Wednesday, September 28, 2016

THE GRACE OF GOD AND FIVE PART ONE.

The grace of God and five Part One


These articles are on the number 5. Most people reading this already
 know that this means grace. Grace is what saved us and it is what we
 will be experiencing for all eternity. A few years ago God gave me a 
vision about grace and I never forgot this because it was so vivid. I
comprehend but love to experience.


I have gone over four numbers so far and I am most excited
 about 
explaining this topic. I have heard people say "Too much
 grace is not
 good," yet as I read the Bible I find this statement to be
 incorrect from
 God to His Children. 

It is true in one respect that we have to live our lives but 
to put limits on 
the grace of God sounds impossible to me. We cannot 
understand how
 much God really does love us.

I recently went over the number 4 and explained from
 a worldly point of
 view that in essence we are surrounded by four walls
. That is a prison. 

I also went over the transcendent meaning of the number
 4 which speaks
 of the love of God. So here we see an option or a choice 
as it were.The 
confines of the world system or the love of God flowing 
hrough our spirit. 

Then we arrive at the number 5 which has grace written all 
over the number
. Get excited about this because in a world of law we need all
 the grace we can receive from God through His Son Jesus Christ. 

Did you notice how this world is getting more "Law originated?
I would say, "There is no question about that." 

What I am talking about is a trend that I am noticing on planet earth 
in comparison to the 1990's up to this point. In the 1990's the 
concentration in many countries was you are an individual with
 rights. Now there are so many laws yet so little grace. That is
 what happens when a group of people reject the love of God
. They go to the only other alternative which is law. 

Over here in America I find this to be a society that is good 
in many ways; however, our country seems to have everything
 yet nothing. So many options yet so little opportunity. 

The economy is bad and we are knee deep in debt. The presence
 (grace) of God is slowly being removed from this country because
 when individuals,societies and a nation as a whole reject the love
 of God law and lawlessness go hand in hand.

In Deuteronomy chapter 28 God was instructing ancient Israel
they would be cursed. "He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not
lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail."
that a country is under or coming close to the judgment of God 
modern word for debt.
 should be the emphasis and maybe a little common sense
 if you know what I mean. 

I remember a couple of years ago the Lord gave me a dream 
at night when I was sleeping. I know all about the controversy 
over dreams. We can't necessarily trust them and it is way too
 subjective.

Perhaps, but the Lord still called me to share this with you. 
There were only two characters in my dream. Both men were
 dressed well with signs on them going over their chests and
 stomachs. One said law and the other said mercy. 

The man who represented law was relentless in attacking the
 man who represented mercy. He kept quoting the law very
 loud at mercy. Each time this would happen the man who 
represented mercy threw his hands up in the air trying to 
explain that he had nothing to do with the law.Each timeTe even
 more determined to make This point. Mercy kept throwing his hands
 up in the air saying, "I have nothing to do with you because I am on
 the other side." 

It is very interesting to me that Luke 16:26 says, "And beside
all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so they
 which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they
 pass to us, that would come from thence." 

This is a verse that describes the souls that were deceased
 before Jesus Christ died on the cross. They went to either
 the Paradise section of Sheol (Hades) or the suffering section
. The Righteous went to the good side because they accepted
 the grace and mercy of God. The wicked went to the bad side
 because they chose law rather than grace.

That "Great gulf" described in this verse kind of reminds me of 
my dream. The man of law could not pass over to mercy and 
the man of mercy could not pass over to law.One man made
 his position very clear (law). The other (mercy) refused to join
 him in any way. 

As this was taking place I could hear words coming from the
 throne of God that I never knew. If "I were able" to translate 
this into the English language I suppose the words would be
 75 letters long. I don't even know. The Lord gave me 
understanding that each and every word meant a specific
 form of mercy. I did not see any of this but I did hear.

The motion picture I saw were the two men at an impasse
; however, a portion of heaven was open to my ears. When
 a heavenly word of mercy was spoken it seemed to me that 
an applause in paradise expanded into togetherness at what
 this truly meant. The words were spoken very fast with no
 hesitation. I have not ruled out that it was Jesus Christ Himself
 speaking these words.That was the sense I had in my spirit. 

The very moment the words were spoken there seemed to be
 many joyous responses. They were actually living out the reality

of the grace of God and understood exactly what was being said 
and why.They were in full agreement. Such Hugh words. Rest
 assured God never wanted me to forget this dream.My Lord 
Jesus knew exactly where I was in life, preciously what I was
 going through and how to portray His message to me. 
close to impossible but the main idea was so clear. Heaven was not on the side of the man that represented law. The man with the sign of mercy over his chest and stomach clearly had the blessings of heaven. They were on his side.

When I logically thought about this dream a question came to my mind. "Am I a law man or a person of grace?" I sensed God gave me this dream because He knew I was struggling with this issue. This is an example of the mercy of God. 

As Christians we are looking for the rapture of the church which ends this age of grace.The world moves into the dispensation of law and the kingdom. As you can see the grace of God through His Son Jesus Christ is the most important subject in the universe.Our salvation because of our faith in Jesus Christ hinges upon this one biblical truth! 

I would like to start with the person of Jesus Christ because if there is any hope for grace it is through Him. Isaiah introduces our Savior. "His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6. As you can see 5 titles are ascribed to Jesus Christ. 

John 1:17 introduces Jesus Christ as grace and truth. The Apostle Paul often said, "Grace and peace be unto you." Peace comes after grace. The fifth title Isaiah gave Jesus Christ Himself was "Prince of Peace." 

Several months ago I prayed to the Lord that He would give me His supernatural peace by experience working through my spirit because I was going through so many trials. For the most part I never lost this precious gift.If I were to try and logically explain I could not but if I could this would not be grace.The Holy Spirit fills a Believer. 

In that small section from John chapters 14-16, 4 times the Holy Spirit is referred to as the comforter. The fifth time He is written about is Acts 9:31. "Then had the churches rest throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost, were multiplied." 

This is mentioned 5 times because the peace of the Holy Spirit and His mercy are always present because of the Grace of God. I really need to understand that whenever I have the peace of God this divine reality is only present with me because of the grace of God through Jesus Christ.

I always try and center every subject I write around the person of Jesus Christ. Grace means favor. It could be in the form of mercy,compassion or patience but the most popular way of looking at this is an unworthy sinner being saved by the grace of God. I just want to focus on some examples in the gospels because grace is found in the person of Jesus Christ. 

In Matthew chapter 1 there are five women in the genealogy of Jesus Christ. If you were to read the Bible or their biographies they all had an incredible experience of the grace of God working through them. In the first chapter in the New Testament these five women, Rahab,Ruth,Tamar,Bethsheba and Mary are pointing to the very essence of Jesus Christ (Grace) through the symbolic meaning of this biblical number because there are five. 

Jesus Christ came to redeem humanity from their sins. He being the very embodiment of grace really does fit the succession of order. (1) God the Father (2) Jesus Christ (3) Holy Spirit (4) Creation (5) Redemption. 

All we have to do is read one of the gospels and it will become evident how the average person was drawn to Jesus Christ because of His grace. Redemption and grace go hand in hand. Unfortunately most people reject God. If a person rejects the grace of God through Jesus Christ by faith they have rejected God. 

"Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it." Matthew 7:14. A wise person will accept Jesus Christ into his or her heart and live for Him. 

I would like to show you through numeric examples in the Bible why Jesus Christ is the very embodiment of grace. It is our responsibly to accept Him by faith as our personal Savior. 

That famous verse in Ephesians says "For by grace are ye saved through faith"... Ephesians 2:8. I would like to go in order and show you these examples from the backdrop of the number 5.Once again I am just going over examples at this point in the book of John and looking at Jesus Christ Himself. 

The first two involve a man by the name of Nicodemus.This man was a Pharisee. He probably came to Jesus by night because he did not want to get caught. More than likely he was steeped in religion, took a couple of looks at Jesus and noticed there was something different in a good way.

Nicodemus acknowledged Jesus as being of God because His teachings and miracles were divine.

The response that Jesus gave him did not really have anything to do with what Nicodemus said. "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily,verily, I say unto thee,Except a man be born again,he cannot see the Kingdom of God." John chapter 3:3. 

Some things were said and then by the time the reader arrives at verse 13, 2 sets of 5 are written in Scripture to show us the sacrifice of Jesus Christ Himself on the cross and the hope of everlasting life people have through His eternal grace. 

(1)" And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, (2) even so must the Son of man be lifted up.(3) That whosoever believeth in Him (4) should not perish,but have (5) eternal life." John 3:14-15. That (1),(2),(3),(4),and (5) are not verse segmentations. There numbers represent "5" distinct biblical truths that Jesus taught yet they are all tied into one principle (5) grace. 

If that were not enough the verse right after those 2 follows the same pattern and it is the most popular in the entire Bible. (1)"For God so loved the world, (2) that He gave His only begotten Son, (3) that whosoever believeth in Him, (4) should not perish, (5) but have everlasting life." John 3:16. Once again Jesus said five different truths in one verse (5) grace. 

Moving through the gospels in John chapter "5", five porches comprised a pool called in Hebrew Bethesda. This whole chapter (5) carries a strong theme of grace. People were looking for grace around those five porches.

"And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years." Thirty eight in the Bible is the number that represents slavery. Jesus asked this man..."Wilt thou be made whole." John 5:6. This question had "5" words. Here we see a man in slavery helpless to save himself.

The Bible says "Jesus saith unto him,rise,take up thy bed,and walk." John 5:8. Main theme; chapter 5, (grace) sub theme a new beginning; verse 8 (new beginnings). When Jesus spoke to heal him He said "7" words which is the number for spiritual perfection. 

Jesus Christ gave this man a new beginning (8) through His grace (5) by making him perfect (7) through Him. The "7" words (1) Rise (2) take (3) up (4) thy (5) bed (6) and (7) walk. 

Does this sound like salvation? We were helpless sinners unable to save ourselves until we accepted Jesus Christ into our hearts by faith. Then He gave us His grace. There is no way anybody could do that for themselves. Grace is a gift from God available to all through His Son Jesus Christ. 

In closing there were 5 offerings in the tabernacle which was a place that described the grace of God. On the Alter of Sacrifice there were 5 offerings. (1) The Burnt Offering (2) The Peace Offering (3)The Sin Offering (4) The Trespass Offering and (5) The Meat Offering.

All these offerings were precursors of the atoning death of Jesus Christ and they were comprised of "5." The death of our Savior on the cross was the ultimate sacrifice for us. As a result humanity has something called "Grace" offered to them.


THE GRACE OF gOD AND FIVE PART TWO/

                                               The grace of God and five Part Two 

This world knows almost nothing about the grace of God. That is why it is an honor to write about this because I know in this hopeless planet people will come at the foot of the cross and accept Jesus Christ as their very own personal Savior in their heart if Christians present this subject correctly.

There is a problem with the way the message of salvation is presented today.Works are empathized over grace and without a doubt this theme appeals to the adamic nature of the spirit rather than a real need for Jesus Christ. What is missing is (5) grace. 

I just went over how examples of (5) were used as Jesus Christ walked thought planet earth in His earthly ministry. What a blessing to read the words of our Savior. I would like to give you a few more Bible truths and how it relates to this amazing principle of (5) grace. 
The life of Abram just speaks of the grace of God from his conversion to the end of his life. There was no real merit in him. Abram thought about God and His responsibility before Him and he came to know the Lord.

God gave him an unconditional covenant but for no real apparent reason and sealed it with (5) sacrifices in Genesis chapter 15. God gave Abram a promise through His grace.

Hey is the "Fifth" letter of the Hebrew alphabet. When the name of Abram was changed to Abraham there was a (Hey) added to his name.This is the fifth letter in the Hebrew alphabet. 

What people don't seem to understand is the grace of God makes all the difference in the world.If you are in a very strict environment people usually hammer the law everywhere. If just one person shows grace doesn't that stand out as love? It does to me.

That is what God desires to give you through His Son except it is so much higher than any human could imagine. There is a world of difference between God and man. 

God changed the name of Abram to Abraham when (Abram) was really starting to rely on the grace of God. To understand this you would have to read Genesis 16, 17 and 18.

God does this with most of His children. There comes a point when God with purpose pulls the rug out from under our lives so we will have no other choice but to rely on the grace of God. Look at the Apostle Paul. He prayed three times to get a healing from God and our Lord focused upon His grace being enough for Paul. 

Knowing what I know about Paul he would have doubled his efforts to get the gospel around the world. Instead from the wisdom of God Paul learned and rested in the grace of our Lord. Abram had a deepening experience of grace and so did Paul. God desires to bring us to this point. 

God bestows His grace when we walk by faith because these two go hand in hand. In Genesis chapter 28 God promised Jacob (the grandson of Abraham) five reassurances and they all involved a specific type of grace.

It starts out as God giving him land and ends with God never forsaking him. This is all couched in "Five" because God is describing His grace. This is not surrounded by four or six because these numbers symbolize the world in different ways. 

I feel so inadequate to write about this subject yet so compelled to do it. In that sense I feel divided.

One of my favorite examples of the grace of God is in the way the Psalms are segmented into five books.The "Fifth" book of the Psalms which is the Deuteronomy section has a entire theme of grace from chapters 107 to 150.

Psalm 107,108 and 109 speak of the judgment of God.These chapters (110 to 150) are pointing to the 1000 years of peace in the millennial kingdom of Jesus Christ.

The fifth book of the Psalms is the only section that talks about the grace of God all over the place.The first four books (the Genesis through Numbers section) focuses on worldly themes. Four is the number of the world system and in these books we see so much conflict. In the fifth book of the Psalms praise and worship accelerate because of the "Grace" of God.

Four is the number of the world, weakness,conflict or a sense of hopelessness is present.In the first 4 books of the Psalms if anybody were to add 1 to 4 (4 +1) the strength of God is added to the despair of man.This is exactly what we see in the fifth book of the Psalms. This is the grace of God. In this context of "Five" we see how close we really are to the return of Jesus Christ. 

I believe the most important passage in the Bible relative to grace and 5 is Romans 11:5-6. "Even so at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of (1) grace. And if by (2) grace, then it is no more of (1) works: otherwise (3) grace is no more (4) grace. But if it be of (2) works,then is it no more (5) grace: otherwise (3) work is no more (4) work."

You may ask yourself what are all these numbers? A total of (5) for grace and (4) for works. Grace is mentioned (5) times for obvious reasons that I already went over. Works are mentioned (4) times because it is not of God. It is of man. 

It is very interesting to me that 4 is divisible by 2.Two is the number of division. The people that try to work their way to God are divided against themselves. True grace with God does not divide because it unites us with the person of Jesus Christ. 

Being a decent person will not get you to heaven. Much of what I would like to say is in James 2:10. "For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all." So all it takes is one time. This is the standard of God.

Imagine you are hanging from a cliff. There are 10 links on one chain that you are holding on to for your life. These 10 links represent the ten commandments. If just one link breaks you fall.Be honest with yourself. Did you ever sin even one time? According to the Bible that is all it takes to be guilty before God. If you have not accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Savior you are falling into the pits of hell and you desperately need the grace of God. 

It is amazing to me that survey after survey has been taken and the average person in this world will judge themselves based on their own curve (I'm not so good but I am not all that bad either) rather than the standard of God.

"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" Jer.17:9. When hard core prisoners are interviewed they will usually say something to the order of, "I really believe I am not that bad of a person." 

Do you see the problem? God says we are bad. We desperately need a Savior for our sins. His name is Jesus Christ. It would be wise to make that eternal decision today if you have not already done so.

Of course the choice is up to you. I can assure you Jesus Christ did not suffer on the cross so a person would say, "I am not really all that bad." When individuals make these kinds of statements they see no need for a Savior to deliver them from their sins. 

I don't believe it is by coincidence that in Ephesians chapter 4 "Five" forms to giving the gospel of Jesus Christ are mentioned. (1)Apostles,(2) Prophets,(3) Evangelists,(4) Pastors and (5) Teachers. There are five because their emphasis must be on the grace of God through His Son Jesus Christ. 

Without grace how could anybody be saved? It would be ridiculous for me as a child of God,saved by His grace at the judgment seat of Jesus Christ to say, "Judge me by the law. Punish me for everything I did." Because I accepted the Lord I am not under condemnation. I am under grace. Romans 8:1. It is just as absurd to say, "I am basically a good person."

Be honest with yourself. Do not judge yourself based on your opinions. Judge yourself based on the standard of God. "For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God." Romans 3:23. Accept this provision of God for your salvation. His name is Jesus Christ! He loves you and desires to come into your heart today. All you have to do is ask. Jesus Christ is patiently waiting but time is running short because He is coming very soon. 

Hoping to see you in that place of love called heaven on the other side,

lOVE
bOB .D
   

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Children of the 1930 and 1940


Children of the 1930s & 1940s "The Last Ones"
A Short Memoir
 
Born in the 1930s and early 1940s, we 
exist as a very special age cohort. We are the “last ones.” We 
are the last, climbing out of the depression, who can remember 
the winds of war and the war itself with fathers and uncles 
going off. We are the last to remember ration books for 
everything from sugar to shoes to stoves. We saved tin foil 
and poured fat into tin cans. We saw cars up on blocks because 
tires weren’t available. My mother delivered milk in a horse 
drawn cart. 
 
We are the last to hear Roosevelt’s 
radio assurances and to see gold stars in the front windows of 
our grieving neighbors. We can also remember the parades on 
August 15, 1945; VJ Day.
 
We saw the ‘boys’ home from the war 
build their Cape Cod style houses, pouring the cellar, tar 
papering it over and living there until they could afford the 
time and money to build it out.
 
We are the last who spent childhood 
without television; instead imagining what we heard on the 
radio. As we all like to brag, with no TV, we spent our 
childhood “playing outside until the street lights came on.” 
We did play outside and we did play on our own. There was no 
little league.
 
The lack of television in our early 
years meant, for most of us, that we had little real 
understanding of what the world was like. Our Saturday 
afternoons, if at the movies, gave us newsreels of the war and 
the holocaust sandwiched in between westerns and cartoons. 
Newspapers and magazines were written for adults. We are the 
last who had to find out for ourselves.
 
As we grew up, the country was 
exploding with growth. The G.I. Bill gave returning veterans 
the means to get an education and spurred colleges to grow. VA 
loans fanned a housing boom. Pent up demand coupled with new 
installment payment plans put factories to work. New highways 
would bring jobs and mobility. The veterans joined civic clubs 
and became active in politics. In the late 40s and early 50’s 
the country seemed to lie in the embrace of brisk but quiet 
order as it gave birth to its new middle class. Our parents 
understandably became absorbed with their own new lives. They 
were free from the confines of the depression and the war. 
They threw themselves into exploring opportunities they had 
never imagined. 
 
We weren’t neglected but we weren’t 
today’s all-consuming family focus. They were glad we played 
by ourselves ‘until the street lights came on.’ They were busy 
discovering the post war world.
 
Most of us had no life plan, but with 
the unexpected virtue of ignorance and an economic rising tide 
we simply stepped into the world and went to find out. We 
entered a world of overflowing plenty and opportunity; a world 
where we were welcomed. Based on our na├»ve belief that there 
was more where this came from, we shaped life as we 
went.
 
We enjoyed a luxury; we felt secure in 
our future. Of course, just as today, not all Americans shared 
in this experience. Depression poverty was deep rooted. Polio 
was still a crippler. The Korean War was a dark presage in the 
early 1950s and by mid-decade school children were ducking 
under desks. China became Red China. Eisenhower sent the first 
"advisors" to Vietnam. Castro set up camp in Cuba and 
Khrushchev came to power.
 
We are the last to experience an 
interlude when there were no existential threats to our 
homeland. We came of age in the late 1940s and early 1950s. 
The war was over and the cold war, terrorism, climate change, 
technological upheaval and perpetual economic insecurity had 
yet to haunt life with insistent unease.
 
Only we can remember both a time of 
apocalyptic war and a time when our world was secure and full 
of bright promise and plenty. We experienced 
both.
 
We grew up at the best possible time, 
a time when the world was getting better, not 
worse. 
 
We did not have it easy. Our wages were low, we did without, we 
lived within our means, we worked hard to get a job, and 
harder still to keep it. Things that today are considered 
necessities, we considered unreachable luxuries. 
 
We made things last. We fixed, rather than replaced. We had 
values and did not take for granted that "Somebody will take 
care of us". We cared for ourselves and we also cared for 
others. 
 
We are the ‘last ones.’

Friday, September 23, 2016

Saturday's Inspiration

Saturday’s Inspiration
Our Gifts Are For Encouraging
Help us, Lord, to see ourselves
Through your loving eyes,
To see what you see in us
And to come to realize
That everything that we possess
Comes directly from you,
The gifts, the talents you've placed within
Are there for us to use
To reach with hope to those that hurt,
To those who've lost their way
It's your gifts, Lord, they're not our own,
So take them, Lord, we pray
And use them for your glory,
So others may be blessed
And have their spirits lifted
And their souls also refreshed
So they can then be challenged
To seek more after you,
To be much more empowered
For whatever they may do
For each of us have talents
That God has placed within
So we can encourage others
To have a closer walk with Him
And as we encourage another,
We can be encouraged ourselves,
For there needs to be a continual flow
And a continual pouring out
And as we do this, we will find
Insecurities will disappear
And we’ll be strengthened in His love
To overcome our fears.
© By M.S.Lowndes
1 Thessalonians 5:11King James Version (KJV)
11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
1 Peter 4:10-11King James Version (KJV)
10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
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Thursday, September 22, 2016

THE REDEEMED OF THE LORD Will RETURN.

I was reading the Bible and I came across a really pivotal passage for the times we are living in now. "Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head; they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away. Isaiah 51:11.
Look at the first sentence....." The redeemed of the Lord." Jesus Christ paid our price when we could not pay for our sins. We were redeemed by the precious blood of Jesus because of our faith in Him. That alone is cause for us to be jumping up and down with joy all day long.
We were separated from God because of our sin and were headed to hell which is a horrible place. One day Jesus shows up and saves us from our sins. We became a new creature in Him. The basic understanding I am getting from this passage is after we get redeemed many parts of us (mind, body, soul) go through hardships in life.
This verse implies the birth, death and resurrection of our lives as children of God. We got saved (Rejoicing) then God starts to work on us (oftentimes a death process because God is crucifying our flesh through circumstances) and then comes resurrection.
Once again I am only talking about the basic principle of this verse. I am not even looking at the historical background. This verse is talking about our resurrection through Jesus Christ.
It is almost as if God is saying, "Children I know I had to crucify your flesh through circumstances and it was painful but you are on the other side now " (resurrection). Flesh is that independent streak in us that likes to rise up against God. This is enmity to the Triune Godhead.
The redeemed of the Lord are home in this verse and they are singing. This is a verbal expression of joy if it is for God.
I am a writer and love reaching out to the lost for Jesus Christ but there is something so special about being able to minister to the vulnerable bride. God is tightening His grip on some of His children because we are so close to His return.
It is a Job experience. If this is happening to you rejoice because God is taking an interest in you. He knows exactly what circumstance to put in our lives and God usually won't talk about it with us. Job asked God five questions and He did not answer one.
We may go crazy trying to figure it out but if God were to tell us we would not understand on this side anyway. If God were to open up with this truth He might say our situation is going to get worse. God knows we would not be able to handle that answer. In His grace He usually remains silent. I have been going through something big but Jesus has told me more about the next life than my life.
God works in mysterious ways. We might think this is not practical but we are not God. We might want to say," My life is in total shambles right now but I am not in control. God is in control." Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory." 1 Peter 1:8.
What is the outcome? The next verse says, "Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls." 1 Peter 1:9. In the next part of this verse the Bible says and everlasting joy shall be upon their head. It is not just joy for a season. It is everlasting joy. They shall obtain gladness and joy.
This is a gift from God that He is going to put in our spirit. We will be glad. We will be joyful. Be patient with your Christian brothers and sisters because they may be going through something. They may need you to council them. Remember God usually remains silent on these matters so it is usually a fragile situation.
How many times have we taken a look at our life or a friend's life and observed broken pieces of a shattered soul? God may have been the author of that trial and I promise you He will see you all the way through to the other side. The last sentence of this verse says and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.
Why is it fleeing away? Because the presence of the unspeakable joy and glory of Jesus Christ is filling them and they are singing to the Lord. If you have not accepted Jesus Christ into your heart then understand this process of birth, death and resurrection can not take place in your life.
Some type of sin is probably residing in your spirit and if one continues in that then the wages of sin is death. There will never be resurrection through Jesus Christ in that state.
What I just explained is way better than what the devil has in store for you. His plan is death and more death although it may look like life at first glance. I would urge anyone to accept Jesus Christ into their heart because He is life.
 Love
Bob D

Thursday Prayer

The Alabaster Quill
Thursday's Prayer
Lord heal us from spiritual blindness, slothfulness, playfulness, hoping it will all just go away. Things that are happening in the world today are pointing to the return of our Saviour more than ever and He could return at any moment. Don’t turn into scoffers because people have been looking for Him for over two thousand years and He hasn’t returned. Lord help us get our houses in order and always be waiting and watching for Your return. Fill our hearts and mouths with prayer for the lost.
In Jesus Name I pray, amen.
2 Peter 3:3
Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
Isaiah 43:8
Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears.
Matthew 25:13
Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
Matthew 24:36
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.