Dear Boston and Others,

Many have already written about this horrible tragedy, I want to express my sadness and extend a hand of love and care to you.

Jesus-seesTo all that have been affected by the bombings in Boston today, Monday, April 15, 2013, my thoughts and prayers go out to you.

I  am one meager person, but if every ‘single’ person were to show their support to you…Wow!

1 Corinthians 12:26 (TLB) 26 If one part suffers, all parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.

America, we have stood together before, I know many of you are still standing together supporting fellow Americans, let us continue to do so.

I said “to all that have been affected,” I would  like to ask, “Who was not affected by this?” If it didn’t shake you to some degree, well, I am sorry. This is a pain that reaches deep within ones soul, through the soul of our nation. Lord help us not to become calus hearted.

Psalms 95:7-8 (NLT) 7 For he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care. If only you would listen to his voice today! 8 The Lord says, “Don’t harden your hearts…..”

Once again to Boston, runners, spectators, officials, families, friends, the injured and hurting ones all around, my heart goes out to you with many prayers being said tonight and in the days to come.

Isaiah 40:1 (TLB) 1 “Comfort, yes, comfort my people,” says your God.

 

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IN COMPARISON OR BY DESIGN

 

What is our desire?

How am I going to carry that thing home and burry it so Charlie in the next yard won’t try to get to it? How? He doesn’t deserve any of it. He barks at me all the time. It will be mine!

Galatians 6:4 (AMP) But let every person carefully scrutinize and examine and test his own conduct and his own work. He can then have the personal satisfaction and joy of doing something commendable [in itself alone] without [resorting to] boastful comparison with his neighbor. Galatians 6:4 (NLTPay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.

Galatians 6:4 (TLBLet everyone be sure that he is doing his very best, for then he will have the personal satisfaction of work well done and won’t need to compare himself with someone else.

Galatians 6:4 (KJV)  But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.

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GETTING THE IDEA! STOP COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHERS. IT IS LIKE COMPARING APPLE TO ORANGES; COCONUTS TO KIWIS; THE DOG TO THE CAT; THE RABBIT TO THE TURTLE; THE HIPPO TO THE GIRAFFE; THE PEACOCK TO THE OSTRICH; THE GRIZZLY TO THE KOALA; FROM THE TWO ROOM SIZE COMPUTER TO THE ONE THAT SITS IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND; HER TO SHE; HIM TO HE….AND IT GOES ON. THERE ARE NO COMPARISONS.ARE YOU DOING WHAT YOU KNOW THE LORD IS DESIRING FOR YOU. OKAY! MAKE SURE NOW? THEN BE HAPPY AND CONTENT WITH WHO AND WHAT YOU ARE IN JESUS.

THE LORD HAS SPECIFIC ‘JOBS,’ GIFTS FOR EACH ONE OF US. WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT AND WE CAN NOT ALL DO THE SAME THING. SOME MAY HAVE THE SAME OFFICE IN DIFFERENT PLACES, BUT THEY OPERATE IN A DESIGN THAT IS RIGHT FOR WHERE THEY ARE PLACED.

DO NOT DESIRE ANOTHER’S PLACE. GOD PUTS US WHERE HE KNOWS WE WILL BE MOST EFFECTIVE. IF HE PLACES YOU TALKING TO YOUR NEIGHBOR ACROSS THE FENCE, PRAISE THE LORD, THERE IS YOUR MINISTRY AN PLACE FOR NOW AS GOD SEES FIT. AT WORK YO MAY NOT BE ABLE TO SHARE THE GOSPEL BUT OUTSIDE IN THE COURTYARD AT LUNCH. BUT THIS CRAZY GUY THAT CONTINUES TO COME TO YOUR TABLE ISN’T THE ONE YOU WOULD LIKE TO TALK TO ABOUT JESUS. OH YA, YA WANNA BET. THAT IS WHO GOD MATCHED YOU WITH. MINISTER WHERE THE LORD HAS PUT YOU. DON’T WANT SOMEONE ELSES POSITION, YOU MAY GET IT AND IT WILL BE MORE THAN YOU BARGIN FOR.

 

The body of Christ

The body of Christ is made up of many, not just a few, but many working together.

1 Corinthians 12:12-27 (ESV) 12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body— Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit. 14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, yet one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. 27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 1 Corinthians 12:1 (NKJV) 1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant:

just like everyone else

I want to be like them. I hope no one notices I’m really not like them.

THE LORD WANTS US TO UNDERSTAND WHERE WE ARE IS WHERE HE HAS PLACED US. WE DO NOT HAVE TO GO LOOKING FOR A POSITION, HE WILL PUT US THERE, WE JUST NEED TO SEEK HIM AND HIS WILL WITH OUR WHOLE HEART AND GOD WILL PUT US WHERE HE SEES AS THE BEST POSSIBLE PLACE EVER.1 Corinthians 12:11 (NKJV) 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.

WHERE WE ARE PLACED IS BY GODS HOLY DESIGN. WHEN GOD DESIGNS SOMETHING DON’T MESS WITH IT, THAT WILL SPELL TROUBLE FOR US.

DON’T TRY TO WANT OR COVET WHAT YOU WERE NOT GIVEN. 

YOU ARE YOU. YOU ARE WHO GOD CREATED YOU TO BE. ENJOY AND REJOICE IN THE PLACE THE LORD HAS DESIGNED AND PLACED YOU TO MINISTER. STOP COMPARING YOURSELF WITH THE PERSON IN THE NEXT PEW OR THE CHURCH ACROSS TOWN. COMPARISON OF THIS NATURE WILL ONLY DEFEAT YOU AND THE BODY OF CHRIST, LOCALLY AND WORLDWIDE.

Perfect day. Contented.

Perfect day. Contented.

We are Christs. He did not design us to be robots nor did He design us to all do the same thing, no one would get anything done for the Lord.One last word I’d like to leave with you as I close. This is the key to stop with the comparing of one another and wanting something we can’t have.

Hebrews 13:5-6 (KJV) 5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.

I am going to reword this verse in my own words.

“Allow your manner of life, your behavior and way of living and doing things be without wanting more than you have or what others have (what you cannot have), and be content and fully satisfied with what you do have. WHY? I the Lord, I am with you and I will be there for you when you need Me in any given situation. I will help you and lead you. One thing I ask, trust Me.”

Lord bless you.  I love spending time with you and I trust to meet with you again soon.

What will I allow Jesus to do in my life? Part 2

*This is a repost from March 4, 2011.

The other day I told you of a mouse that was caught by a crow.

I ask, “Will I allow Jesus to do whatever He desires to do in my life?”

 

Away from here. by Candy Clonts

Will I allow Jesus to put me in a situation that seem hopeless so that He may be glorified and honored through the suffering He allows in my life?

1 Peter 5:6-11 (NLT) So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and in his good time he will honor you. [7] Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about what happens to you.  [8] Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil, your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for some victim to devour. [9] Take a firm stand against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.   [10] In his kindness (grace) God called you to his eternal glory by means of Jesus Christ. After you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. [11] All power is his forever and ever. Amen.

1 John 3:13 (NLT) So don’t be surprised, dear brothers and sisters, if the world hates you.

1 John 3:16 (NLT)We know what real love is because Christ gave up his life for us. And so we also ought to give up our lives for our Christian brothers and sisters.

1 John 3:18-19 (NLT) Dear children, let us stop just saying we love each other; let us really show it by our actions. [19] It is by our actions that we know we are living in the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before the Lord,

1 John 4:11 (NLT) Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other.

So do you see through these verses how we need our brothers and sisters in the Lord. There is protection there. We need to be aware of our surrounds…places that we put ourselves in. We need to not think that we are self-sufficient and go off across the street and see what is offered there as this little mouse may have been doing.

When we see or know that a brother or sister in Christ is struggling, we need to come along-side and see what the Lord would have us to do. He may have us share scripture or pray with them. He may have us to help in numerous ways…with food, finances….be patient, exhort, rebuke (2 Tim. 4:2), encourage (edify – 1 Thes. 5:11; 1 Tim. 1:4; Eph. 2:29; Rom. 14:19…for just a few), or to restore (to complete thoroughly ie to repair or adjust, to mend – Galatians 6:1-2  (KJV) Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. [2] Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. Galatians 6:9-10   And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. [10] As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.)

*{There are times that we need to let one that has removed themselves from the flock, because of sin, to let them go. We let them go so that they may see their err and return unto the Lord. Then we restore that one back in to the flock. Sin spreads (leaven). You can read of an instance of this in 1 Cor. 5. and the restoration in 2 Cor. 7:8-11).}

We need one another. Don’t feel like you have to go along in you r walk and journey with Christ alone. You do not. That is why Jesus died on the cross for you so that He may help and have fellowship with you and I. Also God gave us one another. Yes we need to all on each other and we also need to be willing to stick our necks out with and for each other. 

Be willing to give of yourself.

Come with us, we’re her to help you. by Candy Clonts

Galatians 5:13-14
    For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. [14] For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

1 John 3:16-19 
    Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. [17] But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? [18] My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. [19] And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.

I love you, God bless you and may you find the grace of God for yourself to reveal to another so that you both may see and have His hope for the day.