“But as for me, I will come into Thy house in the multitude of Thy mercies.” (KJV).
Another translation of this verse says, “I, through the abundance of Your steadfast love, will enter Your house.” (NRV).
I was just reading along in Psalms this morning, and when I came to this verse, I was struck by the power of it. I felt the impact of how great the mercy of God is for each of us — and how we don’t need to be afraid or even hesitant to enter into His presence freely.
That truth is the result of Jesus, and His sacrifice on our behalf, of course. Because He took all of our sin and uncleanness, and washed it all away with His blood, the Father God looks at us through Jesus and welcomes us gladly. All we need to plead is Jesus’ blood, and abundant mercy engulfs us.
What a relief. And what a joy to know that when we are in need or in trouble of any kind, we have a standing invitation to run to our God, and we can know that when we get to the door that leads into His presence, an abundance of mercy will be filling that doorway and lighting our path to God, ushering us into His waiting arms.
Of course, hopefully, we won’t wait until we’re in trouble to seek His presence. It thrills His heart for us to go to Him just for the sake of being with Him and enjoying His company. But when we are in need, we don’t have to be hesitant about going to Him. It doesn’t matter how much we’ve messed things up, or how deeply we’ve embedded ourselves in the muck and mire of our own sin and foolishness. There is ABUNDANT mercy and ABOUNDING love waiting to carry us to our Father, who waits expectantly to welcome us and give Himself to working out our problems and making us whole again.
I just got to thinking today that some of the followers of this site might enjoy visiting my art website: Beulah Rest.
If you are the kind of person who simply enjoys looking at pleasant, happy artwork — and find it relaxing or even inspiring — I hope you’ll click on the link below and check it out.
I don’t pretend to be a great artist. I paint and sketch purely for my own enjoyment. The work de-stresses me and leads me to one of my happy places. My artist name is Ahyoka — which is Cherokee for “She brings happiness.” I call the site “Beulah Rest” because it’s a place where I can create just for the joy of it, without any pressure to perform or post articles that get into any of the controversial topics we are so inundated with these days. Plus, I want the site to be a place where visitors find rest, peace of mine, and maybe a little bit of fun as well.
To hop over there click here; BEULAH REST.
Every single thing on this earth is going to pass away into nothingness at some point — everything, that is, except the people living on this planet. Every one of those people will live forever — for all eternity — either in the joyous presence of the Lord Himself, or in a place of sorrow and torment because they refused to choose the one way that leads to life with God.
Since everything else that we acquire, build, play with, and regard as valuable is heading for dissolution, shouldn’t we be focused intently on the people who pass through our lives? They all have one chance — one lifetime — to accept God’s offer of eternity with Him. That offer requires accepting Jesus Christ His Son as their Lord. He’s the only one who paid the price for their sin and who offers them His own righteousness to make them worthy to live with the Creator forever. But most of them don’t recognize Him at all.
As believers in Jesus Christ, then, our highest calling and our greatest undertaking is to be Jesus to every person we connect with — whether in the marketplace, the street, the factory, the business office, or the halls of government. Wherever and whenever we have the opportunity, let us be diligent to place the highest value on people and their need to know and comprehend Jesus the Christ.
(Matthew 24:35, Isaiah 40:8)
Turbulent waters are no challenge to our Big Brother. He takes His walks on waves like these. You may find yourself in some turbulent life waters today. But Jesus makes Himself available to you in the midst of the situation. He invites you to “Come,” and walk on top of those waters with Him. Let your faith take you forward to meet Him and enjoy the walk.
Jesus washes sin away;
Even it’s stain won’t show.
If you’ll just give your heart to Him,
He’ll cleanse you white as snow.
I don’t care what you’ve done — or how many times you’ve done it. The simple truth is that Jesus Christ suffered brutal torture and crucifixion and death to pay for every bit of it. And if you want your life changed, so that you are not even the same person who did those things, He is ready and willing to do the job of changing you for eternity. Just come to Him and give it all to Him. Give Him your whole heart and your whole life. He can take it from there, and you will never be the same again.
GREAT NEWS: The Healing Classes that I teach at a local college are going online this term:
Many of you know that as part of my Christian ministry I hold Healing Schools several times a year — in various venues: civic centers, churches, community buildings, private homes, etc. The Lord has used me in this particular form of ministry for over 20 years. Of course, I’ve been in active Christian ministry for over 50 years, with a strong focus on healing most of that time. A couple years ago the college where I teach creative writing classes decided to offer my healing classes as part of the college curriculum in their community education department. It’s been a great experience.
However, with the covid lockdowns, no classes met last year except what could be offered online. And unfortunately, many of the classes are going to have to revert to online only this spring term as well. So the administration and I decided we’d make the effort to set up the healing classes in a video format and offer them through YouTube.
Unfortunately, my video equipment has sound problems currently, so I’m not able to tape the lessons live. However I’m able to record the lessons using other equipment and put them into a video format with a few pictures on the screen so that people don’t have to look at a blank screen. I’ve offered video lessons on other subjects in that format for years on my ministry YouTube channel, and they seem to be pretty popular. So I think this series of lessons will work out as well.
The course title is BIBLICAL PATHWAYS TO HEALTH & WHOLENESS. I’m posting the official course description here:
If there’s a chance you might be interested in taking this course, read on for more details:
The course will run 6 weeks, and will be conducted via YouTube and e-mail. I will e-mail each student links to the video lessons, along with study sheets and other printed curriculum that they can print out and keep. Every student will have access to a personal e-mail where they can ask me any questions or discuss any part of the material during those 6 weeks. The cost is minimal: $25.00.
When I do the healing schools as part of my ministry in other venues, I never charge for the classes. However, the college is required by the state to charge because they are required to pay a certain specified fee to the teachers, and they must cover the various expenses involved in carrying out an educational institution.
I’d like to invite all my followers who are interested in learning more about receiving healing from the Lord to register for the class. I generally have two kinds of students in the healing schools: people who are in need of healing personally and want to know more about what God says about His will to heal and His methods of healing — and people who don’t need healing personally but who want to share the information with others and help them receive healing.
We’ve had students in the past who found that after sitting in the class and absorbing God’s healing Word during the lessons, their bodies were well. The Word of God can do that when we give ourselves to it completely. Others have found that they left the classes with a much better understanding of how to use God’s Word as medicine for their own bodies and a renewed faith in God’s will to have them well and whole.
Anyone interested in taking the class is welcome to register. You don’t have to live in my state of Illinois. Students from all over the country and from other nations as well take classes from John A. Logan College. If you’re interested in taking the course online, you can register by either method listed below:
By Phone: (618) 985-2828, Ext. 5.
Your identification information and a credit card are all that’s required.
Students need to register by January 21.
I hope some of you decide to participate in the classes. I’d love to be able to interact with you on a more personal basis and about a subject that is very dear to my heart.
“How silently, how silently
The wondrous gift is given.
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of HIs Heaven.
No ear may hear His coming,
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive Him still,
The dear Christ enters in.”
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A FUTURE & A HOPE
Another year is almost gone,
And with it go my fears.
I’m closing out two thousand, twenty,
By wiping away my tears.
I will not let past loss and hurt
Infringe on future years.
God’s promised a future bright with hope:
At His Word my heart cheers.
I posted this watercolor several days ago, but this week the Lord gave me a poem that goes with the painting. So I’m posting it again along with the poem. I hope it blesses you and encourages you to “be about the Father’s business.”
The fields are ripe for harvest.
Let’s be about our task
To spread the Lord’s great mercy
And love for all who’ll ask.
Let’s tell the world of Jesus
And how He took our sin.
How God’s granted forgiveness
To all because of Him.
Let’s concentrate on loving
The broken and the lost
And demonstrate with actions
God’s love at any cost.
Let’s pray the Lord of harvest
Touch hearts and draw them home.
The fields are ripe for harvest.
Even, so, Lord Jesus, come.