samuel 1). Those chapters in Samuel are great reading. Jonathan and David had a great love and respect for each other.

I think of how God called Abraham, "friend" (James 2:23). Moses also comes to mind. Remember how God spoke to him, "face to face, as a man speaketh to his friend" (Exodus 33:11)?

When it comes to our sisters in Christ, friendship takes on a special quality. Friendship between Christians is especially sweet because of the bond of Christ. We are enhanced by those special friendships. Building those friendships is a wonderful way to encourage and lift up others in the Lord.

Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be
likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the
father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 15:5,6

Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:2

Ointment and perfume rejoice the heart: so doth the sweetness of
a man's friend by hearty counsel. Proverbs 27:9


Friends are one of the ways God takes care of us. We need all the things friendship entails from other human contact such as encouragement, companionship, love, honesty, loyalty, understanding, and so many more things friendship offers.

Our friendships with our sisters in Christ are like recipes of goodness for us. They bake up something special. You may have heard that saying, "In the cookies of life, friends are the chocolate chips". Friends are that sweet extra in life and even sweeter is friendship among believers in Christ.

Why is a recipe for fellowship and friendship with our sisters in Christ is so Important? Let's check out the ingredients and see what they do.
     
    Sisters In Christ Friendship Recipe
  • Shortening - Provides texture. Our fellowship and friendship with our sisters in the Lord can add much depth and texture to our lives. We blend together in unity as part of the body of Christ.
  • Sugar - Adds sweetness. Our fellowship with our sisters adds such a sweet taste to our lives. If we didn't have sugar in our cookies, we'd sure miss it. The same is with our fellowship with our sisters. We can't leave it out of our lives.
  •  
  • Eggs - Holds ingredients together. Sisters in the Lord are someone to lean on. We are held together by fellowship with them. We are stronger because of them, their prayers, and their love in the Lord. We have a special bond in Christ.
  •  
  • Vanilla - Adds flavor. Sisters add that flavor we need. They give us that extra sensation. Without friends and fellowship we become kind of bland.
  • Flour - Adds substance. We need the substance a sister in the Lord can add. They give us many things by way of mentoring us when we don't even know it. Their shared testimonies and way they live their lives has an impact on us.
  • Baking Soda - Leavens. Leavening agents in baking helps to lighten the dough. Friendship with our sisters in Christ lightens our burdens through their prayer and encouragement.
  •   
  • Salt - Enhances flavor. We know that friendships add flavor and just when we need it, they help improve the tastefulness and quality of our lives. Friends are the type of people that know just what we are going through and are there when we need them.
  • Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips - - The kind of chocolate chips we normally add to our cookies is semi sweet. Our sister friends tell us what they feel and think and that's okay. They can be honest and truthful to us. "Iron sharpeneth iron" (Proverbs 27:17).
  • Nuts...Optional - Just a little craziness in a sister friend is great! Sometimes a little zaniness in our friends can be just the ingredient we need.

Conclusion:
Friendships take a lot of time and effort to bake up but they are worth it when we sense that sweet aroma and special bond that they bring. Friends that have Jesus in common will have lasting relationships, not just here on earth, but will dwell with Christ together throughout eternity.

"A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there
is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother." Proverbs 18:24.


I wonder if I'm the type of friend that I should be to others, especially to my sisters in Christ. Am I doing all those things that I should be doing, like lifting burdens, adding flavor, helping hold things together with my prayers, and all those other things? I hope I can improve in this area.

So, is your life a good recipe for friendship?
 
Love Y'all


Copyright ©2001-2010 Julia Bettencourt
Scripture References are from the King James Version.


Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Fasting

I wasn't looking for anything on fasting, I just kinda 'stumbled' upon this from Ann Graham Lotz.  I found it very interesting, maybe you will too.
 
 
“…This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”
–Mark 9:29 NKJV
 
Have you ever fasted?  While we often are required to fast from food and/or drink before a medical test or procedure, have you ever fasted voluntarily in association with prayer?  During our Mayday! Mayday! A Distress Call for Prayer, I received quite a number of queries about fasting as it relates to prayer, which leads me to believe it may be an important spiritual discipline that needs fresh consideration.
 
When the disciples who had not drawn aside for a time of quiet retreat with Jesus on the mountain were faced with a difficult situation in Mark 9, they were unable to deal with it.  When they asked Jesus why they had no power to make a difference, He responded that power to make a difference in some situations requires prayer and fasting.
 
So what is fasting?  Traditionally fasting usually involves going without food for a certain period of time.  Jewish tradition calls for fasting from food from sundown on one day until sundown the next day.  In some unique circumstances, the fast can stretch to days and even weeks.  But in a broader sense, fasting means to go without anything and everything in order to make the time to pray.
In prayer we turn to God.  In fasting we turn away from everything else but God.  While we associate fasting most often with abstaining from food, it can also be abstinence from business, emails, phone calls, ministry, entertainment, web surfing, meetings, housework, shopping, cooking, talking, television, technology—the list is unlimited.
 
One reason we fast is not to show God how pious we are.  He already knows.  It is not a “work” we are to add to our prayer effort in order to merit His answer.  His answers are gifts of His grace, not rewards for our work.  It is not to make God love us more or pay us more attention.  He loves us completely, fully.  He can’t love us any more.  And He has already given us His undivided attention without our fasting.  So why do we fast?
 
There are several reasons we fast.  One reason is because Jesus expects us to fast.  He told His disciples, “When you fast…”1 Not if you fast.  For myself, fasting has helped to purify my motives in prayer.  It sharpens my focus on heavenly things and clarifies my perspective on earthly things.   It prompts me to pray more persistently and frequently.  And perhaps most importantly, it reveals to me how sincere I really am as I seek the Lord in prayer.
 
I suggest that you start to build fasting into your prayer life if you haven’t already.  Talk to God about it. Then decide what you will fast from.  When you will fast from it.  And how long you will maintain your fast.  Then do it.  What difference will it make?  Why not find out?2
For His Glory,
 
Anne Graham Lotz
 
 
((hugs)) and Blessings


Sunday, August 2, 2015

What Jesus' Manhood Means to Us

Jesus, Our Man in Glory
 
Chapter 1
Part 6
 
What Jesus' Manhood Means to Us
 
Let me review again what it means to us that Jesus was born into this world and lived among us.  I once heard a preacher say that Jesus was man but not a man.  I am convinced that Jesus was both man and a man.  He had, in the most real sense, that substance and quality that is the essence of mankind.  He was a man born of a woman.
 
Unless we understand this, I do not think we can be fully aware of what it means for Jesus to be representing us ~ a Man representing us at the right hand of the Majesty in the heavens.  Suppose you and I were able right now to go to the presence of the Father.  If we could see the Spirit, who is God, and the archangels and seraphim and strange creations out of the fire, we would see them surrounding the throne.  But to our delight and amazement, we would see a Man there, human like we are ~ the Man Christ Jesus Himself!
 
Jesus, the Man who is also God, was raised as a victor from the dead and exalted to the right hand of the Father.  I think it is safe to say that during this age of the work and witness of the Christian Church of earth.  Jesus would be the one visible Man in that heavenly company at the throne.
 
Of course, there are questions that students of the Bible have discussed for many years.  All of us do well to confess that much about the glorious kingdom of God is yet unknown to us and cannot now be comprehended.  For instance, what about the righteous dead and their place in the heavenlies?
 
We might state our question like this:  If the risen and glorified Jesus is ministering there, what about the great number of Christian men and women who, having died in the faith, have gone on to meet the Lord?  Where are they?
 
First of all, and beyond any other consideration, we know that they are safely sheltered in God's heavenly realm.  The apostle Paul declares that it is 'far better' for the Christian to 'depart, and to be with Christ' (Philippians 1:23) than to continue in this world of sin and tears.
 
At death, only the physical body succumbs.  For the believers in Christ, their undying and immortal spirits have passed into a blessed spiritual abode prepared by our God. Let us be assured that God is ever faithful in His gracious plan for His creation and for His redeemed children.
 
We surely know that all things are not going to continue forever as we now know them.  Paul in the first century wrote advice and encouragement for the Thessalonian believers.  He told them plainly that he did not want them to be unaware of the state of those believers whom he described as 'asleep' ~ having passed into the presence of the Lord through physical death.  His message was one of distinct consolation.  It continues to shine as a word of hope for every believer:
 
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.  (1 Thessalonians 4:14-18)

(Shofar, Trumpet of God)
 
Plainly our Creator-God and Redeemer still has many kingdom secrets not yet revealed to us.  But we do know that in that glad day of Christ's coming, there will be great transformations, all taking place with split-second speed. Concerning those great changes, Paul wrote to the Corinthian Christians:
 
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. (1Corinthians 15:52-53)
 
Paul used the familiar analogy of plant life to describe to the Corinthians the reality of the promised resurrection:
 
That which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: But God giveth it a body as it hath please him, and to every seed his own body.....
 
So also is the resurrection of the dead.  It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:  It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body......
 
And as we have borne the image of the earthly, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly....
 
So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.  (1 Corinthians 15:36-38, 42-44, 49, 54)
 
Surely it was this same revelation by the Spirit of God that caused the writer Jude to exclaim:
 
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.  To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen (Jude 24-25)
 
We rest upon God's revelation that in the heavenly world today, Jesus in His glorified body represents us at the throne of God.  Each of us who loves and serves Him has a right to the great scriptural promises.  In that great climactic event of the ages, our Lord will come and we shall all be changed.  He will present us before the eternal throne with exceeding joy, glorified even as He is glorified!
 
 
Memo:
Tozer used the KJV for the scriptures he gives in this study.  You might want to refer to an easier version to better understand the scriptures used in this post.
 
Memo:
 I have heard it said that the trump or trumpet mentioned in the above scripture will be the shofar.  Click on the link below to hear this sound.  It's awesome!
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We'll be starting Chapter 2 on the next post.
Jesus, God's Final Revelation

((hugs)) and Blessings,
Mary Jane



Saturday, August 1, 2015

Some Bible Trivia

Hello Ladies
I was going thru my scrapbook this morning, it's been so long since I've looked at it I had forgotten some of things I have in it.  I came across this and thought you might find it facinating.  I sure did.  God does things so wonderfully.
 
 
What is the shortest chapter in the Bible?
Psalm 117
 
What is the longest chapter in the Bible?
Psalm 119
 
Which chapter is in the center of the Bible?
Psalm 118
 
Fact:
There are 594 chapters before Psalm 118
 
Fact:
There are 594 chapters after Psalm 118
 
Add these numbers up and you get 1188
 
What is the center verse in the Bible?
Psalm 118:8
 
Does this verse say something significant about God's perfect will for our lives?  The next time someone says they would like to find God's perfect will for their lives and that they want to be in the center of His will, just send them to the center of His Word!
 
It is better to trust the Lord than to put confidence in man.
Psalm 118:8
 
Now isn't that odd how this worked out? 
Nope, not odd just the Glory of God!
Amen
 
Faith doesn't get you around trouble, it gets you through it.
 
Hope you enjoyed this little bit of Bible Trivia.
 
Love to all,
Mary Jane

Friday, July 31, 2015

Man is at Fault

Jesus, Our Man in Glory
Chapter 1
Part 5
 
Man is at Fault
 
Alienation was not God's fault.  It was man who alienated himself.  Man is away from God, like a little island that has pulled away from the mainland.  Drifting out to sea, it has lost the attraction of its original position.  So man has morally pulled away from God and from the attraction of God's fellowship.  Man is alienated, without hope and without God in this world.
 
The important element in God's concept of the priesthood is mediatorship.  The Old Testament priest provided a means of reconciliation between God and man.  But he had to be ordained of God.  Otherwise, he was a false priest.  In order to help man, he had to be appointed by God.
 
God, for His part, needs no help.  There never was an Old Testament priest who could help God.  The work of the priest was to offer a sacrifice, an atonement, so that alienated man could be forgiven and cleansed.  In the Levitical order, an offering had to be made to God by the priest on behalf of the sinner.  The priest was appointed to plead the case of man before a righteous God.
 
That ancient priestly system was not perfect.  It was only the shadow of a perfect, eternal priesthood to be brought about by the Savior-Priest, Jesus Christ,the eternal Son.  Every priest in the order of Levi knew only too well his own sin.  This was the point of the breakdown.  When that priest stood before God in the holiest place to present an atonement for the sins of the people, he was face-to-face as well with the reality of his own failures and shortcomings.
 
In our own day, we recognize what this means to us as liberated and forgiven believers.  Singing the hymnody of Isaac Watts, we revel in Christ's atonement and God's forgiveness.
 
Not all the blood of beasts
On Jewish altars slain,
Could give the guilty conscience peace,
Or wash away the stain.
But Christ, the heavenly Lamb,
Takes all our sins away;
A sacrifice of nobler name,
And richer blood than they.
 
The Old Testament priest knew that the ritual of sacrifice could not completely atone for sins or change man's sinful nature.  In that priestly system, God "covered" the sin until the time when Christ would come.  Christ, the Lamb of God, would completely bear away the sin of the world. 
 
Jesus our Lord qualified completely to be our great High Priest. He was ordained and appointed by God.  He was the eternal Son of whom the Father said, "Thou art a priest for ever" (Psalm 110:4).  He made reconciliation for the people.  He showed the only genuine compassion for lost mankind.  The Scriptures affirm that in these qualifications as priest, Jesus our Lord became the Author, the Source, the Giver of eternal salvation.
 

 
Next time we'll cover Part 6 - What Jesus' Manhood Means to Us.
 
Hope y'all are enjoying this read.  I love reading about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
 
Love to all

 


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Chapter 1 Part 4

Jesus, Our Man in Glory
Chapter 1
 
Priesthood in the Old Testament
Part 4
 
The true idea of the priesthood, as it was developed in the Old Testament and fulfilled by our Lord Jesus Christ, was ordained by God. It came from His mind and heart.  It was dimly foreshadowed in the lives of praying fathers, heads of their households, who assumed responsibility and concern for their families.
 
Job was a good example of this kind of Old Testament family priest.  Afraid his children might have sinned, he prayed to God, asking Him to forgive and cleanse them.  But the concept is much more clearly embodied in the Levitical priesthood, ordained by God for Israel's forgiveness and cleansing.  In its final perfection, the priesthood is portrayed in Jesus Christ our Lord.
 
We must acknowledge that God's concept of the priesthood arose from man's alienation from God.  It is based on the fact that man has strayed from God and is lost.  This is a fundamental part of truth, just as surely as hydrogen is a part of water.  You cannot have water without hydrogen.  Just as surely, you cannot have Bible truth without the teaching that mankind has broken with God and fallen from his first created estate, where he was made in God's image.
 
God's concept and instructions are very plain.  There has been a moral breach  Sinning man has violated the laws of God.  In other words, man is a moral criminal before the bar of God.  It is clear from the Bible that a sinful man or woman cannot return to God's favor and fellowship until justice is satisfied, until the breach is healed.
 
In an effort to heal the breach, man has used many subtleties and rationalizations.  But if he rejects the cross of Chriest, if he rejects God's plan of salvation, if he rejects Christ's death and resurrection as the basis for atonement, there is no remaining ground for redemption.  Reconciliation is an impossibility.
 
It is a part of my calling and responsibility in the ministry to warn men and women that rejection of the atoning work of Jesus Christ is fatal to the soul.  With such rejection, the efforts of the Savior and His intercession as great High Priest have no meaning.
 

In my last post I said today's post would cover part 4 and 5.  Part 4 was a little longer than I first though so I'm passing on Part 5 today.  Man is at Fault, will be the next post.
 
((hugs)) and Blessings
 

 
 


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Everything About Jesus is Glorious

I told y'all I'd be back on Saturday so here I am....

 
Jesus, Our Man in Glory
Chapter 1~Part 2
Everything About Jesus is Glorious
 
 
It is well for us to confess often that everything the Father has revealed concerning Jesus Christ is glorious.  His past~ as we would humanly look on the past ~ is glorious, for He made all things that were made.  His work on earth as the Son of Man was glorious, for He effected the plan of salvation through His death and resurrection.  Then He ascended into the heavenlies for His mediatorial ministries throughout this present age.
 
In view of what the Scriptures tell us of Jesus, it should be our primary concern to show forth the eternal glories of this One who is our divine Savior and Lord.
 
In our world are dozens of different kinds of Christianities.  Certainly many of them do not seem to be busy and joyful in proclaiming the unique glories of Jesus Christ as the eternal Son of God.  Some brands of Christianity will tell you very quickly that they are just trying to do a little bit of good on behalf of neglected people and neglected causes.  Others will affirm that we can do more good by joining in the "contemporary dialogue" than by continuing to proclaim the "old, old story of the cross."
 
(I bet that made you think of the great old hymn, Tell Me the Old, Old Story.)
 
But we stand with the early Christian apostles.  We believe that every Christian proclamation should be to the glory and the praise of the One whom God raised up after He had loosed the pains of death.  I am happy to be identified with Peter and his message at Pentecost:
 
Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know: Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands, have crucified and slain: Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.  (Acts 2:22-24)
 
Peter considered it important to affirm that the risen Christ is now exalted at the right hand of God.  He said that fact was the reason for the coming of the Holy Spirit.  Frankly, I am too busy serving Jesus to spend my time and energy engaging in contemporary dialogue.
 
We Have a Commission From Heaven
Chapter 1~Part 3
 
I think I know what "contemporary dialogue" means.  It means that all of those intellectual preachers are busy reading the news magazines so they will be able to comment on the world situation from their pulpits on Sunday mornings.  But that is not what God called me to do.  He called me to preach the glories of Christ.  He commissioned me to tell my people there is a kingdom of God and a throne in the heavens.  And that we have One of our own representing us there.
(I love that! One of our own.  Praise God) 
 
That is what the early Church was excited about.  And I think our Lord may have reason to ask why we are no longer very excited about it.  The Christian Church in the first century was ablaze with this concept of the risen and victorious Christ exalted at the right hand of the Father.  Although it worshipped no other man, it urged the worship of this glorified and exalted Man as God, because He had always been the eternal Son, the second Person of the Godhead.  Paul wrote to Timothy:
 
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. (I Timothy 2:5-6)
 
Condider with me some of the things we know about the priesthood for which God anointed our Lord Jesus.  Not only was He the eternal Son, but He was also the glorified Man.  Why should we ignore the reality of such a priesthood and treat it as if it was some appendage to religious forms and traditions?
 

I've got this song on my mind now, it won't go away!  Alan Jackson sure does sing it purty.

I'll be back Monday or Tuesday with:
Priesthood in the Old Testament
&
Man is at Fault

 
 



Thursday, July 23, 2015

Hello GLOW Sisters!

Hello ladies...here I am playing on the computer again!  I just got this idea and thought I'd run with it and see where it goes.  We seem to be having a very difficult time getting our Bible study done.  Life/satan just has a way of taking the best of plans and making a mess out of them. 

My intention was to make this a private blog, but it's complicated and I'm into easy peazy these days.  I'm not going to advertise to the general public but that doesn't mean someone won't stumble upon it and leave a comment.  That's okay...just letting you know how this works.
 
Now I don't expect this blog to take the place of us continuing our Three Heaven study or any other study we might do in the future.  And I don't really want to call this a 'study' because I'm not a teacher, not even going to try.  I would like for it to be more of an open forum ~ a place for comments, opinions, thoughts, questions and answers from each of us. 
 
I've chosen Jesus, Our Man in Glory by A.W. Tozer.  No particular reason, it's just a small book I already have on my bookshelf.  It's a 12 message series from the Book of Hebrews.  It's only a 138 pages but I'm going to space it out so there's not too much to read per blog post.  I'm thinking I will post 2 or 3 times a week making any needed adjustments along the way.  It will take a while to get thru the entire book.  But that's okay.

 
The next thing.....are you interested in this?  Would you participate? 
 
The next hurdle...where to make your comments.  To use the comments at the bottom of the blog you have to sign into Google and I know that could be a problem for some of you.  So let's just use the GLOW facebook page for comments.

 
Let's get started and see what happens!

Chapter 1
Jesus, Our Man in Glory

Have you heard any sermons lately on the Bible truth that our risen Savior and Lord is now our glorified Man and Mediator?  That He is seated at the right hand of the Majesty in the heavenlies? 

Few Christians are fully aware of Christ's high-priestly office at the throne. I suspect this is a neglected subject in evangelical preaching and teaching.  It is a major theme in the letter to the Hebrews.  The teaching is plain: Jesus is there, risen and glorified, at the right hand of the Majesty on high, representing the believing children of God, His Church on earth.

Here is one of the great biblical encouragements to acknowledge Jesus and to trust Him in His priestly ministry for us:

Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.  For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16)

 
The Scriptures assure us that there is a true tabernacle ~ a true sanctuary in heaven.  Jesus our great High Priest is busy there.  In that heavenly sanctuary is a continuing and effective altar.  There is a mercy seat.  Best of all, our Mediator and Advocate is there on our behalf.  What a amazing truth!

Amazing ~ and yet how difficult it seems for us to comprehend it and to count on it.  In the light of God's gracious revelation, I can only ask in humility and chagrin, "Why are we so ineffective in representing Him?  Why are we so apathetic in living for Him and glorifying Him?"


 Okay....what say you?  Yay or nay?

The next posting, Everything About Jesus is Glorious, will be Saturday.

FYI...the web address is:
http://godlovesolderwomen.blogspot.com

Memo:  I know the print is a little big, but I can't see it if it's too little!  ))smiles))

Ladies, doesn't it just make your heart flutter knowing Jesus is pleading our case before God?
Thank You Jesus