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ALL DEATH WAS SHATTERED BY THE SHEER FORCE OF ONE LIFE AS IT WAS MEANT TO BE LIVED.
"You are a king then? " Pilate asked. "You say that I'm a king," . "Jesus replied I was born for this, and I have come into the world for this: to testify of the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to My voice." "What is truth? said Pilate. After he had said this, he went out to the Jews again and told then. I find no grounds for charging Him."
Which doctrine of Christ is most important? I would say the doctrine of his sinlessness. Some would argue. "What about his resurrection? Surely that is more important than his sinlessness?" Of course, in many ways the Resurrection created Christianity. If the Resurrection created it, though, the sinlessness of Christ authenticated it. If Jesus arose from the dead but only as a sinning savior, could he truly save? In what way could a sinner's resurrection liberate the rest of us who need to be set free from our sin? To help us, Jesus must first be our moral superior.
Humankind has always struggled with sin. Even though the Greek religions carved their gods and goddesses to be ideal --- well formed in body, strident and tall, a picture of what humankind was supposed to be --- their gods were capricious and indulgent. No wonder their religion did not live.
Jesus, however, was sinless. Even Pilate could see that this man was not a criminal deserving of death. After hearing the witness against Jesus, Pilate said, "I find no grounds for charging Him."
Pilate may not have believed Jesus was sinless, but in some way he seemed to sense that Jesus was morally superior to him. Pilate spoke more than he knew. There was literally no fault at all in Jesus. He was, indeed, a lamb without spot and without blemish. He was the sacrifice offered once and for all for our sins.
Almost every religion has some sense of sin and has devised some ritual of forgiveness --- always to no avail. The writer of Hebrews admitted that the ancient blood-sacrifice system of the Jews was also ineffective. If the sinner's trust was merely in the ceremony: "For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins" (Hebrews 10:4). What can be done, then? The apostle Paul wrote that God made one "who did not know sin to be sin for us, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him" (2 Corinthians 5:2.1)
Jesus truly is the no-fault Savior. Because He was the perfect Son of God, your imperfections are covered by His blood. You are forever free!
Lord, have we forgotten that it was your perfect life, which covered our imperfections? Have we forgotten that the blood of your perfect sacrifice healed our sin? Because I am so sinful, I treasure a Savior who was tempted in all points like I am and yet lived without sin. Because of your sacrifice, my own sin is now removed as far from me as the east is from the west. [It is now in that perfect blood of the lamb and whose name we pray.] Amen!
For additional Bible Reading: Hebrews 7:23-28
Sunday, January 31, 2010, 8:39 PM
[MY MORNING PRAYERS
Hello, My Dear Beloved Child of God.
Today you and I will take a walk together by the ocean. I want you to picture yourself walking with me in this beautiful special place…. Just for a moment in time, I want you to stand and gaze into the clouds. If you look closely you can almost see a heavenly city. Jesus once said that heaven is just a stone’s throw away.
As we stand here, I want you to quite your anxious thoughts, surrender your entire being to our Heavenly Father, and let the silence and stillness prevail in your heart and mind as you listen to His voice … for He is speaking to you, right now in this moment.
What follows is Taken from Discovering Joy – Daily Meditations For Friends of God – by Marie Chapian – A Heart for God Devotional:
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched,
Nor will the flame burn you.
For I am the LORD YOUR GOD,
The Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”
Do not be afraid of suffering. You are born and nurtured by My Spirit, equipped for every situation: Do not accept suffering as your lot in life. You were born to overcome. Understand this, in wisdom: You are in a transient world where evil abounds. You will never eliminate pain, but it cannot defeat you. No suffering goes unseen by My omnipotent eye of mercy. Suffering that is born with Me must in time bring joy, and deeper communion with Me.
Joy will not always reward your activity in My service, but it will come when your suffering is patiently and bravely borne.
1 Peter 4:12-13; 2 Corinthians 12:9: John 16:33; Isaiah 61:7; Hebrews 2:10
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Most Gracious and Adored Heavenly Father – Our cherished Abba –
As we travel through this life, there are many thorns along our paths. Please hold our (sometimes trembling) hands as we walk the roads we must travel. We know that Thou art with us… we know that there is nothing that can overtake us and hold us captive – for in You is our deliverance and comfort. Yes, we have, and shall experience pain, but Your love and mercy keep us and heal us. We, like little children, cling to You as we enter unknown passages in our lives. It is in You that we live and have our being. We thank you again, and again, for your faithfulness, mercy, and love. We ask that you strengthen us in our growing faith in You – for You alone are our salvation. To You alone be the glory, the honor and the praise,
For YOU are our
LORD and our GOD,
The Holy One of Israel, our Savior.
We come to You in the name of Our Lord and Savior – Jesus the Christ who is our Redeemer. Amen
From His Daughter’s Heart: Kitfany
Friday, January 1, 2010, 2:21 AM
[MY MORNING PRAYERS
WHEN WE FAIL TO PLAN -
WE IN ESSENCE PLAN TO FAIL
As we greet a brand new year, let us, while making our plans, consider our eternal goal and align our hearts, minds, actions, and activities accordingly. Remember, we must acknowledge God in all our ways, and He will direct our paths.
Heavenly Father... you have purposed that we enter into a brand new year. You have purposed that we live, for you have given us a reason and a purpose for living. We thank thee, we give you praise and honor. Help us to go forth in this brand new year with the joy of the Lord in our hearts and the strength that your love supplies to our souls. In Christ Jesus, our savior, we pray. Amen
May you have a blessed new year!
From His Daughter's Heart - Kitfany
Monday, December 21, 2009, 6:56 AM
[MY MORNING PRAYERS
LIVE THE MIRACLE
Hello loved ones. I have been greatly challenged lately with many obstacles… how about you? I have missed being here for you and in the spirit, I am embracing you and telling you that I have missed you… and I am deeply sorry to have been so inconsistent in my encouragement. I am saying to you… I love you. As I sat in church today, I had a sense of remorse over having not taken the time to write to you… Please forgive me. I have come to share a message that I pray will bless and give you insight and joy!
I want to share a work that has blessed me and others recently. It is taken from DISCOVERING JOY – DAILY MEDITATIONS FOR FRIENDS OF GOD – A HEART FOR GOD DEVOTIONAL BY MARIE CHAPIAN.
As you read this message from our Heavenly Father, I want you to personalize this message by saying your name at each new paragraph.
Scripture: “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)
I want you to be called strong. Be ready to handle snags and hindrances. Prepare yourself to be full of My grace. Understand what patience means.
I want you to inspire and emanate goodness; to live in honesty, to handle the unmanageable, solve the unsolvable, calm the unruly, love the unlovable.
No one can accomplish these by human strength. But you are able because you and I are one.
Do not miss the joy of discovering My abilities in you. Live your life as a miracle, even in imperfection and chaos ---- live each moment as a unique event.
There is life and purpose. Live in Me,
And you live the miracle.
Zechariah 4:6; Philippians 4:13; Colossians 3:12; Romans 10-12-13
Our response prayer:
How patient you are with us. You know us much better than we know ourselves. You designed us to look to YOU, to love YOU, to be one with YOU, and we miss the mark so often. Please forgive us. We give You last place on our personal agendas so often, and when we are in trouble, we want your instant attention! Lord God, we praise YOU today for your patience, your kindness, and YOUR great intelligence and ability to teach us ---- please help us pay attention.
We say thank YOU. We ask that YOU teach, guide and lead us in being constantly aware of our most important and highest goal. Our goal is to seek first YOUR KINGDOM and all things will be added to us. Please continue to remind us that entering YOUR KINGDOM is our primary goal.
This we pray in the name of JESUS CHRIST, our Redeemer and Savior. Amen
Loved one, are you ready to live the miracle?
From His daughter’s Heart - Kitfany
Thursday, November 5, 2009, 11:56 PM
[MY MORNING PRAYERS
Life is unpredictable - change is constant - God never changes!
A dear friend passed this on to me, so I am now passing it on to you! The lessons we can learn from God can be found all around us.... even in the home of a mouse!
We thank You that You never change - in an uncertain world, we can be certain that You remain our constant source for all we need. We may not know what tomorrow holds, but we know WHO holds tomorrow. Let us always take comfort in Your ceaseless love and faithfulness to your children. In Christ we pray, In Christ we remain. Amen.
Don't Cling to the Firewood
by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
They're just a young couple, I can tell. These mouseholders who
have taken up residence in the woodpile are just starting out in
life. They've built a nest under the pile of oak firewood I am
loading into the back of our station wagon.
We had our first frost a few days ago, and had spent several days
winterizing our house. So had this mouse couple. At the bottom of
the woodpile their nest would be dry and warm in all but the
wettest of storms, ready for the young ones that would surely be
I think of my wife and me in our first apartment 32 years ago. So
excited, so optimistic.
These are tiny mice, equipped with miniature jumping legs, their
little bodies only 2-1/2 inches long -- if you don't count the
tail. I must seem like a huge giant as I deconstruct their
carefully built lives, one log at a time.
I feel sorry for them. Such cute little creatures, so hopeful for
the future, yet so filled with terror at what is happening to
"What's going on, dear?" the mouse bride cries.
"I don't know," her husband answers. "Nothing like this has ever
He's wrong, of course. Change happens -- constantly. But,
thankfully, it's not too often that our entire lives are altered
forever by external events.
A few weeks after my bride and I had moved into our first
apartment, I received a draft notice: "Greetings from the
President of the United States." Yes, greetings to you, too, Mr.
President. Our carefully constructed lives suddenly took a sharp
You've had some of those turns, too.
The death of someone very close to you.
Loss of a job.
Failure of a business.
An illness or injury.
Suddenly, life is not the same and never will be again.
Everything's different. And we try to cope -- sometimes in healthy
ways, sometimes in self-destructive ways.
I keep loading the firewood into the back of the wagon. I'm about
to stack it higher yet when I see one of the tiny mice clinging to
a piece of firewood in the back of the car. Another few seconds
and he would have been crushed. I pick him up by his long tail,
set him on the ground, and go back to get more logs. When I return
he is still at the same place on the ground where I put him --
stunned by these events, barely able to get out of harm's way.
We're so mouse-like sometimes.
Life goes on. The props change, sometimes all too often. We're so
tempted to cling to the props as they are being dragged off the
set. And sometimes we're hurt because of our inability to let go,
so attached to the accouterments of the past that it's impossible
for us to welcome the future.
Change requires courage, great helpings of it. My mind goes to
Joshua in the Bible. For nearly forty years he has been an
understudy to the great leader Moses. Now Moses is dead and
leadership is thrust fully upon Joshua. Ahead is the Jordan River
running at flood stage, and beyond that the fortified cities of
Canaan -- the "Promised Land" that seems so elusive. Talk about
change? Joshua has change swirling all around him.
And God speaks to him a word: "Be strong and courageous. Do not be
terrified, do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be
with you wherever you go" (Joshua 1:9).
Our mouse couple looks up as their world is trembling. One by one
the logs that comprise their shelter are disappearing, and soon
only open sky is above. What do you do?
Do you cling to the firewood and risked being crushed by it? Or do
you cling to God's promise to you?
God has promised to be with you wherever you go. He has promised
never to leave you or forsake you. What he asks of you is faith to
overcome your terror. Courage to meet your discouragement. And
confidence to draw on his strength.
Change is a constant. No part of our lives will endure unchanged
for more than a few years, a few decades at most. But the LORD our
God is unchangeable. He is forever. You can put down your roots
into him, knowing that in this way you will never be utterly
I think of Mr. and Mrs. Mouse. My heart goes out to them. I've
been where they are, and so have you. And I hope that, even as I
am writing these words, they are dragging their nest into another
shelter in the woods to keep them dry and warm this winter. I hope
that Mr. Mouse has finally got over his shock and got with the
program. Older now, and wiser they are.
And if I could offer just one word of advice for them and for you
-- and for me -- it would be this: Don't cling to the firewood.
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Wednesday, November 4, 2009, 1:13 PM
Hello my dear, dear friends,
I want to thank each of you for your contributions and comments on my photos.
I am journaling this note to all of the wonderful friends who have visited my photo gallery and left comments that enhance the viewer's enjoyment of them. In the past, I would just click on your Avata, attached to your message, and leave you a personal note.... And this is the practice I prefer. However, so many of you are visiting my photos that I find that I cannot possibly personalize a note to each of you. Daily, I receive at least 10 notifications that someone has left me a comment on my gallery! How pleased I am that you are enjoying the gallery. I love it!
So here is a big hug for each of you, and may you be blessed beyond measure!
Just in case you did not know, each photos has a message associated with it. Those inspirational messages are contained within my journal, and I am sure you will find something to lift your spirits as you review the list of journals I have left there just for you!!!!
From HIS DAUGHTER' S HEART: Kitfany : )
Tuesday, October 27, 2009, 6:44 AM
[MY MORNING PRAYERS
A place to meditate
My morning prayer:
Good morning Heavenly Father,
We greet YOU this morning with thankfulness that YOU have chosen that we live today. May we honor YOU in this day - may we feel YOUR hand upon our lives, and may we see our world, and the people in our world through YOUR loving eyes.... This we pray in our Savior and Redeemer's Name, Jesus the Christ. Amen
GOD'S GIFT TO THE WORLD
Christ has said - "what you have done to the least of these, so you have done it unto me."
"There are no accidental births - no children of a lesser God -- there are only those who were meant to be here in our world and who have a special purpose in this great tapestry of life." By Kitfany
I would like to share with you a song from my personal library. It is song by Al Jarreau and Vanessa Williams on Al Jarreau's CD - TOMORROW TODAY; I love the lyrics of God's Gift to the World:
This one - That one - Each One
Is God's gift to the world.
They are - We are
Each one is God's gift to the world.
There are no extra people in a mansion or a ghetto -
Each heart and soul is counted, though they're different than you.
So look across the ocean - see those on distant corners -
or see the one beside you.
Look in their eyes and you'll know that it's true
This one - That one - Each One
Is God's gift to the world.
They are - We are
Each one is God's gift to the world.
And all the lonely people - first ones and the last ones
All the great and small ones the ones that win and lose -
All of the remembered -
Even the forgotten
From every single nation
You know its true ... true for me and you
This one - That one - Each One is God's gift to the world.
They are - We are - Each one is God's gift to the world.
Remember, loved one, we always have a choice
in what we will think, do, and become.
From His Daughter's Heart: kifany
Monday, October 26, 2009, 8:03 AM
[MY MORNING PRAYERS
It is sunrise, we look to the heavens that we may say
"Good morning Father."
When we pray, we talk to God. How often do we then remain still so that we may listen to Him? Today, loved one, take time to hear His voice..... Your relationship with Him is a two-way love affair.
I will cry to God Most High,
To God who accomplishes all things for me.
He will send from heaven and save me.
I am with you. I have never left you: we are one. But you seek fulfillment in people. I want you to find fulfillment in Me: Then I can bless your relationships with people. All those amusements which tempt you - that seem so high And lifted up - they are only low places.
When you climb such "heights" you only scrape your nose on the bottom of empty things. My child, live where I live, hear My voice, know Me, enjoy Me. Think My thoughts --- bask in My attitudes.
I do nothing that is un-love; I do not withhold love. Live with Me, above the emptiness; reach up and beyond the stunted, measured human heights.
IF YOU WANT TO FLY, COME SOAR THE HEIGHTS WITH ME.
Psalm 57:2-3; Hebrews 11-24 -25; John 15:4; John 10:3
From Discovering Joy - Daily Meditations for Friends of God
Taken from: Marie Chapian
A Heart for God Devotional
Most Gracious Heavenly Father,
We come this morning in the name of Jesus Christ, our King and our Redeemer. We come thanking You, first of all, for our salvation and for the hope we have within us. Your Word tells us that You inhabit the praises of Your people. So this is our song of praise to You today: You are holy, You are more excellent than man's mind is able to comprehend - we worship Your holy name, we honor Your wisdom, for You are exalted above the earth and we look to You, oh Lord our God, our Father, our provider. We offer our hearts to You, we ask that You find in us today a worthy tool - to be used by Your loving hands to bless others. Oh, that we might have the words to glorify Your Being; we wish to give You our highest and greatest adoration! There is no one higher or greater than You! We say to You this morning, that we love You, and we desire to love You with all that is within us. Thank you for your love letters to us.... This is our love letter to You! You are the lover of our souls, we are Your creation - let us do all, and be all you aspire for us to be - in this day. We remember Who You are, and whose we are, and we give thanks!
Please forgive us of our sins and failures, strengthen us that we might serve You, and be called Your friend. We pray for Your entire creation, and all things great and small ---- that we might in harmony sing a love song to You in all we do and say in this day.
Help us to listen --- for Your Words are like a healing balm to our hearts and minds - and like honey from the rock which nourishes and feeds our hungry souls. We thank Thee. Amen
From His Daughter's Heart: Kitfany
Tuesday, October 20, 2009, 7:06 AM
[MY MORNING PRAYERS
The Tempest and the Storms
Have you ever noticed that when you are in the greatest storms of life that is the time that Satan attacks your vulnerability (susceptibility, your weakness, defenselessness, and helplessness)? During these times, there may seem to be more hell breaking loose than ever. Friends may seem to fail you, loved ones may seem to be distant, monumental problems arise out of nowhere and it may seem like there is trouble on every hand and in everything you do.
Loved one; this may seem like the worse time of all in your life..... But if you look deeper --- This may be the best time in your life and truly a time to give thanks.
Today, I asked the Father, how could I truly give thanks when there are so many problems and issues pressing in on me? When I have experienced more relationship issues in the last few weeks than I can bear, and when everything I touch breaks, falls, or hurts me? At first I was very cynical about the scripture that tells us we should give thanks in all things for this is the will of God for our lives.
As I sat at my computer, I had noted that I had, quite by accident, sent all my photos to my desktop as a slide show. I stopped a moment to just look at the photos as they flashed on the screen..... As I sat there in my despair, one very important photo appeared. This was the photo of our Lord and Savior's bloodied, bruised, disfigured face depicted in a large photo I had used in one of my journals during Easter when I presented an Easter Series on B-net.
There was my answer.... It did not come right away; it came to me as I sat down to write this journal post. As I began to write, this image of our King came to mind again. This picture of Christ reveals much.... Notice the one eye that is yet opened, it seems to look at you and say.... This, my dear loved one I endured for you....do you think that I do not know what you are experiencing? Do you think that I have not experienced the betrayal of friends? Do think that I have not given my all, done my very best to show man what love is, healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, raised the dead - still to be spit upon and laughed at and mocked, still to be hung as a common criminal on a cross? I have said to you, do not be surprise if the world hates you, for it hated me and will therefore hate you.... But be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world. Know and remember that I have said I am with you always, even to the end of this age. Yea though you walk through the valley of shadow of death, you should fear no evil, for I am with you - my rod and my staff will comfort you and they shall lead and guide you into righteousness. I am with you - let your heart be made glad.
As a Christian, I have noted that it is usually after I have witnessed to a stranger, prayed with them, led them to Christ --- that shortly thereafter, the attacks come. From whence do they come? From the ones I love most, or from those to whom I have showed Charity and forgiveness. When do they come? When I am in debilitating physical pain from a disease that I am facing..... when I am weak and finding hard to carry on, when I have lost a love one, or a job, or my financial security has been threatened. They come, when I am most vulnerable.
Why do they come? To discourage me - to hinder my ministry, to make me doubt God, to cause me to enter into despair, to make me prey to sin, to steal, kill and to destroy the work, and the workers delivering the gospel of the Gospel of Christ, and to prevent others from doing the same once they see the light..... That's the agenda.
Here's my answer and the good news!
During these times I receive the most inspiration to write, for I know where my help comes from, I know where my deliverance comes from, and I know to whom I belong! In my weakness HE is strong! The most wonderful thing about adversity, trouble, trials and tribulation, is they lead me to my knees, to my Bible, and into prayer! Thanks be to God!
My Gracious and Merciful Father ---
My, my, my ---- Heavenly Father, your cynical child just said thanks during a time of trial! She said it from her heart! - In fact, I count it all joy - for if I suffer with you my Loving Savior, I shall share with my brothers and sisters the honor and the joy unspeakable of seeing you and living with you forever. You are my strength, my comforter, and an ever present help in a time of trouble. I give thanks and praises to You who is well able to keep all that I have entrusted to You. You are my precious Lord, my Abba Father, my King --- You indeed are my everything ---and into your hands I commit my spirit. Amen
This morning's prayer: Now, unto Him that is able to keep us from falling be all glory honor and praise. We thank Him for His faithfulness and unfailing love - we praise Him for His mercy and grace and forgiveness of our sins, we come as little children expecting Him to rescue us when we are in trouble - leaning and trusting in nothing other than His love, His mercy, His grace, and unfailing faithfulness to us. Let us not be bound, but free in our spirits to worship and find contentment and adoration for our great salvation. We ask in the mighty and precious name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen
For Those Facing Challenges Today:
To the Fallen Angel: Satan, you will not win, for greater is He that is within me, than he that is in the world. I may be confused now, I may be uncertain, and unsteady in my thoughts and behavior, but God is not confused, nor is He weak in any way, and the battle is not mind, but His. He will deliver me and once again, Satan, YOU WILL BE DEFEATED!" Short version: Go back to hell!
Suggested Readng: Psalms 69 and Psalms 89
From His Daughter's Heart - KITFANY
Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 6:12 AM
I attempted to leave this message for you in a broadcast message, however, it appears that my message did not forward, so I leave it here for you.
My Dear Friends:
First, let me say that my encouragement comes from individuals like you! You see, I am encouraged when I learn that I have, through the power of the Holy Spirit, been of encouragement to the Body of Christ. This is what I live for - my purpose in being.
I apologize for this delayed response. I have been away from Belief net due to a computer virus, which prevented my access to the Internet. In addition, I have had many challenges to my time due to life and health issues.... But God is faithful and I thank Him for the strength and perseverance He alone has given me. We live in trying times and it is important that we stay focused on the One who is able to keep us from falling. We do this by praying without ceasing, seeking God moment by moment for His wisdom and strength, seeking His direction, and being led by the Holy Spirit in the Word of God that is able to feed our inner-man and lift our hearts and minds towards Heaven.
May God continue to bless and teach you in the Way. We must put no confidence in the flesh for the flesh of men is weak. Rather, we must put our confidence in our Almighty God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In the days to come, I hope to answer your emails and I thank you for your love and support. I am challenged with a very serious health issue at this time and would appreciate your prayers. May God bless and keep you! With all my love, and yours in Christ -Kitfany