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Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Rejecting the Lie That: “I Missed It - Purity 1315


Rejecting the Lie That: “I Missed It - Purity 1315

Purity 1315 04/2/2024 Purity 1315 Podcast

Purity 1315 on YouTube: 



Good morning,

Today’s photo of lilacs and other flowers in the foreground as the sunsets in the distance over a mountain range that I suspect to be the Catskill Mountains comes to us from an unknown FB friend who shared this scene on social media on or around May 7, 2021. If this photo is yours and you’d like to be recognized for it, give me a heads up and I will update the blog to give you the photo credit after the fact. 

Well, It’s Tuesday and I am sharing today’s photo to continue my campaign of “cleaning out my closet” of unused photos “borrowed” from social media and to highlight the fact that it is indeed actually springtime. My personal electronic assistant who will remain nameless confirmed to me that the first day of spring in 2024 was March 19th – two weeks ago – and even though we had some snow that may have caused us to doubt what season we are in – the meteorological circumstances, and our feelings, don’t change the fact that it is spring. That’s the truth.

As an advocate for a lifestyle of Christian discipleship that is grounded in experiencing our freedom in Christ through repentance and affirming the truth of who we are in Christ,  I often encourage Christians to honestly look at the beliefs they are holding on that cause them to stay stuck in sin or negative mind states such as anger, anxiety, or depression.  When you ask people who are earnestly seeking freedom or a breakthrough to review their family and personal history, and if you listen carefully to what they are saying, they will reveal things they believe about themselves, God, or in life in general – that may be supported by the circumstances of their life experience – that contradict what the word of God says.  If you give people a space in which they can safely tell their story, they will tell you the lies they believe.   

One of the lies that I have heard from a few different people over the years has to do with regrets from the past where they believe that they “missed” their calling or purpose in life, or their opportunity to be used by God, or their chance at happiness.  

In recovery circles, these narratives are described as the “Only If’s” – or :If Only’s.”    

As in “If I had only asked _________ to marry me instead of __________”

OR IF Only I had never _____________ or IF Only, I had __________ done x,y,z.

OF If Only they had _____

Regrets cause us to second guess our life’s path and contribute to the false belief that we “Missed IT” – our chance at happiness or purpose or fulfilment.  And while we can look at our lives and think of several points where things could have been different, it is a lie to believe that we “missed it” when it comes to “God’s plan for our lives” or for our personal happiness.

The Freedom in Christ course defines happiness as “wanting what you have” – as being content – and no missed opportunities in the past can stop us from being content with what we have today – but dwelling on the thoughts of regrets from the past t certainly can!

While we can’t fix the past, through prayer and repentance, we can resolve and move beyond the conflicts of the past that affect our present and get in the way of looking toward the future with hope.

The serenity prayer touches on how we “do this” when we pray:  

“…to accept the things I cannot change,
 the courage to change the things I can,
 and the wisdom to know the difference.
 Living one day at a time
,
 enjoying one moment at a time;
 accepting hardship as a pathway to peace;
 taking, as Jesus did,
 this sinful world as it is,
 not as I would have it;
 trusting that You will make all things right
 if I surrender to Your will
;
 so that I may be reasonably happy in this life
 and supremely happy with You forever in the next.

So reject the lie that you “missed it” and instead accept the things that happened in the past. Forgive those who have hurt you and seek the forgiveness of those you have hurt (when doing so will not harm them or others) to move past any bitterness or guilt you have been holding on to.  Forgive yourself – meaning you accept God’s forgiveness and let it stick – there is no condemnation – and move forward in the peace that the Lord wants you to live in.  

As for the missed opportunities and broken relationships, accept that they are in the past and gone, and endeavor to start living today to be right with God, to be the person He created you to be, and to step out in faith and hope to see what God wants to do with the rest of your life.  All that stuff in the past has prepared you for today, and we can either learn from it and move on wiser from it, or we can dwell on things we can not change and be consumed by feelings of shame, guilt, and regret and stay stuck in our negative feelings and listlessness. God has forgiven us and call us to a new life, but we have to accept it and move forward with Him to experience the freedom and abundant life He has given us.  If we know Jesus, we didn’t “miss it” but we have to follow Him into the life He wants us to live to be free. 

So, seek the Lord and the truth of who you are in Christ. Live from the identity that God gives you when you put your faith in Jesus and learn to walk in His ways.  Walking in the Spirit leads to peace, love, joy, and other good things so step out in faith and follow the Lord into the life He has for you and take the opportunities that come your way to give thanks to God and to share the good news of the life and peace that only comes through Jesus.

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For those who want more evidence for Christianity than my simple encouragements provide, I offer apologist, Frank Turek’s website, https://crossexamined.org/ .

Today’s Bible verse come to us from “The Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling” By John G. Kruis.

( While Bible verses on various topics of Counseling can be found with a quick Google search, we encourage you to purchase this resource to support the late author’s work. (https://www.amazon.com/Quick-Scripture-Reference-Counseling-Kruis-ebook/dp/B00CIUJZT2?ref_=ast_author_dp )

This morning’s meditation verse comes from the section on Contentment, Coveting & and Priorities.

2 Corinthians 4:18 (NLT2)
18  So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

Today’s verse falls under the twenty-fifth point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Contentment, Coveting, and Priorities.

25. What is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Today’s verse encourages us to look beyond current troubles and to focus on the unseen things that can give us hope and inspire us to endure and persevere through trials. Christians are assured that God is moving all things together for our good and regardless of what we may suffer in the here and now we have the promise of eternal life to keep us buoyed by hope. We know God will never leave us and forsake us – even if we die – and when we can hold on to that unseen truth – we can handle anything this world has to dish out.   Christ rose from the dead and ascended to heaven, literally – that’s a fact – and that fact and the testimony of scripture tells us of the spiritual realm the exists beyond this mortal coil and the hope that God’s kingdom will come and restore this world broken by sin when Jesus returns.   These are all unseen, but they are promised and true and they can cause us to live lives free from fear and full of joy.

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As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we continue sharing from “According to Your Word: Morning and Evening Through the New Testament” By Stephen F. Olford – A Collection of Devotional Journals: 1940-1941.

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage you all to purchase Olford’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available online for less than $10 at many sites.

MORNING READING: JOHN 7

“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.”
– John 7:37

There are three steps in this verse. Each one is as important as the other, and all lead to true satisfaction in Christ.

Rapacity – a greedy desire or craving for the Living Water. “If anyone thirsts.” There must be this earnest desire if the soul is to be satisfied, for the Word says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled” (Matt 5:6).

Request – “Let him come to Me.” This is request, for it includes the two parties: he who thirsts coming to the One who satisfies. That coming is the request of the soul.

Reception – “Drink.” Here is the personal deliberate reception of the gift of satisfying water. “To drink” implies the receiving into oneself.

Satisfy my soul now, O Lord,
until I overflow with Your blessing.[1]

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Join our “Victory over the Darkness”, “The Bondage Breaker”, "Freedom in Christ" series of Discipleship Classes via the mt4christ247 podcast!

at https://mt4christ247.podbean.com, You can also find it on Apple podcasts

(https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-mt4christ247s-podcast/id1551615154). The mt4christ247 podcast is also available on Google Podcasts, Amazon Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartradio, and Audible.com. 

These teachings are also available on the MT4Christ247 YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@MT4Christ247

Email me at mt4christ247@gmail.com to receive the class materials, share your progress, and to be encouraged.

My wife, TammyLyn, also offers Christian encouragement via her Ask Seek Knock blog (https://tammylynask.blogspot.com/ ),  her Facebook Group: Ask, Seek, Knock (https://www.facebook.com/groups/529047851449098 ) and her podcast Ask, Seek, and Knock on Podbean (https://feed.podbean.com/tammalyn78/feed.xml)

“The views, opinions, and commentary of this publication are those of the author, M.T. Clark, only, and do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of any of the photographers, artists, ministries, or other authors of the other works that may be included in this publication, and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of any entities the author may represent.”

Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship

Friday, March 8, 2024

Cabrini – Sister of the Sacred Heart of Jesus - 40 Day Journey with Martin Luther – Day 21 - Purity 1294

Cabrini – Sister of the Sacred Heart of Jesus - 40 Day Journey with Martin Luther – Day 21 - Purity 1294

Purity 1294 03/08/2024 Purity 1294 Podcast

Purity 1294 on YouTube: 



Good morning,

Today’s photo of a sunset on the horizon that paints the soft red clouds comes to us from an unknown FB friend who shared this scene on social media on or around April 23, 2021. I continue to clean out my phone’s photo archive closet and if this photo is yours give me a heads up and I will update the blog to give you the photo credit you deserve. 

Anyway it is Friday, Thank God and I am looking forward to the end of the day today because I will be reunited with my beloved wifey, TammyLyn, and we have plans to go to Saratoga tonight to see Cabrini, a biopic of Frances Xavier Cabrini – the first U.S. citizen to be canonized by the Catholic Church, Cabrini was an Italian-American Catholic religious sister and saint. She founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a religious institute that was a major support to her fellow Italian immigrants to the United States. Cabrini originally had a heart to be a missionary to China, but the Lord through Pope Leo XIII sent her to America to care for the growing and impoverished Italian immigrant population there.  Despite many difficulties, Cabrini and the sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus went on to found 67 missionary institutions to serve the sick and the poor and nine years after her death in 1917 the sisters realized Cabrini’s goal of becoming missionaries in China. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frances_Xavier_Cabrini) I can’t wait to see this incredible women’s story on the big screen and to be inspired by it.  To be remembered for our faith in Jesus and service to God’s kingdom is what I consider to be the ultimate goal in life.  

So let’s be like Cabrini and draw close to the Lord in this season of Lent and see where He leads us.

It’s the twenty-first day of Lent and so we continue my personal walkthrough of Gracia Grindal’s 40 Day Journey with Martin Luther to observe and celebrate the Lenten season.   In this walkthrough of Grindal’s devotional,  it is our hope that we will get to know Martin Luther a little better as we seek to draw closer to the Lord on our journey to Resurrection Sunday – Easter.  

And so we continue.

Journey Day 21

I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father in eternity, and also a true human being, born of the Virgin Mary, is my Lord. He has redeemed me, a lost and condemned human being. He has purchased and freed me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver but with his holy, precious blood and with his innocent suffering and death. He has done all this in order that I may belong to him, live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in eternal righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, just as he is risen from the dead and lives and rules eternally. This is most certainly true.

Let this be the summary of this article, that the little word Lord simply means the same as Redeemer, that is, he who has brought us back from the devil to God, from death to life, from sin to righteousness, and keeps us there... Indeed, the entire gospel that we preach depends on the proper understanding of this article. Upon it all our salvation and blessedness are based, and it is so rich and broad that we can never learn it fully.

Biblical Wisdom

What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He who did not withhold his own Son, but gave him up for all of us, will he not with him also give us everything else? Who will bring any charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is it to condemn? It is Christ Jesus, who died, yes, who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who indeed intercedes for us. Romans 8:31-33.

Silence for Meditation.

Pause the podcast, or stop reading, and sit quietly for 60 seconds, a few minutes, or 10-15 minutes, or however long you feel comfortable with and have time for. Focus on your breath and the calm stillness in the present moment that is always available to us in God’s creation. Meditate on Martin Luther’s comments for the day, and the content of today’s Biblical wisdom.

Questions to Ponder

·       Why did God have to go to such lengths to save us? Was the death of Christ necessary? If yes, why? If not, why not?

It was because of His love for us that God went to such lengths to save us (John 3:16).  Yes, Jesus had to die for us.  Scripture explains this in:

2 Corinthians 5:14-15, 21 (NKJV) where the Apostle Paul wrote:
14  For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15  and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. … 21  For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin
for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

And speaking of our suffering for our faith the Apostle Peter wrote in:

1 Peter 2:21-25 (NKJV)
21  For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:
22  "Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth";
23  who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously;
24  who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness--by whose stripes you were healed.
25  For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

 

God demanded a sacrifice to atone for our sins and Christ being fully God and fully Man died so we could live with and for God forever.

For more on this, I am also sharing a link to Got Questions.org’s answer to the question: “Why did Jesus have to die?” on the blog as well:  (https://www.gotquestions.org/why-Jesus-die.html)  

·       People prize their independence. Does that make it difficult to say “I belong to Christ”?

Yes it does! Our selfishness and demanding our independence are what will separate vast multitudes from God and send them to perdition. We can’t save ourselves and living independently of God is the pathway to perdition or will cause Christians to fail to live the abundant life that God intends for them to have.  

·       When do we start to “live under him in his kingdom, and serve him in eternal righteousness, innocence, and blessedness”? Now, in this life? In the next life? Both now and then? Explain.

Eternal life starts the moment you put your faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior and our purpose in life as Christians is to fulfill the Great Commission – to go and make disciples – to teach to others everything that Jesus taught so they can experience His wisdom and be saved by His love. We serve the kingdom now on earth and will continue to do that in heaven or when Jesus returns to rule and reign here before bringing a new heaven and new earth for eternity.  It’s an amazing mystery to consider, we will live forever and be with God!

Psalm Fragment

Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation. Our God is a God of salvation, and to God, the Lord, belongs escape from death. Psalm 68:19-20

Journal Reflections

·       Write on what it means for you to have a Lord, or Redeemer, in your own life.

I write a blog 6 days a week to try to express the joy and gratitude that I have to have a Lord and a Redeemer in Jesus Christ! Having a Lord and Redeemer means everything to me. It means life. It means love. It means freedom. It means purpose.  God rescued me from myself, sin, death, and the grave. It means everything.

·       Do you remember a time when you felt as though Christ had snatched you from death and brought you back to God, or from sin to righteousness? If so, write about the experience. If not, can you imagine such an experience?

Oh, I do remember when I felt that Christ snatched me from death and brought me back to God.  It’s my entire journey from March 2010 – celebrating my rescue and new life in Christ and bringing me from a life of sin to increasing righteousness, freedom, and joy.  See my blog for more, lol.  

·       If someone asked you what is “the entire gospel”, how would you answer?

Put your faith in Jesus to be forgiven and to receive eternal life and then follow Him and serve His kingdom. Have peace with God through faith in Jesus and live.

Prayers for the Life of Faith

Thank God for the great gift of Jesus for you and pray that you and others you know will come to understand more deeply and fully the depths of this gift.

Lord, Thank You for the great gift of Jesus for ME, for ME!!,  Thank You Lord! I pray that I and others will come to understand more deeply and fully the depths of this gift! Thank You, God, Thank You, Jesus, Thank You Holy Spirit! Amen.

Prayer For Today

Lord Jesus, I thank you that you have, through great suffering and sacrifice, redeemed me from death, sin, and the power of the devil. Keep your grace ever before me today as I live and work in your world.

Amen.

(Gracia M. Grindal. 40-day Journey With Martin Luther. Kindle Edition.

(We encourage you to purchase Grindal’s book and take the 40 Day Journey with Martin Luther for yourself by purchasing Grindal’s book wherever books are sold. You can find it online at many different sites and purchase it new, used – paper or electronic for less than $15.00).

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For those who want more evidence for Christianity than my simple encouragements provide, I offer apologist, Frank Turek’s website, https://crossexamined.org/ .

Today’s Bible verses come to us from “The Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling” By John G. Kruis.

( While Bible verses on various topics of Counseling can be found with a quick Google search, we encourage you to purchase this resource to support the late author’s work. (https://www.amazon.com/Quick-Scripture-Reference-Counseling-Kruis-ebook/dp/B00CIUJZT2?ref_=ast_author_dp )

This morning’s meditation verses come from the section on Contentment, Coveting & and Priorities.

Mark 4:1-20 (NIV2011)
1  Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge. 2  He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said: 3  “Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4  As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5  Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6  But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.
7  Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain.
8  Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.” 9  Then Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.” 10  When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables. 11  He told them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables
12  so that, “ ‘they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!’”
13  Then Jesus said to them, “Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? 14  The farmer sows the word. 15  Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. 16  Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. 17  But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.
18  Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word;
19  but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.
20  Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.”

Today’s verses fall under the eighth point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Contentment, Coveting, and Priorities.

8. Do not allow the deceitfulness of wealth to crowd out the Word.

Today’s verses tell the parable of the sowing of the seed and share the scary indication that the world and the deceitfulness of wealth can stop us from being the people God created us to be or could imply that it keeps us out of God’s kingdom all together.  So forsake the world and follow Jesus, false converts believed they are saved but are not, some of which are undoubtedly worshiping wealth instead of God and will one day discover a great disappointment when they see they failed to do what God had for them to do or are turned away as someone God never knew.  

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As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.

Today we continue sharing from “According to Your Word: Morning and Evening Through the New Testament” By Stephen F. Olford – A Collection of Devotional Journals: 1940-1941.

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage you all to purchase Olford’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available online for less than $10 at many sites.

EVENING READING: LUKE 10

“Many prophets and kings have desired to see what you
see, and have not seen it, and to hear what you hear, and
have not heard it.” – Luke 10:24

O Lord, I do bow in deep heart gratitude, when I consider Your grace which has made me a “seer” and a “hearer” of things, which prophets and kings have desired to look into but have failed.

I adore and worship You for the fact that You have in infinite love, revealed Your Father to me, and that now through the knowledge of God, I possess eternal life.

I do pray, Lord, that You would be pleased to continue to reveal the glories of the Father, as I read and meditate upon Your Word. For the sake of Your name and glory.

Amen.[1]

---------------------------more tomorrow------------------------

Join our “Victory over the Darkness”, “The Bondage Breaker”, "Freedom in Christ" series of Discipleship Classes via the mt4christ247 podcast!

at https://mt4christ247.podbean.com, You can also find it on Apple podcasts

(https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-mt4christ247s-podcast/id1551615154). The mt4christ247 podcast is also available on Google Podcasts, Amazon Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartradio, and Audible.com. 

These teachings are also available on the MT4Christ247 YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/@MT4Christ247

Email me at mt4christ247@gmail.com to receive the class materials, share your progress, and to be encouraged.

My wife, TammyLyn, also offers Christian encouragement via her Ask Seek Knock blog (https://tammylynask.blogspot.com/ ),  her Facebook Group: Ask, Seek, Knock (https://www.facebook.com/groups/529047851449098 ) and her podcast Ask, Seek, and Knock on Podbean (https://feed.podbean.com/tammalyn78/feed.xml)

“The views, opinions, and commentary of this publication are those of the author, M.T. Clark, only, and do not purport to reflect the opinions or views of any of the photographers, artists, ministries, or other authors of the other works that may be included in this publication, and do not necessarily reflect the views or positions of any entities the author may represent.”

Encouragement for the Path of Christian Discipleship

Saturday, January 13, 2024

Company and Comfort on the Path of Discipleship - Purity 1247


 Company and Comfort on the Path of Discipleship - Purity 1247

Purity 1247 01/13/2024 Purity 1247 Podcast

Purity 1247 on YouTube: 



Good morning,

Today’s photo of a red sunset falling into the clouds on the horizon of an unknown beach location comes to us from my phone’s photo archive where I saved an unknown FB friend’s summer view back on July 24, 2020. If this is yours, let us know so we can give photo credit to where photo credit is due and so we can know where you were. Your friends might want to follow in your footsteps and see this place for ourselves.  

Well, It’s Saturday, and while I doubt anyone would want to follow my footsteps into my Saturday work tour with a forecast of showers,  the reason I blog is with the hope that some will take my advice seriously and to not only put their faith in Jesus as Lord and Savior but to follow Him on the path of Christian Discipleship where you live by faith and walk in the Spirit while you live in the presence of God, continually.  

I have been blessed by the Lord with my freedom in Christ and so I try to share it with as many people as possible and recently I have been blessed with some faithful men and women along the path that I can encourage to step out into the life that God has for them.  

After being called to lead the Celebrate Freedom (recovery/discipleship) Growth Group at Starpoint Church. I was blessed to have Debbie Deyoe agree to be the Women’s discussion group leader and Scott Salvadore volunteer to lead the men’s group.  They both proved to be faithful to the ministry and were a great support to me in 2023 but as we entered into the new year, I got the idea that in order for them to grow further in their faith and in their leadership skills, I should step back and offer them the opportunity to run the meetings  and to be responsible for all aspects of the ministry.  I was thrilled when they both agreed to answer the call to leadership and this past week they co-lead the first meeting of new round of recovery lessons.   They did a great job and I am excited to watch how the next 25 weeks unfold as I will  support and oversee their ministry but just act in a supporting role as they literally make the ministry their own. 

Similarly, the Lord has put it on my heart to offer the Freedom in Christ course to a pair of participants from the group who seem ready to step further into their faith and prayerfully into their freedom in Christ.  They have agreed in principle to be accountable to do the course work and I look forward to seeing them progress and experience their freedom in Christ by going through the Steps to Freedom.  I led Brian Miller through the Steps last year and I am happy to report that he has experienced his freedom and advanced in the Lord’s calling on his life as he was nominated for and accepted the role of the Men’s Discussion group leader last week.  

Add to these blessings the fact that I have begun discipling another group of men all over the country with the online Freedom in Christ Course that I lead on Monday nights and I would have to say that it's an exciting time as I anticipate seeing the Holy Spirit move in their lives as well.  

So even though I find myself going to work this morning, on a Saturday, I am over joyed with what the Lord is doing in and around my life and by the fact that I will be going to see my wife at our countryside home when the work day is done.  

So let’s thank God for all He has done in our lives and let’s rejoice!

Hey if you're not seeing the Lord move in and around your life, let me encourage you to surrender to Jesus’ Lordship and follow His call on your life, and if you don’t know what that is – turn from your worldly pursuits, pray, and ask Him.   He will lead you, and if you follow, you will know just how good our heavenly Father is at giving you hope, meaning, peace, and purpose.

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For those who want more evidence for Christianity than my simple encouragements provide, I offer apologist, Frank Turek’s website, https://crossexamined.org/ .

Today’s Bible verses come to us from “The Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling” By John G. Kruis.

( While Bible verses on various topics of Counseling can be found with a quick Google search, we encourage you to purchase this resource to support the late author’s work. (https://www.amazon.com/Quick-Scripture-Reference-Counseling-Kruis-ebook/dp/B00CIUJZT2?ref_=ast_author_dp )

This morning’s meditation verses come from the section on Comfort.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4 (NASB)
3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
4  who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

Today’s verses fall under the 17th point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Comfort.

17. God is the source of all comfort.

 

Today’s verses assure us that God will comfort us in our afflictions and that the comfort we receive can be shared with others to help them in their afflictions.

Well, I was afflicted this morning with a crash of my laptop that wiped away all my heartfelt sentiments regarding these verses the first time around.  I stated how this ministry of encouragement was born out of God’s comforting and helping me.  I stated how I had come to a place in my life where I realized that the answers that I had for what I thought was the meaning of life (to satisfy every fleshly or selfish desire on demand) was all wrong and even though I was way out in left field and looking for answers and love in all the wrong places, God was merciful and graceful and revealed the truth of reality through a gospel radio message, that I had only sat down to listen to mock.  He showed me that life did have a meaning and that it could continue on through faith in Jesus.  It makes sense that the Creator of life itself would determine its meaning and be the One who decides that life can continue on into eternity through Jesus – duh.  

God comforted me through the hardest days of my life and has lead me to a place where I have freedom, victory, peace, love and joy.  So let me assure you – the only place to find purpose and meaning and love and peace that will satisfy is from God and He gives it all to us freely when we put our faith and trust in Jesus.  

SO seek His Comfort, Seek His Truth, Seek His love and Live in His presence. He comforts us in our afflictions and empowers us to experience a new life that we can use to comfort others and to point them to the One who comforted us.

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Today we continue sharing from “According to Your Word: Morning and Evening Through the New Testament” By Stephen F. Olford – A Collection of Devotional Journals: 1940-1941.

As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage you all to purchase Olford’s books for your own private study and to support his work.  This resource is available online for less than $10 at many sites.

EVENING READING: MATTHEW 6

“For where your treasure is, there your
heart will be also.” – Matthew 6:21

How necessary then to “lay up … treasures in heaven” (v. 20).

The apostle Paul expresses the same truth when he says, “Storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life” (1 Tim. 6:19).

It would seem from the last quoted Scripture and its context, that laying up treasure really means:

       “Trust in the living God” (1 Tim. 4:10)

       Readiness to give of your riches (1 Tim. 6:18)

But, as to heaven, laying up treasure means:

       A good foundation for the future (1 Tim. 6:19)

       A laying hold of eternal life (1 Tim. 6:19)

This is the real treasure – the center of heart affections.

 

May I set my affections on things above, Lord,
and not on things of the earth. Amen.[1]

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