"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair."~from ISAIAH 61 Bible verse for this Blog

APOLOGY to READERS who followed a SEARCH to HERE & didn't find it

On July 18, 2017, I drafted almost 3000 blog posts that I had published since 2008 when I began blogging, rather than edit each one. So if you clicked here from somewhere else and ended up with the post unavailable or error, I am sorry but this is why. It'd be too much work for me to go back and fix them. There's an explanation on 7/19/17 as I'm still learning.

Sunday, April 30, 2023

JESUS, the MIRACLE WORKER (18)


Section Three: 

Jesus, the Miracle Worker

11. A Man of Marvels
12. Crisis Manager
13. Captain of My Ship
14. A Miraculous Multiplier
15. A Leader Worth Following

16. The Great Empathizer
17. The Divine Ophthalmologist
18. Spiritually Sovereign

#18 Spiritually Sovereign

I am so thankful that JESUS is spiritually Sovereign

in ALL His 

ways

"God’s sovereignty is His right and power to do all that He decides to do. 
Job 42:2:“I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours
can be thwarted.”" ~John Piper ["Sovereign" means being the Ultimate Source of all power, authority & everything that exists. Only God can make those claims!] 

Many places defining this online were incorrect in my opinion, because they were mystic in origin. 
You need to be careful in who the source is when doing any search.

Sovereignty is God's absolute right because it comes from & depends upon our Creator.

You Version (YV) plans that go along with

SOVEREIGNTY

For this final week in JESUS, the MIRACLE WORKER, I will be reading on SOVEREIGNTY.

The following scriptures are the ones highlighted for JESUS, Spiritually Sovereign this week:

    Mark 5:1-20; Mark 1:21-34; Matthew 12:43-45;
James 4:4-10; 1 John 3:4-10

and the 5 segments/ subtitles are:

"Heavenly Rebellion" Mark 5; Genesis 1:31; 3:1
"Demons are Real" Mark 1:22-27; Mark 1:32-34; 39
"Demons are Vicious" Mark 5:2;3-5,13 Ps106:34-37
"Agents of Sin & Death" Matthew 12:45
*"Demons are Vanquished" James 4:7; 1 John 4:4; Colossians 2:15


I have to agree empathetically with the *opening statement* when I attempt to state anything about "demons" as you can see from the above subtitles & scriptures that JESUS, as the MIRACLE WORKER, dealt with demons and deliverance, to show us that demons are no match for JESUS & how we as followers of JESUS Christ, in whom Jesus lives, can rely on His power in our spiritual warfare ...

"I don't want to make the mistake of underestimating or overestimating the power of demons."

But demons are no match for the power of JESUS! The verses listed in that last subtitle are the 3 most important verses in the Bible of JESUS over demons. 

"Lord, give me eyes to see the spiritual realm as You see it, confident that the power of the Holy Spirit is alive in me through Christ."

Demons will attack, but when you trust JESUS Christ as your Savior, 
God's Holy Spirit comes to live within us & scripture tells us 
"greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world" ... 
take the authority of JESUS and bind these demonic forces & defeat them in Jesus' name

Followers of Jesus can never be possessed or defeated, if the Holy Spirit has control but we can be demon-influenced, which is why we need to stay & be in the Word, keep up our spiritual guard (& flee), continue always to pray (with the sword of the Spirit) and fight falling into temptation or the lies we listen to or battle in our minds. JESUS came & delivers us if you follow Him closely & pursue His truth & avoid being deceived. 


"... And lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil ..."

For Thine is the power, & the glory & the Kingdom,

Now and Forever

AND

the devil & his demons

lose


JESUS

is

SOVEREIGN

SPIRITUALLY SOVEREIGN

absolutely

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10 Powerful PRAYERS for DELIVERANCE


JESUS

is our

MIRACLE WORKER




Sunday, April 23, 2023

JESUS, the MIRACLE WORKER (17)


Section Three: 

Jesus, the Miracle Worker

11. A Man of Marvels
12. Crisis Manager
13. Captain of My Ship
14. A Miraculous Multiplier
15. A Leader Worth Following

16. The Great Empathizer
17. The Divine Ophthalmologist
18. Spiritually Sovereign

#17 The Divine Ophthalmologist

Just in case, you wondered ... & wanted it confirmed

"Optometrists examine, diagnose, and treat patients' eyes. Ophthalmologists are eye doctors who perform medical and surgical treatments for eye conditions." 

"Jesus gives sight to those who chose to see who He is.
Those who refuse remain in darkness."

[Sidenote: Interesting to find out that there are a few churches
who have done
52 Weeks with JESUS
here's one on this chapter - start at 23:00 for just the sermon]

JESUS
is
both
Ophthalmologist & Optometrist
but always
Divine

He is known also as


The God Who Sees Me


When I read this title, The Divine Ophthalmologist, that was the first thing that came to my mind, as well as the old adage "seeing is believing" (which you'll notice in the segment/ subtitles reversed). More and more I appreciate how precious all of our senses are, yet sight truly seems to be the one I am so thankful to have (even with glasses), but more importantly just how wonderful God created us to see with our physical eyes yet how much more important it is to see with our spiritual eyes. Most of the time, we are particularly thankful when God sees us, when we feel He has His eye watching over us ... and I'm sure if we are truthful that there are times that we wouldn't want God to see, yet He still does. I really believe that God wants us to notice Him daily, to take the time and see Him, in everything around us. God desires to be seen through us and to us in our daily interactions & intimately see Him in our lives.

This week, we see JESUS, the Miracle Worker in these scriptures:

John 9:1-41; John 3:16-21; Matthew 4:12-16;
 Acts 26:12-18; John 1:1-18

The segments/subtitles in The Divine Ophthalmologist are the following:

"Spiritual Blindness" *
"What Did He Do to Deserve This?" John 9:2-3
"Believing is Seeing"
"Receive What Jesus Has" John 9:8,10
"Conceive Who Jesus Is" John 9:35-38,11,17,31-33) 

* "... If you don't have Jesus, you are living in spiritual darkness." 
...  (maybe you have) perfect 20/20 vision but (are) spiritually blind...

"People who refuse to believe in Jesus Christ 
don't have a physical problem, they have a spiritual problem." 

 It is my personal opinion that sadly there are Christians, right now that are spiritually blind to JESUS & being true followers. They seem to be wearing "blinders" like race horses. The purpose for the race horses is to keep the horse focused on what is in front of them, encouraging them to pay attention to the race and not be distracted by the crowds of people or be spooked. Blinders reduce their field of vision. Horses rely on their instincts to take flight when they perceive a threat. Horses survive this way, and believe to avoid harm depends on their ability to put distance between themselves and perceived dangers; seems similar to some Christians with unfounded fears being stoked in our current society with many "lies" being pushed unnecessarily & put into motion to instill a defensiveness. Blinded by the real truths, deceived by the father of lies, they seek to divide to conquer & seem to have lost sight - blinded rather than focused on JESUS & running a good race {and my how we all need to focus to run a good race & avoid the many distractions} too many are distracted by the crowds & spook easily; unwilling to seek unity & compassion for others different from them; they no longer listen and are quick to bullying in words & actions, triggered to attack, confront & oppose with violence. Definitely, this is a spiritual problem in our nation caused by spiritual blindness and in much need of spiritual warfare to pull down all spiritual principalities waging war and not extending the peace of JESUS to others. Their spiritual vision has been reduced to very one-sided and at times - purely selfish for their own goals; not those of JESUS at all. They might profess that they believe in Jesus Christ but their fear causes their actions & words to do the exact opposite of what JESUS came to teach us & show us, which has now spiraled into an outrage of evil and injustices against 'others' & done in the name of JESUS (falsely). Perhaps you might have been caught up in this, take off your spiritual blinders & ask JESUS to reveal His truth, His will, His way to resolve & bridge the enormous gap evolving.

There are good YV plans that touch on this & "How to Love People You Disagree With" (in case you read my opinion above & happen to disagree with me), "Culture Wars", "How Not To Save the World" and some others ...

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JESUS
is the
MIRACLE WORKER
who is in the business of healing still

Blind eyes & Deaf ears
are opened by the One who sees us
our true color and motives
need to line up with His
May He open yours
heart, eyes, ears & mind!

"Oh, El Roi, You are the God who sees me. When I feel ushered to the sidelines or forgotten by friends, family, or coworkers, I know You’re working behind the scenes. God, as I review over past weeks, even years, I’ve witnessed You working in miraculous ways. I know You have seen me in the past, when no one else did. And so I can fully trust that You will continue to care for me, even when I’ve entered the darkest valley."

Lord Jesus, I am desperate for You. Shine Your light in my heart so that I may shine as a witness that You are the Light of the world
{a world filled more & more with such darkness, that needs You to penetrate the darkness and breakthrough with Your Light; a world that needs to cry out for Your mercy & grace, forgiveness & power to overcome evil; pierce the darkness with Your Light; & heal the sight of Your people to see You & only hear You as the Savior of this world. Deliver us & fill us with Spirit of love & compassion.}


God gives us eyes to see Him!

Let us see God in our neighbors throughout our nation!

God created ALL in His Image!

Take off whatever is blocking your vision of truly SEEING this in others.

JESUS

"GIVE ME YOUR EYES"
Brandon Heath

...Give me Your eyes for just one secondGive me Your eyes so I can seeEverything that I keep missin'Give me Your love for humanityGive me Your arms for the broken-heartedThe ones that are far beyond my reachGive me Your heart for the ones forgottenGive me Your eyes so I can see...

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EYES

filled with

COMPASSION

for one another

(certainly not the hate and fear I see)

It's time to get your eyes checked by

The Divine Ophthalmologist

to surgically remove what's hindering them

from seeing

JESUS

in

others

and

preventing others from seeing

JESUS

in

YOU

but

just as important

blocking your vision of God

Day by Day

SEEING HIM MORE CLEARLY

LOVING - MORE DEARLY

FOLLOWING HIM

MORE NEARLY

๐Ÿ•ˆ

TURN YOUR EYES

UPON

JESUS

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Wishing a heavenward sent Anniversary wish to my Mom & Dad on this day!






Sunday, April 16, 2023

JESUS, the MIRACLE WORKER (16)

If ever I (we) need(ed) JESUS, the MIRACLE WORKER - it is now and has been most of 2023

I have a feeling that it's not just me, or my family; but many of us that have, and are facing battles, and daily struggles are mounting in our lives at a rapid rate, seemingly increasing each and every day. So let's call on our Miracle Worker - JESUS, to turn our lives around.

This week, we come to JESUS, the Miracle Worker - as "The Great Empathizer" and HE IS!


Section Three: 

Jesus, the Miracle Worker

11. A Man of Marvels
12. Crisis Manager
13. Captain of My Ship
14. A Miraculous Multiplier
15. A Leader Worth Following

16. The Great Empathizer
17. The Divine Ophthalmologist
18. Spiritually Sovereign

#16. The Great Empathizer

The definition of "EMPATHIZER" is exemplified in JESUS but here is what one source says"

Being an empathizer means you are able to easily identify and understand others' thoughts and emotions. You have a natural ability to detect others' intentions and emotions, even when they are being hidden from you

JESUS

definitely is ONE who

"empathizes with; identifies with, understands, relates to, feels for, sympathizes with; has rapport withfeels at one with, IS on the same wavelength"

as Free Dictionary defines

When no one else seems to "empathize" in my world with me, I know I can go to

JESUS

It is so much easier to relate with JESUS as our Great Empathizer but I'm sure that He is/was this in His earthly days too and is asking us to do this more in the times in which we live. Sadly, I see the complete opposite happening in my personal life and in our nation. More and more this consumes me with such a heartache for people & their souls and the spiraling direction we are going, further from Christlike qualities every day are being shown - less compassion and understanding; more evil, injustices & violence being accepted as the norm.

This week of the 52 Weeks, I will be focusing on JESUS and hoping to learn some great lessons on the MIRACLE needed in this world of EMPATHIZING with others as JESUS does. The scriptures for this week center on Mark 2:1-12; Mark 9:14-29; Romans 3:9-20; Romans 5:1-11; Hebrews 4:14-16.

The segments (subtitles) for this part of the MIRACLE WORKER are:

"Divine Excitement" ["Jesus gets excited when He sees our faith."]

"Faith to Approach Jesus" Mark 2:4 NLT; Mark 2:5

"An Unlikely Remedy"

"God Shows His Faithfulness" Mark 2:12 MSG

"Why I am a Christian"


LORD, I believe that You can use me to bring people to You.

Use me, this week, to meet people's deepest  needs.


This Week's Question
[I think this is the first time I have shared this part of the devotion]

Day to day,

are you more keenly aware of your

pressing need

or

your primary need?


"Jesus Christ is not remote, detached, and disinterested, nor insulated and isolated from our lives. He knows our frame; He knows that we are but dust. He can see in us a reflection of what He experienced as a man. He can thus extend mercy to us, completely understanding what we are going through." John W. Ritenbaugh


"4 Characteristics of Christlike Empathizers: Empathy is Biblical, part 8"


Perhaps this empathy and compassion are the greatest factors that draw me toward

JESUS

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As I restart doing these blog posts again online, I began to think and ask myself why do I do them ahead of reading the 5 segments of the week? (instead of after I've read what the author says). Now would be (or would have been) the appropriate time to switch them to the after. 

My only answer was because Week 16 - is the one that I'm reading this particular week. So I was thinking about a repost AFTER perhaps if there are any new  outstanding, personal insights. When I do these blog posts ahead (BEFORE reading), I don't look ahead to give you what the author writes, which means that this way, I don't take away from my  actual reading of them each day; and I refrain from too much being shared  from the book & possibly infringing on copyright. I really try not to do that at all but you never know. By doing it BEFORE, you get my own ideas and thoughts ahead of reading. As you can tell, I've decided to continue sharing on the week that I'm reading. However, you could also get the book & read along with me.๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ˜ 

Harvest House Publishers sent me weekly snippets of these devotionals and recently sent me another opportunity to read "52 Weeks Through the Bible" also by James Merritt (which I think I just clicked on it & signed myself up for it unintentionally - because I was hoping to share the offer somehow with you) but I clicked on Sign Me Up rather than To Learn More. The links I've put here are for you to add your email if you're interested. I'm not sure how I was added at first. I did 100 prayers.


Sunday, April 9, 2023

A BLESSED 2023 RESURRECTION MORN TO YOU ALL!



HE IS RISEN

The Headlines AD 30-33 read: Resurrected from the Dead



HE IS RISEN, INDEED!
HALLELUJAH!
JESUS
CHRIST

 “He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as He said would happen”
(Matthew 28:6)

THE GREATEST MIRACLE
of the
MIRACLE WORKER

THE POWER of THE RESURRECTION

WE CELEBRATE TODAY!

RESURRECTION SONDAY!!!

HE IS ALIVE!

JESUS CHRIST

IS

ALIVE

BECAUSE HE LIVES ... I can face the future

at the Garden Tomb, Jerusalem 2023

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He is living, and we can have a relationship with Him because He surrendered His entire self. Praise be to God! “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!” 
(John 12:13).

Holy Week: A Journey From Jesus’ Death to Resurrection


Let us never forget the



The Blood of Jesus is proof that HE LOVES YOU!

The Blood WASHES You! (Rev. 1:5) 

The Blood of Jesus MAKES You Something! 

The Blood SAVES You! (Romans 5:9)

The Blood of Jesus FREES You! (Isaiah 53:4-5)

The Blood GIVES You... 

acceptance, approval, access, authority, anointing and your assignment

The Blood of Jesus Gives You an UNBREAKABLE COVENANT!

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"Thank You Jesus for the Blood!"

{Pardon my pun, but I almost ROLLED right by this day without sharing a blog post}

I just couldn't. This is one of the most relevant and important days of every year for me, 

as a Believer in JESUS CHRIST, even more so than Christmas!

However, without Christmas, there would not be a Resurrection Day!

Without JESUS CHRIST, there would not be a CHRISTmas or RESURRECTION!

I do not call it Easter anymore (because of the pagan connections) but I do call and celebrate

RESURRECTION SUNDAY!



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In case, you're not convinced, follow some or all of these links in this blog post:

The Resurrection of Jesus (part 17) of The Essential Jesus

JESUS IS GREATER
#5 of 9 Christ's Greater Covenant




LET'S CELEBRATE

with




Shane and Shane (featuring Robbie Seay)



FOR MORE

Joshua Aaron & Friends
LIVE at the Garden Tomb
"Resurrection Premiere"
(English & Hebrew)

or

Gaither
2023 Sing a long


and if you didn't make it to any Church

here's

Gateway Church

(only because Pastor Morris entitled his message with my 2023 One Word)

"JESUS"

because I have many more choices I view & participate in locally and afar









To my faithful visitors;
all of you who spend your valuable time here with me
I do appreciate you so much!

Thank you for taking your time to visit!

Love, Sweet blessings & Hugs!

DIOS TE BENDIGA
GOD BLESS YOU

always

Peggy