” ENCOURAGE “

It’s a New Day!! This word came to me. “Encourage ” I’m ever Amazed about the LORD in everything He does. “His Ways, and ” not someone else ways. He has ways in speaking to us. (Proverbs 3:6 says: In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight). He would love for us to know who He is. I was studying (Job 2:4-10) Job was a Faithful servant to God. Notice how Satan went to God about His Faithful servant. Satan is doing the same with you, and I. Going to our Heavenly Father talking about us. Many of us who Fellowship with other believes, studying His word; sharing with others how faithful His been to us. We give Him praise, lifting our hands to Him.

Satan see’s all this. The question however is how faithfully are we to God? Christ Jesus His Son laid His life on a cross for us (all). He knows each of us, weather we are believes are not. There isn’t anything about us that is hidden from Him. Knowing this encourages me. (Job 2:6 says: And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, his in thin hand; but save his life). But as we continue in our studying we see all what Satan did to Job. Still Job stayed faithful to God. Satan is not one to trust.

( Read John 10:10 Steal Kill And Destroy. Jesus warns us about Satan…. “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep).

” Matthew 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven. also (Read Romans 1:11-12). I personally choose to live for Christ. As a believer this is my journey. As long as the Heavenly Father is please with your walk, and action. Your Soul is well with Him. He never force anyone to love are follow. He gives us His strength to help us to keep growing from a baby to a mature Spiritual Christian.  His Words are Strength. May we continue to stay encourage. Lets encourage with WORDS of TRUTH.

 

Matthew 5:45 That you may be sons of  your Father in Heaven. He cause His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and unrighteous

God Bless Us All

Betty Jo

 

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” We Need to be More Transparent “

Hello!! everyone. We have stepped into a new month. I pray that all is well with you, and your love ones. Today I’m going to talk about being Transparent. A word I rarely here people talk about. Until I was listening to a group of ladies sharing in a conversation together. One lady stated that we as believes need to be more Transparent. I strongly agree with her. I looked up What Transparent means, The Adjective (Transparent) it had four senses:

(1). Transmitting light; able to be seen through with clarity.

(2). So thin as to transmit light.

(3). Free of deceit.

(4). Easily understood or seen through (because of a lack of subtlety).

I personally believe in being Transparent to people. I wasn’t always Holy. 1 Peter 1:16 for it is written : “Be holy, because I am holy. My own life I share with others that my life (was) a mess. Until I finally fell literally on both my knees asking God for His forgiveness of my own sin. (Read Romans 10:9-10). I have a list of things that I was a shame of.  I tried not to be Transparent with, that wasn’t pleasing to God. God knew them all. The day He changed my life, I no longer have darkness in me, the light of Jesus is in me. The light is all over me. (John 3:19 And this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light because their works were evil. ) Just  as Paul who’s name changed to the Apostle Paul. Whom life was messed up. I love reading about Paul. His life became Transparent to many. Many knew what he did to Christians.

God used Paul, and others for His Purpose. Today He is using others. He want us to be Transparent to others. So He gets the Glory. Sharing your testimony, if you are having a not so good day be honest about it. You get angry, let that person know, yes you get angry, or upset. Believe you me I have had my moments.  (Read Ephesians 4:26-27)

I’m thankful to read God’s Word Daily. I need His Word daily, not just on some particular day or event. The Holy Spirit takes me to Scriptures (2 Timothy 4:1-22) (2 Timothy 3:16-17) (Hebrews 4:13) (Romans 8:1-39) & (Proverbs 13:10) These Scriptures are very encouraging. So being Transparent is good when we are Witnessing to others. So they will know their is HOPE. Jesus Christ is the Only HOPE.

Be Bless,

Betty Jo Green

In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. John 3:19

 

 

” Jesus Prays for All Believers “

(Read John 17:20-26)

My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me . May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

“Father I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me. I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them.”

Jesus didn’t just pray for Himself (Read John 17:1-5) He didn’t just pray for His Disciples (Read John 17:6-18). Here in ( John 17:20-26) He Prayed for (All) Believers.

John 16:13 ” But when He, The Spirit of Truth, comes, He will Guide You into All 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. ” Amen!! Amen!!

GOD BLESS US ALL

 

 

 

” Christ Jesus Is LORD “

I was doing my study. I was reading in Luke 22:61-62. Jesus had told Peter that he would deny Him three times. When I was a baby Christian I could not understand how did Jesus know that Peter would deny Him. I can imagine how Peter felt he had been following Jesus, and had been setting under Jesus teachings. He may had been hurt by what he had heard.  I personally know I would have. I sometime set and imagine Peter expression on his face. (How can you say this LORD?) Let us go back to (v.33) Peter tells Jesus he would go to prison and to death for Him.

I can remember when I would set in Church listening in Sunday school. The teacher talking about Peter. There were a few who spoke of shame toward Peter. To me I felt they were condemning him. But that was not what Jesus was doing. In God’s word (John 3:16-17) says something about why He sent His Only Son here on earth. He was not sent here to condemn the righteous. His hoping  that many will be Saved. I was amazed that Jesus knew Peter thoughts, and He knew Peter heart as well. I do believe Jesus was still teaching Peter. He wanted him, and others to know really Who, and Whom He was. I couldn’t  condemn him. Peter could be you, and me. Have anyone ever thought about that?

As I kept in my study. I read Romans 8:1 Therefore, there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (v.2) because through Christ the law of the (Spirit) of life set me free from the law of sin and death. Here He is talking about believes, and that is who Peter was. ( John 3:36 talks about believes, and whoever rejects the Son, read for yourself ) I tell people before going into Gods Word ask God to give you understanding. God can see the righteousness of Christ in us, and He can see also people who do not believe in His Son. We can not change ourselves, Only God can. (Read Romans 10:9-10).

Christ Jesus is Alive this day. He has not change. We can not change Him. He speaks the truth, and He wants each of us as believes to live it, and speak His Word in His Name as well. (Read Mark 16:7) I’m Thankful and Grateful for my own Spiritual Growth. So keep praying, keep studying His Words. Share your blessings with others. We pray and hope they will accept the truth. Be Bless

Betty Jo

Psalms 86:11-12 Teach me Your way O LORD, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. I will praise You O LORD my God, with all my heart; I will glorify Your name forever. Amen!! Amen!!

 

 

” The Witness of Suffering “

1 Peter 3:13-18

WE’VE ALL LIKE TO BE WITNESSES FOR CHRIST. If we faithfully display His righteousness, love, patience, and joy in our interaction with others, it’s logical to think they’ll be drawn to Jesus. Yet while that’s true for some, many have an opposite reaction.

Jesus called believes the light of the world and said we’re to let our light shine so men will see our good deeds and glorify God (Matt. 5:14-16). But He also said, “All who do evil hate the light” because it exposes their sin (John 3:20 NLT). Then Jesus warned that if men persecuted Him, they would also persecute His disciples (15:20).

History has proven Christ words to be true. He was hated and crucified, all His disciples except John were martyred, and throughout history Christians have been persecuted in numerous places around the globe. Yet despite all this, the church still marches forward, and people continue to be saved.

While the righteous conduct of the saints and the preaching of the gospel may not always win the lost, many have been converted by watching how Christians suffered. Foxe’s Book of Martyrs describes believes voluntarily laying down their life-even singing, praying, and praising God as they faced excruciating deaths. In parts of the world today, believes are still being faithful witnesses for Christ with their response to persecution and suffering.

Although most of us are not facing intense hatred, our lives may be an irritation to those living in darkness. When we face slander, mocking, or mistreatment because of our faith, let’s remember that a godly response may be our most effective witness.

IN TOUCH Daily Reading For Devoted Living/ Dr. Charles Stanley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Why Me ? “

Pain and suffering have always existed in the world, affecting even the most “blameless and upright” people like Job (Job 1:1). He was a good man in the eyes of the Lord, yet he suffered horrible loss, pain, misery and rejection. It seemed that Job endured all that could possibly go wrong in a person’s life. The book of Job deals with the timeless and universal question of suffering people: “Why me?”

In the book of Job we see an entire lifetime of prosperity and goodness come crashing down in just hours. We read the long discussion between Job and his friends, who struggled in their own misguided ways to help Job and themselves understand why Job was experiencing such horrible circumstances. Then God spoke a litany of questions that challenged everyone’s thinking and led Job to reaffirm his faith.

In reading Job’s story we see God’s hand working constantly in the life of one man, giving us hope for our lives and the lives of our children and grandchildren. No matter what transpire, God is in control, and nothing, not even Satan, can pull God’s plan off course.

Remember: JOB 42:1-2

Then Job replied to the LORD: “I know that You can do all things; no plan of Yours can thwarted .”

 

 

 

 

” Satan Strategy “

(Read 22:31-34, 54-62

Every One Of Us Makes Tracks through the valley of failure. The question is, How are you going to respond? Plenty of people give up and exchange a vibrant kingdom-serving life for a defeated existence. But failure need not be the end of the story.

It’s a chance for a new beginning, living in Christ’s strength. Peter had a life-alerting failure. Jesus warned that Satan had asked permission to “sift” the disciple like wheat (Luke 22:31), referring to the vigorous shaking required to separate wheat kernels from debris. The enemy wanted to shake Peter’s faith hard in hopes that he’d fall away from Jesus like chaff.

Peter believed the promise he’d made to Jesus: “Even though all may fall away, yet I will not ” (Mark 14:29). But Satan knows a few things about the power of failure. He realized that the disciple would be wounded by his own disloyalty. A man with tattered pride can’t help but question his usefulness.

When Satan sifts believes, his goal is to damage our faith so much that we’re useless to the Lord. He wants us shelved far from the action of Gold’s kingdom. Therefore, he goes for our strengths-the areas where we believe ourselves to be invincible, or at least very well protected. And when the devil succeeds, we disappointed and demoralized. But we don’t have to stay that way.

If we willing, God can use our failure to do spiritual housecleaning. Peter laid down his pride and instead put on the Holy Spirit’s courage. There-after, he risked humiliation, persecution, and death to proclaim the gospel. Failure was the catalyst that led to greater faith and true servanthood.

IN TOUCH/Daily Reading For Devoted Living: Dr. Charles Stanley