Lessons Still to be Learned

. 2 Kings 17: 7-15

“For so it was that the children of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, who had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and they had feared other gods, and had walked in the statutes of the nations whom the LORD had cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they had made. Also the children of Israel secretly did against the LORD their God things that were not right, and they built for themselves high places in all their cities, from watchtower to fortified city. They set up for themselves sacred pillars and wooden image on every high hill and under every green tree. There they burned incense on all the high places, like the nations whom the LORD had carried away before them; and they did wicked things to provoke the LORD to anger, for they served idols, of which the LORD had said to them, “You shall not do this thing.”

So God, our Father sent prophets and seers to tell the people, “Turn from your evil ways, and keep My commandments and My statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by My servants the prophets.” Nevertheless they would not hear, but stiffened their necks, like the necks of their fathers, who did not believe in the LORD their God. And they rejected His statutes and His covenant that He had made with their fathers, and His testimonies which He had testified against them; they followed idols, became idolaters, and went after the nations who were all around them, concerning whom the LORD had charged them that they should not do like them. Take time to reflect on these passages, write your thoughts.
The importance of the scriptures is for our learning see Romans 15:4; knowing what God has done in the past is meant to give us confidence regarding what he will do now and in the future.
James 5:7-10, tells us to be patient and stand firm because the Lord’s coming is near; brothers and sisters we are to take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord,as an example of suffering and patience.
Jesus still saves and the Holy Spirit helps you “ do the right thing” as you glorify,live.and serve God see Romans 10:9; John 14:26).

Father, I pray that your believers seek to know You, through the power of the Holy Spirit and Your written word. May we learn the lessons of the past, perserver, and overcome, our troubles/ sins, as we wait for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Nurse/ Servant Prayer

In 1997, I composed this poem, it was published with the spiritual reflections, of other staff and volunteers, to meet the spiritual needs expressed by clients and families.

Nurse / Servant Prayer:

I pray that I can follow through with His plan of care and His orders. His orders are standard and written legibly for me to understand. I pray if I am unable to carry through His orders and should I make a mistake, He with His grace, will rectify and understand the situation/ or circumstance, continuing the healing process that His children deserve, enabling me to proceed and fulfill each client’s ( the world is our client) needs. Let me be the “Lady with the Lamp,” not only in the sense of the meaning given to Florence Nightingale, but in the meaning of His teachings in saving souls, bringing the unknowing out of the darkness into the light. Let me tend to your flock, for you have placed me in this position as nurse; providing me with the provisions and tools to continue my quest in this wide universal space where there are many in need. Father, sometimes I do not know where to start, but I can give what you have provided me with, to whom you desire.
Do not spare me from the tears I shed and the remorse I feel when I have visions of my brother, Jesus, streaming with the blood He bled. Do not spare me with the sweltering feeling of compassion when I know I must do what You proclaim in Jesus name. Always stay with me, comfort me, and bring me back every time I feel that I am not deserving of all You have given me. Keep me humble, Father. Touch all my clients and families with your loving grace and blessings be to them who realize You are the Controller and Healer of our lives. I love You and all You represent. This is my prayer in Jesus name. Amen.
Your Nurse/ Servant.

Is Your Light On?

My question today can be very detrimental to you being prepared for the “The Lords Day, Jesus Second Coming.”

Is your light on? Not your front porch light, but the light of the Holy Spirit. the Holy Spirit is more powerful than any manmade light, it is like a solar light that collects it power from the Sun and shines in the darkness to light one’s path. As described in Psalm 119: 105, “God’s word is a lamp for our feet, a light on our path.”

The Holy Spirit’s role/ ministry is to illuminate scripture, so the believer will behold the glory of the Lord “with unveiled faces” and become transformed into the image of Jesus Christ, this is an ongoing transforming process (2 Corinthians 3:18). The Holy Spirit is needed

to reduce the works of the flesh (Roman 8:13); adultery, fornication uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outburst of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like(Galatians 5:19-21). As believers we need a secured victory over the flesh, that is why a believer must be led by the Spirit (Romans 8:14). I say, how happy are those who understand that the gift of the Holy
Spirit, is the Spirit of God, given to believers so they will have the understanding what God has freely
given them (1 Corinthians 2:12); He is the Spirit of truth and He will guide you into all truth (John 16:13).

I urge you, believers, to allow the work of the Holy Spirit to create in you the good fruits of Jesus Christ: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control Galatians 5: 22-24. Take time to eat and savor God’s Spiritual food.

Beloveds, be led and live by the Holy Spirit, walk on life’s paths, yielding to His moment to moment prompting, depend on His dependence of allowing Him to control your affections, thoughts, and actions (Galatians 5: 16- 26).

I urge, you not to commit the unpardonable sin against the Holy Spirit, the rejection of His lead (Matthew 12:31).
I also implore you to let Christ dwell in your hearts by faith, that you be rooted and grounded in love, emphasis on Ephesians 3:16,17); living as good citizens of the world, working and pleasing God as faithful servants. Studying, learning, and following the instructions on how to live, that Jesus and the Apostles have given you; in addition to, remembering the lessons in the past to prevent making the same mistakes/errors ( 1Corinthians 10:11).
I urge you not to reject instruction because in doing so you are rejecting God; God who has given you His Holy Spirit (1Thesalonians 4:1-8). Be wise and sincere in your hearts and not hypocritical, tend to your soul’s affairs; beloveds keep your Holy Spirit light burning. Are you awake? Is your light on? Are your lamps filled with oil? Is your soul ready for that glorious day of Christ second coming?

The Path

As I walk down the pathway of life.
I can hear His voice.
So soft spoken amidst the clouds.

He speaks to me with words
Of eminent dependence.
I know I am endowed.

The trees shield and embrace me.
In His arms.
The sun beaming upon my head,
Guides me and keeps me warm.

I will not lose my direction,
As long as I have His affection.
And yes, I have heard His voice;
And yes, I finally made the choice.

Soon there will be others like me.
Walking this path one day.
Coming together with one single goal.

To follow Jesus and what He is giving.
So this life will be truly worth living.

“ You will show me the Path of Life; in Your presence is fullness and joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forever more. “ Psalm 16:11

REACH

Reach out your arms and embrace someone tight.
Radiating His love through your soul to theirs.
Providing them with foresight.
Loving them with a passion of good taste.
Never causing them disgrace.
Dancing around in the circle of life.
Never worrying about,
How much has been sacrificed.
Only that the person you love
With respect and dignity.
Recognizes you are there,
Amid their troubles
And life’s complexity.

Be kindly affectionate with one another with brotherly love, in honor of giving preference to one
another, not lagging in diligence, fervent in Spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in
tribulation; continuing steadfastly in prayer; distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality.” Romans 12:10-13

Taste of Heaven

How sweet is a taste of Heaven? Are you desiring that sweet taste of Heaven? A taste sweeter than honey. It is possible for you to get a fortaste of Heaven. Are you asking how?

Be born again, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith (1John 5:4 NKJV). Have you been born of God?

Listen to what Jesus has told you, “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world (John 16:33).” Be an
over-comer. Are you listening to Jesus? Are you an over-comer?

Hold gallantly to your victory, for “The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:56-57). Are you holding on to your victory?

Stand firm in the Lord, ” be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil (Ephesians 6:10-11).” Are you standing firm in the Lord? Are you wearing your armor?

Be a promoter of heaven’s interests on earth and lead lives worthy of heavenly citizenship “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ (Phillipians 3:20). Are you promoting heaven’s interest or the world’s interest?

Savor and enjoy the sweet Words of God,” How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!” Psalm 119:103. Are you tasting the sweetness of His Words?

Father, I pray that Your beloved children will enjoy a taste of Heaven here on Earth. Amen.