Getting Older

The older I get

The more I learn

The less I know!

But this one thing I KNOW… I know the One who holds the future and holds my hand! 

He Holds Me

Getting older has it’s share of afflictions… but A.W. Pink says it best:

Afflictions are light when compared with what we really deserve. They are light when compared with the sufferings of the Lord Jesus. But perhaps their real lightness is best seen by comparing them with the weight of glory which is awaiting us. —Arthur W. Pink

Be blessed on this day that the Lord has made!  ♥ Streim

It’s God’s Way or No Way 

Jesus made a very strong statement to His disciples when He said Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leads to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat :Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits . Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs ofthistles”  Matthew 7:13-16

If you read the Scriptures and miss the story of salvation, you have missed its message and meaning.  Going through the Bible we can trace the person of our Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ.

In Genesis He is the seed of the woman. 

In Exodus He is the Passover Lamb. 

In Leviticus He is the Atoning Sacrifice.

In Numbers He is Smitten Rock.

In Deuteronomy He is the Greatest Prophet. 

In Joshua He is the Captain of the Lord of Hosts.

In Judges He is the Deliverer. 

In Kings He is the Promised King. 

In Nehemiah He is the Restorer of the Nation. 

In Esther He is the Advocate. 

In Job He is the Redeemer. 

In Psalms He is the Good Shepherd. 

In Proverbs He is how we are Pattern our life. 

In Ecclesiastes He is our Goal. 

In the Song of Solomon He is the One who satisfies. 

In the Books of all the Prophets(the lesser and greater)  He is the coming Prince of Peace and the Messiah. 

In the Gospels He is the Savior and Messiah written of in the Old Testament.

In Acts He is our Risen  and Ascended Lord. 

In the Epistles He is our Mediator sitting at the Father’s right hand. 

In Revelation He is The Returning King and the Bridegroom of the Church.

Salvation of the soul is only possible because of the atonement made by Jesus Christ on the cross for our sins and His resurrection from the dead.  But it’s not enough to believe that Jesus Christ did this, it MUST be personally received as “the gift of God” (John 3:16).  When that is done, Jesus Christ is then our Savior and mediator between Almighty God and us.  But is that all there is…NO!  We must then repent and become a new creation who serves God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.  As someone once told me “salvation is not like Burger King…you can’t have it your way”.  It must be God’s way or no way.  Jesus must be BOTH our Savior and our Lord.

Know WHO you believe in, WHAT you believe and WHY you believe it.  We are told “…to always be ready to give an answer for the hope that lies within us” ( 1 Peter 3:15)  As His faithful, forgiven ones, we are given the Great Commission to “sow the seeds of truth”.  Sharing the Gospel message as the Lord leads.  Just a few little reminders and verses to help you if you need them.

1) His virgin birth 2) His sinless life  3) His death of atonement  4) His victory over death through His resurrection  5)  His work seated at the Father’s right hand mediating for us  6) His return again, which will be visible to everyone.

Other references used: Matthew 11:28; Revelation 3:20; Isaiah 59:2; Jeremiah 29:11; 2 Corinthians 5:17; John 3:16; Romans 3:23; Romans 6:23; 1 John 1:7; Galatians 2:16 and Romans 10:13

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September 12, 2013: I find it astounding that in a little over a year, the Christian church has branched into multiple “gospels” within these already numerous denominations and their beliefs.  Teachings that add to or take away from the Word.  Please, please… if you have asked Christ to be your personal Savior– it is your responsibility to KNOW you believe and understand what you’re being taught and whether it lines up with the Word or the World.  When you asked Jesus Christ to be your Savior, repented and turn from your sinful life– you became an “adopted child” of the LORD God Almighty. Remember our Savior’s words from Matthew 7!  Study the Word for yourself!  It is imperative you KNOW the true doctrine from the false worldly doctrine!

I covet your prayers as I continue to work on my current series.  May you be blessed this day~~ everyday new day is another day to share the message that saves lives… ♥ Streim

Chronic Pain and Other Blessings

2 Corinthians 12: 9-10  ” And He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

Was Paul out of his mind when he used the words  “most gladly” and “take pleasure” in describing his list of very unpleasant situations like infirmities, reproaches, needs, persecutions, distresses?  Absolutely NOT!  Rather he was giving us a wonderful lesson on what true reliance on the Lord means.  You might say, “well Paul could say that, but I am different”.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Today, we as God’s blood bought adopted children NEED to realize that if we suffer these things “for Christ’s sake”, He strengthens and the grace of God will show itself to be stronger than any and all the pains (physical, psychological), sadness, losses, persecutions and distressful times we may experience.  

How can I say that?  For three simple reasons: 1) God’s Word says it   2) I believe God’s Word  3) My personal experience with my Father and Lord Jesus

 2 Timothy 3: 12-14; “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived . But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;” (KJV)

“Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it” (ESV)

There are so many places in Scripture we see people of God suffer joyfully.  I honestly can’t say that I jump up and down with joy when I get out of bed everyday… because I know (and feel) the excruciating, chronic pain is still with me; plus what other body part is going out today.  But I can say— I stop for a moment, give all of my day to Him and grab my walker and go.  I could go on about other issues besides my health, but I won’t because it’s ALL in HIS ALMIGHTY hands…  for whatever good HE sees fit— not what I like or want.  In many of today’s churches, there are far too many that believe once they’ve asked Christ to be their Savior… all their troubles will be over.  Well, I’m here to tell you that if you are hearing that from your pulpit; you better get a copy of the Word and read for yourself.  (I guess I should have titled this “No Rose Garden Here Part 2.)

I would like to share a little story.  My 8-year-old granddaughter said it simply!  On the way to daycare a few days ago, my granddaughter said “Ya know mommy I have 2 daddies!”  To that my daughter just paused and said “I know” (thinking of her bio dad and step-dad).  My granddaughter asked “You want to know who they are mommy?”  “Okay, sure… ” my daughter replied.  My granddaughter said ” Well my number 1 Daddy is God!” 

She knows Jesus as Savior and God as her Daddy.  We all know a daddy takes care of us, protects us and more. May all of us have that faith Jesus spoke of when He said “… Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.”  Matthew 18:3

May you grow everyday in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and have an intimate relationship with the Father through prayer and His Word. ♥ Streim