The Off Grid Life

Sorry I’ve been gone for several months, however been working on the ranch. Almost 18 months ago I brought 160 acre ranch. For which I call my place of heaven. (Alfina’s Place Ranch) based in South West Texas.

I started out with chickens, as I’ve learn more about the Off Grid Living. I must say it has brought me closer to God as nothing else could.

And the Lord our Father, the one who receives the Honor, Glory and the Praise

Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty! For all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.
1 Chronicles 29:11 WMB
https://bible.com/bible/1209/1ch.29.11.WMB

I’ve been bless every morning by my Heavenly Father’s Grace, as he leads me as he wants me to go. My job for now is to grow his food both spiritual and physical. He tells me time is near. So i am quiet and listen. While I grow his food of plants and animals.

This is God’s Paradise in him I obey.

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Be That Positive Change

I was just watching Schindler’s List, 071618 1700hrs and thinking, ” how can we be a positive change, when we can’t or won’t be a change within ourselves?”

In doing my bible lesson this past week “Soul Rest: 7 Days of Renewal ” I read this.

FOCUS ON THE SOURCE

When we take the time to look inward to understand the condition of our hearts, sometimes what we find there can produce feelings of guilt, shame, and disappointment. Although this is completely understandable, this is not God’s intention for your life. We may even begin to feel a bit overwhelmed because the number of areas we’ve identified as needing rest and healing seems insurmountable. The beautiful good news is that rest will not come from our work but from God’s finished work. We know that a vacation, sleep, or other restful postures will not be enough to restore us fully. When unrest is at the soul level, it’s untouchable by traditional means. We need an “other than” kind of power to remedy it. God is the true source of rest.

Today, focus on the truth that God is the ultimate source of the rest we long for. When was the last time you allowed yourself to just drink in the reality of who God really is? Most of our lives are lived in light of the reality of knowing the importance of God but not truly remembering and focusing on His story. In your time of stillness, meditate on God as our source of rest. Read some Scripture to support this idea. Look at the verses that point to the attributes of God. Take note of the things that come to mind as you do.

Caution: We may be tempted to believe that there are multiple ways that we can attain soul rest. Although there are many ways for us to assume a restful posture and experience temporary rest, the true source of the rest we long for comes from God, alone.

Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee.

AUGUSTINE

In reading this and the verses that go along with this, I started thinking how man said we need to change how we treat each other. How change teach change of attitudes and behavior when we must first start from within.

You know looking back since the WWII days wars were every 20 years. Filled with hate, brutality, killing without end for what? We as a people from every walk of life have not learn not one damn thing.

We teach this next generation how to hate, because of the color of the skin, language, religion, country and so on. I know I’ve walked this earth with my eyes half open, seeing only what I desire to see. For me people are people. No better or worse than the next. However, what has change is how I feel about people. Ashamed is a good of a word as any.

  1. WWII let’s kill all the Jews, gays, any thing that is not pure.
  2. Korea wanting to rule as a communist country, to have to people to do one bidding after being ruled by Japan from 1910-45. Power over a weaker neighbor.
  3. Vietnam again divided land be French Indochina although now one country but the resources this country had.
  4. Gulf war 1 Iraq decided to invade Kuwait, attacked Saudi Arabia, and Israel. None of these countries did anything to the government of Iraq. Oil.
  5. Macedonia, Bosnia Herzegovina war of independence, and more.
  6. 9-11 UBL against U.S.A. hate, religion, mostly hate.
  7. Gulf war 2 WMD real reason not sure.

At the end of the day more innocents were killed than those who started the wars in the first place.

All of the wars since the time of man have been over land, power, religion, resources. Not one war has ever been justified. Those who are stronger prey on the weak. I don’t want them as neighbors because they do not believe as we believe “religion “. They are not pure “race”. Who is pure of anything? I want their land, greed. Because we can “power”. They have what we need “resources “.

Is there problem with asking can share your resources with us? Help me(us) understand your religion. Why are you ruling over those in that way? There is but one ruler. We need more space our population has grown so great may we share your land.

Yes all that I’ve just said sounds crazy and will never happen. The sharing that is.

The place we call home or earth is not ours to begin with. We are only the care taker of this place, or at least that is what is suppose to happen. However, we can not do that right. Instead we’ve allow satan to rule over our action not as God has instructed us.

It’s time for a change.

Spiritual War

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that he may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of the world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take into you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

The Creator

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the Lord : let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is his also. The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands formed the dry land. O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the Lord our maker. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.

God’s Commandments

And God spake all these words, saying, I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. Thou shalt not kill. Thou shalt not commit adultery. Thou shalt not steal. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s.
Exodus 20:1‭-‬17 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/exo.20.1-17.KJV

Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying, Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Matthew 22:35‭-‬40 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/mat.22.35-40.KJV

Humility

For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
Romans 12:3‭-‬8 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/rom.12.3-8.KJV

And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them, When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room. But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee. For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.
Luke 14:7‭-‬11 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/luk.14.7-11.KJV

Faith

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith. By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
Hebrews 11:1‭-‬10 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/heb.11.1-10.KJV

Healing

And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatic, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them.
Matthew 4:23‭-‬24 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/mat.4.23-24.KJV

And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease. These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
Matthew 10:1‭, ‬5‭-‬5‭, ‬8 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/mat.10.1-8.KJV

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
John 14:12‭-‬14 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/jhn.14.12-14.KJV

Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
James 5:14‭-‬16 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/jas.5.14-16.KJV

The Word Of God, Before It’s Too Late

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Matthew 28:19 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/mat.28.19.KJV

I’m not a teacher, however I also can’t and won’t do better than my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I don’t particularly care for Paul, in his letters to the Jews only of the Thessalonians, Greeks, Romans, and others. Paul like many of the disciples at the beginning felt like the message was just for the Jews only. In my way of thinking what part of go and teach all nations did they misunderstood? He didn’t say teach only the Jews but All Nations.

It took Jesus disciples some time to understand. It seems to me at first his disciples who taught the Jews who were not very receptive to hearing the true word.

This is the story of the first Gentile, a non-Jew, coming to Christ. The Jewish Christians did not think this was possible. They had spent their entire lives avoiding Gentiles and seeing them as enemies of God. Similar to God’s unorthodox methods to convince Saul to trust Christ, God had to do something bold to convince Peter that Gentiles could be Christians. Just like Jews avoided Gentiles, they also avoided certain foods. God lets Peter know that he can declare anything to be clean. Though Peter needed some convincing, he obeyed God and led a Gentile to Jesus.

This may seem like a strange transition to us today since most Christians are Gentiles. That’s how it is with change; once the change is made, it’s sometime hard to remember why it was controversial. We live in a world that is changing and sometimes we need to change to address the needs of a culture that has shifted. Changes like that can be controversial, but necessary. The central message of Jesus doesn’t change, but how we make him known does. There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway. He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius. And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. And now send men to Joppa, and call for one Simon, whose surname is Peter: He lodgeth with one Simon a tanner, whose house is by the sea side: he shall tell thee what thou oughtest to do. And when the angel which spake unto Cornelius was departed, he called two of his household servants, and a devout soldier of them that waited on him continually; And when he had declared all these things unto them, he sent them to Joppa. On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour: And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. This was done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven. Now while Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean, behold, the men which were sent from Cornelius had made enquiry for Simon’s house, and stood before the gate, And called, and asked whether Simon, which was surnamed Peter, were lodged there. While Peter thought on the vision, the Spirit said unto him, Behold, three men seek thee. Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them. Then Peter went down to the men which were sent unto him from Cornelius; and said, Behold, I am he whom ye seek: what is the cause wherefore ye are come? And they said, Cornelius the centurion, a just man, and one that feareth God, and of good report among all the nation of the Jews, was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee into his house, and to hear words of thee. Then called he them in, and lodged them. And on the morrow Peter went away with them, and certain brethren from Joppa accompanied him. And the morrow after they entered into Caesarea. And Cornelius waited for them, and had called together his kinsmen and near friends. And as Peter was coming in, Cornelius met him, and fell down at his feet, and worshipped him. But Peter took him up, saying, Stand up; I myself also am a man. And as he talked with him, he went in, and found many that were come together. And he said unto them, Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean. Therefore came I unto you without gainsaying, as soon as I was sent for: I ask therefore for what intent ye have sent for me? And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and, behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing, And said, Cornelius, thy prayer is heard, and thine alms are had in remembrance in the sight of God. Send therefore to Joppa, and call hither Simon, whose surname is Peter; he is lodged in the house of one Simon a tanner by the sea side: who, when he cometh, shall speak unto thee. Immediately therefore I sent to thee; and thou hast well done that thou art come. Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God. Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:) That word, I say, ye know, which was published throughout all Judaea, and began from Galilee, after the baptism which John preached; How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him. And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree: Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly; Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before of God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead. And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins. While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
Acts 10:1‭-‬48 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/act.10.1-48.KJV

So now my question is simply this Why are so many people not receptive to hearing and learning God’s word? Are you so into Satan and all his lies that you won’t give Jesus Christ a try?

The time is getting short, how long will you wait? Or will it be to late? In the Lord’s own words about time.

Hast thou marked the old way which wicked men have trodden? Which were cut down out of time, whose foundation was overflown with a flood: Which said unto God, Depart from us: and what can the Almighty do for them?
Job 22:15‭-‬17 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/job.22.15-17.KJV

Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain?
Psalms 89:47 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/psa.89.47.KJV

Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord , till he come and rain righteousness upon you.
Hosea 10:12 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/hos.10.12.KJV

Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.
Revelation 1:3 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/rev.1.3.KJV

And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:
Revelation 10:6 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/rev.10.6.KJV

We All have a responsibility to save as many soul as possible, not just the Rabbi, Pastor, or Cleric, but all of Lord’s Church. We don’t wish to see Satan gain any more of God’s children. Time is running out, What are you waiting for?

Seeds of Spring: A Woman’s 40 Day Devotional

Day 26
Planting and Tending Your Garden
SEED OF TRUTH
Read Ephesians 5:3-5.
Coveting and idolatry? What does this passage say about these sins? What is the warning? Coveting is desiring what another has. Idolatry is putting something in the place of God. Is there anything you need to do?
PLANT THE SEED
Quietly recite today’s focus verse to yourself. Hide it in your heart and meditate on it throughout the day.
Ephesians 5:5
“For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.”
WATER THE SEED
God has commanded us to love Him with all of our heart, all of our soul, all of our mind, and all our strength (Mark 12:30). How can we tell when we have put something in the place reserved only for God? We can tell by where our minds wander, what things we dwell upon, where we spend our money, how we spend our time, the words that come from our lips, where we make the most effort, or what causes us the greatest discomfort. For example, what do you worry about? What do you pray about or talk about the most? You can be very practical and proactive.
Observe yourself today in light of this scripture. What is your focus? Who is your focus? What do you desire? Who do you serve? Confess your covetousness or your idolatry when you see it and repent. What do these things reveal about who or what you love? Whatever is taking God’s place, remove it, and don’t return to it. Return to the Lord, your Maker (Revelation 2:4-5).
BEAR THE FRUIT
Put nothing in the place reserved for God.
CLOSE IN PRAYER
Ask the Lord to bring to life all that has been planted in your heart today.

But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Ephesians 5:3‭-‬5 KJV
https://bible.com/bible/1/eph.5.3-5.KJV

Walking through the Bible 365

Grow Strong In Spirit
Today, many see education as a cure-all for society’s problems such as poverty, human right, sicknesses, family problem. We are living in high competition world, everyone compete with each other in order to be success. Good Education become first priority to their children. In fact, knowledge, apart from fear of God, leads to pride. King Solomon said fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. It means grow strong in spirit, then you will find the knowledge of God.
Prayer: Father God, help us to grow strong in your spirit, to understand the fear of You, and grow our character to be like you. you will give wisdom and successful like the Lord gave Joseph.In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

where she entered Zechariahʼs home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Maryʼs greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.” Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home. When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son. Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown her great mercy, and they shared her joy. On the eighth day they came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah, but his mother spoke up and said, “No! He is to be called John.” They said to her, “There is no one among your relatives who has that name.” Then they made signs to his father, to find out what he would like to name the child. He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyoneʼs astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.” Immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue set free, and he began to speak, praising God. All the neighbors were filled with awe, and throughout the hill country of Judea people were talking about all these things. Everyone who heard this wondered about it, asking, “What then is this child going to be?” For the Lordʼs hand was with him. His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to his people and redeemed them. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us— to show mercy to our ancestors and to remember his holy covenant, the oath he swore to our father Abraham: to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.” And the child grew and became strong in spirit ; and he lived in the wilderness until he appeared publicly to Israel.
Luke 1:40‭-‬80 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/luk.1.40-80.NIV

I waited patiently for the Lord ; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the Lord and put their trust in him. Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord , who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare. Sacrifice and offering you did not desire— but my ears you have opened — burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not require. Then I said, “Here I am, I have come— it is written about me in the scroll. I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart.” I proclaim your saving acts in the great assembly; I do not seal my lips, Lord , as you know. I do not hide your righteousness in my heart; I speak of your faithfulness and your saving help. I do not conceal your love and your faithfulness from the great assembly.
Psalm 40:1‭-‬10 NIV
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Psalm of David

Who is your King of Glory? Have you come to him with clean and clean heart? We all have sin, not one is clean. We seek repentance for our sin whether we know it or not. Ask God today for forgiveness of your sins. Don’t wait, now is the time for tomorrow will be to late.

The earth is the Lord’s , and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods. Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord ? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord , and righteousness from the God of his salvation. This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.
Psalms 24:1‭-‬10 KJV
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Walk Through The Bible 365

God Is Our Healer
When people sinned against God, they repented and asked God for forgiveness. The Psalmist is teaching us that it is not enough, we should also ask for healing. Not only forgiveness, but God will also heal and deliver you from the power of sins, negative thoughts, habitual sins, all this when you ask and believe.
Prayer: Father Lord, heal our hearts and deliver us from temptations to do things our way. Help us to stand firm and make quick decisions to run away when we are facing temptation.In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene, Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness. And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins; As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; And all flesh shall see the salvation of God. Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then? He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise. Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do? And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you. And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages. And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not; John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable. And many other things in his exhortation preached he unto the people. But Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias his brother Philip’s wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done, Added yet this above all, that he shut up John in prison. Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli, Which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Janna, which was the son of Joseph, Which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Amos, which was the son of Naum, which was the son of Esli, which was the son of Nagge, Which was the son of Maath, which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Semei, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Juda, Which was the son of Joanna, which was the son of Rhesa, which was the son of Zorobabel, which was the son of Salathiel, which was the son of Neri, Which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Addi, which was the son of Cosam, which was the son of Elmodam, which was the son of Er, Which was the son of Jose, which was the son of Eliezer, which was the son of Jorim, which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, Which was the son of Simeon, which was the son of Juda, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Jonan, which was the son of Eliakim, Which was the son of Melea, which was the son of Menan, which was the son of Mattatha, which was the son of Nathan, which was the son of David, Which was the son of Jesse, which was the son of Obed, which was the son of Booz, which was the son of Salmon, which was the son of Naasson, Which was the son of Aminadab, which was the son of Aram, which was the son of Esrom, which was the son of Phares, which was the son of Judah, Which was the son of Jacob, which was the son of Isaac, which was the son of Abraham, which was the son of Thara, which was the son of Nachor, Which was the son of Saruch, which was the son of Ragau, which was the son of Phalec, which was the son of Heber, which was the son of Sala, Which was the son of Cainan, which was the son of Arphaxad, which was the son of Sem, which was the son of Noah, which was the son of Lamech, Which was the son of Mathusala, which was the son of Enoch, which was the son of Jared, which was the son of Maleleel, which was the son of Cainan, Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.
Luke 3:1‭-‬38 KJV
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Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. The Lord will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies. The Lord will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness. I said, Lord , be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee. Mine enemies speak evil of me, When shall he die, and his name perish? And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity: his heart gathereth iniquity to itself; when he goeth abroad, he telleth it. All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt. An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him: and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more. Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. But thou, O Lord , be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may requite them. By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me. And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen.
Psalms 41:1‭-‬13 KJV
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Seeds of Spring: A Woman’s 40 Day Devotional

Day 12
Planting and Tending Your Garden
SEED OF TRUTH
Read Ephesians 2:8-10.
This passage of scripture tells us that our salvation is a gift of God. Have you fully and gratefully received this gift? There may be times when you feel unworthy of it, or you may even take it for granted. Read verse 8, slowly, one word at a time. How did you come to receive this gift of salvation?
It is by grace – unmerited, undeserved, unearned favor. You have been given this grace because of God’s great love and rich mercy. It is given for a purpose, one that God has planned.
PLANT THE SEED
Quietly recite today’s focus verse to yourself. Hide it in your heart and meditate on it throughout the day.
Ephesians 2:10
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”
WATER THE SEED
Consider what it means to be His workmanship. Everything – your life circumstances, your personality, your talents, your strengths, and your weaknesses – has contributed to who you are and who you have been chosen to be in Christ. Take time today to thank God for His workmanship in you! Ask Him to help you see how He has gifted you to bless the body of Christ. Listen and observe. Ask Him to give you wisdom and understanding. Follow Him as He leads you in the path of righteousness and patiently allow Him to lead. May you be encouraged!
BEAR THE FRUIT
Created for good works.
CLOSE IN PRAYER
Ask the Lord to bring to life all that has been planted in your heart today.

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Ephesians 2:8‭-‬10 KJV
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Seeds of Spring: A Woman’s 40 Day Devotional

Day 8
Planting and Tending Your Garden
SEED OF TRUTH
Read Ephesians 1:11-14.
What have you been given in Christ? What do you learn about your purpose? Whose plan is always accomplished or whose will is done?
PLANT THE SEED
Quietly recite today’s focus verse to yourself. Hide it in your heart and meditate on it throughout the day.
Ephesians 1:11
“In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will.”
WATER THE SEED
You have been given what cannot be taken away. You can rest and feel safe always, knowing God is good. He works everything – all things – according to His plan. You can take a deep breath, relax, and not worry because you are His. You are in Christ and He is in you.
Think for a moment about God’s work in your life and how He has brought you to Himself, taught you in His word, and drawn you to this devotional study. If you are in Christ, He has given you everything you need to grow in the understanding of His word and in His righteousness. He has given you Himself!
What one thing can you do during the rest of this study to make the most of what He has given to you? What if you were to think on the “seed of truth” all throughout the day? You could copy and paste it in a text or e-mail to yourself. Reflect on this seed of truth instead of worrying or dwelling on earthly things. Water it and help it grow.
BEAR THE FRUIT
He works all things according to His plan.
CLOSE IN PRAYER.
Ask the Lord to bring to life all that has been planted in your heart today.

In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are Godʼs possession—to the praise of his glory.
Ephesians 1:11‭-‬14 NIV
https://bible.com/bible/111/eph.1.11-14.NIV

Seeds of Spring:A Woman’s 40 Day Devotional

Day 7
Planting and Tending Your Garden
SEED OF TRUTH
Read Ephesians 1:1-10.
Look back through the passage and make a mental list of your spiritual blessings in Christ. Is there one blessing that really touches you today? As you see all of these, speak them to your heart and make them personal. For example: “I was chosen before the foundation of the world.”
PLANT THE SEED
Quietly recite today’s focus verse to yourself. Hide it in your heart and meditate on it throughout the day.
Ephesians 1:3
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.”
WATER THE SEED
Consider what it means to be blessed in Christ with every spiritual blessing. Take 2-3 minutes to prayerfully think about how you could approach your day today with this in mind. When you have a moment of decision or a crisis today, recite your verse quietly to yourself. Then go forward in faith, believing “God has blessed me in Christ with every spiritual blessing.” Trust in His strength and remember His love for you.
BEAR THE FRUIT
Blessed with every spiritual blessing.
CLOSE IN PRAYER
Ask the Lord to bring to life all that has been planted in your heart today.

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence; Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself: That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:
Ephesians 1:1‭-‬10 KJV
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