The complex, selfish Israel Jesus cried out for. He longs to place us beneath His Wing. Photo from Domius Flevit's Church.
I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.
You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit--fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.
If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.
Jesus calls us, "My Family." Jesus is KING. Lord of Lords. Our righteousness.
I believe this and in this I am Blessed. Jesus is Truth.
When two or more in prayer, in His name, He is there.
Jesus commands Love.
Life gives us examples. Parables. The lives we know the entire life story and we are bolstered, challenged, encouraged, warned to do differently. These are the Living Seeds of the Parable of Seeds. I know two people who decided life was too hard. And they mostly decided to stay home for decades. And then you are not being buffed to shine. Life bumps and jostles us all. It's up to our prayer and hearts to find fuel to love and courage. Boldly going back to Life. Jesus is the heart and core of daily seeing His Mercies Renew.
We Live as believers.
“It is too light a thing that you should be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob and to bring back the preserved of Israel; I will make you as a light for the nations, that my salvation may reach to the end of the earth.”
"As for other matters, my brother, my sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord to do this more and more. For you know what instructions we gave you by the authority of the Lord."
"It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God."
We will see the Valor of God and we will defend His Righteousness. We will see His Mercy Shine and Overcome.
"The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in loving kindness and truth; who keeps loving kindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished."
"In this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. Greek, Jew, Slave or Free there is no partiality. The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life. Therefore, anyone who rejects this instruction does not reject a human being but God, the very God who gives you his Holy Spirit. God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you 7and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well."
"This is not up to us to take revenge or vengeance. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else. I always to thank God for you, brother and sister loved by the Lord, because God chose you as firstfruits to be saved through the sanctifying work of the Spirit and through belief in the truth. Never tire of doing good."
Isaiah's 60th Chapter explains our lives and these wondrous times to us.
1 Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
2 For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,
and thick darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will arise upon you,
and his glory will be seen upon you.
3 And nations shall come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your rising.
4 Lift up your eyes all around, and see;
they all gather together, they come to you;
your sons shall come from afar,
and your daughters shall be carried on the hip.
5 Then you shall see and be radiant;
your heart shall thrill and exult,a
because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you,
the wealth of the nations shall come to you.
7 All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered to you;
the rams of Nebaioth shall minister to you;
they shall come up with acceptance on my altar,
and I will beautify my beautiful house.
9 For the coastlands shall hope for me,
the ships of Tarshish first,
to bring your children from afar,
their silver and gold with them,
for the name of the Lord your God,
and for the Holy One of Israel,
because he has made you beautiful.
“Find him. Yet He is actually not far from each one of us, for
“‘In Him we live and move and have our being’;
“‘For we are indeed His Offspring."
" Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them and reveal to them abundance of prosperity and security. I will restore the fortunes of Judah and the fortunes of Israel, and rebuild them as they were at first. I will cleanse them from all the guilt of their sin against me, and I will forgive all the guilt of their sin and rebellion against me. And this Jerusalem shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and a glory before all the nations of the earth who shall hear of all the good that I do for them. They shall fear and tremble because of all the good and all the prosperity I provide for it."
"There shall be heard again the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the voices of those who sing, as they bring thank offerings to the house of the Lord:
“‘Give thanks to the Lord of hosts,
for the Lord is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever!’
In the midst of all our struggles. Jesus is our Destination. Our Hope. Our Love. Our Savior.
We list our concerns to you. For using each day to be positive, building tomorrow up because today we chose to see what is Good. Taking time each morning to see Your Mercies renew. I promise toothpaste for me makes the whole world seem shiny and new. I am grateful for toothpaste. For this as an analogy for our Righteousness is in Jesus.
For being greeted by enthusiastic creations of God.
For lifting up cares of Edward's health. Blessings on Preston Village Physical Rehabilitation helping my mother overcome Double Pneumonia and her hospital stay. For the many people who worked in the Hospital to get her to live. Four nurses there who tell me they pray for their patients. For the man who took his time on the phone making sure my mother was checked up on at Preston Village.
Blessings for the cares and concerns of the people my mother has who call regularly to check up on her. For our family in Louisiana to be well and recover well from the rain and flooding. Especially in Baton Rouge and in Washington Parrish Franklinton. For all the south to recover from the August flood. For the USA to pray to share the weather instead of one area having feast or famine.
For the Country to pray as we vote, God helping All the People to have the promises made. He will hear our prayers. For peace for the nation and the world.
For the cares we all have for our children. Their needs. For our families that cares and needs are presented to our Loving Father God.
We will continue to Pray. Knowing hearts of warmth and love are His domain. His reaction to the strange world is to see us all through and through and to Save us for His Own. Amazing, Loving Father God.
In Jesus, Amen.