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An Advocate at All Times…

So, I am reading the Bible in Chronological order and today I am in Job. While reading the 16th chapter, I came across this passage:

Job 16:19-21 NLT

“19 Even now my witness is in heaven. My advocate is there on high.20 My friends scorn me, but I pour out my tears to God.21 I need someone to mediate between God and me, as a person mediates between friends”

I too can relate with Job, sometimes in life’s difficulties it feels as if the Lord is not there, and that the adversary is just overtaking us… but this is NOT true! Jesus is always with us, and the “witness” or “advocate” he desired in that time is revealed to us as Jesus Christ! 1 John 2 calls Jesus our “advocate” and “the propitiation for our sins” In other words, He is our perfect sacrifice that took all of our sins to Calvary!

1 John 2:1-3 (KJV):
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

While on earth, Jesus prayed for us, He really did! You can read His prayer in John 19, I want to zero in on verse 20 for now, “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word…”. Jesus prayed for us, those who would believe on Him through the Words of the Apostles! Furthermore, in Hebrews 7:25 it states, “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” (KJV)

So when life gets hard, or you feel like you’ve sinned “too much” for God to forgive, just remember, the God of Heaven intercedes for you! You don’t have to fret like Job did and desire someone to stand in your place, Jesus has already taken care of everything! You don’t have to fear, but repent and trust in Jesus, He will see you through whatever situation you are going through!

If you are not a believer or a Christian, then you can be one! How? First, repent (See Acts 2:38, Mark 1:15, 2:17, Luke 13:30)! Repentance is being sorrowful for your sin, asking forgiveness, and determining to do what is right from now on. Next, you need to be baptized in Jesus’ name for the remission (or removal) or your sins (See Mark 16:16, Luke 24:47, John 3:1-8, Acts 2:38, 8:12-17, 26-39, 10:47-48, 19:1-5, Romans 6:4), and then pray and believe God for the gift of the Holy Ghost (John 3:1-8, 7:37-39, Acts 2:38, 8:12-17, 10:44-48, 19:1-5, Romans 8:11-17)! Being born again of the water and Spirit allows us to receive the gift of Eternal life, and then it give us direct access to the throne of God whenever we need help (Hebrews 4:16).

If you have anymore questions, or need more guidance, feel free to contact me. There are some Bible studies online (see the Bible Studies section on the right hand side).

Thanks for reading, I hope that this has been a blessing to you!
~Tiara

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Morning Devotion- 6/25/2012

Sometimes in this life we feel all alone… as if no one hears us or is there for us. But it is so important to realize that the Lord is always with us and will not leave us. Often time the Lord will allow things to come our way so that we will trust in Him more and realize that our strength is in Him, not in the works of our own hands. I pray that the following passage will encourage you to keep pressing on, even when things seem impossible, because the Lord is right there with you!

“O Jacob, how can you say the LORD does not see your troubles? O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights? Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless. Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 49:27-31 NLT

Devotional – June 22, 2012

Here’s is a wonderful devotional from the book, Everyday Prayers for a Transformed Life by Scotty Smith:

June 21 – A Prayer for Bringing Our Fears to Jesus

“And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” Revelation 12:10-11

Dear Lord Jesus, even as these words first thundered from heaven by a loud voice, so shout this good news into my heart today. What a focusing and freeing perspective on spiritual warfare. We live in the “now” of your salvation, power, kingdom, and authority, Lord Jesus – not the “not-so-long-from-now” but the now. You’re calling us to warfare, not war-fear.

I cannot help but wonder if Martin Luther was meditating on this passage when he wrote these remarkable words: “And though this world, with devils filled, should threaten to undo us, we will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us. The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him. His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure. One little word shall fell him.” O sing, my heart, sing the praises of Jesus! The Prince of Peace has gloriously triumphed over the Prince of Darkness!

Indeed, Lord Jesus, though Satan is yet to be removed, you have already thoroughly routed him. The “accuser of our brothers” has been eternally defeated by You, the great lover of Your bride. It’s because You loved us so much that You didn’t “shrink from death” on the cross. Now, in light of Your irrepressible love, empower us to love You more than we fear death. Empower us to show up rather than shrink back. Empower us for overcoming darkness in our hearts, our communities, our culture.

We will overcome, not by our muscle, but by Your mercy – by the sacrifice of Your blood and our grateful testimonies to Your glory and grace. Indeed, Jesus, may the Spirit declare the gospel so loudly in our hearts that it literally drowns out Satan’s constant protestations of our guilt. Indeed, how can I – how can we – keep from singing? “Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing, were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing. Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He. Lord Sabaoth, is name, from age to age the same, and He must win the battle.”

Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! I pray in Your holy and wholly trustworthy name. Amen.

© 2011 by Scotty Smith

Positive Belief

This is a wonderful devotional that will stir you to believe and trust God more…

The story of Abraham amazes me no matter how many times I read it. It’s not just the birth of a son when he was a hundred years old. That’s a miracle. But just as amazing is the information that he waited twenty-five years for the fulfillment of the promise. He was seventy-five when God promised Him a son.

I wonder how many of us would believe God and live in expectation for twenty-five years. Most of us probably would have said, “I didn’t really hear from God.” “Oh, I guess maybe God didn’t really mean that.” Or “I need to go somewhere else to get a fresh word from the Lord.”

In our impatience, we often take matters into our own hands. I say we get “bright ideas”–plans of our own, which we hope God will bless. These plans open the door for confusion and chaos. Then their results must be dealt with, which often delays our miracle.

The Bible gives us promises, hope, and encouragement. God promises good to those of us who serve Him. Despite the adversity of our circumstances–and some people have absolutely terrible situations–God still promises good. Our sense of goodness, however, may not be the same as God’s. Getting what we want immediately may not be best for us. Sometimes waiting is the best thing because it helps develop the character of God in us.

The Lord chooses to do good to us and to make us happy; the devil chooses to do wrong and to make us miserable. We can remain patient and keep believing God’s promises, or we can allow the evil one’s whisper to fill our ears and lead us astray.

Positive belief in God’s promises yields good results because the Good One sends them to us. Refuse to give up, and you will see the results of your positive belief.

Pray: Dear Father in heaven, forgive my lack of belief. Forgive me for allowing Satan to deceive me or make me think I’m worthless or unworthy of Your miracles. I am worthy because You made me worthy. You are the God of the impossible, and I ask You to help me wait on You and never give up. In the name of Jesus Christ my Lord, I pray. Amen.

From the book Battlefield of the Mind Devotional by Joyce Meyer. Copyright © 2005 by Joyce Meyer. Published by FaithWords. All rights reserved.

This is my prayer…

Today’s verse of the day is Psalm 119:7, and I wasn’t satisfied with just that verse… I had to read the surrounding verses, and boy, was it powerful!!! This is a powerful passage to meditate on and pray over! I just wanted to share a little snippet of God’s Word with you, I hope it blesses you like it did me! ~t

“Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the LORD. Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts. They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his paths. You have charged us to keep your commandments carefully. Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees! Then I will not be ashamed when I compare my life with your commands. As I learn your righteous regulations, I will thank you by living as I should! I will obey your decrees. Please don’t give up on me!”

Psalm 119:1-8 NLT

Encouraging Songs for Tough Times…

For those who may be going through some rough times, I want to remind you that God is with us ALWAYS and that His Word never fails! Hold tight to Him and He will see you through!

“God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?” Numbers 23:19 NLT

“Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.” Matthew 24:35, Mark 13:31, Luke 21:33

“…and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:20 KJV

“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 KJV

“…for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5 KJV

Lessons Learned from “Grandma Dearborn”

“Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.” Proverbs 31:29 (KJV)

Recently, my great-grandmother, Sally Louvenia Rosemond (affectionately known as “Grandma Dearborn”) passed away. I am still getting adjusted to the fact that I will not see her again until we meet in Heaven, and I fear what her death may mean to the family, because she was our family’s pillar next to Jesus. As I sit and reflect on her life, what I knew of her, and what was revealed to me at her homegoing services, I come away with a new desire and sense of purpose for my walk with God. It’s now or never, and I want to do my best for Jesus Christ, just like Grandma Dearborn did.

The following lessons, I’ve learned from Grandma Dearborn:

Keep Jesus first, ALWAYS
Grandma was definitely a woman of faith, and of faithfulness. She loved Jesus, had repented of her sins, was baptized in Jesus’ name, and filled with the Holy Ghost just like the Bible says in Acts 2:38. But she didn’t let her salvation experience end there; she went on to develop a close and deep walk with the Lord. She was a woman of prayer, as my cousins, aunts, and uncles said, there were many times you walked to hear her praying, and you could feel the presence of God when you walked in her house. She instilled in her children a love for God and even in her grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren. Even in the final months and weeks before her death, if she was able, she was in church. She knew how to be faithful to the house of God no matter what. The Holy Ghost and the love of God always shined through her and she always had open arms to anyone in need of love. She truly showed the displayed of Christ to others. Grandma was a worshiper, until the very end, loving Jesus with her whole heart, mind, soul, and strength. My great grandma, was a true Proverbs 31 woman.

“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.” Proverbs 31:10 KJV

“Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.” Proverbs 31:25-28 KJV

“That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.” Titus 2:2 KJV

Love your family, no matter what
I wish I could say that we were a family of perfect people, but that would be one of the biggest lies known to mankind. The truth is, our family has had plenty of ups, downs, disappointments, and heartbreaks, but the Lord has been faithful, and Grandma always prayed and loved us. At her funeral, I heard stories of how she kept all her grandchildren during the summer months, even though food and money were low. She wanted her family to be in a safe and fun environment, and did her best to be in all of our lives. Even though she literally had a small village of children, grands, great-grands, and great-great grands, she still made sure to know all of us by name. I am one of seven, and every time I walked in the house, she knew exactly who I was. She was always sharp and always so loving. She always encouraged us to do more and reach for our biggest dreams.

“Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward” Psalm 127:3 KJV

Sacrifice may be tough at first, but it always pays off
As a way to demonstrate Grandma’s love, she always stepped to the plate when adverse situations arose. Unfortunately as an adolescent, her mother passed away. It was then that she took the reins and helped to raise her siblings. Later on in her life, with some of her children grown, while others still at home, her sister passed away in a fire, leaving behind 3 children. With permission from her husband, John Thomas, she adopted her sister’s children. As if that weren’t enough, her home was a summer camp for the grandchildren, even though she still had plenty of kids at home, including a son with some physical disabilities. And on top of that, she always opened her home to children in need. She took care of her husband until his death in 1992, and even assisted in the care of her slightly disabled son, Billy, until his death in the early 2000s. She literally spent most of her life sacrificing and giving for others, never complaining, but always giving glory to God. She definitely will receive her reward in Heaven.

“She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.” Proverbs 31:20KJV

“God places the solitary in families and gives the desolate a home in which to dwell…” Psalm 68:6a AMP

“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me” Luke 9:23

Even though I will always miss her, like Ruth, I want to make sure that her God is my God (Ruth 1:21) and that I live my life to honor Jesus Christ in all that I do… this is the only real way to honor her.

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.” 3 John 1:4 (KJV)