Good News Message
- Jesus said, “My Grace is sufficient for you.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Hello Loves,All of us are familiar with the transformation of Paul. He was putting Christians in jail for their belief in Christ Jesus and, in some cases, inflicting more damage than that. As the Word says in Acts 9, “Then Saul, (Paul’s name before his transformation) still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the High Priest and asked for letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.”He thought he was right in doing so because he thought he was doing God’s will. But the Lord altered his plans when he came to Saul with a message. The Word says, “And as he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. Then he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, ‘Saul, Saul why are you persecuting Me?’ And he said, ‘Who are you Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting…”Continue reading →We are familiar with what happened after Saul’s first encounter with the Lord. We know the way he was blind for three days after the event for the truth to come to him, and what happened after that. The Word tells us in Galatians that he, Saul, tried to preach the Word after he had been sent to the deserts of Arabia for some time, but he was still looked at as one who was not to be trusted. After three years Saul went to Jerusalem, where he met with James, the Brother of Christ, and with Peter, and they began to receive him as one of them. After those first few years of his ministry, the name Saul became interchangeable with Paul which means “humble.”In 2 Corinthians, Paul tells us about what happened to him as he went forth for the Lord. He said, “I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago – whether in the body I do not know, or whether out of the body, I do not know, God knows – such a man was caught up to the third heaven. And I know such a man… how he was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words which is not lawful for a man to utter. Of such a one I will boast; yet of myself I will not boast, except in my infirmities.”Infirmities are weaknesses. Fragility.“And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of the enemy to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me.And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities that the power of Christ may rest on me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”2 Corinthians 12:1-10Paul’s strength was beautiful, and amazing. He knew character was built in the challenges. So, though he’d been favored to the point of being shown miraculous things in Heaven, he was also given a problem. But he didn’t take it personally and it never slowed him down. He accepted it with humility, eventually, and went on about the work he was called to do. He wrote many letters from prison that became our Bible of today. He was a remarkable man that the Lord used in remarkable ways. He was told by our Lord the things he was to do, and that our Lord’s Grace was sufficient for him in all things. So it is for us. There may be things that come into our lives that we do not understand but, know this, when we give our life to the Lord, He never wastes it. He can and does work in spite of our issues. And teaches us along the way that we can too. What He does with us is always beautiful. Let us trust Him as we walk in Peace knowing that all is well in Him.He always has a path to Heaven for us. His Grace is always sufficient and will see us through.Poppa B.
- Jesus said, “All things are possible to those who Believe.” Mark 9:23
Jesus always told, and always tells, us the truth. He could not and can not tell us anything else. That is why we can rejoice in anything He says. When He said, “All things are possible to him who Believes”, He meant “ALL THINGS.” When He said, “Do not be afraid, only Believe” … He meant exactly that. Jesus was a very special man because He was also God Himself and reflected God’s character. What He said, He meant. What He said, He did.When we absorb that truth into ourselves and Believe in the King of Kings, when we walk in Faith in what He says, faith that ALL things are possible in Him, we can have a wonderful walk in this world. Of course, we all hit tough terrain at times. When that happens we look to His Word. Then we can know that He is able to handle anything that might try to come willingly given them to Him, and we know that He will take care of them totally and beautifully. We can relax in all things, and know that He has control of it ALL. We can trust Him to make everything that may come into our lives serve a purpose.He tells us to Ask, Seek, and Knock as we go through this life. When we follow that directive, He is in our every move, our every thought. He knows what we are in need of, and He will steer us as we Ask, Seek, and Knock. We can trust Him completely knowing that His Love is upon us and residing in us. Everything that He allows has purpose, or will have, as we go forward. We know because He tells us so.Remember, we serve a BIG God. He is BIG in His Love for us. He is BIG as He takes over for us when we ask. If we make a mistake or get caught in the midst of someone else’s and find ourselves in a place that could hurt us, always remember that He is BIGGER than any storm or any situation that might come up in life as we walk with Him. Tell any storm, or any bad situation, that tries to come how BIG and how POWERFUL, and how LOVING our great God is. Tell the problem how much He loves you if it tries to come. He gave us that power when we chose Him. He is our Protection, our Provision, and our Peace as we travel through this life. Let there be no doubt in your heart there is NOTHING BIGGER or more wonderful than our Great God of Love.Walk in Peace, always, as you remember that ALL things are possible to those who fully BELIEVE. How do we know? Because He said so.Poppa B.Continue reading →
- “In Christ Jesus you are all children of God through Faith.” Galatians 3:26
Hello Beloveds of God,The Lord has given us assurances in His Word. Assurances that we are His Children through faith in Christ Jesus. What a wonderful thing to know, and to live the Abundant Life in. He said, “So that what was promised being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.” (Galatians 3:22)The Letter to the Galatians written by Paul, is a letter with purpose – as all of Paul’s letters were. Paul makes this statement: “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)Paul’s purpose was to refute the Judaizers who taught that Gentile believers must obey the Jewish law in order to be saved, and to call Christians to faith and freedom in Christ. The freedom he speaks of here is literally freedom from that law because of the overriding law our Christ came to establish – that we are all sons and daughters of God because of God’s love for us… not because of works we attempt in order to live up to the law.He made this statement to them. “But when the set Time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law to redeem those under the Law: that we might receive the full rights of Sons. Because you are His sons, God sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ‘Abba Father’. So you are no longer a slave but God’s child, and since you are HIs child, God has made you also an heir.” (Galatians 4: 4-7)Abba means “Daddy.” We are sons and daughters with full rights to all that He has as we receive it in Faith. We are given His Love, and He has made us heirs with full and complete rights to All that He has as we live for Him. So, let us live fully and completely every day in this beautiful place in that great Love. We are His children. He is our Father of Love. Let us share it with those who will say “Yes” to our Abba Father’s Love, and to all He has for us.He loves you dearly. He loves you completely. I simply can’t say it enough. Enjoy His bountiful wonderful Love in All ways, in All things.Poppa B.Continue reading →
- “God is Love! Whoever lives in Love, lives in God, and God in them.” 1 John 4:16
Hello my Brothers and Sisters,These words appear in the Gospel of John: “After seeing the Miracles of God that Christ Jesus performed, they asked Christ, “What must we do to do the ‘works’ God requires?”Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent.” (John 6:28-29)We so often forget how simple the work of God is for us. Notice Christ was asked about the ‘works’ God requires. His reply was to get away from all of the ‘works’, and realize there is only ‘ONE THING’ that our Father God asks of us to be in His will. That ‘ONE THING’ is to BELIEVE in the ‘ONE’ He has sent. How wonderful, how beautiful that simple action is for us.When we believe that Christ Jesus has come and FINISHED ‘THE WORK’, and believe in Him as our Messiah and King, that is all we have to do to receive His power and blessings. Then we have ‘FINISHED’ our work of doing what Father God requires. What comes after that is simply realizing that God totally and completely Loves us without further need.The importance of this directive is that we believe God came in the form of his son, a man. A man who embodied God himself. A man who told us that if we had seen him, then we had seen the Father. Right there so much mystery is solved. Because it’s there that we learn exactly who God is. When we know that, we begin to understand how to emulate Him.As the Apostle John said, “God is Love! Whoever lives in Love, lives in God, and God in them.” (1 John 4:16)“We love because He first loved us. Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is not being truthful. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. And He has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.” (1 John 4:19 -21)So, let us, too, live in Love. When we do, we Love our God and we love our brothers and sisters. There can be no separation of the two.You are so greatly Loved. Let us pass that Love on as we live in this life. What an amazing journey it creates for us and those we touch to live in.Poppa B.
- “The Lord is good to all; He has compassion on All He has made.” Psalm 145: 9
As we look at Psalm 145, it is of course one of the many King David wrote unto and about our Lord of Love. It tells us a time will come when all people will join together in recognizing and worshipping our Lord. It tells us “Because God is full of Love, He satisfies All who trust in Him.”This incredibly strong passage speaks for itself when David continues, “I will exalt You, my God the King. I will praise Your name forever and ever. Every day I will praise You, and extol your name for ever and ever.”He said, “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom. One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts. They speak of the glorious splendor of Your majesty – and I will meditate on Your wonderful works. They tell of the power of Your awesome works – and I will proclaim Your great deeds. They celebrate Your abundant goodness, and joyfully sing of your righteousness.”“The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in Love. The Lord is good to All; He has compassion on All He has made.”Let us carry King David’s powerful words as he then says, “All Your works praise You, Lord; Your faithful people extol You. They tell of the glory of your Kingdom and speak of Your might, so that All people may know of Your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of Your Kingdom. Your Kingdom is an everlasting Kingdom, and Your Dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy in all He promises and faithful in all He does.”Finally the “Man After God’s Own Heart” says, “My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise His Holy name for ever and ever.”A beautiful Psalm of the Mighty King David, who spent his life attempting to understand our God. Not all of the passage is shown here, but how thought provoking it is! I would encourage you to open your Bible and read the whole of it. The Lord is so Good to us. Let us walk with Him every step of the journey of this life knowing He loves us So, and always wants only the very best for us. He has come to earth to show us that. And though we do not see Him, He is with us every moment to prove it to us as we receive His glorious Blessings and endure the Trials that make us grow. He loves us So.Poppa B.Continue reading →
- “What must we do to do the works God requires?” John 6:28
Hello, God’s Beloveds.Many people are concerned about what God requires of them in life. The answer is clear, and it is easy to hear. The Lord Jesus gave us the answer when He was asked the question, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” He said, “The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent.”So they asked Him, “What sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written: He gave them bread from heaven to eat.” Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”“Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.” Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to Me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in Me will never be thirsty.”Then He said to them, “All those the Father gives Me will come to Me and whoever comes to Me I will never drive away. For I have come down from Heaven not to do my will but to do the will of Him who sent Me. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that I shall lose none of all those He has given Me, but raise them up on the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”So the work that God requires is simple, yet so profound, so beautiful. He said simply, “Believe in the One He has sent.” When we earnestly do, all is well forever. All is done. Because that simple act of believing paves the way for us to know how to live. Like our Jesus did.Let us rejoice then and be glad in it as we journey on with Him. We shall walk in the beauty of life and show His love as we do. This is the work.Blessings and Love to you, and all of Yours, beautiful Ones. Rejoice in what you have been given in Christ Jesus. Share it at every opportunity.Poppa B.Continue reading →
- “Yet in ALL things we are more than conquerors through Him who loves us.” Romans 8:37
Hello, Beloveds of God.Life has problems that we have to deal with sometimes but, the truth is, we have no problems in this life that we have to deal with alone if we have asked Jesus into our Lives. For as He says in His Word, “Yet in ALL THINGS we are more than conquerors through HIM who loves us.” No matter what may present itself for us to handle, we are more than conquerors through Jesus, and we shall handle it with Christ, as we look to Him, and follow Him through it all.He says, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depths, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the Love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8: 38-39) That Love is in us and sees us through any and all situations.Remember this always, the Lord is with us. He tells us in His Word, “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man, and God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” (1 Cor. 10:13)He says, “When tempted, no one should say, ‘God is tempting me.’ For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He tempt anyone…” (James 1:13)Let us always be aware that the enemy will try to use life affairs to tempt us in a multitude of ways. So, more importantly, we must also know that God is in us and will not allow us to fall into that which is wrong or bad for us if we keep Him in front with us – if we never forget that He is always IN us. It is when we want something we should not have, or when we just ignore that He is with us every step of the way that we make errors. Let there be no day when this happens. Instead, ask for wisdom to stay aligned with His purpose for our lives.You are so greatly Loved by Him.Poppa B.Continue reading →
- “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are Yes in Christ.” (2 Corinthians 1:20)
Hello Beloveds of God,“For I know the Plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to Prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)When we believe we have the same favor and blessings that our Lord Jesus has, a whole new world opens to us. A world where All of God’s promises are “Yes” and “Amen” in Christ Jesus. As His Word says through the great Apostle Paul:“But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No”… but in Christ Jesus it has always been “Yes.” For no matter how many promises God has made; they are “Yes” in Christ… Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set His seal of ownership on us, and put His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit guaranteeing what is to come.” (2 Corinthians 1:18-21)Have a wonderful day in Christ Jesus, my Friends. Jesus said, “Everything is possible for Him who Believes,” (Mark 9:23). So when we Believe in Christ Jesus, the King of Kings, when we walk in Faith in Him that ALL things are possible by Him; we are highly favored, greatly blessed, and deeply loved by our Lord. Expect only the best as you walk with Him side by side as we journey on. “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are Yes in Christ.” He has great and wonderful plans for you.Poppa B.Continue reading →
- “These are the things God has revealed to us by His Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 2:10
Hello my Friends,The Apostle Paul was a man that came under the influence of our Lord in a true, and beautiful way. He was on the way to hunt and possibly put to death those who claimed Jesus was the true Messiah when he had a “time of revelation.” If you have not read it, or if it has been a while since you read it, please do so in the Book of Acts, chapters 9 and 13. What a tremendous story of a man called by our God of Love to bring us the “Good News.”As he says in his first letter to the Corinthians, “And so it was with me, brothers and sisters. When I came to you, I did not come with eloquence of human wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. I came to you in weakness with great fear and trembling. My message and my preaching were not with 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.”So it is with us as we begin to tell others about the Love of Christ for them. We tell the “Good News” of His love for us in our words and in our actions inspired by Spirit.As Paul writes on, he tells of God’s Wisdom Revealed by the Spirit. He writes, “We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age who are coming to nothing. No, we declare God’s wisdom a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 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 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.” Paul goes on to say, “But we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Corinthians 2: 1-16)The Word tells us we have the mind of Christ that comes into us when we accept Him as Lord and Savior. We do not have the full understanding of it, but we grow as we go. We do not try to instruct Spirit for we know He teaches us in loving kindness. We know His Holy Spirit is forever showing us ‘the way’ and, as we continue to follow it, we continue to grow and become in the process. Let us be fully aware of the fact that the mind of Christ is in us – teaching, showing the way to what is right, and helping us to think what we really want to as we bring forth the truth and love of our Lord to those in our life. Let us use this truth in all things and in all ways. How blessed we are to have this truth provided by Spirit.Poppa B.Continue reading →
- Jesus is the True Bread of Life from Heaven. Jesus is the Completed work of our Father of Love for us. John 6Hello Loves,As we see recorded in the Gospels, Jesus fed thousands with five small barley loaves, and two small fish. I love the faith He exhibited to His Disciples as one of His Disciples, Andrew, told him the 5 small loaves, and 2 small fish was the only food available since they were far out into the country. He said unto His Team, “Have the people sit down.” He intended to feed them with what He had, and this He did. The Word says there was over 5,000 men, plus their families, on that occasion. There may have been over 10,000 total people to feed, but He said, “Have them sit down” and He fed them all to the point they wanted no more. There were baskets of food left over which the Lord had them collect for later because there was so much.After the supper of miracles that night His Disciples crossed the lake to Capernaum. Jesus was not with them, but they witnessed the Lord walking on the water toward them as they rowed in a boat to cross the lake. As He walked on the waves of water, He showed Himself to be totally above the natural needs of mankind.After the thousands had been fed they realized Jesus and His Team had left and gone to Capernaum. Many followed them. As they came to Him He said, “Very truly I tell you, you are looking for Me not because you saw the signs I performed, but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life which the Son of Man will give you. For on Him God has placed His seal of approval.” Then they asked Him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent.” (John 6:28-29)Father God has completed the work of Salvation in and through Christ Jesus and with everything He did for us. In Christ He has sent us the True Bread on which to live and live abundantly. A blessed and abundant life is ours as we Believe in the One our Father God of Love has sent. The Bible is full of the promises that are ours as we Believe and Receive into our hearts the True Gift of Jesus our Messiah. Let us live the Abundant Life of Love in that truth. When time permits, look up Deuteronomy 28:1-14 to see a vast list of those promises.Poppa B.Continue reading →
May you be “Encouraged, and “Strengthened”, and “United”, God’s Beloveds, as we Lift up Christ Jesus, Glorify the Father, and Magnify the Holy Spirit.