Lent Week 3 Day 17

John 4:23, But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.

Jesus was talking to the woman at the well and she thought God could only be worshiped in a certain place but Jesus explained God is looking for people who will worship Him in spirit and in truth. It doesn’t matter “where” we worship as long as the place of worship comes from our heart. True worship is a heart that is right towards God. We worship in our spirit and in His truth. Worship is a state of the heart. Praise comes because of worship. I wrote something about this here.  I pray, I know I have right standing with You because of my faith in Jesus. Help me to also have and maintain a pure heart towards You, to worship you truly in Spirit and in Truth.

Trail to the Tree

Day 17 Behold Your lamb

This is the last day of Trail to the Tree. Ann didn’t have anymore days on there so starting tomorrow I think I will add her new devotion Lent to Repent.

Today’s reading is about Jesus’ resurrection. When the angel told Mary that He is risen and go tell the disciples.

Ann says: So give us courage to run, Father, great joy coursing through these veins, to tell the world!

This joy to tell the whole world came to me when I had my salvation experience. I wanted to tell people in the grocery store and people I had known about this Jesus that I found! I did do all those things and even people at the church. I found out later in the Bible that we must confess with our lips that Jesus is Lord. Romans 10:9,

that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.

This is why I write this blog. Hoping someone who doesn’t know this good news might come to know it through the working of the Holy Spirit in these words. I pray that God will use me to type and the Holy Spirit will direct the people who need the good news to read something here that will wake them from their sleep. I looked up the word Gospel recently and it comes from the Greek word “euangelion” which means the joy news, You receive joy from the Holy Spirit when you receive Jesus. 1st Thessalonians 1:6,  You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. Something else I learned from Ann Voskamp is a clenched white knuckle fist can’t receive anything. We have to have an open, humble hand to receive light. Flames need oxygen to light. If you want to ignite the flame in your heart and become on fire for Jesus then I invite you to receive Him in your heart today.

Day 1- Get your thinking straight and be in God’s presence

Day 2- Be reading the Bible and trust God

Day 3- Reverence, worship and praise God and Jesus for who God is and what Jesus has done.

Day 4- Be faithful to Him and He will be faithful to fill you. Look to Jesus with gratitude and prayer.

Day 5- Notice the miserable and suffering, ask God to reveal them so I can tell them the Good News that there is hope and there is a Savior, His name is Jesus!

Day 6- Stay close to God with a repented heart. He will bring life out of the mundane if I trust Him to do it.

Day 7- Relationship means dependence. Depend on your relationship with Jesus to do God’s will and bring Him joy and joy to yourself.

Day 8- Don’t hesitate to ask God for help out of all temptations, trials, distresses and troubles. Keep God on your mind, always.

Day 9- Being thankful and having faith for the presence of God in my life will prompt miracles.

Day 10- Let my heart stay vulnerable so God can multiply His love through me.

Day 11- God helps us through the words of Jesus.

Day 12- Surrender and live a new life

Day 13- Receive and give thanks for God’s grace and live holy

Day 14- Remember grace through Jesus to stay awake

Day 15- Pray for the Holy Spirit’s presence to stay out of darkness, repent when necessary

Day 16- Praise, Honor and Glorify God and Jesus and wait to see what He does!

Day 17- The time is Now, receive Jesus today and go tell the world!

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My Wonderwall, Jesus

Today I was drawn to a song called Wonderwall by Oasis

It has turned out to be really awesome! I looked up the meaning of the song and found this. According to Noel Gallagher, the song describes “an imaginary friend who’s gonna come and save you from yourself “. And since the only ‘you’ in the song goes on to become the ‘Wonderwall‘, it must refer to something/someone who will always be there for you, and well, save you.

This can only mean Jesus for me, so I felt like Jesus is communicating this to me through the song which is awesome!

The next thing that happened was I read my Advent devotional from The Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp and it kinda ties in with the song and I wanted to share this and record my thoughts.

Ann wrote, The King from the beginning, back when we were young and the world was Edenic and the wonderland was us. She goes on to say,  joy beyond the walls of the world. It’s Jesus.

Jesus is my wonderwall. He is the joy that is my wall, to hold me in peace. He is joy beyond the walls of the world but He is also my wonderwall that saves me. His presence in my mind and heart save me from darkness and despair. The darkness that can fill my mind and heart to make me feel afraid and out of sorts. Jesus, just the thought of Him steers me back into the Light and into peace and love. He gives me strength and courage. In the song You Make Me Brave it says: No fear can hinder now the promises You have made. No fear can hinder now the love that made a way!

This video and song gave me goose bumps today!

Ann also said, “The King beyond this world has entered this world and the wonderland in Him we always hoped for is here and now and true. The King of the first and still coming second Advent, the King coming again to rule the earth and make all the sad things untrue. The wonderland is unfolding now, Kingdom coming, because His Word doesn’t return to Him void. Isaiah 55:11-12 . So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

I love how she put it, the wonderland is true and it’s here, now. And when Jesus comes again He will make all the bad headlines untrue, all the death will be but a myth!

I read somewhere yesterday that Jesus invites us into His Story [ History].  To be in His Story we have to surrender our lives to Him. To live in the safe parameters of His Wonderwall and dwell in Wonderland, we have to follow Him. We have to give up our ways and go God’s way.  My dad wrote this in a Bible he gave me when I was twenty: It truly can be a “Wonderful Life”.

Living The Fairy Tale

Last December my son played a song for me in the car that I liked and I asked him the name and he said Fairy tale theme. It struck a chord in me because I had been watching the show Once Upon A Time. This show is saturated with spiritual insight. What God showed me was that He sees everything. He sees us, the moon the stars, the universe! He is the real reality, the ultimate reality. We are in a sense in His fairy tale, after all the word history is broken into His Story. We have a part in His Story. I found an article written by the author of Lord of The Rings, Tolkien, about Fairy tales. He talked about fairy tales being the consolation of happy endings. The word he used to describe this was eucatastrophe . The eucatastrophic tale is the true form of fairy tale and it’s highest function. Tolkien said the consolation of fairy tales, the joy of the happy ending is there is no true ending to any fairy tale. This joy which is one of the things which fairy tales can produce is not “escapist” nor “fugitive”.  It is a sudden and miraculous grace never to be counted on to recur. This word of his made me remember a word Ann Voskamp uses and it’s Eucharisteo which means grace recognized, give thanks and joy.  So, eucatastrophe gives way to the experience of eucharisteo.

What I want to conclude is when we choose God and He is in control of our lives we can have the consolation of a happy ending that never ends and while we are still here on earth we get to experience eucharisteo. This is not a way to escape but it’s realizing what is the truth. The truth of the Gospel, that Jesus, our savior came to save us. Like Emma is the savior in Once Upon a Time. She is suppose to give them their happy endings. Jesus gives us the happy ending here on earth and Jesus gives us the joy of knowing there is no end to this unfathomable JOY!

Who Needs a Physician?

Jesus said in Luke 5:31 that it is not the healthy who are in need of a physician but those who are sick. He is saying He came for the ones who know they need Him.  When we realize and become aware that we are “sick” [our sinful state], then we see that we are in need of a savior. Until we grasp this truth, we will keep living a lie. The lies of Satan will prevail and when we come to the end of it, our lives will be all for naught. We are born under the curse, a spiritual sickness. Satan wants us to believe there is nothing wrong with us, we can handle it, we got this under control. But in reality if God isn’t in control we are headed down the wrong path and that’s the path of sin. Doing things our own way, which is sin, leads to death. It may not be physical death at first but it will be a death of something in our life.

The path to salvation, the healing of Jesus’ blood is only the beginning. Once we receive Jesus as savior, we then have to make Him Lord. He heals our sinful state by giving us His sinless state.  God doesn’t see us as sinners anymore, but He  allows us to have weaknesses. As Paul wrote in 2nd Corinthians 12:7-10  or because of these surpassingly great revelations. Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.  We may think once we are saved our life will be easy, but Jesus specifically said we will have trouble but to be happy because he has overcome the world! Our weakness is what God uses to keep us dependent on Him. Without it we could get prideful and slip into thinking highly of ourselves and that we are in control of our life. This thinking causes us to forget God. If we can’t see God working in our lives we will think it’s all our own doing.  If we are made to stay aware of our weakness, we keep looking for God’s strength. He said that His strength is made known and perfect in our weakness. So, we need God continually! Bless our weaknesses because that’s what keeps us connected to God! Our weakness and God’s power infuse together to make our connection. This produces the joy of the Lord which gives us strength. The joy of knowing we are living in God’s will, the joy of knowing His presence is with us, the joy of knowing” He’s got this” and the joy of knowing that when we die one day, Jesus will be there, and not only to take us to heaven but to also tell us we lived a life with meaning and purpose. When we choose God’s way, Jesus,to follow Him, we can’t go wrong.