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Philippians 1:21-26

For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. But if I am to live on in the flesh, this will mean fruitful labor for me; and I do not know which to choose. But I am hard-pressed from both directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ, for that is very much better; yet to remain on in the flesh is more necessary for your sake. Convinced of this, I know that I will remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy in the faith, so that your proud confidence in me may abound in Christ Jesus through my coming to you again.
Philippians 1:21‭-‬26 NASB

Have you ever thought about the moment when your eyes gaze into the eyes of your Savior Jesus Christ?

I imagine it to be exuberant, overflowing with breathless joy, complete speechless awe that rips away every fear, hesitation, doubt, distrust, apprehension, inhibition. That will be true freedom. Abounding, pure, overflowing flood of love never experienced before.To say the least I am looking forward to that day.

we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:8

But today God has a plan for His kingdom and lost souls. Now is the time for fruitful labor.
Now is the time to go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19‭-‬20 NASB

🌹God help me to be faithful to encourage brothers and sisters of faith to be fruitful and faithful to spread the gospel to the lost of this world, being diligent until the day our faith is made sight. For Your glory and in Jesus name I pray, amen. 

Continually Seeking Him, 

Sharon 

Promise Keeper

This is the promise which He Himself made to us: eternal life.
1 John 2:25 NASB

Do you trust in Jesus? Do you trust that He will keep His promise to whoever believes in Him?

so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life.
John 3:15 NASB

And this is the will of the Father!!

For this is the will of My Father, that everyone who beholds the Son and believes in Him will have eternal life, and I Myself will raise him up on the last day.”
John 6:40 NASB

I Myself will raise him up on the last day“!
Wow!! Not only the promise but also the blessing of Jesus Himself who will raise each one up. Each one of our believing souls. Wow!!!

🌹What do you envision, or do you even envision, the moment when your faith is made sight?

I would love to know your “sight expectation” if you have one. If you don’t, why not take some time to image what your first step into heaven will be like. 

Don’t know Jesus?

If you haven’t trusted in Jesus, would you seek Him today? Ask a Christian friend. Visit a church and talk to a Pastor. Reach out to anyone in whom you know professes Jesus Christ as their Savior. Don’t delay, God’s promise is waiting.

You can go straight to the Lord God . . .

Dear glorious Father. I believe in Your Son, Jesus Christ, who came to die for me. I confess that I am a sinner in need of forgiveness. Thank you Jesus for sacrificing Your life for my sin and ungodly living. Jesus, be my Savior and help me to make You Lord of my life as I walk with you on this earth awaiting eternity. In Jesus name I pray, amen.

If you prayed this prayer and meant it with all your heart, tell people. Tell someone right away and then others. Find a Bible believing church and grow in the Lord.
God bless you.

Continually Seeking Him, 

Sharon 

Until I Declare

My mouth is filled with Your praise And with Your glory all day long.
Psalms 71:8‭ NASB

Do you ever experience this Psalmist’s elation? Does it last all day long? Is your everyday life filled with praise to God? As you meditate (think on) all that God has done for you, what is your response to God and what are you motivated to do? Hopefully it is to do as this psalmist did. . .

And even when I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me, Until I declare Your strength to this generation, Your power to all who are to come. For Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the heavens, You who have done great things; O God, who is like You?
Psalms 71:18-19 NASB

🌹Praise God for His righteousness and the great things He has done!!! I will declare!

Continually Seeking Him, 

Sharon 

God is Watching

The Lord looks from heaven; He sees all the sons of men; 
From His dwelling place He looks out On all the inhabitants of the earth,
He who fashions the hearts (their heart together) of them all, He who understands all their works.
Psalms 33:13‭-‬15 NASB

The Lord has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there are any who understand, Who seek after God.
Psalms 14:2 NASB

🌹Are you seeking God?

Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually.
Psalms 105:4 NASB

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

He Spoke

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, And by the breath of His mouth all their host. 
He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap; He lays up the deeps in storehouses.  Let all the earth fear the Lord;
Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.
Psalms 33:6‭-‬9 NASB

🌹By His word, one breath. . . Do you stand in awe and shear reverence of God? He spoke. . . Done. His commands stand still today.

God, today may we stand in awe of You and the brilliant God You are. To You be the glory for the things You have done! Praise You for the things You are still doing!

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

From Beginning to End

God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good. There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.                                                 Genesis 1:16-‬19 NASB

God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also.
Genesis 1:16

There was evening and there was morning, a fourth day.                    Genesis 1:19

The first day of creation God said, “Let there be light”, Genesis 1:3. God separated the light from the darkness.

In verses 16 and 19, God created the sun, moon and stars on the 4th day. 
(Thank you Shellie for sharing this revelation).

So what was this light that God spoke and said that it was good on the first day of creation? Well turn from the beginning of God’s word, Genesis, to the end of His word, Revelation.

And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed; and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.                   Revelation 21:23‭-‬27 NASB

“the people who were sitting in darkness  saw a great light, and those who were sitting in the land and shadow of death, upon them a light dawned.”                                              Mark 4:16

The glory of the Lord! The Lamb of God. Heaven will have no darkness. Only the Light of God.

O the things we have to look forward to as the faithful children of God. . .

“No longer will you have the sun for light by day, Nor for brightness will the moon give you light; But you will have the Lord for an everlasting light, And your God for your glory. “Your sun will no longer set, Nor will your moon wane; For you will have the Lord for an everlasting light, And the days of your mourning will be over.                                                    Isaiah 60:19‭-‬20 NASB

And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever.                                            Revelation 22:5 NASB

🌹 Are you looking to the everlasting, eternal light?

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

70 Years!?

The inhabited cities will be laid waste and the land will be a desolation. So you will know that I am the Lord.
Ezekiel 12:20

Recently I’ve heard, “I am so tired of this Covid thing” or, “I am so over this, I am ready to go back to normal”.

What is normal? Living life for me, me, me?

God has a plan. He had a plan for Israel when they went into captivity in Egypt for 70 years. He had a plan when He sent them again into captivity in Babylon under the rule of Nebuchadnezzar.

What is God’s plan? “So you will know that I am the Lord”.

Contentment can be found in nothing less than Almighty God. Contentment can be found during desolation and captivity when our hearts belong to Him. Our focus is on God.

“All the inhabitants of the earth are accounted as nothing, But He does according to His will in the host of heaven And among the inhabitants of earth; And no one can ward off His hand Or say to Him, ‘What have You done?’
Daniel 4:35‭ NASB

Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise, exalt and honor the King of heaven, for all His works are true and His ways just, and He is able to humble those who walk in pride.”
Daniel 4:37 NASB
(Nebuchadnezzar’s testimony is in Daniel 4. You might want to read it).

🌹Are you humbly focused on God and His will? If this Covid lifestyle should last 70 years you can be content in Him?

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Rewards

so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. — Matthew 6:4

pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. — Matthew 6:6b

so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. — Matthew 6:18

 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. — Matthew 6:19-21

Is your Christianity on display as to exalt yourself? Do you boast of your righteousness for all to see? Is humbleness a word used in describing you when others speak of you?

Is your “religion” all about you or all about God? If it’s all about you then enjoy because you have received your reward. If it’s all about God then your reward is being stored in heaven where it can’t be marred or decay.

Where are your treasures being stored? Is Jesus the very heart of your life and ministry? Do you direct focus to/on Him? A tough lesson to learn and keep. Keep your eyes on Jesus and seek His face continually. Your heart will be storing up eternal treasures.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Search Me, Examine Me, Try Me

O Lord, You have searched me and known me.
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
You understand my thought from afar.
You scrutinize my path and my lying down,
And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
Even before there is a word on my tongue,
Behold, O Lord, You know it all.
You have enclosed me behind and before,
And laid Your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
It is too high, I cannot attain to it.

Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I ascend to heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there.
If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me.
If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me,
And the light around me will be night,”
Even the darkness is not dark to You,
And the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are alike to You.

For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.
When I awake, I am still with You.

O that You would slay the wicked, O God;
Depart from me, therefore, men of bloodshed.
For they speak against You wickedly,
And Your enemies take Your name in vain.
Do I not hate those who hate You, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
I hate them with the utmost hatred;
They have become my enemies.

Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
And see if there be any hurtful way in me, And lead me in the everlasting way. — Psalm 139

Amen.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Whom have I in heaven but You?

Whom have I in heaven but You?
And besides (with) You, I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail, But God is the  strength of my heart and my portion forever. — Psalm 73:25-26

Have you experienced and ever been able to say that you were so close to Jesus that He truly was all you desired? You could see nothing of this world as any value compared to walking with Jesus?

Those times were the best times of my life but unfortunately my flesh is weak and fails, my heart means well but it also fails. But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

I said to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
I have no good besides You.” — Psalm 16:2

Thank You, Lord, for Your mercy , grace and strength.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon