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“Bow of Promise.”..   Leave a comment

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Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends,
let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit,
perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.
2 Corinthians 7 : 1

John,in Revelation wrote:
“They are leaves, from that tree which is
‘for the healing of the nations’. {Revelation 22:2}
When received and eaten they are to be the strength of the
character, the inspiration and sustenance of life.”
{ Ministry of healing, p, 122}

Have you ever tried to imagine the experience of Noah
and his family as they walked out of the ark
after their voyage of more than 1 year?
The ark had no outer deck for recreational activity,
no deck for basking in the sunshine.
Just an enclosed cabin below-
with all kinds of animal/ bird life.

Can you imagine the landscape left after that Flood
– rocks, boulders, and buried forests?
You wouldn’t need colors to paint the picture –
because it must have been all shades of gray.
Noah was thankful to be alive and to have his family with him.
He gathered them together for worship,
and just as they were rededicating themselves-
God put the colors into place in a picture.
A beautiful rainbow appeared in the heavens,
which was a token or promise that He would never
again allow a flood to destroy the earth and its people.

Sometimes, we pass through prolonged stormy experiences
that seem to leave our little world a desolate wilderness,
but when we take time to be with God-
He reminds us through the “Rainbow of His loving Promises
that he has not forsaken us,
that there will be a brighter tomorrow.”

“To every promise of God there are conditions.
If we are willing to do His will, all His strength is ours.
Whatever gift He promises is in the promise itself,
‘The seed is the Word of God’ {Luke 8:11}
As surely as the oak is in the acorn,
so surely is the gift of God in His promise.
If we receive the promise – we have the gift.”
{Education, p, 253.}

God’s promises are sure,
He will not disappoint, forget, or change His mind-
and he will fulfill them!
Then grasp His promises as leaves from the tree of life.”

Trust always in the Lord- he will not fail you.

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Posted September 30, 2013 by ~ OPAL'S JOURNAL~ in Spiritual

God’s LOVE in Creation…..   Leave a comment

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“Do we not all have ONE Father?  Has not ONE God created us?” Malachi 2 : 10

Every manifestation of creative power in an expression of infinite LOVE.”  {P&P p 33} 
Whether it be a newborn baby or a whole host of stars,
in everything God expresses His infinite Love.

The whole world is a ‘nursery’.  Life is Love.
Life is sacred. Life is spiritual.
Thank God for it and Praise Him for His creation.
Why?  Our Creator- God of love brought life into existence.
From Him comes every intellectual and  artistic talent,
every emotional capacity, every gift of grace and love.

Genuine life – life breathed into all of us by a loving Creator –
has an awe and grandeur beyond comprehension.
God created all of us out of LOVE.
And through the process of human reproduction,
we share in that grandeur and wonder as we have the opportunity
to bring new life into existence because of love-

How great is our God.  – How mighty and awesome.
He brought mankind and the world into existence
– so we can have the opportunity of living eternally with him.

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Posted September 21, 2013 by ~ OPAL'S JOURNAL~ in Personal Thoughts.

“What~ / Who is TRUTH?”…   Leave a comment

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“Pilate said to Him. .”What is truth?”
And when he had said this… he went out and said to them:
“I find no fault in Him at all.”
 John  18 :  38

Pilate asked Jesus- a good question.
– Perhaps the most profound question in the  entire Bible.
It is the core of who we are as moral beings. “A truthful person”.

Before Pilate even asked this of Jesus He had already declared-
“I am the Way, and the Truth and the Life.”
 
John 14:6   
Jesus is truth. 
His nature, His very Spirit is truth.

Jesus was speaking to Thomas,
who should have known the way to the ‘Father’s home’-
but clearly he was not sure or he would not have asked,
“Lord. we do not know where You are going, how do we know the way?”
{John 14:5}

Christ’s answer rules out any other alternative.
From Adam and Eve until this moment, Jesus has always been the only way.
He was the way -“in the Old Testament;
During the time of The Reformers; and hundreds of others –
who He has entrusted ‘His Message’ to be proclaimed till the end of time.
In Hebrews 11 – there is a list of biblical ‘heroes’
who knew that Jesus, the Messiah, was the ONLY channel to Salvation.

He is our way- the ONLY Way.
Praise His name for showing us the way- and being the way.

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Posted September 11, 2013 by ~ OPAL'S JOURNAL~ in Personal Thoughts.

“Power in the Blood…”   Leave a comment

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And they overcame him, because of the blood of the Lamb
and because of the word of their testimony,
and they did not love their life even to death.
Revelation  12 : 11

Have we not struggled to overcome temptation?
Jesus’ perfection can make us feel hopeless.
If our salvation depended on our own, we are lost.
It is like chasing a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.
We can be thankful that our performance
is not the key to salvation.
If so salvation would be impossible!

The Bible warns us – to over come evil,  to reject the world,
and to walk the narrow way. So how do we overcome?
The Lord weaves about His willing people
threads to hold them in His life-giving control.
He does not use force,  but rather that we need to accept
the strands of strength He gives us to overcome temptations.

As the above Bible Text refers -the major strand-
is the blood of the Lamb.

As the human blood contains different
varieties of cells that fight for our lives –
So, the blood of Christ in a spiritual sense –
builds up our weakness and impurities,
and fights for our very lives.
By faith, when we accept Him, we become motivated
through the Spirit to obey right and reject wrong.

If we concentrate on what the
shed blood of Jesus really means -“
it makes a powerful impact on our minds.
It reminds us that – ‘God the Son’
poured his lifeblood for us , helps us turn against evil.
It glorifies right and encourages us to reject wrong.

Meditate on the words of the Hymn-
“Power in the Blood”-
“Would you o’er evil a victory win?
Would you be free from your passion and pride?…
Would you live daily His praises to sing?

Then the response to these questions is-
“There is pow’r,  pow’r,  wonder-working pow’r.
In the precious blood of the lamb.

We are grateful, overwhelmed and thankful to Him
who shed His wonder-working blood for us.

“WISHING YOU A BLESSED SABBATH”

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Posted September 6, 2013 by ~ OPAL'S JOURNAL~ in Spiritual

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“A Father’s Love”…   Leave a comment

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Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalms 103 : 13

As we ponder “Father’s Day” today-
I want to share a passage from Luke 15: 1-32.
Jesus’ story about the ‘prodigal son’ is known as the pearl
and crown of all His parables.
This never grows old with telling.

“A certain man had two sons; and the younger
of them said to his father,
“Father, give me the share  of the estate that falls to me.”
And he divided his wealth between them.”  v 11-12

This well known parable goes on to tell what happened to this son-
He went to a far country – He wasted his share of the money-
Until he found himself in a miserable place looking after ‘pigs’
{Hardly a job for a Jewish lad}.
He had nothing to eat but the pods that the pigs ate.

When he came to his senses – he thought of his father’s home.
He thought perhaps if he returned home
he could work as a hired servant for his father-
At least he would get better food than this!
So he decided to return home.

 “While he was a long way off, his father saw him,
and ran to meet him and embraced him and kissed him…”
v 20-23

This passage brings out touching details of a father’s love.
Notice the son returns as he was.- wearing filthy clothes.
Worn out shoes on his feet, and the smell of the pigpen
he left behind.  The father runs to meet his lost son;
throws his arms around his neck and kisses him
and welcomes him back home.

What a wonderful parable –
It represents our Father’s love, for His children.
This grand reunion was totally unexpected by
the wayward son,
who did not understand his fathers character.
The son operated on the principle of salvation
by works and not faith in his father’s love.

This is how “our Heavenly Father” is.
The welcome home feast with the new robe
is a gift to to all sinners. The glorious truth is-
that salvation is ours as a love gift from God.

There is no way we humans can have this “great love” – for others,
unless we accept the free gift of salvation and GOD”S LOVE for us.
“Kisses of forgetfulness and forgiveness.”

Wishing fathers’ a blessed “Father’s Day’
As you share time and love with your families
today and as long as time allows.

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Posted September 1, 2013 by ~ OPAL'S JOURNAL~ in Spiritual

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