I love the Lord. He is so good to me, and His mercy endureth forever! Hallelujah! Amen. I could fill this whole page with all the wonderful ways He has blessed me. He has blessed me, my husband, our homes, land, children, grandchildren, parents, and siblings. His love and blessings extend beyond family, into our jobs, animals, plants, trees, birds & bees! I’m not exaggerating; He has even preserved the trees and rosebushes I planted several years ago throughout this dry time! He has also planted new bushes in our lands, (in His miraculous ways), and I feel they were just for me!
Deuteronomy 28:1-8 “If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the world. 2 You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God:
3 Your towns and your fields
will be blessed.
4 Your children and your crops
will be blessed.
The offspring of your herds and flocks
will be blessed.
5 Your fruit baskets and breadboards
will be blessed.
6 Wherever you go and whatever you do,
you will be blessed.
7 “The Lord will conquer your enemies when they attack you. They will attack you from one direction, but they will scatter from you in seven!
8 “The Lord will guarantee a blessing on everything you do and will fill your storehouses with grain. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.”
He is so tender and merciful, too, when I screw up and miss the mark! The other day I did not pass a test, a trial, and merciful as God is, He immediately sent someone to me, to enlighten me, encourage me and even pray with me. We have those days, don’t we? Those tests (trials) that are intended to build us up. It’s called exercise, I think. Exercising those spiritual muscles of patience, good temper, holding our tongue, enduring persecution, receiving a few spiritual stripes, like Jesus received; and these spiritual trials are for our building up, honing us, tumbling us like rough cut stones, until we are brilliantly polished and perfect for our Lord when He comes for us in His glory. Hmmm. Will we be perfect when Jesus comes for His bride, the church (us)? If He came today I couldn’t say I’m perfect, so I wonder, when we will be?
It is written in 2 Corinthians 3:18 “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
When Jesus comes for us, His Bride, His Church, what will we be doing? Will we be praising Him in church, swimming in the lake, cussing a blue streak, sinning in a very bad way, watching TV, planning our weekly schedule?
Ephesians 6:5-20 “5Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;
6Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
7With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:
8Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be bond or free.
9And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.
10Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
19And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”
Jesus said in John 12:25-26 “25 Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity. 26 Anyone who wants to be my disciple must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me.” Hallelujah! Amen.