I write the title to this blog nearly everyday in my volunteer work. To know Peace with God is undoubtedly the most rewarding feeling a christian can know besides the fact that they will see the Heavenly Father and walk beside Him in Heaven one day. Only as a result of asking Jesus to forgive you of your sins and to come into your heart as your personal Savior can you hope to do this. There are many misconceptions as to how you may assured a place in Heaven. Your church attendance cannot get you into Heaven, reading your Bible cannot get you into Heaven. And your good deeds cannot get you into Heaven. There is only one way into Heaven. (Romans 10:9-10) says “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved..For with the heart one believes to righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made to salvation.”
To one day know you will join your loved ones and friends who had believed in the plan of salvation, how much does that mean to you? How much are you willing to give up now to assure yourself that you will sit at the feet of God and not in the fires of satan? How often are you thinking of what you can do for others and not of yourself? When was the last time you talked about Jesus to someone and not football, your ipad or iphone. We put so much thought into our’s and our loved ones earthly belongings and almost none into our heavenly future.
The time of our Lord is drawing near, and just as you have plans for your future you need to plan for your salvation and where you will spend eternity. I am always here should you need a map for that plan.
Yours, in Christ’s love, hearftfulandhopeful
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So you ask the Lord into your heart as your personal Savoir all is right with the world and then BAM something goes wrong in your life and you don’t know which way is up. Your hurt, angry and you go to God in prayer and you ask “what did I do Father?” But did you actually do something to create this havoc that is going on? For what seemed like a very long time everything was good, no bumps in the road, home free! Lurking in the background however is satan who has been watching and waiting for just such an opportunity to WHACK you upside your head! Suddenly you realize that you have become complacent in your worship of the God you gave your heart to and promise to love and obey Him. Were you not suppose to turn everything over to Him and let Him worry about your cares and heartaches? Yes you were. But there you were just going through your everyday routine, all was good and you forgot more and more to get down on your knees and ask Him for guidance and forgiveness for all that you needed to.
In walks satan, he knows, like God. every little detail of your life. He is there to destroy God in your head and heart. Only he is sneaky, he will wait for your most vulnerable moment and strike, just like the serpent that he is. So if you have let your guard down he will walk right in and take you, So be strong, be vigilant in your faith. ( 1 Peter 5:8 KJV ) ” Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” Let God control your life. Don’t try to do it on your own, you are not strong enough to battle satan by yourself. Use God, he wants you to. Remember, bad things do happen to good people just be sure you have God with you at all times. Give Him the love he requires of you. He will never leave you.
Yours in Christ’s love, heartfulandhelpful
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I worry about my families health, the house, my job and numerous other things. Do I worry enough about my unsaved neighbor or members of my family that are going to spend eternity in a place where they will suffer? I’m sure that I do not. They are not everyday thoughts that creep up on me. Yet the Lord told us to go out and make disciples. If I can pray each day for the sick and other afflictions why do I shy away from spreading the Gospel ? The answer that comes to me is fear of defeat. Fear that should not be real because I am a Christian and know that He will give me the words that I will need. Yet it is Satan that gives me this fear and I play into it. Why as a young girl could I lead my friends to the Lord but as an adult I am timid?
All of these thoughts have brought me to this passage in the Bible. Acts 4:31 ”And when they prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.”
Let this be a comfort to you to know that with prayer all things are possible.
Yours in Christ’s love, heartfulandhopeful
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Last month I mentioned briefly that Mother has breast cancer and was having surgery. The surgery was done and the follow-up visit revealed a microscopic amount of cancer still remained. In order to contain the slow-growing cancer Mother will start on a hormone receptor pill and take that for 5 years. Our visit with the radiologists is within the week. The oncology people said because of her regular mammograms each year this was caught very early. if you have a loved one that is due or overdue for their mammogram remind them, if they need a lift to get one take them. Do this for them. Please.
God calls us to do all sorts of things. Are we too tied up in earthly matters, so tired when we get home that we neglect to listen to what God is asking? Is that baseball game or shopping trip more important than witnessing or lending a helping hand to a less fortunate person? What about the loved one you do not want to spend eternity away from God? When is a good time? After they are gone from our lives? There are so many people in the world who are hearing about Jesus for the first time in their lives and are asking him to become their personal Savior. Yet in our own lives we have people who are dear to us and we have become complacent. We say “oh well they will never listen, they think their “good” lives is all they need to live in eternity”. Yet the Bible says in John 14:5 ”I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
The time is drawing near for the return of our Lord. We do not know exactly when it will be, but you can be sure you haven’t much time. Blessings to you all.
Yours in Christ’s love, heartfulandhopeful
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Daily conversations with God are so much part of my life now, that without them I feel I would shrivel up like a dried flower and live no more. And I would. Satan would step right back into my life and tell me not to worry he is the only one I need. I know God is here with me, I also know that Satan is a powerful force as well. 1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” So let us not kid ourselves that we have it all under control because we pray each night before we go to bed, and we go to church each Sunday and read our Bible’s once a week. God wants you to give Him more time than that. Oh yes, He was willing to die for you and now all you want to do is weekly run by with him?! I know better. And so do you.
Quiet time each morning with God is essential. When He was here on earth the Lord often went to his Father in prayer in the morning. Set time aside to ask Him for forgiveness of your sins and name each one, yes get specific. I’m not talking every sin of your whole life, that would take forever! But, yesterday, what sins did you commit? Ask Him for forgiveness, He wants to do this for you. He is a loving God. He wants to love you. Thank Him for your salvation, your health, your family. Ask Him to use in a way that is pleasing to Him so that others may come to know him. Then very carefully listen. Listen for Him to call you by name and He will reveal what his plans are for you. It may not even that day. or week have Faith and Patience and try to go To Him more than once a day. He wants to hear from you every day, several times a day.
Tomorrow my dear Mother is going in for breast cancer surgery. She and I turned it over to the Lord when we first learned of the cancer, so besides a little stress from getting the pre-op work done the Lord has really taken care of our worries. We know His plans have already been made and we are letting Him guide us to the place in our hearts we need to be . We have prayed that He will guide the skillful hands of the surgeon and all who are helping him. Today many times I have been to Him in prayer and have listened very carefully as He reassured me that He has this all taken care of.
Yours in Christ‘s love, Heartfulandhopeful
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Yes God, I’m here. Oh He said, because I gave you an opportunity to witness to someone and you did nothing. When this happens I have a nagging feeling in my heart that does not let up for days. Planting seeds and watering them, nurturing them is not an easy job. Planting I have no problem with. It is the follow-up that has me wondering just how to go about it without seeming pushy. Pray,pray,pray. Yes take it to the Lord in prayer.
There are times when you plant a seed with a total stranger and unless they agree to let you call on them you probably will never see them again. These circumstances I’m sure the Lord will gladly take it from there for you. But let’s say it is a neighbor down the street, and you met them walking your dog and spoke to them about your faith in God and they asked you a few questions about Him. As your neighbor is about to walk off, don’t you think you should say that you would love to talk to them some more about God and salvation? Of course you should, but the pounding in your heart keeps you from it. At the same time you can hear His voice saying go ahead, I will give you the words to speak just as I have these past ten minutes. But no, you take it out of God’s hands and back into yours and boom the opportunity is gone!
You never know when you will get a chance to witness to that person again, they could be gone tomorrow or their heart may never be as soft as it was that day when you were walking your dog. This is why you need to listen for and react to God when He is speaking to you. Do not be afraid to take the next step. Pray a 2 second prayer if you need to and go for it! ”I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” Jeremiah 32:27
Yours in Christ’s love, heartfulandhopeful
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