Archive | January 2014

Love the Lord

and you shall love the Lord your God — Mark 12:30

 The commandment is to love the Lord, our God. How can we possibly love God who is love? (1 John 4:8)  We could not even come close to measuring up to His love. We are incapable of loving God on our own. We need the help of the Master. With salvation comes the Spirit of God living in us. The love of God living in us enables us to love Him. We can love Him because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19) And if we love Him we will keep His commandments — to love the Lord, our God.

John 14:15 “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

1 John 4:8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

1 John 4:19 We love, because He first loved us.

Baptism Testimony

At the age of 12 my brother and I went to a church and took a course to learn how to be a Christian. We studied for a few weeks, not remembering how many weeks it took looking back that long ago, but we learned about Jesus and the sacrifice on the cross He made for us, about baptism and reading our Bible and praying. After the course we were baptized. I can tell you now that I did not personally know Jesus Christ at that time. I was going through the motions because that is what we were supposed to do to be a Christian.

The Lord found me and entered my heart at the age of 15 (please see my salvation testimony). This time I really knew Him and knew I was different because of my decision. I read my Bible every night because I desired to do so and I prayed every night before bed. Things were different. Well, life goes on and many things happen but Jesus was always with me. He never left me nor forsook me even though I wandered many a time.

In 1994 I was taking a course at church on how to witness. The second semester focused on baptism. As I studied I was convicted because I was baptized before I really knew Jesus. I had been a Christian for 19 years and the Lord was telling me to be baptized. At the first thought of being baptized after walking with the Lord for 19 years was frightening. What would people think? I could easily just move on and no one will know that I didn’t get baptized after the fact of salvation. But as I pondered the thought and prayed about it I knew it didn’t matter what others thought, it mattered what Jesus thought. He was the One who wanted me to follow through in obedience for His sake, for a testimony to Him.  It is a sign of obedience just as Jesus through His obedience to the Father was baptized.  Baptism doesn’t save, it is a sign to proclaim the transformation that happens when one accepts Jesus as their Savior and Lord. I knew what I had to do . . .

I approached my pastor and told him that I wanted to be baptized. He basically blew me off thinking I was joking with him or something. Of course in his defense I said this in passing on a busy Sunday morning. It took about 3 attempts of asking to be baptized that he finally looked me in the eye  and asked why I needed to be baptized. I told him as I have explained above. So, one Sunday morning I was baptized to the glory of God. I understood what baptism was about and grateful that He led me to follow Him in obedience and be baptized.

Conveniently, it was also pot-luck day, to this day I say it was a celebration of my baptism (LOL). I sat across from a fellow parishioner who said, “I didn’t know you weren’t saved”. Please know that baptism does not save you. It is an outwardly demonstration of an inward decision. Baptism is done as a witness to others of your decision to walk with Jesus. It is your first act of obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ, your God. To God be the glory in all that we do.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

First and Foremost Commandment

and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.  – Mark 12:30

God commands us to love Him with “all” or with our “whole” heart, soul, mind and strength. Out of 44 Bible translations, 40 use the word “all” and 4 use the word “whole”. The Message translation reads, “love the Lord God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence and energy.’” This translates to me to love God with my whole being, all that I am. To make loving Him my passion and using my mind and energy and soul (deep longing) to accomplish it.

Mark 12:29 says that this is the foremost commandment. It is high priority, of utmost importance. Loving God is the most important thing we can and should do in our lives. But the only way to truly love God with all we’ve got, all we are, is by having a personal relationship with Him, God, for He is love. 1 John 4:8,16.

The greatest love anyone can experience is the love of God. Loving Him we get to experience first hand an abundant, everlasting, unconditional love. He is waiting to forgive you just for the asking of His forgiveness and believing that God raised Jesus from the dead. Acknowledge that Jesus is your Savior and ask Him to be the Lord of your life. Then begin loving Him with all you’ve got.

If you prayed asking Jesus into your life, would you please tell someone? You can even leave a comment telling me. I will rejoice with you and pray for you. If you prefer your comment to be private just put in the comment not to publish it and I will not post it.

Begin today loving God completely with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

You Are Valuable

Are not five sparrows sold for two cents? Yet not one of them is forgotten before God. 7 Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows. Luke 12:6-7

When I think about sparrows and how small they are and how I just take them for granted flying free, and then think about the God who made them, so BIG and Powerful, I am blown away with how He cares for them. They have no worry of food or shelter – God provides all they need. God considers them valuable and worth providing for. How much more are we valuable to Him. Yet, we fret and worry about how our needs will be provided. He cares and knows us so well that He is aware of the number of hairs on our head.  We have nothing to fear because we are valuable to God. As this Sunday we commemorate the Sanctity of Life, know that you are loved and valued by your Creator. He cares for you and desires an intimate relationship with you. Come to the One who values, cares, and loves you.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Believe And See The Glory of God

Jesus *said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?” – John 11:40

Oh the things of God I see because I believe. The miracle of life in my newborn children. How creation speaks of Him. How God can take a nothing life and make it something or how I can love someone not easily tolerable because Jesus lives in me. I see His glory in the promises of His word fulfilled in my life. I see His glory in answered prayer, in a new believer, in relationships restored. The greatest event of His glory I have seen is when He saved me from eternal condemnation. He was glorified on the cross of Calvary. When my eyes were opened to His glory there, I began to see His glory everywhere and He continues to show me glimpses of His glory in everyday life. Trust His promise today – believe and you will see the glory of God.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Confidence, Power, Ability and Sufficiency

Such is the reliance and confidence that we have through Christ toward and with reference to God. Not that we are fit (qualified and sufficient in ability) of ourselves to form personal judgments or to claim or count anything as coming from us, but our power and ability and sufficiency are from God.                                                                                                                                      2 Corinthians 3:4-5 (Amplified Version)

It really is all about God. Through Christ we have confidence in the matters of God. It is Christ in us that enables us to fulfill God’s will. Actually it is Jesus fulfilling God’s will through us because Christ lives in us by His Holy Spirit. Do you want to be successful for God? Do you want to live an effectual Christian life? If you do it takes surrender, surrender of your will to do God’s will. To do this we must earnestly seek the Lord. We seek Him through His word, prayer and worship – not neglecting the gathering of the saints (believers) to encourage and be encouraged by one another. It will be the greatest surrender of your life. Great freedom is found in surrendering and being bound to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

 

Faith is the Victory

 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.                                                                                                                          – 1 John 5:4

How is your faith? Is your faith established in the Lord Jesus Christ? Are you walking this journey of life along side the One who has overcome the world? When we place our faith in Jesus Christ we are born of God. The word of God says that if we are born of God then we are overcomers. It takes faith to overcome. Talk to Jesus today and ask Him to search your heart so you know where your faith lies. Be victorious – by faith.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Taste And See

O taste and see that the Lord is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! – Psalm 34:8

King David wrote this with exclamation. I believe he was truly blessed because he had tasted God’s deliverance. Are you experiencing a need for refuge (protection, shelter), a place of peace and rest? Take a taste and see for yourself that the Lord is good. Prayer and Bible reading will bring a blessing beyond all you can imagine. There is no greater blessing than a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Taste and see.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

No Other Gods

You shall have no other gods before Me. – Exodus 20:3

Isn’t this contradictory to Isaiah 45:5? First let’s review the definition of God: the One and only, Creator and Ruler of the universe, Source of all moral authority and Supreme being. Now, let’s look at the definition of gods: an image, idol, animal or other object worshiped as divine or symbolizing a god. An adored, admired or influential person. A thing accorded the supreme importance appropriate to a god.

What in your life demands all your attention, energy, devotion, time, money etc.? This is your god. Personally, I have struggled in the past spending more time on the computer than I have praying or reading my Bible or serving the Lord. God has so much more for us – put aside your god(s) and seek God, the Lord, the One and only.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

No Other God

“I am the Lord, and there is no other; Besides Me there is no God. – Isaiah 45:5a

This is a truth that once grasped and understood can change your life. When you realize that God, the One and only, is Creator and Ruler of the universe, source of all moral authority and Supreme being – your attitude toward Him will change. He opens eyes to our need of Him. Acknowledge Him today and meditate on the fact that there is no other God besides the Lord, the great I AM.

You can acknowledge Him by praying and confessing Jesus as Savior and Lord, asking forgiveness for the sin within you. The next step is simply to trust Him with your life. Pray, read the word of God and worship Him. You will not be disappointed with a sincere desire to seek and know God, your Creator.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon