Because He did . . . Yes, I Can!


(Matthew 5:1-2; 7:21-27, NASB)

“When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down His disciples came to Him. He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying, . . .

Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My father who is in heaven will enter.

Many will say to me on that day ‘Lord, Lord,’ did we not. . . ? And then I will declare to them: ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’

Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded  on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and it fell–and great was its fall.”. .


Not everyone who talks about heaven belongs to God’s kingdom. Jesus is more concerned about our walk than our talk. Most of all, he wants us to do right according to God’s will, and not just say the “right” words.

Your life which represents your house is able to withstand life’s trials only if you do what is right — instead of just talking about it. The reality is what you do cannot be separated from what you believe.

 Bottom Line: Jesus exposed those people who sounded religious but had no personal relationship with him.  On “that day” (i.e., the day of judgment) only our acceptance of him as Savior and our obedience to him–will matter.  Many people think that if they are “good” people and say religious things, they will be rewarded with eternal life.  Vital to know is the truth that faith in Christ (belief in His death and resurrection) is what will count at the judgment.

Notes: Excerpted/gleaned from NASB Study Bible, 1995, p 1602.


Thanksgiving & Prayer for These United States of America

November 2, 2016

Heavenly Father, thank you for past, present, and future Christian leaders of this blessed nation.

Father, as we move forward during this 2017 POTUS election season, I pray for continued blessings; that we WILL BE “one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Father, for this cause, now, I pray especially for Ms. Clinton and Mr. Trump, as the Apostle Paul prayed for the church at Colosse:

“Please fill Hillary Clinton/Donald Trump with the knowledge of Your will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. . . . I pray this in order that [they] may live a life worthy of You Lord and may please You in every way; bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of You God, being strengthened with all power according to Your glorious might so that [they] may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to You Father who has qualified [them] to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light. For You have rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son You love, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” (Colossians1:9-14, NIV). In Jesus’ name I pray,

Morning Thoughts

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

5:36 a.m.

Father, gracious Lord, if it had not been for You in my life, where would I be?

 I thank You so much for saving me.

As Holy and perfect as You are, You allow me to be in Your presence.

You are King of King and Lord of Lord.

You are Sovereign, majestic, mighty perfection.

I think of all the earth’s surrounding awesome beauty

In complexity, color, hues, range, and ability;

i.e., the sky, oceans, forests, mountains, tropics, and deserts;

Animals – from tiniest to largest and their intrinsic systems;

Humans and their inner unseen existence

– mind with thought processes –  body and soul.

God You are the Creator of all these wonders and more.

I can’t even imagine some of the things You know.

How great, grand, and marvelous You are to me.

The Prophet, Isaiah, said, “. . . I saw also the LORD sitting upon a throne,

High and lifted up . . . his train filled the temple.”

Lord, I worship you this morning.

I worship at your feet.

I bow before You.

I adore You. You are so worthy of praise.

You sit high and, yet, You see and interact with Your lowly creation.

We adore You Lord;

See how the leaves on the trees are blowing in the wind, and the birds are singing in them.

How the sky is showing-off formations of clouds and stars; the sun, moon, and galaxies

– all in their splendor. How excellent is their praise.

I humbly offer my voice of gratitude for all You’ve done, even for me.

You graciously accept me into Your Kingdom with Your Son, Jesus Christ,

Your firstborn – and He too is perfect.

You sent Him to earth to be an example of what You expect from

All who are joined together in Your family.

So You fill each member with Your Spirit to bring about Your desired change.

That we may be holy – a peculiar people, set apart from those outside of Your Kingdom.

So that we can demonstrate to them the fruit of Your Spirit; Love, joy, peace,

patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.

Father, Abba Father, please do what You have to –

Convict, chastise, rebuke . . . break, mold, and make me. . . .

I may not like this process as it is “scary.”

But I am anxious to meet the new and reformed me and to please You;

To be acceptable to You, Oh Lord.

Father, I thank You so much for letting me spend time with You this morning.

Thank You for bringing me to this juncture of my life.

I almost feel like death is near, as I now have a glimpse of heaven with You.

Although my journey continues here in this cosmos a little while longer,

I see a little clearer and for this, I praise and thank You.

In the name of Jesus, Amen





Because He Did . . .

“. . . He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds [we] are healed.” (1 Peter 2:24)