Friday, September 8, 2017

How Far Would You Go For Your Friends

Humans have a natural need to be loved and accepted. We want to have a loving family and caring friends around us. We want to be a loving family member and friend, as well. Not everyone has been blessed with a circle of friends or family members who truly care about them, but do you know the Bible tells us about a man who had four friends who cared about him so much that they did everything they could to get to Jesus and they did not let any obstacle get in their way? I believe we were told this story because that is what we are supposed to mirror in our own walk with God. We are to be the kind of friend or family member who has enough faith to do whatever it takes to present our loved ones at the feet of Jesus expecting nothing short of a miracle! Do you have that kind of faith? Let's read together about these incredible men!

Mark 2:1-5
And again He entered into Capernaum after some days; and it was noised that He was in the house. 
When Jesus is in the house, everyone should know it! Word got out that the Savior was there. The news spread that Jesus was there and for anyone who needed healing, saving, or even a miracle, they would have surely made their way to where Jesus was. 
And straightway many were gathered together, insomuch that there was no room to receive them, no, not so much as about the door: and He preached the Word unto them.
Everywhere Jesus went, when people found out, they would crowd in just to hear Him. Imagine listening to Jesus expound on the Scriptures, the Holy Word of the Living God and they were all wanting to be a part of that! Now, imagine, if you will, that this paralyzed man has four friends. Maybe he wasn't always paralyzed. Maybe they used to run and play together and they all could hang out and spend time together. It doesn't tell us in this passage all of the details but we know that these four friends heard about Jesus being in the house and they loaded up their friend and they were planning to have Jesus heal him. So picture in your mind this house FULL of people who were listening to Jesus preach. They may have tried to squeeze through but no one was budging. Maybe they even tried to explain to some of the people standing at the back door and no one was willing to step aside to let these men through.

Just how bad do you want your friends saved? How bad do you want them healed? How desperate are you for your friends' sake? What will you do to get them to the feet of Jesus? Let's read on as the scriptures talk about these friends for the very first time:

And they came unto Him, bringing one sick of the palsy, which was borne of four. And when they could not come nigh unto Him for the press, they uncovered the roof where He was: and when they had broken it up, they let down the bed wherein the sick of the palsy lay.
These guys are serious! They are not playing!! These four men must have started looking through the windows, trying to get an idea of where Jesus was standing. Up they go to the roof. They start pulling apart the roof! They start pulling up clay tiles and the man on the cot must have been scared...the roof was not the best place to be laying on a cot when you are paralyzed. He sees his friends, though, and they are stooped over, tearing off clay tiles and discarding branches and grass that was strewn over wooden beams. Can you imagine what was going on inside the house?

Jesus is standing up sharing the Gospel message and all of a sudden you hear some clay tiles being ripped off the top of the house. Jesus must have paused for a moment and looked up. Sure enough there was some daylight starting to come through as a hole was made to put the man on the cot through and down to meet Jesus. These guys didn't give up! They always knew that Jesus would do it, they just needed to get to Him! When one way was blocked off, they just looked for another way! They would not stop until they were able to lay their friend at the feet of Jesus and guess what? It worked!

When Jesus saw their faith, He said unto the sick of the palsy, "Son, thy sins be forgiven thee." When He forgave Him, He healed him. It was that simple! Jesus saw the faith of this man's friends and based on THEIR faith, not the sick guy's faith; but THEIR faith, He was saved and made whole! Because of the faith and the action of these four men, the man on the cot who was sick and lost, was able to have an encounter with the Son of the Living God and Jesus made it all right!

Are you praying for a friend? Do you have a family member heavy on your heart? Don't give up and don't stop praying for them! Do whatever it takes to get your loved one to have a true encounter with Jesus. They will never be the same again! You and I are not who we once were, thanks to Calvary! The blood of Jesus paid the price for our sins and for our healing. Don't stop believing God for a miracle on their behalf. God is bigger than cancer! He is stronger than any sickness or disease! He is not alarmed or disarmed by any of the struggles and ailments that we face! He has conquered death, hell, and the grave! Jesus is the Victor and if you have the faith, He will do a wonderful miracle for your loved one when He sees YOUR FAITH!

God bless you!


~Bridgett Owens

Friday, September 1, 2017

Don't Quit!

Have you ever noticed how many opportunities there are to do good things? If you truly are looking for volunteer services or ways to help those in need, there are organizations in place that can utilize your services. As Christians, we are called to do good things for other people. We are supposed to help those in need around us. We truly can become the hands and feet of Jesus as we reach out to those in need.

My heart goes out to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. The flooding and aftermath of the devastation left behind is just heart-wrenching to witness and I cannot even imagine going through anything like that. As a Christian, I am praying and asking God to help those people and the rescue workers and organizations as they bring aide to these people in great need. Some are called to go and help and they have the time and resources to do so, and they must go!

Maybe you are not involved in rescue missions, but you are still doing good things: helping at church, involved with a ministry, going to Bible study, prayer meetings, helping at school, or just trying to be a Godly wife and mother, Godly father, husband, neighbor, whatever it might be. After a while, you start to burn out. You get tired of trying to fit so many things onto your plate and before long, you get weary.

I have been there and it is easy to discouraged when you just keep doing good things and trying hard to do what is right and then obstacles get in the way, sometimes it seems like problems pile up, and often like there is just too great a need for you to single-handedly meet them all. If that sounds like you, or someone you know, please read today's devotional. It is to encourage and strengthen you!

The Bible tells us in the book of Matthew (5:16) to "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." By doing good things, we are not securing our salvation, but we are displaying our commitment to God and it glorifies God. The Bible encourages us to do good things for those around us. Galatians 6:10 "As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith." When we see the opportunity, we are supposed to help!

We will be rewarded for doing good. The Bible says we reap what we sow. When a farmer plants a seed in the soil, he will throw some seeds into the ground but the harvest he yields is far more in number than the seeds he planted. That is the same for us. We can do good things for those around us, but God repays us in exponential ways that is more than we can measure. Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived, God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

The Bible addresses all of our needs and situations that we must go through. Of course God knew that if He told His people to do good works then our enemy would use that as an opportunity to wear us out. He brings guilt when we want to say no because we are truly unable to help with a bake sale, so then we go ahead and take on the project. He starts condemning us as we start to compare ourselves to how much others are doing. We start taking on that condemnation and it does not come from God! So, God put scriptures in place to help us.

Galatians 6:9 "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." God is telling us to do good things but not get weary; keep going when we sometimes wonder what the point is. He encourages us to keep doing the harder right instead of the easier wrong, because there will be a reward if we don't quit and don't give up. Isaiah 40:31 says "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint."

As we wait for the LORD, He strengthens us. He enables us to rise high above our problems and the storm clouds that threaten us. We are given supernatural strength to keep running and not get tired. We can keep walking with God, reading His Word, trusting His promises, and staying true to what He is calling us to do, without giving up and wanting to quit. Wait for Him! Wait for the strength to come; the encouragement and the peace. You are doing great things for the Kingdom of God and the devil is mad. He will fight you. He will come against you. Just give it all to God and He will fight for you. Just trust Him and draw your strength from Him.

God bless you!

~Bridgett Owens

Friday, August 25, 2017

Your Path Is Lit!

Hey everyone! I read a powerful verse today in the book of Micah. I don't really even recall ever reading this before. I know I have because I have read the Bible in it's entirety more than once but I don't remember this verse ever jumping out at me like it did today. So let me take you to the book of Micah to explore how the importance of how we need to get back up when we fall as we look for the light of life that is within us from Christ Jesus!

MICAH 7:8
Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.

So we have some comparisons: fall and arise; darkness and light; both of them are basically representing the same thing. When I fall or when I sit in darkness is talking about stumbling in our walk with God. In other words, when I fail to do the right thing, or even if I do something wrong - sin against God, there is still hope. I don't have to stay down! I am not defeated. It's not over! I can still get up and do something good. I will be forgiven and redeemed. I can look for that Light of the world to come and illuminate the dark spots in my life until I have addressed all of these areas of imperfection.

You might say that kind of searching of the heart could take a lifetime to make all of those things line up to the Word of God. You're right! It might. We are all works in progress. Some of us are actively working on living a life of Holiness unto God and want to get as close to Him as we can without compromising and without going astray. We have so much work to do, but there are others who daily struggle with the same sins, the same issues, the same problems, the same friends, the same crowd. Ask God to shine His bright light to show you where you are not measuring up and then let Him lead you and help you to get up and walk in the light!

Psalms 112:4 says Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.  See how the light rises up in the darkness? This light is Jesus and if you are a Christian, free from the bondage of sin, then this Light will rise up in the middle of the sin, the fall, and He will illuminate your path to help you get out of the mess you are in! We remember what the Word of God says and how it can set us free. Psalm 119:105 states Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. The Word of God will shine the light on your feet so you can see where you are going; it lights up the path so you know which way is the right way. Ask God to lead you and guide you.

If you are struggling with a situation that you can't seem to get free from, give it to God. He will help you. He will lead you and guide you. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He will be there to lift you up, light your path, and show you a better way! Just because you mess up, doesn't mean it's over. Don't give up! Don't give in! You are not defeated. Our enemy is defeated! Jesus conquered death, hell, and the grave at the cross of Calvary. Do not walk in darkness. Do not stay down...arise! Get up! Shine the light inside of you and let Jesus reveal the path you must walk in.

God bless you!

~Bridgett

Friday, August 18, 2017

Finder's Keepers, Loser's Weepers

Have you ever lost anything of great value? Have you ever misplaced an item and you try to retrace your steps but you cannot recall where the thing is? You might start to feel nervous or panic. You start asking others if they have seen it, describe it, and even request they help you look for the missing article. I know I have! Some of the things I seem to lose track of is my glasses, my cell phone, and on occasion my keys. Those are inconvenient to lose and with the exception of my glasses, life can pretty much continue as usual for me if I don't have them, but what about the really important things that are not as easy to replace? Important papers, a specific document, money, and the list could truly go on and on, differing with each individual.

When I have lost something of particular importance to me, I will start searching! The first thing I do is acknowledge that I am missing the item. I recognize that it is gone and that I need it. I go over to the light switch and turn it on so I can see well. I then start picking stuff up and putting it away. Maybe I had just overlooked the pile of mail on the coffee table. Those two or three pairs of shoes at the door really didn't look out of place but why not put them up? I have been known to move furniture and start sweeping behind things in hopes that I will discover my missing item! I start picking things up, looking everywhere I can think of. The search is on and I will leave no stone unturned! Have you ever been like that?

Well when I finally find the item I am overjoyed! I am smiling from ear to ear! I have joy! I have a burst of energy! I feel so victorious and so good! It's just incredible when I have searched and prayed and asked God to please help me find what I have been missing. I look around and even my house is in better shape than it was before I lost the item!

To me, this reminds me of when a sinner acknowledges they need a savior. They realize that they are not on the right path. Perhaps a minister has just preached a compelling message of the cross and they are convicted in their hearts and that prompts them to seek out a savior. Maybe someone has been going astray, making compromises here and there, and they are not on the right road towards home, then a friend or neighbor witnesses to them of what God has been doing in their lives and that person has a quickening in their spirit to seek out that same God. When that person gives their heart to Jesus they are cleaned up! They become a new creature! The old is gone and there is now a transformation that others can notice! Like the house, the person's soul is in much better shape than it was before! That's the power of God at work in their life. Friends, the Bible says it best. This is Jesus talking; let's read it together!

Luke 15:8-10
Either what woman having ten pieces of silver,  if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house,  and seek diligently till she find it?
And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, "Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost."
Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

There was a celebration when you and I got saved. The angels had that joyous feeling when something had been lost but now it's been found! Reminds me of the tune "Amazing Grace" where it says I was once was lost but now I'm found! Praise the LORD for those who have been found!

Jesus puts His light inside of each one of us. We turn to the Light because He is the Light. John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them saying, "I am the light of the world: he that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life." We all need Jesus. No matter who you are, how famous, or how important you may think you are, you need to be saved by Jesus. Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. We cannot clean up ourselves or else we would have done it already and we wouldn't have needed Jesus to die for our sins. Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. And it doesn't matter how bad you have messed up, or how far you have ran from God, it just takes a humble heart and He will free you from your sins. I John 1:7-10 But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His Word is not in us.

If you are reading this today and you recognize that you need saving, please ask Jesus into your heart today! There will be a party in heaven with the angels rejoicing that Jesus has done it again! He has brought another one into the fold! Maybe you are reading this and you are saved, but you see that you are not as close as you once were. Maybe you would really like to draw closer to God. He is waiting! He wants you to come closer! James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you. He is waiting. James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up.

I hope you have been encouraged today! Seek God while He may be found and you will never regret it! Each day His mercy is new and fresh. This could be your day! God bless you!
~Bridgett Owens

Friday, April 28, 2017

Even Dogs Get Crumbs

Can you imagine what it must have been like to walk and talk with Jesus, or to have been on the planet at the same time as the Master? For me, a Christian, I think about those things a lot and I am not sure how it would have been for me - a Gentile - in those days. Jesus came to the seek and save the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Matthew 15:24). So would I have cared to know more about this son of a carpenter who is also the Son of God? I want to say yes, of course I would! He has a way to draw in people like me. Thousands of people just like me, searching for answers and truth, surrounded Him and followed Him, believing Him for the miracles He performed. But would I have accepted Him or would I be one of the many crying out "Crucify Him!" as they attempted to determine His fate.

If you go to church, you seek to do the right things, and you are saved, you may say with complete confidence what you would do, but I don't know. I cannot truthfully give an answer. I have tendencies to be most like Peter in the Bible and even he denied Jesus three times! He ate with the LORD, and Jesus even washed his feet!!! How can I assume I would be different?

The Bible says that Jesus came shining His magnificent light into this dark, vile world and it didn't even understand it! The dark world ignored the best gift God could ever give. They didn't comprehend what was taking place. John 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

What if you were in the days when Jesus was alive and working miracles. Let's say you had a daughter and she was full of the devil. You love your daughter and you cannot stand to see what the enemy is doing to her. You may have tried all kinds of methods to cure her but things get worse instead of better. Then someone tells you about a man named Jesus. Maybe it was the blind man that He healed, or a leper He had cleansed. You start to feel hope well up in your spirit and you look for Him. You want to ask Him to help you. But there is a problem. You are not one of the chosen people. Will He ignore you? Will He make time to listen to you? How will you get close enough to even ask Him what you need? But you are desperate to find help for your daughter that you love so much. You have to try!

Matthew 15:21-28
21 Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. 23 But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.
She is crying out to Him for mercy and deliverance for her daughter. Jesus does not answer her. She has to cry louder. Perhaps He did not hear her. The disciples are blocking her. They want Jesus to send her away. She is getting on their nerves. Sometimes the religious people can be the ones with the least compassion. They don't care what she wants. They are annoyed and want her gone. Jesus however, even though He had remained silent, chooses to speak to her in front of the disciples but He does not immediately banish her from His presence. Watch this:
24 But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 25 Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.
He tells her that His mission is to save the lost people in Israel. She doesn't belong in a category that He came for. Does she give up? Does she lose heart? Is her hope gone? No! She worships Him! If you do not get the answer you want from the LORD, do you worship Him and ask Him to help you? Do you get mad and gripe and pout and complain? She worshipped Him. That had to get His attention and she needs help for her daughter, so she is going to have no shame in begging Him for help!
26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs. 27 And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.
She isn't even upset or offended when Jesus called her a dog! Watch this. He said it wasn't right for Him to take away something meant for the children of Israel and give it to someone like.... someone like ME! Someone like YOU if you are not a Jew. But she still doesn't give up! She still presses on and says, "You're right! I know you are right and that is true, but don't the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from the Master's table?" In other words, if there is something that happens to fall by the wayside, can't I just have a little bit? I don't want much...it isn't even for me. Can I just have a crumb of a blessing?
28 Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
Just like that, from her faith in what Jesus can do, that never wavered, but was firm and sure, He was impressed! He told her how much faith she had! Remember how He has said time and time again to the disciples, "Where is your faith? Ye, of little faith." And here He is letting everyone know that He sees her faith and He is going to do what she asked of Him and she doesn't even have to wait for an answer. Immediately the daughter was healed and complete. It was gone!!

The pain and the torment the girl had suffered left her the moment Jesus spoke the words to her mother. He could have walked on and said no. He could have ignored her cries and gave in to the disciples plea that the LORD send her away, but He didn't. He was moved by her faith and persistence and sometimes that is all that you and I have to have.

What are you asking the LORD for? Are you afraid to ask? Just talk to Him. He will do so many wonderful things for you!! We are now engrafted in and we have been adopted so that we are His children and we can have those blessings, too. 

God bless you!
~Bridgett Owens

Friday, April 21, 2017

SOAP to study the Bible?

I use the S.O.A.P. method to study the Bible. It works wonderful for me and I enjoy it so much! I have a video on how to do the S.O.A.P. method on my YouTube channel. I will include it at the end of this blog post if you want to check it out.

The S.O.A.P. method has been around for a long time. I do not know who came up with it but it is a WONDERFUL way to study God's Word. I highly recommend it to anyone, especially those who want to have a deeper understanding of the scriptures.

S.O.A.P. is an acronym for Scripture(s) Observation Application Prayer. I will explain each letter in detail and then provide an example in this post of what a study might look like using this method. Please let me know if you use this method and what you think about it. My email is on the sidebar or you can leave comments on my YouTube video link. Let's begin.
Scripture

The Bible study starts out with a scripture of your choice. Simply find the passage you want to study and write it out in a notebook. This can be your favorite Bible verse, a passage of scriptures, or even longer. The fewer verses, the better, in my opinion. The fewer scriptures you are looking at, the easier it becomes to truly pull everything you can from those passages, but I have some pretty lengthy studies in my notebook. I highly recommend you start out in prayer over where the Holy Spirit would lead you in the Word of God. If you have trouble knowing where to start, you can always look online at www.biblegateway.com to search a particular topic or phrase and it will find scriptures related to that search. This resource is particularly helpful if you want to cross-reference different versions of the Bible because you can select the version you want and even do side-by-side comparisons. If you follow my Bible studies on my YouTube channel or here on the blog, then you know by now that I truly love the King James Version.
Observation

Observation is the next part of the study. You are looking back at the scriptures you have chosen and you want to pull out the things you are observing that is taking place. Look for things like location, people, scenery, who is talking, who is the audience, what is the main theme. Ask questions here about what you are reading. Is this in the New Testament? Old Testament? Are there words you do not know the meaning of? Look them up and use this section to define those words. Perhaps you have a study Bible or something with a commentary, you might look at what your study resource is saying about that subject and write it down. If anything in particular stands out to you, write it down.

Please do not misunderstand me. The Bible is of no private interpretation. 2 Peter 1:20-21 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. So just like the men who wrote these books of the Bible were not just writing a bunch of their opinions and thoughts on how to live a life that pleases God, we are not to take bits and pieces that we like from the Word of God and twist the scriptures to fit our lifestyle. Rather, we are to conform to the Word of God.
Application

This is a really cool part of the Bible study. This is where you take what you read and have learned and apply it to your daily walk with the LORD. This is where you are making a list of things you can do differently, or change, so that you are lining up with the scriptures. You can write a lot or a little, journal, use bullet points, draw a picture, or whatever you want to do in this area so that you are making a plan to obey what you have observed in the scriptures. This will be different for every single person who does this study. I will show you my Application process in the example that follows, but remember you and I are two totally different individuals. We are not the same. We do not have the same life circumstances, history, or needs. I am only showing how I would apply the scriptures to my life as an example.
Prayer

To wrap up the study, you will write out a prayer. Perhaps you are thanking God for the new knowledge and wisdom He has imparted to you about a particular scripture. Maybe you are asking for guidance to truly apply what you have observed. This is very individualized. I will give an example of a prayer I might use but I do not write the same prayer for any study I do. Each time is a new prayer because I am speaking to my Heavenly Father about a new subject, a new study, a new area, or whatever in my life that I want to share with Him. I highly recommend you do not skip this part. It will be invaluable in your learning process.

I have read back through my Bible study notebook and I look at how much I have learned from the scriptures, what was gleaned from the passages. It's amazing how much the Holy Ghost has revealed to me in these times of study. I also read the applications again and see where I might need to revisit some of those areas and continue working. Other times I see how far I have come. ALWAYS the prayer part is inspiring and encouraging as I see the hand of God moving in ways I had truly forgotten. I look back and see prayer after prayer that He has answered and it encourages me to keep on going for Jesus!

BRIDGETT'S EXAMPLE

Scripture: ROMANS 8:18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Observation: This passage is referring to suffering that we must go through while we are on the earth. I have had a lot of trials and tribulations in my life. Sometimes it felt like it would never end. I am in college right now, in a program that is extremely difficult, and it feels like the struggles consume me at times. Yet, I am reminded here that these troubles and problems will not even be worth comparing to what God has prepared for us after we go Home to be with Him. We will not look back at the trials or hard times and remember them anymore. The reward will be far greater than the sacrifice and hard times we have now. This is true of the career I am in. I know that once the struggles and hard times of studying, testing, showing, proving, and trying of my skills and abilities is all over I will be where I wanted to be in this career path and I will not even dwell on the struggle to get me to that point. I won't forget how hard I worked to get there but I will be so full of joy that I made it through that it will not even be worth comparing to what I had to endure to make it.

Application: I am going to make an effort to look at the joy before me and while I go through the suffering remember that better days and brighter times are coming my way. I will choose to ask God for grace and mercy as I struggle and persevere in this life and continue to thank Him that Heaven is in view and I am going to make it! No struggle on the earth will ever be worth comparing to what He has in store for me. I will remind myself to keep going through the pain, because there are rewards on earth as well when we do not give up.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You! Thank You so much for Your Word. Thank You for instructing me today that I am not alone. These trials and struggles are not new. The men of old in the Bible times and even since sin entered the world have struggled with things to overcome or forge through. Lord, thank You that there are temporary rewards here on earth that make the struggles a little easier to get through. And Father, thank You that You are preparing a great and wonderful, glorious event to celebrate that Your children have made it Home. I am so eager to go Home Lord, but I know I must wait a little while longer. Give me grace, mercy, and compassion for myself and those all around me Lord, as we struggle through the suffering in this present time. Keep our hearts stirred up about the glory which shall be revealed in us so we can continue to long for Home and keep striving to enter in. I bless Your Holy Name Lord JESUS! AMEN

I hope that this has been helpful for someone. I enjoy this method a lot. If you would rather see a video tutorial on this subject, for those who are visual learners, I will share the video below. Thank you so much for sharing the journey with me. God bless you!!

~Bridgett    

Friday, April 14, 2017

Home, Sweet Home

We go through a lot of trials down here on this earth. Some of us will choose to go through this life trying to find our own path, going about solving our problems on our own. It's a miserable existence. I have been there. I thought I could take charge of my own life, forge through life and not worry about anything except what I thought was good and right. Others will rely on God and ask for His help to navigate through this crazy, scary, hard, sometimes good and pleasant life. For those who call upon the name of the Lord and are saved, we have beautiful promises! We have HOPE! We can cling to these beautiful scriptures that fills our hearts with joy and eager anticipation!

Today is Good Friday and it starts off Easter weekend for many of us believers. However, I want to encourage you to look beyond the cruelty of cross. Never forget the supreme sacrifice that was paid for our debts there by the precious blood of Jesus! Thank You Jesus for dying for our sins and raising again to give us eternal life. But, I want us to look at our future and what God has in mind for us when our time on earth is no more.

One of my favorite verses to read is in Isaiah. It's a beautiful picture of the way the Lord promises to take away the pain of death and nullify it forever. We will not cry anymore because there will be no sorrow, no goodbyes, no death, no sickness, and no suffering. That is very special to me! Are you waiting for Him? Are you waiting for Him to wipe away your tears and save you? I know I am!!
Isaiah 25:8-9 
He will swallow up death in victory; and the LORD GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of His people shall He take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.
And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for Him, and He will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation.

I used to be afraid to read Revelations. I was scared of it. I didn't understand it. I would just not even go there! Some ministers had scared me at an early age and I was just too terrified to read it, but then I had someone open up the scriptures to me in a much different way and I am so glad. Turn to the last book of the Bible and take comfort in knowing that in the end God wins! Spoiler alert!! God's people are redeemed and what beautiful promises we are given here.
 
Revelations 7:11-17 
And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,
Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.
And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?
And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb.
Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple: and He that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.
They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.
For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

I love how this illustrates the Church, God's elect, chosen to be a part of this wonderful new beginning that will never end. We are His Bride and look at the promise of no sorrow, all the old things are gone. The trials and tribulations of this life just melt away. They are gone and there is only joy beyond comprehension! I am so eager to go!

Revelation 21:1-4
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
And I John saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Finally, the last part of the Bible, it gives us this glorious good news! If reading this doesn't make you shout for joy, nothing will! This is wonderful!! We are safe. We are home! We made it. There is no need to be shut in the city of God because nothing vile, evil, or sinful can ever enter in! We are finally free!!
Revelation 21:23-27
And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.

Is your name written in the Lamb's book of life? If not, there is still time. Just call out to Him. Acknowledge that you are a sinner who needs saving and He will do it! He will save you and you will never be the same. Don't miss heaven for the world!!
God bless you!

~Bridgett Owens