Bitterness

Have you ever gone to bed angry? I know I have and still do on occasion until I realize that It says not to n the Bible. I am a work in progress as far as being bitter, and at times, at my worst. I was reading today’s devotion and found this worth prayer sharing. Being angry until bitterness takes over is one thing you do not want to have. Anger can and will harm you in such a way that it can affect your relationship with others and God, so do not be afraid to take your bitterness to God.

Prayer:

Lord, I choose to forgive those who hurt me, offended me, abused me, despitefully used me, or wronged me. Help me, Lord, to recognize the enemy’s strategy to trap me in resentment, bitterness, and unforgiveness. Help me not to hold people’s sins against them. Teach me to avoid responding with a judgmental heart when I am hurting. Heal my emotions and renew a right spirit within me. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

Getting To Know Jesus

    I have known Jesus for a long time now. I have gotten to know Jesus more in the past four years. 

I’ve mentioned that I had a kidney transplant thirty-two years ago. Thanks to my donor, who is my mother, who is now seventy-six years young/old. Thanks to outstanding doctors, I had learned about Glomerulonephritis in 2016. I realized how blessed I have been with the kidney lasting as long as it did before finding out that I was losing the kidney. I’ve learned that kidney transplants do not last more than twenty years. 

I praised God for the doctors, the nurses, friends, and family, and my belief in God began to grow stronger. In 2016, I did not know that I would have another three years with the kidney before having to start dialysis in April 2019. I chose to do hemodialysis this time, when I had done peritoneal dialysis in November 1987 – March 12, 1988. 

I was able to have my transplanted kidney for 31 years before starting dialysis again. The past four years of getting to know Jesus has had its ups and downs, and yet I love Jesus despite the downs I have had. With my downtime, which is usually an emotional breakdown of some kind, I understand what and why my nervous breakdown happened, then I come back to Jesus ready to learn how to be a better person.

           Getting to know Jesus today is a job I have to work on every day of my life. He was a man on earth in his time who worshipped his heavenly Father as we all should. God does exist, or we wouldn’t live ourselves. God created this world for man and woman to have dominion over the animals of the seas, air, and ground, and because of sinning, we are now born into sin, to become followers of God in the church we choose. For the past twenty-one years, I have been a Seventh-day Adventist by choice. No one forced me to believe that the Seventh-day Adventism is the right church. 

It says so in the Bible, what the seventh day is. In Gen 2:2, the seventh day shows that God rested from creating the world and things in the world. Hebrews 4:4 states that what God spoke was created, and he took the seventh day to rest after he saw what he had created. Lastly, in Exodus, 16:26 states that the Israelites are to gather manna for six days, but on the seventh day, the Sabbath, there not be any manna to collect. 

I have always known that Sunday starts the week as day 1, while Saturday marks day seven. When Jesus was crucified on the cross for my sins, everyone’s sins. Because he rose from the grave on the third day, Sunday, he has given me the understanding that he will raise all in their graves when he comes back to bring his children – brothers and sisters – home. No one except Jesus and his angels is in heaven. Your dead loved ones are not in heaven, and I am not bluntly saying this to be mean. It says in the Bible. Read John 11:1-57. It may be a lot of reading, but it does explain the state of the death of Lazarus and what Jesus did by bringing Lazarus back from the dead because he was showing others that God is real and can heal people in all ways He wishes. The state of the deceased can be found in several verses in the Bible. If God can raise the dead from their graves, I know I hope eternal life. 

That is how I got to know Jesus in the past four years. He is my friend when times are tough, good, and doing great.

Biblical Justice Day II

Justice and Freedom

Contrary to how some people feel, the aim of Biblical justice is freedom. Freedom can be defined as a release from illegitimate bondage in order to make the choice to exercise responsibility in actualizing and maximizing all that you were created to be. Biblical justice encourages freedom through affirming accountability, equality and responsibility by linking the spiritual to the social realm. That is, freedom and biblical justice must be founded upon spiritual truth from our vertical relationship with God and expressed in our horizontal relationship with each other. In other words, biblical justice is all about loving God and loving others. 

Jesus links our attitude towards God (the spiritual) with our attitude towards others (the social). Love is not merely a feeling, but rather, an action. Love is compassionately and righteously pursuing the well-being of another. So since loving others is all about pursuing their best interest, then we should seek to free any person from oppression and inequity. We see this in Jesus’ earthly ministry. He preached the kingdom (the spiritual), but He also addressed people’s physical needs (the social).

As we fight for biblical justice and freedom, we need a balanced approach. We must confront sin and spread the gospel. But equally important, we must also stand against injustices, whether they be racial, socio-economical, political or criminal. If the gospel has changed your life, then praise God. If you are doing well and God has blessed you, then praise God. But understand, God doesn’t grant us freedom solely for ourselves. He wants to use us to help others gain their freedom. This is where biblical justice comes into play, and this is why God tells us to fight for the weak, speak up for those without a voice, and defend the rights of the oppressed and marginalized.

How is your love for God and love for others connected?  My love for God is greater than I’ve felt before today. I share what I understand when I don’t have anxiety. I share my story and testimonies as often as I can when I am in the right frame of mine online in blogs and diaries I have online. It is my way to spread the Word of God without cramming it down throats of others. I can’t go to other countries to Spread God’s word, so I go online from home or wherever the internet is available to me and go from there. Today is one of those days where I am home after dialysis treatment.

Bible verses; Ps. 82:3, 4 — Defend the weak and fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed. Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver then from the hand of the wicked. — A favorite verse of mine.

Matthew 27:37-40 and Luke 4:18-20

I’ve been dealing with some anxiety and stress because of what is happening in the world today. It — stress — has come about because I want to be one of those people who can change the world by myself. I can’t change the world. I am only one human being who struggles with anxiety, panic, and occasional depression. With that said, I have to say that I know I can’t change the world. I can change the way the way I react to situations that are in my life around me. We, as the human kind God made us, we are dealing with a lot of judicial rights and wrongs. We know what is right and wrong. We follow the world or we don’t. We don’t want to follow the world. We need to follow Jesus. Jesus has follow his Heavenly Father from start to finish. He was crucified because people didn’t want to hear the Word of God or believe he was the Messiah. Sad. Jesus died for them, me, you, and now we are believers in God or not.

Amazing Facts: An Amazing Fact Devotional

GOOD EYESIGHT

April 10, 2020 

Average reading time is about 3 and a half minutes

An Amazing Fact: Contrary to popular belief, bats are not blind. In fact, many bats have exceptionally good eyesight designed for low levels of light.

Bats are nocturnal creatures and can be found all over the world, from Canada to warm tropical climates. To get around in the dark, many bats rely on a sophisticated form of sonar known as echolocation. With this detection method, bats emit short pulses of high-frequency sounds that are usually well above the threshold of human hearing. The sound waves spread out in front of the bat, striking any objects in its flight path and bouncing back in the form of an echo. By using this God-given radar, bats are able to discern the direction, distance, speed, and in some instances, the size and density of the objects around them. 

Jesus surprised His disciples when they discovered the Lord’s ability to see things beyond what they could see. Philip invited Nathanael to meet Jesus. Though skeptical, he went and met Christ, who said, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom is no deceit!” (John 1:47). Nathaniel asked, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered, “Before Philip called you when you were under the fig tree, I saw you” (v. 48). 

God is not blind. He does not lose track of us. Jesus still sees us in the secret places of our lives. Even in the darkest night, when we cry out to our heavenly Father, the Lord sees us … even in the dark. 


KEY BIBLE TEXTS 
“If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.”
Psalms 139:11

Brenda Walsh Ministries

March 19, 2020

Mountain Moving Faith

Imagine what a different world this would be if we had more faith in God! If we truly put our faith and trust in Him, then there would be no more worrying, fear or anxiety. Why, it would eliminate stress completely! The Bible tells us in Matthew 17:20, “if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” There hasn’t been any news flashes of someone moving a mountain so it’s safe to say, we could all use more faith! Thankfully, God honors even the tiniest amount of faith. And the more we exercise the faith we do have–the more it grows! Sometimes God allows us to go through trials and tribulations to strengthen our faith in Him. You can also increase your faith by studying God’s Holy Word and claiming His promises! Faith is critical to our spiritual growth, for we will never know God’s amazing plans He has for us, unless we blindly step out in faith and follow His leading. Ask God to remove all doubt from your heart and mind and replace it with an extra measure of His “mountain-moving faith!” Text: 1 Peter 1:6-7Romans 5:1Mark 9:23Ephesians 2:8-9© 2020 Brenda Walsh Ministries www.brendawalsh.com

Glory in the Highest

This song is sung by an artist I like Chris Tomlin

Glory in the Highest

You are the first
You go before
You are the last
Lord, You’re the encore
Your name’s in lights for all to see
The starry host declare Your glory

Glory in the highest
Glory in the highest
Glory in the highest

Apart from You there is no god
Light of the world
The Bright and Morning Star
Your name will shine for all to see
You are the One
You are my glory

And no one else could ever compare
To You, Lord
All the earth together declares . . .
Glory in the highest . . . to You, Lord

All the earth will sing Your praise
The moon and stars, the sun and rain
Every nation will proclaim
That You are God and You will reign

Glory, glory hallelujah
Glory, glory to You, Lord
Glory, glory hallelujah
Hallelujah

Devotional of the Day


WHOM SHALL I FEAR?

REFLECTION

In the midst of the fray and fury, keep your eyes on Jesus. He is fighting for you. Emmanuel is near. Though accusations fly and the enemy assaults your thoughts, though people try to cut you down and drag your name through the mud, though schemes are launched and temptations roar, though your flesh fails and screams for revenge—your hope is in the One who fights for you. You are safe in God’s love and in the power of His mighty name.

MEDITATION

Fear Not to Trust Me in the Storm

Fear not to trust Me in the storm,
I’m always very near.
I come thy needless fears to calm,
Then, weary ones, don’t fear.

Refrain

Fear not, I am with thee,
Fear not, I am with thee,
Fear not, I am with thee,
Am with thee all the way.

I may not always seem so near
As thou wouldst have Me be;
But in the calm and in the storm,
I all thy dangers see.

Refrain

Fear not to trust My mighty arm;
It bro’t salvation down.
I suffered much to give thee life,
To give to thee a crown.

Refrain

J.W. Howe, Stanzas 1–3

PRAYER

Father, in the middle of the storm I am setting my hope on You. You fight for me and You are greater than all my enemies. Nothing I face today is more powerful than You. You are the solid ground beneath my feet. Thank You for surrounding those who surround me. Give me peace in the presence of my enemies, knowing that You see me and defend me in Your love. Amen.

Read Psalms 27:1-6

March 14, 2020 Devotional

Lamentations 3:26

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It is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the Lord.

Devotional

GOD WORKS WHILE WE WAIT

REFLECTION

If we are honest, we all hate to wait. In fact, most often we say something like, “I can’t believe this is taking so long; it’s costing me time I don’t have!” That’s because most of us consider waiting to be wasting. But it’s not so with our God.

God works while we wait. Even when you can’t see what He is doing, God is always orchestrating the events of heaven and earth to accomplish His purposes for your life. Trust in His unfailing love—love that moved Him to send a Savior from heaven to restore and rescue you. God’s plans for your life will not be thwarted. Wait patiently, knowing that waiting is never wasted when you are waiting on God.

MEDITATION

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

Come, Thou long expected Jesus
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee
Israel’s Strength and Consolation,
Hope of all the earth Thou art;
Dear Desire of every nation,
Joy of every longing heart.

Born Thy people to deliver,
Born a child and yet a King,
Born to reign in us forever,
Now Thy gracious kingdom bring.
By Thine own eternal Spirit
Rule in all our hearts alone;
By Thine all sufficient merit,
Raise us to Thy glorious throne.

Charles Wesley, 1707–1788

PRAYER

Father, I am here waiting for You. My heart and hands are open to Your purposes and plans for my life. Give me the patience I so desperately need and lead me in my waiting. Though my feelings may not be there just yet, I believe You are moving on my behalf right this minute, protecting, defending, preparing, providing. Give me grace to keep trusting in You in the face of the gale force winds of doubt that are blowing all around me. Anchor my heart in You. Amen.

Devotion From Amazing Facts

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PITFALLS

February 15, 2020 

Average reading time is about 6 minutes

An Amazing Fact: The worst mining accident in U.S. history was the Monongah coal mine explosion, which claimed 362 lives. 

Digging tunnels underground is risky business. Hundreds of miners around the world die each year from mining accidents, especially among coal miners. Sometimes poisonous gases enter the mine, or explosive natural gases are ignited. Dust explosions have been common, along with flooding, collapsing, and equipment that failed to work properly. The worst mining accident in world history was the Benxihu Colliery in China in 1942. It claimed the lives of 1,549 workers. 

Around the turn of the 20th century, mining accidents were quite common. In 1907, when the Monongah explosion took place, there were 18 other coal mine disasters. Public outrage finally prompted congress to create the Bureau of Mines. Since then, year by year, the number of disasters has dropped dramatically through ongoing research and education in mine safety. A collapse is still the biggest worry, accounting for 50 percent of fatal injuries. 

Solomon warns us in our text for this evening, “Whoever digs a pit will fall into it.” This is talking about someone who digs a pit to trap an innocent person; he will fall into his own pit. Or perhaps someone who tries to roll a large stone down a hill to crush someone, she might find the stone will rock back on her first. Like a boomerang or a collapsing mine, the one who does wrong toward others will have justice return on his own head—if not in this life, then certainly in the final judgment. The risk is much greater than digging for coal or moving large rocks. Queen Esther saw the truth of this proverb come true when the wicked Haman tried to subtly destroy all of God’s people and hang her cousin, Mordecai, on a large gallows he had built. When the sinister plot was uncovered, the queen fasted and prayed and then approached the king who brought swift justice to Haman. He was executed that day on the gallows he had built to hang Mordecai. Haman’s evil plot ricocheted back on his own head. 

When we break God’s law, there is a consequence to our actions. Unless we repent and confess our transgressions and accept the sheltering grace of God, we will receive the just rewards of our iniquity—death. I am so thankful that Jesus went into the pit and bore the weight of sin so that we can be rescued. 

Today’s evening reading: Proverbs 26:13–28 


KEY BIBLE TEXTS 
“Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him.”
Proverbs 26:27

Thank you for taking the time to read.

Daily Devotional From Amazing Facts


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Average reading time is about 5 minutes AN AMAZING FACT:  Some plants have leaves naturally coated in flammable oils in order to encourage fast, intense fires. Not by accident, these plants have heat-activated seeds that require fire or intense heat in order to open and germinate. This fact reveals the useful purpose that fire is intended to play in nature. But it has not always been viewed this way. Prior to 1910, forest fires burned as much as 50 million acres annually in the United States. As awareness and interest in national parks increased, lawmakers established rules and funding to protect these national treasures from this perceived threat. A law enacted in 1908 permitted deficit spending in the case of emergency fire situations. As a result, in 1910 the Forest Service acquired a $1 million deficit due to emergency fire suppression efforts. Public education campaigns, such as Smokey the Bear, trained the general public to perceive all wildfire as a threat to civilized society and natural resources.

Beginning in the 1970s however, perception of fire management began to shift. In spite of increased funding, massive wildfires continued to be prevalent across North America. It was discovered that, in actuality, suppression of fire in certain ecosystems not only increases the likelihood of a wildfire, but also increases the intensity of those wildfires. Allowing the natural cycle of fire kept the underbrush clean, thus making for shorter, less intense fires, which in turn allowed the bigger trees to survive.

Jesus said, “I am come to send fire on the earth” (Luke 12:49). Though unpleasant, fire is important. As seen in nature, it is necessary for purification and regeneration. The same is true in our lives. Instead of perceiving our trials as a threat, let’s view them as messengers of God to either remove the dross from our life or, by our patience in suffering, to display His faithfulness to others.KEY BIBLE TEXTSBeloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 1 Peter 4:12But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 1 Peter 4:13