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For the Lord will not cast off for ever. (Lamentations 3:31) He may cast away for a season but not forever. A woman may leave off her orn...

Friday, April 29, 2016

Revelation 21:4

God's Promise
One day, I will wipe away every tear and take away all your pain.

All of the memories of the suffering of this world will vanish in the light and love of our Father's embrace. God Himself will wipe away every tear that we have cried and He promises to take away all the pain that we have suffered on this earth.

Bible Verse
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. -Revelation 21:4

Bear

34 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: 

35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him. 

36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God. 

37 David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee. -1 Samuel 17:34-37 


And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them. -2 Kings 2:24

And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. -Isaiah 11:7

And behold another beast, a second, like to a bear, and it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it: and they said thus unto it, Arise, devour much flesh. -Daniel 7:5

And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. -Revelation 13:2

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Voice of God

When we hear the voice of God
Speaking to our hearts,
Do we obey and follow Him
Or are we slow to start?

For when the Lord speaks to us,
We need to heed the call
And do the things He wants us to,
Giving to Him our all

I know at times it can be hard
To know the Father's will,
We need to listen to His voice,
For He speaks when all is still

Many times we fret so much
And rush so much about,
We then find all our busyness
May cloud our Saviour out

So this is why we take some time
To be still before the Lord,
So He can speak into our lives
And show us so much more.


© By M.S.Lowndes

Isaiah 51:11

God's Promise
My everlasting joy and gladness will drive all sorrow and mourning away.

There is no question that the joy of the Lord is our inheritance and today's promise tells us that God's everlasting joy will be upon our heads.

Bible Verse
Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away. -Isaiah 51:11

The 12 Disciples of Jesus

The 12 closest friends of Jesus are called the 12 disciples or apostles. The word disciple means someone who is a student or pupil of someone else. The biblical sense of the word is that the person is not just a learner, but an adherent of the teacher’s doctrines. Apostle means that the person is a representative, ambassador or delegate of someone else. Practically there is little difference between the way these two words are used in the Bible. However, there is one small distinction. Not all disciples are called apostles in the Bible. But all apostles are disciples (that somewhat depends on how you define Paul the Apostle). 

Andrew - Originally a disciple of John the Baptist. (He led his brother Simon to Christ) 

Simon Peter (Andrew’s brother) - Rock of the church. (A fisherman, denied Jesus after the crucifixion.) 

James (son of Zebedee) - Also a fisherman. A strong person who insisted that Christ’s followers “walk the talk.” 

John (son of Zebedee) - Also a fisherman. A strong person who cared for Jesus’ mother and stressed grace. 

Phillip - Andrew’s close friend, also a fisherman. He led Bartholomew to Christ. 

Bartholomew (Nathanael) - Questioning at first, but accepted Jesus of Nazareth. Loyal. 

Matthew (Levi)- Once a despised tax collector, he changed his profession and followed Jesus. Wrote the Gospel of Matthew. 

Thomas - Doubted the resurrection. Was willing to risk his own life for Jesus. 

James (Alpheus’ son) - Mentioned in Gospel accounts. 

Thaddeus (James’ son) - A real follower and preacher of Christ. 

Simon - Known as a zealot or patriot. He saw the vision. 

Judas Iscariot - Ultimate betrayer of Jesus, who kept the money for the group.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Friend at Midnight

Luke 11:5-13

5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves; 

6 For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? 

7 And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. 

8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. 

9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. 

10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 

11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 

12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 

13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

Hebrews 6:17-18

God's Promise
You can hold on to the hope that I will not change what I have promised.

Since God is the ultimate promise keeper, we can bank on everything that He has promised to be true. We can trust Him with all our heart and rely on everything that He has said.

Bible Verses
17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: -Hebrews 6:17-18

Psalm 1:1-3

Blessed are you that do not walk
In the counsel of the unwise,
Nor stand in the path of the unrighteous ones,
Nor listen to their advice
But your delight and holy desire
Are the teachings of the Lord,
Meditating by day and by night,
Giving ear to God's holy law
Like a firmly planted tree
That is watered by the streams,
You shall bear fruit in its season
And prosper in everything.


© By M.S.Lowndes

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Healing of a Paralytic

Matthew 9:1-8

1 And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city. 

2 And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee. 

3 And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth. 

4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts? 

5 For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk? 

6 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house. 

7 And he arose, and departed to his house. 

8 But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men. 

Mark 2:1-12

1 And again he entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that he was in the house. 

2 And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and he preached the word unto them. 

3 And they come unto him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. 

4 And when they could not come nigh unto him for the press, they uncovered the roof where he was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay. 

5 When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. 

6 But there was certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, 

7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only? 

8 And immediately when Jesus perceived in his spirit that they so reasoned within themselves, he said unto them, Why reason ye these things in your hearts? 

9 Whether is it easier to say to the sick of the palsy, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and take up thy bed, and walk? 

10 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (he saith to the sick of the palsy,) 

11 I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy bed, and go thy way into thine house. 

12 And immediately he arose, took up the bed, and went forth before them all; insomuch that they were all amazed, and glorified God, saying, We never saw it on this fashion. 

Luke 5:18-26

18 And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. 

19 And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus. 

20 And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee. 

21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone? 

22 But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts? 

23 Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? 

24 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house. 

25 And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. 

26 And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day.

Isaiah 64:8

God's Promise
I am your Father and you are My handiwork.

God is a loving Father who formed us with His own loving hands. His eyes are focused on each one of us as He shapes us and molds us into the image of the Son whom He loves.

Bible Verse
But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand. -Isaiah 64:8

Don't Forget to Smile

A little girl walked to and from school daily. Though the weather that morning was questionable and clouds were forming, she made her daily trek to the elementary school. As the afternoon progressed, the winds whipped up, along with thunder and lightning. The mother of the little girl felt concerned that her daughter would be frightened as she walked home from school and she herself feared that the electrical storm might harm her child. 

Following the roar of thunder, lightning, like a flaming sword, would cut through the sky. Full of concern, the mother quickly got into her car and drove along the route to her child’s school. As she did so, she saw her little girl walking along, but at each flash of lightning, the child would stop, look up and smile. Another and another were to follow quickly and with each the little girl would look at the streak of light and smile. 

When the mother’s car drove up beside the child she lowered the window and called to her. 

“What are you doing? Why do you keep stopping?” 

The child answered, “I am trying to look pretty, God keeps taking my picture.” 

May God bless you today as you face the storms that come your way.

-Author Unknown

Monday, April 25, 2016

Matthew 7:6

"Don't cast your pearls before swine"

Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.  

Revelation 4:11

God's Promise
I created all things for My pleasure.

The reason that you were created is because God wanted you! He created you to make Him happy! Not as a servant, but as His beloved child.

Bible Verse
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. -Revelation 4:11 

Always Growing

Thou shalt see greater than these. (John 1:50)

This is spoken to a childlike believer, who was ready to accept Jesus as the Son of God, the King of Israel, upon one convincing piece of argument. Those who are willing to see shall see; it is because we shut our eyes that we become so sadly blind.

We have seen much already. Great things and unsearchable has the Lord showed unto us, for which we praise His name; but there are greater truths in His Word, greater depths of experience, greater heights of fellowship, greater works of usefulness, greater discoveries of power, and love, and wisdom. These we are yet to see if we are willing to believe our Lord. The faculty of inventing false doctrine is ruinous, but power to see the truth is a blessing. Heaven shall be opened to us, the way thither shall be made clear to us in the Son of Man, and the angelic commerce which goes on between the upper and the lower kingdoms shall be made more manifest to us. Let us keep our eyes open toward spiritual objects and expect to see more and more. Let us believe that our lives will not drivel down into nothing but that we shall be always on the growing hand, seeing greater and still greater things, till we behold the great God Himself and never again lose the sight of Him.

-C.H. Spurgeon

Friday, April 22, 2016

Psalm 116:5

God's Promise
I am a gracious God who is righteous and full of mercy.

Our God and Father is as righteous as He is gracious and merciful. He is just and holy, as well as being loving and compassionate.

Bible Verse
Gracious is the Lord, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful. -Psalm 116:5

Bald Locust

Even these of them ye may eat; the locust after his kind, and the bald locust after his kind, and the beetle after his kind, and the grasshopper after his kind. -Leviticus 11:22

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Road of Faith

Shine your light, O Lord,
So that I may see,
Just where I am heading
And what's in front of me

Your word is the light,
The lamp unto my feet
It may not light far ahead,
Nor show me where it's steep 

But it gives enough light
For each step I take,
Just enough to see ahead,
Along this road of faith

For this is what it surely is
As we walk with Jesus Christ,
The road that we are travelling on
Is by faith, not by sight

So shine your light, O Lord,
So we may see our way,
Though you only show in part,
It's enough for each new day.


© By M.S.Lowndes

Psalm 119:89

God's Promise
My eternal Word is anchored in the heavens.

God is not a man that He should lie. His Word is His bond and it is anchored in heaven itself.

Bible Verse
For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven. -Psalm 119:89

The Seven Heavenly Virtues

CHASTITY- Purity, Knowledge, Honesty 1 Timothy 4:12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. 

TEMPERANCE – Self Control, Justice, Honor 1 Timothy 3:2 Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach 

CHARITY – Will, Generosity, Sacrifice 2 Corinthians 8:2 In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 

DILIGENCE – Persistence, Effort, Ethics Luke 13:24 “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. 

PATIENCE – Peace, Mercy, Sufferance Proverbs 19:11 A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense. 

KINDNESS – Loyalty, Compassion, Integrity Genesis 21:23 Now swear to me here before God that you will not deal falsely with me or my children or my descendants. Show to me and the country where you now reside as a foreigner the same kindness I have shown to you.” 

HUMILITY – Bravery, Modesty, Reverence Psalm 45:4 In your majesty ride forth victoriously in the cause of truth, humility and justice; let your right hand achieve awesome deeds.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Speck and The Log

Matthew 7:1-5

1 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 

2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 

3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 

4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 

5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye. 


Luke 6:37-42

37 Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: 

38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. 

39 And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch? 

40 The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master. 

41 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 

42 Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye.

Psalm 145:13

God's Promise
My kingdom is everlasting and My dominion will endure forever.

The hope that we have in Christ is that we are destined for a kingdom that will last forever! It is an unshakeable kingdom, ruled by the most loving King!

Bible Verse
Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations. -Psalm 145:13

Malachi 3:10

Bring the whole of your offering
Into the storehouse of the Lord
That there may be plenty,
A bountiful blessing for all
In this may you prove me
And see that I'll not open
All of heavens gates for you,
The promise I have spoken
And you shall not be able
To receive all of my blessings
Poured out from my abundance
So your portion keeps increasing
I only want to bless you
In everything you do,
But first you need to plant the seed
To see my harvest for you.


© By M.S.Lowndes

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Miraculous Catch of Fish

Luke 5:2-11

2 And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets.

3 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship. 

4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. 

5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. 

6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. 

7 And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink. 

8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. 

9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: 

10 And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men. 

11 And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.

Psalm 1:1-3

God's Promise
If you delight in My Word, you will be fruitful and prosperous.

God loves us and He wants to bless us in every way. When we listen to Him, when we delight in what He delights in, we have His promise of being fruitful.

Bible Verses
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. -Psalm 1:1-3

My Attorney

After living what I felt was a "decent" life, my time on earth came to the end. The first thing I remember is sitting on a bench in the waiting room of what I thought to be a court house. 

The doors opened and I was instructed to come in and have a seat by the defense table. 

As I looked around I saw the "prosecutor." He was a villainous looking gent who snarled as he stared at me. He definitely was the most evil person I have ever seen. 

I sat down and looked to my left and there sat My Attorney, a kind and gentle looking man whose appearance seemed so familiar to me,I felt I knew Him. 

The corner door flew open and there appeared the Judge in full flowing robes. He commanded an awesome presence as He moved across the room I couldn't take my eyes off of Him. 

As He took His seat behind the bench, He said, "Let us begin." 

The prosecutor rose and said, 

"My name is Satan and I am here to show you why this man belongs in hell." 

He proceeded to tell of lies that I told, things that I stole, and In the past when I cheated others. Satan told of other horrible Perversions that were once in my life and the more he spoke, the further down in my seat I sank. I was so embarrassed that I couldn't look at anyone, even my own Attorney, as the Devil told of sins that even I had completely forgotten about. 

As upset as I was at Satan for telling all these things about me, I was equally upset at My Attorney who sat there silently not Offering any form of defense at all. I know I had been guilty of those things, but I had done some good in my life - couldn't that at least equal out part of the harm I'd done? 

Satan finished with a fury and said, "This man belongs in hell, he is guilty of all that I have charged and there is not a person who can prove otherwise." 

When it was His turn, My Attorney first asked if He might approach the bench. The Judge allowed this over the strong objection of Satan, and beckoned Him to come forward. As He got up and started walking, I was able to see Him in His full splendor and majesty. I realized why He seemed so familiar; this was Jesus representing me, my Lord and my Savior. 

He stopped at the bench and softly said to the Judge, "Hi, Dad," and then He turned to address the court. 

"Satan was correct in saying that this man had sinned, I won't deny any of these allegations. And, yes, the wage of sin is death, and this man deserves to be punished." 

Jesus took a deep breath and turned to His Father with outstretched arms and proclaimed, "However, I died on the cross so that this person might have eternal life and he has accepted Me as his Savior, so he is Mine." 

My Lord continued with, "His name is written in the book of life and no one can snatch him from Me. Satan still does not understand yet. This man is not to be given justice, but rather mercy." 

As Jesus sat down, He quietly paused, looked at His Father and said, "There is nothing else that needs to be done. I've done it all." 

The Judge lifted His mighty hand and slammed the gavel down. The following words bellowed from His lips.. 

"This man is free." The penalty for him has already been paid in full. Case dismissed." 

As my Lord led me away, I could hear Satan ranting and raving, "I won't give up, I will win the next one." I asked Jesus as He gave me my instructions where to go next, "Have you ever lost a case?" 

Christ lovingly smiled and said, "Everyone that has come to Me and asked Me to represent them has received the same verdict as you, ....... Paid In Full. 


-Author Unknown

Monday, April 18, 2016

Isaiah 40:15

"Drop in the bucket"

Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.

Psalm 32:7 & 11

God's Promise
God Promises He Will Preserve Us  

I will keep you safe from trouble, for I am your hiding place.

Bible Verses
Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah. -Psalm 32:7
Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart. -Psalm 32:11

Purity of Heart and Life

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. (Matthew 5:8) 

Purity, even purity of heart, is the main thing to be aimed at. We need to be made clean within through the Spirit and the Word, and then we shall be clean without by consecration and obedience. There is a close connection between the affections and the understanding: if we love evil we cannot understand that which is good. If the heart is foul, the eye will be dim. How can those men see a holy God who love unholy things? 

What a privilege it is to see God here! A glimpse of Him is heaven below! In Christ Jesus the pure in heart behold the Father. We see Him, His truth, His love, His purpose, His sovereignty, His covenant character, yea, we see Himself in Christ. But this is only apprehended as sin is kept out of the heart. Only those who aim at godliness can cry, "Mine eyes are ever towards the Lord." The desire of Moses, "I beseech thee, show me thy glory," can only be fulfilled in us as we purify ourselves from all iniquity. We shall "see him as he is," and "every one that hath this hope in him purifieth himself." The enjoyment of present fellowship and the hope of the beatific vision are urgent motives for purity of heart and life. Lord, make us pure in heart that we may see Thee!

-C.H. Spurgeon
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