Following God’s Plan For Our Lives Gives Freedom

““For thus says the LORD, ‘When seventy years [of exile] have been completed for Babylon, I will visit (inspect) you and keep My good promise to you, to bring you back to this place. ~‘For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the LORD, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope.”

‭‭JEREMIAH‬ ‭29:10-11‬ ‭

God knows all that is happening. He even has the time frame in His plans. He told the exiles He would visit them in seventy years. (That may seem like a long time to us, but God is eternal). That was a promise God’s people could bank on.

Then, God even gives more promising words, God says He has plans for His people, AND, He knows what those plans are. Besides plans, God has thoughts for His people, and we Christ followers are His people. (To me, God having thoughts for us, shows He really cares, it is not a matter of planning things out and saying “here you go”, but He cares so much, that all things are thought through for our good).

As God shows us His plans, He is hoping we will sincerely call upon Him, seek Him with our entire being, because that is His desire, so He can set us free from all captivity, and lead us into freedom.

We serve a Living, Loving, Caring, Compassionate, God. Praise Jesus.

God Bless.

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Responding To Difficult Situations

““So says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the captives whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon, ‘Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their fruit. ~‘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 [in number]. ~‘Seek peace and well-being for the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf; for in its peace (well-being) you will have peace.’ For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, ‘Do not let your [false] prophets who are among you and your diviners deceive you; pay no attention and attach no significance to the dreams which they dream or to yours, for they prophesy falsely to you in My Name. I have not sent them,’ says the LORD.”

‭‭JEREMIAH‬ ‭29:4-9‬ ‭AMP‬‬

God Says He sent His people into exile. But God also tells His people to pray for the city they are in, and seek peace. There will be false prophets, do not pay attention to them, as they only lie to the people, and are not speaking God’s Words to them.

At times, even today, Christ followers may feel trapped in a situation, may feel alone, wondering where God is. God instructed His people to live their lives as normally as possible. They were to build houses, be married, have families, grow gardens.

Perhaps the main part of all the instructions received from God was to seek peace, and to pray for the city they were being held captive in.

They were to seek God always, and avoid listening to the false prophets.

It is possible Holy Spirit has led us into a difficult place to teach, strengthen, build, test, grow us, and to be a testimony to our Father, and how He is in control.

Whatever challenges or difficult situations we may find ourselves in, the best advice is to seek God, and beware of any false prophets. The way of being cautious of what false prophets may say, is to check all things with God’s Word, and make sure things line up.

God Bless.

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Serving Jesus—Sharing Word Of God

“The priests and the [false] prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of the LORD. Now when Jeremiah finished proclaiming everything that the LORD had commanded him to speak to all the people, the priests and the [false] prophets and all the people seized him, saying, “You must die!”

‭‭JEREMIAH‬ ‭26:7-8‬ ‭AMP‬‬

In vs. 7 we read how Jeremiah fearlessly spoke the Word God had given him. In vs. 8 we read how Jeremiah was seized by the people, priests, and false prophets to kill him. They did not like nor believe when the servant of God spoke the words of God to the people.

The truthful Words Of God are not received nor accepted by many of the people alive today. We have the written Word of God, we have God called, Holy Spirit anointed men and women preaching the Word of God, proclaiming Jesus the Christ as our Messiah, Saviour, God, yet many will not believe.

Many also do not believe the Word of God when the coming judgement day is spoken of. It is considered a joke, or a false story, or a fun time in the future.

Oh God, help us who know the Truth, to proclaim Your Truth in ways that will be believed and accepted by many people. Give us a passion for the lost, all those without a relationship with Christ. Fill us anew with Holy Spirit Power, that we will be fearless, as Jeremiah was, in proclaiming Your Word at every opportunity You give us.

Thank You Father, for the privilege of serving You.

God Bless.

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Canada—We Need To Wake Up

““Has a nation [ever] changed gods Even though they were not gods [but merely man-made objects]? But My people have exchanged their Glory (the true God) For that [man-made idol] which does not benefit [them].”

‭‭JEREMIAH‬ ‭2:11‬ ‭AMP‬‬

How sad to recall, and admit, that our great country has done this. Canada was founded on the Word of God, with the leaders serving God. Laws were set according to God’s Word.

Through the early years, even until the mid 20th century or so, Prayer was said in schools daily.

Then the radical shift came in where prayer was abandoned, even the pledge of allegiance to our country, Canada, was abandoned.

Government moved in a way, saying they are the ones who will meet the needs of the people. But as we know, they cannot do what God is able to do.

Government said, “Look to us, we know what is best for you, the Biblical ways are old, and not true.”

Government, in this current age, laughs at and mocks people who have faith in the True Triune God of Scripture. Not every member of parliament does this, but the P.M. and those he has appointed to primary positions do this.

It is sad that people in the governing bodies have set themselves in a position of acting like a god.

With the changes in rules, laws, and attitudes, set in leadership, where they abandon God, many people follow their leading like lost sheep, which they are.

They no longer know the good life, which God has provided, and seek fulfillment, pleasure in things, alcohol, drugs, because the government says it is ok, and all things will be legal, and perhaps even supplied in the near future. Yes, I did say “supplied”. One level of government is suggesting they will provide safe injection sites, along with the needed drugs for those who have addictions. I understand spending money on rehab, and training, but not aiding and abetting the life destroying addictions.

While doing this, government will NOT pay for the prescriptions for certain life saving drugs for people with cancer, and other debilitating illnesses.

We, the people of Canada, have allowed this to happen by who has been elected into positions of power.

We, the Bible Believing Christ Followers, followers of the True Triune God, need to rise up in the upcoming elections, having knowledgeable people who love and serve God, and care about all people, seek election, and then we have a responsibility to vote for them, to see changes made.

God is still in control, He is seeking us, and calling us, to follow His ways. He will work in and through us for major changes.

God Bless.

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When We Meet Jesus

2 CORINTHIANS‬ ‭5:10‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“For we [believers will be called to account and] must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be repaid for what has been done in the body, whether good or bad [that is, each will be held responsible for his actions, purposes, goals, motives–the use or misuse of his time, opportunities and abilities].”

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How many people, or how often, do we Christians think, “Ah, I have asked Jesus for forgiveness of my sins, and to come into my life, so that is my ticket to Heaven, I can carry on with life as I know life.

I in no way am judging, but if anyone is thinking or feeling that way, I hope this will be a wake up call.

We read in Ephesians 2:10, Paul wrote by the inspiration of Holy Spirit, we have been created in the image of Christ to do good works which God prepared especially for us, and He has prepared us to do those good works.

Ephesians 2:10 AMP

“For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above–spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].”

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In the Old Testament, as well as the New Testament, we read that we will be judged by what we have done. This judgement that is mentioned will be of Born Again Christians, those who have asked Jesus for forgiveness of sins and to come into their lives. All will be judged, some will be rewarded.

This is foretold in the Old Testament.

Ecclesiastes 12:14

14 For God will bring every deed into judgment,

including every hidden thing,

whether it is good or evil.

Our Lord Jesus speaks of the rewards to some, in this passage in the Gospel of Matthew.

Matthew 16:27

27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.

In the Revelation of Jesus Christ, recorded by Apostle John as seen in the vision John was given.

Revelation 20:11-12

11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them.

12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.

Steps in the life of a Christ follower:

—Listen for the voice of God

—Listen to the voice of God

—Be obedient to the instruction of God

—Worship God

There are great Blessings received as we live according to the Word of God, guided by the Spirit of God, all for the Glory of God.

God Bless.

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The day my doubt turned into faith

A great testimony of our God answering prayer. Hallelujah! Tear worthy for my eyes.

John-Eli & friends

It was my first time, driving up I-25 to Santa Fe, by myself. Having spent my entire life living in Southern New Mexico, I wasn’t accustomed to the high desert landscape that I’d be driving through. More specifically, I was unaccustomed to snow. Nevertheless, I was nineteen, fearless, and I had a made up mind to make the trek to visit my friends, despite my lack of experience.

Upon my arrival to Santa Fe, I encountered a challenge that I hadn’t anticipated. Every home and building was painted in an earth-tone color. I was unaware of the city mandate requiring this. As an outsider, every building looked the same. To say I was lost would be an understatement. Feeling a sense of defeat, I pulled over to a convenience store, walked up to the payphone, inserted a quarter, and called my friend for directions.

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Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, Spirit of God

2 CORINTHIANS‬ ‭3:4-6‬ ‭AMP‬‬

4 “Such is the confidence and steadfast reliance and absolute trust that we have through Christ toward God.

5 Not that we are sufficiently qualified in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency and qualifications come from God.

6 He has qualified us [making us sufficient] as ministers of a new covenant [of salvation through Christ], not of the letter [of a written code] but of the Spirit; for the letter [of the Law] kills [by revealing sin and demanding obedience], but the Spirit gives life.”

We know when Apostle Paul wrote his letters to the various churches, including this book in the Bible titled 2 Corinthians, it was in letter form, not in chapters and verses as we now know it.

There is one part of this letter that struck me powerfully recently, although I have read it many, many times.

For identification purposes, I will note them in Chapter 3; verses 4-6.

In verse four Paul states that with confidence and steadfast reliance and absolute trust we can trust God, through Christ.

Never having thought of it that way before, but yes, I came to know Jesus Christ intimately as my Saviour, along with His Life and Teachings, before I had an extremely close relationship with my Heavenly Father.

Knowing what Jesus did for me, obeying and trusting His Father in coming to earth, and having the relationship where He and His Father are one, and Jesus prayed that we may be in their oneness, I would come to the only conclusion of loving and trusting God, my Heavenly Father.

John 17:21

21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

I have learned, realized, been told, that there is no good thing I am able to do on my own. This is particularly true in any form of ministry,

This is emphasized in verse 5, where we read that we are not qualified in ourselves to claim anything good coming from ourselves, but our sufficiency and qualifications all come from our Father. Therefore, I am so glad that my Saviour, Jesus Christ introduced me to our Heavenly Father, so I am not running around trying to do “good”, “Godly” Ministry on my own.

Philippians 4:19-20

19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.

20 To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Verse 6 then tells us how we are able to do any ministry our Father calls us to do. Our Father qualifies us for ministry, but even if we are qualified, and know all things, we will not be in a position of ministry to bring Glory to God.

It is only when we have the Spirit of the Living God within us, working through us, that we are able to have a positive, powerful, life changing ministry, for the Glory of God.

Going forward, we see the unity of the Triune God, and the desire of our Lord Jesus for we Christ followers to be joined with them, and God giving us the Spirit of Life for ministry.

Romans 7:6

6 But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.

Romans 15:18-19

18 I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me in leading the Gentiles to obey God by what I have said and done—

19 by the power of signs and wonders, through the power of the Spirit of God. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ.

Let us also always follow the example of Apostle Paul, in only speaking of what Christ has accomplished, through the power of the Spirit of God, as we fully proclaim only the Gospel of Christ.

God Bless.

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