Jesus-My Living Hope

Jesus-My Living Hope

          Jesus – My Living Hope   1 Peter 1: 3-5 “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” As parents we want to leave our children an …

Thank You Jesus for Choosing Me

Thank You Jesus for Choosing Me

      Thank you Jesus for choosing me   Ephesians 1: 4 and 5 – “For He choose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will.” The Bible tells me in Jeremiah 29: 11 that God has a plan for me. That plan did not begin when I were conceived in my mother’s womb. His plan began before He created the world. He knew he wanted to adopt me …

Jesus Re-created My Life

Jesus Re-created My Life

      Jesus Re-created My Life We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God make Him who has no sin to be sin for us so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.” When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we became a brand new person, on the inside. We are no longer the same person because the Holy Spirit lives within us. We have been re-formed, rehabilitated and re-educated – we have been re-created with …

Thank You Jesus for the Power of the Cross

Thank You Jesus for the Power of the Cross

      Thank You Jesus for the power of the cross   Colossians 2: 9 and 10 – “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form and you have been given the fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority.” When I stop to really think about these verses I cannot begin to derive enough adjectives to describe the feelings welling up inside of me. Just the sheer realization that the same power that is in Jesus Christ is in me makes me want to shout. Jeremy Camp’s song Same …

Jesus Brought Me From Darkness

Jesus Brought Me From Darkness

        Jesus brought me from darkness Colossians 1: 13, 14 and 22 – “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in who we have redemption, the forgiveness of sin. But now, he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight; without blemish and free from accusation.” During a recent visit to Blanchard Springs Caverns, we took time to tour one of the caverns. Halfway through the tour we were seated in what our guide called …

Jesus Comes With a Guarantee

Jesus Comes With a Guarantee

        Jesus comes with a guarantee   2 Corinthians 1: 21-22 – “Now it is God who makes me (Betty Lacy) stand firm in Christ. He anointed me, set his seal of ownership on me, and put His Spirit in my heart as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come” (NIV and the Bible according to Betty) All scripture is personal to a believer.  I love it when I can insert my name in a verse in a scripture such as this. When I do this I am claiming the scripture as a personal letter to me …

Who Am I

Who Am I

    Who Am I?     Have you ever thought about who you really are? Well, I am one those people who comes up with these strange questions. When my dad was about to walk me down the aisle to give me away to a man he hardly knew, he leaned over and said very quietly, “Don’t forget to be you.” It took me several years to determine exactly what he meant by the statement. But somewhere along the years I knew the answer. When I was a child I was Jess and Juanita’s daughter, Butch’s sister, Robert and …

I Am a Temple of the Lord

I Am a Temple of the Lord

    I am a temple of the Lord     1 Corinthians 3: 16 – “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you…..for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.”   When I stop to think “I am a temple of the Lord” I always stand in awe and almost unbelief that the Lord trusts me with his Holy Spirit and that spirit is within me. One of my fellow writers at My Journey of Faith, Doris Lisemby, sent me an encouragement email last year. I will never forget …

I Am Not My Own

I Am Not My Own

      I Am Not My Own   1 Corinthians 6: 19 and 20 – “You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your body.” Jesus paid the ultimate price for us when he died on the cross in our place. He owns us, therefore, when we are faced with a compromising decision we should always think twice, count to 10, run or whatever else and stop before we do something that is not holy. If Jesus was viewable with your human eye would you do something to bring tears to his …

I Am Part of the Body of Christ

I Am Part of the Body of Christ

      I Am a Part of the Body of Christ   1 Corinthians 12:  27 – 31 – “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having the gift of healing, others, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration and those speaking in different kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have the gift …

I Am an Over Comer

I Am an Over Comer

    I Am An Over Comer     1 John 4: 4, 16 – “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them; because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of Go, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.” Through Jesus Christ we are over comers not only of the adversary but sin itself. We live in a fallen world and sin is rampant. We encounter …

God Gave Me a Spirit of Holy Boldness

God Gave Me a Spirit of Holy Boldness

      God Gave Me a Spirit of Holy Boldness     2 Timothy 1: 7-9 – “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. So do not be ashamed to testify about our Lord or ashamed of me his prisoner. But join with me in suffering for the gospel by the power of God who has saved us and called us to a holy life – not because of anything we have done. But because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us …