One Size Fits All…
There are many things in this world that come with this description. Clothes, some hats, some gloves, some shoes and other things but there is one that no matter who you are, where you are at in life, what your skin color is or what language you speak that fits everyone. Who is this One you ask?
He doesn’t want anyone to perish. (2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.)
He wants us to come to Him. (Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.)
The whole heavens rejoice when one sinner repents. (Luke 15:7 I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.)
Yes, He is a one size fits all God. His arms are big enough to carry all your burdens and His shoulders are wide enough to support your head as you release and collapsed onto them.
Come to Him and feel the love He has for you. You will never be the same when you do.
Isaiah 53:1-5 Who has believed what he has heard from us? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.
Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Isaiah 30:18 So the LORD must wait for you to come to Him so He can show you His love and compassion. For the LORD is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for His help.
By Pat Styers
This was posted by my best friend and sister in Christ.
Many times in our lives, we will set appointments. There are appointments for many different things. Most of the time, if we want to see a doctor, mechanic or other professional person, we have to set an appointment in order to see that person. Once the appointment is set, we need to prioritize and make sure that we have designated the time needed to keep that appointment. If it is important to us to see that person or do something during the designated time, we will make sure that we get to the place at the time that is appointed. We make time for those things that are important to us even if it means adjusting our schedules and being inconvenienced.
As important as some appointments are with people, there are even much more important appointments but many of us get too busy or distracted to make and keep them. When is the last time you purposely set aside a period of time to spend time alone with the Lord? I am not really talking about a few minutes before you go to sleep or a quick prayer before you start your day. I am talking about setting a designated time when you REALLY meet with the Lord for the purpose of spending time in His presence. I am referring to a set apart time where He has your undivided attention and can give you a spiritual check-up and tell you what He wants to do in you in order to prepare you for His purposes for you. God wants and needs to be our first and top priority always!
I was praying for a friend who is in ministry and stays very busy ministering and doing things for others. God told me to tell him to set an appointment with God and not to let anything distract him from keeping that appointment! It is easy, especially for those who are in ministry, to get so busy “doing” things for the Lord that we miss the MOST important thing. The most important thing is ministering TO the Lord and letting Him minister to us! If we get so busy ministering horizontally to others that we do not spend the time with the vertical ministry to and from the Lord, we have it backwards and will not be fruitful in what we do or we will eventually burn-out! If we minister to others and have not had that one-on-one time with the Lord, we are ministering in our flesh and in our strength, which is not what God desires! All ministry to others needs to come from the overflow of what we have gotten from the Lord while in His presence. It is the one-on-one time with the Lord that produces the changes we need in our lives so that when we minister to others, it is done in HIS power and strength and not ours! Only when we regularly make and keep appointments with the Lord, will we be fruitful in our lives and ministries!
I challenge ALL of us who are Christians to adjust our schedules and make the Lord and spending time with Him our top priority!
Rejoice in the Lord. Feel His love surrounding you each day. Feel Him guide you as each day goes by. Hear Him when you spread His word with others. Touch Him by reading His word. See Him in those who have them in their life.
Philippians 4:4 – Rejoice in the Lord alway: again I say, Rejoice. Psalms 5:11 – But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.
Stop looking in the Rear-View Mirror by me J.L. Russell
The Lord blessed me with those words last year. If you think about it, really think about those words, how many of you are doing this?
Does a week go by without you using the words “If Only” or “I Wish I Would Have” or “I Should Have” or whatever the words may be?
How many times in a week do you glance into that review mirror? Is it once, twice, three times or more?
When you came to the Lord. When you gave Him your heart and your life and you asked for and received His forgiveness of your sins, those sins are gone and forgotten, the past is gone and it’s called the past for a reason, its passed. You can’t change it, you can’t go back in time, you can’t make a different decisions, because that day, hour and minute is gone.
There is something you can do now though and that is stop looking into that rear-view mirror and start looking through the windshield. Look at whats ahead of you and see the awesome things in-store for you, especially when you have the Lord doing all the guidance and restoring.
God wants you to focus on the here and now and the future, not on the things of the past. When you asked for and received His forgiveness your slate was wiped clean. You were reborn. You have a new heart, a heart for God. Start looking through the windshield and as you go, take Jesus on the ride with you, so He can every now and then, when the windshield gets a crack in it, stop it from spreading and completely restore what needed to be fixed.
Wake up dry bones!
There are those who walked away from God.
There are those who know God but really don’t know God.
There are those who go through the motions. Going to events, to church, spend time with others but their heart, well, that’s another thing.
Like the dry bones, their heart has somewhat dried up.
Well, its time to wake up! Its time to get the fire back!
Its time to really let Him in your life! Its time to surrender all to Him!
Its time for your dry bones to become new again.
Stand up! Shout His Holy name to the top of your lungs!
Wake up and live again! He is waiting!
Will you answer His call?
Ezekiel 37:10 breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.
God’s will took Jesus to the cross and cost Him His life, and God’s will takes us to the cross and costs us our lives as we offer ourselves as living sacrifices to our Father. Our hearts now become “altared” hearts, hearts that are placed on the altar of God in order to sacrifice our interests so we can focus on His interests. This is how we love our enemies; this is how we bless those who curse us; this is how we forgive the unfaithful;. This is how we see our weakness transformed into Christ’s power and glory. If you wish to follow Jesus, you must empty yourself, humble yourself, and sacrifice yourself by and so take up your cross.
Phil. 2:5-8 Who, being in very nature Jesus, did not consider equality with God something to be used to His own advantage; rather, He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled himself by becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross!