HAND in HAND with GOD...WE CAN HELP END HUMAN TRAFFICKING + SLAVERY

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Woman at the Well

The woman at the well
Was a Samaritan.
She came to draw some water
After the others long had been.

She knew she wasn't welcome
All alone in her shame
Her life thus far was one big mess
But on this day that would change.

A man was sitting by the well
He looked to be a Jew
He asked her for a drink of water
And now she was confused.

Jews didn't like Samaritans
And men didn't talk to women
What did this man want from her?
So she asked the man this question:

How is it Sir, that you a Jew
Could ask me for a drink?
He replied, if you knew the gift of God
You would be asking me I think!

For I supply a living water
For anyone who asks
But Sir the well is very deep
How will you draw without a flask?

The water from this well
Will make you thirst again
But the water I will give you
Springs forth Gods eternal plan.

He spoke to her so gently
Like music to her ears.
Drink my "living water"
Leave behind you all your fears.

At first she didn't understand
For she had been used all her life
So she had to keep her guard up
To avoid possible strife.

The water from this well
Will never quench your thirst.
What you need is love my child
That's what I'll give you first.

Accept this gift I offer
Drink this cup and start anew
The woman nodded, Yes Sir
Then he told her what to do.

Go call upon your husband
And then come back to me.
She said I have no husband
He nodded, you've had five I see.

Her eyes got big, how did he know
A prophet he must be
She spoke of the Messiah's coming
"I who speak to you am He."

She got so excited
This really blew her mind
She ran to tell the others
Leaving her water jar behind.

Can you imagine meeting Jesus?
What would your reaction be?
Would you drink the living water?
That He offers you and me?

At first the woman didn't recognize
Who she was talking to.
Her focus was on other things
Blocking Jesus from her view.

We too must be careful
Its just the same for us today
when we take our eyes off Jesus
We are quickly led astray.

So lets capture the excitement
As did the woman at the well,
And leave all hindrances behind,
Grab Jesus' good news, go and tell.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Joy of the Lord is My Strength

"The Joy of the Lord is my strength" Nehemiah 8:10

This passage in scripture has always wondered me. What is this joy of the Lord and how is it my strength. I have been considering this for quite a while and after reading about joy and other scripture referring to joy, this is what I've come up with. The definition of joy found in the Miriam-Webster dictionary is: joy(noun)- the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires : delight b: the expression or exhibition of such emotion : gaiety2: a state of happiness or felicity : bliss3: a source or cause of delight. and joy(verb)- to experience great pleasure or delight : rejoice. Now lets look at the definition of strength: 1: the quality or state of being strong : capacity for exertion or endurance 2: power to resist force : solidity, toughness 3: power of resisting attack : impregnability 4 a: legal, logical, or moral force b: a strong attribute or inherent asset 5 a: degree of potency of effect or of concentration b: intensity of light, color, sound, or odor c: vigor of expression 6: force as measured in numbers : effective numbers of any body or organization 7: one regarded as embodying or affording force or firmness : support 8: maintenance of or a rising tendency in a price level : firmness of prices 9: basis —used in the phrase on the strength of .— from strength to strength : vigorously forward : from one high point to the next.

OK, now that we know the proper definition, how does this fit in with The joy of the Lord is my strength? First of all the joy of the Lord, I believe is His utter delight in who we are. His creation is His joy, He takes great pleasure in possessing US! that is the noun form, the thing His joy is. Now here comes the good part. Joy is also a verb, an action word. Because God is in such a state of joy, happiness and pleasure, He wants US to feel the joy too. So every time we move closer to Him, He shares more and more of His joy with us. When He is happy and satisfied, we are happy and satisfied.

How is His joy our strength? Well according to the definition, joy is an emotion evoked by the prospect of possessing what one desires. It is an expression of the emotion. A state of happiness and a source of delight. When we are walking closely with God and following His ways it gives Him great joy and He shares it with us. For us this joy translates to wanting more joy. It gives us the desire to keep going, to hang on, to endure and to persevere. We know how good it is here on earth to experience God's joy in us, and He has promised us eternal joy when we meet Him in Heaven. His joy is our prize, the great out pouring of His love to us. An experience we long for and thus it becomes our driving force, our strength.

Lord, I thank you that You take such pleasure in us. I thank You that we are fearfully and wonderfully made for Your joy. I thank you that You willingly share Your joy with us as we choose to follow You, giving us the strength to endure the trials set before us here on earth. Help us Lord to always seek to please you, to be Your joy. In Jesus' wonderful name. Amen

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Trust

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will make your path straight." Proverbs 3:5,6

Gods ways are not our ways. We don't always understand His purposes. But what we can be sure of is that He will work all things for the good of those who love and trust Him. His word says so. It may not seem like it at the time we're going through what ever trial we're facing, but when we trust God through it and follow his ways He makes the way for us through it! When we take things into our own hands and try to overcome in our own strength, we fall short, and rather than God's straight path, we make a very winding road that takes forever to follow. We get tired and feel like giving up. The key is trust! Who will we place our trust in? The only one who is worthy of all our trust is our sovereign mighty God. He's the only one that can make our path straight, help in time of trouble, shelter us from the enemy, lift us above our enemies, bring good out of evil, love us unconditionally, and is always with us! Thank You Jesus for giving us direct access to our Father God!

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Ambassadors

"So we are Christ's ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, 'Come back to God!'" (2 Corinthians 5:20, NLT)

WE ARE CHRIST"S AMBASSADORS! WOW! What an honor that Christ called US...you and me... and entrusted us with spreading His message of salvation and love! We are to speak FOR Him...What an Awesome gift this is! It is a great responsibility then, to listen for Gods call upon our lives. We are all given gifts in which to use to get His message out...May we use these gifts to glorify Him and build His kingdom! We all have our part in the body of Christ. May we each exercise our part and keep it working to its fullest potential. and when we see a part of the body growing weary, may we take the time to minister to it so it can continue to function in its true capacity! Let us be body builders...growing strong in the ways of The Lord!
Dear Lord ...I want to pray for my fellow body members...May we listen for Your call upon our lives and use the gifts You have given to us for the purposes they were intended. May we use the body to spread Your message to everyone we meet, and be willing to go in confidence where You lead. There is no useless member of the body, each part plays an important role and works together for good when it is focused on You. Help us to exercise this body, through learning You word, speaking Your truth, and showing Your love to others as we call them back to You! Build our strength Lord, as we love, worship ,and praise You. I ask in Your name sweet Jesus…Amen

Friday, April 10, 2009

Today is Good Friday, the day we reflect on the trial and crucifixtion of Jesus. He was as a sheep led to slaughter, He became the sacrificial Lamb in our place. Jesus endured the most horrific slander and abuse and never said a word against His abusers. He did this in full obedience and trust of His Father. I often wonder how he managed to survive. As I thought about this I realized, that though for all intents and purposes it looked as if God had left Jesus at this time, God had in fact not. His Father made the way for Jesus to be able to endure. He was right there with Jesus through it all. Maybe He protected Jesus' mind by filling His thoughts with the things to come. We'll never know for sure just how, but I believe He did. I believe this because Gods word says I will never leave you or forsake you. That's just one of many promises...but that's a big one! When we go through trials and suffering How do we make it through? When we put our trust in God, looking back, He always makes a way for it to be ok too. Just as Jesus eyes were fixed on the future hope and glory to come, so our eyes should be fixed there too. When Jesus finally committed His spirit into God's hands, the temple curtain was torn in two. The sacrifice had been made, death through sin had been crushed, and now there was open access to the Father through Jesus His Son. Thank You Jesus for what You have done! Worthy is the Lamb! Let us worship and praise Him with all our heart and take time each and every day to sit before Him at the foot of the cross.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

His Scars

I was touched by the fact that Jesus kept His scars even after He was ressurected in His glorified body...I think because they are a precious reminder of what we mean to Him and a way of concretely proving His Fathers love, power, and truth...so that we could see and follow...I think we are called to do the same, which to me is a beautiful revelation...By openly displaying and sharing our scars from the wounds God has healed, it will show others the way to truth and life in Him....There is one thing we can always count on in life and that is that our God brings good out of evil and that there is nothing too big or too bad for Him to conquer when we choose to put our trust in Him...Amen, Praise God!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Just a little poem/prayer to kick off the week...May God Bless You all...


Lord, help us leave the past behind
and focus on You today,
no worries of the future
just trusting day by day.
Everything we do.
Everything we say.
May it all be for Your glory
as heavenly treasures we lay.





"But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal." (Matthew 6:20)

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Be Still And Know That I Am God

Be still and know that I am God
Come sit in my presence and see.
Pour out your heart before Me
In the silence, there I'll be.
Let your mind come into focus
I'll clear all your troubles away
Release all the stress of your day
Into My hands as you pray.
In the calm of the moment I'll whisper
My life giving truth in your ear.
Replacing the lies that you fear
Healing as I hold you near.
I'm the God of past, present, and future
Every minute of time I am there
I am with you everywhere
I will show you how much I care.
Come to Me when you are weary
I will give you the rest that you need
Planting within you a seed
That will grow as you follow My lead.
Place your whole trust in Me
Put your life into My hands
I will help you to understand
As you live by My command.
In this life you will have many trials
Your faith will be put to the test
Keep your eyes on Me in life's quest
And you'll be eternally blessed.
I am your God and I love you
Call out to Me when you are down
I will lift you off of the ground
Replace your suffering with a crown.
So come child, Get to know Me
Sit with Me every day
Listen for what I say
As you come into My presence to pray.
You will surely not be disappointed
I'll reveal all that you need to know
Causing your faith to grow
Through you My love will flow.
Be still and know that I am God
As you sit in My presence you'll see
I will speak to you ever so gently
The words that will set you free.

Mary Dreisbach

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Take up Your Cross

What does it mean to take up the cross of Christ? This is how I see it. First picture the cross in your mind. Ok... do you see it? The verticle line of the cross represents our relationship with God, the horizontal line represents our relationship with others. The point where the cross intersects is the place of decision, wether we will take the cross and follow after Christ or go our own way. It is the point where our will meets Gods will, and there we have to choose. When we choose to conform to Gods will is when we actually pick up our cross and follow Him. This is not a once and done thing, this takes place daily, we are always being met with tough descisions that require this letting go of our own will or agandas and it can sometimes be very painful.

Thank You Jesus for showing us the way to be able to bear our cross and that You took the brunt of sins pain for us so that we would be able to come to the Father by following You. Help us to remeber exactly what You did for us on that cross so that we may willingly take up our own. I ask this in Your name Jesus...Amen

Pure Joy

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.(Hebrews 12:2)

What is this pure joy that enabled Jesus to withstand the pressure, humiliation, and excruciating death that he endured? It seems unthinkable to look at this picture and have the word joy in the same context. Let's look at this verse...Who is Jesus to us? Paul calls Him the author of our faith, an author is someone who creates stories and pictures in our minds, he brings a message, he writes it down to be read over and over. What was the message Jesus came to bring? His life was a message of hope, showing us the way to eternal life. He is the son of God who by example showed us The Fathers love, He yielded his will to His Fathers by going to the cross. He showed us how to live. Next it says He is the perfecter of our faith. It is through Jesus that we have faith. Hebrews 11:1 says - "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." Jesus had the greatest faith in His father, trusting His every command. He showed us how to have faith by putting our hope in the Fathers promise of eternal life. God came through for Jesus and He will come through for us. Now the next part is the toughest to understand, "who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning it's shame." Death on the cross was the most humiliating way to die back in that day, it was painful and shameful, and it was a slow death. What was this joy set before Jesus? Jesus knew that He was to be the sacrifice for our sin in the place of us. He knew that by dieing We would have the chance to live. He trusted His father's word when He said he would rise from death and be glorified with Him again in Heaven. This is Gods love. This is where Jesus drew His strength to endure...His love for His father and for us. He counted it joy to be the sacrifice for you and for me. WOW...so when we go through life's trials let us fix our eyes on Jesus, and remember for whom we live and serve. This is the joy of the Lord. The joy of knowing that one day we too will be seated at the wedding feast and celebrating with God for eternity! Thank You Jesus!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Taking Position

In response to an anonymous comment I just wanted to share this...I think the way you are feeling is shared by alot of Christians. You want to live for Christ, and yet when that feeling of uncomfortability creeps in, being an outcast and unaccepted by our peers sometimes put the light out in us. But don't lose heart...Jesus understands, Even Peter, the apostle, who was Jesus' right hand man, who firmly believed in Jesus, who swore that he would never deny Jesus, did just that 3 TIMES! I think when the fear of man out weighs the fear of God, is when we run into trouble. Luke 9:26 Jesus tells us- "If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels." and in Matthew 10:32 Jesus says- "Every one therefore who shall confess me before men, him will I also confess before my Father who is in heaven." Taking position for Christ is hard but the rewards far outweigh the negative. God promises us eternal life with Him, God sent Jesus so that we might live life more abundantly! John 10:10 says this- "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." So when we stand for Christ I fully believe God's word, that God himself will give the provision and strength for us to stand and will bless us here on earth and even more so in heaven when we do. Romans 8:31- "What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?"


Also, it can be frustrating when we are bursting with joy for the Lord and we are shut down by those who don't yet believe. Sometimes we may have to remain silent, and instead show Christ's love in action rather than words. Our actions and reactions to situations done out of our love for the Lord can sometimes be even more powerful than words themselves. Then in His timing, God will open the door for us to speak His truth. The key to all of this is to be sure who we are living for!


Lord, I pray right now for all who follow You..that when the times come that we need to take postition for You, that we may stand firm in Your word, that in our everyday interactions with people, Your light will shine through us, that we may be an example of Your love here on earth. Thank you for being a compassionate, understanding and forgiving God. May we Live our lives for You and may we live them to their fullest! I ask this in Your name Jesus,...Amen