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    The Redeemed

    Monday, July 5, 2010, 9:42 PM [General]

    MORNING MANNA - JULY 5, 2010
      
    YOU ARE REDEEMED!
      
    Ephesians 1:7 (KJV)  7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
    Redeemed, how I love to proclaim it.  Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.  Redeemed through His infinite mercy.  His child , and forever, I am.  Maybe you know that old hymn that speaks of the redemption that Paul tells us about in Ephesians, Chapter One.  Songs and hymns are a great way to remind ourselves of who we are in God's eyes, through our Lord Jesus Christ.  If you have never trusted your life back to your Heavenly Father, through the blood of Jesus Christ, today is the day to do it.  God says that today is our day for salvation (if we will receive it).  2 Corinthians 6:1-2 (NLT)  1 As God’s partners, we beg you not to accept this marvelous gift of God’s kindness and then ignore it. 2 For God says, “At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.” Indeed, the “right time” is now. Today is the day of salvation.  Yesterday, here in America, we celebrated our independence.  We celebrated the fact that we are free.  But, freedom has a cost and it has a responsibility, as well as all of the privileges we get to experience.  Our Pastor spoke about freedom and how we have been given freedom for a purpose, not just to make us feel good and go about doing whatever we please.  As a citizen of whatever country we live in, if we are free to worship, we should thank God and take advantage of that freedom.  If you live in a free country I would venture to guess that God made it that way so you could worship Him, praise Him, live for Him, and tell others of the good news of the Gospel.  Do you find that to be your purpose if you are living in a free country?  And, most of all, do you complete that purpose?
     
    You and I were born into bondage because of the original sin of our ancestors, Adam and Eve.  Yet, God did not want us to stay that way.  So He sent a Redeemer.  If we receive Him, we become a part of the Body of Christ.  We become a part of the bride of Christ.  This Redeemer was foreshadowed in the person of Boaz, in the book of Ruth.  If you have a moment, read the very small book in the Bible and see Jesus in the person of Boaz.  See how God did not forget Naomi, who had become bitter after losing her sons and her husband to death.  See how God honored Ruth, who was loyal to her mother-in-law and followed Naomi's God instead of the idols of her own country.  See how a foreigner could become one of the top citizens in a different country and be part of the Kingdom of God.  All because of a redeemer-kinsman, which Boaz was.Ruth 3:9 (NLT)
    9 “Who are you?” he asked. “I am your servant Ruth,” she replied. “Spread the corner of your covering over me, for you are my family redeemer.”   In this story, Ruth follows her mother-in-law, Naomi, back to her homeland.  In those days, if a woman was widowed, a person from the family could redeem that widow in order to keep the family going.  To make a long story short, that's what happened with Boaz and Ruth and, boy, did the family keep going, for we find Ruth, a very unlikely choice, in the lineage of Christ Jesus, our Redeemer.  Ruth could have stayed with her idols, met a man in her own country and remained as she was - in bondage to idolatry.  Instead, she chose Jehovah God, followed Naomi to where she could find her kinsman-redeemer and the rest is His-story!
     
    It's important that we remember that we are redeemed and just who our Redeemer is.  We can fall into idolatry if we think our jobs, position, fame, inheritance, spouse, parents, or any other person or thing can free us - redeeming us from the curse of sin.  All of these things listed above are only gifts from God but the greatest gift God ever gave us was a Redeemer.  There will be times in life that we don't feel redeemed.  Job certainly must not have felt pretty "unredeemed," when all the awful things started to happen in his life.  If you have more time, read the book of Job.  Then, if you have something going on in your life that is uncomfortable or painful, you won't feel so bad!  Everything awful that you could think of happened to Job.  He lost his children.  He lost his wealth, He lost his health.  His friends insulted him.  His wife discouraged and abandoned him. And, on and on.  Yet!  Job was resolute.  He knew he had a rRdeemer.  He didn't understand why all of these awful things were happening in His life, but he chose to trust that this Redeemer was there and that he would, one day, see Him and then understand.  Perhaps, because Job chose to trust in his Redeemer even though he could not see Him or understand Him, Job was blessed in the end, very much more than he had been before (and before, he was number one in the land in wealth and integrity).  Job 19:25-26 (AMP) 25 For I know that my Redeemer and Vindicator lives, and at last He [the Last One] will stand upon the earth. 26 And after my skin, even this body, has been destroyed, then from my flesh or without it I shall see God,  Job, "kept the faith," as they say and he did not even know what we know today about the Redeemer!  Here in America, we pay homage to the man brave men and women who have given their lives so that we could live in this free country.  How much more should you and I remember that the Lord is the King who sacrificed Himself so we could have the freedom from sin that we now enjoy.  This is how the write of The Message paraphrases this.  Ephesians 1:7 (MSG)  7 Because of the sacrifice of the Messiah, his blood poured out on the altar of the Cross, we're a free people—free of penalties and punishments chalked up by all our misdeeds. And not just barely free, either. Abundantly free!   Did you know that you can live in a free country and still be bound?  You can live in a free country and not be free at all!  You are only free if the Son (the Redeemer) has set you free.  Then you are free, indeed.  Are you free and do you remember that He has set you free, not only to enjoy His blessings, but to serve Him with all that He has given you?  God says I'm blessed, I'm chosen, I'm adopted, I'm favored, redeemed, yeah, I'm forgiven.  Makes me want to sing, I'm a child of the King and now I'm really livin'" - from the song, Ephesians One.  If you have received the Redeemer, you are redeemed and all of these other things go with your redemption.  Does it make you want to sing?  It should because you are a redeemed child of the King!

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    More from Beatrice

    Sunday, July 4, 2010, 7:35 PM [General]

    MORNING MANNA - JULY 4, 2010
     
    YOU ARE CHOSEN! 
     
    Ephesians 1:4 (KJV)
    4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
     
    God says I'm blessed, I'm chosen, I'm adopted, I'm favored, I'm redeemed, yeah I'm forgiven.  Those are part of the lyrics of the song I mentioned in the Morning Manna a few days ago, "Ephesians One."  Well, the writer of this song didn't just pick words out of the air that rhymed and went with the beat (although the song will make you dance for joy).  These words are the writer's expression of what is mentioned by God to us in Ephesians, Chapter One.  Yesterday, we were reminded that we are blessed. Here in Ephesians 1:4, we see that God chose us before the foundation of the world.  Pretty amazing. Especially for me, since I was always the last one chosen for the team in PE class.  He chose us to be holy and without blame before Him in love.  The only way we can do that is through Jesus.  He is the only One who lived a perfect life and can stand before His Father holy and without blame in love but God has given us, as chosen, adopted children, the same privilege!  We are set apart for God's use.  That's holy.  We are justified if we have received Jesus, just as though we had never sinned.  That makes us without blame.  If we love Jesus, we will obey His commandments and stand before God in love.   John 14:15 (NLT)
    15 “If you love me, obey my commandments. 
     
    Just as the song says, we are adopted.  That may sound as though we might be second class citizens but it is just the opposite.  Someone who is adopted is really, really wanted.  Ephesians 1:5 (KJV)  5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,  God had two perfect children in the beginning.  Adam and Eve.  However, they sinned and left the rest of us to be born with a sin nature that would keep us forever from God.  I imagine that thought really grieved God's heart of love for His creation so, although I don't pretend to understand predestination, I do understand that God loves me and He loves you too.  He knew what was going to happen to humankind because He can't help it that He knows everything.  Yet, somehow, He planned to adopt us as His children by Christ Jesus.  Now when He looks at those of us who have received Jesus, He doesn't see the sin nature.  Only the nature of His perfect Son, Jesus Christ.  God wanted us so much that, way ahead of time, He designed a plan to adopt us back into His family by giving up Jesus to be crucified, dead and buried after living a perfect life.  The amazing thing is that He rose again and now we, too, as adopted children through Jesus, will rise again one day to live forever in the presence of our loving Heavenly Father.  All of this pleased God.  His will is that all of His children should return to Him and now He has made a way! 2 Peter 3:9 (KJV) 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  Yes, Jesus is coming back for us chosen and adopted children to take us all to be with Him forever.  God is not willing that any should be absent when we all are taken back to the perfect Paradise.  His perfect will is that we should all come to repentance.  Have you stood in agreement with God that you are a sinner and that you need to turn around and go in His direction instead of the direction the enemy and the world is trying to lead you?  Jesus would probably come back right now but God is patient because there are still some that need to repent and He doesn't want anyone to be left behind.  Are you one of those He is patiently waiting for? 
     
    God is delighted that He has offered us the invitation of adoption back into His family.  He is even more delighted when someone accepts that invitation.    Luke 15:10 (KJV)  10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.  Really, God is satisfied, even delighted in the fact that He has made a way to choose and adopt us.  I'm sure He is blessed when we stand before Him in love.   Ephesians 1:6 (KJV)   6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us  accepted in the beloved.  Our Father has done all this to the praise of the dignity and honor of His graciousness toward us.  He has purposed to offer us His divine influence on our heart so that we will want to live by His principles and live in love with Him and with others.  He has chosen, by adopting us, to show His graciousness, to show His dignity and honor.  Then He has chosen to highly favor us by bestowing these things on us.   We're blessed, we're chosen, we're adopted, we're forgiven (if we have repented) and  we're also favored.  There's a whole lot to think about in those few phrases.  When we really meditate on these things, it will change the way we think about ourselves and the way we think of others.  It will definitely change the way we think about God because we will realize that when we had no chance at all (except Hell), God bought us back by paying the price of the blood of His Son.  Then He brought us back into His family.  Many times children are biologically born that are not wanted or loved.  But, when you're adopted, you know for sure that you are wanted and that you are loved, especially since God chose you. Makes you want to sing doesn't it?  You really should sing because you're a child of the King.  Nothing can hold you back from living the abundant life that Jesus died to give you!

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    If I am lifted up I will draw all men unto myself (JESUS)

    Saturday, July 3, 2010, 1:27 PM [General]

    Do you want to be apart of something?

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    Trusted Friends

    Friday, July 2, 2010, 12:17 PM [General]

    Good Morning Beliefnet friends.   while checking Our sight this morning, I noticed all the photos from my page have been removed.  Just that you are aware, it was not my doing.  Sorry for the inconvenience, and hope that this offering can be recaptured for further enjoyment  by all...  GOD'S BLESSINGS  DANANDSANDYCAN

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    THE LORD FROM ON HIGH

    Sunday, June 20, 2010, 7:42 PM [General]

    Surely the Lord has considered my frailty and will continue to lift me in His secret places from on high. The Lord is Good and His tender mercies endure forever. I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and He heard me from His Holy Hill. Truly His Tender Mercies are Forever and His Loving Kindness is without equal. He is compassionate and quick to forgive my transgressions . GREAT  and HOLY ARE HIS WAYS and beyond our ability to understand.  Therefore, I will trust in His Word, and gain strength from His Promises. Amen

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    This is the Day

    Sunday, May 23, 2010, 11:25 AM [General]

    THAT THE LORD HAS MADE.  LET US REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT! FOR HE IS GOOD AND HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER. TO THE GLORY OF GOD THR FATHER, AND OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST. AMEN....

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    DAILY WORD

    Tuesday, May 18, 2010, 6:56 PM [General]

    Psalm 119:69-72 – It was good for me to be afflicted

    Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies, I keep your precepts with all my heart. Their hearts are callous and unfeeling, but I delight in your law. It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees. The law from your mouth is more precious to me than thousands of pieces of silver and gold. – Psalm 119:69-72

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    Remember Beatrice?

    Sunday, May 9, 2010, 7:27 PM [General]

    Finally, at the end of this discourse, Jesus says these words.  Soothing words.  Strengthening words.  Encouraging Words.  Sobering words.  Compassionate Words.  Words of assurance!  Matthew 18:20  (NLT) 20 For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.”   Another translation says, "in the midst."  Just for the moment, let's forget the idea that we're going to as the Lord for something.  Let's concentrate on the fact that, when just two or three of us who follow Jesus get together, He promises to be in the midst of us.  His presence is with us!  What could be more magnificent?  What could be more humbling?  What could be more life-giving than to have the Giver of life right in the midst of us!  There's something to be said for all the mega-churches that are springing up.  God will use anything to get His Word to everyone.  However, there's a lot more to be said when we find that right there in the middle of two or three of us, Jesus has taken time to sit down and have a conversation with us!  That means that, if you are married to a believer, you qualify to have Jesus in the midst of your conversations and your times of petition!  It could be you, your spouse, and your child.  There are many combinations but the key is that each one has to be a believer and be in agreement within the group.  I really like going to church and singing praises with a giant roomful of people.  I love watching the variety of people when they step forth to take communion.  I feel very close to Heaven knowing that each of these varied races, genders, and ages are symbolically stepping right up to the feet of Jesus.  However, I also love to know His presence in the midst of just two or three people whose focus is totally on Him with no inhibitions or agendas of their own.  Only to enjoy the presence of His company.  Of course, He never comes to a conversation without bringing presents.  The answers to our prayers, the guidance we need, His comfort, His encouragement, and of course, His love.  All of those presents are just right for us and in accord with His will; but His presence far outweighs any other gift He might give us.  The gift of His presence is the greatest present you or I will ever receive!  Is He perhaps breathing over us this morning that He would love to be invited into the center of groups of two or three of us who are seeking Him with all of our heart and desiring to bring petitions that only He can grant, according to His will?  If we do this, the very first thing that will be changed is our own heart.  You can't be in His presence without coming away a changed person.  The next thing that will happen is that people and circumstances around us will begin to change because we have been in agreement with our prayers in a personal audience with Jesus!  Is anything holding us back?  If it is, it is not from God.  It's the Devil who does not want us to do this because He knows God's promises to us concerning the agreement of two or three here on earth and He surely doesn't want us to see those promises manifest themselves in our lives!  He's out to try to steal them from us!  So, I encourage and challenge myself, as well as you, to pair up and even add a third. Get together with the Lord in one accord.  Enjoy His presence, being so close to Him that you can hear Him breath!  Then, obey anything He says and look for big changes in yourself and in this world!  Can we do it?  Yes, we can, through Christ who strengthens us!

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    HELLO FRIENDS

    Wednesday, May 5, 2010, 8:31 PM [General]

    I ALWAYS LIKE TO TAKE TIME TO GREET MY FRIENDS WITH .BELIEFNET. HELLO!!!!....NOTHING OUTSTANDING TO COMMMUNICATE....JUST EXCITED WHAT GOD IS DOING IN MY LIFE...HE IS AMAZING AND GRAND  TOWARDS ME AND I WILL NEVER STOP THANKING HIM...I TRUST THAT EACH OF YOU HAVE THAT TYPE OF RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MOST HIGH...AND IF YOU DON'T, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR???   JESUS SAYS IF YOU WOULD THAT I DRAW CLOSER TO YOU..DRAW CLOSER TO HIM ..  DROP A LINE AND GREETING  YOU FRIEND ALWAYS   DANANDSANDYCAN

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    Dear Friends

    Wednesday, April 21, 2010, 6:31 PM [General]

     Greetings in the Marvelous name of Jesus Christ. It has been some time for a posting an incredable journey.  All is well, and Jesus is truly "GOOD ALL THE TIME". The Lord truly has been true to His Word, on my behalf. How aware I have become of end times Prophecy, and the reminder when  all these things begin to happen, look up and pay attention. No man knows the day nor the hour, but when all these things begin to happen....Switch your focus to Him, and begin to place what is truly important first. These are truly exciting times, and not meant to make "Believers fearful", but rather to encourage you that you are on the winning side. Tell your family, tell your friends....remain senative to strangers and how you are to speak and behave towards those around you. You are the only "New Testament", that many will read.  Keep your hearts and minds stayed upon Him, and He will direct your path.. He Loves you that much...in that when your life was in shambles, He took time to set you on the Path of Life.  Love you Beloved....danandsandycan (Galatians 5:1).....

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