Good News Message
- Jesus said, “My Grace is sufficient for you.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Hello Loves,In 2 Corinthians 12, The Apostle Paul told of his amazing trip to Heaven. He writes: “I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know – God knows. And I know that this man – whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know – God knows- was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things that no one is permitted to tell. I will boast about a man like that, but I will not boast about myself, except about my weaknesses.”This is part of a fantastic message about how amazing and perhaps terrible things coexist in us at times. Paul, the same man that was given the gift of an actual glimpse of Heaven is the same man who goes on to tell us there is a thorn in his flesh that our Lord has allowed to reside in him. He prayed about it three times asking the Lord to remove it, but the answer was a resounding “no.” Not the “yes” Paul wanted. There are many thoughts on what it was, or could have been, but it is never clear. The thorn is a metaphor for the ongoing challenges most of us have. Paul states that our Lord of Love told him, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Paul goes on to say, “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest in me.”Although God did not remove whatever Paul’s physical affliction was, He promised to use it to demonstrate HIs power in Paul as He does so often with us. A show of power in weakness. The fact that God’s power is displayed in people with problems should give us courage. Though we recognize our limitations, we should not let them defeat us. Instead, we should turn to our Lord to seek pathways for effectiveness despite our “thorns.” We learn to rely on Him for our effectiveness, rather than simply on our own energy, effort or talent. This is where He has the opportunity to meet us in the middle. To teach us something of how His power can compensate in the midst of our lack. Someone once said, “Our weakness not only helps develop Christian character, it also deepens our worship, because in admitting our weakness, we affirm God’s strength.” God wants us to understand “His strength” so that we might begin to comprehend the power that is ours to tap into when we need it.May we join Paul in celebrating what we have been given, not in perfection, but in revelation. Perfection of the flesh can and does come sometimes as we pray and work towards that goal. It’s wonderful when that happens but always fleeting. Our imperfections, on the other hand, invite a special intimacy between us and God. We simply ask the Lord to give us what we need and depend on Him to meet that need in whatever way He chooses. That dependency establishes trust in Him and the path He sets us on for our ultimate good. He may heal us totally, or may choose to keep challenging us. Either way, His Grace is sufficient and brings an outcome we can fully trust.Poppa B.Continue reading →
- God’s Power, Love and Wisdom continually Revealed by the Holy Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2
Hello God’s Beloveds,The Holy Spirit is with us continually. He comes INTO us when we accept Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior. The Word says “He will be in us, and with us, forever.” We are ONE with Spirit, our Abba Father, and Jesus.I love the messages the Apostle Paul and so many others have given us about Spirit. In Chapter 2 in the Book of 1 Corinthians, the Apostle wrote: “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.” He means that his gift of speech came not from him as a man but as a result of the life changing words Spirit inspired him to say to the ancient Corinthians.The Holy Spirit, like Jesus, was given a mission for our world. It is literally the bringer of God’s Power and Love and Wisdom, given to each of us who acknowledge Christ Jesus as Lord. He is the means by which we come to understand the nature of our God of Love and our own purpose and contributions that Spirit gives us to offer humanity.The Apostle Paul goes on to say, “However, as it is written: What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived – the things God has prepared for those who love Him – these are the things God has revealed to us BY His Holy Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by the human wisdom, but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit taught words. The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 2: 9-14)When we invite Christ into our lives, we become a “new creation.” We are given “the mind of Christ” by Spirit. We no longer think as we did, or do as we did without the Jesus, Abba Spirit trilogy within us. We are certainly not perfect, but they are, and we are, mercifully, given the opportunity to grow into perfection… them in us is exactly what helps us grow. We are human and will say and do things “of the flesh,” but if it is not what it should be, our Lord of Love will bring it up to us to correct at some time. And He will give us the ability to do so. That is exactly the “impressions” we feel within ourselves at times. That is Spirit communicating.The Lord has told us, as we see in the Gospel of John, “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you ALL things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:26-27) The Lord told us, “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when He, the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on His own, He will speak only what He hears, and He will tell you what is yet to come. He will glorify Me because it is from Me that He will receive what He will make known to you.” (John 16: 12-14).Spirit glorifies Jesus by showing us how to live by continually pointing back to Jesus again and again. This is necessary because God embodied his precious Son to show us exactly what love is. Spirit’s job is to keep us forever aware of that knowledge and teach us how to participate in it.The Trinity loves us So. They will never leave us. Spirit is constantly teaching. Let Him lead. Let us listen. Let us grow in the knowledge He provides.Be blessed in all things and in all ways.Poppa B.Continue reading →
- “Salvation is found in no one else.” Acts 4:12
Hello Loves,There is a need in most people to know what will happen to them when they leave this life. Some people think we simply die. End of story. Others, however, feel there’s a life we can have after this one. Uncertainty lies at the heart of the question for most people. The Lord, however, wants us to know the answer. Our Abba (the Hebrew “Abba” means Daddy) wants us to know He has given us life now and forever through Jesus Christ, who he embodied here on Earth. To give us a glimpse of Himself, the depths of His love for us, and proof of life after death through the resurrection. He then gifted us with the Holy Spirit to connect and minister to our own spirits so that we can know, for certain, there is more to life than the physical realm.I love the way we are given the truth by the Lord. How he left us with the power to utilize our miraculous gifts from Spirit, whose basis cannot be explained in this realm.Like in the Book of Acts, when the great disciple Peter healed a beggar, lame from birth, who was taken to the Temple every day and left to beg for money to survive. We see in Chapter 3 of Acts that Peter and John were going to the Temple for afternoon prayer when this beggar saw them and asked that they help him. But instead of money, Peter gave Him the ability to walk. He introduced the beggar to the power of Jesus…The Word tells us that Peter looked at him and said, “Look at us! So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them. Then Peter said, ‘Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.’ Taking [the beggar] by the right hand he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with [Peter and John] into the Temple courts walking and jumping and praising God. When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the Temple gate called Beautiful and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.” (Acts 3:4-10)We are shown two things here: One, that followers of Christ are given supernatural gifts of the Spirit that are to be used to enhance the lives of those around them and two, that when a man asked for what he thought he needed to survive in this world, tangible money, what he was given by Christ’s followers was a powerful and undeniable introduction to “the savior.”I urge each of you to read of this incident given to us in Chapters 3 and 4 in Acts. It goes on to tell of Peter and John then being arrested for bringing full life to this man who had a crippled life and what they did next. As they were brought before the rulers and elders and teachers of the law, they saw their very serious dilemma as yet another opportunity to tell the story of Jesus and the truth they brought. They said, “It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. Jesus is the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone. Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to man-kind by which we must be saved.”People get turned off at the idea that only Christ is the true path to salvation. But I would implore you to consider that if God Himself embodied Jesus and that is the example we are to look to as we move through life, then we can anticipate for ourselves that, just like Him, the earthly journey did not end with the death of His physical body. In fact, that body was resurrected, transfigured, and ascended into the heavens. Let us not forget he also told a man being executed next to Him that “on THIS DAY I will see you in Heaven.”God’s whole purpose in taking the human form of Jesus was to show us how to live this life and what can be in the next. As always, our Abba is attempting to help us.Jesus is our Lord of Life, the Savior who brings eternal Salvation and everything needed as we look to Him as our example. Let Him reveal the answers to life and how to use your gifts as you walk with Him daily. It is the way to peace about both the here and now and what will be.Poppa B.
- “Luke, a Gentile Physician, a man of God.” Luke and Acts
Hello Loves,Do you realize how wonderful and important you are? As a child of God, you are indeed. Lets talk about sharing that knowledge with our fellow humans through our gifts and look to a man called Luke as we consider how God uses each of us. Luke was a physician who became a man of God. He’d already given his life to helping and healing people’s bodies, but when he “met” Christ through his close friend the Apostle Paul and, we suspect, Jesus’ mother, Mary, he began to attempt to minister to Spirit, Soul, and Body realizing they function best when all are whole. He is the only known Gentile author in the New Testament. He wrote two books as he explored “knowing” the Holy Spirit, God the Father, and our Magnificent Messiah. He did not seem to know the impact or reach his work would ultimately have but he acted on what God called him to do as a writer. He wrote a wonderful book of the Gospel, around A.D. 60, which of course is “Luke” in the New Testament, and followed that up with a beauty called “Acts” between A.D. 63 and 70, one of the prized connecting links between Christ’s life and the Church.Ironically, Luke wrote both of these books to just one man called Theophilus (“One who loves God”), because he wanted this man to know the wonderful things the Spirit had shown him as he was living out his powerful transformation. Luke asked the Lord to speak truth through him to those in his world. The Word tells us that he spent many days with Paul, even when Paul was in prison, because the apostle was one of the only ones that held most of the truth to be told at that time.In the great Gospel, “Luke,” he wrote about Jesus, Elizabeth, John the Baptist, Mary, the Mother of Jesus, the Disciples, Herold the great, Pilate, Mary Magdalene, and more. In “Acts”, he wrote of Jesus, Peter, John, James, Stephen, Philip, Paul, Barnabas, Cornelius, James (Jesus’ brother), Timothy, Lydia, Silas, Titus, Apollos, Agabus, Ananias, Felix, Festus, Agrippa, himself, and many others. That tells us people matter. Through an in depth look, he offers a picture of the diversity of people that were part of Jesus’ story. Perhaps so that we, today, might catch a glimpse of ourselves in those early believers and witnesses and how we “fit” into The Great Story. He was a gifted man of detail the Lord impressed to bring the Truth of Christ to us all. His namesake book within The Gospels is credited as being the most comprehensive of any written. He stresses Jesus’ relationships with people, emphasizes prayer, miracles, and angels. He records inspired hymns of praise and gives a prominent place to women that was brought out and about by Jesus. He loved the Lord and wanted the world to know about Him.The bottom line was that he was simply a man that wanted to “tell the Good News.” This is a calling for most followers of Christ. Luke’s “way” was through writing. Maybe you’re a writer. Maybe you have the gift of speaking well. Or maybe you’re a visual artist. Whatever your gift may be, each of us who have “met” Christ have a story to tell that can touch others. Let us always be aware of that fact and be prepared to share the wonderful news of God’s Love for each of us. Or listen to that voice within that encourages us to that end in new and creative ways. Each story is vital and helps the world when shared with one or many. It is the purpose behind “the gifts” that are given to us by Spirit.Love you so, Precious One. YOU are an important part of the Lord’s plan to tell the Good News to all. Christ loves us. So many do not know that. Let all who will listen be told.Poppa B.
- “The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue.” Isaiah 50:4
Hello God’s Beloveds,While considering “gifts” from God, the “Gift of Speaking” is on my heart today. I believe the primary purpose of this particular gift is to offer encouragement. To use our ability to speak to build one another up and to provide answers to life’s tough questions. When we help in that way, we “lift” people into all that they have the potential to be. Or maybe we simply help them get through one more day and that is no small thing sometimes. But often we do not speak when given opportunities to pass on the secrets of peace because we don’t know how to say such things. Yet the prophet, Isaiah, once said: “The Sovereign Lord has given me a well – instructed tongue to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed.” – Isaiah 50:4For some the gift of speaking comes “naturally.” It’s a built in talent. For others, it can be developed. The Bible encourages us to desire the gifts. To ask for them. When we do, the Spirit of God transforms us in the process of receiving and utilizing them. His gifts are freely given in order for us to share the knowledge we possess with those in need of it. So often, we encounter those who believe in Jesus and His ways, or want to, but do not grasp the magnitude of who they really are in relationship to God. Or the power that belongs to us all through Him. Or the immeasurable love He has for us. That is why we need the “speakers” of the world. To explain to people how to overcome and experience their lives to the fullest, With very specific words the Spirit inspires. A map of life-giving words if you will.Isaiah desired to be in tune with God. He sought His counsel often and got very real answers. God loves to engage with us, we are designed for it, and I suspect much of what we need for our own journey is there for the asking. If you desire that your speech, your words, be used in service to others, try reading a verse from His Word like the one above before going to bed. Say ‘Goodnight’ to the Lord, by asking specifically for the words you need to join the speakers of truth and encouragement in our world. Then see if you don’t awaken with Him offering a ‘Good Morning’ back by giving you ordained words to share with others as you go through your day.I’ve experienced this often and find that as I go through the day, He continues to “speak” to me. Sometimes it is a clear impression in my mind; sometimes His truth is wrapped in something else. The sound of another speaker’s voice who teaches me, then I teach another in turn. But the bottom line is He is with us completely and will find ways to explain the mystery of Himself; the one who wants us all to understand the depths of His love for us. It starts with us desiring and receiving the gifts He offers. He takes every step with us, speaking in a myriad of ways as we go. Let us always listen, learn and pass it on when we get the chance. It is a beautiful way of doing life for ourselves and enhancing the lives of others.I love you dearly. Be at peace with and in our Sovereign Lord. He has much to tell us.Poppa B.
- “The Battle is the Lord’s.” 1 Samuel 17: 47
Hello God’s BelovedsI love to read how often our God has brought aid to the people who love and trust Him.The Word tells us those who loved the Lord and expected great things from Him were never disappointed when they put their total faith in Him. This is exactly how each of us should be though it isn’t always that easy, is it? When we see with our eyes the huge obstacles before us at times. But that is exactly why He wants us to see those challenges through the lens of faith. There is so much emphasis placed on the concept of faith in His Word and it is because faith aids miracles. We push towards our God in faith that He can do more than what our human eyes can comprehend and so often He responds in ways we never imagine when we are overwhelmed with our problems. And we should expect great things from our Lord. He wants us to approach him boldly in faith. It’s part of the process as He teaches us, life experience after life experience, of His incomprehensible love for us. An opportunity to show how He is always there for us in all things and in all ways.God certainly doesn’t need for us to “have faith” in order to perform His miracles but our CHOICE to choose faith results in space opening around us for Him to work to produce the outcome we need. That’s what the words “give it over to HIm” mean at the most basic level. Step back and give Him room. He won’t intrude on the space. He always honors the space He gave us to do with what we will. And once we invite him in, we must always remember that He works on His timetable. That doesn’t always translate to the timing we think should be in play but we can trust in His sovereignty when it comes to the good of us which lends itself to the good of the whole. As we look at the things He has done for us, and our Brothers and Sisters, we are assured of that fact; so, we can walk in complete faith in Him as we journey on each day.I so love the story of when King David was a young man and showed an absolutely outrageous faith in our God. Before “the man after God’s own heart” became a King, when he was just a young man tending sheep for his family, he was sent to take some supplies to his Brothers who were fighting the Philistines. David was not in the fight because his people felt he was too young but, when simply following the instructions of his father to bring aid to his brothers, he was given the opportunity to show how the incendiary courage God had given him worked in a believer’s life. 1 Samuel 17 tells of how he got into the fight, and what God did for him. I highly recommend you read that chapter, plus all that is before it and after completely, when you have time.All of David’s life is worth exploring but this chapter, in particular, is show stopping as we watch David face his Goliath…He spoke to the giant and his army and said, “All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves, for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give all of you into our hands.” Verses 48, 49 and 50 go on to say, “As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground. So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.”Think about this. A boy with a destiny. One the boy couldn’t see but God could and nothing was going to get in the way of that. All the boy had to do was believe that there was enough power in whatever tool he had against the danger in front of him.This He will do for each of us as we move towards our own destinies. Help us slay whatever “giant” stands before us.The Lord meets us on the battlefield as we trust Him to do so. Our father loves us and our victories are His victories. Let us never forget that fact. Let us live in the GLORY and EXTRAORDINARY LOVE of it.Poppa B.Continue reading →
- Concerning Spiritual Gifts. 1 Corinthians 12Hello Beloveds,Last week, in the context of Love being the most important aspect of our journey through this life, I touched on the different talents each of us possesses and want to press into the specifics of that more in this and letters to come. The Apostle Paul writes to us about Spiritual Gifts. It is so important that we realize how special these talents are. They are different for each of us and exist for a very important reason. They’re given to us by the Holy Spirit to use to bring about the very unique things we are called to do, as individuals and for the whole of humanity, while we are here. Whether we realize it or not, each of us has been designed and called for very specific work that benefits us all and it centers around these gifts bestowed upon us.The Apostle said:“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All of these are the work of the same Spirit, and He distributes them to each one, just as He determines.” 1 Corinthians 4-11Concerning the gifts of the Spirit, the Lord does not want us to be uninformed. The gifts cannot be created by us. They are created and birthed in us to use for our Lord. Which, as it turns out, helps us as individuals and as a whole. Because we are in Him. God doesn’t NEED us to do anything. But we worship a God that WANTS us to be all we can be. And that will ultimately serve the grand purpose of what humans were designed for in His great plan. More and more, as I contemplate life in these days of division, I realize how connected we all are. How much we affect one another with our choices. So, it is very important that we learn what our gifts are and very important that we use them. Doing so can heal us and help us heal each other at a time when we all need restoration. The notes within my study Bible point out that, “The spiritual gifts given to each person by the Holy Spirit are special abilities that are to be used to minister to the needs of the body of believers. This chapter [1 Corinthians] is not an exhaustive list of spiritual gifts – see Romans 12, Ephesians 4, and parts of 1 Peter 4 for more examples. There are many different gifts, some people have more than one, and one gift is not superior to another. All Spiritual gifts come from the Holy Spirit, and their purpose is to build up Christ’s body, the Church.”And every gift, big or small, serves purpose. I believe our gifts can impact not only believers but all that we encounter. While we’re here, our job is nothing if not to make the world a better place. Bringing our talents forward is a huge step in that direction. What we find is that doing so serves us first, in the release that comes from bringing forth what is inside of us and, typically, the awareness and wisdom that comes within the process of developing and using our gifts. From there, we serve others by enlightening or entertaining them. Sometimes both. Either way, we make each other more by gifting each other with our gifts.This subject is on my heart and I hope to spend more time discussing the Spiritual Gifts. Let us never underestimate what they are for, how they are to be used, and where they come from. Let us use them wisely and frequently. We will talk more of this and how to find your own, if you don’t know, as we go forward.You are beloved to God. Believe that.Poppa B.
- Love is Indispensable. 1 Corinthians 13Hello Friends,The last couple of weeks, I’ve addressed grief because so many are experiencing it in these challenging times. Today I want to share some thoughts on the one thing that matters in all that’s happening and what our part is in the grand scheme of this thing called “LOVE.” We are given love from our God. He literally IS the force that is love. And since He is in us, that means love. also, literally lives in us.Our God gives us life exactly when we are supposed to have it. The days he fashioned for us to live in at a very specific time are for a very specific purpose. And while we are here, we are to demonstrate His love to those in the world when and where they need it. And, in doing so, we let others see the reflection of Him. He wants everyone to know and understand what love is… what He is through us and our behaviour. We are designed to commune with Him and with one another and, in addition, we are all given gifts that enable us to share this amazing knowledge with all who will hear it.Our Creator says, through the great Apostle Paul, “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? Now eagerly desire the greater gifts, and I will show you the most excellent way.” 1 Corinthians 12:27-31We know that some have one or two of the gifts. Some have all. That really isn’t important. What is important is that we bring forward whatever our gifts are in His service which serves the whole of humanity. The humanity that He wants to bloom into all that we can be. And what is most important of all is that we do what we do, first and foremost, from a very intentional space of love. I cannot define things any better than Paul in 1 Corinthians 13 when he explained that of everything we’ve been given, what endures, what trumps every gift that makes us unique and special is that force that binds and guides us… love.“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have Love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have Love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, Love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled, where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in part disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became an adult, I put the ways of childhood behind me. For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, and now these three remain: faith, hope and Love. But the greatest of these is Love.” 1 Corinthians 13:1-13Love never fails. It can take turns we don’t understand but let us realize that because love is God, love cannot ever fail. We can count on that. So let us look to Him, and walk in Him, and bring what and who He is to this world. He is all that is Indispensable.Love,Poppa
- Great is your Faithfulness, O God of Love…Hello God’s Beloveds,These days it sometimes feels like we live in a chaotic world that may try to consume us. But we will not be consumed, nor anything like it, if we walk in the LOVE and FAITHFULNESS of our great God. If we can trust even in the pain that surrounds us. Interchange the word ‘consumed’ with the word ‘defeated’ and consider this:The Word promises, “Because of the Lord’s great love, we are NOT consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is His faithfulness. I say to myself, the Lord is my portion; therefore I hope in Him.”As we walk in this world, even if it is a hundred plus years, it is such a short time. We get to experience many things, including mind bending challenges, but let us always remember, they are all part of the short beautiful journey we have here. A journey designed to aid in the ultimate creation of us. Those things that seem poised to defeat us along the way can lend themselves to our good. To our becoming. The great apostle Paul wrote, “Do not be anxious about ANYTHING, but in EVERYTHING, by prayer and petition with THANKSGIVING, present your requests to God. And the PEACE of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Phillippians 4:6-7I believe everything we face here has been approved by our God. Even our worst circumstances. We wonder sometimes why our shaping requires pain. For what it’s worth, there is opportunity in it… to ask “What would You have me learn in this, Father? What are you trying to teach me?” Learning what He wants us to know and do and receiving those lessons leads to our growth. Our own innate singular evolution of “becoming.” When we get that part right, the stewardship of our own selves, we can then connect to the whole of humanity and contribute to the good of it. That process can be scary. But what we know for certain is that if The Word tells us never to be anxious about anything, we don’t have to be for The Word is TRUTH. All of this is just part of our journey.Things may be hard to face. Sometimes, we may cry of a broken heart. But, as we go through our trials, we can know that we are greatly loved by our creator Father who promises our sorrows are temporary. As certainly as He may allow us to experience the fires of life, he can and does also send what we need to recover. As our hearts heal, and we continue on, let us look for those resources that WILL come in a myriad of ways. Hang on because He’s created a world of BALANCE for us, regardless of how the turmoil makes us feel topsy turvy and out of alignment. We can count on that principle too. For all the bad, He will restore things with His good. We have a wonderful, beautiful God of Love, who will provide all we need, that we can walk with if we choose to. May we always choose to and receive and trust what He has prepared and allows for us. He is always GOOD so his processes will lead to good even if we can’t see it. THAT is VICTORY.“The Lord is Good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him.” Lamentations 3:22-25Believe it. Trust it. He’s got us.Love you SO…Poppa B.
- Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, Rejoice. Philippians 4:4Hello God’s Beloveds,It is sometimes hard to rejoice when we have lost someone or some thing that we dearly love, but we must remember to “rejoice in the Lord always.”That sounds ridiculous and even blasphemous in the face of our pain. But rejoicing in the Lord is yet another term for trusting Him. Trusting the outcome.Because for all that we don’t know or comprehend in the face of loss, what we can know for sure is that He is always GOOD. He is always LOVE. He always carries our best “end” within his unfathomable heart for us. No matter what we are going through, He can turn it for our good. Yes, it may take time. Excruciating time. But if you’ve ever experienced the joy that comes on the other side of a great trial or pain that has been survived… existed in those priceless moments where we are actually aware of how our pain has led us to some wonderful place we’ve arrived in… then we can look back on those moments and trust the same outcome for our current pain. That is what we can rejoice in regardless of what may be going on that we do not understand.He said, “Weeping may endure for a night, but JOY comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5) He is ALWAYS there for us. In our sleep. In our pain. In our joy. In our “morning.” While we’re in pain, we can cling to those moments that we have known this without question. And if that hasn’t been your experience, ask our Father to reveal His presence to you so that you can feel what I’m describing here.I love this beautiful word from The Word which says, “Do not worry about anything. Just always pray and ask God for everything you need; always giving thanks. And God’s peace which is so great we cannot understand it, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)We have lost a couple of God’s Best recently. Many people are “losing” in these strange days. We grieve over that. It’s hard to be “thankful” but, again, that simply implies trust. Because life goes on and so must we. If we’re still here, we have purpose. Our Lord of Love will help us with whatever we have to do. Jesus said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9) When we are weak, we can lean into His power. Our pain creates opportunity for Him to show us who He is and how He can turn that pain for whatever it is meant for. Let us acknowledge our weakness in the flesh, know that He understands it, and attempt to walk in trust with the perfection of Christ in our spirit. He said for us to remember, that “When I am weak in my flesh, I am strong in the Lord.” (2 Corinthians 12:10)Pain feels like weakness but it isn’t. It’s a temporary part of this human experience that serves our overall shaping but He’s got us.May we always remember the battle is the Lord’s. When we pray, for anything, give it all to Him and trust the outcome. He is always there for us to do the things we cannot do on our own. He loves us so completely. He is with us. He is the answer to our needs. We are always totally safe with him. He will keep us from sinking.Let us assist by helping each other through the traumas of the day, whatever those may be.Blessings and love to you and all of yours.Poppa B.
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