Today is Ash Wednesday, 40 days before Easter Sunday, our blessed day of redemption. It is popular for people to give up sugar or something for lent. That is not a Biblical command, but a practice and teaching in preparation for Resurrection Day.
Frankly I am not sure giving up candy is enough sacrifice, to grow closer spiritually to Jesus. He suffered torture, slander, and a gruesome death on the cross for our redemption and Grace…our unconditional love & forgiveness. Some candy just doesn’t feel like enough sacrifice to show my gratitude.
The only reason to give up anything is to show gratitude to our loving Savior and draw closer to Him in preparation for a blessed cerebration of His awesome resurrection from death on that bright and victorious morning for the world. Seems like we should at lease sacrifice a lil pain of our own to say thank you. Maybe kneeling on a hard floor in prayer daily would do it?
Whatever you do to draw closer to Jesus, it is between you and Him. The Bible tells us to keep our fasting sacrifices private. If we go whining about what we have given up to gain the respect of friends about how pious we are, we are wasting our time. If we get recognition from people…we don’t need it from Jesus. And it was all about Jesus in the first place!!!
Matthew 6:16-18 “Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 17 “But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face 18 so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
So my prayer is that we will all prepare for Easter Sunday by focusing on Jesus in a personal and sacrificial way that draws us closer to Him each day and reinforces in our spirits what an awesome and matchless sacrifice He made for our eternal salvation. God Bless the 40 days leading up to Easter that we may have a transformative experience with Him anew! HUGS!
There is no challenge we can face that our God can’t reach us and help us . He not only can, but He wants to and He will! Trust in our solid rock…Jesus.
One of the greatest things God says to us in His Word is Be Still and Stand Firm! Here’s some favorite verses on it!
Be still and know that I am God. – Psalm 46:10
Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. – Exodus 14:13
So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you. – 1Thessalonians 2:15
They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm. – Psalm 20:8
If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all. – Isaiah 7:9
For now we really live, if you stand firm in the Lord. – 1Thess 3:8
When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever. – Proverbs 10:25
But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. – Psalm 33:10
Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. – 2 Corinthians 1:21
Your statutes, LORD, stand firm; holiness adorns your house for endless days. – Psalm 93:5
The Tweeting God’s Love Ministry family joins in welcoming the first born son of our Tanzanian Leader Rev.Jenyo Omolehin and his dear wife Bukky. We pray for God to lead this dear child and his devoted parents all the days of their lives. May God have his hand of protection over Bukky’s recuperation and travel home.
This is the first birth among the leadership team of Tweeting God’s Love Ministries. You can join Jenyo @Jenyour in his Prayer Hour every Monday night on Twitter #GodsPrayerRoom
Today I, @THEWATCHMAN, will begin a new chat journey. The subject of this chat will be THE LAST DAYS, or as we call them today, THE END TIMES. This chat will most likely take the remainder of this year.
I am writing this introduction so everyone knows the purpose and direction for this chat series. Here’s what I pray will be accomplished in the series:
- To study and learn the scriptures related to Last Days;
- NOT to attempt to determine when CHRIST will RETURN (scriptures say no man knows the day nor hour)
- Most important, we will let GODS WORD show us what will be the events, people involved, and HIS WILL for these END OF DAYS.(Also we canNOT determine the order of END TIMES EVENTS because some are yet to happen.)
I would like Cheri & her husband, Jeff Douglas, when avaliable to monitor these chats, and help with any disruptions, as people have passionate feelings about this topic. I ask this because there may be some who will want to change the chat direction , and I canNOT allow interruptions to destroy our opportunity to experience GODS WORD SPEAKING to us. This chat is to learn, and see GODS INTENTIONS for these LAST DAYS, as His Word reveals them to us.
I chose the passages for this week so we can learn what to expect from all other scriptures. This will lead us into next week’s chat. I pray discussions will allow each person to understand and, most important, see GODS purpose in all that these END OF DAYS will encompass.
Thank YOU for understanding. We as HIS BODY OF believers, should and really must be guided by THE HOLY SPIRIT, in all we teach, pray and understand.
Please join me in this inspiring journey into the most amazing Words of God!
YOUR SERVANT ON TWITTER,
@WATCHMANBILL Bill Hays
Shalom for our great KING, THE LORD JESUS, THE FATHER,and HIS HOLY SPIRIT!
People are getting excited about the #2015WorldPrayerMarathon. Tweet #CheriDouglas and let me know you want to join us to pray for a country or 2 or 3 and I will let you know where coverage is needed!
Our goal is to pray specifically for every country of the world as they move into the new year, 2015
All you have to do tomorrow is tweet the prayer for your chosen country and add #GodsPrayerRoom and #2015WorldPrayerMarathon if you have room in your tweet.
Here’s the chart again for seeing what time countries turn 2015. bit.ly/1BdNJsW HUGS!
We just celebrated one of the most well known beginnings in scripture, the birth of Jesus. Sometimes we fail to recognize that a wonderful ending happened at the same time. As Jesus came to bring unconditional love, forgiveness and grace to believers, there was an ending to guilt and condemnation! But for that sweet ending, the beginning would not have been so awesome.
So as we look to the beginning of the New Year, we will do well to consider some attention to the end of 2014. Endings are important. That’s why we have dessert and funerals. We must finish well in order to start anew. In our lives we find we must continuously let go of things in order to grab on to new things and change.
Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62
The service is always ahead of us. There will be a letting go process needed, whenever we grab onto something new. That’s why Tweeting God’s Love Ministries will host both a #FuneralFor2014 and a #2015PrayersAroundTheWorld start-up on Twitter in the next two days.
READ BELOW ->YOUR invitation to join us and participate on Twitter. We are praying for a BIG and BOLD Happy New Year for the glory of God!!
Join the Tweeting God’s Love Family of tweeters as we end 2014 and launch 2015 to become a BIG BOLD New Year for the Lord!!!
We welcome you to join us and participate in our TWO New Year’s Twitter activities…
#1: The #FuneralFor2014… Tuesday, #GodsLoveChats 5pmPST/8pmEST
Come to this 1-hr chat and join us in tweeting the good, bad, and ugly of 2014. You may tweet memorials, fond memories, or sincere GOOD RIDDANCE so we can all put 2014 to rest. Just tweet your sentiment and add #GodsLoveChats .We suggest you follow up the Funeral with a little celebration and potato salad, just like we do at a regular funeral. Then we will tweet our tombstones as a way to bury 2014. So get your tombstone graphic ready for #GodsLoveChats . We’re praying you will join our twitter family as we say “Good-Bye 2014″!
#2: The #2015WorldPrayerMarathon, #GodsPrayerRoom
We provide this chart for the countdown to 2015 around the world ->bit.ly/1BdNJsW As you will see, you can insert your hometown and see what time each country moves into 2015 relative to your home time.
My vision is that we get enough volunteers to tweet a New Years Prayer for every country in the world as 2015 dawns over each country. We want to see prayers for the whole world pile up in #GodsPrayerRoom . The only thing you have to do to participate is get on twitter and pray for your chosen countries as they turn 2015 and ADD #GodsPrayerRoom to your prayer tweet for the people of each country.
You might want to pick countries close to your timezone, or completely different. Pray for your ancestors’ countries. Or pray for countries where you have friends or support missionaries. Or just manage your New Year’s Eve schedule by picking countries that turn 2015 when you are available.
But PLEASE – Tell us which countries you will pray for so we can coordinate prayer for the people of every country! Tweet your country selections with the hashtags #GodsPrayerRoom and #2015WorldPrayerMarathon
This is so exciting!! You will be a part of a brand new New Year’s Tradition on Twitter. #2015WorldPrayerMarathon
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.1Cor13:1
Last night I met a noisy gong, clanging cymbal, and screechy chalkboard wrapped in one man on Twitter.
We were doing our monthly prayer hour for depressed and potentially suicidal folks to lift their spirits and love them into the Lords loving presence. A man came into the chat who was a very learned and accomplished Christian. He knew scripture very well. How does that happen and leave a person still at zero for Emotional IQ? Im going to ask the Lord about this someday!
The man warned me not to flatter people too much and proceeded to tell a depressed woman to read his blog, because she needed to learn to be more disciplined and self- judgmental. Are you kidding me???
The one thing depressed people do not need is to be more self-judgemental. That’s what depresses most! …Too much self-criticism! They need to learn that God Loves them just as they are and still has a great vision and plan for their lives.
They need to learn that the is not a problem they have to solve on their own by toughing it out. If that were true, we would not have needed Jesus to redeem us on the cross. We could have just made ourselves better…Ya good luck with that!
The legalistic among us want to tell everyone what to do. They need to become just a little self critical and sink into the Holy Spirit for a while, until His amazing love overcomes and becomes them. Because as 1Cor 13 continues, it doesn’t matter how much you know on any topic. It is NOTHING without LOVE.
Our world is not suffering from a lack of information. You can have the answer to any question you can imagine in 30 seconds flat online. What the world needs is to feel the transforming love of the Holy Spirit, which is given to all who ask, not for ourselves alone, but to share with the love hungry among us.
1Cor13 – The Love Chapter
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful;[b] 6 it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. 7 Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
8 Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part, 10 but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. 12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
13 So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.