Friday, May 19, 2017

Suddenly...Brilliance!

(This is an untouched photo of the sun coming through my window)

The LORD always speaks to me through Nature. On a day, a few years back after my life was shattered into a thousand pieces, I was up early in the pre-dawn hours sitting in The LORD's Presence, allowing Him to soothe my devastated, clouded up soul.  

I sat pouring out my heart with my tears for I had no words within me that could convey what I was feeling - experiencing.  All I knew of this dreadful situation was that my life was now shrouded in absolute mystery and darkness.  What is Truth about my situation?  That question became the cry of my heart for months. The more I sought Truth, the more Abba exposed the hidden secrets and the plots and plans that had been put into action against my life. Abba surely had my back.

That morning, I sat in His Presence a long time before I finally realized the sun had come up.  Not only was it up, but it was shining brightly through my east-facing window.  I grabbed my phone and shot the above picture.

The sun's brilliance flooded my living room and The Son's brilliance flooded my soul.  Oh, how Abba loves His children.  He is all around us, showing Himself strong on our behalf if we only have eyes to see.  

It was Abba who brought the depth of the sins to the light.  Was it difficult to wrap my head around those things as they were exposed? Absolutely!  Was I able - at that time when I was so shattered - to process it all?  Absolutely not!  I was a devastated, nonfunctional mess.

But, God, in His infinite care of me was patient and ever so lovingly kind.  He took me by my hand and led me out of the valley of the shadow of death.  In time, I began to process. In time, I came to accept the absolute unimaginable as Truth. And I saw ever so clearly how Abba had my back.  Not only during this time of exposure but the prior years when the plotting and planning were being formed against my life.  Yes, my enemy's weapon was formed against me.  But, it did not prevail!  Because God's Word is True and never returns to Him void but accomplishes what He commands it to do.

His Lovingkindness, extravagant Love, and the brilliance of His Glory was the shield around my back.  He had me covered.  And it took His Brilliance breaking through my clouds to show me how loved I was by the One Who Matters Most.  Oh, Hallelujah!  

Because of Him and Unto Him,


Monday, May 15, 2017

A Hug Is Worth A Thousand Words


Galatians 6:2 tells us to "Bear one another's burdens and so fulfill the Law of Christ."  This is the only verse in the New Testament that speaks of fulfilling Law.  The Law of Christ is LOVE.

If we Love, we should be bearing one other's burdens compassionately as in this picture.  We don't need to speak flowery words or quote Scriptures or preach a mini-sermon to someone who is hurting. We certainly don't need to say, "Oh, so sorry, I'll pray for you" and then walk away.

A heartfelt, empathetic embrace will speak it all.

Because of Him and Unto Him,



Monday, April 10, 2017

Learning from The Master

On a road like no other, two of Jesus' Disciples met Him while walking to the city of Emmaus from Jerusalem, but they did not recognize Him in His resurrected state.

While walking with the stranger, they just chit-chatted away with Him about the events that had just transpired in the last few days. This narrative, as told by the Disciple Luke, is found in his book, chapter 24.

What I want to focus on is verse 27:
And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
Why didn't Jesus just say, "Hey boys, it's Me!"? or remind them of various things they did together during Jesus' ministry so that they would realize Who was among them?  Or operate in Words of Knowledge or Wisdom about them and so display His God-ness?

In God's infinite Wisdom, He shared Old Testament Scriptures with -them instead.

Jesus put emphasis on the written Word of God.  Jesus could have just reiterated, "I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life.  Remember boys?" The Disciples already heard those Words. What they needed to hear was the revealed Jesus Christ through the written Old Testament Scriptures, for The New Testament wasn't written as of yet. Every verse He shared with them pointed to Himself.

Old Testament Moses, born and died many hundreds of years before the birth of the Messiah, knew Jesus.  For it says in New Testament           Hebrews 11: 24-27:
By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him Who Is Invisible
Moses, who wrote the first five books of the Old Testament, had Divine revelations of Jesus Christ.  And you find Him pointed to throughout all of the Old Testament.

We cannot get the full picture of Jesus Christ and all He did for us if we only read the New Testament.  The Old Testament - from Genesis verse one to the end of Malachi - points to Jesus Christ.  It is so rich in revelation about our God.  Unless you discover and understand The LORD God Almighty throughout the Old Testament period, you will never appreciate the dispensation of Grace that Jesus Christ's death and resurrection affords us today. And then you may fall prey to one of the many, many false doctrines being preached and believed today, and/or the ways and means our society now dictates as normal and acceptable.

When it comes to Scripture, may it never be "out with the OLD and in with the New."

Because of Him and Unto Him,






Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Lesson from Flora Grace

As the sun below the horizon begins to light up the pre-dawn sky, I'm sitting here reflecting on yesterday.  It was not a good day.  I guess I could say it was an out-of-control day.

Nothing in this life is really in our control except our own personal behaviors.

Flora Grace Barone was a professional musician, the only child of professional musicians.  As a tiny child, Flora was part of her parent's trio.  She was raised in clubs playing amongst the rich and famous. Oh, the stories she tells me....

As an adult, God called Flora to Africa.  She played and sang in clubs throughout the continent for a few years before her dramatic born-again experience.  In the early years of her faith, she still supported herself by playing in clubs.  The Frank Sinatra hit, "My Way", has always been one of the Trio's and her personal favorites.  Everywhere Flora played, this was the most-requested song.  One day, sitting at a piano in an African club playing and singing that familiar song, God spoke to her heart and told her to never play "My Way"  again.  This was the beginning of a surrendered life.

In obedience she never did.  From that moment on, it was God's Will alone in her life.

Fast forward through all her Missionary years in Africa to yesterday. Under Hospice care, the nurse had warned her the day before of what could take place if Flora got out of bed anymore.  She gave us her word that she would stay put. Well, the exact thing the nurse stated is what took place yesterday due to Flora's will to do things her way.  It was not a good experience - for her or for me.

Much later in the day, she humbly begged my forgiveness.  Tears streamed down the lined face of this elderly Woman of God. Her voice was barely audible as she said to me, "God has brought me full circle back to my beginning. I must never play "My Way" again."  Since I knew of how major the surrendering of her will in regard to that song was, I knew exactly what she meant.  And the Hospice nurse witnessing it all lowered her head as if in honor of such a Holy moment even if she didn't fully understand what Flora meant.

And it was a Holy moment.  The tears were not just for the trauma caused to me.  The tears were that she sinned against God by stubbornly doing things her way.  Once again, in that moment she surrendered her will.  Not Flora's will be done, but Hospices'.

Flora Grace Barone is truly a woman adorned with Grace.

Because of Him and Unto Him,

Friday, March 3, 2017

The Undeserving Extend To the Undeserving

The definition of Mercy is us not getting the punishment we deserve. The definition of Grace is us getting all the blessings of God that we don't deserve.  ~Joseph Prince
Mercy and Grace are freely poured out to us on a daily basis even when we are least deserving of them.  In essence, God has adorned us with these attributes of Agape Love.

Why?  Because He so adores us.

May we not be like the servant in the parable of the unforgiving servant, as recorded in Matthew 18:21-35.  Let us be like Jesus Christ to those in our sphere of influence - extending mercy and grace to the undeserving.

Is that difficult to live out?  Absolutely!  Why?  Because our flesh wants gratification.  Therefore, we must cause our flesh to bow its knee to our spirits.  "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."  Galatians 5:16 says, "I say then, 'Walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh.'"


It is do-able.  Make it your aim today to extend Grace and Mercy toward others.

Because of Him and Unto Him,








Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Not My Job, Mon!

We are to be adorned with our experiences in Christ Jesus.  The Truths we have experienced are to be so real in us, that they adorn our necks as if they were fine jewels.


It is not our job to convince anyone of The Truth of God's Word. That is The Spirit of God's responsibility.  Christianity vs. Muslim, Christianity vs. Jehovah Witnesses vs. Buddhism, etc.; even Catholicism vs. Protestants or "Born Again" vs. non-born again.  We are not to get into debates or arguments.
...avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and striving about The Law; for they are unprofitable and useless.         ~Titus 3:9 
Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him.  ~Prov. 26:4
When you speak from the heart about your experiences, with the motive of glorifying God Almighty, no one can argue against that. Your words will be adorned with grace.  If your motive is to prove you are right and they are wrong, arguments will ensue.

That's my little sermon for today, birthed from Betty's quote.  Thank you, my Wise-hearted Betty!

Because of Him and Unto Him,