His Glory Is Ours

For the very glory You have given to Me I have given them so that they will be joined together as one and experience the same unity that we enjoy. You live fully in Me and now I live fully in them so that they will experience perfect unity, and the world will be convinced that You have sent Me, for they will see that You love each one of them with the same passionate love that you have for Me.  John 17:22-23 TPT

I have given them the glory that you gave Me, that they be one as We are one – – I in them and You in Me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me. John 17:22-23 NIV

I read these words and thought of how divided this world is and that it does not need to be so. There are some very powerful truths in God’s Word. If we are claiming to be God’s children then every verse, every word, every breath, of the Bible is ours to claim. With that thought in mind take a look at what He’s given us: 

We are unified because Christ lives in us. That ‘connection’ is unbreakable when we ask forgiveness for our sins and believe that Jesus is the One and Only Son of God and our personal Savior. 

DO YOU?

Click on the picture at the lift and worship with me.  Oh, the Glory of His Presence.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

All scripture used in this post is connected to Bible Gateway.

The picture at the top is God’s Glory written in Arabic script.

Power, Love, and Sound Judgement

  • God does not want us to be timid or cowardly. He does not want us to fear. In fact, He will never, get that, never, give us a fear-filled spirit. Did you know He says don’t fear 365 times in the NIV translation? That’s one for every day of the year. I think if we look at other ways to say it the number is probably much higher.
  • God gives us His power, His love, and His mind. When we are given a precious gift aren’t we expected to use it?
  • As a child of God, we have His power within us because the Holy Spirit lives in us. With this incredible power, we can overcome anything the evil one throws at us.
  • We are given the love of Jesus at the moment of our salvation. We are not to keep it hidden but we are to share it, live it, model it, and give it constantly.
  • Sound judgment is transliterated in the Amplified Bible as a calm and well-balanced mind with discipline and self-control. So if I have been given sound judgment then when I must judge God has created my mind to have all these characteristics. So, then, I can be totally assured I am acting and reacting in the way God wants.

One of the verses I memorized many years ago, during a time of extreme stress was Isaiah 54:17. God has given us His power, His love, and sound judgment so that every weapon and every word that the evil one wants to use against us is blocked. Our God is certainly an Awesome God.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

10 Lepers

As he entered one village, ten men approached Him, but they kept their distance, for they were lepers. They shouted to Him, “Mighty Lord, our wonderful Master! Won’t You have mercy on us and heal us?”

When Jesus stopped to look at them, He spoke these words: “Go to be examined by the Jewish priests.”

They set off, and they were healed while walking along the way. One of them, when he discovered that he was completely healed, turned back to find Jesus, shouting out joyous praises and glorifying God.   Luke 17:12-15 TPT

Don’t you love it when the Word speaks a message into your heart that wasn’t there before? Well, that’s exactly what happened to me when I was reading the Bible this morning. Let’s look at this a little more closely.

  • There was probably nothing worse to a Jew in the 1st Century than to be both a Samaritan and a leper. Why? You were held in contempt because of past history and the disease. (Samaritans are the result of the marriages between the invading Assyrians and Jewish women.)
  • Even though 10 wanted Jesus’ healing only 9 could complete what Jesus told them to do. The Samaritan could not and probably would not go to ‘be examined by the Jewish priests’.
  • The lepers obeyed immediately and set off for the Temple. Interestingly, they were healed along the way. Is it because of their willingness to follow Jesus’ command right away that they were healed along the way?
  • Most, if not all, of Jesus’ healings to this point had been in the moment. This healing miracle required action before it could be accomplished. Whether immediate or future when Jesus calls/commands we must act immediately.
  • The Samaritan was the only one who returned to praise and thank Jesus. He certainly received the greater reward.

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

All quoted scripture passages are from Bible Gateway.

Born

New birth brings new life. Eternity is near me. Peace forevermore.

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Blessings to you and yours!

Marie

A Prayer For You

Abba, Father, King of my life, hear my prayer in the precious name of Jesus. You have created each of us in Your image. How beautiful! You eternally love each one of Your creation. How awesome!

Abba, help us grow to be more loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle and self-controlled. We give You the control of our words, actions, and thoughts. Make us aware of Your constant presence.

Father, give us the supernatural ability to love others more than ourselves. Keep us humble!

Let Your all-surpassing love shine through us! Give us the ability to ignore other people’s faults, knowing that we all have logs in our own eyes. Imbue us with a strong sense of discernment.

Let Your will be lived out in our daily activities and when this day is complete give us perfect rest.

Make it so!

Blessings to you and yours!

Marie