“Worship Involves Sacrifice”

March 25, 2019

Good morning Lovelies. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is with great joy that I am able to come to you again to inspire and encourage you. I experienced issues with my laptop that have been fixed and I’m now able to write to you again. Father, thank You so much that You declare that I am enough in You and because of You. When the lies in my life and heart get loud, help me to listen to Your voice of truth instead. I’m so grateful. I have been so wishy-washy when it comes to taking hold of Your promises and making them mine. But today, I’m putting my foot down! I will not allow human reason to talk me out of my spiritual inheritance. I will set my foot down on every promise that You have given me today. I’m going in! Going On! In the Mighty Matchless Name of Jesus, Amen!

Worship is demonstrated and expressed in many different ways. One of the ways we demonstrate our worship is through sacrifice. What do our sacrifices speak and why is this worship, and do the sacrifices we make and the way we make them matter to our worship. That is one reason why sacrifice is worship, it says God You are worthy and I want to do the things that draw me closer to You and if sacrificing for Your will does that, I will make those sacrifices. Sacrifice is also worship because Worship through Sacrifice demonstrates Faith. Today, “sacrifice” has passed into more generalized cultural metaphors that have nothing to do with worship. “Worship” itself has become a vague concept. Generally associated with prayer, praise and singing. Sacrifice has largely disappeared from the experience of contemporary Christianity.

It is all well and good to say that Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross was once-and-for-all, ad to file it away as such. However, such analyzing of the Cross places ever more distance between the believer and the event. “Do this in remembrance of Me,” has come to be a means of forgetting. The mystery of our salvation, as well as the mystery that we describe as worship is found within the sacrifice of Christ. We have become a generation of people who worship our work, work at our play and play at our worship. Worship involves giving ourselves to God.

Paul labels us as “living sacrifices” in Romans 12:1. Instead of a dead animal sacrifice, we present our bodies to God for his use as living sacrifices. Someone once said “the problem with living sacrifices is that they keep crawling off the altar!” That’s one reason we have to keep offering ourselves to God each day! We keep crawling off the altar! We want to pursue our own agenda, control our own lives; follow our own course in life! Worshipping God, offering our lives to Him as living sacrifices, helps us remember the great importance of recognizing and affirming God’s greatness! It also helps us reset our spiritual compass for life and the week ahead. Further, worship helps us regain perspective!

Worship enables us to keep our Christian life in proper perspective! Paul described our worship as, “holy (set apart) and pleasing to God.” We want our worship to be set apart for the Lord and pleasing to him. We should strive to give God our very best in worship! Paul wrote, “this is your spiritual act of worship.” When we offer or give ourselves to God in worship, what exactly do we give? We give God our present relationships and future dreams. Offer God your relationship with Him. Worship does benefit us. It inspires us to devotion, restores perspective etc., but perhaps that is only a secondary function of worship. Perhaps the primary aspect of worship is sacrifice, the giving up of my own energy, time, desires, preferences, to offer something to God that costs me something because it is worth something. Sacrifice that is not oriented on love of God and love of my neighbor is empty and faithless. At worst it makes a bargain with God.

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life-your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking around life, and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you, Romans 12:1-2 (The Message Bible)

Live life, give people hope and share your heart, wisdom and resources. Never place a period where God says there should be a comma.

As always peace and blessings, be safe. Take advantage of your opportunities, but never allow your opportunities to take advantage of you. Remember God loves you and so do I. ©krw 3.25.19

“But God!”

February 27, 2019

Good morning Lovelies.  Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Lord, I love You and thank You for sparing my grandson. Father, we know that it was only Your grace, mercy and hedge of protection that kept him here when he was shot several days ago. Father, we know that he belongs to You. I want to move forward and become the vessel for Your use. Here I am Lord use me. Lord, I tend to whine and complain on occasion but you also fill me with gratitude. Lord, I ask that You forgive me. Help me to learn to see Your hand at work as I journey through the steps that You are ordering for my life. I trust You even when I don’t understand my circumstances. I choose to praise You anyhow because I know You are in control. In the Mighty Matchless Name of Jesus, Amen!

 I hope that you are staying warm and as dry as possible with all the rain that we’ve been getting. Making an observation, for the past couple of days, I have been listening to people either complaining about what the weatherman did or didn’t predict. Or, they are complaining about all the rain that we are getting or how cold it has been the past couple of months. As I stated previously, I am a people watcher and God continues to show me so much about us as a people. We are just like the Israelites when they complained to Moses as he followed Gods instructions to lead them to the promise land.

Well, for starters, sorry to burst your bubble but technically there is not a man alive that controls the weather or, what God is going to do or not do. Secondly, our situation is nowhere near as bad as what others are experiencing at this moment in time. Yes, we’re getting quite a bit of rain but I couldn’t imagine having to deal with the tragedy that they are experiencing. We have to learn how to thank God in all things not just when it is convenient. When we speak fearlessly for Christ or live faithfully for Him during difficult times and situations, we encourage others to do the same.

You see, what comes to mind as we go through these few days that were predicted from the weatherman is this-“BUT GOD!!!” We need to have a But God in our spirit. Because it could easily be us in that situation. You could be homeless-But God! You could be hungry-But God! It could have been so many things-But God! People recognize what another had to go through to get to where they are right now today. This hour, this minute-But God! So many times it seemed like it was over for you-But God! So I thank God for the rain. I thank God that it is not me going through the tragedy of losing my grandson, or the flooding that others are suffering from-But God! We should never look down on lost and hurting people-But God!!! We live in a world and society that is prone to complaining-“BUT GOD!!!!”

Philippians 2:14, “Do all things without complaining and disputing.”

Live life, give people hope and share your heart, wisdom, and resources. Never place a period where God says there should be a comma. As always peace and blessings, be safe. Remember God loves you and so do I.©2.27.19

“Life”

February 26, 2019

Good morning Lovelies. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Lord protect me from the abuse and harm of toxic people. I know You desire to set me free. Free from the hurt of others, but also free me from my own sin and bondage. Help me have eyes to see toxic behavior around me and in me, and give me strength, courage, and resilience to break free from that toxicity and choose the path of life. Thank You for always protecting and guiding me Lord. Thank You for always being kind, gracious, loving, and forgiving. In the Mighty Matchless Name of Jesus. Amen!

As I look back over my life, I can see things that I’ve done that probably would and should have taken my life. People I’ve hurt knowingly and unknowingly. There are many things that You do before turning your life over to the Lord that are negative and detrimental. Just many areas that brought me difficulties, hardships and pain. But, I continued to grow in what and who God was and is in my life. Focusing on what God has for me to do and trying to be. I have learned to appreciate difficult days. I am stimulated by the challenges that I encounter along the way. They just help to increase my faith in God, because I know what He can do.

Look back on your life and see how He has helped you through difficult days. If you are tempted to think, “Yes, but that was then and this is now!” Remember who He is, He’s the great I Am. Although you and your circumstances may change drastically at times, God remains the same throughout time and eternity. He is the same yesterday, today and always.

This is the basis of your confidence. Gain confidence from your knowledge that with Him you can handle anything. Our knowledge is comprised of three parts: your relationship with God, His promises in His Word and past experiences that you successfully coped with during difficult days. We must remember to stay in His presence because there is where you live, move and have your being. Let the creator of the universe rule your life!

“So do not fear, for I am with you, so do not be dismayed for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

“But you remain the same and your years will never end.” Psalm 102:27

“For in Him we live and move and have our being. As some of you poets have said, “We are His offering.” Acts 17:28

Live life, give people hope and share your heart, wisdom, and resources. Never place a period where God says there should be a comma.

As always peace and blessings, be safe. Take advantage of your opportunities, but never allow your opportunities to take advantage of you. Remember God loves you and so do I. ©krw 02.26.19

“The Bread of Life”

February 25, 2019

Good morning Lovelies. Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Father, we come to you right now first to thank you for your grace and mercies that are new every day. Lord, we pray that our hearts would learn how to rightfully fear You. We bow before You, acknowledging You as Lord and Savior of our lives. Praising You for you Mighty. We thank You for Your unending love even when we are undeserving. We stand in awe of You. We surrender our hearts to You and put You first. In the Mighty Matchless Name of Jesus Christ! Amen!

We are such a blessed people. Some of you may look at what’s going on in the world around us and say “how is this?” “How can you say we are a blessed people?” But I began to meditate on how God supplied manna to the Israelites every day. They were to gather just what they needed to sustain them. But, when they tried to gather more than the portion they should have it didn’t last. It turned to maggots and began to stink. This is what happened when they disobeyed the directive given to them by God. As we still do today. For the Israelites, the manna was a gift. It came every day and was just what they needed. It satisfied the physical temporary need. Christ is our daily bread that satisfies our eternal spiritual need. And is also a gift to us daily. Thus another reason for me to state that we are a blessed people.

I said that because as we move to this present day and time we too have manna. Not in the same form as the Israelites had that fell to the ground but in the person of Jesus Christ. He is our bread of life. When the world gets chaotic with those that intentionally harm others etc., they become maggoty and stinky. They have forgotten that they too have bread of life and just need to truly seek to feed on this bread daily.

You see when you truly seek and feed on the bread daily your physical heart, body, and mind is not clouded when tragedy strikes. God’s word never said that abominations such as the ones that have been in the news lately and for years would never happen. Quite the contrary, God’s word speaks of them. When I say “speaks of them,” this is a generalization of the tragedies not in any way generalizing the pain that resounds from such tragedies. But, God sent His Son, the bread of Life to feed us the strength, compassion, empathy, encouragement and a way to deal with it knowing that yet He is in control. To eat living bread means to accept Christ into our lives and become united with Christ. We are united with Christ in two ways. One by believing in His death (the sacrifice of flesh) and resurrection and two, by devoting ourselves to living as He requires.

There’s nothing new under the “Son” that you can’t find in God’s spoken Word. We pray for everyone that may be experiencing grief, suffering, and hardship all over the world. I pray that through whatever you experience you feed on the Bread of Life, Jesus. And you will find that He strengthens you to make it through. Just continue to Push. Pray Until Something Happens.

“ When the dew was gone, thin flakes like frost on the ground appeared on the desert floor. When the Israelites saw it, they said to each other, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was.

Moses said to them, “It is the bread the Lord has given you to eat. This is what the Lord has commanded: ‘Everyone is to gather as much as they need. Take an omer for each person you have in your tent.”The Israelites did as they were told; some gathered much, some little. And when they measured it by the omer, the one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little. Everyone had gathered just as much as they needed. .Then Moses said to them, “No one is to keep any of it until morning. However, some of them paid no attention to Moses; they kept part of it until morning, but it was full of maggots and began to smell. So Moses was angry with them. Exodus 16:14-20

Live life, give people hope and share your heart, wisdom, and resources. Never place a period where God says there should be a comma.

As always peace and blessings, be safe. Take advantage of your opportunities, but never allow your opportunities to take advantage of you. Remember God loves you and so do I. ©krw 02.25.19

“What You See”

February 19, 2019

Good morning Lovelies. Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Lord, Thank You for fearfully and wonderfully creating each of us. Thank You for giving us worth in Your eyes. Help us live as the one You uniquely intended us to be. Help us abide instead of strive, living peacefully and joyfully as heirs to Your Kingdom and co-heirs with Christ. In the Mighty Matchless Name of Jesus. Amen.

Without our trying we model values. Our parents, in particular, demonstrated to us as children what they considered important and valuable. Then as adults, we who have children mirror the same behaviors whether good or bad, the mirrored process is the same. “Like father, like son,” is not just a well-known cliché, it is a truth repeated in our homes.

Experience has proved that children often follow the lifestyles of their parents, repeating their successes, mistakes, and failures. This happens in most cases but definitely not in all of them. Being a parent, we must remind ourselves that our children are watching the things that we do and being a Christian is a profound way of raising your children. Some of us didn’t start out as Christians even after being brought up in church when we were young.  Quiet as it’s kept some of us are still not there when we became parents. No matter when it happened, Lord knows I wasn’t, but I did the best that I knew how and raised my children. Others also did the same. Thank You, God, for giving me the insight to turn my life over to You.

We didn’t immediately realize that there were certain things or people that could have had a long term effect on your children, some good and some definitely harmful. But when we truly come into the knowledge of God and turn everything over to Him, you pray about it, ask for forgiveness for anything or anyone that you may have exposed your children to. Whether it’s a friend, family or foe who had a negative effect. It’s never too late for forgiveness and realizing that you and your children were covered by the prayers from other people and family.

Those that know me may wonder how could I say this when I’ve out-lived two of my children. Well, I can say this because my God gave me and gives me the strength continuously to know this and to thank Him for the stewardship He gave me over His children. Because they were His before they were mine. Pray without ceasing for the children of the world, yours, mine, all children. Unfortunately, sometimes it is the values of others that has the world in a state of chaos with shootings, and mass violence. Just utter chaos.

Pay attention to your children. Watch and pray about the influences that you have on them and the influences that others may have. Unfortunately, we can count on opposition, suffering, and hardship as we serve Christ. As we trust Christ, He will give us the strength to be steadfast and unmovable. It’s all in what you see.

“Pray continually.” 1Thessalonians 5:17

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34

Live life, give people hope and share your heart, wisdom, and resources. Never place a period where God says there should be a comma.

As always peace and blessings, be safe. Take advantage of your opportunities, but never allow your opportunities to take advantage of you. Remember God loves you and so do I. ©krw 02.19.19

“Clearly”

Photo by Brett Sayles on Pexels.com

February 18, 2019

Good morning Lovelies. Greetings in the Name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Father, Thank You for your great power. We praise You for Your Truth. Would You be with Your people, extending Your grace, providing protection and empowering with strength. We ask that You bring about an awakening of Your presence to America as never seen before. We ask that Your Name is proclaimed. We pray that many would come to know You as Lord and Savior, we pray that many would see Your Light, that You would open blind eyes and release those are enslaved. We pray that You would unify Your people for Your Glory, that all who call themselves Christians would rise up, believing in Your greatness. Wake us up, Lord! Remind us to live aware, to redeem the time, to listen to Your Words and be willing to make a difference. Thank You that You are rich in mercy and full of grace. Thank You that You are forgiving and merciful. Thank You that You are strong and mighty. Thank You that You fight for us still today. In the Mighty Matchless Name of Jesus Christ. Amen!

I heard someone say that the world is being ruled by Satan with all the cruelty, tragedy, temptation, and deception that is rampant and visible today. I thought about this comment. “I thought wow! Really?” This person was giving Satan too much credit. First of all, God’s plan all along was to save us by Jesus death. We have been rescued from the power of this present chaos happening in our world today. Being rescued from this evil age doesn’t mean that we are taken out of it but that we are no longer enslaved to its sinful nature.

There is only one way given to us by God to be forgiven of sin-through believing in Jesus Christ as Savior. Some try to add more requirements than this but we cannot pervert the Word of God. If God said it then that settles it. We tend to try to make up or add to the scriptures to suit our purposes instead of studying, learning, and accepting God’s Word. Resulting in us not understanding what the Bible teaches or we are uncomfortable with the truth as it stands.  

His or her message must never change, for the truth of the gospel never changes. Believing and living by the Word is basically a life or death situation. Either you’re going to be obedient to God’s Word and teachings and live or you’re going to keep trying to apply only the parts that make you comfortable. You’ll also do this while worrying about what others may think because you have made a change and died to the old you. Not necessarily a physical death but a spiritual death just the same.

Whose approval are you seeking? Others or God’s? Pray for the courage to seek God’s approval above all and anyone else. Pray for wisdom and understanding and you will always have clear thoughts. What is the difference between sound judgment and discernment? Discernment (or discretion) is the ability God gives to many people to think and make correct choices. Sound judgment, however, He gives only to those who follow Him. Sound judgment includes discernment but goes beyond it. It also includes the knowledge that comes from instruction, training and discipline and the ability to think about the results you will have from knowing and applying God’s word. Which means that you want to know clearly!

“Dear friend guard clear thinking and common sense with your life, don’t for a minute lose sight of them.” Proverb 3:21

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.” Philippians 4:8

“Jesus called the crowd to Him and said, ‘Listen and understand.” Matthew 15:10

Live life, give people hope and share your heart, wisdom, and resources. Never place a period where God says there should be a comma.

As always peace and blessings, be safe. Take advantage of your opportunities, but never allow your opportunities to take advantage of you. Remember God loves you and so do I. ©krw 02.18.19

“Can You Endure?”

Photo by RUN 4 FFWPU on Pexels.com

February 12, 2019

Good morning Lovelies. Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. God is doing a new thing. I know that there are times when it seems as if nothing is going the way that you wanted them to. Don’t give up God is still in control. Father, each day is a struggle against sin and temptation. Give us the strength to overcome cruelty with grace and hatred with love. God, remind us that our actions matter. We do not fight a physical battle but a spiritual one, and with each act of compassion, we build your kingdom Help us to be kingdom builders today and everyday. In the Mighty Matchless Name of Jesus Christ. Amen!

Love and faithfulness can be equated to a number of relationships. Such as your job, relationships with friends, family, fiancée, significant others, and spouses. But the most important relationship would be with God. Both of these qualities love and faithfulness involve actions as well as attitudes.

A loving person not only feels love, he or she also acts loyally and responsibly. A faithful person not only believes the truth, but he or she also works for the truth and justice for others. Thoughts and words are not enough our lives reveal whether we are truly loving and faithful. We have to learn how to trust, stand, endure, and lean on the Lord with all our heart and soul.

Leaning has the sense of putting your whole weight on something, resting on and trusting in that person or thing. When we have important decisions to make, we sometimes feel that we can’t trust anyone-not even God. But, God knows what is best for us. He is a better judge of what we want than even we are. We must trust Him completely in every choice we make. Standing firm is not a way to be saved but the endurance that an individual is really committed to Christ.

To receive God’s guidance we must receive His leading, His “Yes,” and sometimes His “No.” We must acknowledge God in all our ways. This means turning every area of our life over to Him. We should always be willing to listen to and be corrected by God’s Word!

“Let love and faithfulness never leave you, bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your path straight.” Proverbs 3:3-6

Live life, give people hope and share your heart, wisdom, and resources. Never place a period where God says there should be a comma.

As always peace and blessings, be safe. Take advantage of your opportunities, but never allow your opportunities to take advantage of you. Remember God loves you and so do I. ©krw 02.12.19