Abide in Me

Jesus tells us to abide in Him. Not just a suggestion, but a command.

To bear fruit, we must remain in the Vine

“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.” John 15:4

Abide. What does that mean.

The dictionary definitions are—1: to remain in, to stay stable or fixed 2: to continue in something, to persist, to pursue 3: to tarry, to linger

We need to be connected to the vine. As a branch, it cannot get nutrients without being attached. I remember growing cucumbers. We put up a fence for the vine to grow and as it branched out the tiny cucumbers began to grow. Some grew this way and some went that way. I went out a few days later hoping to get some for my salad.

On one side of the fence I found several yummy cucumbers, but on the other side, I saw shriveled up cucumbers, smaller than a few days earlier. There was no fruit, or vegetables in this case. What happened??

Looking closer, I discovered that one of the branches, as it went over the fence, it got caught and broke off from the vine. Without the nutrients and support from the vine, the cucumbers shriveled up and died.

When we are not attached to Jesus, the vine…we too will not bear fruit. We need to stay attached, to tarry in His Presence.

Abide can also mean to tarry. It reminds me of the song, “In the Garden” “I come to the garden alone
While the dew is still on the roses
And the voice I hear, falling on my ear
The Son of God discloses
And He walks with me
And He talks with me
And He tells me I am His own
And the joy we share as we tarry there
None other has ever known”

Oh to tarry in the Presence of Jesus, what a sweet picture.

Fear is a Liar

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

I love the song by Zack Williams called, “Fear is a Liar.” It is about all the lies that the enemy tells us to try and break our spirit, to make us get off track in our walk with the LORD and to eventually cause us to give up. If you have never heard it, look it up on YouTube. It is a really good song. Some of the lyrics are as follows in quotes Lyrics from Fear Is a Liar by Zack Williams

“When he told you you’re not good enough
When he told you you’re not right
When he told you you’re not strong enough
To put up a good fight
When he told you you’re not worthy
When he told you you’re not loved
When he told you you’re not beautiful
That you’ll never be enough”

Fear tells us we can’t do it. It stops us in our steps. Fear tells us we have messed up too many times. LIES! LIAR! LIES! Fear is a liar!

God says He did not give us a spirit of fear. Fear is the absence of peace. Fear wears us down. Fear makes us believe things that are not true about ourselves. Fear tries to belittle & hide the TRUTH of GOD. Where does fear & doubt come from? It comes from the enemy of God’s children, from the evil one, the devil, Satan.

In John 8:44, Jesus said this about Satan, “…He (Satan) was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in truth, because there is no truth in him. When he (Satan) speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

Why do we so easily fall for the same old tricks, the same old lies? The lies the powers of darkness puts in our minds discourages us, and if we continue to listen, it can ruin our soul. How can we stop the voices that tell us awful things?

As a child of GOD, you can choose to listen to your Heavenly Father. Listen to GOD. Look into the love letter He gave us..His Word, the Bible.

How about if we answer each line with what GOD says!

“When he told you you’re not good enough” What a LIE! We are created in GOD’S Image. (Genesis 1:21 & 1:31)
“When he told you you’re not right”
Don’t you believe it! Our wrongs are forgiven! We are made righteous in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21)
“When he told you you’re not strong enough
To put up a good fight”
It is a spiritual battle (Ephesians 6:12) Our strength comes from the LORD (Psalm 46:1, Psalm 22:19, Psalm 28:7-8, Isaiah 12:2 & many more!) and the battle is His (1 Samuel 14:47)
“When he told you you’re not worthy”
Jesus died for you & me while we were against GOD (Romans 5:8)
When he told you you’re not loved
GOD loves us so much He sent Jesus to die in our place (John 3:16)
“When he told you you’re not beautiful”
GOD says we are beautiful (Song of Solomon 4:7)
“That you’ll never be enough”
We are GOD’S Masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10)

Call fear what it is…A LIAR.

He Is Risen


I want to wish you a blessed Easter. I hope you had a great day praising our Risen Savior and spending the day with those you love.

I know I am a few days past Easter but I wanted to take a moment to reflect on what just happened from Good Friday until Easter morning.

The sadness, the gut-wrenching guilt and hopelessness that His disciples & family felt was very evident on Friday. Even into Sunday as two of them were walking to a village called Emmaus. Resurrected Jesus is walking with them. They are unable to recognize who He is at this point. (Luke 24:13-16)

Let’s pick up the conversation as Luke recorded it:

 He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?” They stood still, their faces downcast. 18 One of them, named Cleopas,asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19 “What things?” he asked. “About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. 20 The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; 21 but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place”. Luke 24:17-21 (NIV)

Their faces were downcast and they we hoping that it was He (Jesus) who was going to redeem Israel. It is also the third day. Perhaps they remember Jesus’s words in John 2:19, about raising up the temple in 3 days.

Where was He? Where is our Redeemer? We had hoped You were the One, Jesus. He said He would rise from the dead. Oh Jesus, where are you??

JESUS IS THERE among them on His way to be seen by His disciples, especially Peter who must be in a very deep place of pain & anguish knowing he betrayed Jesus and Peter believes at that point that he has no way to say he is sorry. For Jesus is dead.
“But go, tell his disciples and Peter, He goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.” Mark 16:7 (NKJV)

JESUS IS HERE! Among us today, right now. HE IS RISEN! Just like He said!

” He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.” Matthew 28:6

He did what He said He would do. He is trustworthy. If we can believe that He rose from the dead, surely we can believe He is with us now, loving us, helping us, leading us…Remember in John 14:6 He told us,

He is the WAY. He opened the way to Heaven so we could have fellowship with the Father. No more sin between us. He shows us the way to live on earth as well.

He is the TRUTH. He told the truth that He would rise from the dead. He said He is coming back for those who believe in Him. It is the Truth.

He is the LIFE. Through His death & resurrection, we have ETERNAL LIFE. A Home in Heaven one day! Thank You Jesus!

Good Friday

I had often wondered why the day my Lord Jesus died is called “Good” Friday. It seems odd to call a day good when such terrible things were done to Him and He died.

From the betrayal the night before, to most of His closest friends abandoning him, to the scourging, ridiculing and outright lies told about Him, It seems there was not much good leading up to Friday. It goes from bad to worse, Jesus is so weak from the beatings and loss of blood, yet He must carry His own cross to the crucifixion site. Being fully man, He is tired and in excruciating pain, yet He says not a word.

He feels all that we would feel if we had gone through this day instead of Him. His human body is near death. He does not call legions of angels to help Him. He could have. I know He could have. He is fully God… in human flesh.

It should have been me on that cross. I’m the guilty one, not Him. He is perfect. He could have said, “Forget it, she’s not worth it, Take Me home Father.” But He did not say anything like that. He has to finish. He is the only Way to be reconciled to the Father. My sin is great but His love is greater.

He has one more thing to say but His lips are so parched. He is thirsty. He has been on the cross nearly 6 hours and probably without water since supper the night before.

“After this, Jesus, knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the Scripture might be fulfilled, said,…I thirst! Now a vessel full of sour wine was sitting there; and they filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on hyssop, and put it to His mouth” John 19:28

He is also fulfilling Psalm 69:21.

“They gave me gall for my food, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.” Psalm 69:21

Maybe, do you think…He needs to wet His lips, to speak so the people can hear. As He struggles to take a breath, He knows it is time.

“So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.” John 19:30

“It is finished!” What Jesus came to do, He finished. Our sin debt was PAID IN FULL! Woo Hoo!

I understand now why it is called “Good Friday” GOOD NEWS for you and me! He had to die to defeat sin & death. To finish the hold it had on us. In three days, on Easter, He rises from the dead so we can live!
When we choose to make Jesus our Lord & Savior…we are FREE!

GOOD JOB my AMAZING SAVIOR. Thank YOU!

I AM the Life

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” John 14:6

Life, a precious gift given to us by our Creator God. From the first breath He breathed into Adam to the last breath He breathes into mankind, it is a gift. The opposite of life is death.

Death came into the world in the garden of Eden. When Eve was tempted by the serpent and she believed a lie. The lie was that God was not trustworthy.

“Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’? And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden;  but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die.  For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” Genesis 3:1-5 NKJV

The serpent says, “Surely you will not die.” He made Eve doubt the God she knew. She doubted His guidance. Maybe she thought about what could happen…she could be like God. She never thought about the long- term consequences of her disobedience. Consequences we are still reeling from today.

SIN. Sin entered our world.

The perfect garden. The perfect relationship with God was gone.

What do we get from sin? From being disobedient? Romans 6:23 gives us the grim answer, “The wages of sin are death.”

We all have sinned, which equals dead in our sin and separated from God.

” For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” Romans 3:23 NLT

Remember what Jesus said! “I am the Life.” Read on my friend, we have Hope.
“And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. Romans 8:10-11 NLT

Jesus sets us free

If we believe in Him, He will give us life. Death no longer has a hold on us. We are no longer slaves to sin. He sets us free. Perfect Jesus, His ultimate sacrifice on the cross reconciled us with the Father. He gave His life to redeem us. He rose again on the third day! Woo Hoo! He conquered the the grave to set us free from sin and death and give us new life.

“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2 NJKV

“Therefore if the Son sets you free, you shall be free indeed.” John 8:36 NKJV

Jesus tells us the truth that He is the Truth & Way and again He says He is the Life

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26

Do you believe this?” You have free will to choose for yourself.
Choose Jesus, choose LIFE.

Sorry, I am not an artist but I hope you can see my point 🙂

I AM The Truth

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” John 14:6

Let’s talk about Truth. What is truth? There are many opinions on that. It seems that we live in a society that is convinced there is no absolute truth. Many see the Bible and the words of Jesus as outdated or too restrictive. Our sinful flesh self wants to be free to decide what is truth. We do what we want and we see “our version of the truth” as truth to us.

Jesus again is very bold in His statement saying, “I am the truth”. The Hebrew word for truth is emet אמת . The Hebrew alphabet is very unique and based on the word emet itself and its’ relation in the Hebrew alphabet (אמת: first letter, middle letter & last letter), the word emet means the whole truth flows from the beginning, through the middle to the end. All three Hebrew letters are grounded and stable.

Jesus is the Word and the Word is Truth.

“In the beginning was the Word,and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God”.
John 1:1-2

Notice that the “Word” starts with a capital “W” The Word is Jesus. He was with God in the beginning and He is God. Part of the Trinity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

In John 17, Jesus is getting ready to leave His disciples and go to the cross. He is praying to the Father for them and for all believers to come. He knows the world is going to confuse and lie to them as it confuses & lies to us. He wants to be clear on what to believe. God’s laws are truth.

Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness,
And Your law is truth.
Psalm 119:142 (NKJV)

“Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth”.
John 17:17-19 (NKJV)

God’s Word is Truth. Jesus is The Word. Jesus is Truth.

The world is full of lies and half truths. Our enemy, the devil and his entourage of evil spirits roam the earth looking to cause trouble, especially for Believers. (1 Peter 5:8) Satan tells us lies, lies that make us feel like we aren’t redeemable, feel like we aren’t loved, feel like we have no value—ALL LIES!

Jesus calls Satan the father of lies, “… He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it”. John 8:44 (NKJV)

Jesus knew we would need a “truth compass” so to speak. An irrefutable Truth. We need to know Jesus to hear His voice and recognize the Truth.

During His trial in Pilate’s court, this conversation was recorded in John: “Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” John 18:37(NKJV)

Don’t get lost in the lies of the world. You are precious, loved and valued. Jesus said He is the Way, the Only Way… the path of truth, and the truth is…He loves you and provides freedom and hope.

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free”. John 8:32

Know Jesus and He will make you free!

The Way

Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me” John 14:6

I love this Bible verse. For the next few blog posts, I will be talking about this verse and the impact it can have in and on our life. Today I will discuss “the way”.

There seems to be so many thoughts on how to get to Heaven, how to have a relationship with our Heavenly Father and how to live the best life. How can we find the right way? How do we know it is the right way?

We are all lost in this world when we travel on our own. Lost on a dark, bleak highway, lost in sin, pursuing the desires of our flesh. We are lost to a life of joy and peace. Many times we do not even know we are lost…until we discover The Way.

We don’t have to stay lost. Jesus rescues us,

“For the Son of man is come to seek and save those who are lost”. Luke 19:10

Jesus came to earth seeking to save you & me, to give our life direction. To show us the way. To open the way to Heaven. To give our lives meaning and hope.

Are you feeling lost? Jesus came to earth and gave His life to save us from all the wrong ways and show us “the true way.” All you & I have to do is realize we are lost and believe His Word.

Romans 10:9 NKJV
“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved”.

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