Here is a beautiful message I received from my friend, Teresa A Montgomery in response to the devotion, Healing For The Broken hearted. She speaks into a translator to type, thus there are few capitals or periods. Please hear her heart on today’s subject:
“No matter what you’ve gone through in your life… there is nothing impossible for our wonderful Heavenly Father. There is no damage so bad there is no pain so deep there is no hurt but he cannot tenderly and gently take away. You are so valuable to him you are a treasure. Much much more awesome than the Hope Diamond much greater than anything you can imagine that’s how he sees you if there had been no one else on this Earth but you he would have hung on that cross and suffered the beating that he suffered just for you. His grace and his Mercy endures forever and all the weeping may endure for the night joy cometh in the morning all because he is so wonderful and he loves you so much God bless you each and every one”
By Bishop Harry Wood
Have you ever at the end of the day said, whew, where did this day go? Furthermore, you think; what did I get accomplished? Well, thinking on this for a moment, let us look at it in a positive way. Sometimes this thought, indicates displeasure in how we measure our labor, daily tasks, and appointments.
Let me encourage us to plan our days, and prioritize what’s most important. Here are some things to think about: We all have responsibilities that are important, but sometimes a period of rest is appropriate too. Balance, with all the activities, and responsibilities is a must.
Think on James 4:14, which reads, “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.”
Yes, life is short! Each day truly is a gift of God to us, so let us do as the Apostle Paul instructs, “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” (Ephesians 5:16). Paul says: “redeeming,” which means to rescue from loss.
As believers, we should live our lives wisely, investing our time in what matters most. Our daily communion fellowship with God has to be our first priority, just as water or food is to our natural man.
As we redeem the time of each day, let the statement we propose help us to stay focused so we may be about Kingdom work! This means we are sensitive to the Spirit; and that all we do, we do for His glory, and to bless others. Surely, our lives are for a purpose; we are not running a rat race with negative venting.
Redeem your day, each day; seek Him first; and seek His guidance with your plans. He will assist us!
Written by Bishop Harry L. Wood: February 19th 2017, in His weekly church newsletter, From the Pastor[Top]
By Diane Virginia
Criticism. Each of us has endured it. Perhaps we’ve even countered it with a tongue lashing of our own and then regretted the words as we’ve seen them fuel the flame for the offender.
What is the biblical answer to responding to our critics? Let’s look at Romans 12:19-20. Paul writes, “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore, if thine enemy hunger, feed him; for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, rather overcome evil with good.”So, what do we learn from this verse?
First, notice how Paul addresses you. You are “dearly beloved.” That address alone should comfort us. It is reassuring to me, and I am sure to you also, that we are Christ’s beloved.
Second, wait on God’s timing. If a correction needs to be made in a person’s life, God will do it. He is patient, and His loving kindness works salvation of spirit, soul, and body in an individual, including the one criticizing you. Since only God knows the heart motive, He alone can bring correction, and He alone can bring judgment.
Third, perform acts of kindness no matter how small. The reference to “coals of fire” is a hidden gem. In biblical times, fire was ignited by coals and carried in a container on the head. One of the kindest acts a person could do was to rekindle a person’s lost flame. Kindle your enemy’s lost flame.
Jesus demonstrates for us the best example of being kind during extreme duress. Even so, He countered criticism by offering the gift of salvation.
Let’s examine the Scriptures:
“And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, Save thyself, and come down from the cross. Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, he saved others; himself he cannot save. Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him… And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom. And when the centurion which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.” Mark 15:29-32, 37-39
The passersby, the religious leaders, and the thieves criticized Jesus as He hung on the cross. Did He hate them and free Himself, as He was able to do? No. Jesus stayed on the cross, completed His mission, and loved the critics. By this act of compassion, the gift of salvation was brought to fruition. Because Jesus died, paid the penalty of sin, and rose again, salvation is available to all who trust Him and confess Jesus as Lord and Savior.
While His critics railed, He extended mercy to one of the two thieves who died alongside Him as the thief asked for forgiveness. One of the soldiers who guarded the cross came to salvation by witnessing Jesus’ act of compassion. This guard noted that Jesus spoke with a loud voice, which was possible only with supernatural strength, for in Christ’s crucified state, the lungs would not be able to push air across the vocal cords with enough strength to shout loudly. Jesus did the impossible, and spoke loudly from the cross as He gave His Spirit into the hands of His Father. The soldier saw the veil of the Temple, that was torn from top to bottom, as the Son of Man submitted to His Father’s will. Thus, Jesus became for us the Living Temple we now come to.
Nothing stopped Jesus from completing His mission. Remember that, so that nothing your critics do can stop you from completing your God-given mission. You are loved by Jesus. You are His beloved. Let that be enough. In gratitude, give love to others at all times, even to your critics.[Top]
By Diane Virginia
Let’s remember the Scriptures that remind us that Jesus is worthy.
When we tuck these treasures in our heart, we become the worshipers the Lord desires us to be. Allow the Spirit of God to be your reality.
“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Revelation 4:11
“And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests, and we shall reign on the earth.” Revelation 5:9-10[Top]
By Diane Virginia
Jesus wept, moved by Mary of Bethany’s grief. Then, He brought her through to victory. In like manner, He cares for you. He is moved by your grief, and He will come alongside you. Lean on Him, grasp His nail-scarred hand, and allow the LORD of Glory to walk with you as your Shepherd and Friend. He is the only One who truly understands.
“Jesus wept.” John 11:35
“He hath made everything beautiful in his time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11a
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1[Top]
By Diane Virginia
In your toughest times, press toward Jesus rather than turning away from Him.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me [Jesus].” John 14:1a NIV[Top]