THE REFUGE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

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Lord, I see You transforming me. You are cleansing me from sin. I left the life of darkness to never return again. I have not become all I should be. Of this You are aware. Though I pray to grow stronger each day, Lord, cleanse me should I err. If I do not love as you desire, prick me in my heart. If I drift away from you, rip my boat apart. If I desire anything You do not want for me, Lord please take away my sleep. I want no part in evil. Erase it. Good is all I hope to keep. Cleanse me from my secret faults that no one knows about. If sin has taken residence, Lord, please cast it out. My spirit is always willing, but my flesh is often week. I do not seek things of the world. Lord, Your kingdom I seek. One day, I will be in Heaven. I have many loved ones there. I am trying my best. Lord, please do the rest. Cleanse me should I err.
   In the Beatitudes, Jesus said blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be comforted. Most of us will mourn the loss of someone we love during this lifetime. Some of us will take longer than others to heal.
   In 2009, my father passed away. I grieved very deeply. I coped by writing poetry. That poetry later became Enduring All: A Collection of Poetic Praise. In this book, I even included a farewell letter to my father. I thought the book was closure for me. I was incorrect. Father's Day came, and I could not call my father nor buy him any gifts. My birthday came, and the man who was instrumental in my conception was not here. Christmas came. the sting was severe.
   In 2010, my mother passed away. It was like a sucker punch. I was devestated. I prayed more than I had ever prayed in my life. I was hurting very deeply inside. I had expectations for both my parents. I had expected for them, at some point to be white-haired with me being thier caretaker. I had expected for them to live to see my child go to high school and college. All of my expectations were now shattered.
   Fortunately, I had a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I would ask Him to ease my pain and soothe my soul. He did more than that. He also gave me peace. I had a peace that even surpassed my own understanding. The blessing in mourning is the comfort of Christ. He tenderly takes us into His arms and wipes away every tear. He whispers, "I am with you always. Even until the end of the earth. Come unto Me all that are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Cast your cares upon Me, because I care for you."
   Blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Being Renewed

After accepting Christ, we cannot reap the full benefits of faith without our minds being renewed. Our minds are ultimately corrupt and wicked. We have to meditate on the Word of God and allow his Word to dominate our lives. Before accepting Christ, a person may feel there is nothing wrong with sex outside of marriage (fornication). A person may feel it is okay to have sex with someone other than thier spouse (adultery). A person may feel that taking small things without permission is acceptable (stealing).

I personally was raised in a very liberal environment. I was free to drink and smoke marijuana at age 16. I was free to have sex as long as it was protected. I was free to run the streets all hours of the night. I was free it seemed, but I ended up in bondage. I ended up being bound by sin. At age 17, I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and savior. The first few years, I attended church once weekly. That was not sufficient, I ended up returning to my old ways. I was a pitiful soul.

I soon learned the importance of studying the Bible outside of the church. I soon learned the importance of having an intimate relationship with God. The more we pursue God, the more He will reveal to us. I have been blessed with various spiritual gifts. If I did not make continuous efforts to know God better, I would not be able to recognize my gifts. Everyone has some type of gift that is of use. Through continual study of the Bible, we can learn to recognize things that the natural eye cannot see.

Be not conformed to this world. Do not grasp the concepts of this world. Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind. Be completely changed by allowing the Spirit of God to dwell within your mind.

How many people over the years have accepted the idea that Jesus came to do away with the law?

Let's get a perspective from the Bible on what God the Father inspired to be said about how His Son would look at the law. In the Old Testament, Isaiah prophesied of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, that "He will exalt the law and make it honorable" (Isaiah 42:21), not abolish it.

During Jesus' time on earth, we see Him taking that obligation seriously, as when He was asked by a calculating group of lawyers, "Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?"

Surprisingly to some, instead of a legal or technical response, Christ held out the opportunity to raise the sights of all present-and all humanity since-by saying: "You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment."

Raising the stakes so the lawyers would have to start making changes close to home if they were to agree with Him, He added, "And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'"

Then the Teacher of the law, and of love, in words the lawyers couldn't dispute, ended the issue with: "On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets" (Matthew 22:36-40).

Other than the Ten Commandments, condensed by Christ into those two maxims in Matthew 22, where does His "new commandment" to "love one another" (John 13:34) fit in? Doesn't it in some way alter our obligation to keep the Ten Commandments? Isn't love all you need?

In John 13 Christ is simply summarizing what we saw Him explain in Matthew 22: that to love to the degree expected of us, we should have the love He had. His way of life magnified the law, a law of love toward God and toward every human being. This was living the Father's will, to which Jesus, His Son, was totally committed

Learning Faith

Faith is the absence of fear. I am still learning faith. Currently, there is a flood risk in the state of Louisiana. Louisiana is my home. the media is sending out messages of fear. I have had to stand on the scripture that states we should be anxious for nothing. I could allow myself to be overcome by fear, but I cannot. Without faith, it is impossible to please God. I live to please God. Therefore, I must learn to reject the spirit of fear.

God has not given us the spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind. If we doubt, we should not believe that we will recieve anything from God. I say "we" because I am including myself. I have to regularly study scripture and pray to keep the spirit of fear away. Our minds have to be renewed in order to live a victorious life. We are born in sin and shapen in iniquity. It takes years for us to be corrupted by Satan. It often takes years to become uncorrupt. Operating in faith is not simple. We have to study and pray. The Bible is our textbook. Are you learning faith?

Beyond Comprehension

Anyone who is led intellectually can never be all they were made to be. The mind is limited in many ways. That is why it is necessary to pray. What is man that God would be mindful of him? Thank God for Jesus. I love him. Many people believe they can use their minds to find all that they hope to find. They have eyes and cannot see that they are blind. True Light is what they need to find. The love of God is beyond comprehension. He can make a life beyond recognition. He can take a wicked and dark soul, make it pure and make it whole. He can give beauty for ashes and treasure for trash. He can wash away a sinful past. Indeed, his love and power are beyond comprehension.
Heavenly Father, I come to you admitting that I have fallen short of your glory. I ask you to cleanse me from all unrighteousness. Yes, even my secret faults. Clothe me in righteousness. I ask you to redeem my soul, for the times are evil. I ask you to restore unto me all that I have lost. I ask you to restore unto me the joy of my salvation. Restore soundness to my body. Restore my mind. Restore everything that the enemy has stolen. I thank you in Jesus name for your love and for the atoning blood of Christ. I now declare that it is well with my soul. Amen.
In this time it is very important that we scrutinize our lives with a fine tooth comb and see whether our lives measure up and are level with the word of God.  Is living holy giving you everything that you need to be caught up when the Lord returns? If not the remedy is living the Godly life rather than living holy.  Living holy is not found in the bible, but being holy as he is holy is.

When living the Godly life we are free to confess our sins so that the adversary can't use our sins to make us feel guilty, or make us hesitate when serving God. No one can't tell you that you aren't saved, especially if you are doing your best to exhibit the fruit of the spirit.  When everyone knows about the sin in your life it is their duty to pray for you if they are Christians, and for those candidates that are being witnessed to see that being a Christiann is more an insurance policy than needing to have super powers (even though Christians have supernatural powers) to live the life that is Christianity.

I agape you all.

Jesus

Jesus, Yeshua, Y'shua
John 8:12 - Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.

Jesus is not the light of the physical world.  The earth was without form and void and God said "Let there be light."  The sun and the moon are the light of the physical world.

Jesus is the light of the spiritual world.  When Jesus lives inside of us, we become the light of the world.  We are his embassadors here on earth to provide light to a darkened world.

Light draws people.  Being filled with God's light will bring others to the Light of the World, Jesus.

Walk in Light
8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit[b]is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. 14 Therefore He says:


      “ Awake, you who sleep,
      Arise from the dead,
      And Christ will give you light.”
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