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Friday, September 21, 2018

I stand in Awe!

“Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.” (Matthew 9:2b)

We’ve heard this testimony often. The courage of the paralyzed man’s friends. The interruption as Jesus was speaking. The mess created in the house as the ceiling is torn open and the teachers of the law are saying that Jesus is a blasphemer.

What about the paralyzed man himself? Why did he not speak? The Scriptures does not record him saying a word to the Lord. Why?

Was he afraid to speak? Was he confident that the Lord would have mercy on him?

What went through his mind when Jesus said, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”?

Do you think that for a moment he wondered, “I came here to be healed not forgiven?” Did he recognize the sin in his own life? The Word does not elaborate on all that transpired. It does not illuminate the condition of this desperate soul.

When the Lord calls we know that we have encountered something inexpressible.

Often the wrestling for us is with our sin. We encounter Jesus and he tells us we are forgiven by the finished work of the cross. Like me, I have asked him to heal me of disease. Jesus can, he has and he continues to do so.

God created mankind in his image, the world, everything we see, and he was pleased. When temptation came, and mankind fell everything changed drastically. Sin landscaped the world and sickness ravished our perfect bodies. Sickness was introduced to the perfect world along with all kinds of evil and spiritual death. Physical death would also follow.

Sometimes we miss the correlation of sickness and sin. Not every sickness is a result of sin. After all,we do live in a fallen world. In this story of the nameless paralytic man we get some insight on the condition of the heart.

I wonder if this paralytic man understood this? When Jesus said, “your sins are forgiven”, what did this mean? Did it mean restitution? Did the paralytic man reason that today there would be wholeness in him? It was not a reward for the sick man but a gift from the Healer and Deliverer himself, the Savior of the World. Jesus was announcing that he was the only one who could forgive sin. No wonder the teachers of the law were angry.

When the teachers of the law saw this miracle that meant that a “heart check” was imminent for them!

No talking. No defending oneself. No excuses. Yes, Lord I am a sinner.

The gavel sounded, and it was in our favor. It’s for “whoever believes”.

I wondered if his silence was just a form of worship and awe. The paralytic man came in broken, a diseased sinner separated from God and left healed spiritually and physically.

The woman with the issue of blood, she said to herself, “If only I could touch his cloak, I will be healed.” No words. She hears, “Take heart, daughter, your faith has healed you.” (Matthew 9:22)

God is not contained in the ark, the tabernacle, the church or anything made by man. He desires to live within each one who confesses his need and depravity. He desires to dwell in us; he knows our need. God dwells outside of any box we have falsely imagined. He has come to forgive sin and heal us. He is Healer and the Savior of the world bringing restoration to our soul and our bodies.

“Be still and know that I am God.’ (Psalm 46:10a)

Sometimes a quiet heart is an act of worship. It allows us to listen to the song of grace and mercy being sung over us. He loves us. In reply we worship him in spirit and in truth. Thank you, Jesus!

God bless you!~Liz


Friday, September 7, 2018

Has He Been Good to You?

I got up early this morning waiting for some workers to fix by roof.  Well they did not come today, they are scheduled for next week.

I've been on the phone with my insurance company sorting our some details that needed to be corrected. 

As I was getting ready to pay some bills, the Lord reminded me that I had not yet opened His Word this morning. 

So, here I am with his Book opened. I'm reading through Psalm 103.

I enjoy writing in my Bible.  I note dates where the Word of God was specific for something I was going through.  I jot down different word translations and also praise language that reflect my heart of gratitude toward my Maker.

Today, in the margin of Psalm 103 it read June 2010.  I said, "wow, has it been that long since I made that note?"  I began to fan the pages of this Bible and I read that I gifted this Bible to myself in 2008.  That's 10 years ago, one decade!  Time passes by quickly.

One of the reasons I like writing in my Bible is that I handle this book a lot.  Therefore, as I read and run the pages through my fingers it is a testimony to me of all that the Lord has done for me and my household.

My desire is that as this book would continue to get worn out that my body would continue to be healed and transformed by the very Word of God that I hold in my hands. 

This Book holds promises that I have seen come to pass and encouragement that sustain me even today.

God is always speaking to us.  I am so thankful for the many pages of affirmation, conviction and even transformation occurring in me.

He left me this Book so I would know that he is the Savior of the World.  He indeed forgives sin and restores broken lives.

As life continues, my wish is that future generations, my grandchildren would also have their own worn out Bible. I hope that they would be able to read through my spent, worn-out book with notes that I jotted down during my lifetime giving God glory and praise for his goodness. 

I want generations to come to know that God is the same yesterday, today and for all our tomorrows. 

He speaks life and I need it.

He whispers that he loves me and I want it.

He points me to a day when He will return and I await it.

"Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—
who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s." (Psalm 103:1-5)

So, I will glue it, tape it up and preserve this family heirloom for my grandchildren to come.
There have been other Bibles that I have owned.  But this is the one to be passed on.

What does your Bible say about you?

God bless you!~Liz

Monday, August 27, 2018

Indeed Only One

Are you getting the alerts sent to you? Are your security settings up-to-date?

At the click of a button, reminders can flood you from every possible avenue you can think off. 

What’s today’s weather? How many steps did I take today? Did my bank balance drop to a dangerous low? Pick up the groceries. Oh, my manicure is due today. I almost forgot, I have a date night with my husband tonight! And on and on it goes!

All this controlled by apps and the proper settings on our “mobile brain”, I meant mobile phone.

Life is so busy that we need reminders to get things done.

Before mobile phones and clever reminder apps, life seemed simpler. Advertisements promised that we would have more time. It seems to me I have less time. The same 24 hours is now crowded by nagging beeps throughout the day reminding me of all things I did NOT do!

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28)

No matter how many times we read this verse, if we are not careful we fall back into the busyness of life.

The interesting thing is that we often choose to make our lives busy. Not every party invitation requires a yes. The world won’t stop spinning if we leave the dishes in the sink and rest.

Toddlers seem to be happy playing with a cardboard box and a ball. Why are their rooms cluttered with toys they barely use? Which by the way requires more cleaning time.

We drive to the sports game and then rush through some fast food restaurant and feed the family. We grab a cup of coffee to stay awake as we drive home. We arrive, sleep and it begins again with a BEEP! Yep, another reminder. Get up its about to begin again. Oh, and this is just Saturday!

Where is the simplicity of life?

Beeps, alarms, clutter, and stuff all competing for our time while Jesus waits for us to sit and talk.

Is there a reminder to sit with Jesus on our phone?

Does the phone remind us to pray?

Do we have the proper settings in place to commune with God?

Life is pulling at us and requesting our attention. It desires our time which is limited with allotted days.

I don’t have the answer to life’s busyness because I too have been trapped at times. This I have learned.

Set time to sit with Jesus. Read the Word which imparts wisdom. Being refreshed in God’s presence helps me realign my priorities.

Learn to snip away time slots to talk to God. Yes, if it requires us to schedule it in, then let’s do it! This is one reminder I want and a task I want to complete.

Is the Holy Spirit sending you alerts? We must listen and secure our time with Him.

We need reminders to REST. “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10:41-42)

Beep, Beep…this is your reminder today. Sit. He is waiting for you.
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God bless you!~Liz

Monday, August 20, 2018

Go Deeper!

Go Deeper
“And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in.”
(John 20:5)

This is the account of the disciple that arrived at the tomb to confirm the story Mary Magdalene was sharing. His eagerness to decipher the story Mary was telling caused him to run fast. He arrived, His eyes saw and then he stopped. Why didn’t he go in?

As a student of the Word of God I know that I just can’t read the Word, close the Bible and walk away. The Lord wants to open my eyes and cause my ears to hear more than what my physical body is telling me through my senses.

Peter arrives at the tomb and he looks, but then, “went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself.”

God requires us to go closer and to discover a deeper revelation. Peter walked into the tomb. He did not know all that was happening, but his desire was to go deeper.

It’s the gift within the box, that’s within a box, within another box. The discovery of the precious stone in the tiny box is the giver’s treasure to his bride to be. She always knew that he loved her but her small quest discovered the treasure that revealed his heart in a profound way. “Will you be mine?”

The details are overlooked if we only look on the surface. The revelation of God is there for the asking. Ask the Lord to show you his heart and we’ll discover that the Good News is for the Jew and Gentile. We’ll discover that the gift of eternal life is the result of the One man’s obedience to go to the cross.

The thief on the cross choose not to heckle Jesus but to listen carefully to the words being spoken. His heart was drawn to Jesus and discovered that eternal life was his, “today you will be with me in paradise.”

Wisdom comes from God. (Proverbs 2:6)

The fruit of the Spirit is given and developed through God. The struggles of life can produce patience as we go deeper into the Word. Love can be discovered as we love the “unloveable”, those we think don’t deserve our love. We discover God’s faithfulness when in the midst of trials, we continue to call on his name day and night. We learn not only God’s faithfulness but also that the Lord has been teaching us to remain faithful in him!

So, don’t just bend down and look into the tomb where dead thinks lie. Walk in and discover that the One who was raised from the dead is still resurrecting life all around us. He is no longer there! Let’s go deeper! Open the box that’s in the box, that’s in the box and discover the Love of the Bridegroom. The treasure is you!

God Bless You!~Liz

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Another Lesson from the Garden

It looked a little different but nevertheless I continued to tend to it. I watered it, just like its neighboring vegetation. It grew tall and strong. It even looked healthier than the ones near it.

I decided to take a closer look and sure enough it was healthy. Its strength was evident in its now thick stem. Its been a few weeks. Why hasn’t it produced fruit? It kind of looks like it could be a banana pepper plant, but I think I only planted 2 this year.

I go inside the house a get some sturdy yarn to tie it up. It seems it needs some help standing tall because its laying out all over my garden box. So, I tie it. Then I tie it some more to ensure it will continue to flourish.

As I sit outside I began to look around and noticed some weeds popping up behind my garden. At a closer look, the familiarity was startling. The weeds look like an immature replica of what I just propped up!

I called my husband outside and asked, “does this plant that I just bundled up and propped with yarn look like a weed?”

No sooner than he said, “yes”, I ran inside and got the scissors. Cut it down! It’s good for nothing! But don’t pull the good pepper plant with this imposter!

Wow, I need to get some gardening lessons! I was feeding the enemy, the destroyer of the fruit! This weed was reducing productivity and it had invaded a third of the garden box. The thick stem was evidence of its aggressive growth. If I had waited any longer I might have lost the upcoming fruit.

I need to be more alert and pay closer attention! No more sunbathing, I need to do more gardening! 

Proverbs 24:30-34

I went past the field of a sluggard,
past the vineyard of someone who has no sense;
thorns had come up everywhere,
the ground was covered with weeds,
and the stone wall was in ruins.
I applied my heart to what I observed
and learned a lesson from what I saw:
A little sleep, a little slumber,
a little folding of the hands to rest—
and poverty will come on you like a thief
and scarcity like an armed man.

God bless you!~Liz

Friday, July 20, 2018

Vibrations

What do you sound like? What is vibrating around you or better said from within you?

Yesterday I was worshipping the Lord and singing the song “I exalt thee” as I was getting ready to make lunch. This had never happened to me before. I guess because of the position I was standing in the episode became more noticeable to me.

I had a frying pan in my hand and as I was singing the sound seemed to be “caught” by the metal pan and I felt the song I was singing in my hand. It was a chilling beautiful experience.

Immediately, the Holy Spirit spoke and said this is the way it should be wherever you go! WOW, no matter where our feet tread the sound that should be emanating from us should be a sound that turns others to the Lord. It should cause those around us to feel the heart of worship. Those who encounter us should be able to catch and enter the atmosphere of praise. In all we do, those who meet us should be drawn into the presence of the Lord.

I actually felt it. It was so lovely and simple. And it drew me in closer.

We are like tuning forks. Those that “bump” into us should be able to tune into an atmosphere of worship. Yes, all of us who bear his Name!

Resonate his beauty! Vibrate and let those around you feel the atmosphere change.

We represent the King and he has called us to worship him in spirit and in truth. (John 4:24)

Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing.
Know that the Lord Himself is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting
And His faithfulness to all generations.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving (Psalm 100)

God Blessyou!~Liz

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The Story of the Table

“I have wiped out your transgressions like a thick cloud
And your sins like a heavy mist.
Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.” Isaiah 44:22 (AMP)

The table had been around for a very long time. Built by skilled hands, a Craftsman in his own right; the table looked beautiful!

All finished, he brushes his hand over the top and he is pleased with his work.

As time passed, the color began to change. Memories of the first stain is forever embedded in the wood.

While distracted and not focusing there was spillage that changed the surface. It would never look the same again. It was marred but nevertheless the table stood upright.

Throughout the years there were carvings on it, scars from the years of its life. Nevertheless, the table stood.

If you look closely you can even see the years of wear and tear ingrained in the wood. Times of laughter and tears of sadness all recorded by the table.

The wedding is coming, and we need a table. We can't possibly use this old, beat-up thing! This is a wedding for royalty. We need elegance and beauty not old and blemished.

The Servant arrives. He is gentle and skilled with his hands.

He has come to serve, his reputation precedes him and his wisdom has always been admired.
He exams the wood. His hands begin to touch the surface. He can feel every scratch and deep crevasse that were sewn in over the years. As the examination continues his hands are caught in the rugged wood. Pierced, he begins to bleed. His own blood now applied over every stain previously accumulated throughout the lifetime of the table.

The wedding date is here! You can hear the Servant say, “I’ll get the tablecloth”.

This table still stands.

He continues, “The table will be used today, what it needs is a covering.”

He brings out the handcrafted white cloth from his tethered bag. This will be used for this special occasion.

It’s pure white. It drapes over the table and as the gentle breeze reaches the corners, the edges flow creating a gentle dance in the wind.

It has covered every stain, scar and all that marred this beautiful work of art that the Craftsman made.

Dressed in white, the table is ready.

No one noticed. The servants blood was now on the table as well.

The table still stands.

Redeemed by the Servant, the table stands at the Wedding Banquet. 

God bless you!~Liz