Giving Your Life Away . . .

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a grain of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abides alone: but if it die, it brings forth much fruit.”    John 12:24  (Jesus speaking)

Jesus had thirty three years on this planet.  The first few years were spent fleeing to Egypt and living in hiding there from the wrath of Herod.  The rest of his years, except for the last three, were spent at the hard labor of carpentry.  It  is indicated by scripture that he lost his earthly father at an early age and had to take over the responsibility of providing and caring for his family.  What I think about often is that he also had the inner knowledge of the shortness of his earthly life and what he must face at the end of that life.  A hard life and the cross at the end of it!

When he spoke of laying his life down for others, it wasn’t a play on words, it wasn’t symbolism, it wasn’t a parable, it was the truth of his life.  It was the reality that he chose because he loved you and because he loved me.

Now, getting back to that grain of wheat.  Jesus is saying to us, if we live our lives for ourselves, at the end of it we will have nothing.  If we give our lives away to be used by God for His glory and to bless others, at the end of it we will have a whole field full of the eternal fruit of our sacrifice.

He is comparing the life lived selfishly to a hard, dry kernel of wheat which in the end, produces no fruit.  He is contrasting that selfish life with a life that dies to self and lives for the Lord, for His Kingdom and for others, which ends with a new beginning: Eternal Life! 

When the grain of wheat (you and me!) choose the way of Jesus, the way of sharing God’s love, grace and mercy with others, a bountiful harvest is ahead!  It is our choice.  The outcome of those two choices couldn’t be more appallingly different.  Let’s commit together, today, to following Jesus.                     

His love and grace, Ron

Who am I? From Neil T. Anderson, The Bondage Breaker

I am the salt of the earth (Matt. 5:13)
I am the light of the world (Matt. 5:14)
I am a child of God (John 1:12)
I am part of the true vine, a channel of Christ’s life (John 15:1,5)
I am Christ’s friend (John 15:15)
I am chosen and appointed by Christ to bear His fruit (John 15:16)
I am a slave of righteousness (Romans 6:18)
I am enslaved

to

God (Romans 6:22)
I am a son of God; God is spiritually my Father (Rom. 8:14,15; Gal. 3:26, 4:6)
I am a joint heir with Christ, sharing His inheritance with Him (Rom. 8:17)
I am a temple ‐‐ a dwelling place ‐‐ of God. His Spirit and His life dwell in me (1 Cor. 3:16, 6:19)
I am united to the Lord and am one spirit with Him (1 Cor. 6:17)
I am a member of Christ’s body (1 Cor. 12:27; Eph. 5:30)
I am a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17)
I am reconciled to God and am a minister of reconciliation (2 Cor. 5:18, 19)
I am a son of God and one in Christ (Gal. 3:26, 28)
I am an heir of God since I am a son of God (Gal. 4:6,7)
I am a saint (Eph. 1:1; 1 Cor. 1:2; Phil. 1:1; Col. 1:2)
I am God’s workmanship ‐‐ His handiwork ‐‐ born anew in Christ to do His work (Eph. 2:10)

Later,

Pat.

 

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From Daily Reading

My Daughter,

This world will offer many things that will give you a moment of pleasure and a lifetime of pain. The enemy of your soul rules this earth for a while, but greater is My Spirit in you than he who rules the world. Stay close to Me and be equipped with My Word because the enemy will tempt you and try to make you believe that I am not enough for you. He will offer a counterfeit to everything I have created in an attempt to steal your heart. I created love, and he offers lust. I created a way for youa-happy-heart-makes-the-face-cheerful-christian-wallpaper-hd_1366x768 to have a real relationship with Me through My Son Jesus, and he offers an artificial religion that leaves My children feeling far from Me. I created truth and he is the father of lies. I am your defender, and he is your accuser. I am your protector, and he is your persecutor. If you seek after Me to find purpose and pleasure, you will not only be more than satisfied, you will be safe and secure under My wing.

Love,
Your King 

I said to myself, “Come on, let’s try pleasure. Let’s look for the ‘good things’ in life.” But I found that this, too, was meaningless. – Ecclesiastes 2:

Sponsorship

Hi,

I recently became a  Faith-Based Sponsor and have my first young Lady to help, to guide her through to the same steps I went through myself for, one year once a week.

God is now trusting me with one of HIS precious children and I am realizing more and more that I cannot make mistakes that could set her back.

I will never share any of my experiences but I just want to thank God for the opportunity to help a young lady that went through lots of I went through a well.

Experience and Wisdom beat book knowledge if accompanied by God’s Grace in helping us Sponsor to help others the Biblical way, with a touch of warning of the ugly reality and about the dangers still there.

God likes a child that uses what is mention often in Proverbs.

    WISDOM

The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:

To know wisdom and instruction,
    to understand words of insight,
to receive instruction in wise dealing,
    in righteousness, justice, and equity;
to give prudence to the simple,
    knowledge and discretion to the youth—
Let the wise hear and increase in learning,
    and the one who understands obtain guidance,
to understand a proverb and a saying,
    the words of the wise and their riddles.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
    fools despise wisdom and instruction.

 

 

Wisdom, Godly Wisdom.

The enormity of the innocent trust put in me by my young Lady, as a child of God, is,

overwhelming and I pray I will NEVER let her down and destroy her trust by wounding her.

The enemy  can try all he wants but,

No weapon formed against me shall prosper

I pray the Holy Spirit will guide me to help her and others with the Wisdom HE is talking about!

Pat.

Bible Gateway Daily Read

When you come to knowing God, the initiative lies on His side. If He does not show Himself, nothing you can do will enable you to find Him. And, in fact, He shows much more of Himself to some people than to others—not because He has favorites, but because it is impossible for Him to show Himself to a man whose whole mind and character are in the wrong condition. Just as sunlight, though it has no favorites, cannot be reflected in a dusty mirror as clearly as in a clean one.

You can put this another way by saying that while in other sciences the instruments you use are things external to yourself (things like microscopes and telescopes), the instrument through which you see God is your whole self. And if a man’s self is not kept clean and bright, his glimpse of God will be blurred—like the Moon seen through a dirty telescope. That is why horrible nations have horrible religions: they have been looking at God through a dirty lens.

From Mere Christianity
Compiled in A Years with CS Lewis

MY Husband

I am sitting on my bed and I am just listening to my husband’s breathing.

My baby, so very tired.

He, had the hardest week working he ever had.

We are not fancy or have very interesting lives but, our past has brought us to Jesus and the peace that we longed for all our lives.

Is not like this all the time.

We have fights, misunderstanding but, in the end.  Love and God, win!

I met my husband Toby in a go-go bar I was working in.

His usual bar was closed that night so, the closest one was one of the Clubs I worked in.

I found myself I interested in this very slim young man that could have been my son because he was NOT paying attention to me or other dancers. I liked that a lot.

I was tired of the stares the lust in man’s eyes and he was so refreshing.

During my break, I did something I never did before or after.

I, with the excuse to get a glass of water, stood on a bar stool next to his not as a dancer but as a woman.

He glanced at me with the corner of his hazel eyes, and I felt such innocence in him that a desire to hold him overcame me.

I fell in love.

Pat.