Sunday, January 14, 2018

Being Wise In Our Goings

Being Wise In Our Goings

Proverbs 4:20 - 27
 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.  Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.  Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee. Let thine eyes look right on, and let thine eyelids look straight before thee.

 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.  Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.

Hooty the Owl was warned as a tiny owl to avoid the dark alley of doom.  The dark alley of doom is known for it's large population of fat cats.  The fat cats feast on the leftovers from  the "Fish and Fritters Restaurant".  located just between "Beer and Bites" and "Ludy Books".   The dumpsters are full of nasty snails which owls love to eat.  Every now and then Hooty dreams of the giant sized snails, which owls find tasty.  They are a temptation for every bird from near and far.  He was told as a very young owl "you must not join in with the other birds.  His parents told Him of the deaths of many a bird.. that did not listen to wise advice.  They died a terrifying death in the paws of ravenous cats who's fondest dreams came true.
Hooty has found himself in somewhat of a dilemma, his long time friend has invited him to a tempting night of adventure to the dark alley of doom.  He knows if he tells them no he's going to look like a chicken and no owl likes looking like a chicken.  He also knows that if he accepts the invitation, he will disobey everything he's been taught by his dear departed parents, who loved him more than anyone else.  What do you think Hooty should do  - fall for a nice juicy snail and the adventure of it all?  or  use wisdom to guide his decision even if it means loosing his friend and looking like a chicken?  - leave time for answers....

Now in real life we know....

God has given us great wisdom to draw from His Word. Wisdom helps us know how to please God and also teaches how to stay strong in the Lord.  God has instructed us in His Word to hide His Word in our hearts that we would not sin against Him.   God's desire for us is for us to also surround ourselves with people who love God and also want to please God with their choices.  When we do this we protect ourselves from falling.  We are living in a slippery world that is down right cold and dangerously icy.

Usually when you go somewhere you either go with friends or family.  If you are not going with them - then where you are going is where people are.  God tells us to be wise in our goings.  Why does He tell us to be wise where our feet take us? 

When we are not careful where we step we sometimes will trip or slip.  Then is when we come tumbling down and could become injured physically.  Not too long ago, while on vacation, my eldest daughter was going down some steps.  It was dark outside and she could barely see.  Something caught her toe as she was  going down some dangerous uneven  steps.  She had a terrible fall and severely broke her leg.  She could have been killed in the fall. That's how serious a fall it was.
In life we take steps into the right direction or into the wrong direction.  Just know that whatever direction we take as a Christians should be thought about before taking the first step.

God wants us to be careful about what friends we choose in life.  As Christians we should choose friends that will help us obey God and grow in the Lord.  People who are wise fear the Lord.  The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.  When we choose people as friends we need to know they have a healthy fear of God.  How do we know they have a fear of God?  If what God wants is more important than what we want, we know we have a healthy fear of God.  God should be our first priority in life.

It used to be, years ago, if a boy or girl liked each other they would start (what they called)going together.  When someone asked you " Who are you going with?" they were asking you who your boyfriend was., or girlfriend was.  
- Though I'm not talking about this kind of going with - this kind of going with is included in this lesson for today.

God has plans for us as His children and our first priority is to make what God wants first.  We do that by loving His Word and obeying it.  

.... continued hopefully tomorrow

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

A New Beginning For A Willing Heart

A New Beginning For A Willing Heart

We are beginning a New Year, a new beginning.  A time of reflecting , then a time to go forward.
Yes we all have made mistakes this past year, but we must begin this year with a renewed enthusiasm.
Christ wants us to continue in giving the Truth of His Word.  I have my corner and you have yours.

Brighten the corner where God has allowed you to speak to others.  Whether there be one or a million.
Be faithful in the little things and He will make you ruler over much.  You may not see the fruit of your labor, but you will see the fruit of faithfulness, the fruit of joy, the fruit of endurance, these too our counted as fruit.  God gives the increase, we are to be faithful and obedient.  You may win one to the Lord, you may win none,  you may win a hundred, or even a thousand.  Though that did not happen with Noah, even though he preached for a hundred years.  He won only his family, all else died in their sin.  Still, He is mentioned in the hall of faith.

When Jesus was born it marked a new beginning.  It was a new beginning for Mary and Joseph too.  They were raising the Christ Child.  They were closer to God than they had ever been.   They held him in their arms, they worshipped Him, they kissed his tiny hand.    They were starting a new life and that life always included Jesus.  This New Year should bring us closer to Jesus because he lives in our hearts.  Not as a baby but as our Redeemer.  When Christ lives in your heart, He's with you where ever you go.  Our new beginnings should always begin with Jesus Christ, our prayers, our bible reading, and praising Him.  These things will give us strength to continue on in a life of faith and obedience.   They will give us a renewed hope for the New Year.

This is a new beginning for a child of God, and also a new beginning for anyone willing to humble themselves by accepting Christ as their Saviour.   I know that most everyone makes New Year's Resolutions and we should.  It's always good to improve ourselves and accomplish goals.  People who are saved make resolutions and also those that are lost. 
There are many New Year's Resolutions I need to make.  Losing weight is one of them, but the best decision anyone can make for the New Year is Jesus.

Start The New Year With The Best Friend You'll Ever Have - Christ In Your Heart.

Susan Nikitenko 

What a Friend
1.    What a friend we have in Jesus,
All our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry
Everything to God in prayer!
Oh, what peace we often forfeit,
Oh, what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry
Everything to God in prayer!
2.    Have we trials and temptations?
Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful,
Who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness;
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
3.    Are we weak and heavy-laden,
Cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge—
Take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
Thou wilt find a solace there.
4.    Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised
Thou wilt all our burdens bear;
May we ever, Lord, be bringing
All to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright, unclouded,
There will be no need for prayer—
Rapture, praise, and endless worship
Will be our sweet portion there.

The Bible teaches us how to
 be saved and know it.

I'm not trying to sell anything to you, I'm trying to give you something. 
The greatest gift of love ever offered to you.

James 1:17a 
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights

God's desire is for you to become His child.
If you are willing to call upon Him and come to Him in genuine faith.  He will not refuse you.
What better way to start the New Year - By beginning it with Christ.  Christ in your heart.

1John 5:13
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.
Romans 10:17
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Matthew 16:24 ¶
Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

Romans 10:9

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

Father God, Be with each one here today... I pray that you will open ears to hear.
That people will be saved and people will be encouraged to serve you faithfully.
I pray you are glorified and honored with true hearts of faith.
In Christ Name I Ask This.

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We Are Not Perfect

  We Are Not Perfect

   Today I've been thinking about all the things I didn't finish writing yet.  Even though it's no longer the fall and we are headed into a New Year.  I decided to write about the wood pumpkins I made a couple years ago.  I  didn't sand them at the time and said I liked them that way for a reason.  It would give me an opportunity in the future  like this moment to let you know that God takes us just as we are but through difficulties, love  and His Word He sands down all the rough edges.  Now those pumpkins really had no choice but to be sanded down.  I did finally sand them down and completed them.  However God is still working on us each day as we yield to Him and to His purpose for our lives.  Sometimes that purpose is not quite clear but still the same we wait upon His purpose.  God loves us just as we are but is
working on us as we trust Him to make us what he wants us to be.  When a person gets saved it does not mean that that person is perfect, it means they are willing to let God make the changes.  God does not reject anyone who humbly comes to Him with a genuine heart of faith. 

   Recently I was asked to have a book reading club, I agreed to a bible reading.  I chose the book of Luke and talked about Mary because the Christmas season was upon us.  The topic was " Why did God choose Mary?"  It was during that lesson God spoke to me, while I was teaching.            

2 Chronicles  16:9
For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him.

The word perfect is the word that stands out to me here:
The truth of the matter is that none of us our perfect and we will never be perfect until we as children of God enter heaven's gate.
Mary, though most favored above other women, was not perfect but was seen as perfect because of her hearts willingness, purity and faith. Mary herself called Jesus her Saviour.   Joseph was also favored because of His fear and faith.
God also chose Noah because of His fear and faith of God.  He too was favored above all living during that time. He was the only believing man of faith, leading His family into righteous living.

Mary was not perfect, but was seen as perfect because of her faith in the coming Messiah.  She was raised to love God and fear Him.  She was taught about the Messiah.  She was faithful and believing before God chose her.

Colossians 1:28
Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: - Every man - (means mankind)

Our goal as Christians should be-  to keep our goals, our thoughts, our motives, and our actions where they need to be while seeking God's blessing and looking for God's guidance through life.    This is what we find to be true, when we become children of God.  If our first goal is to please God, we will do the right things because we love Him and believe Him.
We will be seen as perfect in our Heavenly Father's sight.  We must be willing to have those rough edges sanded, submitting ourselves to the Father God's will.
It is a fascinating thought to know that God is searching for people whose heart is perfect towards Him.
People who have made Him the most important part of their lives.  People whose greatest desire is to please the Lord and live a life of faith.  They were not perfect people but were seen as perfect because of Christ and His shed blood and their desire to  please God.

In Hebrews God recognizes men and women who did things because of through faith
and it was counted unto them as righteousness... It was in those actions God worked through them.

Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayersthat ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.

God's still working on me and He is still working on you too. 
We just have to keep on going forward, keep our hearts right, resist the devil and
be willing to change.  If that's what God wants that's what matters.

Who does God see as perfect?, all those trusting Christ who love Him more than anything else.
Those who want to please Him more than anything else and keep themselves pure in an evil day.
Those under the soul saving blood of the Lamb.  

We must pray for each other, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.

Let Us Pray

Father God, I pray that you will speak to those seeking your will today, those who are discourage, those who are hurting and those that are questioning, 
Lead them back to you, restore their faith show them the direction you would have them take.
I pray that each one will make a new commitment to you for this coming new year.
In Christ Name I Pray This - Amen

Jesus will take anyone willing to come to Him by faith, accepting you as one of His beloved.
Christ died for your sins and raised from the dead - making salvation available for all.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
 Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Susan Nikitenko
December 30th, 2017

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Joseph's Love

Joseph's Love

Even though Christmas is over and I'm putting up our Christmas decorations, Christmas seems to keep on happening.  We know that Christmas is about the Christ Child being born unto us, but if you think about it, Christmas really happens all year long.  When a person becomes a Christian something happens, He becomes born again.  The Christ of Christmas is born in His heart.
 The Spirit of Christmas lives in our hearts.  I'm not talking about Jolly Oh St. Nik - but Christ becomes alive in our hearts and we become children of God. The day star arises in our heart.  The light of the world lives within us.
Even though the Christmas lights are being put away in a box.  The trees , the garlands the bulbs and bells are being gathered and stored.  God's glory continues to shine.
Today I was reminded of God's mercy and how He willingly came to earth to be our Saviour, our comforter, our dearest of friends.  We are loved and accepted because of His merciful love towards us.
Joseph came to my mind today, I thought of how He must have felt hearing that Mary was pregnant with a child.  His love was tested.  His faith was tested.  He was then faced with a question.  Should I tell all or show mercy?  Would He keep it private or cause her shame and even death?  Would it be considered a lie if He held back that information or would it be merciful?

There's a verse that has often come to my mind when making hard decisions.

Proverbs 10:12 ¶ Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.
That's exactly what Jesus did for us.

Joseph questioned whether or not Mary was lying to Him.  He was a godly man or God would not had chose Him to be the earthly father of Jesus.  He was a praying man and open to God's will.  God sent an angel to tell Him not to fear but to take Mary for his wife.

Matthew 1:20
But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

If we want a picture of love and how we should treat other people I think of Joseph.
He really loved Mary and sought to put her away privately.  She would have been stoned to death otherwise.
But he believed and He willingly became the earthly protector of God Almighty's only begotten Son.

He could have become angry and carried gossip all over town and watched her die while being stoned, but He talked to God.
That is when God sent him the answer He needed.

Devotional: Susan Nikitenko

James 5:20
Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

Susan Nikitenko January 06, 2018

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