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The Church

They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.            Acts 2:42 NASB

Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.               Acts 2:43‭-‬47 NASB

[  ] They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.

[  ] And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common;

[  ] sharing them with all, as anyone might have need.

[  ] Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple,

[  ] breaking bread from house to house,

[  ] they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart,

[  ] praising God

[  ] having favor with all the people.

🌹 Is this what the church looks like today? Are we the Family of God? Are we one body, the Body of Christ? Is this why salvation of souls is diminishing?

And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.

By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”      John 13:35 NASB

🌹 How can you make a difference?

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Faithful

As Jesus was approaching Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the road begging. Now hearing a crowd going by, he began to inquire what this was. They told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. And he called out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Those who led the way were sternly telling him to be quiet; but he kept crying out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” And Jesus stopped and commanded that he be brought to Him; and when he came near, He questioned him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” And he said, “Lord, I want to regain my sight!” And Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.”  Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him, glorifying God; and when all the people saw it, they gave praise to God.                          Luke 18:35‭-‬43 NASB

“Lord, I want to regain my sight”.

This man had lost his sight, for you can’t regain something you never had.

Haven’t we all been there? Lost sight of our way? Lost the intimacy we have had with Jesus in the past?

This man was persistent to get the attention of Jesus even while those around him

“were sternly telling him to be quiet; but he kept crying out all the more”. And those trying to keep him quiet were leaders. Those who led the way”.

By his faithfulness he pursued Jesus. By his faithfulness his eyes were opened. By his faithfulness he followed Jesus. But even greater than all this “when all the people saw it, they gave praise to God.”

Your faithfulness is seen by many.

🌹Are you faithfully following Jesus? Do others see Jesus in you? If not it is time to ask for Jesus to “to regain my sight!” Then be faithful to follow.

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

The Righteousness in Me

Do I have any righteousness in me?

Then he (Abraham) believed in the Lord ; and He reckoned it to him as righteousness. Genesis 15:6 NASB

For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” Romans 4:3 NASB

It takes belief in the One true God to have any righteousness at all. As stated above,  “Abraham believed and it was credited as righteousness”.

The good news is:

If Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. Romans 8:10 NASB

Christ’s righteousness in you. Him in you makes your spirit alive. Now that is good news!

having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:11 NASB

and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, Philippians 3:9 NASB

How’s your faith? Faith in Christ means you are righteous in Him.

🌹 God is the righteousness in me.

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

Holy, Holy, Holy

The Lord reigns, let the peoples tremble; He is enthroned above the cherubim, let the earth shake! The Lord is great in Zion, And He is exalted above all the peoples. Let them praise Your great and awesome name; Holy is He. Exalt the Lord our God And worship at His footstool; Holy is He. Exalt the Lord our God And worship at His holy hill, For holy is the Lord our God. Psalms 99:1‭-‬3‭, ‬5‭, ‬9 NASB

God reigns. He is on His throne. He is exalted above all the peoples whether we believe or acknowledge it as so.

Reality check. God is holy, whether we believe it or not.

What should be our response to these facts?

Let us praise His great and awesome name.
Exalt the Lord our God and worship Him.

FOR HE IS HOLY!!

🌹How will you respond to God’s holiness today?

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon

Focus + Perspective = Praise

Genesis 13

Abram trusted God.

How would you have handled the situation of quarreling when the means of taking care of your possessions comes in direct conflict with another taking care of their possessions?

Abram and Lot ran into this. The land could not sustain them both and their possessions. Quarreling ensued. Abram being the older and leader could have taken what he wanted but instead gave Lot the choice to choose land that he wanted. Lot chose the best of the land – plenty of water and fields to eat from.

Abram resided in the land of Canaan. There he built an altar to the Lord. Abram chose to end the quarreling that would bring bitterness and dissension between Lot and himself. Then he chose to build that altar. Where was Abram’s focus? God!

FOCUS on God gives a whole new

PERSPECTIVE: godly; looking through God’s eyes.

I suppose with the right FOCUS and a godly PERSPECTIVE praise comes easy. To our God, Jesus Christ be the glory!

But I enter your house by the abundance of Your faithful love; I bow down toward Your holy temple in reverential awe of You. – Psalm 5:7

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

2016 Journey

What a glorious adventure I just completed for 2016. For the first time in my life I read the Holy Bible all the way through!!! Oh the beautiful, challenging, wonderful things I experienced on this journey. Looking forward to next year as I “Spend Everyday With Jesus”.

How about you? What made 2016 a journey to treasure for years to come?

 

My New Year’s Resolution:

Praise the Lord!
Praise God in His sanctuary;
Praise Him in His mighty expanse.
Praise Him for His mighty deeds;
Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.

Praise Him with trumpet sound;
Praise Him with harp and lyre.
Praise Him with timbrel and dancing;
Praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe.
Praise Him with loud cymbals;
Praise Him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.
Praise the Lord!  — Psalm 150

God bless your new year as you praise Him while leaning, trusting, seeking, obeying, serving and loving Him.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Psalm 146

Hallelujah!
My soul, praise the Lord.
I will praise the Lord all my life;
I will sing to my God as long as I live.

Do not trust in nobles,
in man, who cannot save.
When his breath leaves him,
he returns to the ground;
on that day his plans die.

Happy is the one whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lordhis God,
the Maker of heaven and earth,
the sea and everything in them.
He remains faithful forever,
executing justice for the exploited
and giving food to the hungry.
The Lord frees prisoners.
The Lord opens the eyes of the blind.
The Lord raises up those who are oppressed.
The Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord protects foreigners
and helps the fatherless and the widow,
but He frustrates the ways of the wicked.

The Lord reigns forever;
Zion, your God reigns for all generations.
Hallelujah! — Psalm 146

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Worship (3)

Sing praise to the Lord, you His godly ones, 

And give thanks to His holy name.

— Psalm 30:4

Be glad in the Lord, you righteous ones,
And give thanks to His holy name.

— Psalm 97:12

Praise Him and be glad this day as you give thanks to His holy name. What a great way to start a new week.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Choose To Worship And Praise

“All the earth will worship You,
And will sing praises to You;
They will sing praises to Your name.” Selah.  — Psalm 66:4

It is inevitable that all, every knee, shall bow in worship and sing praises to God. What are you waiting for? Worship Him today at a church near you.

We have a free will to worship now. Better to prepare now to worship with a pure, willing, joyful, open heart than a heart of fear when you find yourself before the mighty, awesome, holy, pure God who you never took the time to freely worship.

The choice is yours but don’t deprive yourself of the privilege to worship Him today with others who believe in the only true God through His precious, loving Son, and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon