There Is One True God

“Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god.”‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭44:6‬ ‭ESV‬‬
These were God’s words spoken many years ago. These words of God are as True, Powerful, Effective today as they were when the Prophet Isaiah was led by the Spirit of God to record them.

Regardless of what any man on this earth does or says, whether he is a King, President, Prime Minister, Dictator, or any so called leader, God is still God.
God is our Creator, the Creator of this universe, as well as every other universe. It is God who gives us each breath we breathe, and it is God who makes our heart beat.

As well as being our Creator, God is our Sustainer. He provides the sun and the rain. He originally provided the plants from which seeds are continually gotten so crops can be grown and harvested each year.

When we all messed our lives up with sin, God our Heavenly Father, provided the sacrifice for our sin, by giving His Only Begotten Son, Jesus the Christ, to come to earth from the Glories of Heaven, to die on a cross, in payment for my sin, your sin, everyone’s sin, if we will only admit we are sinners, repent and ask forgiveness.
Not only did Jesus the Christ die on that cross, after three days He was resurrected by the Spirit of God, and seen by many for forty days before returning to His Heavenly Home, to sit at His Father’s right hand.

No matter what man, nor woman, may say, and no matter what someone may serve as a god, there is ONE TRUE GOD. 
The God I, and many others serve, as well as being the Creator of all good things, is our Saviour because of the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus, the Christ.
The Bible, the Holy Word of God, tells us that Jesus is our Redeemer also. He is our Sanctifier, guiding, directing, strengthening us to become more like Jesus, and Glorify God.

Jesus is our Baptizer into the family of God, and by His Spirit, to grow closer to Jesus, and have Victory in this life.

Jesus is also our Healer, touching people in various ways to restore health, emotions, challenges of many kinds. Beyond our understanding, not everyone gets healed on this earth of all things, but we know that after this life on earth ends, all who have surrendered to Jesus, will have a perfect body when He takes us to our Heavenly Home the Bible promises.

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Walking In The Fear Of The Lord

Proverbs 23:17Let not your heart envy sinners,

but continue in the fear of the Lord all the day.
When we see people who are not Christ Followers, apparently getting ahead in their world, with things, “toys”,
big houses and vehicles, taking exotic trips to various places in the world, the enemy of our soul will often attempt to play games in our mind.

He will say things like, “If you didn’t give so much money to help others, and to your church, you could do that too.” OR

“You deserve to do, or to have, these extra things in life.”

OR “if you extend the truth of your expense account a bit, it is not wrong or bad, everyone does it, it is expected.”

or there are a variety of ways he attempts to coerce us to follow his ways.

When we serve God, living our lives to worship Him, honour Him, according to His Word, we will have true LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, UNDERSTANDING, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, SELF-CONTROL.
As well, we have the secure knowledge of spending Eternity with our CREATOR, REDEEMER, SAVIOUR, LORD, HEALER, JESUS CHRIST. HALLELUJAH!!!!

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Comforting Others

Job 2:11Now when Job’s three friends heard of all this evil that had come upon him, they came each from his own place, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. They made an appointment together to come to show him sympathy and comfort him.

Job 2:13
And they sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great.
It is really a duty of friends to go to a grieving / hurting friend to comfort, sympathize with them. It does not always mean saying something. Silence is ok at times, the presence of friends is a good comfort in itself.
At times there are no appropriate words that can be said.

Sometimes we make comments because we dislike, or get nervous, in silence. Our presence can mean more than any words spoken on our own. 
Waiting on God to give the appropriate words is a blessing in itself.

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God Provides — I Need To Acknowledge

Psalms 78:32In spite of all this, they still sinned;

despite his wonders, they did not believe.
God did so much for the Israelites, yet they still sinned and turned from Him. He provided water, food (manna–bread of angels), then when they complained about wanting meat, God provided quail to eat.

I certainly cannot criticize them, how often in life when all was well, and I had what I thought was needed, did I start to go my way, taking everything for granted. 

Forgive me Father, guide me by Your Spirit to see and acknowledge all you do, and that I have nothing, am nothing, without You.

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God’s Plan – God’s Time

Jeremiah 29:-11-14
11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. 

12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. 

13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. 

14 I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.
Have you ever come across a Bible verse, or a short passage, and say to yourself, “Hey, I like that, I am going to claim that verse, remind God of what His Word says, and get on with the good life.” Most of us have probably done that at some time, I admit to being guilty. 
How about the above passage? I have heard parts of it quoted often, and declared over lives. 
Truthfully, God does know the plans He has for us, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. 
God will hear our prayers.

When we seek God with “all our heart” we will find Him.

God will restore fortunes, and gather His people together again.

All verses are good and true.
But: how about reading the preceding verse, Jer. 29:10
Jeremiah 29:10
10 “For thus says the Lord: When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place.

And, was verse 14 noticed?
14 I will be found by you, declares the Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.
It was God who sent His people into exile for the 70 years.
God definitely has His plans for our lives, but He also has a timetable, and again, we probably all have recognized at times that God’s timing is not the same as ours. God even told the people that He would fulfill His promise in seventy years. Normally we don’t know how long we have to wait, but the wait is worth it, if we do as God tells us.
Jeremiah 29:4-6
4 “Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 

5 Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. 

6 Take wives and have sons and daughters; take wives for your sons, and give your daughters in marriage, that they may bear sons and daughters; multiply there, and do not decrease.
God told His people to continue on with their lives, get married, have families, work and live.

Jeremiah 29:7
But seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.
Then what may be the most important part of God’s instructions came in verse 7 above.
The people are to seek the welfare of the city where God placed them, praying for the welfare and good of Babylon. As Babylon improved because of God’s people living there and praying, the welfare of God’s people would also improve.
What is our Babylon? What is your Babylon? Are you stuck in a hard place right now?
However it appears, God has His plan for you, and for me.

We are to do the best we can, to make the area better that we are in, regardless of the circumstances, and we are to pray in and for the situation. If there is a difficult time in the workplace, with management or co-workers, do the best job possible, praying for the situation and the people involved. 
The same in school or family situations. If troubles arise, pray for the situation, and for the relationships to improve.

In all these situations, trust in God to see you through, He will, just rely on His timetable, not ours, and doing as He instructs.

God’s Blessings.

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My Proclamation Of Faith

A repost from July 1, 2014, affirming my belief and calling are unchanged, and God is the same, never changing.

My Proclamation Of Faith
Psalm 73:28 ESV

“But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works.”

This is a proclamation that it is good for me to be near Almighty God, even better than that, it is an undeserved blessing to be a member of the family of God. With nothing within me of any merit or goodness, Jesus Christ, the Son of God willingly gave His life on a cross to pay my debt for sin. Then God the Holy Spirit called me, and when I ran away He called me again until I responded favourably and confessed my sins, repented, accepted Jesus Christ into my life and allowed the Spirit of God to direct and guide me.
I too have made the Lord God my refuge. He shelters me in storms of life. When I go through other storms, He is with me and carries me through. When hurts come, and other things I did not understand, God gives me His Peace and Comfort to get through them.
These Blessings, Gifts, Strengths, Comforts, Shelters, Callings are not for me alone, each is available for every person who lives.
These Blessings have been given so I can tell others of the Love and free Gift of Salvation that our Heavenly Father has provided and is offering to all.
If you have not done this yet, please consider it now, it is the most important decision we ever make. Jesus Christ is waiting to forgive all sins, and never mention them again, all you have to do is ask, and He will forgive you and His Spirit will enter your life to guide you.
JESUS CHRIST IS LORD 

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An Open Letter to Preachers

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God’s Blessings!!

The Recovering Legalist

In honor of my late father, Terry L. Baker, the most influential preacher in my life, I dedicate this post on the 26th anniversary of his home-going.

My dad always told me, “Never go to the pulpit unless you’re mad, sad, or glad.” So, in that spirit, I would encourage you men to consider the Story you’re telling and the Message you’re sharing…if anything, it should stir you with some sort of emotion. Then, as your heart is stirred, may the cup of your emotion overflow, spilling onto your congregation as you preach with a passion and persuasion only the Holy Spirit can give.


Dear Fellow Preachers,

I’ve said most of this before, but it needs to be repeated again, and again, and again. Now’s the time – it’s actually past time – for some honest-to-goodness, strong-as-steel, George S. Patton and John Wayne-like BACKBONE!

Stand in the gap! Don’t be…

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