Friday, March 14, 2014

Get Connected To God by Nina Keegan

  Matthew 19:26

But Jesus looked at them and said,  “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

   As we move through our busy, hectic lives as if on a synchronized mission of daily events that are plotted out in bold headlines on our calendars and "to do" lists, we realize the importance we have placed on functioning technology to pull us along and keep us gripped to our everyday schedules while allowing us to efficiently manipulate and accomplish many tasks in our daily lives. 

Without our little electronic gadgets we'd be lost!  We've become so reliant on these mini strongholds that without them we would feel as though we've lost all coping methods and links to the outside world! How did humans ever function without  a smart phone ? What would we really miss if we were unplugged for just a day? Try an hour... 

Our cell phones, and computers require charging and to be plugged into a power source so that they will fully function. We need cell towers, Data plans, internet providers, power surge protectors, fire walls, and secure passwords and that's just to be able to be linked to everyone and everything immediately.  It's all for the purpose of making the busy even busier by allowing us to cram more into our 86,400 seconds we have in a day.

 Instant gratification at our constant disposal without giving it second thought..  Many of us do not even own a relic paper version of a calendar any more, and without the electronic reminders and our (see your week at a glance) apps on the glass screen, we would not have a clue what day and time we are to be when and where and with whom.

Have you ever thought about how much trust  and reliance we place in these devices to run our lives?  

How  many times have we  let panic mode set in as our cell phone was losing its charge right when we were expectiing an important call?  Worse yet, have you left home without it?  The horror...

I'm being sarcastic of course... Maybe just a little.

John 15:5

"I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."

This Bible verse arrests me in my thinking and gives me great reason to rethink everything.

What if we would place even the smallest amount of trust in our Lord every day to help us handle everything that the day will bring? What if we stay plugged in and connected to our Creator with unmatched enthusiasm? What if we were to give God the same dedication, reliance and trust that we give to our small plugged in "know-it-alls?"

Would we not have the most amazing life if we started our days supercharged in the Lord and completely connected to the ultimate of all power sources? The connection that is always reliable, the one that will never make mistakes, the one that is never subject to error, the one that can't break down or become obsolete.The one source that can never be hacked, breeched, or compromised! The highly functional, trustworthy, super intelligent, miraculous, knowledge filled, omniscient Creator of our minds, kind of  connection that  can conclusively never fail! 

The one who made us knows us better than we could ever know ourselves. He knows our thoughts and needs and can take care to bring resolution, answers, and peace to our days . We can cast our cares on Him and trust Him to see us through triumphantly.

Apart from God, we can do nothing.. Zilch, NOTHING!!  This means we are incapable of accomplishing anything on our own. We require God in our lives to even breathe. HE is our oxygen, God is necessary! We must rely on Him to do undoubtedly anything else. 

When John 15:5 declared that God is the vine and we are the branches; it proves we must stay connected to our main source. Branches cannot live without a tree or a vine as their host. They need to be attached to a mainstay. They, like us need a place where we are fed, nourished, recharged, made equipped to bear fruit, accomplish, serve and live out our divine purpose. 

God is the power source and by us being the branches stemming from the vine we are plugging into God and simultaneously we become filled up with all that we need. We as humans and Children of God require the recharging so to speak that we get from being connected to our very own Creator in the same way we must plug in a lamp in order for it to give off light!

Without it's power source what good is a lamp? It is just a useless piece of metal glass and wire incapable of functioning in the purpose for which it was created.

Likewise what good are we? What purpose are we serving if we aren't fully charged and plugged in to our power source every day?  We need to be fully charged in The Lord to work properly and in the direction of our divine purpose through Him. We also need to be a light!  With out our source we too will be a broken lamp in the darkness.

God wants a “yes” from you.

Sometimes the greatest battle is not fought against external opposition but rather in our own decision making to yield our will to God’s word.  We must start our days filled with the word of God, seeking God and his righteousness first and before anything else. Then we will be anointed and equipped  to handle all things through Christ. He is unfailing. 

Jeremiah 17:5-9 

   Thus says The Lord, " the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

Stay fully connected to the divine love and wisdom of your Heavenly Father, the one who created you by wholeheartedly trusting in Him. By praying, reading The Word and following His deep and divine purpose for your life, you will stay rooted in Him. Worship Him and surrender your days to Jesus Christ. Without our main power source we can do nothing, we are nothing. Like a branch pruned from the vine, it will surely die.

Stay connected to God and LIVE!

I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me – Philippians 4:13

Thursday, January 30, 2014

BUT Nina Keegan

As for you, you meant evil against me, BUT GOD meant it for good...  (Genesis 50:20)

 There are few experiences in life that are more universal than disappointment.

 I have recently walked through the most difficult of personal trials I have ever experienced, and for what it's worth I have been through a lot... Suffice it to say  if I were to write my autobiography it would most likely read like a fictional novel because my story is quite unbelievable.

I know sadly that I am not unique in any way to gut wrenching trials and all too often we all suffer tribulation that takes us to our knees and beckons us to go so much deeper in our faith. Through broken promises, unfulfilled expectations, and shattered dreams we are invited to a place that without the turmoil we would never know the enormity of the Lord's pure sweetness. Is this not the very reason for a trial? 

 This trial in my life that blew in like an unexpected thunder storm on a sunny day, has been so profoundly lined with such close parallels of the bitter sweet. The closeness and the presence of God have never been more absolute, miraculous and so supernatural; while simultaneously the blindsided feelings of betrayal, abandonment, and rejection have achingly pierced my very soul. 

Hurt, pain, lies and mistrust can level our lives and can change our worlds in an instant. This life.... It can certainly throw us a curve ball and cause you to want shout,"I quit, I'm done, I'm out... I GIVE UP!"
 But... Yes there's a  but... BUT GOD, yes there it is," BUT GOD," those 6 letters that can change ashes into beauty. They arrest me in my tracks, penetrating my self righteous, pity party and they command me to NEVER GIVE UP!  They cast a profound shadow and ignite the flame of my sorrow to be a light. Those words reel me back in, stretch my faith, strengthen me, guide me, hold me and bring me to my knees in abundant thanksgiving and paralyzing praise.  My eyes as if with blinders on stare straight ahead in lazer focus on my very Creator in whom I can always trust with confident expectancy and hope.

 The ampleness of comfort 
 He shows us when we are downtrodden goes unsurpassed in comparison. He does not ever waste anything but contrarily He will use our pain as a catalyst and a testimony to demonstrate His love and tenderness. He is so close to the brokenhearted, never have I known anything to be more sure or more absolute than this.

The vastness of what I have learned about my heavenly Father's character, love, faithfulness and ultimate devotion to His children is nothing short of  miraculous. His glory is beyond measure. We can and will have what our faith expects. God will meet us at our level of expectancy.

 In our fleshy sorrows we utter, But God where are you?
But God, why are you allowing this?
But God, it hurts so much.  But God, if you loved me then why oh Lord am I having to suffer like this?
Those are the questions we frantically pour out as we lobby, and litigate on a quest for answers better than any high priced, ivy league lawyer ever could.

Faith is what we cannot see! What we must remember ...

 But God... 

But God will never leave you or forsake you! 
But God will turn all things around for your good! 
But God is a good and just God and He longs to pour out His blessings on us.
 But God knows your suffering and your pain and wants to comfort you.
 But God knows who's hurt you and He will rescue you.
But God's plan is immeasurably more than we could ever ask or imagine, wait on Him BE STILL.. And know without hesitation that He is GOD!
 But God...yes He is here.. Always....winning all of our battles!

I have seen Him supernaturally fight on my behalf. He has led me to the scriptures outlining what His brilliant plans are for me and how He intends to deal with the one who has hurt me.

"We must never worry about the judgement of the Godless." He warns, as He wants us to keep our eyes steadfast on Him alone. God's wrath far outweighs any vengence we could ever seek. We must forgive in the measure He has forgiven us and leave the punishment to God. God does not lie and His word will hold true for the obedient and disobedient alike. He is no respecter of persons. We can count on His word, He is not a God that should lie!

 I know that as He has led me through it all, He has drawn me closer and not allowed me to look back at the treachery He has rescued me from. We must always look ahead to where HE is. Seek His face first. We as Christians are called  to a higher standard of love, we must FORGIVE our enemies. Let the scab heal, move on and set the example. He will take care of the rest! His promises are glorious, unfailing and divine in truth.

We need to wholeheartedly trust and lay claim to the nearness of God, cling to His character and believe He is who He says He is. 
His will for us is Holy, perfect and unchanging. We must always let His Word trump our emotions.

 We will never be where God is not! 

He is closer than our breath! Walk valiantly through the trials of life knowing that Heaven's army will never let the righteous fall and that the blessings on the back side of obedience are enormous.

He's Got this, you're going to be OK!  You really are...It's not going to be easy, it's not going to be painless! Things will change! It will get better! Joy is on the way! Let His praises always be on your lips!... BUT GOD!! You make everything glorious!!

Job 36:17 But you are too obsessed with judgment on the godless. Don't worry, justice will be upheld!

Psalm 44:7-8
But you will give us victory over our enemies and we will praise your name forever

Psalm 38:18. 
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

God Will Provide by Nina Keegan

I was barely tall enough to peer over the  shiny, yellow, laminate, countertops in my grandmother's  immaculate kitchen, but it was homemade noodle making day, and  I was overjoyed as I took my rightful place next to her on a worn, red, metal foot stool. "Always make sure the eggs are at room temperature," she reminded me as we  took turns cracking them into the bright blue earthenware bowl .

The smells of that wonderfully cooked Italian food, glorious food, lovingly prepared  by my tiny grandmother in her homespun kitchen are still unmatched  today, and those memories remain some of my most cherished!

 Being from a very large Italian family, all of my most favorite and thoughtful memories involve my grandmother's  brilliantly prepared food. Banquets and feasts were the centerpiece of every holiday, birthday and even simple Sundays. My grandmother wanted to feed everyone. She loved people with food. Making others happy with food gave her unspeakable joy.  She would bring food to all her friends, cook for those who were shut in or just in need of a little TLC. She was always prepared. To her it was a crime to not have a freezer full of  "just in case" lasagnas, and canolis for company...

I believe that this is a "no getting around it", inherited trait of just being Italian, at least in my family. I too love to feed everybody and everything. The ducks on the lake outside my home know that all to well.

To me there  could be no worse feeling than to not be able to provide food for my family or being unable to feed my children.

I thought about the children of Israel being led out of their homeland by Moses. While they were endlessly wandering in the wilderness, they needed to fully rely on and trust God  completely to provide food, manna, for them each day.  They were not allowed to take any more than a single day's portion, if they did it would immediately rot. There would be no "Just in case" food, no what if God forgets to send it tomorrow rations. They had to have blind faith in what they did not see and wholeheartedly trust that they would be able to go out each day and  collect fresh food for their children. They had to believe that a new day's supply would  be sent to nourish them by God from Heaven. 

Can you imagine  the vulnerability of being a parent of young hungry children and having no stocked pantry or extra food at all?  You would have no choice but to trust that God would provide and that you would be able to feed your  family.

 Mark 10:36  "What do you want me to do for you?" he asked.

God is so simple in His love for us. He just wants us to trust him, He asks us to tell him what we need? He says we have not because we ask not.

By Him commanding that the Israelites  not collect any more food than they needed for one day, God was asking them to take a leap of faith and to totally rely on His merciful grace. The grace that can only come from Him, His grace is sufficient to take care of all we need on any given day..

2 Corinthians 12:9

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

Sometimes we look ahead and the mountains we face and the trials and storms that engulf us seem overwhelmingly impossible to manage. But then God shows up again with a daily helping of His amazing grace, and a fresh batch of heavenly manna and says,  "trust me, we will get through this together today, I will be here tomorrow and we will handle tomorrow then." When we  are weak, He is strong! He always shows up.

Matthew 6:25-34

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

Heavenly Father thank you that you provide for us all, you give us food for our body's and  grace for our souls every day!  You are all we will ever need
Help us to trust you, you will never leave us or forsake us! 
In Jesus name we pray!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Be Bold For God by Nina Keegan

"Take a seat please in the lobby area and we will call you when your car is ready,"the lady at the counter told me with not so much as a glance in my direction.  
She busied herself and nonchalantly worked her way through a small stack of papers in front of her. I was just the norm for her, another customer waiting on my cars oil change. I selected a seat in the  lobby area as I surveyed the other patrons in the room. Each one was so capably manipulating either a smart phone, iPad, or lap top computer of some type, completely oblivious of their surroundings. Not one person looked up to say hello, acknowledge me,or anyone else in that room. While I was waiting, I was being lulled by the rhythmic text clicking sounds and the faint tapping of keyboard keys as I sipped my lukewarm coffee from a styrofoam cup.

As I sat in this room that had been so randomly kidnapped by technology, I felt an overwhelming sense of sadness. What has happened to good old fashioned communication, friendly conversation and exchanging pleasantries? Where is the good will of days gone by? When was the last time you met someone new or took an interest in someone else's life? Why does actually having a real conversation have to be a thing of the past? Why must we be so busy staring into the glass screens of electronic gadgets that we cannot even utter a "hello" or inquire how someone is?

Are we so numb these days that we do not even care about others or has society made it completely acceptable to just keep to ourselves and mind our own business ?

We as Christians are called to be an example in this world  where out reach is a thing of the past. We are called to break through the barriers of computer screens and be a voice.. A real human voice that can be a light of compassion and a word of encouragement that is so scarce today. We can be a voice of hope ,a voice of reason,or even just a kind listening ear.

We are to be bold for The Lord and bring the good news of salvation.  We are to be His mouth piece on earth and an example of His Goodness.

In the book of acts it says we should be Proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ with all boldness and without hindrance.

The Bible tells us that as Christians we are to be a mirror image of God , that we should be a reflection of his joy, peace, and love everywhere we go. We may be the only chance that person seated near us will ever get to hear about how much God loves them. 

2 Cor 3:18
We all, with unveiled faces, are looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord and are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory; this is from the Lord who is the Spirit. 

We should never miss an opportunity to spread the good news of Jesus.   Go into all the world the Bible says!! We as Christians often think that this refers to the missionaries preaching in remote parts of the world and ministering to those in the secluded far corners of the earth.

While that is extremely important, the man seated next to you in a lobby on a Wednesday afternoon is every bit as important to God.  It's no accident that you are seated near a certain person on a particular day. We all have divine appointments set up in advance by God. 

 I challenge you this new year to live in boldness for God. Before leaving your house ask Him to put someone in your path today that needs to hear an encouraging word of hope. Be a blessing where ever you go and you will be the one that is blessed.

Thank you Father for Boldness to be a light to those in need. Let us not be afraid to be a witness for you today. Give us people today that need our encouragement. Let your words be our words! In Jesus name we pray! Amen!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Get Your Joy Back.. By Nina Keegan

Does it ever seem to you like you just woke up one day and your joy was gone, it was completely missing? It was as if someone snuck in your home in the middle of the night and simply stole your joy !   No deadbolt was compromised , no alarm system was set off.. You just woke up knowing that at some point your joy had been taken from you. How could this happen?  Was it all of a sudden or was it a gradual sinking into despair that was so subtle a shift that you barely noticed it until it was to late?

John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

The enemy is that despised thief in the night that robs and steals from us. He tries to mess with us and take everything good and wonderful that Jesus painstakingly suffered and died for us to have.

Did you know you have complete authority over the enemy? Through the blood of Jesus at His crucifixion, we have  power through Him which defeats all of satan's plans at the onset. No matter what the enemy tries to do to us, we will always win!  The Bible says that Jesus died for us to have a rich, full, long and happy life.  The enemy has no place in our lives, he is below us, he is under our feet.  When we feel ourselves getting down, depressed, frustrated or fearful, we must be armed and ready for battle we must know the Word so we are constantly equipped with the necessary defense!

Philippians 2:9-11 God exalted him to the highest  place  and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

 This scripture clearly states that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow even those from under the earth. The enemy must bow down to Jesus.. At the name of Jesus the enemy flees! The Bible says that God will make our enemies a footstool under our feet!

There are so many amazing scriptures telling us how to combat evil and rebuke any and all firey darts the enemy tries to launch our way.  No evil formed against us will ever prosper and we are much greater with HE who's in us than he who's in the world!  

So how do we set about getting back those things the enemy steals from us?  How do we restore and maintain our joy? 
The good news is God is in the restoration business! He will give us back double for our trouble and beauty for ashes! We can pray for God to lead us and guide us on His path, the road that leads straight to Christ is where we will find complete healing, restoration, and unspeakable joy  just waiting for us.

We can read story after story in the Bible about how God restored people that remained faithful through adversity, the story of Job for instance is an amazing example of God's pure loving kindness and faithfulness. The enemy took everything from Job, his family, his home, his wealth and even his health. All through this trial, Job praised God and never gave up. Because of his faith, God restored everything back to Job. God did not stop there, He gave Job so much more than he ever lost for the trouble and anguish he had to endure. Job let his faith be bigger than his fear and he got his joy back and was completely restored in every way!

When you feel yourself slipping into a pathway of despair, you must put on the full armor of God and prepare to do battle!

Be careful what you speak!  Speak only your desired outcome!! The power of life and death are in the tongue. If you are constantly saying you are depressed or are walking around with a defeatist attitude, that is where you will remain! 
You must speak and declare what God says about you and your situation. Put a guard on your heart and your mind! Let no evil take root, let no negativity in! Stay focused on the Kingdom of Heaven from where all good things come! Learn to think like God thinks!! 

God says where there is pain in the night, joy comes in the morning. He says you are the head and not the tail, you will lend and not borrow , you are above only and not beneath. He says we are to have the mind of Christ and be completely transformed in His image. God says He will fight your battles for you and you need only stand still, you will not even have to lift a finger in your own defense!! The great I AM is never to busy or on a God hiatus. He's always ready to fight for us!!  Call on Jesus!! ... Jesus!!!!!  He will never leave you or forsake you. He rescues you in times of trouble. He will honor you and deliver you from all evil. He will always cause you to triumph and you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you! With God you are always more than a conqueror!

When you are feeling down and feel your Joy and peace slipping away. Get in the  presence God and boldly confess that The Joy of The Lord is your strength. Pray continuously and trust that God can and will perfect all that concerns you! He will fight for you!!! Always.... All ways!!!

Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Heavenly Father, I praise you today for restoring Joy unto me. Thank you for loving me and always taking care of me. Help me to stay strong, faithful and joyous always! 

Thursday, August 15, 2013

We Are God's Heirs

  • This past year in London England everyone watched and waited with great anticipation for Prince William and his beautiful bride and Duchess Kate Middleton to have their royal baby. When Prince George was born, England was most assured that their beloved monarchy would "Carry on"! An heir to the future throne was born. This baby had royal blood in his veins, he was born into and destined for greatness!

  • Did  you know you also are an Heir to a throne of royalty?  You have a mighty inheritance that has been promised to you! Your bloodline can be traced to the King of all kings!! We are the sons and daughters of God himself. He is our Father and He wants us to reign as kings in this life. We are is heirs. We are part of the royal bloodline passed down through the generations.  Our ancestors consist of God's highly favored and most beloved of all. Through Abraham, Iaasic, and Jacob and on down through the most influential and highly esteemed people, we were born into greatness. The Bible states that since we are the favored descendants and heirs of Abraham, the blessings bestowed upon him by our Heavenly Father are the same blessings that are ours today.

  •   The Bible has many scriptures outlining the amazing blessings God promised to Abraham, all in all the Bible lists over forty such blessings. God is still that same God and His word remains true.. It is constant and unchanging. We are to be blessed as Abraham was blessed. 

  • Genesis 12:2-3

    "And Abraham , I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed."

    Genesis 13:2

    Abraham had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold.

  • The amazing blessings God poured out on Abraham thousands of years ago are still available to us, we make up all of the families of the earth that God speaks of in that scripture. We are quite simply Abraham's descendents so we will partake in the blessings that have been irrevocably passed down to us through the generations and God will take complete pleasure in our prosperity!

  • It's pretty amazing to realize that we are the heirs of the creator of the universe. We did nothing to deserve all the riches and spoils and blessings The Lord has in store for us. He is simply our loving father, a daddy like any other that loves to bless his children!

  •   I have two sons, young adults now. They have always been so comfortable knowing that what's mine is also theirs. When they were growing up, they did not have to worry about anything. They just knew that I was providing for them and that everything was taken care of for them.  They did not ever feel like they had to earn the right to my unconditional love, my home or anything in it. They just grew up securely enough to know that I wanted them to be blessed with everything I had. 
           They, being my children, just 
           instinctively knew that as their
            what's mine is always also theirs.. That's exactly how our loving Father feels about every one of us.
          Romans 8:17
17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.
  •  If we as parents want to bless our children, How much more than does our loving creator, the One who designed and intricately planned out every last detail of our lives before we were even born, want to bless us ?

    The Bible says that God did not even withhold His one and only Son from us so why would He not give us everything else we need. He will supply all of our needs according to His glorious riches in Heaven.

    In Heaven there is no lack, no disease, no pain, no sorrow no infirmity, or corruption.There is only joy, peace that surpasses all understanding, abundance, creativity, wisdom, divine health and I would imagine a healthy dose of laughter. 

    We are to pray for God's glorious will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven, this means that all of the wonderful things of Heaven are what God, OUR  FATHER, wants for us all to have and enjoy here on earth today. 

    Psalm 2:7-8

    I will tell of the decree: The Lord said to me,"you are my son; today I have begotten you. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance , and the ends of the earth your possession.

    God is simply just a loving dad wanting the best for all of His children. We being his children,his heirs, need to reach up and adjust our crowns of faith! We need to present ourselves as highly favored children of the most high God. We need to trust our Father to always take care of us in every way, no matter how bad our situation may look.  He will never leave us nor forsake us. We can rest in His presence and trust that we are part of the divine inheritance of the greatest King of all Kings.

    You are covered in the royal bloodline of Jesus and you are so loved by God that through His salvation you will ultimately inherit the eternal kingdom of Heaven just because you are His beloved child.

    Decide today to start believing that the promises of God, every last one that is outlined in the Bible is true for you here and now! God never changes, His word is truth!  We can have what the Bible says we can have. God is no respector of persons. He loves us all the same. Receive that love! 

    Heavenly Father, thank you that you love us so much that you have made us heirs to your Kingdom of Heaven. Thank you for your salvation and  the blessings you pour out on us, your beloved children. In Jesus name we pray!


Monday, July 8, 2013

Walk In The Light.. By Nina Keegan- Owens

Psalm 63:1-11 

 O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, 

...These days it seems we are constantly seeking something. Often times we can't even put our finger on that one thing that pulls us and veers us off on our own personal quests. Something eludes us, but we can't say what? Do we even know? Will we ever?
We just know that there has to be more, much more than the mundane, day to day stuff. We run to win that which has already been won for us yet we continuously fail to cross the finish line to receive our shiny prize. The symbols of accomplishment and pure fulfillment  remain at large.

We want instant gratification in all we do.  
Shortcuts become  our normal. We are always looking for the easy way out, we want the cliff note version of life.. We want to skip the vegetables and go straight to dessert. Yes we want a quicker and more efficient way to get from A to Z.  We think we're so smart sometimes. We make our plans and set our goals and arrogantly think that we alone can accomplish them.  Before long our enthusiasm fades and we are back on the unending cycle of emptiness and perpetual searching.

What's missing?? Why do we often feel so lonely even when we're in a room full of people. Why do we seek things we don't even want, buy things we dont really need or eat things when were not at all hungry?  We are trying to fill that enormous void; one that will not ever be filled with anything other than a sweet, rich, divine, sincere and loving relationship with Jesus Christ! 

God is what's missing! He is the one and only way to pure, sweet, peaceful contentment. If you do not have that divine closeness and an unbridaled joy from knowing your personal creator, you cannot possibly ever be completely fulfilled . You will be constantly seeking and never finding. You will wander aimlessly trying to fervently fill that vastly growing void.

The endless searching for peace and fulfillment leads to so many wrong and sinful paths of destruction. Temporary crevices of random happiness  can momentarily deceive us and make us think we have found what is missing. Those instant and very brief encounters of pseudo joy are very fleeting, before long we need something else, the next big moment of joy, the next bandaid to temporarily mask the wound, and so, the search continues.

Job 33:28

He redeemed my soul from going down to the pit, and I will live to enjoy the light.

When we follow our carnal desires for instant gratification we wind up in a lowly pit of calamity and destruction.

How many marriages are destroyed by adultery?  The act itself is blatant temporary wandering that only can lead to mass self destruction.  How many people have enormous, mounting credit card debt because at the time the overspending resulted in brief periods of bliss?  There are countless other examples  of people walking aimlessly down the path of darkness searching for light. The light they search for can ONLY be found in the presence of Jesus!!

 The Bible is very clear on the ramifications and consequences of not following Christ and for being disobedient. We will reap what we sow either way... good or bad.  The Word of God is true.. Blessings and curses are very real.. 
We get to choose which it will be for us.. Draw near to God and  leave darkness and sin behind.. Walk in the light towards salvation, peace, joy and victory!

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

Jesus!!! Call on His sweet name, draw near to Him and He will draw near to you. When you make that choice and allow Him to be the cornerstone of your life, beautiful things begin to happen. He is the light of the world. He is the torch that no man can extinguish. His path is far brighter than any self made path ever could be. On God's path there is only light!

◄  1 John 1:7  ►

But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin.

The Bible says to put our blinders on and not to look to the left or to the right but only straight toward Him!  The path to salvation is a well lit path.  Walking in the light of God's sweet presence can change everything, absolutely everything.

We begin to see all of our needs being met when we choose God as the one way to  joy unspeakable and unsurpassed peace. Our fears, worries, and anxieties calmly fade into the distant past .God's perfect love casts out all fear. The endless longing and searching we once had  is irrevocably replaced with an intense desire to draw closer and closer to God.  The thirst that was once insatiable is supernaturally and blissfully quenched. We feel a joy, happiness and  an abundant peace that can only come from God. His loving light surrounds us and bathes us in absolute restoration!

God's  pure light will protect you like a shield. The more closely you follow Him the brighter your light becomes.  We are the light of the world. As we begin our journey of change, others around us will notice changes that could only be the work of almighty God. The changes become so evident to those around us and they will begin to see your light shining through your circumstances. You then will become a living testimony and perfect example of how walking in God's pure light can change everything from glory to glory.  Let God's amazing grace and pure radiant light change your life today. It's yours for the asking!! Make the commitment to give your life to Christ today....
Always.. Always... Walk in the light!!!

2 Samuel 22:29 

29 You are my lamp, O LORD; the LORD turns my darkness into light.

Heavenly Father, we long to follow your path and bask in your light as you remove the darkness from us. Thank you for filling us with your grace and mercy as we draw closer to you today. In Jesus name we pray..