“Light Your Lamp”

Are you keeping your lamp lit?

light in the darkness
Do not let your light go out

In Luke 12:35 (CEV)Be ready and keep your lamps burning just like those servants who wait up for their master to return from a wedding feast. As soon as He comes and knocks, they open the door for Him. Servants are fortunate if their master finds them awake and ready when He comes! I promise you He will get ready and let His servants sit down so He can serve them. Those servants are really fortunate if their master finds them ready, even though He comes late at night or early in the morning. You surely would not let a thief break into your home, if you knew when the thief is coming. So always be ready! You don’t know when the Son of Man will come. This commentary was powerful to me by MacLaren’s Expositions. I will share some of what I found in here marked ME, the rest is MM or me. When our Lord and King comes back there are 3 things that we surely need:1. Gird our loins, 2. light our lamps and keep them burning, and 3. Have waiting hearts. (ME)

As they indicated in this expose these things should stir us like a sounding trumpet for all. (ME) In those days a warrior would prepare for battle by wrapping their loins heavily to maintain a safe covering for those in fighting in battle. (ME) In general being ready for service for our King. Another way is to pray fervently for all that comes next for everyone as we receive our King. We need not be distracted, or worship other idols, or detached from what is expected of us. Stay focused. 2. We need to keep our lamps lit. He is talking about His word, His laws, His precepts, rules and guidelines handed down from the Father to teach us, direct us and guide us. God’s word should be what we gird our minds with to concentrate the power of God in each person serving Him. Psalms 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation.” Psalms 119:105 says, “Your word is a light unto my path and a lamp unto my feet.” Stay filled with His word.

3. The waiting heart. If we do not concentrate on who or what we are waiting for then we lose sight of what we are doing, we also lay aside our will to please Him. God’s word says good things come to those who wait, He also wants us to keep pure hearts. He desires that the conditions of our hearts remain right and clean, ready for His work. Scriptures say whatever we treasure, there our heart is. He wants us to have thankful hearts. Broken, forgiving hearts, pliable for His good purposes. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. The condition of our hearts is critical in our walk with the Lord. Some people are too wrapped up in the past, trying to live it over to make it better, trying to rectify something that is no longer important. This will create a smokescreen or a sandstorm for us not to be able to see who we really are or what we really want and desperately need in order to walk right for Him.

The past is gone, it is over -you do not need to relive it anymore. You have more important things to do for Him right now. Focus on the main things that we need to acquire in order to walk right and serve Him correctly.

If you have never asked the Jesus to be Lord of your life, it’s not too late, ask Him right now. He died taking on all the sins of the world, rose again, so that we may have eternal life, an abundant life, a free life. Light those lamps and keep them fueled with the word of God.

Love

We are coming upon a popular holiday, Valentine’s Day and the topic of love is heard everywhere!

What does God say about love? He writes more about love than many other things, but my favorite verse is 1 Corinthians:13:4-8: “Love is patient and kind, never jealous, boastful, proud, or rude. Love isn’t selfish or quick-tempered. It doesn’t keep record of wrongs that others do. Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil. Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting. Love never fails!”

When we meditate on what this verse says, it seems to me; the world would be a better place if we all grabbed onto this truth about what love really is.

C.S. Lewis has many quotes about love, one quote states: “Love is not affectionate feeling, but a steady wish for the loved person’s ultimate good as far as it can be obtained.” This is exactly how God feels about us. People who have been hurt a lot struggle with this concept of a God who loves without expecting anything in return, without conditions. Why does He do this? God is love, it is Who He is. Another quote by C.S. Lewis: “God loves us NOT because we’re lovable, because He is love. Not because He needs to receive, because He delights to give.”

When we truly love someone, we do love without condition and because we delight to give to those who we truly love. With true love, as C.S Lewis stated. “To love at all is to be truly vulnerable.” There will always be a sacrifice. Jesus gave His life for the sake of all of us. He became the sin, sickness and shame, so that those who believe in Him have a chance to start again, ask God to forgive you today and surrender all pain, sickness and suffering at His feet, accept Him into your life as Lord. He died for you, He rose from the grave, so you may have eternal life! You will receive the greatest dose of love that you have ever experienced in your life.

Motives of Heart

“Keep looking straight ahead, without turning aside. Know where you are headed, and you will stay on solid ground. Don’t make a mistake by turning to the right or the left.” Proverbs 4:25-27

As we embark on a New Year, a new season of life- let’s forever be seeking Christ, keeping our eyes fixed on Him and His will and promises for our lives. There are those who will not have the opportunity to wake up to a new day. Each new day is a divine gift, make no mistake- that if we are still here on this earth, God has something more for us to do. Our goal is to fix our eyes on Him, so we do not miss the path that leads to life. (Proverbs 5:1-6) This scripture refers to being deceived by immorality. Throughout the Bible there are so many directives that clearly tells us what to do and clearly, what not to do.

There are however, many distractions out there, like this one in Proverbs 5:1-6, (read it) that will woo us off the path that God wants us to travel down. These words I am writing as a guidance not legalism. Legalism exists when people attempt to secure righteousness in God’s sight by good works. We are not able to earn or merit God’s approval. We already have His approval because of what Christ Has done for us!

God has given us all free will to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior, so that much Glory goes to Him, and so to save our lives from paths of destruction. Things in this world come along to pull our direction to the right or to the left. I have learned that our hearts are important to guard. ( Proverbs 4:23) As we work for the Lord, we need to always do what we do for our Lord, not for churches, not for man, but purely for the Lord. There will be times that God will tell you to do a specific thing for the Church that you are attending. His word tells us to freely serve others in the house of God. It’s very important to ask God first and God will send someone from the church ministry to ask you to do just what the Lord has asked you to do, it’s called a confirmation. Learn to keep your heart guarded so that we do not stray away from what God really wants you to do. Over the years, I have watched so many young ones crash and burn, due to burn out. They are asked to do things and think that they have to always say yes. Boundaries teaches us that we need to always ask God first, then receive confirmation that we are, in fact in His will on the matter. We are able to do whatever God wants us to do when He has ordained for you to do it, He sends His help on the issue. Boundaries also tells us to set a safe space around who we are and not be swayed by man. Young ones have come to me for counsel and I always ask them, “What is your motive?” “Why are you doing this?”

Did God ask you to do it? Often, they are not able to answer the question. If God told you to do this, He will help you if that is the case. If your motive for doing it, is to receive popularity, kudos for a position, or any of your own selfish desires. It’s possible you may be a candidate that will crash and burn. God wants us to have willing hearts to do His will, not man’s will, so we always need to evaluate the motives of our hearts. What if we are tied up with a man-made busy job, while God is calling you to be in a completely different place doing something different? Only God has our whole plan before Him. That is why our heart’s focus needs to be on Him and to hear His voice. I had to learn this the hard way. When we love- we love because God tells us to, though it is not always easy. When we forgive, we do it because God tells us to, again we choose to forgive, pray for those who have hurt us. We as a church find ourselves working hard, butting heads, building offenses while doing things that God has not even told us to do. There may be moments where we as a body fill in gaps, but we need to guard our hearts and remain in prayer, until God releases the person who is supposed to do the job. James 4:3 ” You ask and do not receive because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your own pleasures.” Our heart motives are best to be, please find me in obedience to your will and your ways and “Your ways are passed our finding out” (Roman’s 11:33). The only things that we can know for sure are those things that He has seen fit to reveal to us. (Deut.9:29) True faith takes God at His word, believing that He will work all things out according to His perfect wisdom, justice and loving kindness. (Lordletmegrow)

To help us stay on track we need to stand guard over the motives of our hearts to ensure that we are not deceived to go astray. If you have never asked Jesus to be Lord of your life, no better time but the present.

Pray with me, Lord I am a sinner and I pray that you will forgive me of my wrong doings, come into my heart, be my Lord and help me through my life, send me Your Holy Spirit to comfort and guide me and I am so thankful for your love because I believe that Jesus died for me, rose from the grave, so I may have eternal life!

motives of heart

Light Shines

Quote from Martin Luther King: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that. Light comes from creation and love, not destruction and hate.”

light in the darkness
Give Light

At Christmas we celebrate God’s greatest gift of love to the world. He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ into the world to be born in flesh, God incarnate as a man. A Savior is born to bring light, love and salvation to this world. We, as mere mortals are not capable of creating that light in and of ourselves, this had been proven throughout history. So, God saw that we needed a Savior to change the dark areas in all of our lives. Jesus gives us the power, strength and stability to show light to others and His sacrifice for us all gave us the chance to start again, by accepting Jesus as Savior -we may have eternal life. Not just that -but that we may bring the light and truth of Christ to others so they may have another chance to shine the Light of Jesus to the world.

Isaiah 9:6,7 “A child has been born for us. We have been given a Son who will be our ruler. His names will be Wonderful Advisor and Mighty God, Eternal Father and Prince of Peace. His power will never end; peace will last forever. He will rule David’s kingdom and make it grow strong. he will always rule with honesty and justice. The Lord All-powerful will make certain that all of this is done.” These words were prophesied 700 years before our Savior was born.

I am so thankful that He showed me the path to truth, life, and light.

Cry out to Him this Christmas season, give Him all your burdens, surrender all the things that you have done wrong, let Him give you a second chance to His light, and eternal life by accepting Jesus as your Lord and Savior, that gift, is the greatest gift of all.

Merry Christmas and many blessings to all of you!

Happy Thanksgiving!

We have so much to be thankful for, don’t we?

“Oh that I could bottle fall

And make the magic last

Too rapidly the colors fade

The leaves depart so fast

But then, the winter snows will come

And afterward, the green

And so I’ll treasure every step

And each breath in- between.”

By Laura Jaworski

To all my friends and family cherish each breath and every step! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving remember all those benefits that the Lord has done for you. We are blessed!!

Love, Margaret Marie