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    YOU ARE LOVED

    Saturday, February 27, 2010, 2:35 PM [General]

    ORNING MANNA - FEBRUARY 27, 2010

     
    YOU NEED TO KNOW THAT YOU ARE LOVED!
     
    Philippians 4:1 (KJV)
    1 Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.
     
    I must say that I have been very engrossed in the passage of scripture from Philippians 4:1-9!  Every time I read through it, it seems like God drops more of Himself into my heart.  I hope it is the same way with you this morning.  I have found eleven steps in Philippians 4:1-7  to experiencing the peace that God has for us.  The kind that just comes over us, even in dire circumstances.  The kind we cannot explain away by any human standards.  In Philippians 4:1, the Apostle Paul is writing some instructions to those in the Philippian Church.  At the very beginning of this letter of exhortation and admonishment, Paul writes the following:  Philippians 1:1-2 1 Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:  2 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.  Although this is a rather familiar greeting in the Jewish culture, it is a heartfelt greeting from Paul to those in the church at Phlippi.  It is heartfelt because he loves those people!  He wants them to have the peace that passes all understanding.  The peace that means that they are  complete, well-off and healthy.  Remember when they used to use the phrase, "healthy, wealthy, and wise?"  Look again at the meaning of God's kind of peace.  Complete (or wise), well-off (or having wealth), and healthy!  I wonder if that phrase came from the greeting of peace that God gave the Jewish people to give to one another?  From the offset, Paul is giving those he loves in the church at Philippi the blessing of God's peace!  In Philippians, Chapter 4, he's about to let them know what they need to do to experience such peace, but, first off, he tells them how much he loves them.
     
    Twice, in Philippians 4:1, Paul uses the word, beloved to describe those to whom he is writing.  This word, "beloved," comes from the root word, "agapao," which is the same word that describes the love God has for you and me.  A love that wants the best for the other party.  A love that does not give up, not matter what is done to it.  It is the same word used by God, Himself, when Jesus was baptized.  Matthew 3:16-17 (KJV)  16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: 17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.  Paul was encouraging the Philippians and building them up before giving them the list of responsibilities they needed to meet to be able to experience the peace that passes all human understanding.  Love is always the foundation upon which God builds because God is love!  1 John 4:8 (TLB)  8 But if a person isn’t loving and kind, it shows that he doesn’t know God—for God is love. Although the Apostle, Paul, was probably a very stern, strict man and many of his writings are hard to understand, he followed the example of God by uplifting the people he spoke to with words of love.  Twice in this one verse in Philippians 1:1!  He wanted to be sure they knew that he loved them with an unconditional love!  It's important to know that the foundation of our peace is knowing that we are loved.  John 3:16 (KJV)  16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  The word used here for God's love toward each and every one of us is, "agapao."  Not a one of us is worthy of such love; but God is love.  He has chosen to love each one of us and He wants us to know that for sure!  Romans 9:25 (NIV)  25 As he says in Hosea: "I will call them 'my people' who are not my people; and I will call her 'my loved one' who is not my loved one,"  Do you know that you are loved with a love that will never fail, no matter what you do?  Do you receive that love and then operate in it so that you will not do things that displease the One who loves you so?  Even as God told the Israelites thousands of years ago, Jeremiah 31:3 (NLT)  3 Long ago the Lord said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.  Just like the Israelites, some of us may have been rebellious and lived in a way displeasing to God but, whatever we have done, did not, and could never, change the unending love that God has for us.  If we will receive that love, we will have taken the first step toward experiencing His peace.  I can't comprehend any of this with my human mind but God's love and peace have been given to us if we will receive it and and follow the instructions in His Word.
     
    We all want to know we are loved.  We desperately want to know it.  If we have doubts as to whether we are loved or not, peace is the farthest thing from us!  We want it from our spouses, from our children, from our parents, from our friends, from our pastors.  Some of us get that assurance from others and some of us don't.  Sometimes we feel unloved because someone actually does withdraw their love from us and sometimes we feel unloved because our expectations of the other person are just more than they have to offer.  We go through seasons of feeling loved or unloved, depending on our circumstances.  However, when it concerns love, there is only one "season," with God!  That season is love.  From His Word, we know that we are loved by Him.  We can say we don't believe it; but we can also say we don't believe in the law of gravity.  Whether we believe it or it, it's there and, put to the test, both God's love and the law of gravity will be in effect!  Do not test this by jumping off of a tall building!  We can search for peace in this world and usually we will be led to all the wrong places.  Places that will only fulfill a temporary, carnal desire within us.  The truth is that we cannot take steps toward real peace, unbelievable peace, until we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are loved.  Loved by our Heavenly Father, whose love will never fail.  Whose love always looks out for our best interests.  Whose love prompts Him to want to give good gifts to His children (that's us!).  Whose love will not ever fade or falter.  Have you taken the first step toward finding the peace that passes all the understanding you can muster up in your mind?  Is your mind and heart settled on the fact that you are loved?  Whether you believe it or not,
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    THE PARTS TO THE PUZZLE ARE TOGETHER

    Friday, February 26, 2010, 9:38 PM [General]

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    Where to stand when

    Thursday, February 25, 2010, 9:41 AM [General]

    THE GROUND BELOW YOU HAVE BECOME UNSTABLE?   Jesus the Rock of aAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAaaaAAGES!  have a blest day....

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    What to do when you are not sure

    Thursday, February 18, 2010, 9:40 PM [General]

    PRAY FIRST..........WAIT FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT'S DIRECTION........PRAY AGAIN FOR A CONFIRMATION THAT THIS IS GOD'S LEADING....THANK GOD FOR HIS HELP IN ADVANCE..   ASK SEEK KNOCK AND THE DOOR WILL BE OPEN FOR YOU.....

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    THE CIRCLING OF HISTORY

    Thursday, February 11, 2010, 11:25 AM [General]

    HELLO TO MY BELIEFNET FRIENDS...LONG TIME NO TALK...JUST LETTING ALL KNOW THAT I AM WELL....GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME..AGREED..AMEN. MY EARLIER POSTING SPOKE OF MY JOURNEY TO NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FOR DISCUSSIONS WITH MY BROTHER, AS HE LAY ON HIS DEATH BED WITH CANCER. NEW YEARS MORNING HE PASSED FROM DEATH UNTO LIFE...HE WILL NEVER RETURN TO THIS DEMINSION, HOWEVER HIS LATER STATE IS GREATER THAN HIS FIRST. THE GLORIOUS HOPE OF LIFE WITH CHRIST, IS HIS NOW GLORIOUS REALITYPRAISE GOD FOR THIS GIFT OF SALVATION. EYE HAS NOT SEEN, EAR HAS NOT HEARD, THOSE THINGS THAT GOD THROUGH CHRIST HAS PREPARED FOR THEM THAT LOVE HIM...............IT DOES NOT YET APPEAR, HOW WE SHALL  BE, BUT WE SHALL  BE LIKE HIM FOR WE SHALL SEE HIM FACE TO FACE.. ' GLORY!!!!!                                    

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    WHAT A GLORIOUS GIFT

    Friday, December 25, 2009, 10:55 AM [General]

    I HAVE RETURNED FROM NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WITH A THANKFUL HEART.  OUR PRAYERS WERE FOR MY OLDER BROTHER, KENNY TO CONFESS THE LORDSHIP OF CHRIST.  WHEN I ARRIVED I WENT IMMEDIATELY TO HIS ROOM.  WE DISCUSSED FOR JUST A FEW MINUTES CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES, THEN QUICKLY AND WITHOUT A PROMPTING, HE BEGIN TO SHARE HIS HEART, AND HIS TRUST IN CHRIST, AND THE  GLORIOUS HOPE TO BE REUNITED WITH MOM AND DAD IN THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.  I THEN SHARED WITH HIM MY FAITH AND HOPE FOR THE REUNITING OF THE ENTIRE FAMILY IN HEAVEN, SHARING THE AMAZING GIFT OF ETERNAL LIFE, MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE RISEN CHRIST.  THE FAITHFULFUL OF GOD, FILLS MY HEART DURING THIS CHRISTMAS SEASON WITH JOY AND THANKSGIVING.  THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS...IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE, WHEN WE ASK FOR HIS HELP, AND THE LEADING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.  GOD IS GOOD ALL THE TIME!!!!!

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    It was in the heart of GOD

    Saturday, December 19, 2009, 9:08 AM [General]

    TO RESTORE MANKIND FROM HIS FALLEN STATE UNTO HIMSELF. "BEHOLD THE LAMB OF GOD WHICH TAKES AWAY THE SIN OF THE WORLD".  HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS!!!!

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    ST. MATTHEW 1:20 thru23

    Wednesday, December 16, 2009, 12:33 PM [General]

    BEHOLD,THE ANGEL OF THE LORD APPEARED TO JOSEPH IN A DREAM, SAYING JOSEPH, THOU SON OF DAVID, FEAR NOT TO TAKE UNTO THY SELF MARY THY WIFE: FOR THAT WHICH IS CONCEIVED IN HER IS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. AND SHE SHALL BRING FORTH A SON, AND HIS NAME SHALL BE CALLED JESUS: FOR HE SHALL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEIR SINS.  NOW ALL THIS WAS DONE, THAT IT MIGHT BE FULFILLED WHICH WAS SPOKEN BY THE PROPHET, SAYING, BEHOLD A VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD, AND SHALL BRING FORTH A SON, AND HIS NAME SHALL BE EMMANUEL, WHICH BEING INTERPRETED IS, GOD WITH US....

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    IS'NT THE LORD JUST THE BEST

    Monday, December 14, 2009, 10:38 PM [General]

    HE HAS PROVIDED TIME AND TRANSPORTATION AND $$$$ to make the journey to southern california....SUNDAY THE TWENTYTH...MAKING A  THREE DAY TRIP TO NORTHERN CALIFORNIA TO SHARE CHRIST WITH MY OLDER BROTHER....PRAY THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT WILL PREPARE HIS HEART, FOR THE MESSAGE OF LIFE...HE IS DYING FROM CANCER.  MY MOM AND DAD'S LAST REQUEST BEFORE THEIR PASSING, MAKE SURE ALL MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY COMMIT.....TO CHRIST' AND REUNITE IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD IN HEAVEN.....PRAYERS PLEASE!!!!! he is a hard case, but nothing is to hard for GOD....LOVE YOU ALL AND THANK YOU FOR THE SUPPORT DURING THIS OUR TIME OF TEST..WE TRUST AND THANK OUR LORD IN ADVANCE FOR WHAT HE IS GOING TO DO  THE PERFECT GIFT FOR CHRISTMAS!!!!!    JESUS

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    THE HOLY SPIRIT

    Friday, December 11, 2009, 7:07 PM [General]

    It is out of my hands....More plans than the calender and time will allow. I trust God's direction during this holiday season...I will share when I return all that has happened.I am looking for my friends prayers up to Christmas day.  Illness in the family,and the reuniting of family members not seen in some time. Father God I pray that you will direct my path, and move before me to clear hearts to receive your gift.  Love your son   danandsandycan

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