James has a Heart-to-Heart

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I love the phrase, “heart-to-heart” to describe a conversation. The book of James is just that. It is also a shepherding, pastoring guidebook to a healthy Christian life. He is writing to Jews, displaced by much persecution. Can you imagine how stressed they were? James cares and writes what he knows to be true about living a life for the Lord. His book is great for everyone! I am so excited about what he writes, so how about we start day one of A Study in James? We will dedicate a day per chapter, so in just a few days, you will be very familiar with James’ message to the Jews…and to us.

Chapter One

What a beginning! James sets the tone for his upcoming words in the best way possible. Chapter One, verse one says,

“James, a bondservant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad.” James 1:1 NKJV

What exactly is a bondservant? According to everything I researched, a bondservant is a servant that was released by his master but willingly remained in service to the master, out of gratefulness for their freedom. We are bondservants! Jesus freed us but we love and respect Him so we CHOOSE a life of service to Him. That’s pretty powerful stuff! We choose to be bonded with Him!

James is a great pastor and cheerleader! He wants to encourage the Jewish Christians who have been persecuted. With easy to understand language, he tells them how to look at all the trials as a testing that produces patience. He reminds them that being rich is not the goal, but being lowly and exalting in belonging to Christ. He admits there will be temptations from the enemy, because that is what the enemy does, he gives us lies that could lead us astray. On the other hand, the Lord only gives good gifts!

The second half of chapter one is like a playbook of how to navigate the battle for our souls. The first thing to do is to realize we will be tried, but not just randomly tried, but tried to produce something, the righteousness of God. What a daunting idea! I can only wrap my head around that when I consider that I, myself, produce nothing close to righteousness, but it is the Lord that does good and seemingly impossible things in us. He is that great!

You could say James likes to warn others, sort of like a safety monitor. who tells others what to look out for, what to be prepared for and how to handle tough situations. He tells the Jews to be careful to actually DO what the Word of God says and not just KNOW it. Ouch! How easy is it to know what we are supposed to do but not do it because we get distracted or think someone else will do it? I am guilty of that! I like the way James describes that needed focus on God’s Word as the “law of liberty.”

But He who looks into the perfect LAW OF LIBERTY and continues in it and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” James 1:25 NKJV

He ends chapter one with an if/then proposition. He basically points out a possible pitfall that Christians can fall into…. He explains that IF we think we are religious but we don’t control what we say, trying to trick our own heart, THEN our religion is worthless. James 1:26 Thankfully, he then tells the Jews what real undefiled religion is:

Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” James 1:27 NKJV

…And that is James chapter one! I love the detailed way he teaches the persecuted Jews to hold onto hope because there is a reason for suffering. It produces righteousness. Only God in His perfect wisdom and power can accomplish that! We are just the loyal servants who, not only know what His law says, but we want to actively do it. That means treating others as the brothers and sisters that they are meant to be. If they are in trouble, it is our job to help them. That is something the Lord has been urging me about lately, the need to help each other more.

I hope you will read chapter one of James and then join me for Chapter two on Monday. It’s good stuff! Have a great and safe week. No matter what trials you may have, the Lord can use it to produce something useful to Him. Watch out for the schemes of the enemy, praying always. Help someone today and tomorrow and the next day and I will do the same!

With much love from the Father to you,

Christina(Tina)

Who Am I?

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I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate on Your precepts,
and contemplate Your ways. I will delight myself in Your statutes; I will not forget Your word. Psalm 119:14-16 NKJV

As I was praying this morning, asking God to clarify some things for me, I began to feel an overwhelming sense of peace. Why? Because I know He knows me better than I know myself and He will guide me. See, I have tried to “guide myself” and find my own purpose in different ways over the last few years. More health issues than I would like to count have changed what John and I can and can’t do. Have you had that challenge, too? It’s tough, isn’t it, to navigate life’s changes?

I am definitely not the worst off of people around me. John and I simply have had life changes that demand we change course a bit. It is just that adjustment of so many things we used to do has leaves us wondering, “What are our lives supposed to look like now? What other direction should we go in, to be useful to the Lord?”

When praying for my concerns, the term “organic” came to mind, as I want to get at who I am, who God means for me to be. To me, organic means, made by God, natural, not artificial. So guess who I am! I am organic if I am made of all that’s from God. I can add things to my look, my life, my goals, my plans, but organically, I am just plain ‘ol God’s child. And that’s enough! The more organic, the healthier, right? If I want to be authentically God’s, I must not try to add to my self, but rather have Him add to me, all that is good and healthy for me, all that is of Him.

God’s Word, love, the Holy Spirit, Jesus and prayer are all things that make up who He wants you and me to be. Those are the things that will determine who we are. It is up to us to pursue them. I have found it to be true that whenever we come to a place where we are not sure what we need to do, or who He wants us to be, that He says, “Follow me first and all the rest will become clear in my time.” Isn’t it great that we can leave our burdens with Him and even without immediate answers, we can trust He will guide us? When we want His will, He will always guide us. He likes doing that, guiding His children:)

As humans, we try to add things to our life to make it better. We want to be useful, have purpose, use our talents in big ways. (Preaching to myself here!) But…since God gave us gifts, it is up to HIM to show us how to use these things that are a natural part of us. All my thinking and planning to become something better is actually a barrier to me finding out what HE wants. Less is more when it comes to what we should plan or add on our own. It is what God can add that we need to pursue, like our lives depend on it, which they do!

At times, I have underestimated the importance of prayer in my life. I am learning that I am nothing without that lifeline. It connects me, like an umbilical cord, to nourishment from the One who made me. Oh that I would never struggle again with a decision! That will never happen, because we are meant to depend on God. Organically fed by His truth and praying for more every day, we will become what He meant us to be.

I love this question that Jesus asked. Simon Peter answered it perfectly,

But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:15-16 NKJV

We can answer that for ourselves! Who do say our Lord is? Does He control all of our life? Do we worship, obey and trust Him for who He is? When we do that, He will guide us! That’s good news!

Today is a great day for dwelling in the presence of the One who made us, the One who saved us and the One who abides with and guides us. He is just perfectly great, isn’t He?

With love from the Father to you,

Christina

Today is a Perfect Day

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For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 NKJV

I know that title may sound silly, but that is the thought that is in my mind right now. There is something special about a Monday. It is a perfect chance to start a week with the right mindset. I admit my mind, from the moment my feet hit the floor this morning, was focused on a to-do list for the day. Then I remembered, “God first.” That’s just something I decide every morning, because otherwise my day wouldn’t start out perfectly.

See, we need Him so, so much. Our pastor focused on that yesterday. We need God. In humility, we can admit that need every second, minute, hour and day. Doing this, at the beginning of the week and the beginning of the morning is about as close to perfect a start to a day that I can think of.

The verse above reminds us we are made for Him, for His good works, not for our own works. Today is a perfect day to declare from the onset of this week, that we will do what He made us to do, His good works. We will gladly do them because we love Him and we love others. We want others to know the joy and peace we have, so let’s make this a perfect day by looking to our perfect Father for HIS plan for today.

Will you pray this with me?

Dear Father,

Sometimes I feel so imperfect. I wish I could be more consistent in doing good works that glorify You and Your love for us. I dedicate this morning and every morning to Your will. With Your Holy Spirit, nudge me when I get off track and plan my day around my own wants first. You come first. Forgive me for putting myself first sometimes. I am made by You, FOR You. I submit my heart and mind and soul to Your use for this day and week. I will consider Your plans for my day and life first, before I plan. You know perfectly well what I need. That gives me joy and peace! Thanks for being my perfect Father. I love You so much! Amen

With much love from our awesome Father to you, may we start each day in a perfect way, with our King:)

Christina

I’ll Sing Glory Hallelujah

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Do you ever miss the old hymns? Maybe you still sing them every now and then at your church. I love the constant message of redemption by Jesus’ blood. I never want to take it for granted that the Creator of the universe sent His perfect Son to die for us, to save imperfect humans from sin. How loving is that? Mind blown! As I was thinking about this, an old hymn, “Just a Little Talk With Jesus” came on in my earbuds, on Spotify. Aah… If I could just express my love for the Lord with a song to this same tune…

To give credit, “Just a Little talk With Jesus” was wriiten by Cleavant Derricks © 1937 Stamps-Baxter Music, renewed 1965 Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing Inc.

These are the words the Lord gave me after I asked Him to help me express what was in my heart. I hope these words encourage you and you try singing these words to the tune of “Just a Little Talk With Jesus.”

                                                              I’ll Sing Glory Hallelujah

God knew our deepest need

From sin we must be freed

His Son was sent to die upon a tree

My heart is clean within

He paid for all my sin

Forever I will sing this song to Him

Chorus-

I’ll sing – glory hallelujah

I will – praise the Lord forever

He is – greatly to be praised

And I will – love Him all my days

Even if – every now and then a trial

I’ll still – trust Him every single mile

And sing – glory hallelujah, He is by my side

Look up It won’t be long

We’ll be in heaven’s throng

And joining in the angels’ happy song

We’ll see our Savior’s face

Inside that heavenly place

We’ll sing this tune of His amazing grace

Chorus-

We’ll sing – glory hallelujah

We will – praise the Lord forever

He is – greatly to be praised

And we will – love Him all our days

Even if – every now and then a trial

We’ll still – trust Him every single mile

And sing – glory hallelujah, He is by our side.

Copyright ©2021 Christina Crute

With love from our awesome Father to you,

Christina

Our Parent’s Opinion

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My adult daughters still come to me for guidance on decisions. They ask my husband John, too, but when they need mom’s advice, can you guess how appreciated that makes me feel? They can very easily make all decisions on their own, but having Mom’s vote seems to mean something to them. It warms my heart. I know that they do not come to me because I am the wisest mom in the world, but because I love them so much and want the best for them. They also know that God is my wisest One!

One question I always ask them, before they make a major decision is, “Will you regret it later if you say no to this thing?” “Is there a chance you will wish you had said ‘yes’ to this?” Very often, that seals the deal for them and myself, when I have questions, because it gets at the heart of our desires. Now, I am not proposing to them that, if they make a wrong decision that they live with the angst of regret. It just seems practical to think, “What if I did not do this thing?” Later on, will I wish I had at least tried?”

Our Father in heaven loves us and wants the very best for us. Like a parent, I imagine it warms His heart when we come to Him for guidance on decisions. It honors who He is, all He has done for us and tells Him we need Him so much that we cannot make important decisions without Him. I don’t know about you, but very often, when I make wrong decisions, it is because I did not fully consider what HE wanted. I do have some regrets, but I do not wallow in them, as I used to.

How come? Because I am not perfect, was never meant to be perfect and never will be perfect. God is! He knows we will make wrong decisions, or decisions earlier or later than He would like. He knows we can be selfish and impatient and prideful, so naturally we will not do everything perfectly. BUT, when we come to Him and ask for forgiveness, He always says, “yes.” Plus, we learn from wrong decisions, too-fast decisions and those based on our own selfishness or wisdom, such as it is. Learning is good!

My encouragement for today is to pray at the beginning of every day, every meal and before every major decision. Coming to God on purpose is not only vital for growing spiritually, it will keep us in His will, by us asking for it. It is pretty simple but pretty awesome!

Though we have heard this prayer a million times, it bears repeating with a full, sincere heart, a child’s heart to a loving parent, Father God. Let us come to Him knowing He wants our best and trust Him to lead us in that way. He is that good at what He does!

Pray along these lines: ‘Our Father in heaven, we honor your holy name. We ask that your kingdom will come now. May your will be done here on earth, just as it is in heaven. Give us our food again today, as usual, and forgive us our sins, just as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us.  Don’t bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the Evil One. Amen.’ Matthew 6:9-13 The Living Bible

May you have a day with Father God that makes you both smile,

Christina

Peace, Love and Cookies

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But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Colossians 3:14-15 NKJV

This morning, I feel like story-telling, because I am so grateful for the Lord’s love and patience with both me and my older brother, John. We could not have been more different in personality. I am shy and he was wild and crazy with a million friends. It took the Lord and cookies for us to form a real bond. I will explain…

I miss John so much since he went to be with Jesus last year. The things I miss most about him are the little things that happened over and over. I remember how excited he got every time the family got together and I handed him a box of “preacher cookies.” That became the basis of our relationship for awhile. We were very different in lifestyle but we had one thing in common. We both loved cookies! It was my privilege to make cookies for him and his to make me feel like they were the best in the world. Yeah, I know he did that so he would get free cookies often, but it still stands out as one of my favorite memories of Him. I would barely get in the door to a family gathering when he would say, “Hey sis, did you bring cookies?” And usually, before the family gathering was up, he would tell me, “I will text you when my box is empty.” Would that I could hear those words one more time! He made me feel he needed his little sis.

What else stands out? The fact that I and my siblings were so concerned for his soul. It is tough to talk to your own family about the Lord, because you don’t want them to feel judged, but loved. I still question whether I did enough, soon enough. Did I tell him enough that I was praying for him? Did he truly know I loved him regardless of our differences? Could he see that his little sister only wanted the best for him and the best was the Lord?

In the end, yes, He knew. See, he was an amputee and his phantom pain was unbearable. Nothing gave him relief, that is, until he started reading a devotional I bought him and he started seeking the Lord out of desperation. I would like to say I was always that intentional with him, tending his need for God, but I wasn’t, until he reached out to me during a period of depression that scared him. That gave me the go-ahead to tell him how I really felt about what he should do. He flat out asked me, “Sis, can you please tell me what to do? I feel depressed. I will do anything you say.” That was something he never ever came close to asking me before, so I thanked the Lord for this opportunity, asked for right words and what came out was, “John, just pray.” Then, “Make an appointment with your doctor right away.”

He needed a simple answer. He could not handle anything more at the time. He said, “Okay, but will you pray for me , too?” “will you check on me every day for awhile?” Though my heart was breaking for him, I struggled to hold it together so he would hopefully hear the peace of Jesus in my voice. I was shell-shocked…Was this my wild brother I was talking to?

Though I was thrown by this sudden turn of events, it was a happy turn, my brother asking for me for guidance. It was daunting, though, because I am so imperfect and still have much to learn for myself. I felt inadequate for this task. But, by leaning heavy on the Lord, so I didn’t mess everything up, I did my best. John and I began to text and call each other every few days. John made me promise to do that. Baby step by baby step, I saw God work on his heart. I won’t go into details, but some God-things happened that blew his mind and he began to believe and want the Lord.

The last time I saw him, he was so happy and joking. There was a peace about him. He made a point of cracking joke after joke and causing my sister and I do our loud, embarrassing cackling laugh! He didn’t mention any pain that day. Something was different, I realized later. As I write all this down, I am so thankful for answered prayer. John may have taken the longest, hardest road possible to peace in Jesus, but he got there, I am sure. I knew, when he started sending me Bible verses and got excited about how good God was, that he was finally happy in the Lord.

Side-note, but an important note. I owe a debt of gratitude to a couple of John’s friends that took him to church and loved on him so much the last year of his life. How do you thank someone for influencing your sibling’s eternity? God is so good. He used those two saints to do His important work:) I will forever love you two. You know who you are because I now call you my sister and brother in Christ.

Thank you for reading. I just wanted to reminisce about how good our God has been and continues to be. I believe it is our job, as His children, to tell stories about what He has done in the lives of people we know. Why? So others will know that there is hope available and His name is God. So God will be glorified. Is there anything more important? Nope!

Father God, thank You for every opportunity, trial, blessing and joy you allow. Help us, as imperfect as we are to recognize that every experience can be used to glorify You and it is our honor to do so. We love You so much! Amen

With love from the Father to you,

Christina

His Blood Covers All

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Do you ever wonder why people do the things they do? Do you shake your head in amazement at the crazy things going on in the world today? I do, but then I remember….all is not hopeless! God has a plan to save us from our sin, so there is hope for the world! The blood of His Son, Jesus, covers a multitude of sins.

Today’s devotion is simple, because, well, sometimes the simple, basic truth needs to be dwelled on the most. There was and is a problem, sin, and God solved it. It is that simple and wonderful!

Here is the problem as Paul describes it…

But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people. Timothy 3:1-5 NIV

We all have sinned, have lived for self, then Jesus’ blood saved us to a better life and purpose! He is the answer to our problems. My words do not seem to be sufficient so here is God’s Word with the answer. Inspired by God, Paul writes…

At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared,  he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,  so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.  This is a trustworthy saying. And I want you to stress these things, so that those who have trusted in God may be careful to devote themselves to doing what is good. These things are excellent and profitable for everyone. Titus 3:1-8 NIV

There is a problem and God solved it. I wanted to stress this simple but profound truth because…God has the answer to every problem we face. He is the answer. No matter the craziness and evil that goes on in the world and hearts, Jesus’ blood covers all. We cannot give up believing that men and women can be saved from sin. Jesus’ blood was shed for all of us and it covers a multitude of sins.

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 1 John 1:7 NIV

I think we need encouragement or at least I do this morning and, as usual, God delivered! We should not lose hope! Just as God had an answer for sin, He has answers for all of life’s problems. Trust Him and His plan and have peace and hope! Do not stop doing good, as Paul describes above. Do not stop believing that people with all backgrounds and histories can be saved. All is not lost. Jesus can be found.

Dear Father,

Thank You does not seem to express how grateful we are for Your answer to sin and answers in Your Word, for all of our fears and problems. You have it all covered, so we do not need to lose hope. We do not deserve Your goodness but You give it every day. We see it when we focus on You. Thank You for being our answer and our hope. Help us to share this answer with the world and do good, believing that all can be saved, not because of the good we do, but the good You do. We love You! Amen

With love from the Father to you, be encouraged that God is on the throne, in control of our world:)

Christina

Taking the Short cut or the Long Haul

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 So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Hebrews 10:35 NLT

Last night, my hubby and I streamed a movie titled “Shortcut to Happiness.” Alec Baldwin and Jennifer Love Hewitt make a deal with each other. Alec is a struggling, frustrated writer and makes a deal with the devil, Jennifer Love Hewitt. She will grant his main desire of success as a writer if he will give her soul to him. When John and I got the premise of the movie, we almost turned it off, but something made me want to see how these famous actors portrayed a very real struggle in today’s society.

What is the struggle? Everyone, including Christians, wants to be happy…and not eventually, but right now. Feeling that way is not wrong but responding to that thought should be based on what we know to be true in the end. We know that things and events can make us happy and we like that feeling, don’t we? So, we want more and more happiness. When frustration or trials come, we are desperate for that happiness. The truth is…there is only one lasting happiness and it is found in God.

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18 NIV

He has already made a way for us to have it, through His Son and the Holy Spirit. The joy we have in Jesus is true, loving and forever! We just have to make right choices based on His truths. Life is all about making lots of choices, isn’t it? Every minute of the day we can choose to commit to Jesus for the long haul, even in really tough times. You know what? Short cuts that promise instant happiness will let us down. It is the long haul commitment that gives us lasting joy. Don’t let the enemy make you think there is a short cut to forever joy. There just isn’t. Jesus is the only way.

Let us not choose to take the short-cut to happiness by making a temporary deal with the enemy.

Let’s be in this race for the long haul, for eternal joy, eternal life with our Savior!

Let’s not set up for ourselves idols here on earth that make us happy , like fame and money and houses and cars and popularity. These things will not last and they do not matter in the kingdom of God.

Lets be in this life with a purpose, to take the burdens of life as God allows, knowing that He has a plan for us that makes us better versions of ourselves and more like Him.

Let’s fully embrace the joy of Jesus with our eyes on our heavenly home. He is our prize, waiting for us after the long haul of life.

Let’s make Him proud in the way we run our life’s race. Let’s not make deals with the enemy, knowing that there really is no shortcut to happiness.

Let’s make our lives, not about ourselves, but about others, so they can have the joy we have!

If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love.  have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. John 15:11 NIV

Here is the best way I can describe joy. To me it is a glimpse of heaven. “To know Jesus is to know joy and to know joy is to catch a glimpse of what waits for us in heaven.”

With love from the Father to you all,

Christina

God’s Signals

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But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. My feet have closely followed his steps; I have kept to his way without turning aside. I have not departed from the commands of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread. Job 23:10-12 NIV

As my husband and I were heading home from a recent beach trip with family, I was thinking of how blessed we are. Though we have had trials, God has always been there to help us navigate them. How God directs us made me think of traffic signs. Traffic signals are meant to warn us, prepare us for possible danger and to send us the route that will get us where we want to go.

God does that for us! When we choose HIS way, He signals us in the way and direction and time we should go. Just as a traffic light has three different colored lights to tell us what to do to stay safe on the road, God also tells us how to stay safe. When we pray and ask Him about something, He may, like a red light, direct us to stay put and not make a move, because it is not time yet. Maybe other things need to happen first, maybe He wants us to be still a bit longer or maybe He has a reason we do not know about. But the truth is…

He knows what He is doing and what we should be doing. For that reason, we need to stop, be still and trust Him sometimes, even when we want to forge ahead. Whatever His reasons, they are good ones and we need to look for and obey His signals.

The warm yellow of a traffic light kind of makes me think of the Holy Spirit. It is the loving light within me that guides me, way better than I can do myself. After all, who am I to know what is best, according to God, unless I have Him in me? Isn’t that an amazing thought that we have the Holy Spirit of God as a resource and ever present guide? We have God in us! We do not have to make decisions blindly with our own knowledge, or lack of it. The Holy Spirit tells us when to slow down and proceed with caution. He sees what we do not, that sometimes slower is better.

Sometimes, we get the “green light” from God. It is a very special feeling when we have prayed for a certain direction and He gives us the go ahead! To know we are on His path in the right direction and He is with us, cheering us on…well, there is nothing better. To purpose to please Him and to be given encouragement in the form of a “green light” is to know we are in His will. His approval means everything. We can proceed, knowing it is the right time and right way, because He said so.

God,

Just…thank You for Your truth, wisdom, guidance and encouragement. You knew we would need all of it to navigate the highways of this life. Please forgive us for going ahead sometimes without asking Your opinion first. Guide us please in YOUR way and not our own. That is where we will find purpose and fulfillment of this life You have given us. With Your Holy Spirit, urge us in the way to go and at the right time. You are good and we love You so much! Amen

With love from the Father to you, have a great day,

Christina

The Soul Knows

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Our country is in crisis; we all know that. We might know, or think we do, some of the causes and the necessary solutions and where to place the blame. But what really matters is that we absolutely know who is in control of it all. That is what will keep us in the place God wants for us…in the know.

What am I talking about? Well, to remain “in the know,” we must know what is worth knowing and that is what our soul knows to be true. What our soul knows to be true can carry us through anything. Even though we cannot know or control all that goes on in the world, we can know in our souls that our God can carry us through anything.

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 NIV

Being “in the know” also means we know who is responsible for good works and we praise Him accordingly.

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:14 NIV

The most important things to know are those that never change, things you can count on. Just to name a few, for encouragement:

God loves the whole world and made a plan so that we could be with Him forever.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 NIV

God is in control of the whole world. He sees everything going on in the world.

Who is like the Lord our God, the One who sits enthroned on high, who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth? Psalm 113:5-6 NIV

God knows all that we do not. Being “in the know” means knowing we do not need to know it all, but trust the One who does. We are “in the know” if our souls know who our Savior and Lord is and we trust Him like no one else in the world. There is a great peace that comes from knowing He has our present and future in His capable hands!

With love from the awesome Father to you, have a great Monday!

Christina