“It Is Done”

“It Is Done” by Watchman Nee

“A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and

lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.” (John 19:29-30)

Christianity begins not with a big do, but with a big done. We begin our Christian life by depending not upon our own doing but upon what Christ has done. Until you realize this you are no Christian; for to say: “I can do nothing to save myself; but by his grace God has done everything for me in Christ,” is to take the first step of faith.

“Our old man was crucified with him, that the body of sin might be done away, that so we should no longer be in bondage to sin” (Rom. 6:6)

That is not an exhortation to struggle. That is history: our history, written in Christ before we were born.

Do you believe this? It is true! Our crucifixion with Christ is a glorious historic fact. Our deliverance from sin is based, not on what we can do, nor even on what God is

going to do for us, but on what he has already done in Christ. When that fact dawns upon us

and we rest back upon it, then we have found the secret of a holy life.

Living?

Life is for living fully, living it to its fullest, as it comes, whether good or bad. We won’t recognize the best right away. Sometimes we have to live with the person, circumstance, etc. to figure that out. Sometimes it will disappear before we understand how much we loved it/them.

Sometimes we don’t even understand that we’ve been missing something, till it shows up. Let Christ’s love grow in your heart so that you can share it for all to appreciate. Brighten someone’s day today by choosing to live your life to the fullest and confounding those who don’t or won’t.

“Men and women listened when I spoke, hung expectantly on my every word. After I spoke, they’d be quiet, taking it all in. They welcomed my counsel like spring rain, drinking it all in. When I smiled at them, they could hardly believe it; their faces lit up, their troubles took wing! I was their leader, establishing the mood and setting the pace by which they lived. Where I led, they followed.” (Job 29:21-25, MSG)

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”–Corrie Ten Boom

Prayer- Lord, surely we can summon enough of your strength to at least smile at someone today. Thanks, God. Amen.

New Year’s Blessing for You


May you know nothing but Christ from this day forward.

May you speak warm words and have a warm heart.

May health and long life be your blessing.

May the Lord keep you in his hand yet never squeeze his fist too tightly.

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.

A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. (Ecclesiastes 4:12, NIV)

Prayer- Father God, thank you that the strength of three (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) travels with us as we journey through life. Amen.

FYI


In no particular order, here are some Christmas facts:

  1. Christmas is a blending of the words “Christ” and “Mass”.
  2. X-mas comes from the Greek X which means Christ.
  3. The first Christmas card was created in 1843 England.
  4. “It’s a Wonderful Life” is the most popular Christmas movie.
  5. Christmas didn’t become a national holiday in the U.S. until after the Civil War.
  6. The needles of Christmas trees (pines, firs and spruces) are an excellent source of vitamin C (but I do not suggest you eat any!)
  7. The most popular Christmas ballet is “The Nutcracker”.
  8. And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” (Luke 2:8-12, NIV)

Now which one is more important?

Prayer- Lord, help us concentrate on the Christmas fact No. 8, the Christ Child. Amen.

Prayer Manual


1. If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you. (John 15:7, AMP)

Abide means to live or reside in a place while vitally means crucially or extremely or indispensably and united means to be combined or made into one. It is the result of the union of two or more persons or things.

While we want to be one with Christ, abiding in Him, none of us surely expect Christ to change to be like us. Nope. We are the ones who will change to be more like Him. That means we will pray for things that He would stand for. We won’t be praying disaster down on an enemy or for a big win at the casino, right?

So then, this is number two in the Manual for Answers to Prayer.

2. If you live in Me [abide vitally united to Me] and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will, and it shall be done for you. (John 15:7, AMP)

Prayer- Now God we offer up these petitions –

50th wedding anniversary–March 2

March 2 was our 50th wedding anniversary and  God threw me a 50th wedding anniversary party! I went to the podium to speak at exactly -to the minute- 50 years after Ron and I were declared man and wife.
So on March 3rd…
 I just got home after a trying but touching event last night.where people laughed, cried and came to know Jesus… I was quite controlled and strong—in Christ of course…but I am crying my way through today which is perfectly fine!
We were on our honeymoon and ordered pancakes one morning. My Ron was eating his way through a stack of them and looked up and said to me–When we get married, you will have to make me pancakes!
So I bought an order of them on the way home and ate every morsel with sausage and bacon and even syrup with never a thought of carbs, fat or dress size…

Christ in You


Are you suffering because some friend or relative can’t stand to be with you now that you follow Jesus as Lord and Savior? Don’t take it personally. It’s not you they hate, but Christ in you.

Because they can’t stand Christ here, God, ever the gentleman, generously refuses to inflict himself on them at a later date.

Psalm 1:5-6-Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.  For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction (NIV).

“Sinners cannot live in heaven. They would be out of their element. Sooner could a fish live upon a tree than the wicked in paradise.”–Charles Spurgeon

Truthfully, aren’t we happy about that when it comes to certain folks of our acquaintance? Perhaps that is why we’ve stopped praying for their salvation. Oh-oh, now we have a bigger problem…our heart and our attitude.

Prayer: Lord, our insides are not matching our ‘holy’ outside persona. Set us straight for Christ. Amen.