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Walk By Faith

Walk By Faith

For we walk by faith, not by sight.  2 Corinthians 5:7

Sometimes it is hard to keep going once you have endured something or waited for something.  You pray and pray and pray some more but don't see changes.  Those who don't understand the spiritual side of life may mock you saying "Well so and so prayed and look what happened to him."  You have to trust and keep walking and not let go of the rope.

A story was told to me about a man in a coma whose family had lost hope and had called in hospice and were making funeral plans.  Humanly it looked like death was imminently on the proverbial doorstep.  But alas something unexpected occurred and the man came back to life in a miraculous way.  The story is never over even when things look bleak and hopeless.  Many people have recovered and gone on to testify about it. 

I can not say every situation turns out like this but you have to have faith, trust, and hope.  Shut out negative voices.  Whether it is a restored relationship you are waiting on, a medical miracle, a job offer, God is still on the throne and His plan and His ways sometimes are beyond understanding.  Keep walking and keep believing. 

PRAYER:  You are on the throne, you are God alone.  I praise you in good times and in bad. In Jesus' name.  Amen.

Becky Juett Miller
God's Lemonade Stand

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Romans 4:09 - Blessing for Gentiles

"Is this blessing then on the circumcised, or on the uncircumcised also? For we say, 'FAITH WAS CREDITED TO ABRAHAM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS.'" (NASB)
 
"Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness." (KJV)
 
"Now, is this blessing only for the Jews, or is it also for uncircumcised Gentiles? Well, we have been saying that Abraham was counted as righteous by God because of his faith." (NLT)
 
"Is this blessedness then for the circumcision or also for the uncircumcision? For we say, 'faith was credited to Abraham as righteousness.'" (NET)
 
"This happiness - Mentioned by Abraham and David. On the circumcision - Those that are circumcised only.  Faith was imputed to Abraham for righteousness - This is fully consistent with our being justified, that is, pardoned and accepted by God upon our believing, for the sake of what Christ hath done and suffered.  For though this, and this alone, be the meritorious cause of our acceptance with God, yet faith may be said to be "imputed to us for righteousness," as it is the sole condition of our acceptance. We may observe here, forgiveness, not imputing sin, and imputing righteousness, are all one." (John Wesley)
 
After all, is God the God of the Jews only? Isn't He also the God of the Gentiles? Of course He is. There is only one God, and He makes people right with Himself only by faith, whether they are Jews or Gentiles. (Romans 3:29-30 NLT)
 
He does this to make the riches of His glory shine even brighter on those to whom He shows mercy, who were prepared in advance for glory. And we are among those whom He selected, both from the Jews and from the Gentiles. (Romans 9:23-24 NLT)
 
Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on Him. For "Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved." (Romans 10:12-13 NLT)
 
Through Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing He promised to Abraham, so that we who are believers might receive the promised Holy Spirit through faith. (Galatians 3:14 NLT)
 
For you are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus. And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:26-28 NLT)
 
Don't forget that you Gentiles used to be outsiders. You were called "uncircumcised heathens" by the Jews, who were proud of their circumcision, even though it affected only their bodies and not their hearts. In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from citizenship among the people of Israel, and you did not know the covenant promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope. But now you have been united with Christ Jesus. Once you were far away from God, but now you have been brought near to Him through the blood of Christ. (Ephesians 2:11-13 NLT)
 
In this new life, it doesn't matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and He lives in all of us. (Colossians 3:11 NLT)
 

RV's, Mansions, Boats, Trips, Oh My!

RV's, Mansions, Boats, Trips, Oh My!

 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  Philippians 4:11-12

Do your ever find yourself swooning over someone's newly acquired motor home, speed boat, motorcycle, travel plans, or massive home?  It is human nature to have envy in our heart but God's nature is to be content with what you have and to not covet or desire others possessions.

Here in the United States all of us are the envy of many in Third World countries.  I mean you have running water right?  How about electricity?  A roof over your head?  Food in the refrigerator even some spoiled because you're bought too much and forgot about it.  Indeed we are blessed without all the other fancy added stuff.

Today don't be desiring other things and putting yourself in debt to get something your probably don't really need and may not even use.  Be yourself and be thankful.  Keep your eyes on the cross and the lust of the flesh should go away.

PRAYER: Thank you Lord for the many blessings in my life.  I am indeed blessed.  Even if I am sick I am blessed with access to awesome medical care.  I thank you for freedom to worship you and for the many friends in my life.  In Jesus' name. Amen.

Becky Juett Miller

God's Lemonade Stand

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Untie The Apron Strings

I asked the Lord to give me this boy, and he has granted my request.  Now I am giving him to the Lord, and he will belong to the Lord his whole life.” And they worshiped the Lord there.  1 Samuel 1:27-28

Male readers bear with me a few moments but this is about the art of letting go of adult children which I have not mastered totally but am trying.  You need to snip those apron strings and especially the older they get do not try to orchestrate their lives.  One thing you can always do and should do is pray.

We are given children for a season and have about 18 years to raise them.  After that college, marriage, and careers and possibly eventually children comes along and it can be very tempting to try to lord over someone but keep in mind your children are adults and they don't need you to give advice unless they ask for it. It is best to try to bite your tongue.

The thing you can do is to continually pray for them.  That is why I am ever so thankful for my Moms in Prayer group.  It is a confidential wonderful way to come together each week and pray for our children ages kindergarten through career time.  Men can probably get a bunch of dads together to pray but moms tend to be the ones who are crying out to God for the lives of our children in a different way than dads do.  Now is the time to pray,not preach.

PRAYER:  I pray for those with adult children to be respectful of them and continue to lift them up in prayer.  I pray for those with married children to learn to let them lead their own lives and continue to pray.  In Jesus' name. Amen.

Becky Juett Miller

God's Lemonade Stand

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Romans 4:08 - Blessed

"BLESSED IS THE MAN WHOSE SIN THE LORD WILL NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT." (NASB)
 
"Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin." (KJV)
 
"Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of sin." (NLT)
 
"blessed is the one against whom the Lord will never count sin." (NET)
 
"As he does not to those whom he justifies in Christ, and by his righteousness; for the sins of such he has imputed to his Son, as their surety; and he has bore them, took them away, having made full satisfaction for them; so that these persons will never be charged with them: they now appear before the throne without fault, and are blameless and irreproveable in the sight of God, and therefore must be eternally happy; for he will never think of their sins any more to their hurt; he will remember them no more; he "will never reckon them to them", but acquit them from them, justify and accept them; wherefore they must be secure from wrath and condemnation, enjoy much peace and comfort now, and be happy hereafter." Dr. John Gill

The key word here is "never!" Never to have my just deserts raised to accuse me. Liberty inaugurated in that I have been delivered from the oppression of my own sin. Mercy applied in that I didn't get what I deserved (death). Grace imputed in that I did get what I did not deserve (eternal life).

"My conscience is clear, but that doesn't prove I'm right. It is the Lord Himself who will examine me and decide."  (1 Corinthians 4:4 NLT)
 
"Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For His sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ and become one with Him. I no longer count on my own righteousness through obeying the law; rather, I become righteous through faith in Christ. For God's way of making us right with Himself depends on faith." (Philippians 3:8-9 NLT)
 
"But it was the LORD's good plan to crush Him and cause Him grief. Yet when His life is made an offering for sin, He will have many descendants. He will enjoy a long life, and the LORD's good plan will prosper in His hands. When He sees all that is accomplished by His anguish, He will be satisfied. And because of His experience, My righteous Servant will make it possible for many to be counted righteous, for He will bear all their sins. I will give Him the honors of a victorious soldier, because He exposed Himself to death. He was counted among the rebels. He bore the sins of many and interceded for rebels." (Isaiah 53:10-12 NLT)
 
"For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, no longer counting people's sins against them. And He gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ's ambassadors; God is making His appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, "Come back to God!" (2 Corinthians 5:19-20 NLT)
 
"He personally carried our sins in His body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By His wounds you are healed." (1 Peter 2:24 NLT)
 
"Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but He died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but He was raised to life in the Spirit." (1 Peter 3:18 NLT)
 

Romans 4:07 - Totaly Blessed

"BLESSED ARE THOSE WHOSE LAWLESS DEEDS HAVE BEEN FORGIVEN, AND WHOSE SINS HAVE BEEN COVERED." (NASB)
 
"Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. " (KJV)
 
""Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sins are put out of sight." (NLT)
 
""Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered;" (NET)
 
A psalm of David. Oh, what joy for those whose disobedience is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the LORD has cleared of guilt, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! (Psalms 32:1-2 NLT)

We can see that his verse begins a direct quote of Psalm 32:1-2. David's sin was a "knowing" disobedience to the law. He did not sin in ignorance. "Is, Are, Have Been" forgiven means a completed act of remission.

Remission: Forgiveness; pardon; that is, the giving up of the punishment due to a crime; as the remission of sins. Matthew 26. Hebrews 9 (Noah Webster)

This was David's experience. He had been forgiven! In literal translations of Psalm 32, we see that the object is singular, "blessed is he." The Romans citation of the Psalm, this is expressed in the plural to take in all sorts of people (thought the NLT does this in both Psalm 32 and Romans).

Oh, give me back my joy again; You have broken me—now let me rejoice. Don't keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt. (Psalms 51:8-9 NLT)
 
You forgave the guilt of Your people—yes, You covered all their sins. Interlude (Psalms 85:2 NLT)
LORD, if You kept a record of our sins, who, O Lord, could ever survive? But You offer forgiveness, that we might learn to fear You. (Psalms 130:3-4 NLT)
 
"Comfort, comfort My people," says your God. "Speak tenderly to Jerusalem. Tell her that her sad days are gone and her sins are pardoned. Yes, the LORD has punished her twice over for all her sins." (Isaiah 40:1-2 NLT)
 
I will cleanse them of their sins against Me and forgive all their sins of rebellion. Then this city will bring Me joy, glory, and honor before all the nations of the earth! The people of the world will see all the good I do for My people, and they will tremble with awe at the peace and prosperity I provide for them. (Jeremiah 33:8-9 NLT)
 
Where is another God like You, who pardons the guilt of the remnant, overlooking the sins of His special people? You will not stay angry with Your people forever, because You delight in showing unfailing love. Once again You will have compassion on us. You will trample our sins under Your feet and throw them into the depths of the ocean! You will show us Your faithfulness and unfailing love as You promised to our ancestors Abraham and Jacob long ago. (Micah 7:18-20 NLT)
 
Some people brought to Him a paralyzed man on a mat. Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, "Be encouraged, My child! Your sins are forgiven." (Matthew 9:2 NLT)
 
"I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown Me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love." Then Jesus said to the woman, "Your sins are forgiven." The men at the table said among themselves, "Who is this man, that He goes around forgiving sins?" And Jesus said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you; go in peace." (Luke 7:47-50 NLT)
 
"Happy are they whose sins are covered - With the veil of divine mercy. If there be indeed such a thing as happiness on earth, it is the portion of that man whose iniquities are forgiven, and who enjoys the manifestation of that pardon. Well may he endure all the afflictions of life with cheerfulness, and look upon death with comfort. O let us not contend against it, but earnestly pray that this happiness may be ours!" John Wesley

Blessed:
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μακα?ριος

makários; fem. makaría, neut. makárion, adj. A prose form of the poetic mákar (n.f.), blessed one. Blessed, possessing the favor of God, that state of being marked by fullness from God. It indicates the state of the believer in Christ...The believer is indwelt by the Holy Spirit because of Christ and as a result should be fully satisfied no matter the circumstances. Makários differs from the word "happy" in that the person is happy who has good luck (from the root hap meaning luck as a favorable circumstance). To be makários, blessed, is equivalent to having God's kingdom within one's heart...Makários is the one who is in the world yet independent of the world. His satisfaction comes from God and not from favorable circumstances. (The Complete Word Study Dictionary, General Editor: Spiros Zodhiates, Th.D.)

Pray And Mean It!

Pray And Mean It!

And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.  Luke 22:44 

How is your prayer life?  Is it a casual bedtime lay me down to sleep prayer?  Maybe it is a meal time simple one thanking God for your meal?  Perhaps a cry for help when in danger?  All these prayers are nice but have you ever really gotten serious about talking to God? 

I am not sure what your experience with prayer is, but if someone asks you to pray for them maybe the best thing to do is to stop right then and  there and pray with them be it over the phone, in a parking lot, at the movie theater lobby, over lunch.  Never be ashamed to do this.  What is to be ashamed of anyway?  It is the enemy who brings that on people so boldly go ahead and pray. 

Prayer is simply having a chat with God.  No big fancy language needed.  No man of God has to lead you in prayer.  Just pray.  Be sincere and pour out your heart to the Lord.  If you have not gotten into this very important habit why not begin today?

PRAYER:  I thank you that I can come to you in prayer either alone or with another person.  You want to hear my prayers and sometimes I get so busy I forget to do this.  Forgive me and help me to never be ashamed and to just pray.  In Jesus' name.  Amen.

Romans 4:06 - Salvation not by Works

"just as David also speaks of the blessing on the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:" (NASB)
 
"Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works," (KJV)
 
"David also spoke of this when he described the happiness of those who are declared righteous without working for it:" (NLT)
 
"So even David himself speaks regarding the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:" (NET)

If salvation could be based upon work, David didn't have them. His works were much to the contrary. So he has every reason to be happy.

How blessed is the one whose rebellious acts are forgiven, whose sin is pardoned! How blessed is the one whose wrongdoing the LORD does not punish, in whose spirit there is no deceit. (Psalms 32:1-2 NET.)

Active Now

Active Now

 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.  John 14:27

Americans are obsessed with information and social media almost to the point of being a sickness.  When I got on my phone recently to post my food intake for the day I noticed '28 green lights' that indicated some of my 'friends' were active online at that time as well.  Sometimes inquiring minds just want to know but do we really need to?

 Wouldn't it be great if we could read God's word as much as things on social media?  Imagine how life would improve.  All these photos and tidbits of news a click away is enticing but unless controlled can control you.  Is it time to bring balance to your life? Only you can answer that question.

Try this.  When you are tempted to check the status of friends or family instead go get your Bible and start reading Psalms.  Try to keep track of just how much time is spent peering into others lives through social media and see if maybe it is not time to peer into Jesus' life more.  Just saying.

PRAYER:  Lord I confess I have wasted lots of time with things that really don't matter for eternity especially on social media.  I pray for younger relatives who are growing up in this generation with non stop device use.  Help me learn to step away and rest.  In Jesus' name.  Amen.

Romans 4:05 - not by work - by faith

"But to the one who does not work, but believes in Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is credited as righteousness," (NASB)

"But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." (KJV)

"But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners." (NLT)

"But to the one who does not work, but believes in the one who declares the ungodly righteous, his faith is credited as righteousness." (NET)

Speaking generally a man that works for a wage for services rendered is paid by the hour or by the job. We can see that Abraham was not a working man because he didn't earn that which he received. He received salvation by the only other means, Grace -- God's unmerited favor. He did so by faith, not the act of faith, but the object of faith, the Lord Himself.

Remember:

"for He was looking ahead and including them in what He would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate His righteousness, for He Himself is fair and just, and He declares sinners to be right in His sight when they believe in Jesus." (Romans 3:26 NLT)
 
"And so it happened just as the Scriptures say:  "Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith."  He was even called the friend of God." (James 2:23 NLT)


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