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Come and Dine

An empty and restless spirit resides in the one who refuses to study My Word. It is a craving, a cavity if you will, of a hungry heart that goes unfilled.

Blessed is the man who ‘daily’ feeds on a meal set for a king; notice I said meal and not a morsel. For if you graze and do not feast, you will be least at the table of offering. I offer you, daily, a feast of delights–Words that have tried the times.

My message is clear, if only you would hear, that a starving man ne’er will dine. For with itching ears, he only will hear, the simple are welcome here.

Waste not what I bring, be it an offering, to the one who bids you come. For He would delight, to see you each night at His table–set for a king!

It’s dinner time–

Come and Dine.

“–‘A man once gave a great banquet, and invited many; and at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come; for all is now ready.’ But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it; I pray you, have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them; I pray you, have me excused.’ So the servant came and reported this to his master. Then the householder in anger said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and maimed and blind and lame.’ And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’ And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges, and compel people to come in that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.'” Luke 14:16-24

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

“For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths.” II Timothy 4:3-4

“But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him.” God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For what person knows a man’s thoughts except the spirit of the man which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is from God, that we might understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who possess the Spirit. The unspiritual man does not receive the gifts of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” I Corinthians 2:9-14

“Those whom I love, I reprove and chasten; so be zealous and repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:19-20

“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15 KJV

“But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if any one is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who observes his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But he who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer that forgets but a doer that acts, he shall be blessed in his doing.” James 1:22-25

“And men will come from east and west, and from north and south, and sit at table in the kingdom of God. And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.” Luke 13:29-30

 

Show Your ID

It is amazing, that even though I created man to be unique and individual, so many are desperately trying to be like someone else. I created you special, and put My stamp of approval on you–your fingerprint. No two are alike. Every day more are created, yet none duplicated.

Why?

Because I wanted you and no other like you. I purposed you, and none other for your purpose. Through the ages many are called, but no one has the exact same call. No duplicates means, no mistakes.

Twins look the same to the world if they are identical. You may ‘fool’ the world, as they say, but I AM not of this world and I AM not a fool. Man looks on the outward appearance–

I look on the heart.

I see who you are, not what you look like. I AM the author and finisher of your faith and the lover of your soul. I reject no one, for you are irreplaceable–uniquely you! Therefore, My question to you is…

Why?

Why in a world teeming with people, do you feel insignificant, when I know right where you are at all times? I never stop thinking about you. My eye is ever upon you. You will never have another fingerprint, and no one will ever have yours.

Why then, would you not want to leave a footprint that is just as unique?

Be you.

If you want to imitate someone, imitate Me. For I AM never the same to two individuals–I AM unique to you and My footprint I gladly give to you, as I gave you My Life.

Be uniquely you and come, follow Me. Bring along your fingerprint–you’ll need some ID.

Follow Me.

“For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer.” I Peter 4:12

“–for the Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” I Samuel 16:7b

“I have given them thy word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.” John 17:14

“There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it is said, ‘When he ascended on high he led a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.'” Ephesians 4:4-8

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” Ephesians 5:1-2

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 3:10

“The Lord looks down from heaven, he sees all the sons of men; from where he sits enthroned he looks forth on all the inhabitants of the earth, he who fashions the hearts of them all, and observes all their deeds.” “Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, that he may deliver their soul from death, and keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and shield. Yea, our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let thy steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in thee.” Psalms 33:13-15, 18-22

“In him, according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to the counsel of his will, we who first hoped in Christ have been destined and appointed to live for the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:11-12

“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, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. He destined us in love to be his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved.” Ephesians 1:3-6

 

One

The right or the left?

People are always arguing–liberal–conservative–I’m right–you’re wrong

Stop the battle!

There is only One way.

One and only One God.

One and only One Word.

No man cometh unto the Father, but through Me.

Repentance of sin must come–My shed Blood must be received.

Honor My Father!

You simply cannot approach the Father lest you be clothed in righteousness–the Royal Robe given through My Blood.

Accept My Blood and the Power of the Holy Spirit.

Understand–through the written Word of the Holy Scriptures–the Holy Bible.

The True Word of God–written for you as instruction to live by; to draw understanding and wisdom as guided by the Holy Spirit–your Comforter, Teacher–who enlightens your understanding.

The Father, Son and Holy Spirit–together We are One; together We seek One Body–many bodies come together in agreement as One; made that way by One Body broken, One shed Blood, One remission for sins…

One True God–One Way–

By Name–Jesus Christ!

If you are One, you are arguing with yourself

If you are not One, you are lost.

Seek that you may be found.

Find the Body and join with it; be joined by the Blood and do what the Word says–

Love your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength,

And

Love your neighbor as yourself!

“–the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power in us who believe, according to the working of his great might which he accomplished in Christ when he raised him from the dead and made him sit at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and above every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come; and he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fulness of him who fills all in all.” Ephesians 1:17-23

“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body–Jews or Greeks, slaves or free–and all were made to drink of one Spirit. For the body does not consist of one member but of many.” I Corinthians 12:12-14

“And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He who has the Son has life; he who has not the Son of God has not life.” I John 5:11-12

“And this is eternal life, that they know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou has sent. ” John 17:3

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.” John 14:6

“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace which he lavished upon us. For he has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of his will, according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fulness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.” Ephesians 1:7-10

“If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there shall my servant be also; if any one serves me, the Father will honor him.” John 12:26

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me; and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish, and no one shall snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.” John 10:24-30

“Which commandment is the first of all?” Jesus answered,  “The first is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one; and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ The second is this, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:28b-31

“And this commandment we have from him, that he who loves God should love his brother also.” I John 4:21

“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.” Isaiah 61:10

 

A FULL Tool Chest

Man defines himself by what he does. He thinks he has lived the ‘good life’ if he has a successful position and makes a lot of money; in this he values himself.

I define a man’s value by entirely different standards.

  • Is your name written in the book of life?
  • Do you live by the moral standards upheld in My Word?
  • Do you esteem others as greater than yourself?

By this, I don’t mean for you to demean yourself, but do you uphold others as valuable, and place others before yourself? Would you offer someone your chair while you stand?

  • Are you doing the work I have called you to?
  • Have you even sought to find out what that is?
  • Do you serve others?
  • I offered Myself as a ransom for many. Do you know what that means?
  • I paid the price–Do you value what I did?
  • I paid for you to be healed–Do you walk healed?

Money is only valuable if it is useful; it holds no value if it has stopped its flow and stagnated–It is a tool to be used. People use tools to accomplish a task. Pick up your tools and follow Me. I have a task for you to accomplish. I have gifted you to complete it. When you define it, I’ll show you how to refine it and you will find that you will be successful. I will give you all the tools you need if you will use them to complete the tasks I set before you, and you will find that you will be living the ‘good life’.

Come

Let us be about ‘our business’. The task is at hand. Do you need any tools? I AM your supply and your supplier.

Follow Me.

“For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, the testimony to which was borne at the proper time.” I Timothy 2:5-6

“But he who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. Shun immorality. Every other sin which a man commits is outside the body; but the immoral man sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.” I Corinthians 6:17-20

“Practice hospitality ungrudgingly to one another. As each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace; whoever speaks, as one who utters oracles of God; whoever renders service, as one who renders it by the strength which God supplies; in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” I Peter 4:9-11

“–let every one lead the life which the Lord has assigned to him, and in which God has called him.” I Corinthians 7:17

“Every good endowment and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17

“Do nothing from selfishness or conceit, but in humility count others better than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4

“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” Hebrews 13:16

“–speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every joint with which it is supplied, when each part is working properly, makes bodily growth and upbuilds itself in love.” Ephesians 4:15-16

“But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may accomplish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 20:24

“For the Son of man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay every man for what he has done.” Matthew 16:17

 

Free Indeed!

The thoughtful heart thinks of others before themself. They search and see ways in which to please another, rather than appease. They loosen their hold on what they know of another and allow that person room to change.

Everyone needs room to grow, opportunity to change–Grace to move on.

  • I came to bring forgiveness.
  • To extend a loving hand up.
  • To boost those who are hungry to a higher level.
  • To release the captive from darkness.

Not to be lost again outside of locked doors, but an open door to freedom like they’ve never known before.

My Emancipation Proclamation!

I came to set the captives free. Come out from among them and be ye separate. Join yourselves to My true Body–those who extend My Grace and will allow you to find

Your Place

They enable you to forget what is behind, and press on to the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus.

I AM Jesus

Come follow Me–Learn of Me

and

Be FREE

For he whom the Son sets free is free indeed.

He is free in deed!

“Blessed are those whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered; blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not reckon his sin.” Romans 4:7-8

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good tidings to the afflicted; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion–to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.” Isaiah 61:1-3

“–But God has so adjusted the body, giving the greater honor to the inferior part, that there may be no discord in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. ” I Corinthians 12:24b-26

“–but one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13b-14

 

The Extra Mile

Clamor and evil speaking must cease. For if you are willing to follow Me, then you must be willing to think like Me; speak like Me. In loving your neighbor as yourself you submit to that person’s heart, conceding that you will care for it as your own; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cares for it.

Will you…

Go the extra mile to care for the heart of a friend?

How about the heart of one you don’t even know?

I created him too, will you love him even as you love Me? I expect this from you, just as you expect Me to care for you…

And I do

Oh, I really do–care for you!

“This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not live according to the truth; but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.” I Jn. 1:5-7

“A disciple is not above his teacher, but every one when he is fully taught will be like his teacher.” Luke 6:40

“For no man ever hates his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body.” Eph. 5:29-30

“Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.” I Cor. 10:24

“We who are strong ought to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves; let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to edify him.” Rom. 15:1-2

“Make love your aim–” I Cor. 14:1a

 

Master Gardening

Courage to face the day for what it is, not just for a stepping stone to tomorrow, but a day of opportunity–this is something that is rare. Too many live with their thoughts already planted in tomorrow, like fresh roots, and tomorrow they are pulling up the roots by hoeing a plot for the day after.

Tend to your garden today!

Pleasant fields await the first step…

The plowman sets his hand to the plow and if he doesn’t look back, he plows a straight furrow. The planting is cultivated, watered and allowed to grow.

Early and latter rains

Harvest!

Wherein do you fall? Look and examine the timeline of your life

Your walk should follow Me.

 

“Jesus said to him, ‘No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.'” Lu. 9:62

“Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other. Faithfulness will spring up from the ground, and righteousness will look down from the sky. Yea, the Lord will give what is good, and our land will yield its increase. Righteousness will go before him, and make his footsteps a way.” Ps. 85:10-13

“And if you will obey my commandments which I command you this day, to love the Lord your God, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul, he will give the rain for your land in its season, the early rain and the later rain, that you may gather in your grain and your wine and your oil.” Deut. 11:13-14

“The sower sows the word.” Mk. 4:14

“The earth produces of itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.” Lu. 4:28-29

“Be patient, therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient over it until it receives the early and the late rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” James 5:7-8