18 Oct

Seeking Peter

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The day the Lord was crucified goes down is history as one of the most barbaric acts.  An innocent man publicly humiliated and murdered as a criminal. What an offense to Humanity. But what His death did is the hinge of our faith. Jesus’s hallmark is tenderness. Always was and always will be.
 Peter knew the Lord, when asked by Jesus “who am I” Peter said, “You are the Messiah, the Son of God”. So when the Lord foreknew Peter would deny Him, it was Peter who was full of disbelief. Waking on water, Peter fell in when he doubted. I confess we have things in common.
The Lord prayed for Peter,  But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.”
Jesus saw through people, through the skin to the soul and it’s weak places.
Jesus knew Peter far better than Peter knew Peter. He knows us all that way. Nothing is news to Him. Your deepest darkest secret is known. He is unfazed, knows the heart of man is wicked beyond cure. He is the only cure for carnality. Human nature to “run the show” has been around since the Genesis of man. Taking it upon self to do rather than acknowledging we make foolish mistakes that simply asking God could have prevented.
He has to let us learn, hence consequence.
Peter’s consequence was his very best friend, who he betrayed, knew he betrayed him, they exchanged a look over it. It was known.
Do you know how Jesus felt? It is not a nice feeling. He and I have discussed it many times.
Peter thought Jesus was dead, He believed in his broken heart ,it was over.
By the time the third day came, the women went to the tomb. The angels sat in the empty tomb,  and they specifically asked for Peter. When I read that I wondered why.
Then we move to my favorite piece of scripture in John. I read it over and over and over. When Jesus is walking with Peter grilling him about lamb care it dawned on me.
He was reinstating him, restoring his faith and coming alongside to get Peter to take accountability for his own life and conduct.
The rules of the Kingdom mirror nothing of this world.
In a generation of what the world calls toxicity, the people we run out of our lives. Pastors say “let them walk”.
I say what does snatching from fire look like?
Toxic people are normally angry. society can be cold, much anger is unresolved. When are we as people going to be brave enough to do the right things. Only you can stop offenses. Obey Jesus please. Stop giving up on people. What about love?
Love can build a bridge. It is time indeed. Prayer is our power.

Jesus prayed this the night before He was crucified, it stands as a spoken prayer, still pending. ..He waits

““My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,  that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.  I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one-  I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
By Marla Kay
17 Oct

Revelation

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Revelation: God’s communication to people concerning Himself, His moral standards, and His plan of salvation.
Religions manifest from, all philosophy stems from the endless human quest for God.
All want the credit for “being the right way”. But God already send the Way. He has a name, Jesus. This Way was denied by mankind and killed like a pest. They did not like the conviction the Spirit of God gave Word to.
The ungodly know God IS there, they CHOOSE to not be accountable.
The oldest trick in the book is if I pretend it is not there, it cannot hurt me. Come on over to reality, God can see you. You exist from human seed which like all seeds, He created, He made them all.
Honesty and decency can never re-parent us into a new existence. The nicest person is still reprobate to God if they cannot trust in His supernatural existence by Faith. The Bible is a time enduring Holy text that tells of the Messiah and it is true.
The story is told in spirit and and ends with Jesus the final triumph over evil. Love wins. The ultimate story yet we’d rather pay Hollywood mortals to produce it and entertain us than be part of His cast.
Jesus is the Star. Jesus is the heir of all things. To see Him is to see God. At the Cross Jesus revealed supremely God’s self giving love. Evil must be destroyed. Like any cancer or virus that corrupts, you want it all gone so it does not reinfect, so it can never come back.
Jesus is the only Way. Reborn. Be like Nicodemus, wonder about Jesus, desire Jesus, love Him and He will come and meet you right where you are. Know Him and be known. Bow down and repent, your soul should know what to do kneeling before a sinless Creator.
Revelations in the Bible are apocalyptic literature, symbolism preserves the elements, the mystery there is not to confuse but rather to instill hope, to strengthen believers in the face of persecution.
The message is clear, God Is ALL powerful. Though for now the world is under the control of the evil one. No counter move from the enemy, no matter how strong can frustrate the righteous purposes of God. Only a liar could convince you to deny your birthright to this place created for All of mankind.
The world will be perfect when the perfect one creates it on His Day. God’s Day, God’s Time, God’s Way.
We can talk in endless circles all we want to but it won’t end until God says so.
And Jesus asks, when He comes will He find faith on the earth?
16 Oct

He Speaks

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Iniquity, sin, mine and the sin of others. Let it have no space to speak.
In this recovery, I wake daily saying what my father spoke over me every day I lived at home. It is a beautiful day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. I rise to greet what waits for me, this is to carry my cross, my daily bread awaits.
All we are given is today, yesterday a memory, tomorrow not promised. Jesus, let us rock it for your Kingdom, for all it is worth.  Selah~ He is my Peace, the Prince of, My Savior.
I read Psalm 145 before bed and when I woke. It tells me how to enter this new Day I am given.
Meditate on Abba’s works, Tell of His Power, Proclaim His deeds, Celebrate His abundant goodness, Joyfully sing of His Righteousness.
The Lord is full of compassion on ALL that He has made. His saints speak of His Might, of the Glorious splendor of His Kingdom, It is Everlasting.
The Lord is faithful on ALL of His Promises *(learn what they are). He is Loving to ALL He made. He upholds ALL who fall, He uplifts all who are bowed down. Be water, get low.
All look to Him, He feeds at the proper time and opens His Hand and satisfies the desires of every living thing. The Lord is righteous in ALL His Ways, loving toward ALL He made *(He made you).
The Lord is near to ALL who call on Him. To all who call on Him in truth. He fills the desire of those who fear Him, hears their cry and saves them. The Lord watches over ALL who love Him. But He will destroy the wicked. My mouth will speak His praise. Let every creature praise His name.
This morning the nitpicking, the angry words, the hostile tone of voice attacked immediately. This one who shared my bread, accepted my love now spits at me. I said, I love you as the door was closing, I heard a grumble and slam.
I look up to Jesus who is right here, “I am not going to cry Lord”, I say. But the hot tears hit my face. To my knees I fall and He holds me. This is not the first time. I live in a gauntlet. Fiery things are thrown daily, I wear my armor proudly and know how to use my sword.
When you are caught between love your enemy and flee the persecution there is but one place to go. As I kneel weeping not over my pain but this persons ignorance to love. And a warm being slides onto my lap. Grace. She is a soft place to fall this little dog.
 Thank God I believe in Providence. Every loss that slayed me has been restored and given back better. Perhaps this man will too. I wait patiently on my Lord focusing my mind on being the vessel of honor my Lord calls me to be. To be effective witness of the love that I serve with my all.
My children have always been the speakers in my life, today was Charles. A son grafted into my life who I love. From his corner of the earth he askes me, “what does the book of Philemon mean mom?”
I gave him my answer which was” it is about forgiveness”. Knowing full well this is my cue to read it and digest this Word. And I did….
It tells me to be ACTIVE in sharing my faith.
So that I have and give, a full understanding of every good thing in Christ.
Love gives great joy and encouragement, it refreshes the hearts of the saints.
I could give orders in Christ and be bold but I APPEAL on the basis of love.
Ones who are wrong can become sons,  we love them as such as they become our heart.
Jesus can give them back from slavery to evil making them dear brothers. Stand in the gap for them, Ask them to refresh my heart in confidence of their obedience.
And I wait…..
on my Lord, His time, His Way.
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Dear reader you are infinitely loved, I pray that you seek Him while He can be found.
Love,
Marla
10 Oct

Why Jesus

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 On days like today. Burning with pain, physical and emotional. I quote the Psalmist, to whence to I go for my help. Only the Lord.
One of my favorite places to rest is the book of Hebrews, I will share my own relfections and I pray over this post that you dear reader come to understand the lover of your soul
I was born a lover, but everyone I have loved has hurt me deeply. Yes, everyone. I throw none under any bus but can tell you the pain has shaped me until I was reshaped by real love. I had to wait for the Lord to show me things and teach me. I learned this mortal love and it seems like it is nice but it’s failure rate is 100%, God knows no failure, only redemption in His Son Jesus who came to save us all.
We are taught in God’s Word about Jesus, in reading the Gospels our spirits can walk alongside Him, see how he lived, how he treated others and how He obeyed the Father, He said yoke to me, follow me, learn from me for my yoke is easy and light, not like the burdens of the religious laws and rules.
Hebrews says we should all seek to obey Him but why you may ask?
Jesus said the Father is the one who will draw you to Jesus, pray and ask for His presence. It is His Holy Spirit who guides us all through this life.
Jesus is sinless, we all fall short and are sinful. Once we realize this we must press on, for once enlightened and then going back  simply crucifies our Lord over and over, this grieves God. He says do not become lazy, imitate those who are in me by faith and patience to inherit what is promised.
Jesus is our hope, draw near to God for there is a better Hope in Him. He is the guarantee of a better covenant, He saves completely all who come to God through Him, for He lives to intercede for those who come. How beautiful is that news! 
This ministry Jesus recived is far superior to the old covenant. He alone is our Mediator, He is superior and this is all founded on a better promise. God found fault and made a new covenant. New is that laws of God are to be written on our hearts and minds. We have a conscience! God said all will know me from least of them to the greatest, I will forgive their wickeness and remember their sins no more.
Gift and sacrifice will never clear the conscience of a sinner, only the blood of Christ does this, only Jesus.
 When Jesus returns it is not to bear more sin, we are called to leave it. If you do not know what is sinful in your life pray and ask to be shown. The beleiver should live by faith in God not faith in this world. Do not allow a double mind.  His second coming is simply to collect what is His. He is bringing salvation to us before God takes up His justice.
Draw near to God with a heart that is sincere and full of faith! Be excited! Hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, spur one another on to doing good deeds, for they will know us by our love. Obey His commandments and realize Jesus brought with Him ethics and morals of the Kingdom of God, you may go forth and live them right now. God is very clear on what will NOT enter this Kingdom to come.
Encourage one another as you see that Day approach. If we keep on sinning there is no sacrafice for it. Only fearful expectation of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.
Do not treat the blood of Jesus as unholy. He is precious. Do not insult the spirit of Grace.
The world system and it’s educational material is ungodly.
Run from it. Don’t beat your body for it, Run like you will get a prize for eternal life is a prize, we have no idea what God has prepared but I can taste it. He loves us so. Give your all. Jesus is the author of our faith, He made it! He is the perfector of it, ask for more! He has Joy set before Himand He endured the cross and all it’s scorn and shame.
Consider He who endured this same opposition we do and did not grow so weary as to lose. He stayed in it for us. We owe Him our love, lives and loyalty. To give Him all of of time, treasure and talent.
You can live for you and lose or live for Him and win. No matter what we all die this mortal life. There is more, much more. I pray I have inspired you. I leave you with this to ponder.
Live for others and find your life. If you are in the way, die to you and live for Him. Selah~
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Love in Jesus name,
Marla