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.

My Time With God

 One of the things I love to do on a daily or regular basis is delving into Bible scriptures, do devotions, and get on the phone to have worship with my boyfriend KB. I have been taking time to read devotions at Bible and do lessons throughout the week. My way of spending time with God is my way, my time. My love for God cannot be a mystery. I do not want it to be. I want people to know that I love God, and why He is so important to me. This past week has proven that I need God in some areas of my life I have going on outside of dialysis. I have to learn more about temptations and how to allow God to help me steer away from temptations that can cause me to distract me from what God wants me to do. As far as my faith goes in, my love of God, I would never say that my faith is right while yours is not. I didn’t understand God’s plan for me until 2016 when I learned that my transplanted kidney was slowing down, and dialysis was something I needed to look into once again. I did not expect my kidney to hang on for three more years — until April 2019, before needing to have dialysis treatment for the second time in my lifetime. From 2016 to 2019, I have realized God’s plan for me. I believe God exists, and Jesus died on the cross for all of us. Please understand that my love for God goes deep down. I have my days where I feel I can do things without God’s help, but I always find that it is only a feeling. I cannot do much without God’s guidance. When I go my own way, I end up an emotional mess, feeling drained, and I wonder how I get myself in predicaments where I give myself, what people call a V8, a little smack on my forehead in “why did I do that?”, “Why did I say that?” and what was that all about?” I have plenty of those days out of the year.

 As I sit here writing/sharing what I am writing right now, I am doing so because I enjoy writing, and I find that writing helps me express myself better than I can verbally. Would you think that I write my thoughts and prayers in letter format to Jesus silly? No, it’s not at all.

 At times I find the Holy Spirit working with/in me. I have heard the sermons, been to church personally, and have read, reach my entire being shivers with chills, and then I feel warm as if a glow is visible, I would see colors blend in a way I would understand. Does that help? My time with God is exceptional.

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

It’s Not An Easy Road – Christianity Works by Berni Dymet

Genesis 3:16-19 Then God said to the woman, “I will cause you to have much trouble when you are pregnant. And when you give birth to children, you will have much pain. You will want your husband very much, but he will rule over you.” Then God said to the man, “I commanded you not to eat from that tree. But you listened to your wife and ate from it. So I will curse the ground because of you. You will have to work hard all your life for the food the ground produces. The ground will grow thorns and weeds for you. And you will have to eat the plants that grow wild in the fields. You will work hard for your food, until your face is covered with sweat. You will work hard until the day you die …”

Family is something we just take for granted. Most of us grew up in a family and sure, we all know that families are part of God’s grand design. But this whole family thing … well, sometimes it’s just not easy, is it?

So, boy meets girl, they fall in love and with stars in their eyes they walk down the aisle and commit their lives to one another. What a rosy picture – a picture that’s reinforced over and over again in society. But life for many just isn’t like that.

To be sure, God’s master plan for our families was a perfect one. He creates Adam, He creates Eve, He blesses them in the beautiful garden where they have complete safety, and in everything they live a perfect, idyllic life together. But then they do the one thing that God tells them not to. And that puts their marriage under pressure.

Genesis 3:16-19 Then God said to the woman, “I will cause you to have much trouble when you are pregnant. And when you give birth to children, you will have much pain. You will want your husband very much, but he will rule over you.” Then God said to the man, “I commanded you not to eat from that tree. But you listened to your wife and ate from it. So I will curse the ground because of you. You will have to work hard all your life for the food the ground produces. The ground will grow thorns and weeds for you. And you will have to eat the plants that grow wild in the fields. You will work hard for your food, until your face is covered with sweat. You will work hard until the day you die …”

It’s sin that ruins marriages. Not just theirs; yours, mine, our sin, our marriages.

That’s God’s Word. Fresh … for you … today.