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  • 12 Jun 2017
    As Christians, we no longer have to worry about anything! Many times, however, we find ourselves stressing over this and worrying about that. We need to remember that when we surrendered our lives to Jesus Christ, He took complete control over them. We became the sheep of His pasture, and He became our Good Shepherd, promising to supply everything that we need. (See Ps. 23:1) Worrying about something means we’re not trusting God to handle it.   We’re taking back the control and leaving it up to ourselves to figure it all out. As believers, we are to rather give it all to God entrusting Him to take care of every facet of our lives. We are to rather seek first God’s kingdom, walk in obedience to His Word, and have faith that He’s got it, and will work it all out accordingly. If we get a bill in the mail we can’t afford, if we lose our job, if we get bad news from the doctor, if we’re struggling in our marriage or with our children, regardless of what it is we’re going through, we are to not to worry about it! How to Give Your Worries to God We are to give it all to God, by throwing our hands up in the air in surrender. We are to praise God, trust God, rely completely on God, and cast all our cares upon God through prayer. We need to remember how He’s come through for us before, and how He promises to come through for us now. We need to remember that we serve a strong God that’s fully capable and fully in control. There’s nothing that surprises Him and there’s nothing that’s too hard for Him. We need to remember that the days of our lives are already written in His book! God holds our past, present and future in His almighty hands and has a reason for everything He allows in our paths!   What To Do When You Don’t Understand What God is Doing We may not always agree with what happens to us, we may not understand why, but we can rest assured in knowing that our God knows what He’s doing. Just because we may not always see His hands at work in our lives, it doesn’t mean He’s not working! Just because we can’t see the light at the end of this trial, or the calm after this storm, it doesn’t mean that it never will come. The enemy will constantly lie to us. His mission in life is to completely destroy our lives. He’ll whisper in our ears that things are hopeless and will never change, but these are all lies from the pit of hell! The Bible assures us in Ecclesiastes 3:1, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” We’re living in the last days and Satan knows his time here on earth is short. He may be relentless in his attacks against us, but our God will not relent in coming to our defense as well! We go from victory to victory in our walk with the Lord because every battle we face truly does belong to Him. A war may be raging all around us, but as Christians, we have confidence in knowing the war of our souls has already been won. The truth is that God will come through for us; we are never hopeless; and what the enemy intends for evil against us, God will turn around and use for our good! (See Genesis 50:20) Our mission as Christians is to “know God and make God known”, not be bummed out and defeated due to stress, worry, and anxiety. As sons and daughters of the Most High King, we need to stand on the promise found in Romans 8:28. God is working everything we’re going through together for our good! So when the trials and testing comes, we need not be moved by them. We can trust our unknown future, to our known God!   We can be, steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.  We can walk by faith confident that our Savior has never let us down, and He never will. What About Those Who Don’t Know the Lord? People in the world who don’t have Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior are left for themselves. They might get the job they applied for, they might get through that stressful situation in their lives, they might make it safely through another day, but they also might not. As for believers, with the Alpha and the Omega, with the Beginning and the End leading our way, our provision, protection, and salvation are all guaranteed. Isn’t it reassuring that we have direct access to Jesus and that we can call upon Him for help every second of every day? Worrying doesn’t change anything we are worrying about. It only makes us stressed out, uptight, and emotionally up and down. Worrying makes us so bummed out that we get to the point where we no longer are reaching out to others because we are so consumed with ourselves. As Pastor Steve Mays of Calvary Chapel South Bay has said, “We need to turn our mirror into a window.” We need to start looking above the “rubbish” that we’re worrying about and look to God. When we do, we’re able to reach out and help those around us and begin to see the “good” and “bad” seasons in our lives through God’s eyes not our own. If it’s the Lord’s will you get a job with over one hundred other applicants applying, you will be the one selected. If it’s the Lord’s will you get a kidney transplant now even though you’ve been given a 3 year waiting list, your name will be moved to the top. If the doctors say you have terminal cancer and there is no cure, God can touch you and heal you instantly! Worrying only causes us to doubt God’s faithfulness, become paralyzed with discouragement, and get depressed. But nothing is impossible for us who believe because nothing is impossible for our God!   God Has You in the Palm of His Hand So, whatever you’re stressing out about, stop; whatever you’re worrying about, don’t. We have a strong God so let’s start giving Him everything that’s weighing us down. Let’s choose to lift up our eyes to our Lord and cast all these cares down at the foot of His cross. Let’s choose to let go and let God, believing that no matter what, our God’s love for us is unconditional, constant, eternal, and will remain. Jesus Christ is our Good Shepherd and promises to sustain us, provide for us, protect us, and never leave us. “He that spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Rom. 8:32) Psalm 138:8 assures us that, “God will perfect all that concerns us”, so let’s stop worrying and trust Him to. Our heavenly Father takes care of the birds in the air.  He takes care of the lilies in the field. He knows what we have need of, and will surely take care of you and me. I will lift up my eyes to the hills [of Jerusalem]— From where shall my help come? 2 My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. 3 He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. 4 Behold, He who keeps Israel Will neither slumber [briefly] nor sleep [soundly]. 5 The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade on your right hand. 6 The sun will not strike you by day, Nor the moon by night. Psalm 121:1-6   The Cure for Anxiety 25 “Therefore I tell you, stop being worried or anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted) about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, as to what you will wear. Is life not more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow [seed] nor reap [the harvest] nor gather [the crops] into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27 And who of you by worrying can add one hour to [the length of] his life? 28 And why are you worried about clothes? See how the lilies and wildflowers of the field grow; they do not labor nor do they spin [wool to make clothing], 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory and splendor dressed himself like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive and green today and tomorrow is [cut and] thrown [as fuel] into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! 31 Therefore do not worry or be anxious (perpetually uneasy, distracted), saying, ‘What are we going to eat?’ or ‘What are we going to drink?’ or ‘What are we going to wear?’ 32 For the [pagan] Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; [but do not worry,] for your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also. 34 “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:25-34 6 Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. 7 And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours]. Philippians 4:6-7
    2609 Posted by Judi Woods
  • 08 Mar 2017
    God Gives His Children (Believers) Two Rules for a Happy Marriage:   22 Wives should submit to their husbands as they do to the Lord; 23 because the husband is head of the wife, just as the Messiah, as head of the Messianic Community, is himself the one who keeps the body safe. 24 Just as the Messianic Community submits to the Messiah, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.           Ephesians 5:22-24 CJB God knows men. Men need to feel responsible and supreme! Wives do not challenge your husband’s decision making. They will become bossy and unresponsive, cold and aloof. Don’t challenge his daily decisions. For example: “honey don’t wear that shirt, or don’t wear those pants, shoes, etc..”   25 As for husbands, love your wives, just as the Messiah loved the Messianic Community, indeed, gave himself up on its behalf, 26 in order to set it apart for God, making it clean through immersion in the mikveh, so to speak, 27 in order to present the Messianic Community to himself as a bride to be proud of, without a spot, wrinkle or any such thing, but holy and without defect. 28 This is how husbands ought to love their wives — like their own bodies; for the man who loves his wife is loving himself. 29 Why, no one ever hated his own flesh! On the contrary, he feeds it well and takes care of it, just as the Messiah does the Messianic Community, 30 because we are parts of his Body. 31 “Therefore a man will leave his father and mother and remain with his wife, and the two will become one.”
    1969 Posted by Judi Woods
  • 25 Apr 2017
    It is Time to Say Goodbye to the ‘Old’ You 17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life]. 1 Corinthians 5:17 And I will give them one heart [a new heart], and put a new spirit within them. I will take from them the heart of stone, and will give them a heart of flesh [that is responsive to My touch] Ezekiel 11:19 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh [the physical is merely physical], and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. John 3:6  “
    1283 Posted by Judi Woods
  • 20 May 2017
      The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And the expanse [of heaven] is declaring the work of His hands.2 Day after day pours forth speech, And night after night reveals knowledge.3 There is no speech, nor are there [spoken] words [from the stars]; Their voice is not heard.4 Yet their voice [in quiet evidence] has gone out through all the earth, Their words to the end of the world. In them and in the heavens He has made a tent for the sun. Psalm 19:1-4 AMP We will never fully comprehend God’s creation. God is speaking to you every day and every night through the universe He has created. The earth shows His infinite wisdom through life forms throughout the earth. As we think about how the earth showing His handiwork, just how much understanding and knowledge is there in a plant? We will never fully grasp the vastness of God’s creation. I found this article to be simply amazing: Grover Cleveland Backster Jr. could always spot a liar. As he liked to tell it, he served in the Navy during World War II, but his interest in deception soon led him to the Army Counter-Intelligence Corps, where he specialized in hypno- and narco-interrogation — a.k.a. “truth serums.” Then, in 1948, he joined the C.I.A., where, he claimed, he founded the agency’s polygraph program. A decade later, Backster moved to New York and then opened the Backster School of Lie Detection, where he taught N.Y.P.D. detectives and F.B.I. agents. He testified in courtrooms and before Congress, and his famed Backster Zone Comparison Technique — a methodology for conducting polygraphs — is still widely used. Backster’s success made him a law-enforcement legend, but he was always happier proving people innocent. “I like to think of the polygraph,” he once said, “as a truth detector.” But this was all a prelude to Backster’s real life’s work, which began in the early morning hours of Feb. 2, 1966. Backster had been up all night in his office on West 46th Street and had just poured himself a cup of coffee when he noticed a houseplant, a Dracaena fragrans his secretary bought to brighten the office. On a lark, Backster, who had a playful streak that belied his military background (he studied astrology, dabbled with LSD and supposedly spent a summer as a stunt diver in a circus), decided to hook the plant up to his lie-detection machine. In human subjects, a polygraph measures three things: pulse, respiration rate and galvanic skin response, otherwise known as perspiration. If you’re worried about being caught in a lie, your levels will spike or dip. Backster wanted to induce a similar anxiety in the plant, so he decided to set one of its leaves on fire. But before he could even get a match, the polygraph registered an intense reaction on the part of the Dracaena. To Backster, the implication was as indisputable as it was unbelievable. Not only had the plant demonstrated fear — it had also read his mind. Backster concluded that plants had some heretofore undiscovered sense (he called it “primary perception”) that could detect and respond to human thoughts and emotions. When he publicized his findings, the so-called Backster effect became a pop-culture hit. There was a TV program hosted by Leonard Nimoy and a best-selling book, “The Secret Life of Plants,” inspired by Backster’s research. Backster was interviewed by Johnny Carson, Art Linkletter, Merv Griffin and David Frost. Even Backster’s old employers at the C.I.A. investigated the possibility of human-plant communication. Not only had the plant demonstrated fear — it had also read his mind. Scientists, however, were less convinced. No one could reproduce Backster’s results — a problem Backster explained away with a variety of post-hoc qualifiers. (A lettuce leaf didn’t respond to harmful stimuli? It probably shut down to protect itself.) As a result, Backster mainly worked outside the establishment, publishing his findings in outlets like The International Journal of Parapsychology, Volume X. And yet — publicly, at least — his faith never wavered. Backster went on experimenting until the end, expanding his theory of nonhuman consciousness to encompass chicken eggs and even sperm, forever finding more proof of what he called the “fundamental attunement between living things.” He never married, preferring the company of his Siamese cats, and he never again performed experiments that burned plants. If the pseudoscience of his second act retroactively called into question the science of his first — after all, what is lie detection but mind-reading by another name? — Backster remained unbowed. “Such high resistance to new ideas does not concern me,” he once said. “I have a truly wonderful ally: Mother Nature.” Reference:           This is my Father’s world,And to my list’ning earsAll nature sings, and round me ringsThe music of the spheres.This is my Father’s world:I rest me in the thoughtOf rocks and trees, of skies and seas—His hand the wonders wrought. This is my Father’s world:The birds their carols raise,The morning light, the lily white,Declare their Maker’s praise.This is my Father’s world:He shines in all that’s fair;In the rustling grass I hear Him pass,He speaks to me everywhere. This is my Father’s world:Oh, let me ne’er forgetThat though the wrong seems oft so strong,God is the ruler yet.This is my Father’s world,The battle is not done:Jesus who died shall be satisfied,And earth and Heav’n be one.    
    1125 Posted by Judi Woods
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Verdict: Not Guilty

My Attorney

After living what I felt was a "decent" life, my time on earth came to the end. The first thing I remember is sitting on a bench in the waiting room of what I thought to be a court house. The doors opened, and I was instructed to come in and have a seat by the defense table. As I looked around, I saw the "prosecutor." He was a villainous looking gent who snarled as he stared at me. He definitely was the most evil person I have ever seen. I sat down and looked to my left and there sat My Attorney, a kind and gentle looking man whose appearance seemed so familiar to me; I felt I knew Him.
The corner door flew open and there appeared the Judge in full flowing robes. He commanded an awesome presence as He moved across the room. I couldn't take my eyes off of Him. As He took His seat behind the bench, He said, "Let us begin."

The prosecutor rose and said, "My name is Satan, and I am here to show you why this man belongs in hell."

He proceeded to tell of lies that I told, things that I stole, and times when I cheated others. Satan told of other horrible perversions that were once in my life, and the more he spoke, the further down in my seat I sank. I was so embarrassed that I couldn't look at anyone, even my own Attorney, as the Devil told of sins that even I had completely forgotten about. As upset as I was at Satan for telling all these things about me, I was equally upset at My Attorney who sat there silently not offering any form of defense at all. I know I had been guilty of those things, but I had done some good in my life - couldn't that at least equal out part of the harm I'd done?

Satan finished with a fury and said, "This man belongs in hell, he is guilty of all that I have charged, and there is not a person who can prove otherwise."

When it was His turn, My Attorney first asked if He might approach the bench. The Judge allowed this over the strong objection of Satan and beckoned Him to come forward. As He got up and started walking, I was able to see Him in His full splendor and majesty. I realized why He seemed so familiar; this was Jesus representing me, my Lord and my Savior.

He stopped at the bench and softly said to the Judge, "Hi, Dad," and then He turned to address the court. "Satan was correct in saying that this man had sinned. I won't deny any of these allegations. And, yes, the wage of sin is death, and this man deserves to be punished."

Jesus took a deep breath and turned to His Father with outstretched arms and proclaimed, "However, I died on the cross so that this person might have eternal life, and he has accepted Me as his Savior, so he is Mine."

My Lord continued with, "His name is written in the book of life and no one can ****** him from Me. Satan still does not understand yet. This man is not to be given justice but rather mercy."

As Jesus sat down, He quietly paused, looked at His Father and said, "There is nothing else that needs to be done. I've done it all."

The Judge lifted His mighty hand and slammed the gavel down. The following words bellowed from His lips... "This man is free. The penalty for him has already been paid in full. Case dismissed."

As my Lord led me away, I could hear Satan ranting and raving, "I won't give up, I will win the next one."

I asked Jesus as He gave me my instructions where to go next, "Have you ever lost a case?"

Christ lovingly smiled and said, "Everyone that has come to Me and asked Me to represent them has received the same verdict as you, "PAID IN FULL."

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