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Consecration

To be IN God is to be set apart. The things that I use to do, I cannot do anymore. Those things that without a shadow of a doubt will lead me down the wrong path, I cannot allow myself to be tempted by them. I must be set apart, holy, and ready to be used by God. I must be set apart, holy, and an example of God upon the earth for all of mankind to see. 

I must be holy just like my Lord is holy.  I serve a mighty God, the True and Living God. The Creator of heaven and the earth. He is my Lord, Savior, and Redeemer. 

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How can you flee from God?

Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord . He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord . Jonah 1:1‭-‬3 NKJV

http://bible.com/114/jon.1.1-3.NKJV

I was reading my devotion this morning and a question rose from the designated scripture readings. Jonah 1:1-6 The question was, “how can you flee from God”. Is it not virtually impossible? But how often have I tried throughout my life, even now? 🤔 How many times have I heard God clearly telling me to do a thing but I did the oppossite? How many times? I’ll just say  it is unmeasurable.

I know that God is omniscience and omnipresent. Yet, I still try to run from him. Now isn’t that silly? Sometimes you have to laugh at yourself. 😄 That is just silly. But I must face the reality of it, I have tried numerous of times. I’m just glad that God has not turned from me. Thank you, Lord for waiting patiently for me to get my act together. Thank you, for not giving up on my. 

I can imagine God in heaven shaking his head looking at me saying, ‘this girl, just don’t get It. Its not about her but about the work that must be done in her for my purpose. My will shall be done. I will wait patiently for her to come to the knowledge of that fact.’ With Jesus on the side of him saying, ‘Father, give her time. She knows you and have relationship with you. She will come around.’

All I can say is, thank you, Lord, and let your perfect will be done in my life. Forgive me for my disobedience. Use me for your divine purpose and I humbly bow unto you.

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James 1:3 [AMP]

James 1:3 [AMP]
Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace].

Be encouraged today, that by being tried in the fire is stirring patience up. Its producing patience and enables you to withstand whatever may come your way. Trust the word and stand firmly upon it. Don’t waver, doubt, or fret. For God is with, if only you believe in faith.

I’m praying for you all to withstand and pass the test. So that when you come out on the other side, your testimony will be used to encourage, deliver, and bring hope to others.

Have a joyous Sunday,

JRLL 💕

HE>i

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“I am with you,” declares the Lord.

Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people [who had returned from exile], listened carefully and obeyed the voice of the Lord their God and the words of Haggai the prophet, since the Lord their God had sent him. And the people [reverently] feared the Lord.Then Haggai, the Lord’s messenger, spoke the Lord’s message to the people saying, “ ‘I am with you,’ declares the Lord.” – Haggai 1:12-13 AMP

The children of Israel had come out of exile but had gotten into a rut. They allowed their focus to change from the things of God unto the I own desires. The temple were in ruins and yet their houses were established. Then God spoke to the chosen and the remnant to encourage them to do what was required. To revive them and to put the focus on what was important.

Sadly, the same is taking place today. Just take a close at some of the churches and their buildings. How many empty churches do you see within your community? How many churches sprung up but fall into disarray? How many believers start the race but does not continue in the race?

So for the remnant of believers who are saying and living the saying for God I live and for God I die, stay the course. Lift up each other in prayer and supplication before the Lord. Encourage each other and help each other. We can’t do it alone. We must be connected to others. For we are a body of believer’s focused on making heaven our home. God is with us. We just have to stay connected.

Have a wonderful Friday,

JRLL 🙏💕

HE>i

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Our hope

Our hope as believers is to enter into an eternal rest. The Greek word used for rest in this passage is sabbatismos which means keeping sabbath, the bless rest from toils and troubles looked for in the age to come by the true worshippers of God and true Christian’s. 

  1. So this is our hope as believers that we enter into an eternal rest. But we must hold on to it until the end. For this hope is our very anchor to keep ourselves going. Telling ourselves continuously to not give up, to keep going, not to focus on what others think or say, but to hold on to it with all that I have. 

So today, my prayer is that everyone holds on to their hope. For those who do not know of, have, this hope to be brought into this hope. That every Christian walk in the assurance of this hope and be a light unto this dark world. That we as believer’s will stand firm on the hope that we have until the very end.

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Jn 10:1-6 blog entry 1

“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them. John 10:1-6

I have been going over this passage of scripture all day, yesterday. It was brought to my remembrance during my prayer time. So I grabbed my BIBLE and searched for the scripture. I wish that I was one of those people who know the scripture backwards and forward. As well as, their respective addresses. Well, I’m working on that. (wink, wink) However, I read it and then read the chapter before it. I did this to see if I was missing something and to ensure that I am getting a good understanding of the passage. Yet, here I am hours later, still looking at the same passage and asking God to speak to me.

It’s amazing to me, that is, how you can read a portion of scripture multiple times and learn something new each time. Well, that is if you are open to it. I have the basic understanding of what it is saying. Jesus is speaking to the Pharisees. He was letting them know that there was only one way to come unto the Father and that is through Him. So their belief or outward works would carry them over was, is, incorrect. The Pharisees was totally against Jesus and anything concerning Him. The reason was due to Jesus tearing down the walls of religious traditions, ceremonies, and so on.

I have also found it fascinating how within scripture, I would say, the most used metaphor for God, as well as those who believe are sheep and shepherd. Some may say that He was just using an example of using what they were familiar with. Mmm…I’ve heard someone say that sheep are the dumbest animals. So I had to take a peek into the behavior of sheep and I must say that I do not agree with this statement.

Some of the sheep behavior’s are as follows but are not limited to:

    1. Instinct are to herd (flock) together
      1. This is used for protection purposes and this is their only means of protection.
        1. Aids in allowing a dog or shepherd to help in protecting against predators.
      2. This method varies by breed.
    2. They are a flight risk when scared
      1. They scatter or run when they are frightened.
    3. Follow their leader
      1. Regardless, of where the leader is guiding them, they will follow. They blindly follow and do not buck up. Even unto death.
    4. Socially
      1. They must be visually in contact with others.
    5. Hearing
      1. They hear very well.
        1. However, sudden, loud, and unnatural noises frighten them.
        2. To combat that the shepherd speaks softly, quiet and calm, to them.
    6. Sight
      1. Depends heavily upon
      2. Has a wide view
        1. Ranges from 191-306 degrees
      3. Poor depth preception
        1. Avoid areas where they cannot see clearly (i.e. shadows & contrasts)

    So again I do not agree that sheep are the dumbest animals. Especially, in relationship to God and his children. During time of trouble, harm’s way, they come together and allow their guardian to protect them. When frightened they run and don’t wait to know what is happening. They follow their leader without question or complaint. Their eyes are always looking at what is taking place with those around them.

The shepherd is like a parent watching over their flock. He or she feeds, leads, and protects them. Whatever the sheep needs the shepherd is right there for them. The shepherd sleeps at the gate of the home to watch over them. Each member of the shepherd’s’ flock knows his or her voice.

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I must take a moment to refer back to the scripture.

They only, correct, way an individual or animal are to enter into the fold is through the gate. While the sheep are their a person is always at the gate. It may be the shepherd or the gatekeeper, porter (per KJV). Entrance by any other means is incorrect, robbery.

The shepherd knows each of his sheep and will speak to them, in manner in which they are receptive to the message. He knows how to gain their attention and moving in the right direction. They, shepherd and sheep, have an established relationship. A relationship built over time and is unwavering. The shepherd goes before and not behind the sheep. He does not lead them falsely but is sure. He leads them in a soft and calm voice. The sheep also know the voice of their shepherd and the sheep will not follow another’s voice. He knows how to keep them engaged and focused ahead. BUT with all of that being said the Pharisees did not understand what Jesus was saying.